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Radiologic Technology Program

Overview

The Radiologic Technology Program is a twenty-one month (five sequential semesters) course of study leading to an associate's degree. Students are admitted in the fall, with a limited number of openings each year. Graduates will be eligible to take the national registry examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Not all courses in this program transfer to all colleges. Students planning to transfer should see an academic advisor before enrollment in any courses.

As part of the educational training students receive hands-on experience from available clinical sites (hospitals).

The program has been accredited since 1975 by:

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
20 N Wacker Drive
Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Email: mail@jrcert.org

Nature of Work

Radiologic Technologists, also called radiographers, take x-rays and administer non-radioactive materials into patients' blood streams for diagnostic purposes. The also produce x-ray films (radiographs) of internal parts of the body for use in diagnosing medical problems. They prepare patients for radiologic examinations by explaining the procedure, removing articles such as jewelry, through which x-rays cannot pass, and positioning patients so that the parts of the body can be appropriately radiographed.

To prevent unnecessary radiation exposure, they surround the exposed area with radiation protection devices, such as lead shields, or limit the size of the x-ray beam. Radiographers position radiographic equipment at the correct angle and height over the appropriate area of a patient's body. Experienced radiographers may perform more complex imaging procedures. For fluoroscopes, radiographers prepare a solution of contrast medium for the patient to drink, allowing the radiologist, a physician who interprets radiographs, to see soft tissues in the body.

Radiologic Technologists must follow physicians' orders precisely and conform to regulations concerning use of radiation to protect themselves, their patients, and coworkers from unnecessary exposure. Most radiologic technologists are employed in hospitals, clinics and physician offices.

After obtaining certification in radiography by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, technologists can pursue post-primary certifications in related imaging fields.  The most common post-primary certification after obtaining radiography certification is in Computed Tomography.  Other post-primary certifications include Ultrasound, MRI, Mammography, Nuclear Medicine/PET, Bone Desitometry, and Cardiac Interrentional Radiography.  LCC offers programs in Ultrasound and MRI.  To learn more about the Ultrasound program click here.  To learn more about the MRI program, click here.

Skills You Need

Skills in the area of professionalism, initiative, communication, and physical strength,  are required for a successful career as a radiologic technologist. Radiologic technologists should be sensitive to patients' physical and psychological needs. They must pay attention to detail, follow instructions, and work as part of a team. In addition, operating complicated equipment requires mechanical ability and manual dexterity. Prior courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology are helpful.

Curriculum

To view degree and certificate requirements click on the curriculum code below.

Code

Associate Degree

0196

Radiologic Technology, AAS

1603

Computed Tomography Basics, CC

 

1602

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technology, CA

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In order to apply for the Radiologic Technology Program you will need to complete a Selective Admissions Application, which is located on the Health and Human Services Advising Guide page and follow the point system in the Radiologic Technologic Advising Guide.

Course Offerings

Visit the Course Offerings  page for information pertaining to courses available during a particular semester and to view course descriptions.

IRXT 105 Introduction to Imaging
IRXT 111 Radiographic Positioning I
IRXT 112 Radiographic Positioning II
IRXT 116 Patient Care in Radiography
IRXT 140 Image Analysis
IRXT 144 Digital Imaging and Exposure
IRXT 170 Clinical Practice I
IRXT 172 Clinical Practice II
IRXT 200 Intro/Radiologic Pathology
IRXT 214 Comprehensive Experience I
IRXT 215 Comprehensive Experience II
IRXT 222 Radiobiology and Protection
IRXT 224 Radiologic Physics
IRXT 280 Radiologic Tech Board Review

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Radiography Program Effectiveness Data

The performance of the program is reflected through program effectiveness data as defined by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Program effectiveness data includes the program completion rate, credentialing examination pass rate and job placement rate. Explanations of these measures and program data that correspond with the annual report that was recently submitted to the JRCERT are noted below. Additional information can also be obtained at the JRCERT website. Questions about this program effectiveness data should be directed to the Program Director.

