Radiology Technology A.A.S.

Average Length of Program: 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.
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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
  • 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.

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.

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.

Once a student has been accepted into the radiology technology program, (s)he will receive the following:

  1. Letter from the Program Director:
    1. Offering the student acceptance into the program
    2. Notification of the mandatory "New Student Orientation" class

  2. At the "New Student Orientation" the student will receive:
    1. Orientation schedule, thus allowing the students to know what to expect and times they are in school the first three weeks of fall quarter
    2. Fall class/clinical schedule, thus allowing them to plan the remainder of their schedule
    3. Information about where to be fitted for their uniforms
    4. Checklist of requirements and forms regarding various items that must be met prior to the first day of school created by the Allied Health secretaries - All of this must be turned in the first day of class in September. The items are:
      1. Hepatitis B form
      2. Varicella vaccine documentation (Chicken Pox)
      3. TB test (two separate tests within two months)
      4. MMR (Measles/Mumps/Rubella vaccination or immunity documentation)
      5. Drug screening
      6. Flu vaccine form
      7. TDaP vaccine (Ktetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis)
    5. Textbook listing for fall quarter

  3. Radiology Student Handbook

What do radiology technologists do? (Click to open)

A radiologic technologist processes detailed images of the bone structure and soft tissue of a human body appropriate for analyzing and diagnosing, applies appropriate patient care, and recognizes patient conditions essential for successful completion of the procedure. Diagnostic radiologic technologists employ a range of sophisticated equipment to produce high quality images to diagnose an injury or disease. They use a range of modalities including:

  • X-rays - to look through tissue to examine bones, cavities and foreign objects
  • Ultrasound - uses high frequency sound and is increasingly used due to its versatility in obstetrics, including fetal monitoring throughout pregnancy, gynecology, abdominal, pediatrics, cardiac, vascular, and musculo-skeletal
  • Fluoroscopy - live motion X-ray (constant radiation) usually used to image the digestive system
  • CT (computed tomography) - which provides cross-sectional views (slices) of the body
  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) - builds a 2-D or 3-D map of different tissue types within the body
  • Nuclear medicine - this uses radioactive tracers which can be administered to examine how the body and organs function, for example the kidneys or heart. Certain radioisotopes can also be administered to treat particular cancers, (i.e. thyroid)

What personal qualities should I possess to be a successful radiology technologist?

  • Genuinely interested in the welfare of people
  • Good organizational skills
  • Responsibility and dependability
  • A detail-oriented person
  • Compassionate
  • A team player, but also able to work independently
  • Good verbal and written skills
  • A "people person"

What are the qualifications necessary to become a radiologic technologist?

The job performance of the radiologic technologist requires certain basic physical and mental abilities. Challenged persons who are capable of the following technical standards will be considered:

  • Sufficient eyesight to observe patients, manipulate equipment and evaluate radiographic quality
  • Sufficient hearing to assess patient needs and ability to communicate verbally with other health care providers
  • Sufficient verbal and written skills to communicate promptly and effectively in English
  • Sufficient gross motor skills and fine motor coordination to respond promptly, manipulate equipment, perform moderate lifting and ensure patient safety
  • Satisfactory intellect and emotional functions to exercise independent judgment and discretion in the safe technical performance of medical imaging procedures

Why should I choose SCC?

Where can I get a job?

Radiologic technologists can work in various healthcare setting that includes hospitals, clinics, and medical offices and on mobile units. As a radiologic technologist you will be working with patients of all ages and at various levels of care, from outpatients to the critically ill.

How much will I earn?

Radiologic Technologist 25th percentile Median 75th percentile
Spokane, WA 99216 $41,895 $45,378 $48,936
Source: Salary.hotjobs.com 4/2007

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.

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Course Title Credits
Deaconess Medical Center
800 W. 5th
Spokane, WA 99204
Susan Jacobson, Core Supervisor
Melanie Schorr,
  Clinical Instructor
Inland Imaging - South
525 S. Crowley
Spokane, WA 99202
Steve Reed,
  Lead Tech./Clinical Instructor
Rockwood Clinic, Main
400 E. 5th
Spokane, WA 99202
Michelle Harster,
  Chief Technologist
Rockwood Clinic, Valley
14408 E. Sprague
Spokane Valley, WA 99037
Kim Hynes, Clinical Instructor
Colleen Littleton, Clinical Instructor
Valley Hospital and Medical Center
12606 E. Mission
Spokane, WA 99216
Joan Carlson, Clinical Instructor
John Weimer, Clinical Instructor
Inland Imaging - Holy Family
N. 5633 Lidgerwood
Spokane, WA 99208
Mark Ingalls, Team Leader
Marianne Becker, Day Supervisor
Gail Eacker, Evening Supervisor
Inland Imaging - Valley
12420 E. Mission
Spokane, WA 99216
Denise Chesher,
  Lead Tech./Clinical Instructor
Rockwood Clinic, North
9001 N. Country Homes Blvd.
Spokane, WA 99208
Gretchen Braddy, Clinical Instructor
Cynthia VanDissel, Clinical Instructor
Sacred Heart Medical Center
101 W. 8th
Spokane, WA 99204
Gerry Altermatt, Director of Radiology
Marla Nye, Clinical Instructor

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. If you are wanting to count your hours as an employee to the required hours and just need to complete the 10 hours, note that it can be very difficult to do. Very few sites will allow only a 10-hour job shadow.

Some Volunteer Options in the Spokane/Coeur d'Alene Area:

The Joint Commission on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)

  • www.jrcert.org - This board strives to promote excellence in education and enhances patient care by assuring quality and safety through the accreditation of educational programs.

