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Radiologic Technology Program

Overview

The Radiologic Technology Program is a twenty-one month (five sequential semesters) course of study leading to an associate's degree. Students are admitted in the fall, with a limited number of openings each year. Graduates will be eligible to take the national registry examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (AART). Not all courses in this program transfer to all colleges. Students planning to transfer should see an academic advisor before enrollment in any courses.

As part of the educational training students receive hands-on experience from available clinical sites (hospitals).

The program has been accredited since 1975 by:

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
20 N Wacker Drive
Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
www.jrcert.org (website address)
mail@jrcert.org (email address)

Announcements

Pre-Radiography Student Advising Seminar

Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 3:00-4:00 - HHS Bldg, Room 023
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 3:00-4:00 - HHS Bldg, Room 023
Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 3:00-4:00 - HHS Bldg, Room 023

Enrollment is limited (30 students per session), so call (517) 483-1410 to sign-up.

Nature of Work

Radiologic Technologists, also called radiographers, take x-rays and administer non-radioactive materials into patients' blood streams for diagnostic purposes. The also produce x-ray films (radiographs) of internal parts of the body for use in diagnosing medical problems. They prepare patients for radiologic examinations by explaining the procedure, removing articles such as jewelry, through which x-rays cannot pass, and positioning patients so that the parts of the body can be appropriately radiographed.

To prevent unnecessary radiation exposure, they surround the exposed area with radiation protection devices, such as lead shields, or limit the size of the x-ray beam. Radiographers position radiographic equipment at the correct angle and height over the appropriate area of a patient's body. Using instruments similar to a measure tape, they may measure the thickness of the section to be radiographer and set controls on the x-ray machine to produce radiographs of the appropriate density, detail, and contrast. Experienced radiographers may perform more complex imaging procedures. For fluoroscopes, radiographers prepare a solution of contrast medium for the patient to drink, allowing the radiologist, a physician who interprets radiographs, to see soft tissues in the body.

Some radiographers, called CT technologists, operate computerized tomography scanners to produce cross sectional images of patients. Others operate machines using strong magnets and radio waves rather than radiation to create an image and are called magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technologists.

Radiologic Technologists must follow physicians' orders precisely and conform to regulations concerning use of radiation to protect themselves, their patients, and coworkers from unnecessary exposure. Most radiologic technologists are employed in hospitals, clinics and physician offices.

Employment Prospects

Faster-than-average growth in demand for radiographers will arise from an increase in the number of middle-aged and older persons who are the primary users of diagnostic procedures. Radiologic technologists who are educated and credentialed in more than one type of diagnostic imaging technology, such as radiography and sonography or nuclear medicine, will have the best employment opportunities.

Skills You Need

Skills in the area of communication, physical strength, and observation are required for a successful career as a radiologic technologist. Radiologic technologists and technicians should be sensitive to patients' physical and psychological needs. They must pay attention to detail, follow instructions, and work as part of a team. In addition, operating complicated equipment requires mechanical ability and manual dexterity. High school courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology are helpful.

Expected Earnings

The Bureau of Labor Statistics states the average median income for radiologic technologists in May 2011 was $55,000.  They project a growth rate for new jobs at 28% for the period between 2010-2020.

Curriculum

To view degree and certificate requirements click on the curriculum code below.

Code

Associate Degree

0196

Radiologic Technology, AAS

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Course Offerings

Visit the Course Offerings  page for information pertaining to courses available during a particular semester and to view course descriptions.

IRXT 100 Introduction to Imaging
IRXT 111 Radiographic Positioning I
IRXT 112 Radiographic Positioning II
IRXT 114 Cross-Sectional Anatomy
IRXT 121 Radiographic Exposure I
IRXT 122 Radiographic Exposure II
IRXT 131 Radiologic Physics
IRXT 132 Radiobiology and Protection
IRXT 200 Intro/Radiologic Pathology
IRXT 202 Clinical Practice I
IRXT 204 Clinical Practice II-S
IRXT 214 Comprehensive Experience I
IRXT 215 Comprehensive Experience II

MRI Consortium Program (MiRIS)

Learn about the new PDF file Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Consortium Program Offered at LCC.

