Radiography is the art and science of using radiation to provide images of the tissues, organs, bones, and vessels that comprise the human body. Radiologists, physicians who have had special training in interpreting diagnostic images, read or diagnose these images. Treatment of a patient depends on the accurate and precise production of radiographic images.
A radiographer is responsible for producing many of the diagnostic images of the patient that radiologists use to diagnose patient conditions. The body part of the patient must be accurately positioned, and only the amount of radiation necessary to produce a quality diagnostic image must be applied. Two important aspects of the responsibilities of the radiographer should be noted. The first includes the appropriate use of technology, and the second involves caring for the needs of patients in the health care environment. Exams and procedures are performed on patients of all ages, including pediatric and geriatric patients. The radiographer works in many areas outside of the radiology department, including surgery, the emergency room, cardiac care, intensive care, and patient rooms. The radiologic technologist contributes a special talent to assist in the diagnosis of injury and disease.
Bachelor of Radiography is a program offered in JKUAT in the College of Health Sciences (COHES) in the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences. It is an integrated academic and clinical course of 4 years duration.
The Bachelor of Radiography offers an opportunity to ‘O’ Levels graduates and Diploma holders to pursue a Degree course and enable them to advance in Health Sciences.
This enhances the scope and satisfy a professional base recommended by the WHO of at least one Radiographer to 20,000 citizens. This also enhances performance in practice, education and research in Radiography and Medical Imaging. Current statistics show that Kenya has only 20 graduate radiographers in a population of about 38 million.
The clinical component of this course requires students to rotate in a progressive manner in a hospital radiology department. The students pursue their practical hands-on training at leading hospitals.
Additional training is be obtained at collaborating radiology diagnostic facilities. In the clinical setting students will have an opportunity to apply theory to practice under the supervision of experienced Radiographers and Radiologists.
Attendance is mandatory for the clinical component of each unit. Throughout the course, the biological sciences are closely integrated with radiologic science, and students develop a range of professional skills in relation to the assessment and management of patients.
In the final year, students complete a research project in an aspect of medical imaging and radiation sciences of interest to them.
On successful completion of this degree the graduate can apply for registration as a diagnostic radiographer as well as become a member of the Society of Radiography in Kenya.
MINIMUM ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
DIRECT ENTRY APPLICANTS TO FIRST YEAR:
K.C.S.E. MEAN GRADE C+ (PLUS) OR EQUIVALENT WITH:
C+ (PLUS) IN PHYSICS,
C+ (PLUS) IN BIOLOGY,
C+ (PLUS) IN MATHEMATICS/CHEMISTRY AND
C+ (PLUS) IN ENGLISH/KISWAHILI
B – (MINUS) IN BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES,
B – (MINUS) IN PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND
C+ (PLUS) IN ENGLISH/KISWAHILI
K.A.C.E. WITH 2 RELEVANT PRINCIPAL PASSES IN PHYSICS AND BIOLOGY
MATURE ENTRY APPLICANTS TO THE UPGRADING MODULE AT 3RD YEAR:
DIPLOMA OR HND IN MEDICAL IMAGING SCIENCE.