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Radiology Technology A.A.S.

Average Length of Program: 117 credits, 7 quarters


Important Information

Spokane Community College Radiology Technology program (formerly Holy Family Hospital School of Radiologic Technology and Sacred Heart Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology) has graduated qualified radiologic technologists since 1965. The Radiology Technology program is full-time and runs for seven continuous quarters, with a new class beginning in September of each year. Upon successful completion of the program, the student receives an Associate of Applied Science degree and is then eligible to apply for admission to the National examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). A scaled score of 75 or better allows the graduate to use the title "Radiologic Technologist" and its abbreviation "R.T.(R)" after his or her name. These are the official credentials recognized by the American Medical Association.

Radiologic Technologists are an integral part of a team of healthcare workers providing patient care. Their primary duties include producing radiographic examinations that aid the physicians in diagnosing diseases and/or injuries. The Radiologic Technologist performs examinations at the request of a physician. The student's clinical hours are primarily days, Monday through Friday; however, the students are required to complete a certain number of evening shifts as well.

Important: Applicants to the radiology program can obtain the 80 hours required on the job if the employee has direct patient contact. Otherwise, the hours must be obtained as a volunteer. Applicants are required to set up their own volunteer internships. This may be done at any medical facility where the volunteer would have direct patient contact. Ten of the 80 hours must be completed observing in a radiology department. It is helpful if the applicant is able to observe a few CAT scans, MRI procedures, and general diagnostic x-rays, such as spine, chest, and abdomen x-rays. While it is helpful to complete as many hours observing in the radiology department as possible, it is only a small portion of the volunteer time required. The time spent volunteering helps the applicant become more comfortable with the sights, sounds, and smells of a medical environment and to become a little more familiar with radiology.
Consult the official program outline
for prerequisites and more information
about this program.
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The technologist's primary role is obtaining top quality radiographic images while providing patient care. Radiology departments can be found in hospitals, freestanding clinics, and physicians' offices. While in the program, students become proficient at performing examinations in general radiography, fluoroscopy, surgery, trauma, and intensive care units.

The didactic training of this program is held at Spokane Community College, while the clinical training is held at local radiology departments, such as: Sacred Heart Medical Center, Inland Imaging Holy Family, Inland Imaging Valley, Inland Imaging South, Rockwood Clinic - Main, Rockwood Clinic - Valley, Rockwood Clinic - North, Deaconess Medical Center and Valley Hospital and Medical Center. The class and/or clinical times the students are required to be in attendance are primarily Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. However, the students will be required to complete a select amount of evening shifts which are from 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Each didactic course required for graduation must be completed with a GPA of 2.0 or better before proceeding to the next quarter. All clinical courses must be completed with a GPA of 2.5 or better.

Upon completion and graduation of the program, students are able to take the National Registry examination given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

The Radiology Technology program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). A copy of the JRCERT standards is posted in the x-ray lab. Any and all alleged areas of non-compliance can be addressed in writing to:

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 N. Wacker Dr. - Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 704-5300       email: mail@jrcert.org
www.jrcert.org


Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program generally find jobs in hospitals or clinical settings. The hospitals operate 24/7, so weekend, evening, and night jobs tend to be the most available there. The clinical settings generally operate Monday through Friday and days to mid-evenings, but pay is generally lower than in hospitals.

For the past several years, graduates of the Radiology Technology program have achieved a 100% employment rate. Radiologic Technologists are also able to obtain further education in other fields of radiology such as ultrasound and nuclear medicine. Potential positions available through cross-training include: radiation therapy, mammography, interventional radiology, CAT (CT) Scan, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).


Course Descriptions

Please see icatalog.ccs.spokane.edu/course/dept.aspx?id=RAD&cabrv=&yrq=.


Important Information

  • See the official program outline for more information about prerequisites.
  • COMPLETE APPLICATION DEADLINE: JUNE 25, 2014
  • Interviews will be scheduled by the program director and will be conducted on July 9 and 10, 2014 (no exceptions on the days).
  • There will be a MANDATORY new student orientation session for Radiology Technology students on July 29, 2014 at 5 p.m. in Building 7, Room 133.
  • Radiology courses are limited to students of the Radiology Technology program.


Transfers

The radiology technology program does not accept transfer students from other radiology programs. A student wishing to transfer must complete meet the admission requirements for the program, including the interview process. If accepted into the program, the student will be required to complete the program in its entirety.


Mission Statement

The philosophy of the Radiologic Technology program at Spokane Community College is to provide the health care community with qualified and competent Radiologic Technologists whose education is approved by the joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.

This program is committed to helping students view themselves as functioning members of the health care team. Students learn to meet the total needs of the patient; emphasizing the values of compassion/care, concern, respect for the dignity of each individual, quality care of the whole person, care of the poor, and teamwork.

The Radiologic Technology program provides an excellent atmosphere to achieve these philosophical concepts. It is balanced with actual clinical experience and academic achievement in a comprehensive health care environment with a solid structure, allowing students to explore their individual capabilities.


Student Goals

In order for the program to obtain its mission, the Spokane Community College Radiologic Technology program has set the following goals and learning outcomes:

  1. Students will have skills and knowledge for an entry-level radiographic technologist.
  2. Students will have the skills to effectively utilize good communication skills.
  3. Students will have the skills to effectively utilize critical thinking, and problem solving skills.
  4. The students will have the skills to become responsible for lifelong learning through continuing education and/or advancement in the field of radiology.


Program Goals

  1. Annual completion rates: 85% of the students will complete the program within three years of program start date.
  2. The five year average credentialing examination pass rate of not less than 90% at first attempt.
  3. The job placement rate of not less than 75% within six months for graduates actively seeking employment for each of the past five years.
  4. Graduate satisfaction: 85% of the respondents will rate the program as = 3 on a 5 point scale for the graduate survey.
  5. Employer satisfaction: 85% of the respondents will rate the graduates as = 3 on a 5 point scale for the employer survey.


Additional Information

The following information may be found on file in the program director's office or radiologic technology student handbook:

  • Standards for an accredited radiologic technology program
  • Standards of conduct and performance
  • Disciplinary policies and procedures
  • Attendance/dress code/pregnancy policies, etc.

Persons with Disabilities
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, accommodations for students with disabilities will be considered at the student's request. The student will be required to register with the Disability Support Services office and provide documentation of disability. Once the student is qualified by the DSS Manager as having a disability, requested accommodations will be considered. Accommodations for the classroom, laboratory, or clinical setting will be considered according to reasonableness. Accommodations that compromise patient care, or that fundamentally alter the nature of the program or activity, are not considered to be reasonable. A student denied accommodation may request an individualized determination to assure that the denial is not a result of disability discrimination by contacting the Manager of Disability Support Services and Testing at 533-7498. Contact the SCC Disability Support Services office to obtain a copy of the procedures for appeal of an accommodation denial. Other than accommodation issues, procedures for student grievances including academic dismissal are outlined in the following SCC website: www.scc.spokane.edu/?concerns.

For additional information, please contact Disability Support Services.

 

Consult the official program outline
for prerequisites and more information
about this program.
link to outline
 
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If you have general questions regarding the Radiology Technology program, its entry requirements, or the admissions process, please contact the SCC Admissions Office via email (AdmissionsInfo@scc.spokane.edu) or phone (509-533-8020 or 1-800-248-5644, ext. 8020), and one of our friendly, knowledgeable staff members will assist you.
 
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