Radiologic Sciences


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  • Graduation Requirements

    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. To that end and for the safety and well-being of patients and the community in general, it is the policy of the Radiologic Sciences program at UMMC to assure that all graduates entering the profession of radiography have met the rigorous requirements for graduation, thus enabling their eligibility to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) board examination.

      To be eligible for graduation, the following requirements/objectives must be met: 

    • Apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and positioning to competently and accurately demonstrate anatomical structures on a radiographic image;
    • 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 principles of radiation protection to patients, self, and others;
    • Understand the effects of ionizing radiation on living tissue;
    • Provide basic patient care and comfort to patients across the age continuum;
    • Recognize emergency patient conditions and initiate first-aid and basic life-support procedures;
    • Demonstrate knowledge and proper use of medical terminology;
    • Evaluate the performance of radiological systems, know the safe limits of equipment operation, and report equipment malfunctions to the proper authority;
    • Participate in radiologic quality control programs;
    • 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;
    • Apply problem-solving and critical-thinking skills in the academic and clinical settings;
    • Participate in a professional development activity approved by program faculty;
    • Support the profession's Code of Ethics and comply with the profession's Scope of Practice;
    • Demonstrate ARRT Board examination readiness;
    • Complete all attendance and punctuality requirements as defined by the attendance policy;
    • Pass all academic and clinical courses;
    • Complete all required clinical competencies;
    • Complete the terminal competency evaluation; and
    • Complete the exit interview.