Curriculum

Mayo Clinic radiography students reviewing an imaging scan

Student experiences

Classroom learning

Most class days begin in one of the imaging departments, followed by more traditional and specialized coursework. Class sizes are small and team-oriented. Our curriculum is modern and constantly revised to stay in step with technological advancements.

Labs

Starting in your second week of the program, you’ll begin testing your knowledge and skills using some of the latest and most cutting-edge radiography equipment in the industry. We use the same equipment you’ll encounter in practice as learning aids in the classroom and the simulation lab.

Hands-on clinical rotations

In your fourth week of the program, you’ll begin to work alongside registered radiologic technologists to provide patient care exams. As you progress through the program, you’ll begin to take over all of the tasks required to take high-quality diagnostic radiographs.

Facilities and faculty

Learn more about the facilities and faculty of the Radiography Program (Florida).

Facilities

Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida, is a comprehensive medical facility providing advanced programs in education and research that support the highest quality patient care. Campus activity is conducted in the Mayo Clinic Hospital and the interconnected Davis, Mayo and Cannaday buildings.

The ambulatory facilities provide clinical services ranging from primary to specialty care and advanced procedures. Mayo Clinic Hospital provides comprehensive inpatient services, including surgical and medical intensive care units, specialized solid organ transplant units, and advanced cardiac and neurosurgery facilities.

As a student, you’re assigned to clinicals in the Department of Radiology. You’re also assigned to clinical rotations in radiology departments at Mayo Clinic Primary Care at Jacksonville Beach and Gate Parkway. Throughout the duration of the program, you attend courses specific to radiography on the Florida campus.

 

Teaching faculty

The Radiography Program is coordinated and taught by the clinical, scientific and technical staffs of Mayo Clinic. Faculty members are chosen for their commitment to teaching, as well as their clinical practice and research. Many have published and lectured extensively and are highly regarded in their fields.

You have direct access to these individuals throughout your training, giving you the opportunity to learn from experienced practitioners in radiography and radiology.

Shaun B. Harrell, M.Ed., R.T. (R)

Radiography Program Director

Shaun Harrell is the Radiography Program Director and establishes the program policies and procedures. Mr. Harrell is responsible for curriculum planning, academic instruction, supervision, scheduling, and evaluation of students. He works with program staff to assure the students acquire the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective skills needed to function as highly skilled radiographers upon graduation from the program. His teaching duties include several courses throughout the program.

Prior to Mayo Clinic, Mr. Harrell worked as a professional radiographer in both the hospital and clinical settings. He also worked with the radiography program at Florida State College at Jacksonville, and as a public school teacher with Duval County Public Schools.

Mr. Harrell is a passionate, innovative, and committed Radiography Educator and a proficient professional Radiographer. He has facilitated learning with Radiography students in the classroom, online, in simulation laboratories, and during clinical rotations.

Mr. Harrell received his Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Florida and is an alum of the radiography program at Florida State College at Jacksonville.

Joiel Woods, B.S., R.T. (R)

Joiel Woods is the Radiography Program Clinical Coordinator. Ms. Woods organizes, directs, and evaluates the effectiveness of academic and clinical aspects of the Radiography Program. Joiel establishes program policies and procedures, and is responsible for curriculum planning, academic instruction, supervision, and the scheduling and evaluation of students.

Prior to accepting this role, Ms. Woods was the clinical coordinator and radiology instructor at St. John’s River State College. Through this role, she facilitated the development of online and ground-based classes to improve student success. Ms. Woods was responsible for program coordination, safety regulations, financial budgeting, and culture survey assessment for the clinical sites in which students rotated.

Ms. Woods has built trusting partnerships with numerous hospital managers throughout the state of Florida. Her passion for radiology education is displayed through outreach events for potential students, she has participated in career fairs, and community advisory board committees.

Ms. received her Bachelor of Science in Supervision and Management from Florida State College and is alumni of the Mayo Clinic Radiography Program. Currently, she is pursuing a master’s degree in public health at The University of South Florida.

Glenn M. Sturchio, Ph.D.

Dr. Glenn Sturchio is Director of Health Physics for the Mayo Clinic enterprise and the Radiation Safety Officer for Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville supporting the use of radiation sources in the clinical, research, and education areas. In addition, he is an assistant professor in the Mayo College of Medicine; his teaching duties include a course in the Graduate School and a course in the School of Health Sciences.

