Radiologic Technology

Overview

Radiologic technologists produce X-ray images of parts of the human body for use in diagnosing medical conditions. They prepare and position patients for radiographic examinations, protect patients from unnecessary radiation, utilize radiographic equipment and select appropriate radiographic technical factors for the examination being performed.


Personal qualities and essential functions

Characteristics of a successful radiologic technologist include but are not limited to; intrinsically motivated, confident, honest, dependable, a team player, flexible, adaptable, responsible and caring.

Essential functions necessary to perform the job skills required for radiologic technology include but are not limited to; manual dexterity, physical stamina, mechanical aptitude, verbal and written communication skills and the ability to read and understand physician orders. For more detailed information regarding performance standards, please see the program handbook.


Accreditation

The radiologic technology program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). (20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182, 312.704.5300, FAX: 312.704.5304, mail@jrcert.org)

Length of Accreditation Award: 5 years


Professional certification/licensure

Upon successfully completing the program, students are eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists certification examination. Successful completion of this examination allows program graduates to use the professional credentials RT(R), Registered Radiologic Technologist.


Program admission

Additional steps are required for acceptance into this program beyond the standard MCC admission application. The program accepts a new cohort of students every spring that begins during the summer semester.

Admission instructions

Program acceptance

Students will be contacted in early March for program acceptance. Students accepted into the program will work directly with the program coordinator to determine the next steps. Students not accepted into the program should contact the Student Advising Department or the Health Science Institute to determine the next steps.

Individuals with a prior criminal offense record are encouraged to confirm their eligibility status to sit for the national American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam via an ethics review pre-application. Use the following link to access this resource on the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) website.

You are strongly encouraged to go through a pre-application review if you've faced:

  • Misdemeanor or felony charges or convictions
  • Military courts-martial
  • Disciplinary actions were taken by a state or federal regulatory authority or certification board
    Serious honor code (academic) violations as described in our rules of ethics, such as patient abuse, violating patient confidentiality and cheating

Mission statement

The radiologic technology program of Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley will prepare students for competent entry level service in the healthcare community of diagnostic radiologic technology and create opportunities for graduate success in the profession of radiologic technology.


Program philosophy

To be functional members of society and the healthcare community, the individual must demonstrate civic responsibility and self-confidence.

The educational program embraces the liberal arts, with comprehensive radiographic instruction and coordinated clinical training. These three disciplines of study comprise the three primary components of the radiologic technology program. These components aid the student in achieving the attributes required by the profession and the community which it serves.

Admission and successful completion of the program are determined by clearly defined objectives, regardless of race, color, creed, national origin or gender. Our goal is to graduate compassionate individuals who care to exercise their minds, giving thought to their daily professional responsibilities, as well as to the world in which they live.

The program will remain flexible to adjust to the changing needs of the profession and healthcare environment which it serves. Faculty will demonstrate, through their activities, the value of continued education and align the radiologic technology program such that its graduates can successfully matriculate to post graduate programs of radiologic technology.


Program goals and learning outcomes

Program graduates will:

  • Be workforce ready, demonstrating competence in the entry level skills of the profession
  • Exhibit proper performance of radiographic procedures
  • Formulate appropriate technical factors
  • Apply appropriate radiation protection
  • Communicate effectively and appropriately
  • Exhibit effective oral communication
  • Construct effective written communication
  • Think critically and apply problem solving skills
  • Adapt standard procedure for non-routine patients
  • Evaluate radiographic images to determine diagnostic quality

Program costs

Approximate Fees and Expenses (subject to change):

Tuition RATE A.A.S.: 76 credit hours
In-district:
$116 per credit hour
$8,816
Out-of-district:
$228 per credit hour
$17,328
Out-of-state:
$307 per credit hour
$23,332
Program Fees RATE A.A.S.
Textbooks: used/new $600-800
CBC/FCSR/Drug Screen/Document Services $116
Immunizations Costs will vary
Trajecsys (one time fee) $150

Total Approximate Cost of the Radiologic Technology Program (In-District) A.A.S.: $9,882


Program outcomes

The following is the most current program effectiveness data. Our programmatic accreditation agency, the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), defines and publishes this information. The information can be found directly on the JRCERT webpage.

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