The PDF file Certificate of Achievement Curriculum Guide and the PDF file Associate Degree Curriculum Guide for the new Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Consortium.

Pre-MRI Student Advising Seminars

Dates:
Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 4:00-5:00 - HHS Bldg, Room 023
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 4:00-5:00 - HHS Bldg, Room 023
Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 4:00-5:00 - HHS Bldg, Room 023

Enrollment is limited (30 students per session), so call (517) 483-1410 to sign-up.

For more information, please contact Brian Pickford at (517) 483-5379.

Program Effectiveness Data

The performance of the program is reflected through program effectiveness data as defined by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Program effectiveness data includes the program completion rate, credentialing examination pass rate and job placement rate. Explanations of these measures and program data that correspond with the annual report that was recently submitted to the JRCERT are noted below. Additional information can also be obtained at the JRCERT website at www.jrcert.org/resources/program-effectiveness-data. Questions about this program effectiveness data should be directed to the Program Director.

The radiography program's 2013 annual report to the JRCERT reflected the following:

Completion Rate- January 1 through December 31, 2013 (graduates of 2013)

This is an annual measurement of the number of students that began the program divided by the number of students who actually completed the program. Twenty four (24) of the twenty eight (28) students enrolled completed the program and graduated. The program's completion rate for 2013 was 85%. (24/28=85%)

Credentialing Examination Pass Rate- (2009 through 2013)

This is the number of students that pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) certification examination on their first attempt after graduation. This number reflects a five (5) year span. The program's examination pass rate for this period of time is 81%. One hundred two (102) of the one hundred twenty-five (125) graduates taking the exam passed the exam on their first attempt. (102/125=81%)

Job Placement Rate- (2009 through 2013)

Consistent with the Standards (2014) for all educational programs, the five-year average job placement rate, previously calculated at six months post graduation, is now calculated at twelve months post graduation beginning with our 2013 graduates.  The revised definition is as follows:

"Five-year average job placement rate of not less than 75 percent within twelve months of graduation for graduates actively seeking employment in (Radiography, Radiation therapy, Magnetic Resonance, or Medical Dosimetry)."

The program's five-year job placement rate for this period of time is 75%.  Seventy three (73) out of the ninety-seven (97) graduates who were actively seeking employment obtained jobs during this period of time.  (73/97=75%)

Objectives

1.   To prepare the student to competently perform the procedures associated with entry-level Radiologic Technologist employment responsibilities.

Goal - Students will be clinically competent
Student Learning Outcomes
Students will perform exams with appropriate supervision for clinical level.

Students will analyze exams for accuracy of positioning and technique.

Goal - Students will use critical thinking skills
Student Learning Outcomes
Students will successfully complete (at 85% or higher) their laboratory component of IRXT 111 and 112 which is based on scenarios and "what if" situations.

Students will manipulate technical factors to accommodate various circumstances (size, pathology, age, etc.)

Goal - Students will communicate effectively
Student Learning Outcomes
Students will communicate with patients in a respectful and considerate manner.

Students will communicate effectively with departmental and hospital staff.

2.   To prepare the student for successful completion of the certification examination in radiography, administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

Students will successfully pass ARRT Examination on first attempt (Program will maintain a five-year average of at least 80% on first attempt).

3.   To provide graduate radiographers with resources that will contribute to successful job placement as an entry-level radiologic technologist upon graduation.

Program will maintain a five-year job placement average of not less than 75% which is a JRCERT Standard.

4.   To develop a radiographer who has the ability to establish effective professional relationships with colleagues, patients and their families.

Goal - Students will exhibit professionalism.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will project poise and self confidence.
Students will maintain privacy and modesty of patients.
Students will handle situations as they arise, maintaining composure.

The Associate Degree Program in Radiologic Technology is conducted by Lansing Community College as a contribution to the health education needs of the community whom it serves. Resources provided by the College, cooperating community hospitals, and other health agencies are utilized in the basic Radiologic Technology Program. The qualified student is provided with educational opportunities in a college environment, and shares the intellectual and social responsibilities, privileges, and experiences with college students in other disciplines.

