St. Vincent offers state of the art health care that transcends into quality educational opportunities. Many medical imaging departments throughout St. Vincent are digitally linked and nearly filmless. St. Vincent has received national recognition for its integration of digital imaging (PACS) into affiliated hospitals and linking the digital network with a central archival base located at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. Students enrolled in the St. Vincent Health / St. Vincent Kokomo Radiography Program gains first-hand experience with this state of the art technology during their clinical training. Computerized and digital radiography systems allows the technologist to spend more time focused on what is most important, the patient.
Our Mission is to make a positive difference in the lives and health delivery status of our students, the people we serve, and the community. This is accomplished through a commitment of excellence by our faculty and staff, Advisory Board, and the sponsoring institutions in the delivery of quality training and education opportunities in radiological sciences. We will display compassion and dignity to all. Our paradigms will be open to all aspects of education that do not violate the Mission or Core Values of our sponsoring and affiliated institutions.
Our Vision is to become a national model for enterprise-wide, hospital-based radiography education. We envision a system-wide radiography program dedicated to meeting the human resource needs of the affiliating St. Vincent Health organizations and their respective communities. We envision a program that offers an expansive approach to radiography education using state of the art technology while providing students with a wide range of clinical experiences in contrasting settings. This Vision is accomplished with vigor, enthusiasm, and encouragement while ever mindful of the need to be good stewards of our resources.
St. Vincent College of Health Professions Radiography Program provides equal opportunity to all applicants. The Program is selective in its admissions practices and evaluates applicants based on merit without discrimination on the basis of age, race, religion, creed, color, national origin, marital status, gender, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status. The program selects one class annually based on requirements and preference categories listed herein.
Application, application fee, and the typed essay are accepted only between November 1, 2015 and January 31, 2016. Final deadline for the submission of official college transcripts is February 10, 2016. All admission documents must be in possession of the Program Director in Indianapolis by the appropriate deadline. All submitted documents become the permanent possession of the Radiography Program and will not be returned.
To be considered for the program, applicants must complete the following:
To be considered for the program, applicants must meet the following requirements:
A. Applicants who will have earned any academic degree from a regionally-accredited institution prior to August 1
B. Applicants who have not earned an academic degree from a regionally-accredited institution prior to August 1
* Courses from other institutions must appear on an official Ivy Tech transcript.
Final acceptance of applicants will be contingent on the following:
January 25, 2016
4:00 – 6:00 pm
St. Vincent Orthopedic Hospital (Ortho) Classrooms 3 & 4
86th Street, Indianapolis
January 26, 2016
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Anderson Center, Jackson Street
St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital
January 27, 2016
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Conference Rooms (Basement)
St. Vincent Kokomo
Sycamore St., Kokomo
Although not required for consideration of admission, the program faculty strongly recommends that candidates complete an onsite observation in general radiography of a medical imaging department. Applicants are advised to allow sufficient observation time in general radiography to familiarize themselves with the role of radiographers in a health care setting. Observations may or may not be completed at a hospital affiliated with the Radiography Program. To request an observation at a St. Vincent Health hospital, contact one of the individuals listed below.
St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital
David Sidor, Clinical Coordinator
(please contact via e-mail)
St. Vincent Kokomo Hospital
Kevin Godshall, Clinical Coordinator
St. Vincent Anderson Hospital
Kristen Aaron, Clinical Coordinator
For a variety of reasons, there are some individuals whose overall college GPA is adversely affected by a period of poor academic performance, such that their overall GPA is not an accurate indication of their true academic abilities. Many of these same students have subsequently demonstrated the ability to achieve academic success. The bankruptcy policy allows individuals to exclude an earlier portion of their academic record while still receiving credit for having passed prerequisite courses so that the GPA considered by the Program Admissions Committee more accurately reflects the student’s true academic abilities. The policy does not allow individuals to pick and choose poor classes or semesters, but instead allows an individual to convey, “that was me then, but this is what I am capable of now.” If you feel that this policy would benefit you we encourage you to submit your appeal.
Applicants may request in writing to the program director that college grades prior to a specified date not be factored into the calculation of an overall college GPA and therefore not be considered as part of the selection criteria provided the following criteria are met.
If approved, all academic grades prior to the bankruptcy date will not be considered toward the calculated GPA. However, all courses passed with a letter grade of “C” or higher regardless of bankruptcy will still be counted toward meeting the program’s general education requirements.
The Radiography Program faculty will review each bankruptcy request and render a decision based on the merits of each request individually. Transcripts of all academic work must still be submitted as indicated.
Applications are initially reviewed for verification of minimal requirements. Applications who meet minimal requirements are scored using an established and approved score sheet.
Of the applicants who attend the Pre-Admission Conference, a pre-determined number of applicants will be invited to attend a personal interview. Interviews will be conducted in whole or by a subset of members of the core program faculty, a representative from each primary clinical education site and a student representative. Interview candidates will be notified via letter of their respective interview appointment. Interviews will be conducted using an established format including defined questions and interview score sheet. The Admissions Committee is responsible for establishing the interview format.
