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Radiologic Technology

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AAS Degree - Code #0628

Bridgett Mayorga, Program Director
Email Address: mayorgbl@alfredstate.edu

Radiologic technology is a two-year AAS degree program preparing qualified students to become health care professionals who administer ionizing radiation to produce photographic and digital anatomical images for diagnostic, therapeutic, and research applications. The program coordinates on-campus didactic and laboratory classes and clinical experiences at area hospitals to which students are responsible for their own transportation. Students must be able to demonstrate technical standards and pass clinical competencies as described by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), recognized by the United States Department of Education as the national accreditation agency of programs for radiographers. Upon graduation, students are prepared to take the American Registry Certification Exam administered by ARRT and be granted New York State licensure through the New York State Department of Health.

Clinical education is assigned to provide experiences consistent with the student’s level of achievement in different hospital environments. Through clinical assignments, students have opportunities to work with the most modern and specialized equipment available and knowledgeable staff with a wealth of experience in imaging. Clinical education assignments include eight clinical hours per week during the second semester of study and 24 clinical hours per week the third and fourth semesters. In addition, a 12-week (40 hours per week) summer session is required and provides valuable experience in developing clinical competency skills. Clinical placements are in hospitals near Alfred State, so students completing the summer session will require housing close enough to their clinical placements to travel there on a daily basis. For those who need it, summer housing is available at Alfred State; contact the Office of Residential Services for details.

Advantages

  • Prepares the student for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists’ certification examination and New York State licensure
  • Energized laboratory on campus
  • Low student-to-faculty ratio
  • Major emphasis in the required courses is gaining proficiency in the technical skills necessary for radiologic technology
  • Extensive clinical experience in area hospitals

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate correct positioning skills.
  • Select proper technical factors.
  • Utilize appropriate radiation protection techniques.
  • Exhibit patient-centered skills.
  • Critique images to determine diagnostic quality.
  • Display proper work ethics.
  • Summarize the value of leadership, professional development, and growth.
  • Adapt standard procedures for non-routine patients.
  • Apply written communication skills to the construction of documents of record that are consistent with established professional guidelines.
  • Apply oral communication skills to the explanation of ideas and scientific terminology.
  • Using technological resources effectively and appropriately, synthesize theory and concepts from the liberal education domain and other professions into radiologic technology.

Mission Statement

The radiologic technology program embraces the mission and vision statements of Alfred State. It enables students to become competent, efficient, and caring radiographers. The program also has the primary responsibility to ensure that the student has acquired the positive characteristics of dedication to duty, quality care, teamwork, and high ethical standards as they relate to the patient, their families, physicians, and other health care providers. The program embraces the mission and core values of Alfred State in its education of students enrolled in the program.

 

Program Goals

  • To develop competent practitioners capable of functioning in the highly technical and dynamic field of radiologic technology. 
  • To develop competent practitioners who demonstrate proficiency in communication skills.
  • To develop competent practitioners who demonstrate proficiency in critical thinking skills and problem-solving skills.
  • To develop practitioners who model professionalism.

Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Programs

Alfred State radiologic technology graduates may enter directly into either the interdisciplinary studies BTech or the technology management BBA degree program.

Accreditaton/Certification

The radiologic technology program at Alfred State is fully accredited by JRCERT, the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. JRCERT is the only agency recognized by the US Department of Education for accreditation of educational programs in radiologic technology.

JRCERT logoJRCERT
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL, 60606-3182
Phone: 312-704-5300
Fax: 312-704-5304
Email: mail@jrcert.org
http://www.jrcert.org

 

Program Effectiveness Data

ARRT Examination Pass Rate
Year     Number of Students
Attempting Exam
Number of Students
Passing Exam on First Attempt
   Average
2015* 0    
2016*  0    
2017      
2019      
Five Year Average      
*Transfer of sponsorship occurred Oct. 16, 2015.  No graduates.
 

Program Completion Rate

Year Number of Students
Beginning the Program
Number of Students
Graduating From the Program
   Percent Completion
2015 13  11  84.6%
2016* 20    
2017      
2018      
2019      
Five Year Average      
*Transfer of sponsorship occurred October 16, 2015.  No graduates.
 
