Radiologic Technology (A.A.S.)

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 has 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. A student may be admitted to the college at any time in order to complete prerequisite and general education coursework.

All health science programs at PTC have special program requirements, including a minimum age limit.  All applicants to these limited enrollment programs must be at least 18 by the date of program entry.

Students applying for the Radiologic Technology program will be enrolled in the Health Care Certificate until prerequisite and general education coursework is complete. Once the necessary requirements have been completed, students may apply for admission into the clinical phase of the program.

To become eligible for entry into the Radiologic Technology major studies coursework, applicants must complete the following:

  1. Complete the following courses (minimum “C” grade required):
    • BIO 210
    • BIO 211
    • ENG 101
    • MAT 102 or 120
    • PSY 201
  2. Minimum grade point average for the above coursework of 2.5. A GPA calculator can be found on the college website.
  3. Good academic standing at the college.

Students are required to maintain a current American Heart Association “Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers” certification throughout the major studies courses.

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 coursework.

For more detailed information, please go to Health Science and Nursing Resources.

Student Materials

PTC Radiology Handbook 2017-2018

PTC Radiology Information Packet 

Required Courses

GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES  
Courses   Credit Hours
BIO 210 Anatomy and Physiology I 4.0
BIO 211 Anatomy and Physiology II 4.0
ENG 101 English Composition I 3.0
MAT 102 Intermediate Algebra OR 3.0
MAT 120 Probability and Statistics 3.0
PSY 201 General Psychology 3.0
  Elective Humanities/Fine Arts 3.0
     
Subtotal   20.0
     
REQUIRED CORE SUBJECT AREAS  
RAD 101 Introduction to Radiology 2.0
RAD 102 Radiology Patient Care Procedures 2.0
RAD 110 Radiologic Imaging I 3.0
RAD 115 Radiologic Imaging II 3.0
RAD 121 Radiologic Physics 4.0
RAD 130 Radiologic Procedures I 3.0
RAD 136 Radiologic Procedures II 3.0
RAD 152 Applied Radiography I 2.0
RAD 165 Applied Radiography II 5.0
RAD 175 Applied Radiography III 5.0
RAD 201 Radiation Biology 2.0
RAD 205 Radiographic Pathology 2.0
RAD 225 Selected Radiographic Topics 2.0
RAD 230 Radiographic Procedures III 3.0
RAD 235 Radiographic Seminar I 1.0
RAD 236 Radiographic Seminar II 2.0
RAD 256 Advanced Radiography I 6.0
RAD 268 Advanced Radiography II 8.0
RAD 276 Advanced Radiography III 6.0
RAD 282 Imaging Practicum 2.0
     
Subtotal   66.0
     
OTHER COURSES REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION  
CPT 101 Introduction to Computers 3.0
     
Subtotal   3.0
Total Credit Hours 86.0

Updated 3/31/2017

 

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement

The mission of the Radiological Technology Program of Piedmont Technical College is to provide an economically feasible didactic and clinical competency based curriculum to provide students from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to master skills required for 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.

  • Goal: Students will graduate with the necessary skills to function effectively as an entry level radiographer.
  • Goal: Students/graduates will provide quality patient care.
  • Goal: Students will value-life-long learning as a means of achieving personal and professional growth. Goal: Students will effectively communicate in a professional manner.
  • Goal: Students will demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Goal: Provide a learning environment for students that stimulate personal and professional growth. Goal: Meet employment needs without saturating the market with unemployable graduates.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Provide proper patient care.
  2. Operate all diagnostic and auxiliary equipment found in most radiology departments.
  3. Apply rules of radiation safety when operations any ionizing producing radiographic equipment.
  4. Calculate the technical changes necessary to produce a diagnostic radiograph under abnormal circumstances as evidence by selecting the correct factors.
  5. Evaluate and respond to radiographic systems performance with respect to quality and safety. 