Following each candidate’s interview, a comprehensive score will be determined by the interview team based on an approved comprehensive score sheet. This comprehensive score is based in part on the interview itself but will also include characteristics and factors that are predictive of success in the program. Applicants will be rank ordered according to their comprehensive score. Final selection of applicants into the program will be based on the comprehensive score and represents the interview team’s assessment of the overall likelihood of applicant success in the program. Consideration may be given to current employment within St. Vincent Health or residency in a rural county serviced by a St. Vincent Health hospital. Applicants with tied comprehensive scores are further rank ordered according to the sum of their academic, experience and typed essay scores. The program reserves the right to reject candidates who have been interviewed and rejected twice (not including alternate status).
In order to maintain appropriate recruitment bases for the individual institutions and to take into consideration the wishes of applicants to attend a clinical site nearest their place of residence, each applicant will apply for placement at only one primary clinical site. On the application and during the Pre-Admission Conference, applicants will be asked to indicate their preference for primary clinical site placement. Selection or rejection of applicants will then be based on the quality of the applicant pool applying for placement at each individual clinical site.
All candidates who meet minimal requirements are encouraged to apply to the program. Because the selection processes is competitive, not all applicants who meet minimal admission requirements will be selected into the program. All qualified candidates will be evaluated for consideration based on merit utilizing the program’s established screening process. Preference will be given to candidates who, at the time of application, have earned an academic degree in any discipline from a regionally-accredited institution.
Applicants educated in foreign countries are welcomed to apply to the program. However, candidates must have completed all of the program’s general education requirements through regionally-accredited American colleges and universities. No foreign academic work will be considered toward the general education requirements. Foreign transcripts or the equivalent domestic evaluation of foreign transcripts (ECE, for example) are not required.
The St. Vincent College of Health Professions does not discriminate on the basis of disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). College programs do not request disability information from program applicants. Likewise candidates are advised to not discuss or disclose a disability to college faculty, students or other representatives. If accepted into a College program, candidates will undergo a physical assessment by a St. Vincent Health hospital Associate Health Office during which candidates can disclose their disability. Accepted candidates will have the opportunity to request accommodations for disabilities as defined by the American with Disabilities Act and state laws during their physician exam. The Associate Health Office will advise the College on accommodations necessary for the disability. The College, in consultation with the respective Associate Health Office, will determine if disability accommodations are reasonable. The College reserves the right to deny disability accommodations that are not deemed to be reasonable. Those seeking more information should contact the program director, Mark Adkins at (317) 338-3879 or MEAdkins@stvincent.org.
The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists may deny exam eligibility for any applicant convicted of a felony, gross misdemeanor, or misdemeanor, with the sole exception of speeding and minor parking violations. Consistent with ARRT practices, applicants will be asked on the application to disclose their criminal history, excluding speeding and minor traffic violations. Applicants who disclose their criminal history must provide details as directed on the application.
Failure to disclose a positive criminal history will result in denial of the application. A positive criminal history will require the candidate to submit to the ARRT a pre-eligibility application at their own expense. The applicant will be required to forward the decision of the ARRT to the Program Director upon receipt. The decision of the ARRT will be considered when selecting candidates into the program. In such cases when the ARRT decision is pending when final selections are made, full acceptance will be contingent upon receiving the ARRT decision by an established deadline.
Denial of pre-eligibility by the ARRT will result in immediate revocation of acceptance. While approval of pre-eligibility by the ARRT is required to gain full acceptance into the program, the program reserves the right to deny full acceptance to any individual with a positive criminal history based on individual circumstances.
* Tuition for the Radiography Program is $6000. Tuition and fees are paid per semester by the last business day of the first week of the semester unless a financial hardship payment plan has been requested by the student and approved by the program director. Tuition must be paid by certified check, cashier’s check or credit card. Personal checks or cash will not be accepted.*
Accepted students will be required to pay a deposit of $700 by the date established in the student's acceptance letter to reserve their place in the program. This deposit will be deducted from the remaining tuition balance for the first semester. The $700 deposit is fully refundable if the student chooses to decline their acceptance and a written request is made to the respective program director within three (3) business days from the date the Enrollment Agreement is signed by the student.
Tuition (excluding textbook, materials and other fees) refunds are made for voluntary student withdrawal from the program. Upon the student’s written request, a refund will be made on the basis of a percentage of the tuition payment. The semester refund schedule is as follows:
100% of the semester tuition (minus $100 of the enrollment deposit) is refunded if the withdrawal is before the first day of class of the semester.
50% of the semester tuition is refunded if the withdrawal is by the last business day of the second week of the semester.
No refund is made if the withdrawal is after the second week of the semester.