Within this framework, the faculty and administrators assumes responsibility for planning, supervising, and evaluating selected learning experiences. These experiences are developed to meet established objectives, College requirements for the Associate Degree in Applied Science, and eligibility to write the registry examination as established by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists along with the American Society of Radiologic Technologists who establish curriculum guidelines.

Further, the Faculty believes that Radiologic Technology is a health service, shared with other health disciplines, which has a basic responsibility for promoting health, conserving life, and assisting the individual to achieve an optimum health status and self sufficiency. As a member of the patient oriented team, the radiologic technologist utilizes basic knowledge and skills which contribute to patient care and diagnostic needs.

Radiologic Technology Program Frequently Asked Questions

When does the Radiologic Technology Program start?
The program starts every August at the beginning of Fall Semester, and continues for 21 consecutive months.

Is the program full time? Is there a part-time option?
The program is full time, and there is no part time option. Students move through five semesters of courses as a cohort. There is only one section offered for each course in the program. Each semester (except summer) there is classroom work at the college, combined with clinical courses as local hospitals and medical centers. Summer semester is 40 hours of clinical per week.

Can I keep my job during the program?
Most of the students in the program do have part-time employment. Keep in mind that jobs must work around the class and clinical schedule.

Where are the clinical sites located?
The program cooperates with 13 clinical sites in several counties. We have sites in Lansing, Howell, Hastings, Charlotte, St. Johns, East Lansing and Ionia. Students will be assigned to two different clinical sites over the course of the program. Students are assigned to the various assignments by the Clinical Coordinator. Students must have dependable transportation for getting to any of the clinical sites. Students do not get to select their own clinical assignments.

How often are students assigned to clinical?
1st semester:2 days/wk
2nd semester: 2 days/wk
3rd semester-5 days/wk (40 hrs)
4th semester-3 days/wk
5th semester-3 days/wk

How many students a year are accepted into the program? How is the selection made?
At this time, the program accepts 28 students a year. Students are accepted based on a point system which is explained in the Advising Guide. Students with the most points are offered a seat in the program. Since the pool of applicants changes every year, the number of points needed to gain acceptance changes every year.

When is the application deadline?
The deadline for fall admission each year is May 1st. Classes taken spring semester each year may be counted toward the admission requirements.  May 17th is the date for courses transferring in each year.

Radiography Program achieves maximum Accreditation of 8 years from JRCERT.  Read more about the PDF file Accreditation letter.

Before you consider a career in Radiologic Technology PDF file click here. The article is reprinted with permission of the ASRT (jbuehler@asrt.org).

Selective Admission Information

May 1st Application Deadline

This is a selective admission program. In order to be considered as a candidate for this program, students must meet basic program admission requirements, as well as those required for admission to the College. Students will also be ranked for admission based on points awarded according to additional criteria. Many of the courses for this program are open only to students officially admitted to the Radiologic Technology Program.

All admission procedures are coordinated through the Enrollment Services Office, which has the responsibility for distributing, receiving, and dating application forms. Therefore, any student desiring admission into this program should contact the Enrollment Services Office, Gannon Building, Room 203, (517) 483-1200, email selective_admissions@lcc.edu to receive an application or go to www.lcc.edu/futurestars/apply/selective/ to print an application. The student may then contact the program advisor for further information.

Students meeting Phase I Admission Requirements will be ranked for admittance into the program using the Phase II Admission Ranking point system.  Points will only be awarded to students who meet the Phase I Admission Requirements at the time selection for students for admission is made.

