Radiography

Radiography is the art and science of producing diagnostic medical images using ionizing radiation (x-ray). The five-semester program includes comprehensive coursework and clinical education beginning in the first semester. The on-campus laboratory offers students the opportunity to learn radiographic imaging utilizing computed radiography and direct digital radiography. All lecture and laboratory courses are offered on the Wallace Drive Campus in Gadsden. 

Upon successful completion of the 76 credit-hour program, students are awarded an Associate in Applied Science degree in Radiologic Technology. The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. Graduates are eligible to take the national certification exam offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. 

Curriculum 

A new class will be admitted to the Radiography Program each Fall Semester. Student selection is based on completion of all requirements: ACT scores, GPA and grades received in required general education courses. Admission to the program is competitive, and the number of students accepted is limited by the number of faculty and clinical space available. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance.

  1. Unconditional admission to the college. Apply for admissions here
  2. Submit online program application by midnight June 1 of the year of admission. 
  3. Submit supporting documents to the Admissions Office by the deadline:
    1. All official high school and college transcripts or official GED scores
    2. Official ACT scores  (with a minimum composite score of 18 on the national or residual on-campus test)
      • The Radiography Program will accept an ACT Superscore if it is sent directly from ACT to Gadsden State Community College as your score recipient. Keep in mind the following: ACT does not include ACT Residual On-Campus testing in determining the Superscore. You must contact ACT and request (there is an associated fee) the Superscore be sent to Gadsden State. We will NOT calculate the Superscore. The Superscore must be the official score calculated and sent by ACT. The Superscore must be received by the application deadline. If you plan to use a Superscore you must send your full name, date of birth, A# and date Superscore was requested from ACT to Gigi Stump at gstump@gadsdenstate.edu. We will need this information to verify receipt of the score.

  4. Must be 18 years old
  5. Minimum high school GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale without prior college courses
  6. Minimum of 2.5 GPA for required Radiography general education courses
  7. Must be eligible for placement into the following courses:
    1. English 101
    2. Math 100
    3. Biology 201
  8. Must be in good standing with the College
  9. Must meet the Essential Functions required for Radiography students. 
  10. Pass a criminal background check* and drug test upon admission to the program. Students are also subject to random and “for-cause” drug testing during the length of the program.
  11. Submit a completed health questionnaire and immunization records upon request by the program. 
  12. Demonstrate proof of insurance. Students who do not show proof of insurance will not be allowed to attend clinicals.

You can review the Radiography Ranking Sheet here

 

Upon acceptance into the Radiography Program, students must have a background check and undergo a drug screen (at the student’s expense). Students must also have a physical (form provided), submit an immunization record and maintain health insurance while enrolled in the program. At the New Student Orientation, the program will provide information concerning how and when these will be performed.

A variety of clinical affiliates are used within the surrounding eight (8) counties. The program makes every effort to avoid excessive driving distances, but cannot guarantee a specific clinical assignment. Students should expect to travel and must have reliable transportation during the five semesters of the program.

Clinical assignments will occur between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Weekend rotations are available by student request with the approval of the Clinical Instructor at the assigned clinical site and the Clinical Coordinator. Students will not be assigned to a clinical site during holidays observed by Gadsden State or during semester breaks of Gadsden State in which the College is formally closed. Students will not be assigned to medical imaging and therapy departments in which immediate relatives (spouses, siblings, parents, and children) are employed. If a student has relatives employed in other departments of the clinical affiliate, the assignment will be at the discretion of the program faculty.

Clinical Sites City, County
Gadsden Regional Medical Center Gadsden, Etowah County
Gadsden Regional Imaging Rainbow City, Etowah County
Riverview Regional Medical Center Gadsden, Etowah County
Northeast Orthopedics Gadsden, Etowah County
Northeast Orthopedics Rainbow City, Etowah County
Anniston Orthopedics Associates Anniston, Calhoun County
RMC Stringfellow  Anniston, Calhoun County
Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center Anniston, Calhoun County
RMC Oxford Mediplex Oxford, Calhoun County
Dekalb Regional Medical Center Fort Payne, Dekalb County
Highlands Medical Center Scottsboro, Jackson County
Floyd Cherokee Medical Center Centre, Cherokee County
Marshall Medical Center South Boaz, Marshall County
Brookwood Citizens Baptist Medical Center Talladega, Talladega County
Grandview Medical Center  Birmingham, Jefferson County
Kiklin Clinic Birmingham, Jefferson County
UAB Hospital Birmingham, Jefferson County
UAB Hospital - Highlands Birmingham, Jefferson County
TridentCare (mobile imaging) Etowah County & Calhoun County

 

The college-wide grading policy which is in place for all general education courses is located in the College Catalog.

            The Radiography Program uses the following grading scale for all programmatic courses:

Percentage Grade Letter Grade
90-100 A
80-89 B
75-79 C
70-74 D
Below 70 F

 

These expenses are in addition to tuition.

