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Medical Imaging – ‘Radiography’

Radiologic Technology is a career in health care that provides opportunities for growth, job security, excellent salaries, and benefits. A career in radiologic technology may be an opportunity for you. Radiologic technologists, or radiographers, use x-ray equipment to provide images that assist in the diagnosis of disease and trauma.

At Massasoit Community College (Massasoit), the Radiologic Technology Program was established for radiographers during a time when there was a national shortage of radiographers. The strong support of the nine original clinical education centers and college officials, the Massasoit Radiography program accepted its first class in the fall of 1988.

Since the program’s first graduation in 1990 many students have successfully completed and graduated from the program and passed the National Registry exam (ARRT) on the first time.
Several of our students have continued their education by attending modality schools in Ultrasound, Radiation Therapy, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Nuclear Medicine, and Computerized Tomography. While many other graduates, have chosen to work in mammography, computerized tomography (CT), portable radiology and densitometry.

As of 2018, our current Massasoit Radiography program consists of eleven (11) clinical health care organizations, 2 full time faculty members and 1 part-time who is a graduate of the program.

Upon graduation, Radiography students receive an Associate in Science Degree certificate in Radiography. Massasoit Radiography program graduates are eligible to apply for the national certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Individuals who pass the examination are known as Registered Technologists in (Radiography), with the credentials of RT(R).

Successful completion of national certification makes the graduate eligible for National state licensure. Massasoit Radiography graduates have successfully passed the national certification examination and have found employment in various hospitals, clinics, portable companies, and private physicians’ offices.

For students who finished the radiography program at Massasoit and now want to move on to a four-year institution, the College participates in many transfer agreements, also known as articulation agreements, with four-year private colleges and universities or non-traditional/continuing education entities not part of Mass Transfer.

Students who are interested in programs through the University Collaborative are encouraged to reach out to the Massasoit Transfer office for more information.

As you explore our website, I hope you find the information you are seeking and answers to questions you may have about the program or the profession of radiography.

Of course, you may always contact one of the program officials and Massasoit admissions at the college.

Radiography Program Student Handbook (PDF)

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Program Mission Statement

The Radiology Program of Massasoit Community College serves the radiologic medical community and the population of greater Brockton, Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands by preparing competent entry-level radiologic technologists who are competent in the performance of radiographic examinations, demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills in their practice of radiology procedures, communicate effectively with staff and patients, employ radiation safety practices, foster professional development, growth and are prepared to achieved certification and employment in the field in radiologic technology. The clinical affiliations are the foundation of the program. They provide a clinical instructor to supervise the students, staff who have an important role in the success of the student’s clinical education, and a diverse patient population. The faculty of the program is committed to promoting in its students the concepts of professional development, ethical and moral behaviors, a high-quality work ethic, compassion, and care to culturally diverse populations.

Goals

  1. Students will be clinically competent.
    • Students will apply positioning skills.
    • Students will select appropriate technical factors.
    • Students will demonstrate appropriate radiation safety practice.
  2. Students will effectively utilize critical thinking and problem-solving skills
    • Students will demonstrate adaptability and flexibility when met with a new circumstance related to the radiographic exam, difficult cases or variations from the routine.
    • Students will evaluate images for diagnostic quality
  3. Students will demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.
    • Students will use effective oral communication skills.
    • Students will demonstrate professional decision-making.
  4. Students will participate in professional activities.
    • Students will practice written communication skills.
    • Students will participate in professional activities.

Program Effectiveness

Program Effectiveness Data (PDF)

  1. Student and community needs will effectively be served by the program.
    • Annual program completion rate of 75% or better
    • Five-year average credentialing examination pass rate of 75% or better for first attempt
    • Five-year average job placement rate of 75% or better

Program Philosophy

Massasoit Community College Radiography Program bases its foundation on the following program functions:

  • The belief is if the student employs the tools available for the student success and the program faculty supports the student then the student can succeed in the program.
  • The belief is that the clinical affiliates play an integral role in the program’s success.
  • The belief is that radiographers must demonstrate ethical, moral, and professional standards when serving the population of the community and other healthcare members.
  • The belief is that the program must graduate entry -level technologists who promote professional development in order to produce images of high quality.
  • The belief is that as a professional a radiographer one must be able to employ critical thinking and problem-solving skills in order to render quality images, deliver compassionate patient care and judicious exposure.

Disclosure

Full disclosure of any ticket, citation, summons, arrest, charges or convictions for a misdemeanor or felony is required on the application to the clinical portion of the program. Individuals who have been charged or convicted of a misdemeanor or felony must contact the ARRT. Written pre-approval to take the examination must be attached to the program application by the application deadline. Contact the Program Director for pre-approval information well in advance of the program application deadline. Written pre-approval may take up to 12 weeks to complete.

For more information on the radiologic sciences, please go to the following:


Programs

  • # MassTransfer eligible program
  • * Selective admissions program
  • ^ Not Financial Aid Eligible