The student applicant is responsible for providing verification of other information not contained in the current Lansing Community College official transcrip

Admission Requirements - Phase I and II

Click here to view Advising Guide

Radiologic Technology Program Related Links

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

20 N Wacker Drive
Suite 2850
Chicago IL 60606-3182
Website:  www.jrcert.org
E-mail:  mail@jrcert.org


Michigan Society of Radiologic Technologists

American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT)

ASRT Student Services

Occupational Outlook Handbook

United States Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics

Radiologic Technologists (RT)

Occupational Employment Statistics

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists (MRIT)

Computed Tomography (CT)

Other Radiology Career Options


Radiologic Technology Program Physical Guidelines & Pregnancy Policy

Students must be able to meet the following guidelines regarding:

  1. STRENGTH: Perform physical activities requiring ability to push/pull objects/persons more than 100 pounds and to transfer objects of more than 100 pounds.
  2. MANUAL DEXTERITY: Perform simple motor skills such as standing, walking, handshaking; manipulative skills such as writing and typing, setting up exposure factors on x-ray control panel; manipulating the x-ray tube, bucky tray and x-ray table; injecting contrast, catheterizing patients, calibrating x-ray equipment, adjusting film processors, loading/unloading film magazines, etc.
  3. COORDINATION: Perform body coordination such as walking, filing, retrieving equipment; eye-hand coordination such as aligning x-ray beam with body part and film tray; computer/ keyboard skills; arm-hand steadiness such as taking blood pressures, performing venipuncture, catheterizing, calibration of tools and equipment, etc.
  4. MOBILITY: Perform mobility skills such as walking, standing, bending; pushing portable equipment throughout hospital; prolonged standing while wearing leaded aprons during invasive x-ray exams/procedures; manipulate equipment in a sterile setting, such as surgery or special studies; manipulate x-ray equipment 40" above recumbent patients, etc.
  5. VISUAL ABILITY: See objects far away and to discriminate colors, and to see objects closely as in reading faces, dials, monitors, etc.
  6. HEARING: Hear normal sounds with background noise from x-ray generators, computers, etc., and to distinguish sounds.
  7. CONCENTRATION: Concentrate on details with moderate amount of interruptions such as patient requests, doctor and staff requests, etc.
  8. ATTENTION SPAN: Attend to task/functions for periods up to 60 minutes in length and periods exceeding 60 minutes in length.
  9. CONCEPTUALIZATION: Understand and relate to specific ideas, concepts, and theories generated and simultaneously discussed.
  10. MEMORY: Remember task/assignments given to self and others over both short and long periods of time; duplicate settings/exposure factors of x-ray machine.
  11. STRESS: Work with patients who may be very young or old, critically ill or injured, or mentally or physically deficient/ impaired; work in other departments such as surgery and emergency room, work with a constantly changing group of staff and resident physicians, medical students, etc.
  12. CRITICAL THINKING: Have ability to make clinical judgments when working independently to obtain diagnostic images.
  13. COMMUNICATION: Communicate sufficiently for interaction with others in verbal and written form.
  14. SUBSTANCE ABUSE: Not use a Schedule 1 drug; does not use amphetamines, narcotics, or any other habit-forming drug unless prescribed by a licensed medical practitioner.
  15. INTERPERSONAL: Interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds. Must be able to establish rapport with patients, colleagues, faculty, and professional staff.

Environmental Conditions

The charter of OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) is to prevent work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths. Since OSHA was created in 1971, work-related deaths have decreased by approximately 62% and work-related injuries have decreased by 42%.

As a radiology student you will be exposed to a variety of substances within the work environment and hospital sites. You can expect exposure to blood, body tissues, and fluids. There is the potential of exposure to electrical hazards, hazardous waste materials, radiation, poisonous substances, chemicals, loud or unpleasant noises and high stress emergency situations. Upon acceptance into the Radiologic Technology Program students will be notified regarding a mandatory online OSHA Blood-Borne Pathogen and Universal Precautions training session.

Criminal Background Check

The Radiologic Technology Program requires students to have criminal background and drug screenings done prior to their starting clinical rotations.  Background checks and drug screenings are the responsibility of the student.  Background checks can be done by going to the Michigan State Police ICHAT website at http://apps.michigan.gov/ichat/home.aspx the cost is presently $10.00.  Drug screenings can be done through many different sources, the clinical coordinator will provide additional information during orientation.  Cost for drug screenings are approximately $30.00.  Any positive results from criminal background checks and/or drug screenings may prevent the student from being placed in a clinical setting, and/or admitted to the program.

Due to Michigan State Law, admission into the Radiologic Technology Program will be denied if an individual can't be placed in a clinical setting pursuant to MCL 333.20173a.  If you have a misdemeanor or felony on your record, please consult with an attorney before applying to this program.

