TRAINING CENTER PROGRAMS
The Pearl River Community College Department of Radiologic Technology is affiliated with Forrest General Hospital, Wesley Medical Center, Hattiesburg Clinic, and Memorial Hospital in Gulfport, Marion General in Columbia, and Highland Community Hospital in Picayune. Each center serves as clinical practice center where students are provided the opportunity to gain experience and develop skills necessary to qualify for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist Examination. The two-year Associate of Applied Science degree program begins in summer semester of each year. The first semester of the program consists of classroom studies. Upon completion of this session, the clinical phase will begin with rotation through each assigned area. Due to the diversity in patient condition and work load, there are clinical assignments on weekend and evening shifts as deemed necessary by program officials. Shifts will include 7 a.m.-3 p.m., 8a.m.-4p.m., 9 a.m. - 5p.m., 10a.m.-6 p.m., 2 p.m. - 10 p.m. 3p.m.-11 p.m., and a minimum weekend assignment from 7a.m. - 4 p.m. to take advantage of patient availability at these times. During the second year of training, students have the opportunity to rotate through the specialty areas to allow insight into their options after graduation.
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Summary of Program Requirements
Be graduates of accredited high school or the equivalent and be 18 years of age by December 31 of the year in which they are applying. Excellent health, a sense of responsibility, integrity, a sincere liking for people, emotional stability, tolerance, and tact are all essential qualities desired in an applicant. The applicant must be physically capable of functioning in all aspects of Radiologic Technology. Therefore the student should: Be capable of assisting the transfer of patients to/from wheelchair and stretcher to radiographic tables, etc. Be capable of preparing contrast media for usage as necessary. Be of adequate height, weight, and size to reach the x-ray tube at its highest point when centered to the radiographic table and maneuver equipment.
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