Location(s) of Program: Forrest County Center
Brief Description of Program: The Pearl River Community College Department of Radiologic Technology is affiliated with Forrest General Hospital, Wesley Medical Center, Hattiesburg Clinic, and Memorial Hospital in Gulfport, Marion General in Columbia, and Highland Community Hospital in Picayune. Each center serves as clinical practice center where students are provided the opportunity to gain experience and develop skills necessary to qualify for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist Examination.
The two-year Associate of Applied Science degree program begins in summer semester of each year. The first semester of the program consists of classroom studies. Upon completion of this session, the clinical phase will begin with rotation through each assigned area. Due to the diversity in patient condition and work load, there are clinical assignments on weekend and evening shifts as deemed necessary by program officials. Shifts will include 7 a.m.-3 p.m., 8a.m.-4p.m., 9 a.m. - 5p.m., 10a.m.-6 p.m., 2 p.m. - 10 p.m. 3p.m.-11 p.m., and a minimum weekend assignment from 7a.m. - 4 p.m. to take advantage of patient availability at these times. During the second year of training, students have the opportunity to rotate through the specialty areas to allow insight into their options after graduation.
Essential Requirements of a person in this career field: Applicants must meet all P.R.C.C. Application requirements plus:
Be graduates of accredited high school or the equivalent and be 18 years of age by December 31 of the year in which they are applying. Excellent health, a sense of responsibility, integrity, a sincere liking for people, emotional stability, tolerance, and tact are all essential qualities desired in an applicant. The applicant must be physically capable of functioning in all aspects of Radiologic Technology. Therefore the student should:
- Be capable of assisting the transfer of patient’s to/from wheelchair and stretcher to radiographic tables, etc.
- Be capable of preparing contrast media for usage as necessary.
- Be of adequate height, weight, and size to reach the x-ray tube at its highest point when centered to the radiographic table and maneuver equipment.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE AND ADMISSION STANDARDS:
Deadline for completion of entire application procedure is FEBRUARY 1ST OF EACH YEAR
***BEGINNING SPRING 2020: THE RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM WILL UTILIZE AN ONLINE APPLICATION PROCESS FOR SUBMITTING APPLICATIONS.
Applicant is responsible for completing and submitting the online application and is responsible for completing and turning in any additional information.
- PRCC General Admission Form Online.
- PRCC Radiology Application Form Online. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION IS FEB. 1
- Complete in this packet must be an Official High School transcript sealed in envelope and school stamped and delivered to the Radiology Department. PRCC Registrar office personnel must open this original documentation. If applicant has GED (Diploma Equivalence), then a GED Test Result Form with scores must be included. It is applicant’s responsibility to make sure HS transcript has been received by the Radiology Department. HS GPA is part of the selection process and vital to acceptance.
- American College Test (ACT) Scores-18 Minimum composite score documentation must be provided by applicant. It is applicant’s responsibility to complete the PRCC form to have a copy ACT score recorded in the college system.
- ALL College transcripts must be sent to PRCC admissions office by e-script method. It is applicant’s responsibility to make sure that Admission Office has received transcript in order for Radiology Department to add to your application.
- Handwritten autobiography (1-3 pages, Must be turned in with application to the Radiology Program)
- Reference forms are REQUIRED (3-5): Included forms must be sealed with signatures across the back of the envelope. Letters of recommendation may be turned in with application packet or mailed in with signature over seal.
- Applicant must attend a Radiology Information Session Information Sessions are scheduled for the first Tuesday of each month beginning in October at 2:00 PM in Class Room 251 of the Allied Health Building on the Forrest County Campus. Additional meetings will be scheduled on each Tuesday of January. Please verify date the college will resume regular hours in January.( No appointment is needed for information session.)
Dates of Information Session provided by Program each year and posted at the left hand column.
- In order to be considered for admission to the PRCC Radiologic Technology Program, the applicant must complete the online application process and appropriately answer the Criminal History questions which was formerly a Form signed and notarized. The Confidentiality form for clinical tour and drug screening form must be signed digitally on the online application or documents must be returned in packet by February 1 deadline.
- Completed Application should be completed ONLINE beginning Spring 2020 and any additional information is requested to be personally delivered to the Radiology Faculty and applicant will be issued a form for verification of completion.
Observation of clinical areas will be scheduled at a clinical sites after the application is complete and applicant meets the requirements for the program. These observation hours will be scheduled after applicant has been contacted for interviews. Correspondence with the applicant via e-mail.
After faculty have viewed your file for completion and have verified that you have successfully fulfilled all of the program requirements, then an oobservation of clinical areas will be scheduled. These observation hours will be scheduled after applicant has been contacted for interviews. Correspondence with the applicant will be through e-mail. Please verify that your email address is correct on application. The completion of the above items will allow the prospective student to be considered for an interview with the selection committee. The selection Committee’s objective is to select the applicants who they feel have the potential to succeed in the program. The class will be no larger than 17 students.
AFTER ACCEPTANCE: The following items will need to be completed.
- Immunization- complete for college admission (Form 121)
- Clear Drug Screening
- FBI Background Clearance performed at PRCC
- Insurance card verification (health Insurance)
- Tetanus shot up to date
- Hepatitis B series begun (First of series of 3 must be documented)
- T B test with documentation.
- MSRT Student Membership Required
- ASRT Student Membership Required
Possible Careers in this Program: Radiologic technologists are needed in every health care setting, including hospitals, outpatient clinics and physicians’ office. Clinical specialties within the profession range from prenatal care to orthopedics. You could manage an entire radiology department, including its budget and personnel. You could teach, inspiring new generations of radiologic technologists, or you could perform research that leads to breakthroughs in diagnostic imaging or radiation therapy. With additional education, you could become a radiologist assistant, expanding your capabilities by serving as a radiologist extender. The boundaries of your career in radiologic technology are determined only by your own abilities and interests. Reference: https://www.asrt.org/main/careers/careers-in-radiologic-technology/explore-careers
What a student can expect from a career in this field: A career in radiologic technology offers a promising future, job stability and a good salary. As technology advances and the American population ages, the demand for radiologic exams and procedures has grown. The country needs qualified professionals to provide medical imaging and radiation therapy. In addition, many employers allow radiologic technologists to work flexible schedules, including part-time or evenings, giving you the time you need for family, friends, school or other activities.
Possible earnings of jobs in these career field: Wages of radiologic technologists are competitive with other health professionals who have similar educational backgrounds. With experience, additional education or supervisory responsibilities, salaries can range from $35,000.00-$65,000 per year, depending on area of specialization.
Mission of Program: The mission of the Radiologic Technology program at Pearl River Community College is to provide a quality educational experience in the radiological science profession and to help the student succeed both academically and clinically as an entry level radiographer.
Our mission includes preparation in the affective, cognitive, and psychomotor domains and our goal is to produced clinically competent technologist that model professionalism constantly and consistently. We strive to assist our students to develop problem solving skills that will allow them to communicate effectively and successfully with the patient and that will allow them to meet the needs and demands of our profession in our surrounding community.
Goals of Program:
- Students will be clinically competent.
- Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills.
- Students will communicate effectively.
- Students will model professionalism.
- Students will meet the needs of the communities of interest