DeKalb Medical School of Radiology
Thank you for your interest in DeKalb Medical School of Radiologic Technology. The 24-month program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL, 60606-3182, Phone Number 312.704.5300. Upon graduation, you will be eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) to become a registered technologist in radiology, R.T (R).
What is radiologic technology?
Radiologic technology is the technical science that deals with the use of X-rays or radioactive substances for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes in medicine.
What is a radiologic technologist?
A radiologic technologist that specializes in the use of X-rays to create images of the body is a radiographer. Radiographers perform a wide variety of diagnostic X-ray procedures, including examinations of the skeletal system, the chest and abdomen. They administer contrast media to visualize the gastrointestinal tract and genitourinary system. They also assist the radiologist during more specialized contrast media procedures, such as those used to visualize the spinal cord (myelography) and the joint spaces (arthrography).
What does our program offer?
The DeKalb Medical School of Radiologic Technology offers a 24-month, 40-hour-per-week, Monday through Friday, full-time certification program accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), www.jrcert.org.
Please note there are evening clinical rotations about two or three days per month from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Every five weeks there is one eight-hour clinical rotation on the weekend with the Monday preceding the weekend rotation.
After successful completion of the program, students are eligible to take the national American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) exam. Upon passing the exam, the graduate becomes a registered radiologic technologist (radiographer): R.T. (R).
Our students have access to the latest available knowledge, skills and equipment. As part of a hospital team with a reputation for excellence in medical care, our graduates are assets to their profession.
Imaging Services at DeKalb Medical includes several diagnostic radiology sections, the outpatient Diagnostic Imaging Center and various specialty areas. Diagnostic radiology services also are available at DeKalb Medical at Hillandale, DeKalb Medical at Killian Hill, DeKalb Medical at Downtown Decatur and Stonecrest Imaging. Our main diagnostic section includes six procedure rooms that use computed radiography systems and digital radiography. Radiographic equipment is located in the surgery and emergency departments. Mobile units are used throughout the hospital.
In addition, we use a state-of-the-art picture archival and communications system (PACS). This innovation allows the production and interpretation of radiographs to be accomplished with computer systems as opposed to traditional film-based methods.
The Diagnostic Imaging Center is a separate facility - located at the North Decatur Campus - which offers outpatient diagnostic services.
Specialty areas located at DeKalb Medical
- Computerized tomography (CT scan)
- Nuclear medicine
- Interventional radiology
- Cardiovascular laboratory (Cardiac caths)
- Radiation Oncology Center
- Diagnostic Breast Center
Upon completion of all competencies, the student may select two elective rotations in the specialty areas (excluding Diagnostic Breast Center).
Program Qualitative Goals
Goal 1: Students will demonstrate the clinical competence required to function as entry-level radiographers.
- 1.1 Students will competently perform routine exams.
- 1.2 Students will demonstrate competency in their ability to position, set technical factors and manipulate equipment.
- 1.3 Students will demonstrate knowledge and skills relating to various medical imaging systems (CR, DR, PACS and automatic processors).
Goal 2: Students will employ problem-solving and critical-thinking skills applicable in the practice of radiography.
- 2.1 Students will adapt to non-routine situations (i.e., trauma, age-specific patients).
- 2.2 Students will consistently use appropriate technical factors in accordance with body habitus, patient condition and repeat exams.
Goal 3: Students will be prepared to fulfill continuing professional education responsibilities and understand the value and importance of professional growth and development.
- 3.1 Students will routinely provide a high level of services and care to all patients regardless of age, gender, religion or ethnic origin.
- 3.2 Students will consistently demonstrate a high level of work ethic that supports the ASRT and ARRT Code of Ethics.
- 3.3 Students will maintain professional knowledge and skills by successfully completing continuing education opportunities.
Goal 4: Students will employ effective communication skills applicable in the practice of radiography.
- 4.1 Students will be able to demonstrate effective verbal communication skills.
- 4.2 Students will be able to demonstrate effective written communication skills.
- 4.3 Students will demonstrate knowledge of communication skills with patient, colleagues and physicians.
Goal 5: The program will graduate competent entry-level radiographers in accordance with the outcomes identified through program assessment.
- 5.1 Students will successfully complete the radiography program.
- 5.2 Graduates will competently perform as entry-level radiographers.
- 5.3 Graduates (pursuing employment) will be employed within 6 months of graduation.
- 5.4 Graduates will pass the ARRT exam on the 1st attempt.
Program Quantitative Goals
(Based on past five years)
- ARRT examination pass rate of 95 percent on the first attempt.
- 100 percent of program graduates to earn certificates within 150 percent of the published program length from the date of enrollment.
- 100 percent of graduates seeking employment will find employment within six months from the date of graduation.
- A retention rate, graduation rate and program completion rate of 75 percent.
- An attrition of 25 percent or less.
- Please click here to see Program Effectiveness Data Outcomes.
Equal Opportunity Policy
The DeKalb Medical School of Radiologic Technology does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, age, sex, religion, disability or national origin.
Shaun Taylor, M.S., R.T. (R), R.T. Director, 404.501.5306
Christy Evans, B.S.R.T. (R)(CT), Full-time Clinical Instructor, 404.501.5288
Traci Monfort, B.S.R.T. (R) (MR), Clinical Coordinator, 404.501.5288
School Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: 2701 North Decatur Road, Decatur, GA 30033