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Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Associate in Applied Science Degree in Radiologic Technology program prepares students for entry-level positions as radiographers (X-ray technologists). Students must attend full time and satisfy both the didactic and clinical components to successfully complete the program.
Students learn to use complex X-ray and image processing equipment designed to record images that aid radiologists in diagnosing various health problems.
Persons interested in this program should be comfortable working with and caring for people from diverse backgrounds. They should be able to meet the academic and physical demands of the program that requires a commitment of time, effort and motivation.
Students are required to complete a health history, immunization record, physical exam, essential functions acknowledgement form, criminal background check, drug screen and American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers CPR certification prior to the first day of class.
The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), located at 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, Ill., 60606-3182. The phone number is 312-704-5300. Program effectiveness data is available on the JRCERT website.
Graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).
Employment is available in hospital radiology departments, orthopedic clinics, urgent care centers, imaging centers, outpatient surgery centers and physicians offices.
The mission of the Radiologic Technology program conducted at St. Louis Community College is to graduate students with entry-level employment skills of a Radiologic Technologist to meet the needs of the medical imaging community while providing quality patient care. In addition, the program will foster a supportive environment for student success.
PROGRAM GOALS AND STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
Goal: Students will graduate with critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Students will evaluate images for appropriate positioning and image quality.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to adapt to difficult and trauma exams.
Goal: Students will achieve an acceptable level of clinical competence.
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Students will position the patient and imaging system to perform acceptable radiographic examinations and procedures.
- Students will maintain a safe environment.
- Students will provide quality patient care.
Goal: Students will demonstrate professionalism.
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Students will demonstrate ethical and professional values.
- Students will exhibit professional traits expected of radiologic technologists.
Goal: Students will effectively communicate with people from diverse backgrounds.
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Students will demonstrate effective written communication.
- Students will demonstrate effective oral communication.
Revised September 2014.
- For information on the job outlook in the radiologic technology profession, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and search specific job titles. Also available: information on median pay, entry-level education, number of jobs and more.
- To learn about the top openings in specific cities across Missouri visit the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center.
Rebecca Northern, D.C., R.T. (R), Program Director/Assistant Professor
Ashley Brown, B.A., R.T. (R), Clinical Coordinator/Instructor
Radiologic Technology (AAS) 75-76 Credits
|Program total||75-76 credits|
|I. Career General Education||23-24 credits|
|ENG:101||College Composition I||3|
|COM:101||Oral Communication I||3|
|MTH:124||Technical Math I or higher||3-4|
|BIO:207||Anatomy and Physiology I||4|
|BIO:208||Anatomy and Physiology II||4|
|XXX:xxx||Missouri State Requirement||3|
|II. Physical Education Activity||2 credits|
|III. Area of Concentration||50 credits|
|XRT:101||Radiographic Procedures I||5|
|XRT:102||Radiographic Procedures II||3|
|XRT:103||Radiographic Procedures III||3|
|XRT:104||Principles of Radiographic Exposure I||3|
|XRT:105||Principles of Radiographic Exposure II||3|
|XRT:107||Radiologic Physics I||2|
|XRT:108||Radiologic Physics II||2|
|XRT:111||Clinical Education I||1|
|XRT:112||Clinical Education II||2|
|XRT:116||Clinical Education III||3|
|XRT:121||Radiographic Image Evaluation I||2|
|XRT:122||Radiographic Image Evaluation II||2|
|XRT:208||Advanced Imaging Modalities||2|
|XRT:211||Radiologic Technology Review||3|
|XRT:212||Professional Development in Radiography||2|
|XRT:213||Clinical Education IV||3|
|XRT:214||Clinical Education V||3|
|XRT:215||Clinical Education VI||2|
ESTIMATED STUDENT COSTS
|MAINTENANCE FEE (Tuition)||Based on 76 credit hours|
|In-District ($101/credit hour)||$7,676|
|Other Missouri Residents ($147/credit hour)||$11,172|
|Out-of-State ($202/credit hour)||$15,352|
|International Students ($212 per credit hour)||$16,112|
Estimated Additional Costs
|Two (2) pairs of scrub pants, two (2) scrub tops, shoes and one (1) white lab coat||$225|
|Radiography Program Textbooks||$800|
|Career General Education Books||$400|
|Criminal background (Missouri) and drug screen||$67.45|
Missouri Family Care Safety Registry (EDL)
|American DataBank Immunization Tracker (annually)||$25|
|CPR (Healthcare Provider/BLS) at STLCC||$69|
|Physical exam||price will vary|
|Seasonal flu shot (annually)||price will vary|
|PPD (annually)||price will vary|
|Hepatitis B series||price will vary|
|Transportation (school, clinical)||price will vary|
Clinical log book
|Revision Date: August 2014|
Prior to application, it is recommended that students meet with an academic advisor. The advisor can help plan courses, clarify program requirements and review the student’s academic history.
