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Radiologic Technology

Program Description

The Radiologic Technology associate degree program is a sequence of courses that prepares students for positions in radiology departments in hospitals, physician offices or clinics which utilize radiographic equipment for the purpose of providing imaging services to patients. Learning opportunities develop academic, technical and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention and advancement. The program emphasizes a combination of classroom and clinical instruction necessary for successful employment. Program graduates will receive an Associate of Applied Science degree in Radiologic Technology, have the qualifications of a radiographer and will be eligible to sit for a national certification examination for radiographers given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

Competitive Admission

Admission to the Radiologic Technology Program is competitive. The competitive admissions process begins each year and is opened to all applicants who have completed the applications process which includes:

  • - Completing entrance examination requirements of Albany Technical College and the program.

  • - PSB test completion and score of 50 or higher

Once these are completed, the student will be required to attend a mandatory Program orientation in the early part of the spring semester.

The student will be required to have successfully completed all core course requirements with a 2.75 GPA average or higher by no later than the end of the summer semester or have these core requirements as transfer credit with the minimum 2.75 GPA average from other schools.

During the spring and early summer semesters the student will be required to complete the following requirements by a date announced during the mandatory program orientation:

  1. Completion of a physical examination with the results recorded on the college forms.
  2. Obtain a PPD skin test or chest x-ray if the skin test is positive.
  3. Obtain their immunization record.
  4. Obtain an 11 panel drug screening test at PPMH
  5. Obtain a Hepatitis b vaccination or declination of the series with form
  6. Obtain a 2 year CPR certification
  7. Arrange with PreCheck to get a criminal background check.
  8. Make arrangements to complete 8 hours of volunteer service at Phoebe Putney Hospital in the Radiology department. 

All of these requirements need to be completed and submitted to the Program Director by the deadline set during Program orientation.

After completion of all requirements, 15 students with the highest scores on the entrance tests, PSB test scores and all completed required documentation will be accepted for that year. For more detailed information, please contact Richard Parker, Program Chair at: 229 430 3546 or email at rparker@albanytech.edu

Nature of the Work

Radiologic technologists perform diagnostic imaging examinations like x-rays and fluoroscopic exams.

Some radiologic technologists, referred to as radiographers, produce x-ray films (radiographs) of parts of the human body for use in diagnosing medical problems.They prepare patients for radiologic examinations by explaining the procedure, removing jewelry and other articles through which x rays cannot pass, and positioning patients so that the parts of the body can be appropriately radiographed.To prevent unnecessary exposure to radiation, these workers surround the exposed area with radiation protection devices, such as lead shields, or limit the size of the x-ray beam. Radiographers position radiographic equipment at the correct angle and height over the appropriate area of a patient’s body. Using instruments similar to a measuring tape they may measure the thickness of the section to be radiographed and set controls on the x-ray machine to produce radiographs of the appropriate density, detail, and contrast.

https://www.arrt.org/

http://asrt.org/

Employment

Radiologic Technologists held about 195,590 jobs in 2015. Most of these jobs were in hospitals. Most other jobs were in offices of physicians, free standing diagnostic imaging centers and outpatient centers. 

Job Outlook

Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment growth of about 9% between 2014 and 2024 for this profession and 17,200 new positions will need to be filled.

Program Effectiveness Data

Completion Rate for the year of 2015 (79%)

This is the annual measurement of the number of students that began the program divided by the number of students that actually completed the program. The program’s completion rate was 79%. Eleven of the fourteen students expected to complete the program in 2015 went on to completion that year.

Credentialing Examination Pass Rate – 2012 through 2016 (79%)

Year of Graduation
Number of students taking the exam within 6 months after graduation Pass Rate after the first attempt
2012 7 86% (6)
2013 6 100% (6)
2014 9 78% (7)
2015 8 50% (4)
2016 5 80% (4)
5 year average Total students (35) 5 year average 79% (28)

Job Placement Rate - 2011 through 2015 within 12 months of graduation (100%)

Year of Graduation Number of students who actively pursued employment in the field within 12 months of graduation and gained employment in the profession Percent of graduates who gained employment within 12 months of graduation
2011 9 100%
2012 7 100%
2013 6 100%
2014 8 100%
2015 5 100%
5 year average Total students 35 5 year average 100%

Earnings

The median annual wage of a Radiologic Technologist was $ 58,520 in 2015. The national hourly wage is $28.13 per hour and will vary in different parts of the country.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Radiologic Technologists on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/radiologic-technologists.htm

Mission, Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

The mission of the Radiologic Technology program is to provide educational opportunities to individuals that will enable them to obtain knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to succeed as radiographers. Also, to graduate a sufficient number of certified entry-level technologists to meet the needs of the community. In support of the mission, the program has the following goals and Student Learning Outcomes:

Goal: Students will demonstrate clinical competence.

Student learning Outcomes:

  • *Students will select appropriate technical factors for images.
  • *Students will apply the appropriate positioning skills.
  • *Students will apply and practice appropriate radiation protection.

 

Goal:  Students will demonstrate effective communication skills.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • *Students will demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills with patients, instructors and healthcare      staff.

Goal: Students will utilize critical thinking.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • *Students will demonstrate problem solving and critical thinking skills.
  • *Students will demonstrate logical image sequencing for patients with multiple exams.
  • *Students will evaluate the quality of images.

 

Goal: Students will exhibit professionalism.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • *Students will utilize professional judgment in delivering patient care.
  • *Students will comprehend the value of good attendance and punctuality practices. 


