Radiologic Technology

Health Sciences Major

Radiologic Technology Concentration

The Radiologic Technology concentration includes the essential pre-requisite and required courses that establish eligibility for national certification and registration with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

Overview of the Program

Students being instructed on equipment by professorRadiography is the art and science of using radiation as a diagnostic tool in performing radiographic examinations. The BS degree prepares students for a career in the diverse and growing field of diagnostic imaging. This specific advanced education meets the need for sophisticated imaging management and leadership that can respond to clinical, organizational and fiscal demands facing the healthcare industry by incorporating advanced imaging modalities into the curriculum. Our curriculum is an expression of content that enhances entry-level education and supports multiple post-primary specialty certifications as well as a transition to education and management in advanced clinical practice. Students in the Health Science, Radiologic Technology concentration engage in topics with more depth and breadth, resulting in a broader knowledge base and skill set than the entry-level radiographer.

Requirements

  • BIOL 101 Seminar for Entering Majors (1 cr)
  • BIOL 150 Introduction to Biology I: Cells (4 cr)
  • BIOL 342 Anatomy & Physiology I (4 cr)
  • BIOL 343 Anatomy & Physiology II (4 cr)
  • CHEM 150 Introduction to Chemistry I (4 cr)
  • CHEM 152 Introduction to Chemistry II (4 cr)
  • MATH 150 Pre-calculus (or College Algebra) (3 cr)
  • MATH 232 Introduction to Statistics (3 cr)
  • HLTH 105 Medical Terminology (1 cr)
  • HLTH 110 Intro. To Health Care
  • HLTH 210 Human Growth & Development
  • HLTH 300/CCAP 300 Ethical Issues in Health Care
  • PSYC 100 Intro. To Psychology

Radiologic Technology Courses

  • RADT 300 Introduction to Radiologic Sciences (2 cr)
  • RADT 305 Radiographic Physics (3 cr)
  • RADT 310 Radiographic Positioning I with Lab (4 cr)
  • RADT 320 Radiographic Positioning II with Lab (4 cr)
  • RADT 330 Radiographic Exposures (3 cr)
  • RADT 340 Digital Imaging, Processing and Quality (3 cr)
  • RADT 350 Radiation Protection and Biology (3 cr)
  • RADT 355 Clinical Radiography I (2 cr)
  • RADT 365 Clinical Education II (3 cr)
  • RADT 370 Radiographic Pathology (3 cr)
  • RADT 420 Advanced Imaging and Pharmacology (3 cr)
  • RADT 431 Principles of CT I or RADT 434 Principles of Mammography I (3 cr)
  • RADT 432 Principles of CT II or RADT 435 Principles of Mammography II (3 cr)
  • RADT 440 Radiographic Critique (3 cr)
  • RADT 455 Clinical Radiology III (6 cr) Summer Session
  • RADT 465 Clinical Radiology IV (4 cr)
  • RADT 475 Clinical Radiology V (4 cr)
  • RADT 480 Senior Seminar (3 cr)

Please note that students are required to attend at least one summer session to complete this degree. During this session, students are required to attend clinical sessions a minimum of 40 hours per week for a period of 11 weeks. Students are encouraged not to engage in activities which carry a significant time commitment during this session.

Transportation to clinical sites is the sole responsibility of the student.

MCLA in 4

MCLAin4 LogoA sample 4-year plan showing a possible sequence of courses in this concentration.


Accreditation

The Radiologic Technology concentration is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Contact information for the JRCERT: 20 North Wacker Drive, Ste 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182, Phone: 312-704-5300, Fax: 312-704-5304, Website: www.jrcert.org and E-mail: mail@jrcert.org. The program has a full 8-year accreditation with the next review date in September 2024. MCLA is regionally accredited by New England Commission of Higher Education.

Student Health Policy

All radiologic technology students are required to submit the following information before entrance into their junior year: (1) results of a physical examination, (2) evidence of current immunizations and (3) CPR card for infant, child and adult. All radiologic technology students complete an orientation program prior to entering clinical education which includes: (1) Infection Control and (2) Standard Universal Precautions.