- All applicants must be admitted to St. Louis Community College.
- All applicants must complete the following entrance requirements before applying for acceptance into the Radiologic Technology program.
- BIO:111 Introduction to Biology I or two semesters of high school biology with labs
- MTH:030 Elementary Algebra or two semesters of high school algebra
- Math and science cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale
- Math and science courses must be completed within five calendar years of entering the program.
- Must provide documentation of a minimum of 8 hours of job shadowing in a hospital general radiology department. Job shadowing must be completed prior to application to the program.
- Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale
- All applicants must complete a criminal background check and drug screen through a college-approved background screening company prior to the beginning of the fall semester of admission. The student will be responsible for the cost of the background check and drug screen. Students not passing the criminal background check and/or drug screen may be prohibited from participating in clinical education. This will prevent the student from being able to complete all program requirements for graduation.
Applications for the program are accepted on a continuing basis from eligible applicants in Admissions and Registration on the Forest Park campus.
Students being offered fall program admission will be notified by mail by the second Friday in March.
Applicants entering in the fall semester must attend a mandatory orientation session that will be held in May. The specific date, time and location of the orientation will be included in the admissions letter. Following the orientation, students immediately begin the background check, drug screen, and immunization tracking process.
Eligible applicants not admitted due to space availability will remain on the alternate list and will receive a letter in the fall requesting the student to reply with their intentions to continue to be considered for admission to the program. Failure to respond to this letter by the deadline given will result in removal from the waiting list.
The essential functions listed here serve only as a way to inform interested individuals about certain physical capabilities that are required to perform the duties of a radiologic technologist. The essential functions are not used as a condition for admissions to the Radiography program.
Students must be able to perform required functions in the classroom, laboratory and clinical education with or without reasonable accommodations. Successful completion of the Radiography program will depend on the student’s ability to meet the following essential functions:
The student arranges this on their own by contacting the human resources department of the hospital of their choice.
Shadowing at clinics, physician offices, outpatient centers, surgery centers, etc. will not be accepted because the purpose of this experience is to expose students to the environment they will encounter throughout the program.
Shadowing may be done at two different facilities, four hours at each facility.
A maximum of four hours may be completed at a children’s hospital.
A criminal record may also prevent you from being eligible to take the certifying examination following graduation from the program. This will adversely impact your ability to obtain work in this field. Please contact The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists to discuss their preapproval process.
Frequently Asked Questions
Anatomy & Physiology I (BIO:207) is a prerequisite to XRT:101 and must be completed with a minimum grade of “C” prior to the start of this course.
Medical Terminology (IS:205 or HIT:101) is highly recommended, but not required.
NOTE: Please check with a financial aid assistant or academic advisor to make sure you do not use all of your financial aid award, grant, etc., so that you have enough available to you to complete the program
Program Effectiveness Data 2012 – 2016
|Year||Number of graduates attempting exam||Number of graduates passing on 1st attempt||% Passing on 1st Attempt|
|Totals||143||137||5 yr. average = 95%|
Not actively seeking employment is defined as:
- Graduate fails to communicate with program officials regarding employment status after multiple attempts OR
- Graduate is unwilling to seek employment that requires relocation OR
- Graduate is on active military AND/OR
- Graduate is continuing education
|Year||Number of Graduates that actively sought employment||Number of graduates that found employment within twelve months of graduation||% of graduates that found employment within twelve months of graduation|
|Totals||135||117||5 yr. average = 86%|
|Year||Number of students enrolled initially||Number of students completing the program||% Completion|
|Totals||203||142||5 yr. average = 69%|
The Radiologic Technology program is offered at our Forest Park campus. Students may take general education classes toward this degree at any of our four campuses, our five education centers, and online.