Radiography School Overview

Overview

Akron Children's Radiography School follows the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) Radiography Curriculum and is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

Upon completion of our program, you will be eligible to apply for the radiography certification examination given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT).

Statement of Non-discrimination

Our radiography school's reputation depends on the contribution of our students. To maintain our high standards of performance, we recruit and select qualified persons without regard to race, color, age, gender, national origin, religion, or disability.

Our admissions policy of non-discrimination pertains to conditions and privileges of education, advancements and terminations. Therefore, a student's educational experience is based on merit and qualifications. Questions regarding our equal opportunity policies and practices should be directed to the radiography school program director, Dave Whipple, or the affirmative action coordinator in Akron Children's Human Resources department.

College Affiliations

Akron Children's program is affiliated with the University of Akron and provides the core curriculum for the university’s associate degree in radiologic technology.   The University of Akron establishes the criteria that is used to accept or deny a student’s request for transfer of college credit.

The program also has an affiliation agreement with Saint Joseph’s College of Maine (SJCME) who offers both an Associate Degree and a Bachelor’s Degree in Radiologic Science Administration.  Saint Joseph’s College of Maine establishes the criteria that is used to accept or deny a student’s request for transter of college credit.

Tuition for both programs is based on the prevailing university rate and Akron Children's Hospital has no control over those fees.

University of Akron Information Meeting

Admission to the program is extremely competitive. General information meetings about admissions and the associate degree are held most Friday afternoons at the university. Meetings begin at 3 p.m. at the Summit College office, which is located in the Polsky Building on Main Street in Room #301. Call 330-972-7220 for date confirmation.

Topics include:

A complete course description of the program, courses and policies is available for your review in the Student Handbook, located in the program director’s office at Akron Children’s Hospital or at the UA Summit College office (Polsky Building #301).

Program Hours

Radiography students are involved in their professional didactic education and clinical rotations approximately 40-hours per week and the program does not follow the University of Akron academic calendar.

In lieu of University of Akron breaks, students are allowed a certain number of hours of vacation time they free-schedule each year. Students are assigned to specific clinical rotations designed to enhance their radiographic skills and meet the learning outcomes of the program.

Outside Employment

Because this is a full-time, 40-hour/week program (not including study time), full-time employment outside of the program is strongly discouraged. However, most students are able to maintain part-time employment outside of school hours.

Clinical Environment

As a radiography student, you will deal with sick and injured patients of all ages and under a variety of conditions. Clinical rotations through all phases of radiography are required to meet the employment demands of a small office, an imaging center or a large hospital.

These clinical rotations include trauma (emergency) areas, surgical suites and intensive care units, at both adult and pediatric facilities. You must be able to handle yourself competently and professionally at all times in these high-stress areas.

Clinical assignments may include evening or weekend off-hour rotations. Off-hours are any clinical hours outside Monday-Friday between 5 a.m. - 7 p.m.  While you will be assigned to clinical sites that are located relatively close to your home to experience unique educational opportunities, occasionally you may be required to travel up to a distant clinical site (never more than 60 miles in any direction).

Technical Standards

Radiography students must also possess non-academic skills. The following technical standards are consistent with the basic duties of the entry-level radiographer in a professional position.

The applicant must:

Program Policies

Students must adhere to a professional dress code and follow the program and hospital’s policies and procedures. Because you will rotate through several hospital settings, many personal items, including artificial nails, visible piercings and tattoos, are either prohibited or must be covered from view.

To mold your behavior to the requirements of a medical setting, attendance requirements are much more stringent than the University of Akron’s policy and a failure to comply to the attendance requirements will result in your termination from the program.

In addition to academic evaluations, students are assessed at frequent intervals in the areas of teamwork, professionalism, appearance and patient management skills, with the desire to modify and enhance those behaviors.


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