** Estimated cost: subject to vendor charges
*** Current cost: subject to agency fee changes
The College does not participate in Title IV federal student aid (FASFA) programs and as a result students may not be able to have their student loans deferred. Students should contact the financial aid office of the college through which the loan was processed to discuss their options.
College programs are approved by the Indiana State Department of Veterans Affairs under Title 38, US Code 3676 for G.I. Bill funding. Eligible enrolled students may obtain financial assistance to cover College fees through this provision. Interested candidates should contact the Program Director for more information. While the College will work with any third-party payer, it is the student’s responsibility to secure adequate funding sources.
This course is an introduction to the Radiography Program, the field of radiology and the organization. Topics for discussion will include program policies and procedures; general radiology history; professional organizations; accreditation, licensure, and professional pathways. Fundamentals of radiation protection for the patient, general public, and radiographer/student with emphasis on minimizing radiation exposure and methods to accomplish ALARA concepts will be discussed. Fundamentals of radiobiology including somatic and genetic effects and units of radiation measurement will be discussed. Basic presentation of exposure factors and their application to the clinical setting is included. More complete courses on radiation protection and exposure factors will be presented in the senior year. Prerequisites: admission to the radiography program. Parallel: RAD 112, 113, 114, 115, 119. Open only to radiography students.Medical Terminology I – RAD 112 (7 lecture hours, 0.5 credit)
This course is an introduction to the origin and derivation of medical terms and abbreviations, as well as their meaning. An exploration of prefixes, suffixes and root word combinations to create specific medical terms is included. Medical terminology specific to the musculoskeletal and respiratory system will be included. This course is largely self-guided with instructor direction. Prerequisites: admission to the radiography program. Parallel: RAD 111, 113, 114, 115, 119. Open only to radiography students.
Radiographic Anatomy and Physiology I – RAD 113 (30 lecture hours, 2.0 credits)
This course is designed to study the human structure and its functions. Specific emphasis will be placed on structure and function of cells, tissues, and systems to include respiratory, general abdomen, basic digestive anatomy, and the appendicular skeleton including the upper extremities, shoulder, lower extremities, and bony pelvis. Prerequisites: admission to the radiography program. Parallel: RAD 111, 112, 114, 115, 119. Open only to radiography students.
Radiographic Positioning I – RAD 114 (25 lecture hours, 28 lab hours, 2.5 credits)
The principles of this class are to obtain basic knowledge, skills, and application of alignment of body parts, cassettes, and x-ray tube in each elementary radiographic examination correlated with patient care procedures. Emphasis will be placed on positioning terms, projections of the chest, abdomen, upper extremities, shoulder, lower extremities, and pelvis as well as corresponding radiographic analysis. A laboratory component is included. Prerequisites: admission to the radiography program. Parallel: RAD 111, 112, 113, 115, 119. Open only to radiography students.
Patient Care – RAD 115 (12 lecture, 3 lab hours, 1.0 credits)
This course provides the student with the basic concepts of patient care including consideration for the physical and psychological needs of the patient. Some topics to be covered include: Safety and transport of a patient, infection control, handling acute situations, pharmacology, emergency recognition and response, and vital signs. Prerequisites: admission to the radiography program. Parallel: RAD 111, 112, 113, 114, 119. Open only to radiography students.
Clinical Education I – RAD 119 (424 clinical hours, 9.0 credits)
Clinical Education I is the first in a series of five courses that provide the student with the necessary clinical education needed in the actual practice of radiography. This course takes place in the clinical area. The student is exposed to actual patient contact. The student will begin to rotate through clinical areas of general radiology and will begin to master the basic skills necessary to function in a radiography room. Student rotations through support areas of radiology including transport and clerical/office are included but limited. The student will also begin to learn to master basic radiographic examinations under the direct supervision of a technologist. Students will be assigned clinically to approximately 24 contact hours / week Students will perform competency exams as identified by the syllabus. Prerequisites: admission to the radiography program. Parallel: RAD 111, 112, 113, 114, 115. Open only to radiography students.
A continuation of Medical Terminology I. Medical terminology specific to the gastrointestinal, urinary, reproductive, cardiovascular, integumentary, endocrine, nervous and sensory systems is presented. This course is largely self-guided with instructor direction. Prerequisites: RAD 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 119. Parallel: RAD 122, 123, 129. Open only to radiography students.
Radiographic Anatomy and Physiology II – RAD 122 (56 lecture hours, 3.5 credits)
This course is a continuation of Radiographic Anatomy and Physiology I and is designed to study the human structure and its functions. Structures and functions to be discussed include the axial skeletal system including the vertebral column, bony thorax, cranial and facial bones, digestive, urinary, biliary, reproductive, endocrine, muscular, integumentary, central nervous, cardiovascular, and lymphatic systems. Sectional anatomy of the head, thorax, abdomen and pelvis will be presented with CT and or MRI image correlation to line diagrams. Prerequisites: RAD 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 119. Parallel: RAD 121, 123, 129. Open only to radiography students.
