Q. What is a Radiographer?
A. A radiographer is a healthcare professional, who uses ionizing radiation to create medical images of the body to help health care providers diagnose and treat illnesses and injuries. Radiographers are an essential member of the health care team, and are in great demand nationwide.
Q. When does the program start and what is the application deadline for the program?
A. The program starts in August of each year. The deadline to apply is May 1st.
Q. What are the application requirements?
A. To apply to the Radiography Program you must have completed or be enrolled in HSC 0003, CGS 1060, RTE 1000, BSC 2085/L, BSC 2086/L, ENC 1101, MAC 1105, PHI 2604, CLP 1006, And SPC 1017.
Q. What are the admissions/selection criteria?
A. Because enrollment is limited in this program, admission/selection criteria is based on the grade point average (GPA); the grades earned in the BSC and MAC courses as well as the number of completed general education courses. Preference will be given to those students that have successfully completed all of the general education requirements associated with the Radiology program.
Q. Can I apply if I have not completed all of the general education and science courses?
A. You can apply to the program, before completing these courses. However, selections will be based on the number of courses completed. You are encouraged to complete all of the non-program courses (Pre-requisites) to increase your chances of acceptance into the program.
Q. What kind of degree will I be awarded when I graduate?
A. You will earn an Associate in Science degree in Radiography in approximately two years (6 semesters). This will qualify you to participate in the credentialing process offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologies (ARRT) to become a Registered Radiographer.
Q. What are the hours of the program?
A. Lecture and laboratory classes are offered on the alternate days of the clinic. The lecture hours will vary every semester. Most classes are scheduled between 7:00am and 3:00pm. However, there may be occasional late afternoon classes. Clinical courses are scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (day time).
Q. Can I work while I am a student in the program?
A. Employment is not encouraged, but you should be able to work about 15- 20 hours per week without jeopardizing your course grades. Students must earn at least a final grade of a "C" or better to continue in the program.
Q. Do you assist with job placement after graduation?
A. The Radiography Program does not provide job placement. Through the Career Center located in the New Student Center on the Medical Campus, graduates may review employment opportunities that have been forwarded to the Career Center.
Q. Do I need to take a test to work in this profession after graduation?
A. To work as a Radiographer, a license is required in the state of Florida. This license requires that you pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) board exam. After obtaining the ARRT License, the graduate can apply for the Florida State License through endorsement (no examination required).
Q. What is the approximate annual salary for graduates of this program in this area?
A. In the South Florida area, entry-level graduates may expect to earn approximately an annual salary of $35,000.00-$52,000 per year if employed full-time in a hospital setting. This does not include a sign-on bonus, benefits or overtime.