Program Requirements

Prerequisite Courses (must be completed prior to application submission):

ENC 1101 College Composition I
MAC 1105 College Algebra 
BSC 2085C Human Anatomy & Physiology I
BSC 2086C Human Anatomy & Physiology II
HSC 1531 Medical Terminology


It is highly recommended that the required additional general education courses listed below be completed prior to submitting a Radiography Program application. These courses, however, can be completed at any time during the 2-year program:

HLP 1081 Wellness Concepts

CGS 1061 Intro to Computers

PHI 2010 Introduction to Philosophy

POS 2041 American National Government

RTE Program Core Course Sequence by Semester:

Please note each term consists of a combination of classes held at the Airside Center, Lakeland and required clinic assignments at various clinical facilities. The clinic schedule (specific days/week and hours /day)will vary each term.

Spring Semester Year 1

RTE 1000 – Orientation to Radiologic Technology

RTE 1111 – Radiographic Nursing Procedures

RTE 1503C – Radiographic Positioning I

RTE 1804L – Radiographic Clinical I

Summer Semester Year 1

RTE 1513C – Radiographic Positioning II 

RTE 1418 – Principles of Radiographic Exposure I

RTE 1814L – Radiographic Clinical II

Fall Semester Year 1

RTE 2523C – Radiographic Positioning III

RTE 1458 – Principles of Radiographic Exposure II

RTE 2458C – Radiographic Quality Assurance

RTE 2824L – Radiographic Clinical III

Spring Semester Year 2

RTE 2762 – Cross-Sectional Anatomy

RTE 1613 – Radiographic Physics

RTE 2834L – Radiographic Clinical IV

Summer Semester Year 2

RTE 2385 – Radiation Biology and Protection

RTE 2782C – Radiographic Pathology

RTE 2844L – Radiographic Clinical V

Fall Semester Year 2

RTE 2061 – Radiographic Seminar

RTE 2854L – Radiographic Clinical VI

Grading System/Scale

Grading policies are clearly stated in course syllabi, which are given to the student in the first week of class. The student must achieve at least a C grade in every radiography class and maintain a 2.00 college-wide GPA in order to remain in the Radiography Program.

 The course grade will be determined by the following scale:

                92-100         = A

                84 – 91        = B

                75 – 83        = C

                70 – 74         =D

                Below 70     = F

 Radiography Program: AS-25570

Clinical Overview

Clinical experiences give students an opportunity to apply the theories, concepts, and knowledge learned in the classroom to patients in hospitals and clinics. The clinical learning process is lengthy and frequently difficult. Learning in the clinic involves a gradual transition from observation to assisting to complete independence in the performance of examinations. Although many of the same rules and policies apply both to classroom and clinic, the clinical environment and the nature of the learning process are quite different.

A major strength of the radiography program is that students are able to rotate to several clinical sites. Such rotations increase students’ adaptability. Students may be assigned to six different clinical sites during the two-year program and must be prepared to travel to any of the program’s contracted clinical facilities. The Clinical Coordinator is primarily responsible for assigning students’ rotations.

The program recognizes the critical importance of clinical experiences and that absenteeism can significantly affect the skill level of its students. Attendance is monitored to assure the program, its accreditation agency, and its affiliates that all students have completed a designated length of clinical education.

Normal clinical hours are scheduled anywhere between the hours of 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., depending upon the clinical facility and the number of clinical hours required for each semester. Attendance is strictly monitored. Clinical attendance schedules are assigned by the Clinical Coordinator. Due to the demands of the clinical schedule, students should not work overnight hours. This presents safety concerns to everyone involved in the clinical process.

Students are required to complete mandatory rotations through Computed Tomography and evening shifts during the second year. In addition, documented operating room hours are a required component of the second year. Computed Tomography rotations are to be three consecutive weeks, and evening shift rotations must be two weeks in duration. Students may request and begin specialty rotation assignments in additional modalities such as: Nuclear Medicine, CVT, Sonography, Radiation Therapy, Mammography, and MRI.

All clinical facilities require background checks and drug testing prior to students performing clinical experiences at their facilities. Furthermore, these clinical facilities may require additional background checks and/or health-related testing during the program. For that reason, Polk State College requires a background check and drug screen to be completed prior to clinical attendance for all radiography students; a second set must be repeated in 12 months. The results of these tests must be received by the Program Director prior to the first day of clinical rotation.

All students are covered by a blanket liability insurance policy provided by Polk State College. This policy provides protection in the unlikely event students are named in legal action. Students will be provided insurance to cover accidents that occur in the clinical setting. This insurance is provided as supplemental insurance to their primary private insurance.

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