Radiographic Positioning II – RAD 123 (38 lecture hours, 23 lab hours, 3.0 credits)
This course is a continuation of Radiographic Positioning I and emphasizes the application of skills learned in RAD 104 to new clinical procedures including the vertebral column, bony thorax, cranial exams, and an in depth presentation of contrast media procedures with focus on the digestive, urinary, and biliary systems. In depth analysis of contrast media pharmacology including uses, contraindications and adverse reactions is included. Venipuncture administration is likewise discussed. Emphasis will be place on radiographic analysis and corrective measures for sub-optimal quality. Additionally, a basic presentation of procedures of the reproductive system, arthrography, and myelography will be presented. An overview of imaging during trauma and surgery is discussed. Age specific considerations including the technical adaptation for and behavioral considerations of patients across a wide spectrum of age will be emphasized. A laboratory component is included. Prerequisites: RAD 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 119. Parallel: RAD 121, 122, 129. Open only to radiography students.
Clinical Education II – RAD 129 (456 clinical hours, 10.0 credits)
This course is a continuation of Clinical Education I as students continue to rotate through various aspects of the radiology department to involve clinical participation under direct and indirect supervision of procedure taught in Radiographic Positioning I and II and to master basic patient care. Students will be assigned clinically to approximately 24 contact hours / week. Students will perform competency exams as required by syllabus. Prerequisites: RAD 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 119. Parallel: RAD 121, 122, 123. Open only to radiography students.
This course includes the nature and causes of disease, injury and illness, especially as it applies to radiology. This course is intended to provide the student a focus on pathology that can affect the technical factors used to obtain a radiographic image. The course correlates various anatomic systems of the body with pathologies found in those systems. Terminology and technical characteristics will be of major emphasis. Systems will include osseous, respiratory, digestive, cardiovascular, and nervous. Non-systemic neoplasia pathologies and general terms will also be discussed. Basic epidemiology will be presented. Prerequisites: RAD 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 119, 121, 122, 123, 129. Parallel: RAD 139. Open only to radiography students.
Clinical Education III – RAD 139 (240 clinical hours, 5.0 credits)
This course is a continuation of Clinical Education II and serves as an intensive focus on the advancement of clinical skills acquired in Clinical Education I and II. Students will continue to rotate through various aspects of the radiology department to involve clinical participation under direct and indirect supervision of procedures taught in Radiographic Positioning I and II. Supplemental outside rotations at secondary clinical education sites within the St. Vincent Health system and primary care/ambulatory clinics to promote a wider range of experiences with equipment, protocols, and patient care may be utilized. Students will begin pediatric rotations to advance age specific consideration skills. Students will be assigned clinically to approximately 36 contact hours / week. Students will perform competency exams as required by syllabus. Prerequisites: RAD 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 119, 121, 122, 123, 129. Parallel: RAD 131. Open only to radiography students.
Basic fundamentals concerned with the production, analysis, and recording of radiographic images are included in this course. Understanding density, contrast, detail and distortion as well as their interrelationships will be emphasized. Subject matter will include mAs, kVp, distance relationships, geometric image formation, grids, beam limiting devices, filtration, computers, digital image acquisition and processing, and technique charts. A laboratory component is included. Prerequisites: RAD 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 119, 121, 122, 123, 129, 131, 139. Parallel: RAD 212, 213, 214, 219. Open only to radiography students.
Fundamentals of Radiation Production – RAD 212 (22 lecture hours, 1.5 credits)
This course is an overview of how x-rays are produced and their interactions in human tissue. To provide a foundation for understanding the production of x-rays, the fundamentals of units of measurements and mathematics, atomic structure and nomenclature, electrodynamics and x-ray circuits, x-ray tubes, and characteristics of x-rays will be discussed. Prerequisites: RAD 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 119, 121, 122, 123, 129, 131, 139. Parallel: RAD 211, 213, 214, 219. Open only to radiography students.
Medical Ethics and Law – RAD 213 (8 lecture hours, 1.0 credit)
This course is a basic presentation of standards of ethical conduct and behavior relevant to the medical field in general and radiology in specific. Ethical principles and doctrines are reviewed. Discussion of professional responsibility to patient and the profession in terms of Patient Bill of Rights, Code of Ethics, Scope of Practice, and Standard of Care. The basics of legal aspects of medicine will also be discussed. Various situations pertaining to moral, legal and professional conduct will comprise the core material. Among the legal topics to be discussed will be medico-legal consideration, confidentiality, liability, and informed consent. This course will culminate with an in-depth exploration of a medico-ethical dilemma resulting in an oral debate and written thesis. Prerequisites: RAD 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 119, 121, 122, 123, 129, 131, 139. Parallel: RAD 211, 212, 214, 219. Open only to radiography students.
