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Diagnostic Medical Imaging

Description:

The mission of the Diagnostic Medical Imaging Program is to prepare individuals in the judicious use of ionizing radiation in both diagnostic radiographic and fluoroscopic procedures. This is accomplished by the application of knowledge in anatomy, physiology, and osteology; in the skillful positioning of the client-patient; the selection of correct technical factors; the proper handling and manipulation of radiation producing equipment; the utilization of accepted radiation protection procedures; and the processing of the image in preparation for diagnostic interpretation.

The Diagnostic Medical Imaging Program at the Community College of Philadelphia is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) (20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, Il 60606; phone: 312-704-5300; email: mail@jrcert.org; website: www.jrcert.org). The College seeks to provide a program in compliance with the JRCERT Standards, and encourages students to be cognizant of the Standards for an Accredited Educational Program in Radiography

The Diagnostic Medical Imaging curriculum begins once a year in Late Summer Session (July). The curriculum consists of eight consecutive semesters (24 months, including summer sessions) combining classroom/laboratory components at the College with Clinical Education courses at an area affiliate hospital. During Clinical Education, the student is supervised by College faculty and clinical staff while interacting with patients in the Radiology Department.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Competently and safely perform radiographic and fluoroscopic procedures
    Student Learning Outcomes:
      • Perform routine radiographic procedures
      • Demonstrate quality patient care
      • Apply appropriate radiation protection of patients, themselves, and others
    • Communicate effectively
      Student Learning Outcomes:
      • Demonstrate effective oral communication skills
      • Demonstrate effective written communication skills
    • Think critically and problem solve in various patient care situations
      Student Learning Outcomes:
      • Demonstrate the ability to perform non-routine procedures 
      • Demonstrate knowledge of C-arm equipment and OR procedures
      • Identify diagnostic quality images and correct non-quality images accordingly
    • Demonstrate professionalism.
      Student Learning Outcomes:
      • Demonstrate professional behavior in delivering patient care
      • Demonstrate professional characteristics in the clinical education setting

Programmatic Effectiveness

In addition to evaluating program goals and student learning outcomes, the Diagnostic Medical Imaging Program evaluates the program completion rate, credentialing examination pass rate, graduate employment, graduate satisfaction, and employer satisfaction for programmatic effectiveness.  Current data is as follows:

Program Completion:

The program completion rate is defined as the number of students who complete the program within 150% of the stated program length. 

Graduating Class Number of Enrolled Students Number of Graduating Students Program Completion Rate
Class of 2018 23 15 65.2%
Class of 2017 26 22 84.6%
Class of 2016 21 14 66.6%
Class of 2015 23 15 65.2%
Class of 2014 26 15 57.6%

Credentialing Examination Pass Rate:

The credentialing examination pass rate is defined as the number of student graduates who pass, on first attempt, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination or an unrestricted state licensing examination compared with the number of graduates who take the examination within six months of graduation. 

100% of the 81 graduates from 2014-2018 have passed the ARRT Radiography examination on the first attempt. 

Graduate Employment:

The job placement rate is defined as the number of graduates employed in the radiologic sciences compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in the discipline. The JRCERT has defined not actively seeking employment as:
Graduate fails to communicate with program officials regarding employment status after multiple attempts OR 
Graduate is unwilling to seek employment that requires relocation OR 
Graduate is unwilling to accept employment due to salary or hours OR 
Graduate is on active military duty OR 
Graduate is continuing education.

Between 2013 and 2017, 60 graduates actively sought employment in Medical Imaging and 57 are employed for a five-year job placement rate of 95%.  

Additional information with regard to Programmatic Effectiveness can be obtained here.

Program Entry Requirements:

Admission into the Diagnostic Medical Imaging Program is selective, competitive, and requires potential students to fulfill all admission requirements of the College. Applications submitted from October 1st until January 1st will receive priority in the Allied Health pre-entrance testing and review process.

