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Radiography

Radiographers use a combination of physics, human anatomy and physiology to create permanent medical images.

  • About the Radiology Program

    WellSpan Health Radiography Program offers a 23-month hospital-based certificate program accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (www.jrcert.org).

    Class size is limited to 13 students per year with a new class starting every fall semester. Classroom and clinical education is offered Monday through Friday, 7:30 to 3:30. During the student's second year, they are required to complete a limited number of evening rotations. Didactic classes are offered at WellSpan York Hospital Imaging Center. Clinical education sites consist of WellSpan York Hospital, WellSpan York Hospital Imaging Center, and WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital.

    The program's clinical sites offer a wide range of opportunities for radiography students to receive hands-on experience and clinical development in the following areas:

    Thoracic
    Abdominal
    Extremity
    Pelvic
    Spinal
    Head and Neck
    Mobile (Portable) Radiography
    Urography
    Surgical Radiography
    Trauma Radiography
    Fluoroscopy

    Through the combination of classroom instruction and clinical education, students develop and improve upon critical thinking and problem solving strategies, as well as, continually develop professionalism and ethics necessary for the health care environment. The program's curriculum follows the ASRT's curriculum guidelines (recommended by the JRCERT). This curriculum is essential to graduating entry-level radiographers.

    Because of specific competency requirements and exam schedules, part-time and/or evening hours are not available. Interested applicants should be prepared to enter a full-time (40 hour week) educational/clinical setting. They will receive two weeks of vacation each year; one week at Christmas/New Years and one week in July (please see program's Academic Calendar). The program does not participate in advanced placement.

    Once a student successfully completes the program, he/she must pass the National Registry Examination in order to be certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist.

    For more information about the WellSpan Health Radiography Program, call (717) 812-3599.

  • Mission and Goals

    WellSpan Health Radiography Program’s mission is to prepare competent, entry-level radiographers who are able to function within the healthcare community. The school is guided by the mission statement, values, and strategies of WellSpan Health.

    Student Learning Goals

    Goal #1: All students will be clinically competent.

    • Students will practice proper procedural techniques
    • Students will employ appropriate radiation protection
    • Students will apply appropriate patient care

    Goal #2: All students will demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills within the clinical environment.

    • Students will evaluate diagnostic images and determine appropriate corrections
    • Students will modify routine radiographic skills to accommodate various patient conditions and other variables

    Goal #3: All students will practice effective communication.

    • Students will conduct appropriate professional oral communication skills
    • Students will apply appropriate professional written communication skills

    Goal #4: All students will recognize the importance of professionalism.

    • Students will practice appropriate professional attitudes and ethical behavior
    • Students will identify the benefits of professional membership
  • Academic and Admission Requirements

    Note: Students enrolled in WellSpan’s Radiography Program are required to have the following prerequisites. All college prerequisites must be acquired through a regionally accredited college:

    1. Mathematical Logical Reasoning – “College Algebra” course or higher (3 credit college course minimum) 2.0 “C” average
    2. Written/Oral Communication – (3 credit college course minimum) 2.0 “C” average
    3. Human Anatomy and Physiology I – 3 lecture hours with laboratory (4 credit college course minimum)  2.0 “C” average
    4. Human Anatomy and Physiology II - 3 lecture hours with laboratory (4 credit college course minimum)  2.0 “C” average
    5. Medical Terminology – (1 credit course minimum or certificate) 2.0 “C” average.

    Academic and Admission Requirements (Associate Degree Minimum)

    • High School diploma or GED
    • High School and/or college transcripts minimum 2.5 “C” overall average; 3.0 “B” is highly recommended
    • College prerequisite courses with 2.0 “C” for each course
    • College prerequisites will need to be completed within the spring semester of that enrollment year
    • Official transcripts of a completed Medical Terminology course must be received by the first day of school.
    • Imaging Department Observation (3 hours minimum)
    • Willingness to submit to a criminal background check upon program acceptance
    • Upon program acceptance, the student will undergo a complete physical and drug screen.  If the student fails the physical or drug screen, he or she will be released from the program.

    Please Note: Students enrolled in the program from 2013 and beyond will be required to have an associate’s degree or higher or be eligible to receive an associate’s degree or higher upon completion of the program.

    Application Requirements
    Applications are accepted until January 31st for the class starting in August the same year.  Responsibility lies with the applicant to ensure the program receives all listed materials on or before the deadline. Information received after the January 31st deadline will not be considered for that year’s enrollment (no exceptions).

    Applications are considered complete when the school has received all of the following information:

    • $35.00 dollar non-refundable application fee
    • Completed application form (which includes the observation form)
    • Official transcripts and transcript forms from all high schools and colleges listed on the application
    • Three letters of reference
    • Professional career statement
    • Completed applications are valid for one year

    Application Process

    • The admissions committee will review all completed applicants
    • A numerical evaluation is used during the interview selection process to objectively select applicants. 
    • Interviews are held February through March. A minimum of 15 applicants who scored highest on the Application Point System will be interviewed. The application point system is based primarily on G.P.A., college course work, work-related experience, personal and volunteer experiences, and professional statement essay
    • Selected applicants are interviewed    
    • All interviewed applicants will be notified by mail of their final status (admitted, alternate, or not accepted) by May 1st
    • Final selection is the responsibility of the school’s Admissions Committee 
    • New classes begin in August

    Post Acceptance / Pre-Enrollment

    • Receipt of all official transcripts
    • Maintaining college GPA average at or above 2.5
    • Prerequisite course GPA at or above  2.0
    • Non-refundable $100 acceptance fee
    • Completed and approved Criminal Background Check
    • Completed and approved PA Child Abuse History clearance
    • Valid two-year health care provider CPR certification
    • Documentation of personal health insurance
    • Confirmation of required health screenings, tests, and immunization. Documentation is verified through WorkFirst
    • Official transcripts of completed pre-requisite requirements with appropriate GPA

    Admitted students who fail to meet the above mentioned requirements will not be permitted to enter the program.

