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Radiologic Technology

Program Description

The RadiologicTechnology associate degree program is a sequence of courses that prepares students for positions in radiology departments and related businesses and industries. Learning opportunities develop academic, technical, and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement.The program emphasizes a combination of didactic and clinical instruction necessary for successful employment. Program graduates receive an associate of applied science degree, have the qualifications of a radiographer, and are eligible to sit for a national certification examination for radiographers.

Competitive Admission

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

  • *Completing entrance examination requirements of Albany Technical College
  • *PSB test completion and score of 50 or higher
  • *Applicant responsibility will include arranging for themselves required completion of a minimum of 20 hours of      volunteer time at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital or Crisp Regional Hospital radiology departments

The student will be required to have successfully completed all the core course requirements with a 2.5 GPA average or higher by the end of the summer semester or have these core course requirements as transfer credit with the minimum 2.5 GPA average from other schools.

 Applicants to the program who have completed the applications process by May will be contacted to submit additional information which will include:

  • *Physical examination
  • *Dental examination
  • *TB skin test or chest x-ray if skin test is positive
  • *Immunization record
  • *10 panel drug screening test
  • *Hepatitis B vaccination or declination of the series
  • *CPR 2 year certification (student must be certified throughout the length of the program)

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.

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Employment

Radiologic Technologists held about 229,300 jobs in 2012. 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

Employment is projected to grow between 2012 and 2022 by 21% which is faster than average. Those with qualifications of more than one diagnostic imaging modality such as CT, MRI and mammography will have the best employment opportunities.

Program Effectiveness Data

Completion Rate for the year of 2013 (86%)

This is the annual measurement of the number of students that began the program divided by the number of students that actually completed the two year program. The program’s completion rate for 2013 was 86%. Six of seven students expected to complete the program in 2013 went on to complete it in that year.

Credentialing Examination Pass Rate – 2009 through 2013 (88%)

This is the number of students that pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination on the first attempt within 6 months of graduation from the program. The figure represents an average over the five year span. The program’s credentialing examination rate stated as an average from the years 2009 through 2013 is 88%. Forty six of the fifty two graduates of this program taking the ARRT certification exam within six months of graduation passed on the first attempt. 

Job Placement Rate- 2009 through 2013 (81%)

This is the number of students that gain employment in the radiologic sciences within six months of graduation versus the number that graduate and are actively seeking employment. The figure represents an average over a five year span. The program’s rate from 2009 through 2013 on average was 81%. Thirty five of forty three credentialed graduates obtained employment in the radiologic sciences within six months of graduation.

Earnings

The median annual wage of a Radiologic Technologist was $ 55,910 in 2012. The national hourly median wage is $ 26.88 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 14 Occupational courses which are taught during the two year 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
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 1070 Principles of Imaging I
6
RADT 1320 Clinical Radiography I
4
RADT 1060 Radiographic Procedures II
3
RADT 1160 Principles of Imaging II
6
RADT 1330 Clinical Radiography II
7
RADT 2090 Radiographic Procedures III
2
RADT 2340 Clinical Radiography III
6
COMP 1000 Introduction to Computers
3
RADT 1200 Principles of Radiation Biology and Protection
4
RADT 2190 Radiographic Pathology
2
RADT 2350 Clinical Radiography IV
7
RADT 2260 Radiologic Technology Review
3
RADT 2360 Clinical Radiography V
9
ALHS 1090 MedTerm/Allied Health Sciences
2
 


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Program Admission Information

High school diploma or GED Required for admission.

COMPASS SCORES
Min. Scores
Writing
Reading
Pre-Algebra
Algebra
Degree
62
81
N/A
37
Diploma



Instructors & Faculty

Parker, Richard
Rogers, Don