Radiologic Technology Degree
Offered at the Following Campus
The Radiologic Technology associate degree program is a sequence of courses that prepares students for positions in radiology departments and related businesses and industries. The program emphasizes a combination of didactic and clinical instruction necessary for successful employment. Program graduates receive a Radiologic Technology Associate of Applied Science degree, and have the qualifications of an entry-level radiographer, and completed the Radiography Didactic and Clinical Competency Requirements of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) licensing exam.
The standard curriculum for the Radiologic Technology program is designed for the semester system. The degree occupational courses require 80 credit hours to complete and can generally be completed in 5 semesters upon admission to the Radiologic Technology program. Students may enter the program Summer semester. Please note that general core, general science core and two occupational courses (ALHS 1090, ALMA 1000) are completed in the Health Care Management Degree. Successful completion of ALMA 1000 with a “C” or better is required within three consecutive semesters (1 year) immediately prior to the students’ specific program admission.
- Submit a completed application;
- Be at least 18 years of age;
- Submit official high school/high school equivalent transcripts;
- Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
- Complete the components listed in the Health Care Management Degree curriculum with an overall 3.0 GPA; these courses (28 credit hours) must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" in each course and a cumulative GPA of 3.0. BIOL and ALHS course must have been completed within 5 years.
- Please note that general core, general science core and two occupational courses (ALHS 1090, ALMA 1000) are required for admission into the Radiologic Technology Degree program.
- Satisfy Placement Testing requirements.
Radiologic Technology Competitive Admission Process
Admission to the Radiologic Technology program is a competitive selection process based primarily on the grade point average of the courses taken in the Health Care Management program. The Radiography program admits students once per year at the beginning of Summer Semester. Prospective students may gain admission to the college initially as Health Care Management in order to complete any learning support classes, required general core courses, occupational courses, and general core science courses. Students must have completed; ALMA 1000, COLL 1040, ENGL 1101, ENGL 2130, MATH 1111, PSYC 1101, BIOL 2113, BIOL 2113L, BIOL 2114, BIOL 2114L, ALHS 1090, and SPCH 1101 to apply for the Radiologic Technology Degree Program.
Radiologic Technology Program seats are awarded from the highest grade point average downward of the Health Care Management Degree courses until the maximum enrollment of approximately nine (9) students is reached. In the event the class does not meet capacity by the end of Spring semester students possessing a GPA as low as 2.85 will be considered with a TEAS score of 60%.
* Beginning Fall 2018 students possessing a 2.85 to 2.99 GPA must successfully pass the TEAS with a benchmark score of at least 60% to be eligible for admission.
TEAS Testing Guidelines:
- Students will be allowed three (3) attempts to score the required adjusted individual score of 60%.
- It is recommended that students wait a minimum of 30 days between each attempt.
- The attempts and scores will apply to the admission criteria of the Radiologic Technology Degree program for GPAs ranging from 2.85 to 2.99.
- TEAS scores will be valid for three (3) calendar years.
All applicants must submit a college application, a change of program form, and all required documentation previously mentioned under Admission criteria to the admissions office to be considered for the fall selection of students.
Successful completion of ALMA 1000 with a “C” or better is required within three consecutive semesters (1 year) immediately prior to the students’ specific program admission.
*Note: The number of students accepted into the Radiologic Technology program is based on the standards set by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), which are determined by the availability of the program's clinical education settings.
Readmission to the Radiologic Technology Program
Students dropped from any Radiologic Technology program for attendance (i.e., health related, family illness, and personal hardship), academic reasons or students who have made less than a "C" in a Radiologic Technology course will be allowed to repeat a course(s) one time only. Also, a student may repeat only one semester within the Radiologic Technology curriculum in which the minimum grade of "C" was not earned. This policy applies to transfer students the same as for students fully in residence.
Readmission to the program will be granted on a competitive and space-available basis, whereas all criteria apply as described in the section "Admission of Radiologic Technology Students". Students will be required to pass both a comprehensive and a clinical skills competency exam with a minimum score of 80% on each exam to be eligible to compete for readmission. Students granted readmission to the Radiologic Technology program to repeat a course(s) must be readmitted to the program within 12 months from the date of their last completed semester.
*For more detailed program information, please refer to the Catalog & Handbook.
(Prerequisite: None) This course is designed to provide tools to assist students to acquire skills necessary to achieve academic and professional success in their chosen occupational/technical program of study. Topics include: Computer Applications/Technology Skills, Getting off to a Good Start, Learning and Personality Styles, Time and Money Management, Study and Test Taking Skills, Stress Management and Wellness, Communication Skills, and Career Exploration.
(Prerequisites: Appropriate algebra placement test score) Emphasizes techniques of problem solving using algebraic concepts. Topics include fundamental concepts of algebra, equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, and systems of equations; optional topics include sequences, series, and probability or analytic geometry.
