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RADIOGRAPHY PROGRAMSTUDENT HANDBOOK2020-2021Any information in this handbook may change. Students will receive written notice of anychanges.07/24/20201


TABLE OF CONTENTSPART ONE – GTCC RADIOGRAPHY PROGRAMWELCOME . 6PROGRAM MISSION & GOAL . 6LIMITED ENROLLMENT PROGRAM . 6TECHNICAL STANDARDS & ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS . 6PROGRAM ORIENTATION . 8PROGRAM INFORMATION . 8GTCC & Radiography Program Accreditation . 9Radiography Program Effectiveness. 10Program Curriculum . 11Transfer & Advanced Placement . 13Program Goals & Student Learning Outcomes . 13RADIATION SAFETY . 13Radiation Monitoring . 14Safe Radiation Practices . 14Pregnancy Radiation Safety Guidelines . 15AMERICAN REGISTRY OF RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGISTS (ARRT) CERTIFICATION . 16STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES . 17Communication & Electronic Devices . 17GTCC Emails . 17Electronic Devices . 17Student Conduct . 18Attendance & Participation . 18Class & Lab Attendance . 19Clinical Attendance . 20Excessive Absences . 21Health & Medical Issues . 21CastleBranch . 21Insurance . 21Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification . 22Criminal Background Check (CBC), Office of Inspector General (OIG) Review,and Drug Screening . 23Substance Abuse – Alcohol & Drug Policy. 24Campus Attire & Clinical Uniform Scrubs . 24Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) & Patient Information . 25Student Signatures . 263

Student Technologists . 26Tobacco-Free . 26STUDENT EXPENSES . 27Estimated Program Costs . 27Limited Scholarships for Radiography Students . 28Explanation of Expenses . 28GTCC SERVICES . 30Academic Advising . 30Academic Calendar . 30Academic Support Services . 30Assessment Center . 30Athletics . 31Bookstore . 31Campus Boxes & Clinical Lockers . 31Cline Observatory . 31College Closings & Delays . 31College Transfer Programming . 31Computer Labs . 32Cosmetology Services . 32Counseling . 32Dental Services . 32disAbility Access Services . 32e2 Campus Alert System . 32Family Rights and Privacy Act (1974) . 32Financial Aid . 33Food on Campus . 33International Student Office . 33Jury Duty . 33Libraries . 33Parking . 34Prevention of Personal and Sexual Harassment or Abuse. 34Police & Campus Safety . 35Student Success Center . 35Student Life Office . 35Student Clubs & Organizations . 35Student Government . 36Titan Link . 36Veterans and Military Assistance Programs Office . 364

WebAdvisor . 36GENERAL ACADEMIC INFORMATION . 36Academic Integrity . 36Academic Grade Standards . 37Course Progression & Early Alert Notice . 38Academic Suspension . 39Appeals & Grievances . 39Academic Withdrawal . 39Program Readmission . 40PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND SEMINARS . 40COMMENCEMENT & BEYOND . 41GTCC Radiography Program Pinning Ceremony. 41References & Recommendations . 42ARRT CODE OF ETHICS . 435

WELCOME TO THE GUILFORD TECHNICAL COMMUNITY COLLEGERADIOGRAPHY PROGRAM!This Student Handbook guides students through theGTCC Radiography Program. The Student Handbook isedited annually and any changes will be published andmade available to new and continuing students. TheStudent Handbook consists of two parts: RadiographyProgram Information and Clinical Information. Studentsshould retain and refer to the current Student Handbookthroughout the year to ensure understanding of allprogram policies and expectations.PROGRAM MISSION & GOALThe program supports the mission of the North CarolinaCommunity College System and the mission of GuilfordTechnical Community College through its commitment toserve the community. The program produces competententry-level radiologic technologist graduates with a soundeducation in radiography.The goal of the GTCC Radiography Program is toproduce graduates with a solid foundation in radiographyknowledge, based on best professional practices andclinical competency. The curriculum addresses rapidchanges in the technology-based medical imaging field while preserving a focus on patient careand instilling respect for human dignity. Graduates are prepared for professional employmentoptions.LIMITED ENROLLMENT PROGRAMThe GTCC Radiography program admits cohorts of students once per year, with applications inthe late spring and classes for the new group starting in the fall semester. The GTCCRadiography Program is a limited enrollment program with additional specific admissionscriteria in addition to admission to GTCC because usually the number of qualified applicantsexceeds the radiography program capacity. A committee comprised of the Health SciencesDean, Program Directors, and the Limited Entry Office Staff evaluate and set the admissioncriteria for each limited enrollment program before each admission cycle.TECHNICAL STANDARDS & ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONSThis document introduces the nonacademic standards, skills, and performance requirements expectedof students in the GTCC Radiography Program. All students entering the program must meet thesestandards and perform specific skills to meet the requirements of the curriculum and to developappropriate professional attributes to succeed in the profession.The technical standards provide a description of the physical demands of the profession so studentscan make realistic assessments of their interests, abilities, strengths, weaknesses, and challenges tochoose the most appropriate programs and career paths.6