 

Advisement Information

Program notes

  • Beginning Fall 2018, students in health science and nursing majors will participate in the CAREplan: the college’s Quality Enhancement Plan. Advising for these students on the Greenwood Campus will be available by appointment in the CARE Planning Center in Suite 149-A. Advisors will be available to assist students with developing Degree Plans, learning about various health science and nursing programs, and understanding program requirements and secondary program application processes. Visit www.ptc.edu/care for more details.

  • Students must submit a secondary application in May and be accepted into the program before they start clinical coursework for Radiologic Technology.

  • To become program-ready (ready to apply for the clinical phase of the program), students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the following courses . . .

    • Anatomy and Physiology I (BIO 210)

    • Anatomy and Physiology II (BIO 211) 

    • English Composition I (ENG 101)

    • Intermediate Algebra (MAT 102) or Probability and Statistics (MAT 120)

    • General Psychology (PSY 201)

  • Students must also complete the following courses with a grade of C or higher.  If students complete all general education coursework prior to beginning program coursework, which is highly recommended, grades of  A and/or B in these classes earns points, which can be used for a merit application.

    • Introduction to Computers (CPT 101) 

    • Elective - Humanities/Fine Art

  • Program-ready general education classes can be started any semester, and can be completed on a part-time or full-time basis from any campus.  After program entry, all classes are co-requisite, meaning they will be taken as offered, and students will progress through the six-semester program with the same set of classmates.

Notes about individual classes​

  • The English required for this program is ENG 101.  Students will follow this progression, with their starting point being determined by their placement test scores:  ENG 032/012 and/or RDG 032/012 (or RWR 032/012) > ENG 100 and/or RDG 100 (or RWR 100) > ENG 101.

  • The math required for this program is MAT 102 or MAT 120.  Students will follow this progression, with their starting point being determined by their placement test scores:  MAT 032/012 > MAT 152 or MAT 101 > MAT 102 or MAT 120.

  • Information about CPT 101: CPT 101 uses Office 2016. CPT 101 students must purchase an access code for MyITLab, a learning management system. The CPT 101 access code is good for six months. RDG 100 or RWR 100 is a prerequisite for CPT 101.  An exemption test is available for students who are skilled in Microsoft office software.  Please contact MaryLou Wilson for more information about the exemption test.  College policy states that computer coursework is valid for eight years.

  • Developmental and transitional classes, if needed, should be taken first.

Additional program notes

  • Enrollment into the Radiologic Technology program is limited and requires a secondary application process.  Complete details on the secondary application process can be found here.

  • Twenty students are accepted to begin clinical courses each fall term. Up to half are chosen by a merit application, and the others are chosen by their priority date, which is either the date of application to Piedmont Technical College or, if a student’s initial major was not RAD, the date of the major change to RAD.

  • RAD courses are offered in the day on the Greenwood campus.  

  • A minimum 2.0 GPA is required for progression once accepted into the Radiologic Technology program.  Students 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 program.

Notes about other requirements

  • 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 (here) 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. 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 may occur throughout the clinical program as requested by the clinical facility. The cost of these screenings will also be the responsibility of the student.

  • Health Requirements and Immunizations: Students accepted into the program will be required to provide written documentation of health records.  Cost of background check, drug screen and medical records management is approximately $110.00 but is subject to change.

  • CPR and Hospital Orientation: All students will be required to have CPR certification by the start of clinical courses and the certification may not expire prior to the end of the semester. Students that plan to seek certification outside of the college must have Basic Life Support (BLS) training through the American Heart Association. A copy of certification must be submitted to the Medical Records management system. Annual Hospital Orientation is mandatory.

  • Program Costs: In addition to tuition, fees, and books, other costs may include but are not limited to uniforms, lab supplies, malpractice insurance, review courses, licensure preparation, and graduation fees.

Semester-by-semester graduation plan

Contacts

  • You can find the name of your assigned academic advisor by reviewing Degree Works, your Class Schedule, or by visiting the Advising webpage.

  • Lee Balentine is the Program Director of Radiologic Technology.

  • Please email advising@ptc.edu if this Advising Guide needs to be corrected or updated.

Advisement Information updated/reviewed 3/2018.