* The website pertains to August 2017 enrollment *
General Education (Transferred in)
|Mathematics / Logical Reasoning:
|| 3.0 Credits
|| 3.0 Credits
|Information Systems / Social & Behavioral Sciences / Physical Sciences
|| 9.0 Credits
Junior Year: Semester I (August – December 2017)
|Introduction to Radiography (RAD 111)
|Medical Terminology I (RAD 112)
|Radiographic Anatomy & Physiology I (RAD 113)
|Radiographic Positioning I (RAD 114)
|Patient Care (RAD 115)
|Clinical Education I (RAD 119)
Junior Year: Semester II (January – May 2018)
|Medical Terminology II (RAD 121)
|Radiographic Anatomy & Physiology II (RAD 122)
|Radiographic Positioning II (RAD 123)
|Clinical Education II (RAD 129)
Junior Year: Semester III (June – August, 2018)
|Radiographic Pathology (RAD 131)
|Clinical Education III (RAD 139)
Senior Year: Semester IV (August - December, 2018)
|Radiographic Principles I (RAD 211)
|Fundamentals of Radiation Production (RAD 212)
|Medical Ethics and Law (RAD 213)
|Fundamentals of Computed Tomography (RAD 214)
|Clinical Education IV (RAD 219)
Senior Year: Semester V (January - May 2019)
|Radiographic Principles II (RAD 221)
|Radiation Protection & Radiobiology (RAD 222)
|Radiographic Image Analysis (RAD 223)
|Registry Review (RAD 224)
|Clinical Education V (RAD 229)
- General Education 15.0
- Program 71.0
- Total Required: 86.0
Class / Clinical Hours
Class hours are typically from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm or 9:00 am – 2:00 pm with breaks and lunch but the exact schedule may vary slightly depending on the course. Clinical hours are typically 7:30 am – 3:30 pm but some evening assignments from 1:00 – 9:00 pm will be required in the senior year.
Class / Clinic Days
Junior year students attend class on Monday and Friday following the first two weeks of enrollment. Clinical days for junior year students are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays. Senior year students attend classes on Tuesday and Thursdays. Clinical days for senior year students are Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays. Clinical days during the summer (semester III) term will be Monday through Friday
Primary clinical education sites are St. Vincent Kokomo in Kokomo, St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, and St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital. Candidates indicate to which primary site they want to be assigned. Once assigned to a given site, students remain at that site for their 22-month tenure in the program. However, students assigned to St. Vincent Kokomo and St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital will perform some rotations to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis for services not offered in Kokomo or Anderson.
In addition to primary clinical education sites, students will also rotate to secondary clinical education sites each semester after the first semester. Secondary sites are hospitals within St. Vincent Health. These assignments are 1 week in duration and will occur generally once or twice each semester. Click here to see a map of clinical site locations.
Driving for Academic Courses
While Indianapolis serves as the program’s administrative location, academic classes are coordinated between the primary clinical sites. Some courses will be taught at each student’s primary site by their respective clinical coordinator. This structure enables students to complete a significant portion of the required academic courses at the convenience of their respective primary clinical site. Other courses are taught at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, the program’s administrative location. In general, Kokomo and Anderson students can expect to drive to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis on average approximately one day per week for classes taught in semesters I, II, IV and V
Driving for Clinical Sites
The program’s structure allows students to complete a significant portion of their clinical education at their primary clinical site. Students remain at their chosen primary clinical site for their 22-month program tenure. However, some travel to other clinical sites is necessary to provide students with an expansive understanding of medical imaging in different settings. Off-site clinical assignments will begin in Semester III. These off-site assignments are kept to a minimum to meet the educational objectives of the program. Additionally, students assigned to St. Vincent Kokomo and St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital can be expected to travel to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis for access to medical imaging services not or minimally offered at those sites (e.g. pediatrics, surgical radiography, and peripheral vascular radiography). Interested candidates should contact the clinical coordinator for information regarding clinical travel expectations for the respective primary clinical site
The program faculty is sensitive to the inconveniences of traveling for classes and clinical assignments and makes every reasonable effort to minimize the travel expectations. However, traveling is a necessary and reasonable expectation given the learning opportunities that result.
Academic Progress Standards
Students earn letter grades based on academic and clinical performance. The program adheres to the grading criteria below unless specified in a course syllabus.
