Radiologic Technology, Associate in Applied Science Degree
Program Description for Radiologic Technology
X-ray technologists use radiation to make images of internal organs of the body, which 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. Technologists will need to apply computer skills and prepare records of services performed. The technologist will also be skilled in digital radiography which is the new technology that is utilized in the radiography field today.
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).
The Radiation Technology program prepares students to maintain and use the equipment and supplies necessary to demonstrate portions of the human body utilizing x-ray images for diagnostic purposes. X-ray technologists use radiation to make images of the body to aid radiologists in diagnosing a patient’s illness or injury.
Program Mission Statement for Radiologic Technology
The Scott Community College Radiologic Technology Programs is a part of the Allied Health Department in the Career and Technical Education Division. The program's mission is to prepare clinically competent students for entry level positions in Radiologic Technology. In addition, prepare students who can effectively communicate and critically think in the practice of Radiologic Technology. In doing so, instill a sense of pride for the profession, compassion and empathy for their fellow man, and a desire for professional growth.
Program Goals for Radiologic Technology
function as clinically competent Radiologic Technologists
demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills
effectively communicate as radiographers
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 for Radiologic Technology
- Associate in Applied Science - Radiologic Technology
Job Outlook for Radiologic Technology
Employment of radiologic technologists is expected to increase by about nine percent from 2016 to 2026, 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 $60,070 in May 2017. The median annual wage for Iowa was 51,780 per year. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $39,840 and the highest 10 percent earned more than $84,110.
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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
- 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 accreditation information visit the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) website at: www.jrcert.org
Printable Factsheet (PDF)
Iowa Society of Radiologic Technologists
Illinois State Society of Radiologic Technologists
Prospective Student Letter
Program Letter to Student
Locations: Scott Community College
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