Radiologic Technology Degree Degree


Campus Locations: Vidalia

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.

Requirements

  • 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;
  • Prospective students seeking admission into the Radiologic Technology Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree Program will enroll in the Health Care Management initially.
  • 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 courses must have been completed within five (5) years.
  • Please note that general core, general science core, and an occupational course (ALHS 1090) 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; 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 that 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%. All prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of Spring semester to be considered for the Summer cohort competitive admission selection process.

* 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 summer selection of students.

*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.

Additional Radiologic Technology Program Requirements

All students must be accepted into the Radiologic Technology program before beginning the RADT occupational courses. Students are required to submit all the following documentation before being eligible to attend clinical education. Students must keep all health requirements current throughout the duration of the Radiologic Technology Program.

· Forensic drug screen & criminal background check,
· Immunization Forms: (Flu vaccination history, TB skin test, Tdap, MMR, Varicella vaccinations, Hepatitis B consent or Declination form), and
· Copy of current American Heart Association (AHA) Healthcare Provider CPR card.

Students are expected to assume responsibility for their own health. Personal health insurance is strongly recommended prior to entry into the Program. Students must uphold professional and ethical standards inherent to the profession of Radiologic Technology.

STC does not offer options for advanced placement, acceleration tracks, or part-time study. The sequence of courses within the curriculum is to be completed as designed. An articulation agreement for RADT courses is not in place at this time at Southeastern Technical College. Several nearby colleges do offer a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology degree.

Readmission to the Radiologic Technology Program

Based on space availability, readmission may be considered for the following:
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. Students who withdraw.
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. Students who fail to complete a course with a grade of C or better.
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. Students can only be readmitted ONCE.

Any student requesting readmission must reapply to the Office of Admissions before Midterm the semester before reentry.

Students must submit a letter requesting readmission to the Program Director at least three months prior to the appropriate start date that includes the following:

  • Last semester attended; reason for withdrawal, dismissal or failure; reason why he/she desires to be readmitted; and the circumstances which have changed to indicate the applicant would be successful in completing his/her radiologic technology education; and
  • The student must submit the program’s required documents to verify proof of a current AHA Healthcare Provider CPR certification, immunizations, criminal background check, and drug screen. If there has been a break in enrollment, students will be required to repeat criminal background check and drug screen.

Students applying for re-entry beyond the first semester of RADT courses must take:

  • Course comprehensive exam(s) on all course content prior to the course of readmission
  • Clinical skills competency evaluation

Students applying beyond the first semester must request reinstatement within one year from the term of withdrawal or failure.

Students must score 80 or better on the challenge exams.

Students must successfully complete a clinical competency evaluation at the same level of competency expected for the proposed course.

Readmission to the radiologic technology program is not guaranteed. Selection for reinstatement is based on the student’s GPA at the current institution and space availability.

Reinstatement may be denied due to, but not limited to, any of the following circumstances:

  • Refusal by clinical agencies to accept the student for clinical experiences,
  • Twelve months have elapsed since the student was enrolled in a Radiologic Technology course, and
  • Students dismissed from the program previously for disciplinary reasons and/or unsafe/unsatisfactory client care in the clinical area will not be allowed readmission to the Radiologic Technology program.

In the event more than one student meets the requirements for readmission beyond the first semester of RADT courses, the following criteria will be utilized to determine the best candidate for readmission:

  • Course comprehensive challenge exam(s) scores will be averaged and count 50%, and
  • Health Care Management Degree core course GPA will count 50%.
Transfer

The Radiologic Technology Program defines a transfer student as a student who has been enrolled in a Radiologic Technology program at the associate degree or bachelor’s degree level for at least one semester at another college or university. Students must meet the admission requirements for STC and the Radiologic Technology Program in order to be considered for admission as a transfer Radiologic Technology student.

Any student requesting transfer must apply to the Office of Admissions and based on space availability, transfer may be considered for students meeting the following criteria.

Students must:
1. Meet admission standards for the Radiologic Technology program.
2. Be a student in good standing and eligible to return to the previous Radiologic Technology program.

Students must submit required documents for proof of current AHA Healthcare Provider CPR certification, immunizations and will be required to undergo a criminal background check and drug screen.

Students applying for transfer beyond the first semester must take:
• Course challenge exam(s) on all course content prior to the course of transfer, and
• Clinical skills competency evaluation.

