Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes
Connecticut State Community College
The mission of the Connecticut State Community College Radiography program is to provide a comprehensive radiography program that will graduate competent, entry-level radiologic technologists for the healthcare community.
This page contains significant information and/or links related to the Radiology program at Capital Community College (CCC). Current Information includes:
- Accreditation Status
- Admission Policies
- Academic Calendar
- Program Mission Statement
- Goals and student learning outcomes
- Annual Radiography Program Advisory committee meeting date
- The degree program
- Program/Graduation requirements
- Didactic and clinical Grading Policies
- Grievance/Appeal policy
- Articulation (Clinical Site) Agreements
- Tuition Fees and refunds
- Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Credit and transfer credit
- Clinical Obligations
The CCC Radiology program is accredited by The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Current accreditation is from 2017-2022. The JRCERT website can be found at the following link: https://www.jrcert.org/
MISSION OF THE RADIOGRAPHY PROGRAM
The Mission of the Radiography program is to prepare competent Radiologic Technologists who will assist the radiologist in providing a high level of radiologic technology expertise to patients in hospitals, clinics, extended care facilities, nursing homes, and other organized health care settings. The program provides education and training to diverse cultural groups which leads to employment, job advancement, or transfer to upper-level educational institutions, according to the statutory mandate and mission of the Board of Trustees of Community-Technical Colleges.
GOALS AND STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES OF THE RADIOGRAPHY PROGRAM
Goal 1: Students will demonstrate effective communication skills:
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Students will use effective oral communication skills with a wide variety of audiences in the clinical setting
- Students will practice effective written communication skills
Goal 2: Students will utilize critical thinking skills:
- Student Learning Outcomes:
- Students will assess images for diagnostic quality
- Students will assess images and make appropriate adjustment(s) as needed
Goal 3: Students will be clinically competent when performing entry level imaging procedures:
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Students will accurately position patients for radiographic procedures based on patient assessment
- Students will select appropriate technical factors to obtain diagnostic quality images based on patient assessment
- Students will utilize radiation safety for self and others
Goal 4: Students will demonstrate professional behavior
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Students will demonstrate professionalism in the program
- Students will participate in professional activities with state and national organizations
ANNUAL RADIOGRAPHY ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING DATE
April 28, 2021
THE DEGREE PROGRAM
The Radiography Associate Degree Program addresses the competencies specified by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) and prepares students for employment. Through knowledge gained from the Radiology Technology curriculum and from the liberal arts and sciences, students develop problem solving abilities and critical thinking skills and acquire the educational background to practice as competent radiologic technologists.
The Radiography Associate Degree Program is designed for students to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to perform radiologic studies. Graduates will be eligible to take the A.R.R.T. national certifying examination. Radiography courses must be taken in sequence. The program was last accredited by The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) in 2017. The program will undergo accreditation review again in 2022.
Students requesting that CCC accept credits from other colleges for the courses marked with an asterisk (*) are advised that a time limitation may apply.
The College reserves the right to request withdrawal of any student who fails to achieve the objectives of the curriculum or the requirements of the program. Students must achieve a minimum grade of C in all courses in order to progress from semester to semester and to complete the program.
The Radiography Program offers a limited number of evening clinical opportunities for students who are unable to attend the full-time day requirements of the two-year program. The limited evening clinical students will be provided an equitable clinical education and will be required to attend all regularly scheduled Radiography classes during the day time hours. The evening clinical cohort of students will be required to attend day clinical shifts during the winter breaks and during the summer sessions. Regularly admitted day clinical students will be required to perform a limited number of evening clinical rotations. Hospital clinical sites and/or clinical hours cannot be guaranteed upon admission to the program.
Please see Becoming Connecticut State Community College for important information regarding this program and Fall 2023 opening of Connecticut State Community College.
**** Starting in the Fall of 2023, the following Program/Graduation Requirements will take effect. These requirements and subsequent course and credit updates have been approved by the JRCERT.
(Student Handbook Page 38)
Anatomy and Physiology I
(C+ or higher taken within past five years of program start date)
Anatomy and Physiology II
(C+ or higher taken within past five years of program start date or currently by enrolled)
|Composition (C or higher)
|FIRST SEMESTER (Fall)
|Introduction to Radiologic Sciences and Patient Care
|Radiographic Procedures I
|Radiographic Procedures I Lab
|Radiographic Clinical I
***eligible to take before the start date of the program ****
|College Career and Success
|SECOND SEMESTER (Spring)
|Radiographic Procedures II
|Radiographic Procedures II Lab
|Radiobiology and Radiation Safety for the Radiographer
|Radiographic Clinical II
|THIRD SEMESTER (Summer)
|Radiography Clinical III
|FOURTH SEMESTER (Fall)
|Radiographic Procedures III
|Radiographic Procedures III Lab
|Imaging/Exposures III Lab
|Radiography Clinical IV
|FIFTH SEMESTER (Spring)
|Radiography Clinical V
|Total Credits: 61
+ Admission to the Radiologic Program required
* Prerequisite Required. Please refer to Catalog
1 A Humanities elective is any course in Art, Music, Philosophy, Modern Language, or any 200-level course in Literature, Humanities or English which is defined as a literature course in the Catalog description
2 A Social Science elective is any course in Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, History or Sociology
It is the responsibility of the student to know and meet all requirements for graduation. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all transfer courses from other institutions are properly transferred. A graduation audit will be performed in the last semester. All transfer courses and program requirements must be completed prior to program completion.
- Faculty reserves the right to have the student withdraw from the Radiography Program after the first semester, and concurrent semesters, if the student has not achieved a minimum 75% academic average in RAD courses and individual modules within the RAD courses, i.e., RAD 101.02-Medical Terminology.