Fundamentals of Computed Tomography – RAD 214 (8 lecture hours, 0.5 credit)
This course presents the student with information necessary to achieve clinical competency in routine CT exams of the head / brain, thorax and abdomen / pelvis. Information covered includes basic operating principles of CT, patient care of the CT patient, radiation safety in CT, and procedural aspects of the head / brain (with and without contrast media), thorax and abdomen / pelvis (with and without contrast media). Prerequisites: RAD 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 119, 121, 122, 123, 129, 131, 139. Parallel: RAD 211, 212, 213, 219. Open only to radiography students.
Clinical Education IV – RAD 219 (440 clinical hours, 9.5 credits)
This course is a continuation of Clinical Education III as students continue to rotate through various aspects of the radiology department to involve clinical participation under direct and indirect supervision of procedures taught in Radiographic Positioning I and II and to continue the advancement basic patient care skills. Supplemental outside rotations at secondary clinical education sites within the St. Vincent Health system and primary care/ambulatory clinics to promote a wider range of experiences with equipment, protocols, and patient care may be utilized. Students will continue pediatric rotations and will begin evening assignments as an introduction to radiography services performed after normal working hours. Students will begin dedicated CT rotations to foster clinical competency in required CT exams. Students will also begin rotations through medical imaging modalities of MRI, angiography, sonography, radiation oncology, and nuclear medicine to gain comprehensive understanding of medical imaging. Students will be assigned clinically to approximately 24 contact hours / week. Students will perform competency exams as required by syllabus. Prerequisites: RAD 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 119, 121, 122, 123, 129, 131, 139. Parallel: RAD 211, 212, 213, 214. Open only to radiography students.
Radiographic Principles II – RAD 221 (38 lecture hours, 2.5 credits)
This course provides the student with a thorough understanding of specific radiographic imaging equipment used in general radiology and the evaluation of these systems through systematic quality control testing. Also included is a thorough exploration of film processing and conditions. Topics of discussion will include tomography, image intensifiers and fluoroscopic equipment, mobile radiographic equipment, automatic exposure control, darkroom and processing equipment, film / screen structure and function, artifacts, sensitometry / characteristic curves, and quality control. Prerequisites: RAD 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 119, 121, 122, 123, 129, 131, 139, 211, 212, 213, 214, 219. Parallel: RAD 222, 223, 224, 229. Open only to radiography students.
Radiation Protection and Radiobiology – RAD 222 (34 lecture hours, 2.0 credits)
This course identifies the human response to ionizing radiation and identifies tissues that are more sensitive than others in radiation. A synopsis of health physics is also introduced to the student identifying specific agencies that govern the radiation exposure to the general public as well as the occupational worker. The application of radiation protection for patients and personnel will be emphasized. Prerequisites: RAD 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 119, 121, 122, 123, 129, 131, 139, 211, 212, 213, 214, 219. Parallel: RAD 221, 223, 224, 229. Open only to radiography students.
Radiographic Image Analysis – RAD 223 (17 lecture hours, 1.0 credit)
This course is designed to assess each student’s ability to critique radiographic images for proper patient positioning, exposure factors, anatomy, artifacts and evidence of radiation protection. Critical thinking and problem solving skills are necessary in determining causes of technical problems and identifying corrective actions. Prerequisites: RAD 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 119, 121, 122, 123, 129, 131, 139, 211, 212, 213, 214, 219. Parallel: RAD 221, 222, 224, 229. Open only to radiography students.Registry Review – RAD 224 (4 lecture hours, 48 lab hours, 1.5 credits)
This course is a review session to help prepare the students for the national ARRT registry examination. A brief overview of the subjects studied during the course of the program will be addressed. The course also incorporates the use of mock board exams to help aid students in the review process and to chart progress toward ARRT board readiness. Prerequisites: RAD 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 119, 121, 122, 123, 129, 131, 139, 211, 212, 213, 214, 219. Parallel: RAD 221, 222, 223, 229. Open only to radiography students.Clinical Education V – RAD 229 (432 clinical hours, 9.5 credit hours)
This course is a continuation of Clinical Education IV as students continue to rotate through various aspects of the radiology department with the expectation to refine clinical skills through clinical participation under direct and indirect supervision of procedures taught in Radiographic Positioning I and II and to continue the advancement basic patient care skills. Supplemental outside rotations at secondary clinical education sites within the St. Vincent Health system and primary care/ambulatory clinics to promote a wider range of experiences with equipment, protocols, and patient care may be utilized. Students will continue pediatric rotations and continue evening assignments as an introduction to radiography services performed after normal working hours. Students will continue dedicated CT rotations to foster clinical competency in required CT exams. Students will also continue rotations through medical imaging modalities of MRI, angiography, sonography, radiation oncology, and nuclear medicine to further their understanding of medical imaging. Students will be assigned clinically to approximately 24 contact hours / week. Students must complete all required competencies as defined in syllabus and the Clinical Competency Policy. Prerequisites: RAD 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 119, 121, 122, 123, 129, 131, 139, 211, 212, 213, 214, 219. Parallel: RAD 221, 222, 223, 224. Open only to radiography students.
