Policies and Financial Information
The school does not assume financial responsibility for student health care. Any acute illness or service-related injury is to be reported to the Program Director so referral and initial care can be administered through the Hospital Health Service. Students are required to carry their own health insurance.
Student Benefits and Services
There are many benefits for the students of the School of Radiography. We offer academic counseling, use of employee health services, cafeteria discounts, computer access in the classrooms, participation in all hospital celebrations, attendance by senior students to the national conference RSNA, educational field trips, etc., to name a few. The hospital medical library offers additional resources.
The purpose of this publication is to provide information relating to policies and procedures of the School of Radiography. The student handbook contains all of the policies and procedures of the program and is available for review upon request. The faculty reserves the right to change and update this information as deemed necessary.
- Tuition - Tuition is paid to the Saint Francis School of Radiography. The current tuition rate is $3,900.00 per year. Books are approximately $1000.00 for the two-year program. In addition to these costs, there are miscellaneous fees which include a photo copy fee, markers, computer test fees, CPR, and graduation expenses. The current total for these miscellaneous fees is approximately $450.00. Tuition and fees are subject to change.
- Oakton Students - Student is responsible for both Oakton and Saint Francis fees and tuition is paid directly to OCC. In district, OCC tuition rate is similar to that of the Saint Francis tuition. ***Out of district rates apply to those living outside of the OCC district.***
- Financial Aid - The School does not participate in Federal Student Aid. The program offers minimal financial assistance on an as needed basis to qualified second year students. The School also participates in Veteran's Benefits financial aid programs.
Students are required to wear a uniform. They must be professional in appearance. Students are required to obtain uniforms prior to the beginning of the clinical experience. The cost of the uniform, monogramming, and foot attire is the responsibility of the student. See the student handbook for a more detailed policy.
Academic & Student Policies
Student performance is evaluated at the end of each trimester. Dismissal of any student may result at any time during the 24-month course due to poor academic standing, lack of attention to radiographic principles, or unprofessional conduct. Students must maintain a scholastic average of C (80% or 2.0) or better throughout the program. All academic policies are in complete detail in the student handbook available in the school offices.
Radiation Protection Policy
It is the goal of this program to keep radiation exposures to the students and the patients as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA). As such, the student must be aware of policies and procedures regarding radiation safety. All exposures are to be made using ionizing radiographic equipment for medically valid reasons and in conjunction with a physician's order. Radiation Protection is first introduced during the course, Introduction to Radiography, beginning the week of orientation and followed up with additional coursework throughout the program. The principles of ALARA are taught and addressed throughout the educational experience. The Radiation safety policy is outlined in entirety in the Student Handbook. Some key principles from the policy are that a student must:
- Adhere to the principles of ALARA and practice the principles of Time, Distance and Shielding.
- Use appropriate radiation protective devices for shielding and collimation.
- Adhere to the supervision policies for direct and indirect supervision and for repeat radiographs.
- Use radiographic equipment appropriately.
- Wear two OSL's (Optically Stimulated Luminescence Dosimeter Monitors) at all times in the clinical education setting. The readings from these monitors are posted upon receipt in the Clinical Coordinator's office for student review. If a monitor reading was to be found excessive, a meeting would be set up with the student, the Radiation Safety Officer and the Clinical Coordinator to determine a corrective action plan.
Should a student become pregnant during the course of the program, she may elect to continue in the program without interruption or request a full or partial leave of absence. This may lengthen the program for the student. The student also has the option for written withdrawal of declaration at any time. See the student handbook for more detailed information.
For further information, regarding the program, contact the school office at: School of Radiography, 355 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, IL 60202, 847-316-6393.
The purpose of this publication is to provide information relating to policies and procedures of the School of Radiography. The faculty reserves the right to change and update this information as deemed necessary.