Prior to Mayo Clinic, he worked in the radiation safety programs at Merck Research Laboratories (Rahway, NJ), AT&T Bell Laboratories (Murray Hill, NJ), and the University of California (Davis, CA).

Dr. Sturchio is active in both the Health Physics Society and the American Academy of Health Physics, having held committee positions in both organizations; currently, a Director on the American Board of Health Physics. He is also a Council Member on the National Council of Radiation Protection and Measurement, as well as serving on their PAC-2 Committee on Operational Radiation Safety.

Dr. Sturchio received his Ph.D. from the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota and is certified in the comprehensive practice of health physics by the American Board of Health Physics.

Kathy Pastor, R.T. (R)(MR)(QM)

Kathy Pastor is the supervisor of the medical physicist assistants at Mayo Clinic – Jacksonville. Ms. Pastor has extensive knowledge of radiology and has been the instructor of the Quality Management course since 2003.

After graduating from St. Mary’s School of Radiology in 1982, she went to work for Mayo Clinic - Rochester and transferred into Computed Tomography (CT) two years later. In 1988, she transferred to Mayo Clinic – Jacksonville, where she worked in MRI for 10 years before taking over her current supervisor role.

Hours

Classroom instruction requires radiography students to attend Monday through Friday during various daytime hours.

The Radiography Program requires 400 contact hours for didactic instruction and 2,432 contact hours for clinical instruction.

Course sequences

Semester 1 (14 credits)

Course schedule: January through May (16 weeks)

Hours:

  • Academic classes: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, daytime hours
  • Clinical class: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
NumberCourseCredits

RAD 1125

Introduction to Radiography and Patient Care

2

RAD 1175

Skeletal Anatomy

1

RAD 1200

Chest and Abdominal Radiography

1

RAD 1201

Upper Extremity Radiography

2

RAD 1105

Clinical I

8

Semester 2 (12 credits)

Course schedule: May through August (16 weeks)

Hours:

  • Academic classes: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, daytime hours
  • Clinical class: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
NumberCourseCredits

RAD 1202

Radiation Physics I

2

RAD 1203

Skeletal Radiography

2

RAD 1206

Lower Limb Radiography

2

RAD 1115

Clinical Radiography II

6

Semester 3 (12 credits)

Course schedule: August through December (16 weeks)

Hours:

  • Academic classes: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, daytime hours
  • Clinical class: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
NumberCourseCredits

RAD 2209

Radiation Physics II

2

RAD 1204

Skull Radiography

1

RAD 2363

GI and Urology Radiography

2

RAD 2369

Computed Tomography

1

RAD 2215

Clinical Radiography III

6

Semester 4 (13 credits)

Course schedule: January through May (16 weeks)

Hours:

  • Academic classes: Tuesday and Thursday, daytime hours
  • Clinical class: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Clinical class: Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Clinical class: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (two rotations)
NumberCourseCredits

RAD 2308

Pediatric Radiography

1

RAD 2302

Radiation Physics III

2

RAD 2306

Quality Control/Radiobiology

2

RAD 2315

Clinical Radiography IV

8

Semester 5 (12 credits)

Course schedule: May through August (16 weeks)

Hours:

  • Academic classes: Tuesday and Thursday, daytime hours
  • Clinical class: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Clinical class: Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Clinical class: Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (three rotations)
  • Optional: One observational rotation at University of Florida Health — Shands Hospital
  • Optional: One observational rotation at Wolfson Children's Hospital
NumberCourseCredits

RAD 2308

Specialty Imaging

1

RAD 2302

Applied Radiography Topics

1

RAD 2306

Clinical Radiography V

10

Grading or evaluation

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences uses these evaluative tools:

  • Written examination
  • Written assignments
  • Demonstration of skills
  • Self-assessment exercises
  • Faculty reviews
  • Technologist evaluations

Mayo's system of evaluation provides a comprehensive look at individual performance. This allows faculty and administrative staff to direct students who are experiencing academic difficulty to the appropriate support resources, including tutoring programs and counseling opportunities.

Students must maintain a scholastic average of C or better throughout the program. All academic policies are in complete detail in the student handbook, which is available in the program office.

Graduation and certification

You’ll graduate with a certificate of completion from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.

Our affiliation with Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) offers the opportunity to earn an Associate in Science (A.S.) in Radiography.

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