- Faculty reserves the right to have the student withdraw from the Radiography program any time after the first semester and concurrent semesters, if the student does not achieve a 90% clinical grade average.
I. Theoretical/Didactic Grading
- Final grades will be available to students by way of their BANNER/MYCOMMNET accounts. The following scale is used to evaluate the theoretical achievement in Radiography courses.
II. Clinical Grading
- Clinical competencies – 40%
- Professional Development Evaluations – 40%
- Technologist Evaluation – 10%
- Submission of attendance sheets – 10%
A minimum of 4 satisfactory clinical competencies must be completed by the end of the first semester. Included in these four must be the chest and abdomen competencies. The remaining two can be of any anatomic region covered in the Positioning I course.
Subsequent semester minimum clinical competency requirements are as follows:
A student may only perform a clinical competency in an area where they have successfully completed the didactic exam with a 75% or better. If a student receives less than a 75% on a “positioning exam,” the unsatisfactory grade received will be used as the grade for the final grade. However, the student must re-take the exam and receive a grade of 75% or better. The “re-take” exam grade will not be utilized in averaging the final grade.
If a student does not complete the minimum required number of satisfactory clinical competencies, the average of the satisfactory number completed will be divided by the total required.
A total clinical grade of 90% is required each semester to continue in the program.
If a student satisfactorily completes more than the minimum required clinical competencies in the semester, the extra competencies will be included for the next/following semester.
- The passing grade for competencies is 90%. If a grade lower than this is received, the competency must be repeated. If a student does not satisfactorily pass a clinical comp (less than 90%), the student must inform the clinical instructor and work with the clinical instructor to ensure clinical competence. The student must then pass the next competency in that same positioning exam. The satisfactory and the unsatisfactory will be counted toward the final grade. Clinical instructors may “re-comp” a student if the instructor believes the student is not maintaining proper clinical performance. Should a student not satisfactorily pass the re-comp, then the original comp will be deleted, and the student will be required to perform another satisfactory comp on that exam.
- The clinical instructors will evaluate each student using the Professional Development Evaluation at the end of the semester. This form is a measure of the student’s quantity of work, quality of work, interpersonal skills, professionalism, etc.
- If a student is not satisfactory in clinical a “Clinical Performance Improvement Plan” (CPIP) will be completed. This form will identify areas that the student needs to improve with a timeline and required performance improvements. If the CPIP requirements are not met, the student will receive a “Notification of Clinical Warning.” This will be the final opportunity for improvement. A CPIP warning in any semester will reduce the overall clinical grade by 5 points for that semester. A Notification of Clinical Warning in any semester will reduce the overall clinical grade by 10 points for that semester.
When a student has a concern, academic or clinical, the proper channels of communication are as follows:
- Discuss the problem with the radiology instructor /technologist within three days and complete a “Student Concern Form” provided in the Radiology Student Handbook. The concern will be addressed by the coordinator and the student will receive a written response within 10 calendar days regarding the outcome or the investigation of the concern.
- If the matter is not satisfactorily resolved with the coordinator, the student may refer the matter to the Academic Dean by filing a written appeal. The appeal must be filed with the Academic Dean (hereafter referred to as the Dean) within thirty calendar days of the student’s awareness of the decision which is being appealed. Upon receipt of such appeal, the Dean shall meet with the instructor, if he or she is available, to determine that Step 1 has taken place or is not possible and to receive relevant information from the instructor responsible for the decision. The Dean may then refer the matter to the academic supervisor/Department Chair/Division Director for informal consideration prior to Step 3 below.
- The Dean or other designated official(s) shall afford a review as provided below. The President may designate an official or an academic appeals committee to provide review at this step in lieu of the review by the Academic Dean. The student shall be afforded the right to present a statement of appeal and relevant information in support of it. It is the student’s responsibility to show that the decision in question is arbitrary, i.e., without a reasonable basis, or was made for improper reasons in violation of Section 1 of this policy. The student is entitled to a written response within thirty days of the completion of his or her presentation. A decision to change the grade or modify decision which has been appealed is advisory to and subject to the approval of the President.
- The foregoing decision may be appealed to the President by filing a statement of appeal within 10 calendar days of the date of the decision. Review by the President shall be on the basis of the written record unless he or she decides that fairness requires broader review. The decision of the President shall be final.
- The time frames provided herein may be modified by the President for good cause shown.
ARTICULATION AGREEMENTS (CLINICAL SITES) WITH THE RADIOLOGY PROGRAM
Primary Clinical Sites
- St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Hartford CT
- Manchester Memorial Hospital, Manchester CT, Eastern CT Health Network (ECHN)
- Rockville General Hospital, Rockville CT (ECHN)
Secondary Sites (Rotational Only)
- Jefferson Radiology centers in Avon CT, Wethersfield CT and West Hartford CT
- Evergreen Radiology, South Windsor CT (ECHN)
TUITION FEES AND REFUNDS
ASSOCIATE IN SCIENCE DEGREE PROGRAM FOR CERTIFIED RADIOGRAPHERS and transfer credit
PRIOR LEARNING ASSESSMENT (PLA) CREDIT
The College is pleased to offer a prior learning assessment (PLA) for radiologic technologists who trained in a two-year hospital-program. After being admitted into the CCC program, the student will be required to complete the ten general education courses required for the Associate in Science Degree (Composition, Composition and Literature, Intermediate Algebra, etc.). Transferable courses from other colleges are accepted upon approval of the Director of Enrollment Services.
The Director of Admissions reviews all transcripts from other institutions for transfer credit into the Radiology program
For information, contact the Program Coordinator, at 860-906-5155