Overview

Radiographers perform X-ray examinations of the body. You’ll learn to use the highly technical X-ray equipment by working in hospitals, medical offices, trauma centers, and urgent care centers as a member of an imaging team.

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, ultrasound, C.T., and MRI are also provided.

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.

Students are required to purchase and maintain a set of standard royal blue 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).

Accreditation

The Radiologic Technology program is fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology and by S.C. Radiation Quality Standards Association. Please see our Program Effectiveness Data and Program Assessment Outcomes. Graduates are eligible to take the ARRT examination. Upon successful completion, students receive the designation of Registered Radiologic Technologist RT(R).

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

Pre-Application Considerations
  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • High school or college credits in mathematics/science (recommended).
Pre-Interview Requirements Maintaining Eligibility
  • Attend the information session.
  • Complete two clinical observations.
  • Must successfully pass the interview Students must earn a grade of “C” or higher in all math, science, and technology courses. No course may be repeated more than once.
  • Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA in the RAD general education courses.
  • TEAS V test: 60% overall; 70% reading, 68% math, 47% in science.
Acceptable Admissions 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).
  • Satisfactory compliance with required medical physical and immunization requirements.
  • An acceptable criminal background investigation 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.
  • The ability to move, adjust, manipulate equipment to perform imaging procedures.
  • The ability to review and evaluate recorded images, to determine the quality of an image.
  • The ability to communicate orally and in writing with patients, doctors and other personnel, and the ability to follow written and verbal directions.
  • The ability to make proper decisions involving patient and co-worker safety.
  • The 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.
  • The 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.

How to Enroll

To pursue this degree, you must apply to MTC using our online application.

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Application Process
Financial Aid & Scholarships

Print Plan

Sample Program Plan and Costs

Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid Credits
Semester 1
(14 Credit Hours)
COL-106 Skills for College Success

Skills for College Success

ID: COL-106

Credit Hours: 1

This course is designed to enhance the skills of entering freshmen to facilitate their ability to succeed in the college environment. The course topics include student/instructor expectations, time management, library/computer orientation, listening/note-taking, studying for success, learning styles/personality types, and diversity and differences on campus.

1
AHS-102 Medical Terminology

Medical Terminology

ID: AHS-102

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers medical terms, including roots, prefixes, and suffixes, with emphasis on spelling, definition, and pronunciation.

3
MAT-155 Contemporary Mathematics

Contemporary Mathematics

ID: MAT-155

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes techniques and applications of the following topics: elementary number theory; algebra; geometry; measurement; graph sketching and interpretations; and descriptive statistics.

3
BIO-210 Anatomy and Physiology I

Anatomy and Physiology I

ID: BIO-210

Credit Hours: 4

This is the first in a sequence of courses, including an intensive coverage of the body as an integrated whole. All body systems are studied. Emphasis is placed on the manner in which systems interact to maintain homeostasis. The study includes general chemistry principles, biochemistry, cells and tissues and the following systems will be covered: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous and special senses.

4
PSY-201 General Psychology

General Psychology

ID: PSY-201

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics and concepts in the science of behavior: scientific method, biological bases for behavior, perception, motivation, learning memory, development, personality, abnormal behavior, therapeutic techniques, and social psychology.

3
Semester 2
(14 Credit Hours)
RAD-101 Introduction to Radiography

Introduction to Radiography

ID: RAD-101

Credit Hours: 2

This course provides an introduction to radiologic technology with emphasis on orientation to the radiology department, ethics, and basic radiation protection.

2
RAD-102 Radiology Patient Care Procedures

Radiology Patient Care Procedures

ID: RAD-102

Credit Hours: 2

This course provides a study of the procedures and techniques used in the care of the diagnostic imaging patient.

2
RAD-153 Applied Radiography I

Applied Radiography I

ID: RAD-153

Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces the clinical environment of the hospitals by providing basic use of radipgraphic equipment and routine radiographic procedures.

3
BIO-211 Anatomy and Physiology II

Anatomy and Physiology II

ID: BIO-211

Credit Hours: 4

This is a continuation of a sequence of courses, including intensive coverage of the body as an integrated whole. All body systems are studied. Emplasis is placed on the manner in which systems interact to maintain homeostasis. The following systems will be covered: endocrine, lymphatic, immune, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive.

4
ENG-160 Technical Communications

Technical Communications

ID: ENG-160

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of various technical communications such as definitions, processes, instructions, descriptions, and technical reports.

3
Semester 3
(12 Credit Hours)
RAD-130 Radiographic Procedures I

Radiographic Procedures I

ID: RAD-130

Credit Hours: 3

This course provides an introduction to radiographic procedures. Positioning of the chest, abdomen, and extremities are included.

3
RAD-110 Radiographic Imaging I

Radiographic Imaging I

ID: RAD-110

Credit Hours: 3

This course provides a detailed study of the parameters controlling radiation quality and quantity for radiographic tube operation and image production.

