Radiologic Technology

  • Credits: 83
  • Degree Type: A.A.S.
  • Campus: East Grand Forks

Program Description

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.


Employment

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.

Useful websites:
American Society of Radiologic Technologists
American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
Radcademy


Program Course Listings

View semester order by campus: East Grand Forks

Required Courses

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
TOTAL CREDITS: 83
 

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

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