Radiography Program FAQ

Question 1:  What are the duties of a Radiographer?

Radiologic technologists are the medical personnel who perform diagnostic imaging examinations and administer radiation therapy treatments. They are educated in anatomy, patient positioning, examination techniques, equipment protocols, radiation safety, radiation protection and basic patient care. They may specialize in a specific imaging technique, such as bone densitometry, cardiovascular-interventional radiography, computed tomography, mammography, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine,  quality management, sonography or general radiography. The radiologic technologists who specialize in radiation therapy, which is the delivery of high doses of radiation to treat cancer and other diseases, are radiation therapists and medical dosimetrists.

Radiologic technologists who perform imaging examinations are responsible for accurately positioning patients and ensuring that a quality diagnostic image is produced. They work closely with radiologists, the physicians who interpret medical images to either diagnose or rule out disease or injury. For the images to be interpreted correctly by the radiologist, the imaging examination must be performed properly by a radiologic technologist 

Radiographers use radiation (X-rays) to produce black-and-white images of anatomy. The images are captured on film, computer or videotape. X-rays may be used to detect bone fractures, find foreign objects in the body, and demonstrate the relationship between bone and soft tissue. The most common type of X-ray exam is chest radiography.

Question 2:  Is there a waiting list to be admitted and how many students are admitted each year?

No. There is a selective admission process, however. Selections are made based on points accumulated as described in the program's packet. Approximately 20-25 students are admitted each summer (June). This is necessary because of the limited clinical space in Brevard County. Several applicants are designated as "standby" status to fill vacancies in the event any of the admitted applicants decline to enter the program.

Question 3:  How long is the program?

The EFSC Radiography program is six consecutive semesters in length. Students are encouraged to take support courses and general education courses prior to acceptance into the A.S. in Radiography program.

Question 4:  Where are the classes in the Radiography program available?

Theory courses and labs are conducted on the Melbourne campus. Clinical sites throughout the county are utilized, and students may be required to travel significant distances for experiences. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from clinicals. 

Question 5:  What are the physical requirements for the program?

Radiographers require a broad range of mental, physical, sensory, and social skills. Please see the attached handout on Performance/Technical Standards for the Radiography Program.

Question 6:  What classes should I have completed before beginning the program?

Many students prefer to have all the non-Radiography courses completed prior to coming into the program. This is especially helpful if you have any responsibilities outside school, such as family or work. However, points for admission are awarded for the sciences and Algebra. These courses are difficult enough that they can hamper one's ability to succeed in the program, and thus deserve special attention to completion prior to entry. The knowledge gained in these classes also make the theory content in the first Radiography course easier to comprehend.

Question 7:  Must the courses in the program follow a particular sequence?

Yes, the Radiography courses follow in sequence, and there is a continuation & completion policy stating that both theory and clinical courses in one term must be successfully completed before moving on to the next term. Certain non-radiography courses must be completed as pre-requisites for various radiography courses, so students should be sure to follow the planned sequence for courses they have not taken. However, non-radiography courses may always be taken prior to their scheduled sequence

Question 8:  When will I know if I've been accepted?

Selections will be approximately 6-8 weeks after the posted application deadline. Letters will be emailed to all applicants to notify them of their program admission status. No results will be given over the phone.

The program will begin once each academic year in Summer C Term (June).

Question 9:  What is the weekly Schedule like?

  • First Summer 8-Week Term:  Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 AM – 2:30 PM
  • Fall & Spring Terms Year 1:  Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Class/Lab, 9 AM – 2:30 PM; Thursdays and Fridays, Clinicals (Hospitals), 7 AM – 3 PM
  • Second Summer 12-Week Term:  32 hours of Clinical Education per week: Schedules to be determined
  • Fall & Spring Terms Year 2:  Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Clinicals, 7 AM - 3 PM; Thursdays, Class, 9 AM – 2 PM

Question 10:  Can I work while I’m in the radiography program?

Yes, it is possible to work while you are going to school, but your work schedule needs to be flexible so you can accommodate class, lab, and clinical hours. It takes a lot of organizational skills and time budgeting to manage the program while working. We do not recommend that you work full time.

Question 11:  Where will I be doing my clinical education?  

Students are scheduled at one of several area hospitals each semester. These include: Holmes Regional Medical Center, Palm Bay Hospital, Viera Hospital, Cape Canaveral Hospital, Health First Physicians-Gateway, Melbourne Regional, Rockledge Regional, Parrish Medical and the VA outpatient clinic in Viera.

Question 12:  Do I get to choose the clinical site?

We will try our best to assign you to a site of your choice but, realize that you will be going to several different sites during your two years. Clinical sites have limits for the number of students they can accommodate because you will be working one on one with a registered radiographer. You will be responsible for driving to and from the clinical sites as well as to and from class and lab.

Question 13:  Do I have to wear a uniform to school?

Unlike many other Healthcare Programs, the radiography program does not require you to wear the uniform to class/lab. Since you are already going to clinical practice two or three times a week, it is best to save the uniforms for clinical use. It is recommended that you wear comfortable clothing to class and lab. (the room can be cool).

Question 14:  Can I enroll in the radiography program if I have a criminal record?

You will be required to do a Level two background check prior to attending clinicals. We will need to know if you have received anything other than a parking ticket in your past so we can advise you of your options.

Question 15:  Is there an x-ray machine in the lab?

Yes, we have an energized x-ray lab to facilitate digital x-ray exposures on different anatomical phantoms (plexiglass anatomical patients). We also have a non-energized x-ray unit to practice positioning skills.

Question 16:  Will I be monitored for radiation exposure?

Yes, a radiation dosimeter will be assigned to each student and routinely analyzed for radiation exposure through a nationwide monitoring company. Each student will have the opportunity to see their radiation exposure results.