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Radiography Certificate Program

 
  • Radiography is a healthcare discipline that utilizes ionizing radiation for the diagnosis of disease. The radiographers produce images of the human body for diagnostic purposes under the supervision of a physician.
  • The Valley Hospital School of Radiography is accredited by The Joint Commission Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, located at 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, in Chicago, Illinois, 60606-3182. They can be reached at 312-704-5300 or mail@jrcert.org. The program is also accredited by the State of New Jersey Bureau of X-Ray Compliance, located at 25 Arctic Parkway (P.O. Box 420 - Mail Code 25-01) in Trenton, New Jersey, 08625-0420. The chief of the bureau is Paul G. Orlando, who can be reached at 609-984-5634 or paul.orlando@dep.state.nj.us.
  • The course of study to become a radiographer is an intensive, 24-month education that results in a Certificate from The Valley Hospital School of Radiography.
  • The radiography program sponsored by The Valley Hospital has an affiliation with the Metropolitan Campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University for students choosing to complete an Associate in Science Degree. Click here for the academic calendar.
  • Regardless of which terminal award option is chosen, all accepted students are required to register each semester at FDU.
  • Radiography academic, laboratory and clinical courses are conducted at The Valley Hospital and the Metropolitan Campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University.
  • After completing the radiography certificate requirements, our graduates are eligible to apply for the certification examination sponsored by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and for licensure by the New Jersey Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners.
  • Students applying to the A.S. in radiography program must meet the admission requirements of The Valley Hospital and Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Please Note: Acceptance by Fairleigh Dickinson University does not guarantee or constitute acceptance to The Valley Hospital School of Radiography.

Curriculum

  • The radiography certificate program offers the student radiographer academic and clinical education.
  • Our unique affiliation with Fairleigh Dickinson University supports the development of knowledgeable, well-rounded and competent entry-level radiographers.
  • The certificate and A.S. curriculum consists of 76 total credits. Fifty credits are core radiography certificate courses. The remaining 26 credits of liberal arts and science courses are offered by FDU for completion of their Associate Degree in Radiography.

Faculty

  • The faculty have academic and clinical expertise in diagnostic imaging.

Facilities

  • The Valley Hospital is a fully accredited, acute care, not-for-profit, 451-bed hospital serving Bergen County and adjoining communities. The Valley Hospital is affiliated with the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System, which also includes Valley Home Care, Valley Medical Group, and many outpatient facilities. The Valley Hospital is fully accredited by The Joint Commission and licensed by the New Jersey State Department of Institutions and Agencies.

Admission Criteria

  • Completed application packet submitted to The Valley Hospital School of Radiography
  • High school diploma or GED
  • High school grade point ratio of 2.75 or higher on a 4.00 scale
  • SAT or ACT Scores
  • All official transcripts from institutions of higher learning
  • Pre-requisites: Human Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab (4 credits), Human Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab (4 credits) with a minimum grade of B
  • Evidence of interest and knowledge of the field demonstrated in the student's essay
  • Recommendations and a personal interview

High school algebra and at least one laboratory science course is recommended. Applicants are considered on a competitive basis each admission period. The selection process is governed by the program's admission committee.

Admissions Process

  • Click here to view and print the admissions packet.
  • Complete and submit the application to The Valley Hospital School of Radiography.
  • Official transcripts must be sent directly from the institution(s) attended to The Valley Hospital School of Radiography.
  • Upon completion of the application process and the receipt of all transcripts, candidates meeting the admission criteria are scheduled for a personal interview with our admissions committee. This interview is heavily weighted in the acceptance process.
  • Candidates will be notified by The Valley Hospital School of Radiography, if they are accepted or denied.
  • Those students who are admitted to The Valley Hospital School of Radiography are instructed to contact the FDU undergraduate admissions office to assist with the University's admissions process.

Pre-Placement Physical Examination

This process consists of:

  1. The completion of a medical history, including documentation of all immunizations
  2. Physical examination by an occupational health professional
  3. Laboratory testing of blood and urine
  4. Tuberculosis skin testing
  5. Drug screen

No student is permitted to participate in any clinical activity until medical clearance is received.

Criminal Background Check

Students entering the program are required to have a criminal background check provided by the Human Resources department of The Valley Hospital.

Terminal Objectives

Upon completion of the program, the student radiographer will:

  • Position the patient for all diagnostic radiographic examinations in a competent and timely manner using the established standards.
  • Determine the exposure factors to produce a diagnostic quality radiographic image and manipulate and compensate accordingly.
  • Practice standardized radiation protection methods to reduce exposure to the patient and self.
  • Manipulate the imaging equipment in a safe and competent manner.
  • Exercise sound professional judgment and discretion as a competent healthcare professional.
  • Collaborate effectively with patients, healthcare professionals and other members of the community of interest.
  • Utilize appropriate verbal, non-verbal, and written forms of communication.
  • Provide quality patient care in a competent and ethical manner.

Requirements For Radiography Certificate Completion

Candidates for graduation must pass the following with a C+ (77-79%) or higher:

  • all didactic and clinical radiography courses
  • all required clinical competency evaluations and related objectives
  • the Exit Examination - 80% or higher (second year)

Upon completion of the certificate program, the graduate will be eligible to:

  • receive a certificate from The Valley Hospital
  • apply for admission to the ARRT certification examination
  • upon receipt of the ARRT certification card, graduates may apply for an NJ State license

Terminal Award Options

The program offers prospective students the following terminal award options:

  • Certificate only from The Valley Hospital School of Radiography; however, this option requires that students entering the program must have an associate's degree or higher.
  • Certificate from The Valley Hospital School of Radiography and an Associate of Science (A.S.) degree from FDU. This option requires students to complete all Liberal Arts and Science courses in addition to the core radiography certificate courses.

Tuition And Refunds

  • The tuition for the radiography program is $40,962 plus fees spread out over four terms (Fall, Spring, Fall, Spring).
  • Tuition payments are payable to FDU.
  • Grants and financial aid are available to our students through FDU.
  • FDU's refund policy is pro-rated. Students are encouraged to refer to the FDU Undergraduate Studies Bulletin.

Student Transfer Policy

Due to the varying sequences of courses in other radiography programs, The Valley Hospital School of Radiography does not accept radiography transfer credits. Other college credits will be evaluated by our affiliate FDU's transfer credit analysis department.

Curriculum

  • The radiography certificate program offers the student radiographer academic and clinical education.
  • Our unique affiliation with Fairleigh Dickinson University supports the development of knowledgeable, well-rounded and competent entry-level radiographers.
  • The certificate and A.S. curriculum consists of 76 total credits. Fifty credits are core radiography certificate courses. The remaining 26 credits of liberal arts and science courses are offered by FDU for completion of their Associate Degree in Radiography.

For more information, please contact Maureen Wolf at 201-447-8221 or mwolf@valleyhealth.com.

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