Radiologic Technology

Program Description

X-ray technologists use radiation to make images of internal organs of the body to aid radiologists in diagnosing a patient's illness or injury. Under the supervision of the radiologist, the technologist positions patients and exposes the affected area of the body to prescribed doses of radiation. The technologist will also be skilled in digital radiography, the new technology utilized in the radiography field today.

Radiology Students working in Radiology Lab

Attributes/skills needed include: compassionate and emotionally mature, good eye/hand coordination, mechanical aptitude, interest in math and physical science, ability to work with all types of people and be part of a team, ability to calm nervous patients, ability to stand/walk for long periods of time, work with precise limits or standards, make decisions using personal judgment, ability to work independently, ability to picture forms in space, understand the meanings of words and present information clearly, ability to work under pressure and handle emergencies.

The Radiologic Technology program at Scott Community College is a two-year, full-time program admitting a limited number of students in the fall of every year. Students in the pre-RT category may attend part time, but due to the nature of the program content, once accepted into the RT program, the RT curriculum requires full-time participation.

Classroom instruction is coupled with supervised clinical experiences at local hospitals and clinics. Students in the program can expect to spend approximately 30 hours per week in class or clinic and another 10-20 hours studying.

This program is fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, and graduates are eligible to write the national examination given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

Program Mission Statement

The Scott Community College Radiologic Technology Program’s mission is to provide a comprehensive education of structured and meaningful learning experiences through lecture and graduated clinical competency based education. The program will adequately prepare students for entry level positions in Radiologic Technology and in doing so, instill a sense of pride for the profession, compassion and empathy for their fellowman, and a desire for lifelong learning. 
 
Program Goals

  • function as clinically competent Radiologic Technologists

  • demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills

  • effectively communicate as a Radiographer

  • exhibit professional behaviors and who understand the importance of professional development and growth

  • will perform as entry level radiographers to meet the needs of the health care community

Award Options

  • Associate in Applied Science - Radiologic Technology

Job Outlook

Employment of radiologic technologists is expected to increase by about 28 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. As the population grows and ages, there will be an increasing demand for diagnostic imaging. The median annual wage of radiologic technologists was $54,340 in May 2010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $36,510 and the highest 10 percent earned more than $76,850.

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Typical Duties of Radiographers

Performs diagnostic radiographic services to include:

  • Operates imaging equipment

  • Operates other equipment/devices as appropriate

  • Positions patients

  • Immobilizes patients as necessary

  • Calculates exposure factors

  • Practices radiation protection

  • Evaluates radiographs for technical quality

  • Assumes care for physical and psychological needs of patients during examinations and procedures

  • Practices aseptic techniques as necessary

  • Assists with administration of contrast media

  • Assists physician with imaging procedures

  • Initiates life support measures for patient, if necessary

  • Maintains patient records

  • Assumes responsibility for assigned area.

  • Provides input for equipment and supply purchase decisions.

  • Instructs specific units of didactic and/or clinical education in the radiography program, if applicable.

  • Assumes responsibility for portions of the quality assurance program.

  • Pursues ongoing continuing education.

  • May control inventory and purchase of supplies for assigned area.


For program effectiveness data visit the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) web site at: www.jrcert.org