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 Coordinator

Rebecca Northern, D.C., R.T.

Email

rnorthern@stlcc.edu

Phone

314-644-9640

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 12 percent from 2016 to 2026, 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, Ill., 60606-3182. The phone number is 312-704-5300. Program effectiveness data is available on the JRCERT website.

Maintenance Fee (Tuition) - Based on 76 credit hours
In- District ($110.50/credit hour) - $8,398
Other Missouri Residents ($157.50/credit hour) - $11,970
Out-of-State ($215.50/credit hour) - $16,378
International Students ($225.50/credit hour) - $17,138

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

Criminal background (Missouri) and drug screen - $67.45

Missouri Family Care Safety Registry (EDL) - $11

American DataBank Immunization Tracker (annually) - $25

CPR (Healthcare Provider/BLS) at STLCC - $75

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.

Admissions Requirements
1. All applicants must be admitted to St. Louis Community College.
2. 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.

3. Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale
4. 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.

 Admission Process
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.

Program Effectiveness Data 2012 - 2016
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
2012 39 39 100
2013 30 30 100
2014 22 20 90
2015 26 26 100
2016 25 22* 88
Totals 142 137 5yr. average = 96%
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* 3 graduates passed on 2nd attempt

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.
Ashley Brown, B.A., R.T. (R), Clinical Coordinator/Instructor

314-644-9318
abrown528@stlcc.edu

Sally Polta, B.A., R.T. (R), Associate Professor
314-644-9324
spolta@stlcc.edu

Dean Brake, M.Ed., R.T. (R), Professor
314-644-9325
dbrake@stlcc.edu

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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 for the program to open, 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 the 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.

 

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