Students must meet the following minimum requirements before applying to the Diagnostic Medical Imaging Program:

  • High School diploma or GED documentation
  • High School Biology or its equivalent (BIOL106) with grade “C” or better in the past 10 years
  • Demonstration of readiness for ENGL 101 and FNMT 118 as determined by the College’s placement tests, or by successfully completing developmental coursework
  • Minimum grade point average of 2.50

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age by the start of the Diagnostic Medical Imaging clinical experience.

Students new to the College can begin the application process by first applying to the College. Transcript evaluation and completion of a placement test (or test waiver) is required.

Current College students can begin the application process by visiting the Division of Math, Science and Health Careers in Room W1-1. Applicants must:

  • Complete and sign an application form
  • Submit official copies of supporting documents (e.g., official transcripts)
  • Submit a resume with letter of intent
  • Submit two letters of recommendation
  • Complete the pre-entrance Allied Health testing program with benchmark score or higher

Applicants who complete and meet the aforementioned requirements will be eligible to continue in the admissions process and will be contacted, in writing, concerning the scheduling of an admissions interview with the Program Director (or designee). A scheduled interview does not guarantee admission. Upon completion of the admissions interview, the Program Director (or designee) will review and score all applicants with particular attention to:

  1. Cumulative grade point average
  2. Strength of secondary/post-secondary academic curriculum
  3. Allied Health pre-entrance examination score
  4. Extracurricular activities, community service, and work experience
  5. Personal interview

Conditions for Acceptance

All applicants are notified in writing regarding the admissions decision. All offers of acceptance are contingent upon successful completion of the following:

  1. Acknowledgement of Core Performance Standards for Health Care Career Programs and physical demand analysis.
    • Clinical education requires a full range of motion, including pushing, pulling, twisting, lifting and bending. Standing and walking are required for the entire clinical day (8 hours). Students who are registered with the Center on Disability must inform the Program Director if special accommodations are required.
  2. Completion of Criminal Background Check
    1. Conviction of serious and/or violent crimes results in denial of admission into the DMI Program.
    2. Upon completion of the DMI Program, students will be eligible to apply for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists certification examination in Radiography. The ARRT reserves the right to deny or reject an application for certification as stated in the ARRT Standards of Ethics. Prior to applying to the DMI Program, candidates are encouraged to complete an Ethics Review Pre-Applicationwith the ARRT for the following circumstances:
      • Criminal proceedings including: Misdemeanor charges and convictions; Felony charges and convictions; Military courts-martials; and/or
      • Disciplinary actions taken by state or federal regulatory authority or certification board; and/or
      • Honor code (academic) violations.
  3. Completion of Child Abuse Clearance
    • Any record results in denial of admission into the DMI Program.
  4. Completion of Drug Screening
    • A positive screening results in denial of admission into the DMI Program.

Additional conditions for Program commencement include:

  • Documentation of a complete physical examination, including required laboratory tests. All health information is kept confidential. Students will have direct contact with patients, and have the responsibility to maintain very high standards of health practice.
  • Documentation of up to date immunizations prior to clinical assignment. Additional immunizations (e.g. influenza) may be necessary.
  • Documentation of current health insurance coverage, which must be maintained throughout the Program.
  • Attendance at scheduled Program orientation prior to entry.
  • Purchase of DMI student uniform.
  • Adult, child, and infant CPR certification for Healthcare Providers (due prior to the commencement of Clinical Education I).

Disciplinary Action

Involvement in any incident which resulted in disciplinary action against a student at the Community College of Philadelphia or any post-secondary institution is considered in the admissions process. The Diagnostic Medical Imaging Program reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant who has a documented history of violating College rules and/or regulations or who has been previously suspended or expelled from the College or any other post-secondary educational institution. Students subjected to sanction as a result of violating an academic honor code or suspended or dismissed by an educational program may not qualify for the ARRT certification examination.

