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A.A.S., Major in Radiologic Technology

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The Radiologic Technology curriculum is designed to assist students in acquiring the general and technical competencies necessary to enter the radiography profession.

Radiographers use state of the art equipment to produce diagnostic medical images in a variety of health care settings. This requires an application of combined knowledge in anatomy, physics, procedures, imaging techniques and patient care.

The constant growth in the field has created new and exciting career opportunities in specialty areas. Graduates may also choose to pursue an advanced degree. Graduates qualify to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technology.

Admission: The RAD program is limited enrollment. The program accepts 20 applicants to begin clinical courses each fall term. Eligible applicants must meet all program-ready requirements to be considered for clinical acceptance. For more details, please complete a Health Science and Nursing Information Session and/or read the Advisement Information below.

Program Location: Greenwood

Contact Information: Lee Balentine

 

Required Courses

Additional Program Information

 

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PROGRAM-READY COURSES Credit Hours
BIO 210 Anatomy and Physiology I
Note: Basic Anatomy and Physiology (BIO 112) is the prerequisite for BIO 210
4.0
MAT 102 Intermediate Algebra
or MAT 120 Probability and Statistics
3.0
ENG 101 English Composition I 3.0
PSY 201 General Psychology 3.0
   
GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES Credit Hours
CPT 101 Introduction to Computers 3.0
BIO 211 Anatomy and Physiology II 4.0
  Elective Humanities/Fine Arts 3.0
   
FIRST SEMESTER* Credit Hours
RAD 102 Patient Care Procedures 2.0
RAD 101 Introduction to Radiology 2.0
RAD 130 Radiographic Procedures I 3.0
RAD 152 Applied Radiography I 2.0
     
SECOND SEMESTER Credit Hours
RAD 110 Radiographic Imaging I 3.0
RAD 136 Radiographic Procedures II 3.0
RAD 165 Applied Radiography II 5.0
     
SUMMER TERM Credit Hours
RAD 205 Radiographic Pathology 2.0
RAD 201 Radiation Biology 2.0
RAD 175 Applied Radiography III 5.0
   
THIRD SEMESTER Credit Hours
RAD 121 Radiographic Physics 4.0
RAD 115 Radiographic Imaging II 3.0
RAD 230 Radiographic Procedures III 3.0
RAD 256 Advanced Radiography I 6.0
     
FOURTH SEMESTER Credit Hours
RAD 235 Radiographic Seminar I 1.0
RAD 225 Selected Radiographic Topics 2.0
RAD 268 Advanced Radiography II 8.0
RAD 282 Imaging Practicum 2.0
     
SUMMER TERM Credit Hours
RAD 236 Radiographic Seminar II 2.0
RAD 276 Advanced Radiography III 6.0
     
Total Credit Hours: 89.0

* Major Studies Courses: Completion of the Associate in Applied Science with a major in Radiologic Technology requires six (6) semesters upon acceptance to the major studies course work.

Updated 4/18/2012

 

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement – The mission of the Radiological Technology Program is to provide an economically feasible didactic and clinical competency based curriculum which provides students from diverse backgrounds and the opportunity to master skills required to enter the entry-level job market in diagnostic radiology, transfer to Baccalaureate programs or seek sub-specialty education and/or employment. This Associate Degree program also strives to assist students in achieving personal and professional goals as well as instill life-long learning values.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Provide proper patient care.

  2. Perform all routine diagnostic procedures.

  3. Operate all diagnostic and auxiliary equipment found in most radiology departments.

  4. Apply rules of radiation safety when operations any ionizing producing radiographic equipment.

  5. Critique Radiographs to determine diagnostic quality.

  6. Calculate the technical changes necessary to produce a diagnostic radiograph under abnormal circumstances as evidence by selecting the correct factors.

  7. Perform emergency and special procedures.

  8. Apply knowledge medical ethics law to the practice of Radiologic Technology.

  9. Demonstrate knowledge of human structure, and function, and pathology.

  10. Evaluate and respond to radiographic systems performance with respect to quality and safety. 

 

Advisement Information

• Completion of the RAD program requires six semesters once accepted into the program. Twenty students are accepted each year to begin RAD clinical courses in the fall semester.