Admission Process for the Radiologic Technology concentration

The B.S. in Health Sciences with a concentration in Radiologic Technology follows a 2+2 format, with students completing core curriculum requirements and radiologic technology pre-requisite courses in the first two years and.radiologic technology-specific courses along with any remaining coursework in the final two years. Admission to the concentration-specific coursework takes place during  the spring semester of a student's second year. Acceptance into the junior year of the program is limited and determined by a point system. Requirements for acceptance include an overall GPA of at least 2.85; grades of  C+ or higher in BIOL150 Introduction to Biology I: Cells, BIOL 342 Anatomy & Physiology I, BIOL 343 Anatomy & Physiology II; HLTH 110 Introduction to Health Care and HLTH 105 Medical Terminology; and a grade of C or higher in MATH 150 Pre-calculus or a grade of C+ or higher in College Algebra (not offered at MCLA).  Highly qualified candidates who have not taken HLTH 110 Intro to Health Care by the end of their second year may be permitted to do so during  the first semester of their third year. Points toward admission will be increased by completing pre-requisite courses at MCLA and by earning grades higher than the minimum in the pre-requisite courses. Students who are not accepted into the third year of the Radiologic Technology concentration will be wait-listed and/or advised to consider other concentrations in Health Sciences or other majors within the college.

3 radiologists in hallwayIn addition to the courses required for admission, a Radiologic Technology student must maintain a grade of C+ or higher in each RADT course with the exception of RADT -431 432, 434, & 435, which require a grade of “C” or higher. Radiologic Technology students must maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 2.3 after their initial admission into the concentration.

A student who does not receive the required RADT course grades or who do not maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.3 or higher will be dismissed from the program. In order for the student to be eligible to reenter the program, he or she must meet all the entrance course requirements including the minimum cumulative GPA of 2.85. Readmission is determined by available seats and the determination of a point system. A student may only be readmitted to the program one time.

A student who is readmitted must repeat any RADT course (s) in which he or she has not received the required grade before being eligible to take the next course(s) in the degree sequence. A student may only retake courses in which he or she has not achieved the required grade. Course repetition is allowed on a seat-available basis only.

Program Effectiveness Data

Radiographic Technology Concentration
Program Effectiveness Data
2018-2019

Program mission, goals, student learning outcomes and philosophy:

Mission:

The BS degree in Health Sciences with a concentration in Radiologic Technology prepares students to meet the needs of the medical imaging community through an advanced level of education with a broader knowledge base that meets the demands facing the healthcare industry today. With a foundation in the liberal arts, the competency-based program fosters excellence by expanding the curriculum in the application of current, developing, and advanced imaging technologies.

The Radiologic Technology graduate will use appropriate interpersonal skills, think critically, embrace diversity, employ healthcare research, and apply appropriate radiation safety measures becoming ethical professional leaders dedicated to the health and safety of their patients.

Goal: Students will demonstrate communication skills.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will learn to communicate effectively with diverse populations.
  • Students will write effectively.
  • Students will demonstrate proper oral communication skills.

Goal: Students will become clinically competent.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will utilize appropriate radiation safety techniques.
  • Students will position patients accurately.

Goal: Students will utilize critical thinking skills.

Students Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will perform non-routine procedures.
  • Students will select appropriate technical factors for variations in body habitus.
  • Students will be able to analyze images.

Goal: Students will display professionalism.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will be knowledgeable of advanced imaging modalities.
  • Students will display proper professionalism.

ARRT Exam Pass-rate

Five-year average credentialing examination (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Radiography) pass rate of not less than 75 percent at first attempt within six months of graduation.

 Class Graduates Exams taken Exam passed
1st attempt
% Overall score
 2015 19 19 19 100% 84.7
 2016 16 16 13   81% 81.7
 2017 18 18 16   89% 81.2
 2018 15 14 13   93% 82.2
 2019 15 15 15 100% 83.0
 5 yr rate (15-19) 83 82 63   93%  

 
Job Placement Rate

Five-year average job placement rate of not less than 75 percent within twelve months of graduation.

Year Percent job placement Number of students
2013 89% 8 of 9 employed within 12 months of graduation
2014 100% 15 of 15 employed within 12 months of graduation
2015 100% 19 of 19 employed within 12 months of graduation
2016 100% 13 of 13 employed within 12 months of graduation
2017 100% 15 of 15 employed within 12 months of graduation
5-year average 99%  

*Note-Graduate surveys are sent annually in the summer for the cohort of the previous year.

Program completion rate

Program completion rate is defined as the number of students who complete the clinical phase of the program within 150% of the stated program length. The program length for the clinical phase of the program is 21 months and program completion rate is defined as those students graduating within 21 months of beginning the clinical phase of the program.

Year Percent Completion Number of students
2015 95% 19 began, one returned in the spring, 19 graduated
2016 64% 25 began, 16 graduated
2017 95% 19 began, 18 graduated 
2018 83% 18 began, 15 graduated 
2019 75% 20 began, 15 graduated
5-year average 82%