Job Placement Rate
Year Number of Students
Actively Seeking Employment
Number of Students
Employed Within 12 Months
   Percentage
2015*      
2016*      
2017      
2018      
2019      
Five Year Average      
*Transfer of sponsorship occurred October 16, 2015.  No graduates.

Employment Statistics

National employment statistics are available by visiting the American Registry of Radiologic Technology website at www.asrt.org.

Entrance Requirements/Recommendations

Applicants for the radiologic technology program must possess a recognized high school diploma or its equivalent. A standardized test (SAT or ACT) is not required but recommended. Specific high school course requirements and recommendations are:

Required: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2/Trigonometry, Biology
Recommended: Chemistry and Physics

Applicants with previous college experience must submit an official college transcript, as their success at the college level will be an admissions consideration. Due to the technical and science rigor, entrance requirements are higher than those of the institution.

Technical Standards

To participate in the program, the applicant must possess specific non-academic skills. The technical standards described below are consistent with the duties of an entry-level sonographer in a professional position and are required in order to provide adequate patient care and produce a diagnostic image.

The applicant should have the:

  • Ability with reasonable accommodation, if necessary, to reach and position the patients on the exam table.
  • Ability with reasonable accommodation, if necessary, to move, adjust, manipulate equipment to perform imaging procedures.
  • Ability to review and evaluate recorded images to determine the quality of the image with reasonable accommodation.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with patients, doctors, and other personnel so that the patient is not placed in an “at-risk” situation.
  • Ability to make proper decisions involving patient and co-worker safety.
  • Ability with reasonable accommodation, if necessary, to hear sounds that are necessary to assess patient’s health status.

Facilities

The program is located in the newly renovated radiologic technology suite, which includes two lecture classrooms connected to a non-energized and an energized radiology laboratory. Clinical experience is at various local hospitals and clinic sites.

Continuing Education Opportunities

The program allows graduates to transfer to a four-year program in radiologic science such as ultrasound, radiologic imaging, nuclear medicine, and radiation therapy.

Occupational Opportunities

  • Hospital Radiology Department staff technologist
  • Advanced imaging modalities - CT, cardiovascular intervention, mammography
  • Radiology education
  • Radiology Department management
  • Industry
  • Private physician offices

Radiologic Technology - AAS Degree

TYPICAL FOUR-SEMESTER PROGRAM

First

RADT 1004 Fundamentals of Radiologic Sci 4
RADT 1003 Radiation Physics 3
COMP 1503 Freshman Composition 3
MATH xxx3 College Algebra or higher 3
BIOL 1114 Human Anat & Physiology I 4
  OR    
BIOL 1404 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
      17

Second

RADT 2003 Radiobiological Protection 3
RADT 2013 Radiographic Exposure & Qualit 3
RADT 2014 Radiographic Procedures I 4
RADT 2041 Radiology Clinical I 1
BIOL 2214 Human Anat & Physiology II 4
  OR    
BIOL 2504 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
      15

Summer

RADT 2044 Radiology Clinical II 4
      4

Third

RADT 3023 Diagnostic Imaging I 3
RADT 3014 Radiographic Procedures II 4
RADT 3043 Radiology Clinical III 3
BIOL 4403 Pathophysiology 3
      13

Fourth

RADT 4023 Diagnostic Imaging II 3
RADT 4003 Intro to Adv Diagnostic Imagin 3
RADT 4043 Radiology Clinical IV 3
RADT 4013 Prof Development in Imaging Sc 3
SPCH 1083 Effective Speaking 3
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Grade of “C+” or better required for all BIOL and RADT prefix courses.

Be advised that a prior felony conviction may impede a student’s ability to participate in a required clinical experience.

Graduation Requirements

The AAS degree in radiologic technology has finely prescribed courses reflective of accreditation standards for students to be prepared for admission to the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists' Certification Examination and New York State licensure granted by the Department of Health. Specific graduation requirements are:

  • 64 total semester credit hours
  • Minimum of 20 credit hours of liberal arts and sciences from three of the 10 SUNY General Education categories
  • 2.0 cumulative GPA and a grade of “C+” or better in the core science courses (RADT and BIOL prefixes)
  • Approval of departmental faculty