|Mathematics / Logical Reasoning:||3.0 Credit|
|Information Systems / Social & Behavioral Sciences / Physical Sciences:||9.0 Credits|
|Introduction to Radiography (RAD 111)
|Medical Terminology I (RAD 112)||0.5 Credit|
|Radiographic Anatomy & Physiology I (RAD 113)||2.0 Credits|
|Radiographic Positioning I (RAD 114)||2.5 Credits|
|Patient Care (RAD 115)||1.0 Credits|
|Clinical Education I (RAD 119)||9.0 Credits|
|Medical Terminology II (RAD 121)
|Radiographic Anatomy & Physiology II (RAD 122)
|Radiographic Positioning II (RAD 123)
|Clinical Education II (RAD 129)
|Radiographic Pathology (RAD 131)||0.5 Credit|
|Clinical Education III (RAD 139)||5 Credits|
|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)
|Radiographic Principles II (RAD 221)||2.5 Credit|
|Radiation Protection & Radiobiology (RAD 222)
|Radiographic Image Analysis (RAD 223)
|Registry Review (RAD 224)
|Clinical Education V (RAD 229)||9.5 Credits|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Radiography Program 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.
Students earn letter grades based on academic and clinical performance. The program adheres to the grading criteria below unless specified in a course syllabus.
Students are required to pass every course to graduate from the program. Failure to pass a course with a letter grade of “C” or higher will result in student dismissal from the program
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.
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.
The St. Vincent College of Health Professions Radiography Program does not award academic degrees. Graduates of the program receive a diploma acknowledging their satisfaction of the graduation requirements. An academic degree is not required for entry-level employment in radiography.
The St. Vincent College of Health ProfessionsRadiography Program has established pathways with the following regionally accredited academic institutions to enable program graduates to complete an academic degree.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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 ( www.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.
St. Vincent College of Health Professions Radiography Program is a twenty-two month, full-time program. Individuals interested in the program must submit an application to be considered for acceptance into the program. Applications are accepted only from November through January of each year. If selected, classes begin in August, with graduation occurring 22 months later in May. Since the program has limited student capacity, selection into the program is competitive. Not every applicant who applies to the program will be selected. To learn more about the selection process, see Admissions / Selection. Application documents can also be printed from that section.
The program's curriculum consists of both intensive classroom education and hands-on clinical training. Enrolled students are engaged in clinical or classroom activities on-site five days per week. All classroom education and clinical training is conducted within the St. Vincent Health system.
This website contains much information about the Radiography Program. If you have any questions after reviewing the information, please contact one of the faculty members below.
Mark Adkins, Program Director - MEAdkins@stvincent.org
David Sidor, Clinical Coordinator (SV Indianapolis) - DBSidor@stvincent.org
Kevin Godshall, Clinical Coordinator (SV Kokomo) - Kevin.Godshall@stvincent.org
Kristen Aaron, Clinical Coordinator (SV Anderson) - KDAaron@stvincent.org
The Radiography Program is fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiological Sciences. The JRCERT contact information is:
Upon graduation from the program, graduates are eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists board examination. Once an applicant successfully passes the ARRT examination, he/she can apply to the Indiana State Department of Health for a Radiologic Technologist general license, which is required to work as a radiographer in Indiana.
The program is committed to offering students the highest quality of education and training possible. To that end, the program has established a comprehensive Assessment Plan to assure program quality and promote performance improvement. The Assessment Plan contains student learning outcomes and is based on the annual performance goals and outcomes listed below. Individuals interested in learning more about how the program assesses its annual goals and specific student learning outcomes can click here to access the Assessment Plan.
1. Goal: Students will be clinically competent.
2.Goal: Students will demonstrate the ability to critically think.
3. Goal: Students will communicate effectively.
4. Goal: Students will model professionalism.
5. Goal: The program will prepare students to challenge the ARRT certifying exam.
6. Goal: Students will demonstrate and provide quality patient care.
7. Goal: The program will maintain a positive learning environment.
8. Goal: The program will demonstrate a positive effect on the community.
Radiographers, or Radiologic Technologists, work under the direction of a radiologist or other qualified physician to perform medical imaging procedures on patients for diagnosis. Radiographers work in a variety of settings including but not limited to hospitals, walk-in clinics and physician offices. In hospital settings, radiographers perform medical imaging procedures in the medical imaging department, emergency department (ER), surgery, and bedside in patient rooms and critical care units.
During the performance of radiographic procedures, radiographers must communicate with and provide care to patients of all ages and in all physical conditions. Radiographers manipulate radiographic and patient care equipment to accurately demonstrate anatomical structures on medical images and to provide quality care. Radiographers work frequently with computer systems to enter patient information and produce digital radiographic images. Radiographers also prepare and administer contrast media and other medications within the scope of practice and applicable state and federal regulations. Radiographers exercise safety practices to minimize radiation exposure to patients, self and others.