Reconsideration

An applicant who believes that an error of fact has been made in terms of the information provided to the decision making committee can request reconsideration by the committee. This request must be made in writing within 10 days from the date of the letter notifying the applicant of the decision. The reconsideration should address what the applicant considers to be errors of fact. Following reconsideration by the decision making committee, the applicant can appeal the committee's decision to the Vice President for Academic and Student Success whose decision is final.

Any official change or the initiation of any governmental proceeding affecting the information revealed by the required criminal or child abuse background check must be reported immediately to the Program Director of DMI.

Transfer Students/Advanced Placement

The Diagnostic Medical Imaging Program does not grant advanced placement status to students who transfer from another Radiography program or are seeking advanced placement to regain eligibility for ARRT certification and registration.  These students must apply to the program according to the program entry requirements for all students.

Dismissal from the Program

The DMI program reserves the right to dismiss any student:

  • who fails to observe the regulations of the College and its clinical affiliates,
  • whose general conduct is detrimental to the College and its clinical affiliates, and/or
  • who does not meet the scholastic requirements of the Diagnostic Medical Imaging Program. A student who receives a grade of "D" or lower in any course will be dismissed from the program.

Readmission Policy

The DMI program is intended to be completed in twenty-four months beginning in July of each year. In order to progress through the program, students must complete all curriculum courses with a grade of "C" or better and maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Eligible students seeking program readmission must do so within twelve (12) months of program separation. Program readmission is not guaranteed and is dependent upon program capacity and availability.  A student must be eligible for readmission according to the College standards. Students who request to be considered for program readmission must meet the current admissions criteria and requirements at the time the request for readmission is placed. Readmitted students must follow the curriculum requirements at the time of their return to the program. A student may only be readmitted to the program once.

Eligible Students
  • Students who withdraw from the DMI program in good academic standing (grade "C" or better in all completed curriculum courses and GPA of 2.5 or higher)
  • Students who are dismissed from the DMI program due to a grade "D" or lower in any academic course, with a GPA at time of readmission request of 2.5 or higher
Ineligible Students
  • Students who are dismissed from the DMI program due to a grade "D" or lower in any clinical course
  • Students who are dismissed from the DMI program due to inappropriate conduct and/or violations of the College’s academic integrity policy, clinical code of conduct, moral/ethical standards, professional standards, performance standards or accreditation standards    
Process for Readmission Consideration

In order to be considered for program readmission, the applicant must:

  • Meet all current admission guidelines.
  • Submit a written request to the DMI Curriculum Coordinator. Request must be received at least three (3) months prior to the expected date of enrollment.
  • Successfully complete a comprehensive written exam as scheduled by the DMI Curriculum Coordinator. The exam content will include current material from courses which the student previously completed with a grade "C" or better. 
  • Successfully demonstrate clinical competence through simulation testing as scheduled by the DMI Curriculum Coordinator. Competency procedures will be selected based on the course(s) the student has successfully completed with a grade "C" or better.

The results of the written exam and competency testing, as well as the student’s prior academic and clinical progress, will be evaluated by faculty to determine the student’s potential for success in the Program and semester placement. DMI courses are offered chronologically and only once a year, therefore a readmission date will be based on the semester in which the courses are being offered.

Repeat previously completed courses as recommended by Program faculty.  Curriculum analysis is conducted annually and course content may change to ensure Program alignment with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Content Specifications for the Examination in Radiography and the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) Radiography Curriculum.  Repeating of recommended courses ensures the student is appropriately prepared for Radiography certification and registration in accordance with the ARRT.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:

  • DMI students must follow the curriculum sequence according to courses listed in each semester, unless approval is granted by the Program Director. 
  • Students in the DMI curriculum may be dropped at any time if, in the opinion of the Faculty and Program Director, such students are not suited to be Radiologic Technologists. 
  • Students whose attitude and behavior are considered unprofessional may be dropped from the curriculum, pending a review by the Faculty, Program Director and Advisory Committee.
  • Students may not continue in the DMI curriculum with a grade of "D" or below in any DMI or general education course.
  • Any breach of the ARRT Standards of Ethics will result in immediate dismissal from the Program.

