Radiologic Technology

As a radiologic technologist, you will be responsible for conducting imaging examinations, accurately positioning patients and ensuring a quality diagnostics image. The program will prepare you with knowledge and skills in anatomy, patient positioning, examination techniques, equipment protocols, safety procedures and basic patient care. Classroom learning is integrated with clinical experiences in hospitals, orthopedic practices and doctor’s offices.

The program is fully accredited by the JRCERT (Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology), which is recognized by the Department of Education. Students have achieved 100% passing rate on the national certification exam and are employed in urgent care clinics, hospitals, doctor’s offices, and imaging centers. Students also continue for a bachelor’s degree at four-year institutions. Click here for information on an agreement with Siena Heights University.

A complete list of classes for this degree

The Program cost

Radiologic Technology Program Director Monica Rowling

Program overview

This associate degree program prepares the student to become a radiologic technologist, by combining imaging technology with patient care skills to create quality radiography images. This program has a 24-month, competency-based curriculum that includes practical experiences in hospitals and imaging centers. Upon completion of the program, the student will receive an associate degree in applied arts and science in radiologic technology and is eligible to take the national registry exam administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. The program begins in the summer 2 session (July) and requires a full-time commitment, including course and clinical days. Hours for clinical days will vary with some afternoon and weekend rotations. Travel to clinical sites is required. Transportation to and from the clinical facility is the sole responsibility of the student.

PRE-ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The pre-admission requirements are:

  • Overall minimum college grade point average of 2.8 (current high school students is overall minimum 3.0 grade point average based on 10th and 11th grade college prep courses).
  • All prerequisites and general education requirements must have a “C” or better if student wishes to be considered in the applicant pool.
  • Assessment tests are required if the student has not previously attended college. Arrangements for assessments can be made by calling the Achievement Center at (810) 989-5555.
  •  HESI pre-admission test must be taken at SC4.


Fulfillment of these criteria does not guarantee admission to the radiologic technology program.

Applicants planning to pursue a career in radiography who have a criminal record of felony or misdemeanor convictions should contact the program director to determine employment restrictions based upon these convictions. Note: Conviction or charges may preclude eligibility to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists examination once the program is completed. It is recommended that anyone considering applying to the radiologic technology program that has violations should contact www.arrt.org and complete a pre-application for clearance prior to applying.  

APPLYING FOR ADMISSION
People seeking admission to the radiologic technology program must:

  • Submit to the SC4 Enrollment Services office a completed Application for Admission to SC4.
  • Submit to the SC4 Enrollment Services office a secondary application: Allied Health Program Application, indicating Radiological Technology – Associate Degree as the intended program of study.
  • Complete a specific Radiologic Technology Program Application by Feb. 15 of application year.
  • Submit official college transcripts no later than March 15, if you previously attended a college other than SC4.
  • Make arrangements to take the HESI admission assessment test.

ACCEPTANCE PROCEDURE
Qualified applications will be reviewed in the winter semester for the radiologic technology program (program starts the following summer 2 session in July). Notification of applicant finalists, acceptances and rejections will be mailed. Acceptance into the program is competitive. Ranking criteria includes but is not limited to grade point average, HESI results, recommended courses and health care experience. A panel will interview final candidates. Final candidates are required to do a two-hour job shadow at a hospital radiography department before the interview date (documentation on hospital letterhead or a specific form through the SC4 Radiologic Technology Program is required). Students need to make their own arrangements with a hospital to accomplish this. Final candidate interviews occur in late March or early April.

Upon admission and before classes begin in the summer 2 session (July) , students will need to submit a completed Physical Examination Form, 10-panel drug screen and evidence of current CPR for the Health Care Provider certification from the American Heart Association (forms will be provided at orientation). Additional health screenings are required.

HESI testing

Health Education Systems Inc. (HESI) Admission Assessment is a part of the application process for the radiologic technology program at St. Clair County Community College. The HESI test must be taken by the program application deadline. Please review the following attached (PDF) files for HESI pre-admission, registration and test-taking information. For questions, call (810) 989-5555 or email testing@sc4.edu.

On test day, report to the SC4 Welcome Center, corner of Erie Street and Glenwood Avenue; check-in in Room 201.
Bring photo ID and receipt of payment. Registration starts 30 minutes before test. Testing begins promptly.
No extra time allotted to late testers.

Testing Center contact information: (810) 989-5555 or testing@sc4.edu

2017 testing dates TBA

Note: Radiologic technology applicants are allowed to take only one HESI test per year. The most recent HESI results are final and are used in the pre-admission scoring. Radiologic Technology HESI testers are eligible to "freeze" their HESI score for one year only. In addition, ADN HESI testers from December 2015/January 2016 that have decided to apply for the  Radiologic  Technology program by the Feb. 15 deadline, may request to transfer their HESI score. All requests to freeze or transfer HESI scores must be made in writing to the Radiologic Technology Department by Feb. 15, 2016. No exceptions.

Radiologic technology students

Frequently asked questions

Do I need an associates degree to be a radiologic technologist?

Yes. A radiologic technology graduate needs to have an associates degree to take the National Registry exam.

Do I need a criminal background check for the radiologic technology program?

Yes.  All perspective candidates must have a criminal background check prior to their panel interview. Please note: Conviction or charges may preclude eligibility to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technology exam. It is recommended that anyone considering applying to the radiologic technology program that has violations should contact www.arrt.org and complete a pre-application for clearance prior to applying.