3
RAD-155 Applied Radiography I

Applied Radiography I

ID: RAD-155

Credit Hours: 5

This course introduces the clinical environment of the hospital by providing basic use of radiographic equipment and routine radiographic procedures.

5
RAD-235 Radiography Seminar I

Radiography Seminar I

ID: RAD-235

Credit Hours: 1

This course is a study of selected areas of radiography that are unique or new to the field.

1
Semester 4
(8 Credit Hours)
RAD-136 Radiographic Procedures II

Radiographic Procedures II

ID: RAD-136

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of radiographic procedures for visualization of the structures of the body.

3
RAD-165 Applied Radiography II

Applied Radiography II

ID: RAD-165

Credit Hours: 5

This course includes the use of radiographic equipment and performance of radiographic procedures within the clinical environment of the hospital.

5
Semester 5
(12 Credit Hours)
RAD-258 Advanced Radiography I

Advanced Radiography I

ID: RAD-258

Credit Hours: 8

This course includes independently performing routine procedures in a radiology department, including involvement in advanced radiographic procedures.

8
RAD-121 Radiographic Physics

Radiographic Physics

ID: RAD-121

Credit Hours: 4

This course introduces the principles of radiographic physics, incorporating theory and application of basic principles underlying the operation and maintenance of x-ray equipment.

4
Semester 6
(14 Credit Hours)
RAD-220 Selected Imaging Topics

Selected Imaging Topics

ID: RAD-220

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of advanced topics unique to the radiological sciences. Preparing an in-depth review of all didactic material is included.

3
RAD-268 Advanced Radiography II

Advanced Radiography II

ID: RAD-268

Credit Hours: 8

This course includes routine radiographic examinations, as well as advanced procedures, while continuing to build self-confidence in the clinical atmosphere.

8
PHI-115 Contemporary Moral Issues

Contemporary Moral Issues

ID: PHI-115

Credit Hours: 3

This course examines moral issues in contemporary society, including basic principles and applications of ethics.

3
      Total Credit Hours 74
      Estimated Cost
Financial Aid
$13,912.00
Not including fees and equipment
Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid Credits
Semester 1
(7 Credit Hours)
AHS-102 Medical Terminology

Medical Terminology

ID: AHS-102

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers medical terms, including roots, prefixes, and suffixes, with emphasis on spelling, definition, and pronunciation.

3
COL-106 Skills for College Success

Skills for College Success

ID: COL-106

Credit Hours: 1

This course is designed to enhance the skills of entering freshmen to facilitate their ability to succeed in the college environment. The course topics include student/instructor expectations, time management, library/computer orientation, listening/note-taking, studying for success, learning styles/personality types, and diversity and differences on campus.

1
MAT-155 Contemporary Mathematics

Contemporary Mathematics

ID: MAT-155

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes techniques and applications of the following topics: elementary number theory; algebra; geometry; measurement; graph sketching and interpretations; and descriptive statistics.

3
Semester 2
(7 Credit Hours)
BIO-210 Anatomy and Physiology I

Anatomy and Physiology I

ID: BIO-210

Credit Hours: 4

This is the first in a sequence of courses, including an intensive coverage of the body as an integrated whole. All body systems are studied. Emphasis is placed on the manner in which systems interact to maintain homeostasis. The study includes general chemistry principles, biochemistry, cells and tissues and the following systems will be covered: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous and special senses.

4
PSY-201 General Psychology

General Psychology

ID: PSY-201

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics and concepts in the science of behavior: scientific method, biological bases for behavior, perception, motivation, learning memory, development, personality, abnormal behavior, therapeutic techniques, and social psychology.

3
Semester 3
(4 Credit Hours)
RAD-101 Introduction to Radiography

Introduction to Radiography

ID: RAD-101

Credit Hours: 2

This course provides an introduction to radiologic technology with emphasis on orientation to the radiology department, ethics, and basic radiation protection.

2
RAD-102 Radiology Patient Care Procedures

Radiology Patient Care Procedures

ID: RAD-102

Credit Hours: 2

This course provides a study of the procedures and techniques used in the care of the diagnostic imaging patient.

2
Semester 4
(10 Credit Hours)
BIO-211 Anatomy and Physiology II

Anatomy and Physiology II

ID: BIO-211

Credit Hours: 4

This is a continuation of a sequence of courses, including intensive coverage of the body as an integrated whole. All body systems are studied. Emplasis is placed on the manner in which systems interact to maintain homeostasis. The following systems will be covered: endocrine, lymphatic, immune, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive.

4
ENG-160 Technical Communications

Technical Communications

ID: ENG-160

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of various technical communications such as definitions, processes, instructions, descriptions, and technical reports.

3
RAD-153 Applied Radiography I

Applied Radiography I

ID: RAD-153

Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces the clinical environment of the hospitals by providing basic use of radipgraphic equipment and routine radiographic procedures.