Graduation Requirements

To qualify for the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Diagnostic Medical Imaging, students must complete 76 credit hours as prescribed, attain a grade point average of 2.00 in all Program core courses, and attain no grade below a "C" in any course.  Upon successful completion of the Program, graduates are eligible for certification and registration in Radiography by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

Pregnancy Policy

If a student becomes pregnant while enrolled in the Diagnostic Medical Imaging Program, disclosure of the pregnancy is entirely voluntary.  However, since radiation to the unborn child could be harmful, the student is strongly encouraged to notify the program director in writing once there has been a confirmation of the pregnancy.  Upon notification, the student will be scheduled to meet with the radiation safety officer or the Radiology Department’s physicist at the appointed clinical education setting.  During the meeting, the student will be provided with potential risks and consequences of prenatal radiation exposure.

The student may then choose to do one of the following:

  1. Withdraw immediately from the program in good standing.  A student who withdraws from the Diagnostic Medical Imaging program, because of pregnancy, can gain readmission to the program by following the established readmission procedure.
  2. Remain in the program without modification.  If the student chooses to do so, the following will occur:
  • The student will provide documentation to the program director of conception date and expected delivery date.
  • The student will sign a “Pregnancy Declaration,” as required by the clinical affiliate.
  • The student will be provided with ALARA training at the clinical education setting to ensure the monthly embryo-fetal dose does not exceed the NCRP recommendation of 0.5 mSv (5.0 mSv for the entire pregnancy). Neither the College nor the clinical affiliate can assume responsibility for any harm that might occur to an embryo or fetus as a result of exposure to ionizing radiation.  
  • Depending upon clinical affiliate policy, the student may be provided with a monthly fetal badge. The badge must be worn at waist level, under the lead apron. 
  1. Withdraw the declaration of pregnancy.  The declaration of pregnancy may be withdrawn at any time by contacting the program director in writing.

Magnetic Fields

Exposure to magnetic fields can occur during clinical education.  Certain factors, such as tattoos, body piercings, permanent makeup, external insulin pumps, and ear and eye implants, may preclude students from participating in some clinical experiences, but it will not affect program completion.  Introductory lectures for the advanced imaging modalities, including MRI, will take place during the first year of the program.  Students may begin rotations through MRI in the first early summer term (Clinical Education III). 

Prior to a rotation through Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), students must:

  • Complete a required screening questionnaire provided by the program.
  • Review MRI rotation objectives.
  • Review MRI safety videos.
  • Submit to any protocols determined by the MRI department at the assigned clinical affiliate.

 

Clinical Education

The DMI Program places a strong emphasis on clinical education with its competency-based curriculum.  The clinical education component provides students with the opportunity to practice and apply the skills necessary to become competent entry-level Radiologic Technologists. Students accepted into the DMI Program should expect to spend a minimum of 16 hours/maximum of 32 hours in clinical each semester. Students will follow a structured clinical rotation schedule throughout seven (7) clinical education courses. 
*The DMI Program clinical affiliates are as follows:

*Public transportation is available to all clinical affiliates

Course Sequence:

Summer I

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
  2 credits  
  3 credits ENGL 101
  3 credits Mathematics

Notes

Note: All courses need to complete with a grade of "C" or better

Semester 1

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
DMI 105 - Image Production and Evaluation I

Prereq: FNMT 118 and DMI 101 both with a grade of "C" or better
Coreq: DMI 119, DMI 131DMI 181, DMI 196