(Prerequisite: Appropriate Degree Level Writing (English) and Reading Placement Test Scores) Introduces the major fields of contemporary psychology. Emphasis is on critical thinking and fundamental principles of psychology as a science. Topics include research design, the organization and operation of the nervous system, sensation and perception, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, thinking and intelligence, lifespan development, personality, psychological disorders and treatment, stress and health, and social psychology.
(Prerequisites: ENGL 1101- Institutional Requirement) Introduces the student to the fundamentals of oral communication. L Topics include selection and organization of materials, preparation and delivery of individual and group presentations, analysis of ideas presented by others, and professionalism.
(Prerequisites: MATH 1012) (Co-requisites: MATH 1111) Prepares students in understanding the application of mathematics in their health science program courses. The topics included are basic mathematics, medical terminology, mathematical conversions, weight and measurement applications used in health science programs. Additionally, problem solving strategies, basic principles of medication administration, and research in health science will be incorporated into the course competencies.
(Prerequisites: Prerequisites for degree students are Program Admission, BIOL 2114, and BIOL 2114L. RADT 1010 must be taken as either a pre-requisite or co-requisites) (Co-requisites: RADT 1010)Introduces the knowledge required to perform radiologic procedures applicable to the human anatomy. Emphasis will be placed on the production of quality radiographs, and laboratory experience will demonstrate the application of theoretical principles and concepts. Topics include: introduction to radiographic procedures; positioning terminology; positioning considerations; procedures, anatomy, and topographical anatomy related to chest and abdomen cavities, bony thorax, upper extremities, shoulder girdle; and lower extremities.
(Prerequisites: RADT 1010, RADT 1030)(Co-requisites: RADT 1330)
Continues to develop the knowledge required to perform radiographic procedures. Topics include: anatomy and routine projections of the pelvic girdle; anatomy and routine projections of the spine, gastrointestinal (GI) procedures; genitourinary (GU) procedures; biliary system procedures.
(Prerequisites: Program Admission; Program Instructor Approval) Content of this course is designed to establish a basic knowledge of atomic structure and terminology. Other topics include the nature and characteristics of x-radiation; ionizing and non-ionizing radiation; x-ray production; the properties of x-rays and the fundamentals of x-ray photon interaction with matter.
(Prerequisites: Program Admission; Program Instructor Approval) The content of this course introduces factors that govern and influence the production of the radiographic image using analog and digital radiographic equipment found in diagnostic radiology. Emphasis will be placed on knowledge and techniques required to produce high quality diagnostic radiographic images. Topics include: Image quality (radiographic density; radiographic contrast; recorded detail; distortion; grids; image receptors and holders (analog and digital); processing considerations (analog and digital); image acquisition (analog, digital, and PACS); image analysis; image artifacts (analog and digital); Guidelines for selecting exposure factors and evaluating images within a digital system will assist students to bridge between film-based and digital imaging systems. Factors that impact image acquisition, display, archiving and retrieval are discussed. Laboratory experiences will demonstrate applications of theoretical principals and concepts.
(Prerequisites: RADT 1060)(Co-requisites: RADT 1330, RADT 2340) Continues to develop the knowledge required to perform radiographic procedures. Topics include: anatomy and routine projections of the cranium; anatomy and routine projections of the facial bones; anatomy and routine projections of the sinuses; special radiographic procedures, pathological considerations of the cranium, facial bones, sinuses and special procedures.
(Prerequisites: Program admission; Program Instructor Approval) Content establishes a knowledge base in radiographic, fluoroscopic and mobile equipment requirements and design. The content also provides a basic knowledge of Automatic Exposure Control (AEC) devices, beam restriction, filtration, quality control, and quality management principles of analog and digital systems. Laboratory experiences will demonstrate applications of theoretical principles and concepts.
(Prerequisites: Program Admission) Provides instruction on the principles of cell radiation interaction. Radiation effects on cells and factors affecting cell response are presented. Acute and chronic effects of radiation are discussed. Topics include: radiation detection and measurement; patient protection; personnel protection; absorbed dose equivalencies; agencies and regulations; introduction to radiation biology; cell anatomy, radiation/cell interaction; and effects of radiation.
(Prerequisites: RADT 2340)(Co-requisites: RADT 2260) Provides students with continued hospital setting work experience. Students demonstrate increased proficiency levels in skills introduced in all of the radiographic procedures courses and practiced in previous clinical radiography courses. Topics include: patient care; behavioral and social competency; advanced radiographic anatomy; equipment utilization; exposure techniques; sterile techniques; integration of procedures and/or observation of angiographic, interventional, minor special procedures; integration of procedures and/or observation of special equipment use; integration of procedures and/or observation of routine and special radiographic procedures; and final completion of all required clinical competencies. Execution of radiographic procedures will be conducted under direct and indirect supervision.