Our Radiologic Technology Program provides students with learning opportunities that enable them to attain certification as a Registered Radiographer in General Radiography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or Computed Tomography, and empowers them to succeed in a changing healthcare environment.
This program is designed to provide the credits necessary for eligibility for the registered radiography certification.
GRCCs Radiography Programs prepare individuals to take the program’s corresponding American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) nationally recognized exam, upon program completion. Graduates who wish to practice radiography in other states should review the licensure requirements for each state through the ARRT website.
The program demonstrates a high quality standard of education. The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) located at 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850 Chicago, Illinois 60606-3182. The JRCERT contact number is (312) 704-5300. The program received the maximum 8 year accreditation award on 09/2018.
For further questions or concerns related to the JRCERT standards, refer to their website at www.jrcert.org.
What is the radiographer's job?
Almost everyone has had an X-ray. The radiographer's job is to obtain images through the use of ionizing radiation equipment of specific body parts like the chest, elbows or knee.
To do this, radiographers must apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology, positioning and radiographic technique (X-ray unit settings). They must also be able to communicate effectively with patients, other health professionals and the public.
Additional duties may include inputting computer information, processing film, evaluating radiographic images and equipment, managing a radiographic quality assurance program and providing patient education relevant to specific imaging procedures. The radiographer should display personal attributes of compassion, competency and concern in meeting the special needs of the patient.
The field of Radiologic Technology also encompasses other specialty areas like Interventional Radiography, Cardiac Catheterization, Computerized Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Other related fields of imaging include Ultra-sound (Sonography), Radiation Therapy and Nuclear Medicine.
A Radiographer will be able to find employment in many various radiographic settings from the major and minor hospitals to Medical Centers or Emergency Walk-In Clinics, Radiologist or Orthopedic Offices. The program has a high job placement rate. The starting pay range for a radiographer is from $19.00-$25.00 per hour in Western Michigan.
Five clinical courses are taken during the program at one of following six program-affiliated hospitals:
- Holland Community Hospital
- University of Michigan Health - West Hospital
- Trinity Health Muskegon Hospital
- Trinity Health Grand Rapids Hospital
- Corewell Health - Blodget Campus
- Corewell Health - Zeeland Hospital
- Corewell Health - Kelsey Hospital
- Ultra - X Imaging
Clinical sites are within a 38 mile radius of GRCC’s main campus. Students may be placed at any clinical site, regardless of distance. Students are responsible for their own transportation and any cost associated with it. Clinicals occur 2-3 times per a week. While most rotations occur weekdays between 8am-10pm, some earlier and later assignments are possible.
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Covid-19 Vaccine Requirements
Students enrolled or intending to enroll in any of GRCC's Health Programs that include off campus clinical components (credit or non-credit) will require a COVID-19 vaccine. This vaccine will be in addition to any other vaccination and program requirements dictated by accreditation standards and clinical placement requirements. This decision will best ensure the health and success of our students. Students currently in GRCC health programs will be required to complete their COVID-19 vaccination by Nov. 1, 2021. As a reminder, regardless of any exemption granted by GRCC, this does not guarantee an exemption from the vaccine requirement at individually assigned clinical sites, and thus may impact a student's ability to progress. While some facilities may allow a GRCC exemption to stand, other clinical partners will require students to follow their own process for seeking an exemption.