Radiography Program Mission Statement

The Radiologic Technology Program and its curriculum are intended to provide qualified students with the educational experiences and practical skills required to function competently in the field of radiologic technology as an entry-level radiographer.

Programs, Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Program Goals:  Upon completion of the Radiologic Technology Program at Lansing Community College all graduates will have met the following program goals:

Goal #1 - Students will be clinically competent.

Student Learning Outcomes
#1 Students will follow through on assigned work and patient care within a reasonable time frame in the clinical setting.

#2  Students will avoid repeating same positional/technical errors within clinical setting.

Goal #2 - Students will demonstrate appropriate critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Student Learning Outcomes
#1 
Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills by manipulating technique from standard protocol as needed to accommodate various circumstances (size, pathology, age, etc.) within the clinical setting.

#2  Students will be able to modify radiographic exams and technical factors when warranted in the didactic lab settings.

Goal #3 - Students will communicate effectively.

Student Learning Outcomes
#1 
Students will consider the patient's needs, both physical and emotional, and respond as appropriate for age.

#2  Students will demonstrate the ability to properly identify and interview patients to obtain history and provide explanation of exam as appropriate for age.

Goal #4 - To develop a student who has the ability to establish effective professional relationships with colleagues, patients and their families.

Student Learning Outcomes
#1 
Students will maintain a professional appearance by conforming to dress code as established by clinical site and maintain a well-groomed appearance.

#2  Students will report promptly as scheduled, on time and ready to begin at start of shift avoiding frequent absences.

Goal #5 -
Students will successfully pass ARRT Examination.

Student Learning Outcomes
#1 
Students will successfully pass ARRT Examination on first attempt.

Goal #6 - To provide students with resources that will contribute to successful job placement as an entry-level radiologic technologist.

Student Learning Outcomes
#1 
Students will be employed within twelve months post-graduation.

The Associate Degree Program in Radiologic Technology is conducted by Lansing Community College as a contribution to the health education needs of the community whom it serves. Resources provided by the College, cooperating community hospitals, and other health agencies are utilized in the basic Radiologic Technology Program. The qualified student is provided with educational opportunities in a college environment, and shares the intellectual and social responsibilities, privileges, and experiences with college students in other disciplines.

Within this framework, the faculty and administrators assumes responsibility for planning, supervising, and evaluating selected learning experiences. These experiences are developed to meet established objectives, College requirements for the Associate Degree in Applied Science, and eligibility to write the registry examination as established by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists along with the American Society of Radiologic Technologists who establish curriculum guidelines.

Further, the Faculty believes that Radiologic Technology is a health service, shared with other health disciplines, which has a basic responsibility for promoting health, conserving life, and assisting the individual to achieve an optimum health status and self sufficiency. As a member of the patient oriented team, the radiologic technologist utilizes basic knowledge and skills which contribute to patient care and diagnostic needs.

Credentialing Examination Pass Rate - (2014 through 2018)

This is the total number of student graduates who pass, on first attempt, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) exam, within six (6) months of graduation. The number reflects a five (5) year span. The benchmark for the five (5) year span is 75%.

Radiologic Technology Program Related Links


Michigan Society of Radiologic Technologists

American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT)

ASRT Student Services

Occupational Outlook Handbook

United States Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics

Radiologic Technologists (RT)

Occupational Employment Statistics

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists (MRIT)

Computed Tomography (CT)

Other Radiology Career Options


Radiologic Technology Program Physical Guidelines & Pregnancy Policy

Environmental Conditions

The charter of OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) is to prevent work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths. Since OSHA was created in 1971, work-related deaths have decreased by approximately 62% and work-related injuries have decreased by 42%.