Students must score 80 or better on the comprehensive challenge exam. Students must successfully complete a clinical skill competency evaluation at the same level of competency expected for the proposed course.

Any student who has had two (2) unsuccessful attempts in any Radiologic Technology program semesters will not be considered for transfer.

Students must complete 25% of the Radiologic Technology Program hours required for graduation at STC.

Readmission to the Radiologic Technology Program will not be allowed if a transfer student withdraws or fails a Radiologic Technology course at STC.

Meeting minimal standards does not guarantee acceptance due to limited space availability.

Program Costs

Costs are estimates and are subject to change.

  • Tuition/Fees: $6,404 (tuition $100 per credit hour; fees $351 each semester)
  • Textbooks (approximately $1,000 for entire program)
  • Additional Fees: $1,200
  • Rad Tech Boot Camp/Clover Learning: $150 for 14-month license/access
  • Graduation Application Fee $40 (if student participates); Print diploma fee $10
  • Uniform Costs: Up to $300
  • myClinicalExchange: $40 annually
  • Background Check & Drug Screen with Alcohol: Approximately $84.50 paid to Precheck
  • AHA BLS (CPR): $30 (Credential must remain current throughout the program.)
  • CPR Mask: $9
  • Respiratory N95 Mask: $20
  • Liability Insurance: $12 per year
  • Immunizations/Laboratory Tests
    • MMR Vaccination: $64
    • Measles Titer: $20
    • Mumps Titer: $20
    • Rubella Titer: $20
    • Varicella Titer: $20
    • Hepatitis B Titer: $20
    • Varicella Vaccination: $117
    • Tuberculin Skin Test (TST)/PPD-Two-step: $25 per step OR Interferon gamma release assay (IGRA) laboratory test $85.
    • Tdap: $40
    • Tetanus Vaccination: $20
    • Hepatitis B Series: $264
    • Hepatitis A & B: $163 for 3 shot series (this option may be chosen instead of the Hepatitis B series)
    • Seasonal Influenza Vaccine: $25

Laptops will be required. Suggested specifications include:

  • Processor i5 or i7
  • Memory 8GB or higher
  • Hard drive 250GB or larger
  • DVD Drive either internal or external
  • Webcam with microphone required

*Reliable internet connection required. Mobile Hotspots are not allowed.

Please note expenses related to Program courses will NOT be refunded if the student is unable, unwilling, or ineligible to complete the clinical component of any course. Fees are due as noted on syllabus. Failure to pay the fees by the deadline may result in the student not being allowed to return to class. Rad Tech Boot Camp and Dosimeter fees are due by 5 p.m. on the first day of class Summer semester.

*Special Note: Conviction of a felony could prevent a health science program student from participating in any clinical experience. Furthermore, other background check information (misdemeanors included) may also prevent clinical participation. If a student is unable to complete the clinical component, they will be dropped from the enrolled clinical course and the program. More specific information regarding this issue may be found in your program's student handbook.

Additionally, conviction of a felony could make a student ineligible to take the licensing exam(s) required by the profession upon graduation. Early notification to the appropriate

board may be required. Program faculty will provide information about this procedure, if applicable.

Additional Documents

Radiologic Technology Program Student Handbook

Clinical Education Affiliates

Program Effectiveness Data

Radiologic Technology Program Core Performance Standards

Program Mission, Goals, and Student Learning Outcomes

Radiologic Technology Curriculum

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 five (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 one occupational course (ALHS 1090) are completed in the Health Care Management.

Special Note: A grade of "C" or higher is required in any course in Radiologic Technology in order to remain in the program.

LICENSURE/CERTIFICATION

Upon completion of the program, students will have completed the Radiography Didactic and Clinical Competency Requirements of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Certification Exam. However, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists has a policy of not allowing persons who are convicted of a felony or gross misdemeanor to take the National Certifying Examination. Because of this policy, there may be an inability of the person with the conviction to work in the profession. The Radiologic Technology Program meets Georgia TCSG standards.

*NOTE: Arrest or conviction of a misdemeanor (excluding minor traffic violations) or felony could inhibit a student’s eligibility to take the licensing exam(s) required by the profession. Early notification to the appropriate board is required.

