Associate In Applied Science Degree
Updated October 2013
Radiography is a day program; there are no evening Radiography courses offered. A new Radiography class is selected for each Fall semester.
The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Radiography is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to enter the field of radiography. The curriculum includes a general education foundation and 45 credits in courses pertinent to the development of competency in diagnostic radiography.
The Radiography Program seeks to provide each student with the didactic, laboratory, and clinical education to become a qualified entry level Radiologic Technologist. The program provides each student the opportunity to develop technical skills, enhance critical thinking and strengthen interpersonal behavior through educational activities.
This phase is for students who are currently not enrolled in or eligible for admission into the professional Radiography courses phase. Students in this phase can take all of the general education and speech fundamentals required for the Radiography major. They can study full or part-time and in the day or evening. In addition, summer courses can also be taken. Admission into the professional phase is not guaranteed once pre-professional course work is completed.
Interested applicants can obtain a Radiography Program Brochure from the Allied Health Department (Cohen Hall CH300; 973-328-5144). Applicants must also complete a two part application process.
The first part involves submitting a Radiography Program Application, which is available to the student in the Allied Health Department between September 10th and March 1st.
The second part of the application process is the Allied Health Program Professional Phase Application, which is available at the Office of Records and Registration. This form is available from January 1st to March 1st. Candidates must be accepted for admission to the College before the Allied Health Program Professional Phase Application can be filed.
Admission into the Professional Phase
Acceptance into the professional phase is competitive. A student’s GPA must be 2.5 or higher. The granting of a seat is based on the number of courses completed, the grades received, and the overall GPA at the time the candidate applies to the program. Applicants are ranked according to grades achieved in the required pre-professional courses. Values are assigned to grades achieved utilizing a point system. Science grades are weighted more heavily than non-science courses. All science courses must be less than 7 years old. Grades for all pre-requisite courses must be “C” or better. Students who have taken science courses prior to this 7 year cutoff must prove competency by testing provided at CCM or retake the course.
All students accepted into the professional (radiography courses) phase of the program will undergo an annual Criminal History Background Check and Urine Drug Screening, annual flu vaccine, obtain malpractice insurance at their own expense, obtain health clearance and be certified in CPR by the American Heart Association. In addition, students in the professional phase of the program are required to carry personal health insurance that provides coverage for accidents and sickness.
A statewide criminal record search through the New Jersey State Police and a National Criminal History Database Search is performed on all students upon initial acceptance into the professional phase of the program and annually thereafter. If a record is found as a result of the criminal record searches, admission into the professional phase of the program is denied. If there is no record upon admission but subsequent searches result in a record found, the student will be immediately dismissed from the program.
A urine drug screening is performed on all students upon initial acceptance into the professional phase of the program. If the test is positive for illegal substances, admission into the professional phase of the program is denied. In addition, illegal use of prescribed substances will result in denial of admission into the professional phase of the program.
All Radiography students are required to wear the County College of Morris radiography uniform when in the clinical setting. Uniforms are obtained at the student’s expense.
When a graduation candidate applies for eligibility for American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification, this includes requirements in three important areas: ethics, education, and examination. The ARRT Rules of Ethics are standards of minimally acceptable professional conduct for all Registered Technologists and candidates. The Rules are intended to promote the protection, safety, and comfort of patients. Registered Technologists and candidates engaging in any of the conduct of activities noted in the Rules of Ethics, or who permit the occurrence of such conduct have violated the Rules of Ethics and are subject to sanctions. If you’re concerned about whether your conviction record will affect eligibility, you can find out before even beginning an educational program. Contact the ARRT at 651-687-0048 ext. 8580
or their website at www.arrt.org/handbooklinks
Students seeking to transfer credits in from another institution must first apply as a student to the College. Students should indicate Radiography as a major. Transcripts should be sent to the Office of Records and Registration for evaluation.
The Radiography Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT, 20 N Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182; (312-704-5300) and the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection – Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners (Board) P.O. Box 415, Trenton, NJ 08625; (609-984-5890).
The JRCERT publishes guidelines that a Radiography Program must meet in order to be accredited. In order to be awarded and maintain accreditation status, the program must be in compliance with these guidelines. Since January 1, 2011, the Standards and Guidelines of an Accredited Educational Program for the Radiographers have been the guidelines utilized for accreditation.