A Radiographer is a medical imaging specialists who work in a variety of health care settings like hospitals, doctor offices and clinics that have x-ray equipment. They are trained to deliver ionizing radiation to patients to produce images of the patient’s anatomy for the purpose of diagnosing disease and following it’s progress.

Student Learning Outcomes are specific to the 13 Occupational courses which are taught during the sixteen month program. Each course in designed to advance the student to a point in which they are qualified to sit for a National Certification test and be able to practice radiography in any part of the United States.

1.  Introduction to Radiography

Introduces a grouping of fundamental principles, practices, and issues common to many specializations in the health care profession. In addition to the essential skills, students explore various delivery systems and related issues. Provides the student with an overview of radiography and patient care. Students will be oriented to the radiographic profession as a whole.

 2.  Radiographic Procedures I

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 body cavities, bony thorax, upper extremities, shoulder girdle; and lower extremities

3.  Radiologic Science

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; and x-ray production.

4.  Clinical Radiography I

Introduces students to the hospital clinical setting and provides an opportunity for students to participate in or observe radiographic procedures. Topics include: orientation to hospital areas and procedures; orientation to mobile/surgery; orientation to radiography and fluoroscopy; participation in and/or observation of procedures related to body cavities, the shoulder girdle, and upper extremities. Activities of students are under direct supervision.

 5.  Radiographic Procedures II

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; and minor procedures.

6.  Radiographic Imaging 

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.

7. Radiologic Equipment
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. 

8.  Clinical Radiography II

Continues introductory student learning experiences in the hospital setting. Topics include: equipment utilization; exposure techniques; attend to and/or observation of routine projections of the lower extremities, pelvic girdle, and spine; attend to and/or observation of procedures related to the gastrointestinal (GI), genitourinary (GU), and biliary systems; and attend to and/or observation of procedure related to minor radiologic procedures. Execution of radiographic procedures will be conducted under direct and indirect supervision.

9.  Radiographic Procedures III

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; sectional anatomy of the head, neck, thorax and abdomen. 

 10.  Clinical Radiography III

Provides students with continued hospital setting work experience. Students continue to develop proficiency in executing procedures introduced in Radiographic Procedures. Topics include: patient care; behavioral and social competencies; performance and/or observation of minor special procedures, special equipment use, and participation in and/or observation of cranial and facial radiography. Execution of radiographic procedures will be conducted under direct and indirect supervision.

11.  Principles of Radiation and Biology and Protection

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.

12.  Clinical Radiography IV

Provides students with continued hospital setting work experience. Students continue to develop proficiency in executing procedures introduced in Radiographic Procedures. Topics include: sterile techniques; participation in and/or observation of minor special procedures, special equipment use, and genitourinary system procedures; and participation in and/or observation of cranial and facial radiography; and competency completion evaluation. Execution of radiographic procedures will be conducted under direct and indirect supervision.

 13.  Radiologic Technology Review

Provides a review of basic knowledge from previous courses and helps the student prepare for national certification examinations for radiographers. Topics include: image production and evaluation; radiographic procedures; anatomy, physiology, pathology, and terminology; equipment operation and quality control; radiation protection; and patient care and education.

The Radiologic Technology Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. The contact information for the JRCERT is as follows:

JRCERT

20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850 Chicago,IL 60606-3182
Phone: 312.704.5300
Fax: 312.704.5304
Email: mail@jrcert.org

www.jrcert.org




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Radiologic Technology Degree (93 hrs)
core courses
Area I Language Arts/Communications
ENGL 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
3
Area II Social/Behavior Sciences
Choose one of the following three courses
PSYC 1101 General Psychology
(3)
SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology
(3)
ECON 1101 Principles of Economics
(3)
Area III Natural Sciences/Mathematics
MATH 1111 College Algebra
3
Area IV Humanities/Fine Arts
HUMN 1101 Introduction to Humanities
3
Program-Specific Electives
Select courses from list below for min of 3 cr:
SPCH 1101 Public Speaking
(3)
SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology
(3)
ECON 1101 Principles of Economics
(3)
PSYC 1101 General Psychology
(3)
MATH 1113 Pre-Calculus
(3)
Non-General Education Courses
BIOL 2113 Anatomy and Physiology I
3
BIOL 2113L Anatomy & Physiology I Lab
1
BIOL 2114 Anatomy and Physiology II
3
BIOL 2114L Anatomy & Physiology II Lab
1
ALHS 1090 MedTerm/Allied Health Sciences
2
See your advisor for a tracking sheet with course selections for each area.
 
Radiologic Technology
occupational courses
RADT 1010 Introduction to Radiology
4
RADT 1030 Radiographic Procedures I
3
RADT 1065 Radiologic Science
2
RADT 1320 Clinical Radiography I
4
RADT 1060 Radiographic Procedures II
3
RADT 1075 Radiographic Imaging
4
RADT 1330 Clinical Radiography II
7
RADT 2090 Radiographic Procedures III
2
RADT 1200 Principles of Radiation Biology and Protection
4
RADT 1085 Radiographic Equipment
3
RADT 2340 Clinical Radiography III
6
RADT 2260 Radiologic Technology Review
3
RADT 2360 Clinical Radiography IV
9
 


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Program Admission Information

High school diploma or GED Required for admission.

ACCUPLACER SCORES
Min. Scores
Sentence Skills
Reading Comp.
Arithmetic
Algebra
Degree
70
64
N/A
57
Diploma



Instructors & Faculty

Parker, Richard
Rogers, Don