Diagnostic Medical Imaging Radiography (DMIR), or X-ray, involves the administration of ionizing radiation to produce images of the human body for diagnostic purposes. Radiographers take X-rays (radiographs) and perform a variety of diagnostic imaging procedures. In the Radiography program, students learn the skills necessary to produce high-quality diagnostic images of patients, as directed by physicians who are qualified to order and perform such procedures. In addition, students provide short-term patient care and practice radiation safety.
Radiographers work in both clinical and hospital environments, primarily within diagnostic medical imaging (radiology) departments, but also in other areas such as emergency rooms, operating rooms, nurseries or patient rooms within a hospital.
In addition to applying knowledge of human anatomy, radiographers must be educated in the areas of radiographic patient positioning, radiographic physics and equipment, radiographic film critique, basic pathophysiology and patient care. Radiographers must be mentally alert and able to perform quickly and accurately in stressful situations. Excellent psychomotor and communication skills are also required, as is the ability to follow directions, work cooperatively with other health care professionals, and have compassion for the sick and injured.
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Program Mission Statement
The primary purpose of the Radiography program is to educate students with didactic, laboratory and clinical experience in preparation for the administration of ionizing radiation to humans for diagnostic purposes. Program policies and procedures are designed to meet or exceed those established by the Joint Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Graduates will demonstrate competency to meet state licensure, and/or certification requirements defined by law for whole-body radiography, deliver compassionate patient-centered care to a diverse population, demonstrate strong critical thinking skills, and function as an integral member of a health care team with competence and confidence.
Program Goals and Outcomes
- Students will demonstrate clinical competence.
- Outcome 1: Students will position patients with accuracy.
- Outcome 2: Students will select appropriate technical factors.
- Outcome 3: Students will apply principles of radiation protection.
- Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills.
- Outcome 1: Students will demonstrate competency in image evaluation.
- Outcome 2: Students will apply knowledge and skills to practical situations.
- Outcome 3: Students will adapt to patient's condition when performing non-routine procedures.
- Students will demonstrate professional and ethical behavior.
- Outcome 1: Students will demonstrate professional behavior.
- Outcome 2: Students will demonstrate ethical behavior.
- Students will communicate effectively.
- Outcome 1: Students will demonstrate written communication skills.
- Outcome 2: Students will demonstrate oral communication skills.
- Outcome 3: Students will demonstrate clinical communication skills.
- Program effectiveness.
Enrollment in the Radiography program is by selected admission only. Applicants must also enroll separately as a student at College of DuPage. However, admission to the college does not guarantee acceptance into the Radiography program. Radiography Admissions Packets are available online or by calling (630) 942-2626.
The DMIR program is accredited through the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Information regarding program effectiveness can be found by visiting the JRCERT website at www.jrcert.org.