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 Trinity Health System and Weirton Medical Center.
Students are assigned day clinical experiences (7:00am-3:00pm) beginning the sixth week of
the first semester. During the next four semesters and one summer session, students will be
assigned day clinical experiences (7:00am-3:00pm) and PM/Rotation (3:00 pm-11:00pm).
The PM/Rotation can vary from one to two weeks in length and begins the first spring semester
and students will be provided advance notice of when their evening rotations are scheduled.
This program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic
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.
Upon completion of the associate degree graduates of this program are eligible to take the
Radiologic Technologist Radiography R.T. (R) certification examination provided by the
American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) required for employment in this field.
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.