Any applicant who has been charged or convicted of a misdemeanor or felony should complete a pre-application to the ARRT (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists).  Additional information can be provided by the Radiologic Technology Program personnel or by contacting the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists at www.arrt.org.

Clinical Rotations

Delivery of imaging services has undergone significant changes over the past several years and these services are indeed a 24/7 service. Because of our program's nine clinical education centers being located in six different counties around the Lansing area, students must have dependable transportation to any assignment. Students will be assigned to two (2) different clinical education centers during their time in the program. During the student's summer and 2nd year fall and spring semesters a maximum of 25% of their total clinical hours may be spent in an evening and/or weekend assignments. A student's combined didactic and clinical contact hours will not exceed 40 hours per week. Additional information regarding clinical rotations will be given to students during their program orientation.

Pregnancy Policy

Dear Female Applicant,

The Radiologic Technology Program of Lansing Community College requests that you read our policy pertaining to pregnancy. The policy is designed to inform female applicants/students of the program guidelines for radiation protection of an unborn child.

The sponsorship of the program adheres to the stated rule (#R325.5205.) of the "Ionizing Radiation Rules" provided by the Michigan Department of Consumer & Industry Services, and Regulatory Guide 8.13 provided by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. A copy of this policy is provided to all female applicants prior to their admittance to the program.

In order for a pregnant student to fully ensure compliance with the lower radiation exposure limit and dose monitoring requirements, the student must declare her pregnancy to the Program. If at any time during the program the student decides to voluntarily declare a pregnancy she must provide written notification to the Program Director or Clinical Coordinator.

In the event of a declared pregnancy, the following course of action shall be implemented:

The Program Director will review with the student NCR Regulatory Guide #8.13, "Instruction Concerning Prenatal Radiation Exposure." The student will sign a declaration indicating receipt of this regulation.

The student will receive counseling regarding minimizing radiation exposure to the embryo/fetus.

In an effort to closely monitor the radiation dose to the fetus, a fetal dosimeter will be ordered for the student, to be worn at the students waist, under the lead apron, if applicable.

The student will be given the option of taking a leave of absence from the program, but may continue with proper precautions. If a leave is chosen, the Program will work with the student for planned re-entry at the next appropriate semester.

If the student continues in the program, and the student feels physical restrictions are applicable, she must obtain documentation from her physician attesting to that fact. The Program will attempt to reasonably accommodate this request.

In reference to the radiation dose limits applicable to the embryo/fetus, the stated published federal and state standards document limits less than 500mR during the entire pregnancy.

At any time a student may retract their declaration of pregnancy by providing written documentation to the Program Director or Clinical Coordinator.


What's Going On - Radiologic Technology

Radiography Program achieves maximum Accreditation of 8 years from JRCERT.  Read more about the PDF file Accreditation letter.

The program is offering a CT Basics course for the registered/registry eligible technologist.

Program has also started a collaborative effort with five other Michigan colleges offering MRI education.

Scholarships

Occupational Program Awards - Deadline for 2015 Scholarship Applications is Saturday - February 14, 2015.

The awards are offered for a maximum of three semesters over a period of two consecutive years (Fall, Spring and one Summer Semester.) Renewal each semester is contingent upon the recipient meeting all award requirements. The Awards will cover up to $1,096 in tuition and fees each fall and spring semester and up to $382 for an optional summer semester. These amounts will cover approximately 12 billing hours plus partial fees in Fall and Spring Semesters and 4 billing hours plus partial fees in Summer Semester. An award recipient must:

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Reside in the LCC district.
  • Be a high school graduate.
  • Pursue an approved LCC Health or Human Services Degree (occupational curriculum).
  • Have a cumulative high school grade point average of at least 3.0.

Click here for application form: http://www.lcc.edu/scholarships/application/

For more information, please contact:

The Foundation Office at (517) 483-1985.

Radiology Technology Program at Lansing Community College

Radiology Technology Program
Health and Human Services Bldg, Room 108
Phone: (517) 483-1410
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