A radiologic technologist or radiographer assists a radiologist (M.D.) in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease and injury through the use of X-rays in hospitals, clinics, and other health agencies. Knowledge of human anatomy is essential to correctly position a patient in order to obtain accurate radiographs. An understanding of radiation exposure (proper voltage, current, exposure time, and equipment) is necessary to obtain quality results and ensure the safety of both patient and technologist. Continuous standing, equipment manipulation, lifting of non-ambulatory patients, and effective communication skills are required to work proficiently, often in an emergency situation.
Required high school courses include algebra and two sciences. Physics is strongly recommended. Other recommended courses include Algebra II, geometry, trigonometry, anatomy and physiology, computer science, and biology.
Radiologic Technology Program application/admissions criteria are identified in the Admissions section in this catalog.
Mission statement: The mission of the Radiologic Technology Program is to prepare competent, entry-level radiographers able to function within the health care community.
Program Goals and Outcomes:
Goal #1: Students will be clinically competent.
Students will apply positioning skills.
Students will select appropriate technical factors.
Students will utilize radiation protection.
Goal #2: Students will communicate effectively.
Students will demonstrate effective written communication skills.
Students will demonstrate effective oral communication skills.
Students will demonstrate effective communication skills with co-workers and patients.
Goal #3: Students will demonstrate effective critical thinking skills.
Students will adapt standard procedures for non-routine patients.
Students will critique images to determine diagnostic quality.
Goal #4: Students will demonstrate a positive effect in the health care community
Students will demonstrate professional work ethics.
Students will successfully graduate from the program.
Graduates will successfully pass the ARRT exam.
Graduates will seek employment.
Facilities for clinical education include the Trinity Medical Center West, Weirton Medical Center and East Ohio Regional Hospital. Each student is assigned to a hospital in the first fall semester of the program; clinical education begins in the sixth week. During the next four semesters and one summer sessions, the student will spend one to five clinical days per week in the assigned hospital. The second-year student occasionally is assigned afternoon clinical rotation. A copy of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology’s “Standards” for an accredited educational program in radiologic sciences is available at the college through the office of the program director.
The graduate is eligible to take the registration examination sponsored by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) upon completion of the associate degree requirements. The successful completion of the ARRT examination allows the graduate to use the initials R.T. (R) (American Registered Technologist in Radiography) after his/her name.
Upon successful completion of the radiologic technology program, the graduate will be able to:
Perform tasks and apply skills to function as an entry-level radiographer.
Demonstrate abilities in communication, critical thinking, and problem solving necessary for professional practice.
Develop and apply professional attitudes, behaviors, and ethics.
Due to the risk of radiation to an unborn fetus, especially during the first trimester, any student who becomes pregnant during the program should inform the program director immediately. If the student voluntarily states that she is pregnant then she will be advised about any revisions in her clinical schedule needed to ensure protection for mother and child, as well as attainment of academic/program clinical competencies. The student’s time in the program may need lengthened to ensure that all competencies and requirements are achieved prior to graduation. The student will be provided with an additional film badge, at her own expense, to be worn waist level which will monitor any radiation exposure during the pregnancy.