The Diagnostic Medical Imaging curriculum begins once a year in Late Summer Session (July). The curriculum consists of eight consecutive semesters (24 months, including summer sessions) combining classroom/laboratory components at the College with Clinical Education courses at an area affiliate hospital. During Clinical Education, the student is supervised by College faculty and clinical staff while interacting with patients in the Radiology Department.
The Diagnostic Medical Imaging Program at the Community College of Philadelphia is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) (20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, Il 60606; phone: 312-704-5300; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: www.jrcert.org). The College seeks to provide a program in compliance with the JRCERT Standards, and encourages students to be cognizant of the Standards for an Accredited Educational Program in Radiography.
The mission of the Diagnostic Medical Imaging Program is to prepare individuals in the judicious use of ionizing radiation in both diagnostic radiographic and fluoroscopic procedures. This is accomplished by the application of knowledge in anatomy, physiology, and osteology; in the skillful positioning of the client-patient; the selection of correct technical factors; the proper handling and manipulation of radiation producing equipment; the utilization of accepted radiation protection procedures; and the processing of the image in preparation for diagnostic interpretation.