3
Semester 5
(12 Credit Hours)
RAD-110 Radiographic Imaging I

Radiographic Imaging I

ID: RAD-110

Credit Hours: 3

This course provides a detailed study of the parameters controlling radiation quality and quantity for radiographic tube operation and image production.

3
RAD-130 Radiographic Procedures I

Radiographic Procedures I

ID: RAD-130

Credit Hours: 3

This course provides an introduction to radiographic procedures. Positioning of the chest, abdomen, and extremities are included.

3
RAD-155 Applied Radiography I

Applied Radiography I

ID: RAD-155

Credit Hours: 5

This course introduces the clinical environment of the hospital by providing basic use of radiographic equipment and routine radiographic procedures.

5
RAD-235 Radiography Seminar I

Radiography Seminar I

ID: RAD-235

Credit Hours: 1

This course is a study of selected areas of radiography that are unique or new to the field.

1
Semester 6
(8 Credit Hours)
RAD-136 Radiographic Procedures II

Radiographic Procedures II

ID: RAD-136

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of radiographic procedures for visualization of the structures of the body.

3
RAD-165 Applied Radiography II

Applied Radiography II

ID: RAD-165

Credit Hours: 5

This course includes the use of radiographic equipment and performance of radiographic procedures within the clinical environment of the hospital.

5
Semester 7
(12 Credit Hours)
RAD-121 Radiographic Physics

Radiographic Physics

ID: RAD-121

Credit Hours: 4

This course introduces the principles of radiographic physics, incorporating theory and application of basic principles underlying the operation and maintenance of x-ray equipment.

4
RAD-258 Advanced Radiography I

Advanced Radiography I

ID: RAD-258

Credit Hours: 8

This course includes independently performing routine procedures in a radiology department, including involvement in advanced radiographic procedures.

8
Semester 8
(14 Credit Hours)
PHI-115 Contemporary Moral Issues

Contemporary Moral Issues

ID: PHI-115

Credit Hours: 3

This course examines moral issues in contemporary society, including basic principles and applications of ethics.

3
RAD-220 Selected Imaging Topics

Selected Imaging Topics

ID: RAD-220

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of advanced topics unique to the radiological sciences. Preparing an in-depth review of all didactic material is included.

3
RAD-268 Advanced Radiography II

Advanced Radiography II

ID: RAD-268

Credit Hours: 8

This course includes routine radiographic examinations, as well as advanced procedures, while continuing to build self-confidence in the clinical atmosphere.

8
      Total Credit Hours 74
      Estimated Cost
Financial Aid
$13,912.00
Not including fees and equipment

Careers

Radiologic Technologist

This profession offers a wide variety of experiences each day. Graduates will learn to function in diagnostic radiology, contrast studies of the digestive and urinary system, portable radiography, trauma radiography, and surgical procedures. This profession also will serve to function in the morgue. This is the requirement to enter many other modalities of the field such as MRI, CT scan, Sonography (both General and Cardiovascular), Mammography, Cardiac Catheterization Lab, Interventional Radiology lab.

Average Annual Salary

$48,625

According to EMSI data as of 2018

Where Can I Work?

  • Hospitals
  • Medical Clinics
  • Family Medicine and Family Practice Offices

Careers

Computerized Tomography (CT) Technologist

A CT technologist has a background in Diagnostic Radiology or Nuclear Medicine. This person will attend a program to learn how to run the CT scanners. They learn to scan all parts of the body, to perform computerized arteriograms, ablations, 3-D reconstructions of anatomy and biopsies for the radiologist. A national certification examination is taken after the training and is provided by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

Projected Job Growth

+21%

Average Annual Salary

$52,954

According to EMSI data as of 2018

Where Can I Work?

  • Hospitals
  • Sports Facilities

Careers

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technologist

An MRI technologist can be a radiologic technologist. Like Computerized Tomography scanning, MRI technologists will create images in the same axial format but without the use of radiation. MRI solely uses a very large magnet and radio waves found naturally in the body to create the images. They scan all parts of the body including arterial studies.

Projected Job Growth

+43.1%

Average Annual Salary

$69,334

According to EMSI data as of 2018

Where Can I Work?

  • Hospitals
  • Medical Clinics

What’s next after I complete this program?

Enter the Workforce

Many technologists will choose to specialize in a specific modality they find interesting. One can also continue their education and obtain a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences or Healthcare Administration and Public Health. Most graduating students will go directly into a full-time position to gain experience. A percentage will continue their education in another modality. At MTC a radiology student can qualify to attend Nuclear Medicine, CT Scan, and both Sonography programs.

Further Education

MTC Radiologic Technology graduates have expanded into all types of modalities of study. Several have become Radiation Physicists, Physician Assistants, Medical Doctors, and Chiropractors. Some have returned to MTC to obtain a Nursing degree so they could blend two fields they enjoy and become a Radiology Nurse in the department.