All students are required to meet performance standards at the same level, with or withoutreasonable accommodations. Any condition affecting the ability to comply with these technicalstandards and essential functions must be evaluated by GTCC disAbility Access Service staffto identify reasonable accommodations. If requested accommodation(s) cannot be reasonablyprovided by the clinical facilities, students may not be able to successfully complete theprogram.Radiography students must be capable of demonstrating the following fundamental skills:Communication and Intellectual Skills Accurately interpret, record, and manage electronic data such as procedure manualsand medical records; Communicate with patients, family members, and other medical professionals usingappropriate terminology; Adhere to HIPAA regulations to protect patient privacy; Perform mathematical / algebraic calculations; Review and evaluate images to determine quality and suggest improvements whennecessary; Apply critical thinking, judgment, and techniques to resolve imaging challenges and tomake compensations to accommodate patient age and/or condition;Physical Strength, Mobility, and Endurance Be flexible enough to move in a confined space; Use safe ergonomics to move and position heavy imaging equipment; Use proper body mechanics and work with devices or teams to transport and positionmorbidly obese patients; Stand or walk up to 10 hours per day wearing personnel protective equipment such aslead aprons, surgical masks, gloves, and/or isolation clothing; Attend class and maintain attention up to 8 hours per day, participate in labs up to 4hours per day, and complete clinical assignments up to 10 hours per day.Sensory Possess visual acuity to evaluate images on monitors and operate equipment undervariable lighting situations; Adequately perceive depth well enough to move and position equipment and transportpatients; Demonstrate tactile, gross, and fine motor skills sufficient to provide safe patient care,patient assessment, patient radiographic positioning, and equipment operation; Hear normal speaking level sounds, auscultatory sounds, and auditory alarms (i.e.:equipment, monitors, fire alarms, call bells).Professional Behaviors Maintain academic honesty; Adhere to the ASRT Code of Ethics and ARRT Standards of Ethics; Comply with the GTCC Radiography Program Handbook; Exhibit professional behavior by appearance, behavior, and social media; Consistentlybe prompt with submission of assignments and attendance; Collaborate with others to work as part of a professional medical team.7

PROGRAM ORIENTATIONThe mandatory GTCC Radiography Program Orientation supplements the Orientation andInformation for New Students page on Moodle and provides students with general informationabout radiography as a profession and specific GTCC Radiography Program information.Students are required to set up an account with CastleBranch and submit their completedmedical forms including immunization records and a copy of their CPR (American HeartAssociation Basic Life Support/BLS) cards. Students will receive authorization forms forcriminal background checks and information about drug screening. They will have theopportunity to sign a variety of forms indicating that they have been informed about and acceptthe program guidelines, policies, and procedures.The program collects some student information during the program orientation to prepare forthe fall semester. Students will learn about resources available at the GTCC Bookstore,including textbooks, some supplies, and instructions for ordering uniform scrubs.PROGRAM INFORMATIONPersonTitleAll GTCC Phone336-334-4822plus extension #EmailDr. Donna Lee Wright ProgramDirectorext. #50739Cell 940-781-8477dlwright3@gtcc.eduMrs. Lauren BoylesClinicalCoordinatorext.50741Cell 336-813-0551lalynch@gtcc.eduMrs. Tonya SeawellRadiographyInstructorext. 50740Cell 336-408-7385toseawell@gtcc.eduMrs. Kay HintzeAdministrativeAssistantext. 50256kahintze@gtcc.eduThe GTCC Radiography Program began in 2011 and is administered at the GTCCJamestown Campus. The program requires five semesters (almost two years) and thecourses must be taken in sequence. The NC Department of Community Collegesdetermines the course sequence, along with co-requisite and prerequisite courses.Radiography course outcomes are leveled. Students are responsible for material presentedin previous curriculum courses throughout the program.The program requires a full-time commitment and students cannot attend on a part-time basis.Students typically have radiography classes and labs in the Business Hall on the Jamestowncampus throughout the week during regular business hours (typically Monday – Friday 8:00 am– 5:00 pm). During the Fall 2020 semester, Radiography lecture classes will be online, labsessions will be face-to-face in the Business Hall on Jamestown campus, and clinicrotations will be at multiple clinical facilities in the area. Clinical assignments and hoursvary depending on the rotation. Students have a limited number of evening and weekendclinical rotations during the program. Students must provide their own transportation and haveaccess to computers and internet. Students may use computer resources on the Jamestown8

