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Radiologic Technology

Radiologic Technology

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Offered through Health Sciences

@ Forest Park

This program prepares students for entry-level positions as radiographers (X-ray technologists). Students learn to use complex X-ray and image processing equipment designed to record images that aid radiologists in diagnosing various health problems. Students must attend full-time and satisfy both the didactic and clinical components to successfully complete the program.

Required Courses

The recommended academic plan blends general education requirements with options for areas of concentration to ensure students get the most out of their certificate or degree.

Program Contact

Ashley Brown, M.Ed., R.T. (R)

Email

abrown528@stlcc.edu

Phone

314-644-9318

Certification

Graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the overall employment of radiologic and MRI technologists is projected to grow 9% percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. As the population grows older, there will be an increase in medical conditions that require imaging as a tool for making diagnoses. Employment is available in hospital radiology departments, orthopedic clinics, urgent care centers, imaging centers, outpatient surgery centers and physicians offices.

 

The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), located at 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL, 60606-3182. The phone number is 312-704-5300. The JRCERT awarded the program 8-year accreditation following a 2015 site visit.

Maintenance Fee (Tuition) - Based on 73 credit hours
In-District ($122.00/credit hour) - $8,906.00
Other Missouri Residents ($171.00/credit hour) - $12,483.00
Out-of-State ($233/credit hour) - $17,009.00
International Students ($243.00/credit hour) - $17,739.00

Estimated Additional Costs:

  • Uniforms - $225
    Two (2) pairs of scrub pants, two (2) scrub tops, shoes and one (1) white lab coat
  • Textbooks -
    • Radiography Program Textbooks - $800
    • Career General Education Textbooks - $400
    • Textbook Total - $1,200
  • CastleBranch Subscription: Background, drug screen and immunization tracking - $69.10
  • Missouri Family Care Safety Registry (EDL) - $13
  • CPR (Healthcare Provider/BLS) through STLCC Continuing Education - $109
  • 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

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.

Program Admission Requirements

  1. All applicants must be admitted to St. Louis Community College.
  2. All applicants must complete the following requirements before completing a Radiologic Technology program application.
    • BIO:111 Introduction to Biology I
    • MTH:050 Mathematical Literacy
    • 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 applying to the program.
    • Must provide documentation of a minimum of 8 hours of job shadowing in the general radiology (x-ray) department of a hospital. Job shadowing must be completed prior to application to the program. Follow the link at the bottom of this section to the documentation of career shadowing experience form.
    • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  3. 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.

Students are required to complete a health history, immunization record, physical exam, essential functions acknowledgment 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. Completing these requirements should begin immediately following the mandatory program orientation meeting in May.

Admission Process

Applications for the program are accepted on a continuing basis from eligible applicants. Students will meet with an academic advisor on the Forest Park campus who will complete the program application after reviewing the student' s transcripts and completed job shadowing form.

Students being offered fall program admission will be notified by mail. The admission letter will be mailed the second Friday in March.

Applicants entering in the fall semester must attend a mandatory program orientation meeting 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.

View the Radiologic Technology Program Admission Requirements checklist and Documentation of Career Shadowing Experience form

Program Effectiveness Data 2016-2020

View this information in the JRCERT template.

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 # of graduates attempting exam # of graduates passing on 1st attempt % passing on 1st attempt
2016 25 22* 88
2017 27 26 96
2018 27 27 100
2019 25 24 96
2020 26 24 92
Totals 130 123 5yr. average = 94.6%
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* 3 graduates passed on 2nd attempt

Job Placement Rate

The number of graduates employed in the radiologic sciences within twelve months of graduation, compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment.

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
2016 24 24 100
2017 26 26 100
2018 26 26 100
2019 24 24 100
2020 25 25 100
Totals 125 125 5-year average = 100%
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Program Completion Rate

The number of students who complete the program compared to the number who enrolled in the program initially. The benchmark is 65% completion.

Year
Number of students enrolled initially
Number of students completing the program
% Completion
2020 39 27 69.2
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The mission of the Radiologic Technology Program conducted at St. Louis Community College is to graduate students with employment skills of a radiologic technologist to meet the needs of the medical imaging community while providing quality patient care. The program will foster a supportive environment for student success.

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.

Pamela Hensley, R.T. (R)(M)(BD), Clinical Coordinator/Assistant Professor
314-644-9324
phensley9@stlcc.edu

Mickey Ryan, MHA, BSRS, RT (R)(MR), Assistant Professor
314-644-9325
mryan167@stlcc.edu

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Frequently Asked Questions

No, this is a full-time (Monday - Friday), day-time, 23-month 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.

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.

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 pre approval process.

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. 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.

The number of students accepted each year is typically between 34 and 40, and varies based on the job market and clinical capacity.

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.

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 the program.

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.

Cost of Attendance

For more information on cost of attendance visit MoSCORES.

Program Career and Salary Information

Pursuant to Missouri HB 1606 (2018), information regarding the number of credit hours, program length, employment rate, wage data, and graduates employed in careers related to their program of study at St. Louis Community College can be found at https://scorecard.mo.gov/. Search using School / Program “St. Louis Community College” and choose the degree or credential type of interest.

The following limitations to the data apply - Information provided is based on the most recent cohorts available. Typically, most recent cohorts for wage and completion data are six years prior to the current academic year. Time to complete a program of study varies depending on the number of credit hours students earn per semester.

Contact Us

Hours for all campuses: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

All Locations

314-539-5002
askus@stlcc.edu

 
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