A = 93.0 - 100% = 4.0 points
B = 85.0 - 92.9% = 3.0 points
C = 75.0 - 84.9% = 2.0 points
F = <75.0% = 0 points
Students are required to maintain satisfactory academic progress to remain enrolled in the St. Vincent College of Health Professions. Academic progress standards include:
- The student must pass individual assessments as determined by the individual College program.
- The student must pass all program courses in accordance to the criteria published in the respective course syllabi.
- The student must successfully complete all courses in a given semester with a minimum grade of “C” or “Pass” before the student can enroll in the following semester unless the student has been given a written notification of an incomplete course with a defined course completion date. In this case the student will be permitted to enroll in the following semester but the incomplete course(s) must be complete by the specified completion date for the student to remain enrolled in the College.
- The student must take all courses for the semester in the proper course sequence as outlined in each program’s curriculum.
- The student must complete all program requirements for graduation within 150% of the normal program length as measured from the initial date of active enrollment.
Mastery Based Education
The program is academically challenging and labor-intensive due to its mastery-based approach to academic and clinical education. In short, students are required to achieve a master level performance of 85% on key academic and clinical evaluations / examinations. Students may be required to repeat (with a limited number of attempts) such evaluations / examinations until an 85% are achieved. Academic and clinical probation may be required for students who struggle academically and/or clinically.
Vacations / Holidays
Vacations are assigned to students between semesters. Additionally students have personal time off (PTO) to be used for personal reasons. Students who wish to take time off outside of assigned vacations must do so at their own PTO. Assigned vacations will not be re-scheduled
The St. Vincent College of Health Professions honors the following hospital recognized holidays. Students are not assigned to clinic or class on these holidays. Holiday time is not deducted from the student’s PTO.
- New Years Day
- Martin Luther King Day
- Good Friday
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving and the day following
Graduation Requirements / Objectives
Radiographers are highly skilled professionals qualified by education to perform imaging examinations and accompanying responsibilities at the direction of a physician qualified to request radiologic procedures. The program takes seriously its role in safeguarding the community by graduating only competent radiographers. For the safety and well being of all patients and the community, all graduates entering to profession of radiography will have met the rigorous requirements for graduation, thus enabling their eligibility to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) board examination.
- Apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology and positioning to competently and accurately demonstrate anatomical structures on a radiograph or other imaging receptor.
- Determine exposure factors to achieve optimum radiographic results with minimum radiation exposure to the patient.
- Evaluate radiographic images for appropriate positioning and overall image quality.
- Apply problem solving and critical thinking skills in the academic and clinical settings.
- Apply principles of radiation protection to patients, self and others.
- Understand the dangers associated with powerful magnetic fields and apply safety practices while in the MRI area.
- Apply principles of infection control and standard precautions for the protection of patients, self and others.
- Provide basic patient care and comfort to patients across the age continuum.
- Recognize emergency patient conditions and initiate life-saving first-aid and basic life-support procedures.
- Recognize when radiographic equipment is not operating properly and report equipment malfunctions to the proper authority.
- Demonstrate understanding of the role quality assurance and continual quality improvement play in medical imaging.
- Demonstrate effective verbal, non-verbal and written medical communication in providing patient care and maintaining professional relationships with other members of the health care team.
- Exercise independent judgment and discretion in the technical performance of medical imaging procedures.
- Comply with the profession's Code of Ethics and Practice Standards and perform clinically within the industry’s standard of care.
- Develop professionally beyond the program’s clinical and academic performance expectations (see Professional Development policy).
- Demonstrate ARRT Board examination readiness.
- Earned an academic (associate or higher) degree from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by ARRT.
The St. Vincent College of Health Professions Radiography Program does not award academic degrees at this time. Graduates of the program receive a certificate acknowledging their completion of the graduation requirements.
Academic Degree Pathways
The St. Vincent College of Health Professions Radiography Program has established pathways with the following regionally accredited academic institutions to enable program graduates to complete an academic degree.
- Ivy Tech Community College
- Indiana University – Kokomo
- Indiana University – Bloomington
While the purpose of these pathways is to enable graduates of the program to receive academic credit for program-related experiences, the number of and requirements for credits awarded is determined by the degree-granting academic institutions. Interested candidates should see the Program Director for more information in this regard.