campus. Students will learn about appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) andCOVID 19 guidelines required for participation in clinical rotations. Whenever studentsare on GTCC campus, they must follow ALL COVID 19 guidelines such as wearing facemasks, monitoring and documenting their COVID exposure and symptoms, hand andsurface cleaning, and maintaining social distancing.The associate degree is the recognized entry-level degree for Radiologic Technologists in theUS. Associate degree programs follow a standardized curriculum that includes generaleducation courses in addition to RAD professional courses. Students must complete ALL ofthe general education courses and the RAD professional courses for an associate degreebefore they can apply to take the ARRT certification exam.The program provides students clinical opportunities via rotations, and staff/instructor feedbackthat support competent graduates that can easily fulfill entry-level radiographer positions bydelivering quality care to patients, producing high quality images with the least amount ofradiation exposure while being desirable employees. Previous program graduates have been indemand and have had success securing jobs.Following ARRT certification in radiography, students may choose to advance their careers andpursue educational degrees (bachelors, masters, or doctorates) to be involved with clinicalmanagement, education, sales, or research. They may choose to add certification in othermodalities such as computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance (MR), nuclear medicine(NM), radiation therapy (RTT), vascular interventional (VI), bone densitometry (BD), andmultiple areas of sonography (ultrasound).Refer to the following websites for options:,,,,and NMTCB.orgGTCC & Radiography Program AccreditationGuilford Technical Community College (GTCC) has institutional accreditation with SouthernAssociation of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) that alsocovers the Radiography Program.The GTCC Radiography Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educationin Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The JRCERT is the only agency recognized by theUnited States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher EducationAccreditation (CHEA), for the accreditation of traditional and distance delivery educationalprograms in radiography, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance, and medical dosimetry.JRCERT accreditation is the recognized professional standard that tells students, patients, andthe public that GTCC values academic excellence, health care quality, and patient safety. Theprogram adheres to the JRCERT Program Accreditation Standards and is compliant with theAmerican Society of Radiologic Technology (ASRT) Curriculum Guide to ensure graduatespossess the knowledge, skills, attributes, and clinical education necessary to practice in theprofession. The program participates in the voluntary process of self-assessment and peerreview via the JRCERT. A copy of the JRCERT Standards for an Accredited EducationalProgram in Radiologic Sciences may be reviewed at and in the program office.A copy will be provided to any student by request.9

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850 Chicago, IL 60606-3182312.704.5300 (Fax) 312.704.5304www.jrcert.orgThe Program provides an education that is flexible, progressive, and sensitive to the changingneeds of the individual, significant support person(s), and community. Through theseeducational experiences, students have the opportunity to develop critical thinking and problemsolving skills. The program consists of didactic and clinical education experiences.The program ensures graduates possess the following values: COMPETENCE in the performance of radiographic procedures and the delivery ofhealth care.KNOWLEDGE in the principles and practice of radiologic technology.COMPASSION in the delivery of health care.PROFESSIONALISM in all actions and communications.COMMITMENT to professional development.Radiography Program EffectivenessProgram Completion RateCompletion YearStarting Enrollment2021202020192018201720165 YEAR 88.9%72.2%72.2%83.3%61.1%75.6%ARRT Certification Exam Pass Rate (on the first attempt)Completion YearAttempted ExamPassed 016201520145 YEAR .3%95.5%10%

