Radiologic Technology

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AnnouncementRadiology Program Information Session

Tuesday, June 02, 2015 at 11 a.m. Room 350

This session is open to all individuals that are interested in pursuing their education in Radiology at NCTC. Attendees will be provided information regarding the program application and selection process as well as advisement on course registration.

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 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.

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Program Accreditation

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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College Accreditation

Northland Community & Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Program Specific Requirements

1. Completion of the admissions application to NCTC.

2. Completion of the Radiologic Technology program application. The program application window will be open January 1 - February 25 each year. Students cannot complete a program application prior to or after these dates.
* January 1st -- application window opens for applicants to submit their applications and other college transcripts.
* February 25th -- application window closes at the end of the day. All college transcripts are due, and any course substitution paperwork completed.
* March -- scoring of the applications will begin after February 25th, students selected will be notified by mail by the end of March.
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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 1106Medical 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 form 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 prior to the start of fall semester. Completion and approval for clinical participation of a National Background Study through Verified Credentials cost $50.


  • Health and Human Services students must comply with both Minnesota law and clinical facility requirements related to immunizations and background screenings.
  • Students who do not comply with the required health and immunization requirements may not be permitted to attend clinical which WILL affect program progression and completion.

Program Course Listings

Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credits
HLTH 1106 Medical Terminology 2 credits
RADT 1110 Intro Rad Tech/Pat Care 3 credits
RADT 1114 Radiographic Proc I 4 credits
RADT 1119 Clinical Radiography I 5 credits
RADT 1120 Radiographic Physics 3 credits
RADT 1124 Radiographic Proc II 4 credits
RADT 1126 Image Production & Eval 3 credits
RADT 1128 Clinical Radiography II 5 credits
RADT 1133 Radiographic Proc III 2 credits
RADT 1138 Clinical Radiography III 6 credits
RADT 2216 Imaging Equipment / QA 3 credits
RADT 2218 Clinical Radiography IV 8 credits
RADT 2220 Radiation Biology/Protect 2 credits
RADT 2228 Clinical Radiography V 7 credits
RADT 2234 Radiographic Pathology 2 credits
RADT 2240 Registry Prep 2 credits
BIOL 2252 Anatomy & Phys I 3 credits
BIOL 2254 Anatomy & Phys II 3 credits
CHEM 1020 Intro to Chemistry 4 credits
ENGL 1111 Composition I 3 credits
MATH 1110 College Algebra 3 credits
PSYC 1105 Intro to Psychology 3 credits
  G6: Human/Fine Arts Elec ( *See Elective Options Listed Below ) 3 credits
TOTAL CREDITS: 83 credits

Program Specific Elective Course Options


Electives for this program may be selected from the following list of courses below. Need help? Schedule an appointment with a Northland Academic Advisor for assistance in selecting courses.

Course # Course Name Credits

Humanities/Fine Arts Electives

PHIL 1102Intro to Ethics 3 credits
PHIL 2210Morals and Medicine 3 credits

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Program Learner Outcomes

Mission Statement
Consistent with the mission of Northland Community and Technical College, the Radiologic Technology Program is dedicated to providing a quality educational experience that prepares graduates with the necessary skills and professional attributes required of a competent entry-level Radiologic Technologist. A variety of partnerships with leaders in the healthcare industry will prepare program participants to successfully provide quality radiographic services and care to patients, in support of the regional health care community and beyond.

Program Goals
1. Graduate students that will be clinically competent to fulfill the needs of the healthcare community.
2. Graduate students with a foundation for problem-solving and critical thinking in the healthcare setting.
3. Graduate students with effective communication skills in the healthcare setting.
4. Graduate students that demonstrate professionalism.
5. Conduct annual assessment to assure program effectiveness.

Learner Outcomes
1. Students will demonstrate proficiency in positioning skills.
2. Students will demonstrate radiation safety practices by following the principles of ALARA.
3. Students will identify required criteria for routine radiographic images.
4. Students will apply basic patient care skills.
5. Students will apply critical thinking and utilize independent judgment in respect to positioning when exams deviate from the routine.
6. Students will analyze radiographic images to determine corrective action needed.
7. Students will demonstrate effective communication with patients with respect to diversity.
8. Students will demonstrate effective communication with the healthcare team.
9. Students will exhibit professional behaviors in the healthcare setting.
10. Students will demonstrate a desire to grow professionally through active participation in educational opportunities and continuing education.

Employment Outlook & Opportunities

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Job Openings

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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.

The employment outlook radiologic technologists in the state of Minnesota from 2010 to 2020 is 34.5%, a very high growth career.

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

Program Faculty

East Grand Forks Campus

  • Alvin Shervold
  • Radiography Clinical Coordinator
  • (218) 793-2625