Radiographers must be able to take direction from physicians and management and yet operate independently within the scope of practice and state and federal regulations. Radiographers use critical thinking in adapting radiographic examinations to unique circumstances and in assessing medical images for appropriate image quality and corrective actions, if needed. Radiographers must be emotionally stable to perform radiographic examinations on patients under difficult circumstances.
To competently practice radiography, radiographers must possess the following skills and abilities:
1. Physical/Motor Skills
2. Sensory Abilities
3. Communication Abilities
4. Emotional and Behavior Skills
5. Intellectual Abilities
St. Vincent College of Health Professions does not discriminate on the basis of disability as determined by the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). College Physical/motor skills, sensory abilities, and communication skills are not assessed during the selection phase of the admissions process. For applicants selected for admission into the College, these essential skills and abilities will be evaluated as part of an overall health assessment by a St. Vincent Health hospital Office of Associate Health Promotion (OAHP) during which candidates may disclose their disability. OAHP will advise the College on accommodations necessary for the disability. The College, in consultation with the respective OAHP, will determine if disability accommodations are reasonable. The College reserves the right to not accept an individual with a disability requiring accommodations that are not deemed reasonable.
Emotional/behavioral skills and intellectual abilities are assessed during the selection phase of the admissions process as they relate to a candidate’s academic record, ability to compose an essay, and ability to communicate effectively in English during a personal interview.
Radiography education involves training in a potentially hazardous environment. While all reasonable efforts are taken to assure the student safety including adherence to state and local laws and following institutional policies and procedures, students should be aware of these environmental risks before endeavoring clinical education.
1. Handling Repulsive Tasks
2. Exposure to Potentially Harmful Radiation
3. Exposure to powerful magnetic fields
4. Exposure to infectious disease
St. Vincent Indianapolis
2001 W. 86th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46260
Mark Adkins assumed the role of Radiography Program Director of St. Vincent Health / St. Vincent Kokomo in March 2003. Mr. Adkins previously served as a Program Director for 6 years at St. Mary’s Hospital in Huntington, WV and as a program faculty member at the University of Kentucky for 5 years. He also served as Director of Radiology for St.Joseph Healthcare in Lexington, KY. Mark completed his radiography training at a hospital-based program in Ashland, KY in 1986, graduated from the University of Kentucky with a BS in 1990 and a MSEd in 1994. He is board certified by the American Regi.
St. Vincent Indianapolis
2001 W. 86th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46260
David Sidor has been an associate at St. Vincent Hospital since 1999. He has served as clinical instructor and departmental education consultant for the Medical Imaging department from 2001 - 2003. Mr. Sidor received his radiology training during his four years of service in the United States Army from 1984-1988. He worked four years in a Level 1 acute trauma center in Baltimore, MD and seven years at an immediate care center in Avon, IN. Mr. Sidor attended IUPUI and received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Purdue University in 2001. He is board certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) in general Radiography (R).
St. Vincent Kokomo
1907 W. Sycamore St.
Kokomo, IN 46904-9010
Kevin Godshall has been an associate at St. Vincent Kokomo since 2003. He has been a professional radiographer for over 35 years with past experience in general radiography, trauma radiography, C.T., radiation therapy and education. For 14 years he served as the clinical instructor and faculty member of the St. Francis Medical Center Radiography Program in Peoria, Illinois. Mr. Godshall received his Associates degree in Radiography from Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon, Illinois. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Health Arts from the College of St. Francis, Joliet, Illinois in 1994. He is board certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in general radiography (R).
St. Vincent Anderson Regional
2015 Jackson Street
Anderson, IN 46016
Kristen Aaron graduated from St Joseph School of Radiography in Kokomo, IN in 1995. She has spent 12 of her 14 years in radiography employed within St. Vincent Health as a general radiographer. From 2004 to 2007, Kristen served as the clinical instructor at St. Vincent Hospital and has been the Clinical Coordinator at St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital since 2007. Ms. Aaron completed a BS degree in clinical education through USI in December 2009 and her MA degree from Ball State University in 2015. She is board certified by the ARRT in general radiography.
St. Vincent Kokomo
1907 W. Sycamore St.
Kokomo, IN 46904-9010
ARRT, the certifying organization for radiography, will require all applicants for the certifying exam in 2015 to have earned an academic degree. This requirement is forcing hospital-based imaging programs across the U.S. to change their requirements for admission.
Our vision is to achieve institutional accreditation of the St. Vincent College of Health Professions. When thay happens, we will be able to award an associate degree to program graduates. Until then, we will meet this requirement by either accepting applicants who have already earned an academic degree, or by accepting candidates who will have earned a degree by the time they complete the program.
Hospital-based imaging programs in Indiana have partnered with Ivy Tech to allow our program graduates to complete the associate degree in imaging sciences. To earn this degree, candidates must take all general education course-work for the AS degree. These courses can be taken at any regionally-accredited college but must be evaluated by Ivy Tech to determine transferability. A list of transfer courses among Indiana colleges can be found at www.transferin.net/College-Students/CTL.aspx.