Items Cost
Compliance Tracking $100 (background check, initial drug screen and health information tracking)
Drug Screen  $37 (2nd fall semester, random, "for cause")
Physical and Lab Testing $200
Textbooks $800 (entire program)
RadTech Boot Camp $200
Medical Liability Insurance $30
Personal Dosimeter $200
Radiographic Identification Markers $30
Uniforms  $200
Class Picture $45
Application fee for Degree $10
Application fee to apply for ARRT examination $225
Total $2,077

All fees are approximations and subject to change.

Mission

To provide the health care community with entry level radiographers skilled in diagnostic imaging procedures.

 

Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

1.  Students will competently and safely perform radiologic procedures.

  • SLO#1 – Students will provide quality patient care.
  • SLO#2 – Graduates will provide quality patient care.
  • SLO#3 – Students will be clinically competent.
  • SLO#4 – Graduates will be clinically competent.
  • SLO#5 – Students will use gonadal shielding.
  • SLO#6 – Graduates will maintain a safe work environment.

2.  Students will communicate effectively.

  • SLO#1 – Students will communicate effectively in the health care setting.
  • SLO#2 – Students will communicate effectively in the laboratory setting.
  • SLO#3 - Graduates will communicate effectively in the health care setting.
  • SLO#4 – Students will demonstrate effective written communication skills.

3.  Students will use critical thinking skills.

  • SLO#1 – Students will be adequately prepared to adjust technical factors to produce diagnostic images.
  • SLO#2 – Students will be able to evaluate radiographic quality and determine any corrections needed to produce a diagnostic image.
  • SLO#3 – Students will be able to answer questions related to trauma situations.
  • SLO#4 – Students will produce radiographic images under trauma conditions in the laboratory.

4.  Students will demonstrate professionalism.

  • SLO#1 – Students will demonstrate professional development and growth in the clinical setting.
  • SLO#2 – Students will investigate organizations associated with Radiography.
  • SLO#3 – Students will develop a resume and five year plan.
  • SLO#4 – Students will complete a project which demonstrates professional growth.

 

The application for the Radiography Program at Gadsden State Wallace Drive campus beginning Fall Semester 2023 will be open from 8 a.m. Feb. 1, 2023 to 8 a.m. June 1, 2023.

If you have any questions, please contact Gigi Stump at gstump@gadsdenstate.edu.

Start Here:

Step 1 – Review the Application Information below before continuing with the application process. You must have a Gadsden State student A-number and access to your student portal to fill out the application. If you have issues, please contact the Help Desk.

Step 2 – Click here to access the Radiography Program application for the Gadsden State Wallace Drive location. After logging into your student account, you will be directed to the program application.

Step 3 – Read Page 1 of the application thoroughly. Complete Pages 2 and 3 and upload any required documentation. Sign the application on Page 4 and submit. No changes or additions can be made to your application after you submit. No paper applications will be accepted.

Step 4 – Verify that you received a submission confirmation email to your GSCC student email account. Save the email in the event it should be needed.

IMPORTANT: If you need to save your application and complete it at a later date, click “Save Progress” at the bottom of the application screen. When you are ready to complete the application, log in to your myGadsdenState account and click the NextGen link in your Launch Pad. View your Pending/Draft forms to resume the saved application.

 

The following is the most current program effectiveness data; our programatic accreditation agency, the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), defines and publishes this information: GSCC Radiologic Technology Program Effectiveness Data

Students seeking to transfer in to the Gadsden State Radiography Program from another program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Unconditional admission to the College with clear academic status.
  2. Ability to meet and comply with standards and policies in the current College Catalog and Student Handbook.
  3. Completion of requirements of initial admission (application, background check, drug screen, health records, etc.).
  4. Minimum grade point average of 2.5 for the required general education courses.
  5. No longer than 33 months elapse from the initial admission term at the institution from which transferring to date of graduation. 
  6. Official transcripts verifying a minimum grade of “C” earned in courses which represent collegiate coursework relevant to the degree with course content and level of instruction resulting in student competencies at least equivalent for those matriculating students. Alabama Community College System Standardized Radiologic Technology Curriculum courses will be transferred without review of the course syllabus. Verification of knowledge and/or skills may be required.
  7. Eligibility to return to previous Radiography Program in good standing.
  8. No more than one semester in which a grade of “D” or “F” has been earned in a radiography course.
  9. Clinical space availability. 
  10. Completion of 25% of total required hours for the A.A.S. Degree in Radiography at institution conferring degree.

Dr. Joey S. Battles, Radiography Program Director/Instructor

256-549-8469

jbattles@gadsdenstate.edu

 

Ashley Thompson

Ashley Crusey, clinical coordinator and instructor

256-549-8468

acrusey@gadsdenstate.edu   


Gadsden State Community College's Radiography Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) to offer the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Radiologic Technology. The program received the maximum 8-year accreditation in 2016.

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182 | 312-704-5300 | www.jrcert.orgmail@jrcert.org