As a radiology student you will be exposed to a variety of substances within the work environment and hospital sites. You can expect exposure to blood, body tissues, and fluids. There is the potential of exposure to electrical hazards, hazardous waste materials, radiation, poisonous substances, chemicals, loud or unpleasant noises and high stress emergency situations. Upon acceptance into the Radiologic Technology Program students will be notified regarding a mandatory online OSHA Blood-Borne Pathogen and Universal Precautions training session.

Criminal Background Check

The Radiologic Technology Program requires students to have criminal background and drug screenings done prior to their starting clinical rotations.  Background checks and drug screenings are the responsibility of the student.  Background checks can be done by going to the Michigan State Police ICHAT website the cost is presently $10.00.  Drug screenings can be done through many different sources, the clinical coordinator will provide additional information during orientation.  Cost for drug screenings are approximately $30.00.  Any positive results from criminal background checks and/or drug screenings may prevent the student from being placed in a clinical setting, and/or admitted to the program.

Due to Michigan State Law, admission into the Radiologic Technology Program will be denied if an individual can't be placed in a clinical setting pursuant to MCL 333.20173a.  If you have a misdemeanor or felony on your record, please consult with an attorney before applying to this program.

Any applicant who has been charged or convicted of a misdemeanor or felony should complete a pre-application to the ARRT (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists).  Additional information can be provided by the Radiologic Technology Program personnel or by contacting the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

Clinical Rotations

Delivery of imaging services has undergone significant changes over the past several years and these services are indeed a 24/7 service. Because of our program's clinical education centers being located in a variety of different counties around the Lansing area, students must have dependable transportation to any assignment. Students may expect to drive for up to an hour or more to reach a clinical site.  Students will be assigned to two (2) different clinical education centers during their time in the program. During the student's summer and 2nd year fall and spring semesters a maximum of 25% of their total clinical hours may be spent in an evening and/or weekend assignments. A student's combined didactic and clinical contact hours will not exceed 40 hours per week. Additional information regarding clinical rotations will be given to students during their program orientation.

Pregnancy Policy

Dear Applicant,

The Radiologic Technology Program of Lansing Community College requests that you read our policy pertaining to pregnancy. The policy is designed to inform  applicants/students of the program guidelines for radiation protection of an unborn child.

The sponsorship of the program adheres to the stated rule (#R325.5205.) of the "Ionizing Radiation Rules" provided by the Michigan Department of Consumer & Industry Services, and Regulatory Guide 8.13 provided by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. A copy of this policy is provided to all female applicants prior to their admittance to the program.

In order for a pregnant student to fully ensure compliance with the lower radiation exposure limit and dose monitoring requirements, the student must declare her pregnancy to the Program. If at any time during the program the student decides to voluntarily declare a pregnancy she must provide written notification to the Program Director or Clinical Coordinator.

In the event of a declared pregnancy, the following course of action shall be implemented:

The Program Director will review with the student NCR Regulatory Guide #8.13, "Instruction Concerning Prenatal Radiation Exposure." The student will sign a declaration indicating receipt of this regulation.

The student will receive counseling regarding minimizing radiation exposure to the embryo/fetus.

In an effort to closely monitor the radiation dose to the fetus, a fetal dosimeter will be ordered for the student, to be worn at the students waist, under the lead apron, if applicable.

The student will be given the option of taking a leave of absence from the program, but may continue with proper precautions. If a leave is chosen, the Program will work with the student for planned re-entry at the next appropriate semester.

If the student continues in the program, and the student feels physical restrictions are applicable, she must obtain documentation from her physician attesting to that fact. The Program will attempt to reasonably accommodate this request.

In reference to the radiation dose limits applicable to the embryo/fetus, the stated published federal and state standards document limits less than 500mR during the entire pregnancy.

At any time a student may retract their declaration of pregnancy by providing written documentation to the Program Director or Clinical Coordinator.


Radiology Technology Program at Lansing Community College

Radiology Technology Program
Health and Human Services Bldg, Room 108
Phone: (517) 483-1410
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