Radiologic Technology

Program Information

Location of Program:

Forrest County Campus

Program Instructor Contact Information:

Hope Husband, M. Ed. R.T. (R), (ARRT)
Radiology Program Director
601.554.5510
hhusband@prcc.edu
Kristie Windham, B.S. R.T. (R), (ARRT)
Radiology Clinical Coordinator
601.554.5484
krwindham@prcc.edu
Jessica D. Dobson, MSRS, R.T. (R), (CT), (ARRT)
Radiology Instructor
601.403.1830
jdobson@prcc.edu

Brief Description of Program:

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 a 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 the 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 of inpatient conditions and workload, 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.

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology Accreditation Statement 

Pearl River Community College Radiography program (#0469) is accredited by:
The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
(312) 704-5300
email: mail@jrcert.org 

JCERT Standards of Accreditation

JCERT Accreditation Letter

Click here for more information on the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JCERT). 

 

Radiologic Technology Associations:

American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) 

American Society of Radiologic Technologists  

Mississippi Society of Radiologic Technologists 

Forrest General Hospital 

6051 Highway 49 
Hattiesburg, MS 39402 

Marion General Hospital 

1560 Sumrall Road 
Columbia, MS 39429-2654 

George Regional Health System 

859 Winter Street 
Lucedale, MS 39452 

Memorial Health System, Gulfport 

4500 13th Street 
Gulfport, MS 39502-1810 

Hattiesburg Clinic  

415 South 28th Avenue 
Hattiesburg, MS 39401 

Memorial Health System, Stone County 

1434 Central Avenue E.  
Wiggins, MS 39577 

Hattiesburg Clinic Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 

Tatum Park 
103 Medical Park 
Hattiesburg, MS 39402 

Merit Health Wesley  

5000 West Hardy Street 
Hattiesburg, MS 39402 

Highland Community Hospital 

801 Goodyear Blvd 
Picayune, MS 39466 

 

Possible careers in this program:

Radiologic technologists are needed in every health care setting, including hospitals, outpatient clinics, and physicians’ offices. Clinical specialties within the profession range from prenatal care to orthopedics. You could manage an entire radiology department, including its budget and personnel. You could teach, inspiring new generations of radiologic technologists, or you could perform research that leads to breakthroughs in diagnostic imaging or radiation therapy. With additional education, you could become a radiologist assistant, expanding your capabilities by serving as a radiologist extender. The boundaries of your career in radiologic technology are determined only by your own abilities and interests.

Mission of Program:

The mission of the Radiologic Technology program at Pearl River Community College is to provide a quality educational experience in the radiological science profession and to help the student succeed both academically and clinically as an entry-level radiographer. Our mission includes preparation in the affective, cognitive, and psychomotor domains and our goal is to produce clinically competent technologists that model professionalism constantly and consistently. We strive to assist our students to develop problem-solving skills that will allow them to communicate effectively and successfully with the patient and that will allow them to meet the needs and demands of our profession in our surrounding community.

Essential requirements of a person in this career field:

Applicants must meet all PRCC Application requirements plus: 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 wheelchairs and stretchers 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 on the radiographic table and maneuver equipment.

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What a student can expect from a career in this field:

A career in radiologic technology offers a promising future, job stability and a good salary. As technology advances and the American population ages, the demand for radiologic exams and procedures has grown. The country needs qualified professionals to provide medical imaging and radiation therapy. In addition, many employers allow radiologic technologists to work flexible schedules, including part-time or evenings, giving you the time you need for family, friends, school, or other activities.

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Goals of Program:

  • Students will be clinically competent.
  • Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills.
  • Students will communicate effectively.
  • Students will model professionalism.
  • Students will meet the needs of the communities of interest.

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