The Radiography Program will consider individuals wishing to transfer into the program from another JRCERT accredited program in radiography on an individual basis. The requesting student must make the request in writing forward from the program currently attending all transcripts, grade sheets, evaluations, and any other material as requested by the Admissions Committee. Several factors that will be considered include:
- available clinical space; no student will be accepted if clinical space is not available.
- type of program transferring from (hospital, college, vocational, military, etc...)
- academic and clinical courses completed
- clinical competencies completed
- clinical hours and rotations completed
- favorable written recommendation from the current Program Director
- favorable clinical and academic evaluations reflecting healthy progress toward academic and clinical competency
- disciplinary action record
- any other factor deemed relevant by the Admissions Committee
At present, the program does not consider advanced placement for graduates of limited or foreign radiography programs.
Although not employees of St.Vincent Health, enrolled students do receive some services and benefits as a result of their enrollment in the Radiography Program. Below is a summary of said services and benefits.
College faculty offers academic counseling to all enrolled students. Students will be counseled regularly regarding their academic and clinical progress. While College faculty members are available for individual academic assistance, the College does not offer formal tutoring services.
Enrolled students are also entitled to pastoral counseling for matters of personal or religious nature free of charge. Interested students should see the Pastoral Department for more information.
College students are eligible to receive the health services as describe below.
- Pre-enrollment Health Assessment through Associate Health departments. Pre-enrollment services include a physical exam, immunization screening to assure compliance with hospital and regulatory requirements, and drug screening.
- Training-related injury assessment and care through the respective hospital associate health department.
- Annual surveillance to include but not limited to annual TB testing, flu vaccination campaigns, and other annual health services offered to hospital associates through associate health departments.
In addition to the afore-mentioned health services, enrolled students are eligible to receive Worker’s Compensation (WC) for training-related injuries or exposure to communicable diseases for services not provided by the hospital’s respective Office of Associate Health. This coverage is provided only for medical care when and only when directed by the respective Office of Associate Health. Any medical care sought independently by the student will not be reimbursed and will be solely and completely the financial obligation of the student. No other benefits are provided under this arrangement (i.e. wage replacement). The policy provisions do not cover student commutes to/from assigned clinical sites.
Students are strongly recommended to carry their own personal health insurance. Any expense that occurs from assessment or treatment not specifically covered under associate health services or Worker’s Compensation benefits as a result of a training-related exposure to communicable disease or injury will be at the student’s own expense. The College will not be liable for any general illness that occurs to a student as a result of clinical training.
Malpractice and General Liability Coverage
College students are covered under the general liability and medical malpractice coverage of Ascension Health only while acting in the authorized capacity and scope of students assigned to clinical sites within St. Vincent Health and only while acting in accordance to all established program and clinical site policies and procedures.
Career / Employment Placement
While the College does not guarantee employment upon graduation, the College faculty assists students in finding employment opportunities relative to their training field. In addition to writing recommendation letters, College faculty also post position openings, and offer resume’ and interview writing tips.
Enrolled students are eligible to use the St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital medical library within normal operating hours. The medical library has numerous written resources including periodicals as well as internet access for research purposes. Students are to use hospital resources, including internet access, for legitimate and relevant purposes. Inappropriate use of such resources will result in disciplinary action up to and including program termination.
College students are not full or part time employees and thus not eligible for the same level of benefits entitled to associates.
The American Disabilities Act (ADA) defines “disability" as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity or who have a record of such impairment, even if they do not currently have a disability ( http://adata.org/). College programs do not request disability information from program candidates. Likewise candidates are advised to not discuss or disclose a disability to College faculty, students or other representatives. The College does not discriminate on the basis of disability in any of its programs, services or activities. The College will not deny any otherwise qualified student with a disability the opportunity to participate in, or benefit from, any aid, benefit or service that the College provides. The College strives to ensure that all disabled students have full access to the benefits of the College and will engage in a good-faith interactive process with all disabled students to attempt to identify reasonable accommodations. Reasonable accommodations do not include measures which fundamentally alter the academic programs, which place an undue financial burden on the College, or which may endanger the student or others at the College. Additional information regarding requesting accommodations will be provided to enrolled students.