4 credits  
DMI 119 - Introduction to Radiologic Physics Coreq: DMI 105DMI 131DMI 181, DMI 196 2 credits  
DMI 131 - Patient Care and Procedures I Prereq: ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better
Coreq: DMI 105DMI 119DMI 181, DMI 196
4 credits  
DMI 181 - Radiographic Osteology and Pathology I Coreq: DMI 105DMI 119DMI 131, DMI 196 2 credits  
DMI 196 - Clinical Education I Coreq: DMI 105DMI 119DMI 131DMI 181 1 credit  
BIOL 109 - Anatomy and Physiology I   4 credits Natural Sciences

Semester 2

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
DMI 106 - Image Production and Evaluation II Prereq: DMI 105DMI 119DMI 131DMI 181, DMI 196 all with a grade of "C" or better
Coreq:  DMI 120, DMI 132, DMI 182, DMI 197
2 credits  
DMI 120 - Radiographic Equipment and Operation Coreq: DMI 106DMI 132 , DMI 182, and DMI 197 2 credits  
DMI 132 - Patient Care and Procedures II

Prereq: BIOL 109 with a grade of "C" or better
Coreq: DMI 106, DMI 120, DMI 182, DMI 197

4 credits  Am/Global Diversity
DMI 182 - Radiographic Osteology and Pathology II Coreq: DMI 106DMI 120 , DMI 132, DMI 197 2 credits  
DMI 197 - Clinical Education II Coreq: DMI 106DMI 120 , DMI 132DMI 182  1 credit  
BIOL 110 - Anat & Phys II BIOL 109 with a grade of "C" or better 4 credits  

Summer I

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
DMI 106DMI 120DMI 132DMI 182, DMI 197 all with a grade of "C" or better 1 credit  
  3 credits Tech Comp

Summer 2

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
DMI 198 with a grade of "C" or better
1 credit  
ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better
 
 3 credits ENGL 102, Info Lit 

Semester 3

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
Prereq: CIS 103DMI 199 both with a grade of "C" or better
Coreq: DMI 231, DMI 261, DMI 297
4 credits  
DMI 231 - Patient Care and Procedures III

Prereq: BIOL 110ENGL 102 both with a greade of "C" or better
Coreq: DMI 221, DMI 261, DMI 297

3 credits  
DMI 261 - Radiation Biology and Protection

Coreq: DMI 221DMI 231

2 credits  
DMI 297 - Clinical Education V Coreq: DMI 221, DMI 231DMI 261 2 credits  
SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology or

GEOG 103 - Introduction to Human Geography or
ANTH 112 - Cultural Anthropology

 

  3 credits  Social Sciences, Interpretive Studies, Writing Intensive

Semester 4

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.

Prereq: DMI 221DMI 231DMI 261, DMI 297 all with a grade of "C" or better
Coreq: DMI 232, DMI 298 

2 credits  
DMI 232 - Registry Review and Career Planning Coreq: DMI 222,  DMI 298 3 credits  
DMI 298 - Clinical Education VI Coreq: DMI 222DMI 232 2 credits  

ASL 101 - Elementary American Sign Language I or
ENGL 115 - Public Speaking or
ENGL 116 - Interpersonal Communication or
ENGL 117 - Group and Team Communication or
ENGL 118 - Intercultural Communication or
HIST 150 - History of American Health Care or
HUM 101 - Cultural Traditions or
PHIL 111 - Critical Thinking or
PHIL 211 - Ethical Problems or
SPAN 111 - Elementary Spanish for Healthcare I

  For ENGL 115, ENGL 116, and ENGL 117: ENGL 101 which may be taken concurrently 3 credits Humanities

Summer I

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
DMI 299 - Clinical Education VII Prereq: DMI 222DMI 232DMI 298 all with a grade of "C" or better 1 credit  

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate:

73

General Education Requirements:

All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College’s general education requirements is also available.

All General Education courses may be completed before entering the DMI Program or along with DMI Program courses.  Students are encouraged to complete General Education requirements prior to Program commencement to make their schedules more manageable.

For More Information, Contact:

The Division of Math, Science and Health Careers, Room W1-1, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8430; or the College Information Center (215) 751 8010.