ARE YOU READY FOR A JOB INRADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGY? 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.
- Career Opportunities
- 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.
- For specific real-time information on wages and job prospects in the STLCC region, visit STLCC Career Coach.
Rebecca Northern, D.C., R.T. (R), Program Director/Assistant Professor
- Program Curriculum
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 PSY:200 General Psychology 3 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:207 Radiologic Pathology 2 XRT:208 Advanced Imaging Modalities 2 XRT:209 Radiobiology 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
UNIFORMS Two (2) pairs of scrub pants, two (2) scrub tops, shoes and one (1) white lab coat $225 TEXTBOOKS Radiography Program Textbooks $800 Career General Education Books $400 Textbooks Total $1,200 ADDITIONAL COSTS 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.
- Additional Information
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:
Communication (Verbal, Nonverbal and Written)
The student must be able to:
- Read and understand requisitions, orders, charts, directions and other job-related documents and communications.
- Give clear directions and/or instructions to patients and professional staff verbally and in writing.
- Explain a procedure to the level of the patient’s understanding.
- Document information.
The student must be able to:
- Assist in transferring patients from a wheelchair or stretcher to and from an X-ray table or hospital bed.
- Operate and manipulate X-ray equipment and accessories or hospital equipment and accessories.
- Recognize and respond quickly to all medical emergencies. This would include, but not limited to, performing CPR and supporting a fainting patient.
- Position or assist in positioning all patients regardless of their condition on the X-ray table or hospital bed.
- Lift, move or push heavy equipment (mobile X-ray machine, patient in wheelchair/stretcher/hospital bed, image receptors, and X-ray accessories).
- Stand for extended amounts of time in laboratory or clinical rotations during procedural assignments and other related activities.
- Wear required heavy protective lead aprons during some radiographic procedures.
The student must be able to:
- Perform duties in dimly-lit rooms where radiographic procedures are performed.
- Observe a patient for compliance with instructions and assessment of the patient’s condition.
- Evaluate radiographic images for technical quality.
- Obtain supplies and equipment for radiographic specific procedures.
- Read different size print and fonts on charts, requisitions, control panels, labels and computer screens.
The student must be able to:
- Respond appropriately to pages from the hospital public address system.
- Respond appropriately to sounds from the radiographic machine.
- Respond appropriately to patient needs.
- Monitor equipment operation or dysfunction when indicator alarms (low-sounding bells or buzzers) are activated.
- Respond appropriately to instructions and or directions given by physicians, supervisors, instructors, radiography staff and other members of the healthcare team.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
CAN I ATTEND THE PROGRAM PART-TIME?
No, this is a full-time, 23-month day program.
CAN I WORK WHILE ATTENDING THE PROGRAM?
The Radiologic Technology program is demanding and requires a significant time commitment. You will need to set aside 2-3 hours of study time (reading, homework, review) for each hour you are in class. It is recommended you work no more than 20 hours per week. Working more than 20 hours per week is discouraged, since this heavy workload may be detrimental to your academic and clinical success in the program, and your job must not conflict with classroom or clinical hours.
HOW DO I ARRANGE FOR THE REQUIRED JOB SHADOWING AND WHERE SHOULD I GO?
All program applicants must provide documentation of a minimum of eight hours of job shadowing in a hospital general radiology department. The completed job shadowing documentation form must be submitted at the time of program application.
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.
WHAT IF I HAVE A CRIMINAL RECORD? WILL I STILL BE ACCEPTED INTO THE PROGRAM?
Although a criminal record does not prevent you from being accepted into the program, it may prohibit you from participating in clinical education courses, which would prevent you from completing all program requirements for graduation. The clinical site has the right to deny participation to a student, which may not be appealed.
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.
IS THERE A WAITING LIST FOR THE PROGRAM?
Currently, yes. In order to facilitate the entry of students in the available spaces, a waiting list is used. A student is placed on the waiting list once program application prerequisites have been met and a program application has been submitted. Placement on the waiting list is based solely on the date of application. The time one is on the waiting list varies. Students will be sent a letter each fall while on the list asking for their intentions to pursue admission to the program. Failure to respond to this letter by the deadline given will result in removal from the list. Letters will be sent in March to those being offered admission to the program in the fall semester, as well as to a number of admission alternates. All those receiving letters must attend a mandatory program orientation in May. Please contact the program director for more details.
HOW MANY STUDENTS ARE ACCEPTED INTO THE PROGRAM EACH FALL?
The number of students accepted each year is typically between 34 and 40, and varies based on the job market and clinical capacity.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY ADDRESS OR PHONE NUMBER CHANGES WHILE I’M ON THE WAITING LIST?
Contact information must be current. Notify the program director immediately and update your information in Banner. Not being able to contact you will result in removal from the waiting list and jeopardize admission to the program.
IF I HAVE TO WAIT TO BEGIN THE PROGRAM, WHAT DO I DO WHILE I’M WAITING?
Completion of all program required general education courses between the time of program application and beginning the program is strongly advised. This will significantly reduce your course load once the area of concentration (XRT) courses begin.
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 program.
WHERE DO STUDENTS PERFORM THEIR CLINICAL EDUCATION?
The Radiologic Technology program currently utilizes 15 hospitals located throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. Students are assigned to hospitals based on the educational needs and balance of examinations in the St. Louis area. Typically, students rotate through a minimum of three JRCERT approved clinical sites in their training. There are two major rotations and one minor rotation. The minor rotation is at a pediatric facility.
Program Effectiveness Data
Credentialing Examination Pass Rate: The number of graduates that pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) examination on the first attempt within six months of graduation from the program.
Year % Passing on 1st Attempt Number of Students Attempting Exam 2009 85 33 2010 93 27 2011 86 35 2012 100 39 2013 100 30 5-year average=93% 164
Job Placement Rate: The number of graduates employed in the radiologic sciences within 12 months of graduation, compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment.
Year % Job Placement Number of students 2009 82 33 2010 91 27 2011 88 35 2012 79 34 2013 79 29 5-year average=83% 158
Program Completion Rate: The number of students who completed the program compared to the number enrolled in the program initially.
Year % Completion Number of students 2009 67 32 of 48 2010 59 27 of 46 2011 76 36 of 47 2012 79 37 of 47 2013 72 31 of 43 5-year average=70% 163 of 231
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.