Job Placement RateCompletion YearSought JobAccepted mplete2017201620155 YEAR AVERAGE1511135215101250100%91.0%92.3%96.2%Job placement rate is defined as the number of graduates employed in the radiologic sciencescompared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in the radiologic sciences.JRCERT has defined not actively seeking employment as: Graduate fails to communicate with program officials regarding employment status aftermultiple attempts,Graduate is unwilling to seek employment that requires relocation,Graduate is unwilling to accept employment because of salary or hours,Graduate is on active military duty, and/or graduate is continuing education.Current program effectiveness data may be found at GTCC Radiography Program website and onthe JRCERT website.Program CurriculumThe GTCC Radiography curriculum consists of 71 credit hours and follows the approvedcurriculum developed by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) and thestate of North Carolina Community College System. See the current course descriptions on theGTCC website under Academics.Upon completion of the program, with fulfillment of all graduation requirements, GTCC awardsthe student an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Radiography.While it may possible to take the general education courses at the same time students take theRAD professional courses, this strategy is typically NOT recommended. Scheduling generaleducation classes around RAD professional courses including labs and clinical hours isproblematic. Students are advised to complete as many of the required general educationcourses as possible BEFORE applying to the GTCC Radiography Program. Grades of B orhigher on the required general education courses result in additional admission ranking points;thereby improving the chances of admission.Students who do not complete the general education courses prior to beginning the radiographyprogram must take the general education courses while they are taking the RAD professionalcourses or after completion of the RAD professional courses. Taking the general educationcourses after the RAD courses will delay when the student can take the ARRT exam.11

GTCC Radiography ProgramASSOCIATE IN APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREE (A45700)Curriculum 2019- 2021 for Class of 2021Curriculum 2020- 2022 for Class of 2022FIRST SEMESTER (FALL)ClassLabClinicalCreditRAD110Radiography Introduction andPatient Care2303RAD111RAD Procedures I3304RAD113RAD Lab Elective0301RAD151RAD Clinical Education I0062BIO163Basic Anatomy and OND SEMESTER (SPRING)RAD112 RAD Procedures II3304RAD121 Image Production I2303RAD161 RAD Clinical Education II00155ENG111 Writing and Inquiry3003MAT143 Quantitative D SEMESTER (SUMMER)RAD122 Image Production II1302RAD141 Radiation Safety2002RAD171 RAD Clinical Education III00933397ClassLabClinicalCreditTOTALFOURTH SEMESTER (FALL)RAD211 RAD Procedures III2303RAD231 Image Production III1302RAD251 RAD Clinical Education IV00217HUM115 Critical Thinking3003662115ClassLabClinicalCreditTOTALFIFTH SEMESTER (SPRING)RAD261 RAD Clinical Education V00217RAD271 RAD Capstone230312

Social Science150 Elective:General Psychology210 ORIntroduction to Sociology231 Public ansfer & Advanced PlacementThe GTCC Radiography Program does not grant automatic advanced placement at this time.Requests for transfer from another Radiography Program will be considered on an individualbasis. The challenges of accurately assessing a transfer student’s capabilities to determineappropriate course placement so the student can merge with the GTCC course sequence mayrequire repeating some RAD professional courses. Additionally there must be clinical sites andagencies available to meet the clinical competency needs of the transfer student.Program Goals / Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)Goal 1: To demonstrate competence as an entry-level technologist. Students will correctly perform radiographic examinations.Students will apply knowledge needed for radiographers.Goal 2: Students will demonstrate professional communication skills. Students will use proper oral communication.Students will use proper communication during clinical assignments.Goal 3: Students will demonstrate critical thinking. Students will evaluate images for quality.Students will use problem solving skills related to the care of patients.Goal 4: Students will model professionalism. Students will participate in professional societies.Students will embody professionalism as it applies to the radiographer.RADIATION SAFETYSince the early 1900's, scientists have been aware of both the beneficial and destructivepotential of ionizing radiation. The clinical sites subscribe to ALARA, meaning radiationexposure is kept As Low As Reasonably Achievable. This is accomplished by employingproper radiation control procedures. Radiography is not considered a high-risk occupation.Students will learn and practice radiation safety and protection to minimize radiation exposure topatients, public, fellow students, faculty members, and medical workers. Students will haveequipment check-offs to ensure they know how to produce images with the least possible13

radiation exposure. Students are not permitted to operate the energized lab equipment or

Person Title All GTCC Phone 336-334-4822 plus extension # Email Dr. Donna Lee Wright Program Director ext. #50739 Cell 940-781-8477 Mrs. Lauren Boyles Clinical Coordinator ext.50741 Cell 336-813-0551 Mrs. Tonya Seawell Radiography Instructor ext. 50740 Cell 336-408-7385

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