• RAD courses are offered in the day on the Greenwood campus. Clinicals may be scheduled on days, evenings, nights, and weekends in the seven surrounding counties.

Enrollment into the RAD program is limited. Students will be accepted by how long they have been waiting for program entry or by Merit score. A student's length of wait time is determined by their most recent date of application to the college as a Pre-RAD major or by the date of major change. Of the 20 students accepted, up to 10 can be accepted based on Merit score. This worksheet shows where the Health Science Division places emphasis for Merit based entry. Merit Application

Minimum Requirements to Apply for Clinical Entry: To be eligible to apply for clinical entry, student must have successful completion of English Composition I (ENG 101), Anatomy and Physiology I (BIO 210), General Psychology (PSY 201), and Intermediate Algebra (MAT 102) or Probability and Statistics (MAT 120) with a C or better and a 2.5 GPA in these four courses. Anatomy and Physiology II (BIO 211) must be completed before entering the 1st clinical semester. It is highly recommended that students complete the additional General Education courses, Introduction to Computers (CPT 101) and the humanities/fine arts elective prior to clinical entry. Meeting all the Program-Ready requirements does not guarantee clinical acceptance due to space limitations.  Calculate your program ready GPA here.

Recommended Courses: The Health Science Division recommends for students seeking entry into the RAD program to additionally take the following courses. These courses can be taken while enrolled in Program-Ready and General Education courses. Some courses require completion of prerequisite courses.

Medical Terminology (AHS 102)

Nutrition (AHS 108)

Human Diseases (AHS 170)

Ethics and Law for Allied Health Professionals (AHS 205)

• College placement test scores may indicate a student's need for developmental or prerequisite courses prior to higher level college courses. These courses should be completed before progression into required Program-Ready courses. It is also highly recommended that students take Medical Terminology (AHS 102) and Ethics and Law for Health Professionals (AHS 205) while taking Program-Ready and General Education courses.

• A minimum 2.0 GPA is required for progression once in the clinical stage of the program. Students in the clinical program will only have one opportunity to repeat a failed or withdrawn semester. Two failed or withdrawn semesters will make the student ineligible to continue in the clinical program.

Physical and Mental Standards: It is recommended that students explore their reaction to all kinds of body fluids, unpleasant odors, and dangerous/contagious diseases. Students must be in adequate physical and mental condition to participate and function within the program and clinical environment. Read the Physical and Mental Standards chart for more information.

Background Check and Drug Screening: Students are required to have an initial criminal background check and drug screening upon acceptance into the clinical phase of the program. This cost is borne to the student and is currently $80.85. A positive report on either may prevent the student from being accepted by a clinical facility which will not allow the student to progress in the program or take the licensure exam. Additional drug screenings will occur throughout the clinical program as requested by the clinical facility. The cost of these screenings will also be borne to the student.

Health Requirements and Immunizations: Students accepted into the clinical courses will be required to provide written documentation to the Health Records Assistant of the following: physical exam completed within one year; two-step Tuberculosis Skin Test (TST) upon admission, then an annual one-step TST thereafter; two Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) and Varicella immunizations or positive titers; three Hepatitis B immunizations or a positive titer; Tetanus vaccine within the last 10 years; annual Influenza vaccine recommended.

CPR and Hospital Orientation: All students will be required to have CPR certification by the date of their first clinical. All accepted students will have the opportunity to take CPR training (AHS 106) and receive proper certification determined by the program coordinator. Students that plan to seek certification outside of the college must have Healthcare Provider training through the American Heart Association or American Red Cross. A copy of certification must be submitted to the department's Health Records Assistant. Yearly attendance at the Hospital Orientation presented on campus is mandatory.

Program Costs: In addition to tuition, fees, and books, other costs may include but are not limited to equipment ($15), uniforms ($200), insurance ($10/term), a physical ($100) and vaccinations ($130), a film badge ($20 first term/ $40 second term), and other supplies ($40). Dollar amounts are estimates. 

Advisement information updated 2/28/2013