The Radiography Program is a six semester, full-time program beginning in the Fall semester of each year. Classes are held at the Wharton campus and clinical component of the program is conducted in various hospitals and medical facilities affiliated with Wharton County Junior College. Collectively the clinical affiliates provide a sufficient number and variety of radiologic procedures to offer students a well-balanced supervised clinical experience. Hours of clinical rotations are generally from 8:00am to 4:30pm (varies with semester). Students will be required to complete alternate shifts (one 3:00pm-11:00pm; one 11:00pm-7:00am; and one week-end) beginning the summer of the first year and the fall semester of the second year. The entire semester clinical schedule will be posted prior to the beginning of the semester. Sites are located up to 76 miles from the Wharton main campus. Transportation to and from these sites is the student's responsibility. Note: A criminal background check and drug screen are required for all clinical sites. Specifics on fees required can be found in the college catalog. Procedures and due dates will be given to students upon acceptance into the program.
In the second year, students will rotate into other modalities such as CT, MRI, Radiation Therapy, and Cath Lab.
The following is a list of area medical facilities that have agreed to provide the clinical experiences for our Radiography students. Assignment to one of these facilities is determined by the Program Director/Clinical Coordinator once the student is accepted into the program.
- Oak Bend Medical Center (Richmond, TX-35miles)
https://visit.oakbendmedcenter.org (Jackson campus-35miles)
(Williams Way Campus)
- Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital (Sugar Land, TX-45miles)
- CHI St. Luke's-Brazosport (Lake Jackson, TX-55 miles)
- El Campo Memorial Hospital ( El Campo, TX-15 miles)
- Matagorda Regional Medical Center (Bay City, TX-32 miles)
- Memorial Medical Center ( Port Lavaca,TX-76 miles)
- DeTar ( Victoria, TX) (Main Campus and North Campus-75 miles)
- Citizens Medical Center ( Victoria, TX -75 miles)
- Other clinical sites may be used as necessary
The program's policy regarding student clinical rotations in mammography (may be applied to any imaging procedures performed by professionals who are of the opposite gender of the patient) is based on the sound rationale presented in a position statement on student clinical mammography rotations adopted by the Board of Directors of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology ( JCERT) at its April 2016 meeting. The JRCERT position statement is available on the JCERT Web site, www.jrcert.org, Programs & Faculty, Program Resources.
WCJC Radiography Program Policy: All students, male and female, will be offered the opportunity to participate in clinical mammography rotations. The program will make every effort to place a male student in a clinical mammography rotation if requested; however, the program is not in a position to override clinical setting policies that restrict clinical experiences in mammography to female students. Male students are advised that a placement in a mammography rotation is not guaranteed and is subject to the availability of a clinical setting that allows males to participate in mammographic imaging procedures. The program will not deny female students the opportunity to participate in mammography rotations if clinical settings are not available to provide the same opportunity to male students.