Health Professions: Radiologic Technology Program Mission and Goals
Program Mission Statement
The mission of the Radiography Program at Tidewater Community College is to prepare
competent and professional technologists who will pass the ARRT Certification examination and
gain employment as an entry-level radiographer. The program intends to help adults of all ages
and backgrounds achieve their individual goals and contribute as citizens and workers to the
vitality of an increasingly global community.
This mission is accomplished through:
- Fair and objective admission standards.
- Accessible and affordable education without regard to race, color, sex, age, religion,handicap, national origin or other non-merit factors.
- Commitment to high quality instruction, and a variety of instructional approaches and delivery methods to support student’s diverse learning styles.
- Cultural diversity as a critically important strength for students to meet the changing needs of a pluralistic, democratic society.
- Guidance and mentoring for students to achieve their educational goals and succeed in passing the ARRT Certification exam.
- Provision of a comprehensive curriculum consisting of broad opportunities for students to develop skills in conceptual and theoretical understanding, analytical judgment, critical thinking, and the ability to problem solve.
- Didactic and clinical objectives addressing radiation protection, professional ethics, and safe care for patients.
- Provision of clinical practice to enable students to develop professionally and acquire the necessary knowledge base, communication, and practical skills to succeed in the profession.
- Partnerships and proactive responsiveness to provide a balance of radiographers to the region and an attempt to meet the needs of the community it supports.
- Encouragement and preparation for students to engage in professional development and lifelong learning activities.
Program Goals and Intended Outcomes
I. The Program will meet the need for Certified Radiographers in the Community.
- Graduates will indicate overall satisfaction with the program
- Employers will indicate overall satisfaction with the program
- Students who enroll in the program will graduate
- Graduates will pass the ARRT certification exam
- Program graduates will gain employment as a radiographer
II. Students will be Clinically Competent
- Students will demonstrate accurate positioning skills
- Students will apply appropriate radiation protection practices
- Students will demonstrate appropriate patient care skills
- Student will safely operate equipment in the radiology department
- Employers will confirm that graduates are performing competently
III. Students will Apply Problem Solving and Critical Thinking Skills
- Students will demonstrate the ability to use independent judgment when performing radiographic procedures
- Students will be able to adjust exposure factors to accommodate patient variables
- Students will analyze data to formulate conclusions pertaining to radiographic principles
IV. Students will Demonstrate Effective Communication Skills
- Students will communicate effectively with patients
- Students will communicate effectively in writing
- Students will demonstrate effective listening skills
V. Students will Demonstrate Professional Development and Growth
- Students will exhibit professional behavior
- Students will exhibit appropriate ethical decision making