    Applicant Cancellation
    Applicants can withdraw their file for review at any time. Any applicant’s file that is withdrawn by applicant request may reapply to the program at a later date. Incomplete applications are not reviewed by the Admission Committee.

    Technical Standards
    To participate in the clinical education portion of the program, the applicant must possess additional non-academic skills. These technical standards are consistent with the duties of the entry-level radiographer in a professional position. These standards are not limited to, but include:

    • Communication - verbal and non-verbal communication between patients, co-workers, visitors and physicians. Must be able to read, write, and speak the English language and communicate in an understandable manner.
    • Auditory Skills - hearing a patient's, co-worker's or visitor's request for help, and taking instructions from physicians and supervisors.
    • Psychomotor Skills and Coordination - performs physical movements required in lifting and moving patients and handling radiographic equipment.
    • Visual Acuity - reading instructions, books, computer screens, technique charts, and patient requisitions with extreme accuracy. Must be able to view images for accuracy.
    • Dexterity - manipulating radiographic equipment and computer skills.
    • Emotional Maturity - possesses emotional health necessary to fulfill program requirements, such as, integrity, compassion, initiative, and good judgment in stressful situations.

    Conditions inhibiting the above listed technical standards may be reviewed by the admission committee. Every effort will be made to make reasonable accommodations when necessary.

    For more information about the WellSpan Health Radiography Program, call (717) 812-3599.

  • Curriculum

    Finals will be given at the end of each semester.

    Fall 1st Semester (20 weeks)

    • Radiography Practicum I
    • Introduction to Radiography
    • Radiographic Anatomy
    • Radiographic Procedures I
    • Patient Care, Pharmacology, Human Diversity & Ethics
    • Radiologic Physics I (Radiation Production & Characteristics)

    Spring 2nd Semester (20 weeks)

    • Radiography Practicum II
    • Radiographic Procedures II
    • Radiographic Anatomy
    • Radiologic Physics  (Radiation Production & Characteristics)
    • Basic Principles of Computed Tomography
    • Image Analysis I

    Summer 3rd Semester (12 weeks)

    • Radiography Practicum III
    • Image Analysis II
    • Pathological Report and Presentation

    Fall 4th Semester (20 weeks)

    • Radiography Practicum IV to include evening rotations
    • Advanced Radiographic Procedures I
    • Radiobiology and Radiation Protection I
    • Film-Screen Acquisition and Display I
    • Imaging Equipment I
    • Digital Image Acquisition I

    Spring 5th Semester (20 weeks)

    • Radiography Practicum V to include evening rotations
    • Advanced Radiographic Procedures II
    • Radiobiology and Radiation Protection II
    • Film-Screen Acquisition and Display II
    • Imaging Equipment II
    • Digital Image Acquisition II
    • Registry Review 

    For more information about the WellSpan Health Radiography Program, call (717) 812-3599.

  • Clinical Sites

    The clinical sites offer a wide range of opportunities for the radiography students. Clinical locations offer experiences in Fluoroscopy, Urography, General Radiography, Digital Radiography (DR), Computed Radiography (CR), Picture Archiving Communication Systems (PACS), Mobile and Operating Room Radiography, Mammography and Computed Tomography (CT). In addition to these diagnostic areas, the students will rotate through other modalities.

    WellSpan York Hospital

    WellSpan York Hospital Imaging Center

    WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital

    For more information about the WellSpan Health Radiography Program, call (717) 812-3599.

  • National Registry Examination

    Once a student graduates from WellSpan’s Radiography Program, he or she is eligible to work as an entry-level radiographer. In order for a graduate to become a registered radiologic technologist, they must successfully pass the National Registry Examination offered through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (www.arrt.org). New graduates are encouraged to take the registry examination shortly after program completion. Graduates must ensure they meet all ARRT examination requirements or risk being ineligible for the exam.

    Please note: Beginning January 1, 2015, to be eligible to sit for the National Registry Examination offered through the ARRT, the participant will need to have an associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degree from an institution accredited by a mechanism acceptable to the ARRT.

    For this reason, Wellspan’s Radiography Program is proud to introduce a Bachelor of Science degree in Radiography through an articulation agreement with York College. Students would complete two years of academic preparation through York College followed by WellSpan’s twenty-three month program. Acceptance of the student into WellSpan’s Radiography Program is at the discretion of the Program’s Admission Committee.

    Please contact Elizabeth Hodgson, York College radiography program coordinator (ehodgson@ycp.edu, 717.815.1530) or visit the York College website (www.ycp.edu, undergraduate/radiography) for more information regarding the course curriculum and schedule.

    Please note: Individuals who have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor may have violated the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Rules and Ethics, and may be considered ineligible to sit for the national board examinations. Those with questions regarding eligibility are encouraged to submit a pre-application form to the ARRT before entering an approved educational program. This form may also be submitted after an individual has been enrolled.

    Requests for pre-application forms must be requested through the ARRT by calling (610)-687-0048.

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