Radiologic Technologists image parts of the human body for diagnostic purposes. They work with patients on a daily basis and must be knowledgeable with human anatomy to provide optimum imaging outcomes.
Radiologic Technology Program Mission and Goals
The Radiologic Technology program prepares students to perform various radiologic procedures through didactic as well as clinical experiences. The student Radiologic Technologist instructs and positions patients, manipulates radiographic equipment, adjusts exposure factors, provides radiation protection for patient, self, and others, evaluates the quality of images, and carries out activities associated with quality control. The student Radiologic Technologist carries out these functions under the supervision, or upon the direction of a registered Radiologic Technologist and Radiologist, a physician specializing in radiography for diagnosis and treatment.
The Radiologic Technology program is a five semester, 21-month, 83 credit program accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). In addition to providing a quality education in the field of radiography, our program incorporates values and attitudes congruent with the professional standards and ethics as outlined by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
Program Effectiveness Data
In addition to the sequential classroom requirements outlined in the program curriculum, student radiographers clinically rotate at six clinical education sites. These designated clinical education sites provide students with a wide variety of both inpatient and outpatient imaging services designed to enhance graduate work-readiness skills in imaging and patient care.
Graduates of the Radiologic Technology program are eligible for the national certification exam administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Successful completion of this exam qualifies the graduate as a Registered Radiologic Technologist. Please visit www.arrt.org for eligibility requirements.
Field Description/Work Environment
Radiologic Technologists (R.T.'s) work in a variety of healthcare settings such as hospitals, physicians' offices or outpatient clinics. Radiographers also provide mobile imaging in surgery, emergency room and patient room settings. R.T.'s are responsible for achieving accurate positioning of patients and body structures ensuring that they provide radiologists with quality diagnostic images. Radiologic Technologists work closely with radiologists. A Radiologist is a physician that is responsible for interpreting radiographic images in order to diagnose patient conditions.
Radiologic Technologists also called Radiographers or "x-ray techs" images parts of the human body for diagnostic purposes. They work with patients on a daily basis and must be knowledgeable with human anatomy to provide optimum imaging outcomes. Radiographers may work in hospitals, physicians' offices or outpatient clinics. Radiographers also provide mobile imaging in surgery, emergency room and patient room settings. Since Radiographers work with radiation, they must follow radiation protection practices to protect themselves, patients and other members of the healthcare team from unnecessary radiation exposure.
The Registered Radiologic Technologist is qualified to work in such settings as clinics, hospitals, physicians offices, public health projects, industrial plants, and Veterans and Armed Forces hospitals. The entry level position is generally as a staff member in a radiology department. With additional education and/or experience, one may also become a manager or supervisor in such a department, or function in nuclear medicine, special procedures, radiation therapy, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, mammography, and ultrasound departments.
According to CAREERwise, the median hourly pay as a Radiologic Technologist in the state of Minnesota is $30.47 per hour. The employment outlook through 2024 is expected to grow approximately 10.7%, a very high growth career.
American Society of Radiologic Technologists
American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
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View semester order by campus: East Grand Forks
|Course #||Course Name||Credit(s)|
|HLTH 1106||Medical Terminology||2|
|RADT 1110||Intro Rad Tech/Pat Care||3|
|RADT 1114||Radiographic Proc I||4|
|RADT 1119||Clinical Radiography I||5|
|RADT 1122||Radiographic Physics||3|
|RADT 1124||Radiographic Proc II||4|
|RADT 1127||Image Production & Eval||3|
|RADT 1128||Clinical Radiography II||5|
|RADT 1135||Advanced Imaging||2|
|RADT 1138||Clinical Radiography III||6|
|RADT 2217||Imaging Equipment / QA||3|
|RADT 2218||Clinical Radiography IV||8|
|RADT 2220||Radiation Biology/Protect||2|
|RADT 2228||Clinical Radiography V||7|
|RADT 2234||Radiographic Pathology||2|
|RADT 2240||Registry Prep||2|
|BIOL 2252||Anatomy & Phys I||3|
|BIOL 2254||Anatomy & Phys II||3|
|CHEM 1020||Intro to Chemistry||4|
|ENGL 1111||Composition I||3|
|MATH 1110||College Algebra||3|
|PSYC 1105||Intro to Psychology||3|
|G6: Human/Fine Arts Elec ( *See Elective Options Listed Below )||3|
Area of Interest Elective Course Options
For this particular pathway, NCTC recommends a student explore further coursework in the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum areas listed below. Need help? Schedule an appointment with a Northland Academic Advisor for assistance in selecting courses.
|Course #||Course Name||Credits|
|G6: Humanities/Fine Arts Electives|
|PHIL 1102||Intro to Ethics||3|
|PHIL 2210||Morals and Medicine||3|
NEW FOR 2016-2017 APPLICATION PROCESS: All applicants must document Hepatitis B vaccination or completion of a minimum of two vaccines by the application deadline of February 1st. Please keep in mind the first two vaccines are in sequence of one month apart so applicants must plan according to comply. Please visit the NCTC webpage regarding ALL program immunization requirements.
1. Completion of the NCTC admissions application.
All applicants must apply and be accepted to NCTC. The application can be completed at any time or contact admissions at 1-800-451-3441.
2. Completion of the Radiologic Technology program application. The program application window will be open November 1 - February 1 each year. Students cannot complete a program application prior to or after these dates. Sample Application.
* November 1st -- the official 2017-18 program application will be available for download.
* February 1st -- application window closes at the end of the day. All college transcripts are due, and any course substitution paperwork completed.
* March -- students selected will be notified by mail the first part of March.
Check program website for updates.
3. All applicants must provide documentation of completion or current enrollment in the below courses when submitting a program application;
* BIOL 2252 Anatomy and Physiology I
* ENGL 1111 Composition
* HLTH 1106 Medical Terminology
* MATH 1110 College Algebra
* CHEM 1020 Intro to Chemistry 4 cr
Course substitute for CHEM 1020 --
-- CHEM 2211 5 cr
-- CHEM 1121 5 cr AND 1122 5 cr. CHEM 1121 alone does not satisfy program requirements.
4. Current CPR certification. CPR for Health Care Providers (American Heart Association) prior to the start of fall semester.
5. All required courses for the program must be completed with a grade of C or better.
6. Completion of the College Health Screening & Immunization information requirements through Castle Branch (cost $35) prior to the start of fall semester.
7. Completion and approval for clinical participation of the Minnesota Department of Humans Services Licensing Division Background Study and fingerprinting (cost approximately $10) prior to the start of fall semester. Completion and approval for clinical participation of a National Background Study through Castle Branch. Cost $45.75 first year, $26 second year (if needed).
Northland Community & Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, (312) 704-5300, 20 N Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182.
Next Review Date: Fall 2017
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