All candidates for the fall 2020 Professional phase must attend one of the monthly mandatory information sessions. Click here for the schedule. The Professional Phase Application will be handed out at the information session.
The Associate of 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. The program has two components: a pre-professional phase that includes all the general education and science prerequisites and a professional phase that includes Radiography specific course work and clinical education. A new professional phase class is selected in June for the fall semester. The Radiography Professional Phase is a two-year, day program; there are no evening Radiography courses offered.
The pre-professional phase is for students who are currently not enrolled in or eligible for admission into the professional Radiography courses phase. Students in the pre-professional phase take all of the general education and speech fundamentals courses required for the Radiography professional-phase. Students can take classes full or part-time and in the day or evening in this phase. In addition, summer courses can also be taken. Admission into the professional phase is not guaranteed once pre-professional course work is completed.
The Radiography Program Professional Phase begins every fall. Acceptance into this phase is very competitive. Students interested in applying to the Professional Phase must attend one of the mandatory information sessions offered monthly. The application will be handed out during this information session. All pre-professional phase courses must be complete by the spring semester in order to be considered for the fall professional phase. The deadline to apply to the professional phase is March 1.
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 seven years old. Grades for all pre-requisite courses must be “C” or better. Students who have taken science courses prior to this seven-year cutoff must prove competency by testing provided at County College of Morris (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 CCM 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.