PROGRAM ACCREDITATION

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) accredits the Radiologic Technology Degree Program at Southeastern Technical College.
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182

https://www.jrcert.org/

Program Effectiveness Data

Curriculum Outline (80 hours)
Curriculum Outline (80 hours)
General Core (18 hours) 18
COLL 1040

(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.

3
ENGL 1101

(Prerequisite: Appropriate English Placement Test Score AND Appropriate Reading Placement Test Score) Explores the analysis of literature and articles about issues in the humanities and in society. Students practice various modes of writing, ranging from exposition to argumentation and persuasion. The course includes a review of standard grammatical and stylistic usage in proofreading and editing. An introduction to library resources lays the foundation for research. Topics include writing analysis and practice, revision, and research. Students write a research paper using library resources and using a formatting and documentation style appropriate to the purpose and audience.

3
ENGL 2130

(Prerequisite: ENGL 1101) Emphasizes American literature as a reflection of culture and ideas. A survey of important works in American literature. Includes a variety of literary genres: short stories, poetry, drama, nonfiction, and novels. Topics include literature and culture, essential themes and ideas, literature and history, and research skills.

3
MATH 1111

(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.

3
PSYC 1101

(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.

3
SPCH 1101

(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.

3
General Core Science Courses (8 hours) 8
BIOL 2113

(Prerequisite: Regular Admission) (Co-Requisites: BIOL 2113L, ENGL 1101) Introduces the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Emphasis is placed on the development of a systemic perspective of anatomical structures and physiological processes. Topics include body organization, cell structure and functions, tissue classifications, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, and nervous and sensory systems.

3
BIOL 2113 L

(Prerequisite: Regular Admission) (Co-Requisites: BIOL 2113, ENGL 1101) Selected laboratory exercises paralleling the topics in BIOL 2113. The laboratory exercises for this course include body organization, cell structure and functions, tissue classifications, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, and nervous sensory systems.

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BIOL 2114

(Prerequisite: BIOL 2113, BIOL 2113L) (Co-Requisites: BIOL 2114L) Continues the study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include the endocrine system, cardiovascular system, blood and lymphatic system, immune system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, and reproductive system.

3
BIOL 2114 L

(Prerequisite: BIOL 2113, BIOL 2113L) (Co-Requisites: BIOL 2114) Selected laboratory exercises paralleling the topics in BIOL 2114. The laboratory exercises for this course include the endocrine system, cardiovascular system, blood and lymphatic system, immune system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, and reproductive system.

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Occupational Courses (54 hours) 54
ALHS 1090

(Prerequisite: Provisional Admission) Introduces the elements of medical terminology. Emphasis is placed on building familiarity with medical words through knowledge of roots, prefixes, and suffixes. Topics include: origins (roots, prefixes, and suffixes), word building, abbreviations and symbols, and terminology related to the human anatomy.

2
RADT 1010

(Prerequisite: Program Admission) (Co-requisites: RADT 1030, RADT 1320 ) 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. Emphasis will be placed on patient care with consideration of both physical and psychological conditions. 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. Topics include: ethics, medical and legal considerations, Right to Know Law, professionalism, basic principles of radiation protection, basic principles of exposure, equipment introduction, health care delivery systems, hospital and departmental organization, hospital and technical college affiliation, medical emergencies, pharmacology/contrast agents, media, OR and mobile procedures patient preparation, death and dying, body mechanics/transportation, basic life support/CPR, and patient care in radiologic sciences.

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RADT 1030

(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.  

3
RADT 1060

(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.

3
RADT 1065

(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.

2
RADT 1075

(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.

4
RADT 2090

(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.

2
RADT 1085

(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. 

3
RADT 1200

(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.

2
RADT 2260

(Prerequisite: RADT 1160, RADT 1200, RADT 2090, RADT 2350) (Co-requisites: RADT 2360) 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.

3
RADT 1320

(Prerequisite: RADT 1030) (Co-requisites: RADT 1030) 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.

4
RADT 1330

(Prerequisite: RADT 1010, RADT 1030, RADT 1320) (Co-requisites: RADT 1060) 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.

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RADT 2340

(Prerequisite: RADT 1330) 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.

6
RADT 2360

(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.

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Faculty
Advisor

Radiologic Technology Program Director

Advisor

Radiologic Technology Clinical Coordinator/Instructor

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