The mission of the Radiographic Science program is to produce competent practitioners in the field of diagnostic imaging who demonstrate professionalism and a commitment to high quality patient care.
Upon completion of the program, graduates will:
The philosophy of the Division of Nursing and Health Sciences and the Radiographic Science Program at LCSC is based on the synthesis of two concepts: The provision of appropriate care and the enhancement of professional education in the academic and clinical arena's, respectively.
The radiographic program faculty believe that the provision of appropriate care as ordered by a licensed medical professional is the underlying foundation that will lead to disease treatment and enhanced patient care. From this perspective, the program outcomes of diagnostic imaging competence, critical thinking abilities, professional radiography role development, communication abilities, and the application of knowledge of human diversity are derived and realized by each program graduate.
Radiology is "the branch of medicine concerned with radioactive substances, including x-rays, radioactive tracers and ionizing and non-ionizing radiation, and the application of this information prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease" (Tabers, 14th ed., p. 1215, 1983). Radiology is an evolving discipline of art and science that anticipates and is responsive to changes in health care delivery, economics, politics, and technology.
Radiography can be defined as . . . "the making of x-ray pictures" (Tabers, 14th ed., p. 1215, 1983). A radiographer is "an individual who maintains and uses equipment to produce images of the human body on x-ray film, computed images or digital images for diagnostic purposes. This individual may also supervise or teach others (Tabers, 14th ed., p. 1215, 1983). A vital role of radiographic science is to enhance the well-being of individuals via the appropriate performance of diagnostic and/or therapeutic imaging procedures.
The radiographic science program faculty view education as a dynamic process of teaching and learning. Learning is a continuous, life-long process of formal and informal, planned and unplanned, structured and intuitive experiences through which knowledge, skills, and values are compared and modified. The ASRT/ARRT Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct provide a framework which explains how the student, through multiple learning experiences, transitions into the role of professional radiographer. The interaction of teaching and learning shape the student's future development and efforts in learning throughout life. Associate degree radiography education provides the foundation for life-long personal and professional growth in the imaging sciences. A broad base of education comprised of courses in the arts, sciences, and humanities, and radiographic science enables students to think critically, empathize with patients, advocate for maximum patient benefit, and appreciate diversity of values, beliefs, abilities and experience among persons. (Adopted from the LCSC BSN Program Philosophy, 2004-2005).