American Registry for Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)

  • www.arrt.org - The national credentialing body for the various areas of radiology while ensuring patient care quality and safety. This organization tests, certifies and maintains the continuing education requirements for radiology, nuclear medicine and radiation therapy technologists.

Washington Society of Radiologic Technologists (WSRT)

  • www.wsrt.com - Provides easy access to educational seminars and conferences, as well as guides the profession within the state of Washington.

American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT)

  • www.asrt.org - This society serves the radiology profession by meeting the needs of radiology technologists. This is done through providing continue education opportunities, keeping the most recent information, updating standards and curriculums in areas pertaining to radiology, as well as recruitment, retention and providing advocacy.

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Office: 7-138
Phone: (509) 533-8613


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Office: 9-115
Phone: (509) 533-8612


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Office: 7-137
Phone: (509) 533-8616


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Program Effectiveness Goals & Data

  • Goal 1: Five-year average credentialing examination pass rate of not less than 85 percent at first attempt within six months of graduation.
  • Goal 2: For each of the last five years, job placement rate of not less than 75% within twelve months for those graduates actively seeking employment.
  • Goal 3: Annual program completion rates, 80 percent of the students will complete the program within 3 years of program start.
  • Goal 4: Graduates will express satisfaction with the program with a 2 points or greater out of 3 points on the alumni survey.
  • Goal 5: Employer will express satisfaction with the graduates of the program by rating graduates with 3.5 points or greater points out of 5 points on the employer survey.

Five-year average credentialing examination (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Radiography exam) pass rate of not less than 85 percent at first attempt within six months of graduation.

Year Percent Passing on First Attempt Number of Students
2009 100 22 of 22 students passed on 1st attempt
2010 100 21 of 21 students passed on 1st attempt
2011 95 18 of 19 students passed on 1st attempt
2012 100 20 of 20 students passed on 1st attempt
2013 94 15 of 16 students passed on 1st attempt
5 Year Average 97.80%  

For each of the last five years, job placement rate of not less than 75% within twelve months for those graduates actively seeking employment.

Year Percent Job Placement Number of Students
2008 95% 15 of 20 graduates completed graduate survey
19 of 20 employed within 12 months of graduation
2009 95% 17 of 22 graduates completed graduate survey
1 not actively seeking employment
20 of 21 employed within 12 months of graduation
2010 84% 14 of 21 graduates completed graduate survey
2 not actively seeking employment
16 of 19 employed within 12 months of graduation
2011 94% 15 of 19 graduates completed graduate survey
3 not actively seeking employment
15 of 16 employed within 12 months of graduation
2012 84% 13 of 20 graduates completed graduate survey
1 not actively seeking employment
16 of 19 employed within 12 months of graduation
5 Year Average 90.40%  

Annual program completion rates; 80 percent of the students will complete the program within 3 years of program start.

Year Percent Completion Number of Students
2009 100% 22 began, 22 graduated
2010 95% 22 began, 21 graduated
- 1 voluntary withdrawal
2011 90% 21 began, 19 graduated
- 1 dismissal due to grades, 1 dismissal due to behavior issues
2012 95% 21 began, 20 graduated
- 1 voluntary withdrawal
2013 89% 18 began, 16 graduated
- 1 voluntary withdrawal, 1 withdrawal due to injury (returned next year)
5 Year Average 93.80%  

Graduates will express satisfaction with the program will rate the program with a 2 points or greater out of 3 points on the alumni survey.

Year Graduate Rating Number of Students
2008 2.76 15 of 20 graduates completed graduate survey
2009 2.81 17 of 22 graduates completed graduate survey
2010 2.61 14 of 21 graduates completed graduate survey
2011 2.54 15 of 20 graduates completed graduate survey
2012 2.27 13 of 20 graduates completed graduate survey
5 Year Average 2.59  

Employer will express satisfaction with the graduates of the program by rating graduates with 3.5 points or greater points out of 5 points on the employer survey.

Year Employer Rating Number of Students
2008 4.13 14 of 19 employers completed employer survey
2009 4.43 16 of 20 employers completed employer survey
2010 4.3 14 of 16 employers completed employer survey
2011 4.51 15 of 16 employers completed employer survey
2012 4.68 14 of 16 employers completed employer survey
5 Year Average 4.41  

Student Learning Goals & Outcomes

Goal 1: Students will have skills and knowledge for an entry-level radiographic technologist.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will know the appropriate patient positions for the protocol or ordered examination(s).
  • Students will provide appropriate radiation protection skills for the patients, selves and others.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding and select technical factors appropriate for the ordered examination(s).

Goal 2: Students will have the skills to effectively utilize good communication skills.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will be able to effectively communicate with patients using effective, age-specific oral communication skills.
  • Students will demonstrate effective written communication skills.
  • Students will be able to effectively communicate with others professionally.

Goal 3: Students will have the skills to effectively utilize critical thinking, and problem solving skills.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will be able to adapt to non-routine situations.
  • Students will be able to successfully critique radiographs and make appropriate improvements.
  • Students will be able to administer age appropriate patient care while adapting to changing patient needs and/or pathology.

Goal 4: The students will have the skills to become responsible for lifelong learning through continuing education and/or advancement in the field of radiology.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will be able to demonstrate the importance of credentialing, licensing and professional organizations.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate the importance of life-long learning and continuing education.

If you have general questions regarding the Radiology Technology program, its entry requirements, or the admissions process, please contact the SCC Admissions Office and one of our friendly, knowledgeable staff members will assist you.

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