Radiography - FAQs

 
 
 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What do the radiography (RADT) courses involve?

The radiography courses include classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences. These are rigorous courses which require a substantial commitment from the student in order to be successful.

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2. Where do students complete clinical education?

Franklin Square Hospital Center serves as the major clinical site for the Radiography program. Other clinical sites include Good Samaritan Hospital, St. Joseph Medical Center, Harbor Hospital, Harford Memorial Hospital, Maryland General Hospital and the private radiology offices of Advanced Radiology and American Radiology Services.

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3. What times are clinical hours completed?

The majority of clinical duty is scheduled during daytime hours from Monday through Friday. It is important that prospective students understand that they need to be present when radiographic examinations are performed in the clinical sites.

Students need to be available at different times depending on the clinical assignment and clinical objectives for that radiography course. Weekend, evening, and night clinical assignments are scheduled throughtout the radiography courses.

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4. Why are a limited number students accepted each year?

Due to the limitation in clinical facilities to place the students, the Radiograpy program can accept only enough students to fill the availabilty. The accrediting agency (JRCERT) also limits the number of students that can be accepted. Radiography program faculty is also aware of the job market for radiographers and does not want to flood the market with graduates who may have difficulty finding a job.

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5. How are students selected for the radiography program?

Applicants with a strong educational background, with superior grades in mathematics and science, are given preference. After a review of transcripts, top candidates are invited for an interview and required to attend an observation day at a local hospital. The interview and observation day represent an opportunity to get an overall picture of the candidate and to personally discuss the radiography profession. Students must be committed to the entire selection process to be considered a competitive candidate to the program.

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6. Can the program be pursued on a part-time basis?

Because of the clinical experiences required to fulfill radiography course requirements, the radiography program can only be pursued on a full-time basis.

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7. Are evening classes available?

The radiography (RADT) courses are only offered during the day. Many of the examinations performed in a radiology department are only done during daytime hours, therefore, the majority of the clinical experience must be completed during the daytime hours.

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8. Can an applicant be placed on the waiting list for next year?

Applicants are not carried over from year to year. They would need to re-apply each year and be considered with the pool of applicants for that year. Therefore, an applicant may be accepted one year with a GPA if 2.5, but the next year that may not be good enough for acceptance if the quality of the applicant pool increases.

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9. Are there any other expenses that radiography students are responsible for besides tuition?

Radiography students will spend approximately $900.00 for radiography textbooks throughtout the program. In addition to textbooks, students also need to purchase student uniforms which will cost about $300.00. Prior to starting clinical education, radiography students must have a medical examination performed by their personal physician along with up-to-date immunizations. This medical cost will vary.

Criminal background checks will cost approximately $50.00, and online mandatory education each year wil cost approximately $10.00 a year. A student clinical tracking software is also required, which has a one-time cost of $75.00.

Radiography students join the state professional association in their second year and participate in the annual meeting project, which totals approximately $30.00. Also, second year students attend a regional Registry review, which costs $80.00. Fundraising money may be available to cover the cost of the review seminar and annual project.

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10. What is the employment outlook for radiographers?

There is a need for radiographers in both hospitals and private radiology offices. Full-time, part-time and perdiem, positions are available with salaries starting around $22/hour. With additional experience, radiographers may also work in mammography, CT (CAT scan) interventional radiology and MRI.

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11. How can I get more information about the CCBC Essex Radiography program?

The Selected Admissions office coordinates admissions for the Radiography program. You may contact the:

Case Manager, Mr. Charles Martiono at 443-840-1037 or at cmartino@ccbcmd.edu
Office of Selective Admissions at 443-840-1989
Program Director, Ms. Erin Cordray at443-840-1427or ecordray@ccbcmd.edu

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