Ivy Tech will not grant an associate degree unless at least 15 credit hours have been completed through Ivy Tech. The remaining course-work can be completed at any regionally-accredited college. Because of this requirement, the program cannot consider candidates who have not completed the required 15 hours through Ivy Tech.
No - the 15 hours can completed anywhere (including online courses) through the Ivy Tech system.
No, but preference will be given to applicants who have or will have all general education courses finished prior to enrollment in August. If an applicant is accepted without having all general education course-work complete, the student will be required to complete the remaining general education courses while enrolled in the radiography program.
The increased interest in radiography over the past few years has indeed resulted in an increased number of applicants applying for a limited number of positions in the program and has therefore made the application process more competitive. For any applicant to be considered for acceptance they will need to demonstrate a history of successful academic performance as well as a personality that is compatible with both the academic and healthcare environment. Our selection panel evaluates many factors when selecting candidates for the program and has found that there is no one “model” for the ideal student. There is no one factor or attribute that can guarantee acceptance into the program.
These are difficult economic times, and healthcare is certainly being affected by the struggling economy. While competition for employment in medical imaging has stiffened, there are opportunities available for new graduates, especially for those willing to continue their education into advanced imaging areas. The long-term employment projections still show that there will be a need for qualified radiographers as our population continues to age.
Our program has been very successful in placing our graduates within 6 months following graduation, and we expect that trend to continue. But please keep in mind that no academic program can guarantee employment after graduation.
We look for individuals who have a strong background in biological sciences and mathematics (and good grades). This will come from regionally-accredited college-level course work. We also look for work experience with customer contact and service-oriented emphasis. Candidates should possess good interpersonal communication skills and a discernable interest in health care.
Given the tremendous interest in our program, we cannot guarantee that any candidate will be accepted. The program will stop short of prescribing a specific plan to any or all candidates. Each candidate is expected to evaluate his/her own strengths and weaknesses and to establish a plan that will address relevant weaknesses. Should a candidate not be accepted, we are always happy to discuss with a candidate our perceived strengths and weaknesses.
The ideal candidate will possess a healthy balance of characteristics and skills deemed desirable by the faculty. The ideal candidate:
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. We are proud of the comprehensive education in medical imaging that we provide, which will greatly benefit our graduates as they seek employment opportunities.
The program does have a central classroom located at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. Approximately half of the class sessions (about once a week) will require students at St. Vincent Kokomo in Kokomo and St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital to travel to Indianapolis for some classes. However, by conducting classes at each student’s clinical site, we have effectively reduced travel expectations by half. Additionally, the program requires some traveling to clinical sites throughout Indiana during the senior year.
To help offset the expenses of travel, the program keeps tuition and book expenses very reasonable. While the tuition costs of some local programs can reach $14,000 annually, our tuition is a very reasonable $3,000 annually. Most programs also require students to travel to multiple clinical sites or a central campus for academic classes. We encourage candidates to inquire of all programs regarding their travel expectations and to weigh the costs of travel with tuition and textbook expenses.
We believe that our program is one of the most cost-effective programs in this region that is able to offer a comprehensive approach to education in varying settings and access to state of the art technology to ultimately make our graduates highly marketable!
Radiographer salary varies throughout the country. The average full-time salary for radiographers in Indiana is about $50,000. For more information, see www.asrt.org/main/news-research/research-studies-and-surveys.
Although courses may have similar names and subject matter, the program courses are presented with an emphasis on material that is relevant to radiography.
The program does not participate in Title IV financial funding and therefore does not offer financial aid opportunities. Thus Pell Grants, Stafford Loans, and other state and federal-sanctioned aid do not apply. As a result, the program does keep tuition and textbook expenses very reasonable.
We encourage candidates to seek scholarship opportunities throughout their local communities and local civic organizations. We will be happy to work with any third-party payer who will guarantee tuition or textbook payment on behalf of an enrolled student.
This is a very common and poignant question and an issue we cannot emphasize enough to be seriously considered by each individual applying to the program. Although we cannot dictate what a student does outside of the program, past experiences have demonstrated that it is extremely difficult to successfully meet the requirements of the program while working a full time schedule. Some factors to consider beyond an individuals personal stamina and abilities are:
Many students do work part-time while in the program. The program faculty, while sympathetic and understanding of the situation, cannot lower the performance expectations of a student. Ultimately it is for each individual to honestly evaluate their abilities, both physical and academic and determine if after the commitment to the program hours and the hours to the job that there is enough time left to eat, sleep, study, travel, and for family while still meeting the requirements of the program…for 22 months.
The program is full time and 22 months in length. During the week a student will spend 3 days in the clinic usually from 7:30am – 3:30pm and 2 days in the classroom usually from 9:00am – 2:00pm. The program is unable to accommodate applicants seeking any form of part time education.