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Radiologic Technology Handbook


Applying to MCC (if you are not a current student)
You must either come to Meridian Community College and submit an application for admission or apply on-line by clicking HERE.  Even though you complete our information packet, if  you do not submit an application for admission you are not eligible for our program. So don't forget! It is very important for you to complete the entire process (application for admission to MCC and the Info Packet (observation in a Radiology Department forms, reference forms, essay, transcripts-official). You are not  considered as a candidate for entry into our program if the entire process is not complete. Please feel free to call us with any questions.


Obtaining forms and Information
To obtain Radiologic Technology Information Packet with program specific information and forms for admission to our program, you can request a packet to be mailed to you by contacting the Health Education Counselor at 601-484-8629, the Admission Office at MCC at 601-484-8631 or any of our program faculty, 601-484-8757/601-484-8609. You may also download the Rad Tech information packet from the Program Information  page in this website.


Completing reference forms
Employers, teachers or anyone other than a family member who has known you personally in the past five years and can attest to your work ethic may complete the reference forms obtained in the information packet.


Observation hours
Applicants must complete sixteen (16) hours of observation in an affiliated hospital that performs fluoroscopic procedures. Observation hours must include weekday mornings and may include afternoon hours in order to include the necessary procedures. A clinical instructor must be present for the observation. To schedule your observation hours call the radiology department and request to observe as a prospective student in MCC's Radiology Program. Affiliated sites include: Anderson Regional Medical Center- 601-553-6185(Clinical Instructors: Cleve Roberts or Michael Holyfield), Rush Hospital-601-703-9520(Clinical Instructors: Ron Cook or Jennifer Gressett), Neshoba County General Hospital-601-663-1280 (Clinical Instructors: Mattie Cumberland or Michelle Duskin). *Please note the appropriate attire listed in the information packet. Also, individual hospitals may require an orientation session and documentation of a two-step Mantoux TB skin test [available through local health departments] prior to the mandatory four 4-hour day observations.

Clinical sites
We currently have eight clinical sites in Meridian and the surrounding areas. You may have to drive a 40 mile distance from the college to reach your assigned site. Students rotate each semester through one of these sites: Anderson Regional Medical Center, Family Medical Clinic, Neshoba County General Hospital, Pioneer Community Hospital of Newton, Rush Imaging Center, Rush Foundation Hospital and Emergency Department.

 

MCC Students
Students currently enrolled at MCC have an advantage over other students applying for our program. Please call the Health Ed Counselor (601-484-8629) to see how you can gain an advantage.

 

Program Accreditation
Meridian Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Community Colleges (SACS). The Meridian Community College Radiologic Technology Program has independently received programmatic accreditation from the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

 

Program Length
The program is currently 24 months long. Courses begin in June and continue through six semesters.  Clinicals begin at the end of August and continue throughout the length of the program.

 

Program Structure
The program includes classes that are only offered during the day. The curriculum is sequential and competency-based meaning that one semester builds on the next semester and must be completed before the student can enroll for the next semester. The student can expect to spend forty (40) clock hours per week in the program between didactic and clinical courses.

Freshmen classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays while clinical hours are completed on Tuesdays and Thursdays during fall and spring semesters.  Fourth semester (summer) consists of 8 hour clinical days not to exceed 40 hours/week for the ten week semester.

Sophomore classes during fall and spring semesters are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays while clinical hours are completed on  Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

 

FAQs

 

IS IT POSSIBLE TO WORK WHILE PARTICIPATING IN THIS PROGRAM?
Possible, but not recommended. If it is necessary it is recommended that you only work between 16 and 20 hours per week, preferably on the weekends, due to the study time necessary to be successful in the program.

 

WHERE CAN I GO FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROFESSION?
WWW.ASRT.ORG – American Society of Radiologic Technologists

WWW.ARRT.ORG – American Registry Radiologic Technologists

 

IF I HAVE A CRIMINAL RECORD, WILL THAT PROHIBIT ME FROM BEING SUCCESSFUL IN THIS CAREER?
Possibly.  Any drug conviction; bodily harm; neglect or abuse; or felony DUI conviction within a year of starting date of class is cause for denial of the clinical experience setting.  Any convictions more than a year beyond the starting date of class will be examined by the "Review Standards Committee" with a decision rendered if the student is allowed to participate in the clinical experience setting. Any charges pending a resolution will require documentation of disposition from the student.


In addition to the disqualifying events listed in Section 37-29-232 of the Mississippi Code of 1972 annotated, clinical affiliates may, at their discretion, refuse to provide clinical experiences to any student whom the clinical affiliate feels is not suitable for employment or for the clinical experience setting.

 

Denial of clinical experience prohibits program completion.

 

After completion of prerequisites, the program is a two year program [6 consecutive semesters]. Rad Tech Program Course of Study

 


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