About the Program

Radiographers (X-ray technologists) assist radiologists (MDs) in performing examinations of the body to rule out or confirm and identify fractures or disease. To accomplish this, radiographers must be well-trained in using highly technical X-ray equipment and applying specialized techniques. Radiographers study human anatomy and physiology, pathology, exposure techniques, positioning, fluoroscopic procedures, radiation protection, trauma and mobile radiography. Elective topics in radiation therapy, nuclear medicine, ultrasound, C.T. and MRI are also provided.

The Radiologic Technology program is fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology and by the S.C. Radiation Quality Standards Association.  Please see our Program Effectiveness Data and Program Assessment Outcomes.

Joint Review Committee on Educational Radiologic Technology
20 N. Wacker Drive
Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182 (312) 704-5300
jrcert.org

Graduates are eligible to take the ARRT examination. Upon successful completion, students receive the designation of Registered Radiologic Technologist RT(R).

Required rotations through various hospitals, offices, trauma centers and immediate care areas of radiology are scheduled for certain days. Evenings and weekends are scheduled by the program to enhance their clinical education experience. These rotations are required.

Learning experiences for students in the Radiologic Technology Degree Program are provided in classrooms and pre-clinical laboratories on the Airport Campus in the Health Sciences Building. Required clinical experiences (externships/internships) are arranged through affiliations with local hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

Special Requirements

Students are required to purchase and maintain a set of standard white uniforms, laboratory coats, white shoes and a name pin (approximate cost of $450), radiography books and manuals (approximate cost of $1100) and membership fees in professional organizations (approximate cost of $35).

In addition to the college’s placement test and the admissions requirements of the Health Sciences department, specific eligibility and admissions criteria to the Radiologic Technology program are:

Pre-Application Considerations

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • High school or college credits in mathematics/science (recommended)

Acceptable Interview Eligibility Criteria

  • H0BET V (May 2012 -present): 60% total (reading 70%, mathematics 68%, science 47%)
  • and MTC writing sample score of 30; and a grade of “C” or higher in BIO 210 and AHS 102; or
  • H0BET (May 2011-2012): 60% composite (minimum reading 60%) and MTC writing sample score of 30; and a grade of “C” or higher in BIO 210 and AHS 102; or
  • SAT 990 (minimum critical reading 475) and MTC writing sample score of 30; and a grade of “C” or higher in BIO 210 and AHS 102; or
  • ACT 19 (minimum verbal 18) and MTC writing sample score of 30; and a grade of “C” or higher in BIO 210 and AHS 102; or
  • Successful completion of the Pre-Health Care certificate with a 2.5 GPA and “C” or higher in each course; and a grade of “C” or higher in BIO 210 and AHS 102; or
  • Associate degree or higher and a grade of “C” or higher in BIO 210 and AHS 102.

Pre-Interview Requirements Maintaining Eligibility

  • Attend information session.
  • Complete two clinical observations.
  • Students must earn a grade of “C” or higher in all math, science, and technology courses.
  • No course may be repeated more than once.
  • Student must maintain 2.5 GPA in the RAD general education courses.

Acceptable Admission Criteria

  • Compliance with the program’s dress code and personal appearance policies found in the program’s website at (The Program Policy and Procedure Manual can be reviewed at the library at either the Airport Campus or the Beltline Campus).
  • Successful formal interview following an information session and observations.
  • Satisfactory compliance with required medical physical and immunization requirements.
  • Acceptable criminal background check and drug screening results.

Technical Standards for Acceptance

 To participate in the clinical education portion of the program, the applicant must possess additional non-academic skills. These technical standards are consistent with the duties of the entry level radiographer in a professional position. The applicant should have the:

  • Ability to lift and transfer patients to and from the imaging table
  • Ability to move, adjust, manipulate equipment to perform imaging procedures
  • Ability to review and evaluate recorded images, to determine quality of image
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing with patients, doctors and other personnel, and the ability to follow written and verbal directions
  • Ability to make proper decisions involving patient and co-worker safety
  • Ability to think clearly and rationally. Students cannot be in the clinical practice while under prescribed medications which could affect decision making and could jeopardize patient care
  • Ability to work harmoniously with others and maintain a high level of enthusiasm 

Merit Admissions

A merit admission opportunity is available for highly qualified applicants. Click here for the Merit Admissions FAQs. Click here for the Merit Admissions Checklist.

The merit application submission deadline for a Fall 2016 or 2017 clinical start date is January 8, 2016.

Courses

Request Admissions Info

Success Story

Bill Mulkey

"Since 1972, we have had 100% job placement in our Radiography Program."

Bill's Story