How do I get started to apply for the radiologic technology program?


If you haven’t already done so, complete an SC4 application (this will assign you a student ID number). This can be done online or on campus in Enrollment Services.

A secondary SC4 Allied Health Program Application, indicating Radiological Technology – Associate Degree as the intended program of study must be completed and sent to Enrollment Services by the Feb. 15 deadline. (SC4 Enrollment Services, 323 Erie St., P.O. Box 5015, Port Huron, MI 48061-5015.) Note that your prerequisites and HESI testing also must be completed by the Feb. 15 deadline.

A Radiologic Technology Program Application will need to be completed. See the section labeled Applications,  handbook and forms to download application materials or forms can be mailed to you if needed.    

When are the deadlines?

The application and HESI testing deadline is Feb. 15. Transcripts are due by March 15.

What is the amount of time that the radiologic technology program requires?

The program is a full-time, 24-month program. It requires about 40 hours per week during some of the semesters. That includes the time spent in radiography courses at the college and clinical time at the hospital and program clinical affiliate sites. Students are either in class or clinical five days per week maximum.
 

Can I CLEP (College Level Exam Program) out on the prerequisite courses for the radiography program?

Standard SC4 placement testing procedures are followed. See an SC4 academic advisor for details.

If I attended multiple colleges, what grade point average is used in the ranking process?

The radiologic technology program uses the most-recent college transcript, with at least 13 credits.

Do students get paid while they are in the program?


No, the radiography program is a training program. The clinical portion of the program is a well-structured curriculum for student learning. Students are required to meet clinical goals of clinical evaluations and assignments for each module. Students learn material in class and see knowledge applied in the clinical area. Students evolve from an observation status to directly supervised status to an indirectly supervised status. The clinical experience builds on to the previous module clinical experience.

Does the program have a waiting list?


The radiologic technology program doesn’t carry a waiting list. Students must reapply each application year by the Feb. 15 deadline. During the selection process, there is an alternate list, which is used when a student decides to withdraw or is removed from final phases of the selection process.

Can I use the results of my practical nursing or associate degree nursing HESI test?


The radiologic technology program doesn’t accept any practical nursing HESI results. Associate degree nursing HESI results will be accepted, if completed within the current academic year. Request must be submitted in writing to the radiologic technology program director prior to the application deadline.

Can my HESI results be used for more than one admission cycle?


Yes, HESI results can be used for two consecutive admission cycles. For example: if taken in January/February of one admission year, can be considered the following year, with a new allied health and radiologic technology application with a written letter to freeze the HESI score.  

Can financial aid be used for the radiologic technology program?


Yes. The radiologic technology program qualifies for financial aid. More information can be found at www.fafsa.ed.gov or you contact an SC4 financial aid officer at (810) 989-5530.

Will there by an application fee for applying to allied health programs in the future?

Yes, starting in March of 2013 for the 2014 selection year a $25 fee will be required.

Will the date for completion of the HE-102 Medical Terminology requirement be Feb. 15 with the other prerequisites?

Yes. You must have all four of the prerequisites completed by the application deadline (Feb. 15).  

If I took BIO-171 in the past, will I have to take BIO-271?


No, BIO-171 (3 credits) was replaced with BIO-271 (4 credits) in the fall of 2012. Therefore, both courses are acceptable as a pre-requisite for BIO.

If I took BIO-171 greater than five years ago, can I still use it for a prerequisite?

Currently, there is no five-year rule for BIO courses. However, the five-year rule will be in effect for the 2015 selection process. 

What are two new requirements for the future that will occur in 2014?

Mandatory Information Sessions (The sign in sheet at the session will provide documentation).

Two-hour job shadow at a hospital radiology department at a hospital or imaging center. Click here to download the documentation sheet. It must be done before the application deadline (Feb. 15). It is important to get it done early. Limited number of appointment times are available at hospitals. It is suggested to contact Human Resource Departments at your local hospitals. 

How can I make sure my application packet is complete when I apply? 

Make sure you have completed the prerequisites before Feb. 15 deadline. Make sure you have at least a 2.0 in prerequisites and an overall grade point average of at least 2.8. It is important to realize there are two applications that need to be completed (Allied Health and Radiologic Technology Program). A high school transcript is required. SC4 only keeps high school transcripts for one year. If the high school is submitting a high school transcript electronically, please alert the SC4 Enrollment Services Office. Make sure you include a cover letter. Make sure you submit your application packet before scheduling your HESI entrance exam. Make sure you have your two-hour job shadow done by Feb. 15. Your application packet is required to be mailed in (see the radiologic technology application instructions).  Dropping it off somewhere at the college could cause it to be lost. 

Applications, handbook, forms

Information sessions

Attend any of the following upcoming sessions to get information about careers in radiologic technology, program prerequisites, degree requirements and application process. Students applying to the Radiologic Technology Program are required to attend a mandatory information session.

Unless specified below, all information sessions are in Room 206, SC4 Welcome Center, corner of Erie Street and Glenwood Avenue, Port Huron.

2017

  • Thursday, Aug. 3, 6 to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 12, 6 to 7 p.m. (Welcome Center Room 210)
  • Wednesday, Nov. 29, 6 to 7 p.m. (Welcome Center Room 210)

2018

  • Thursday, Jan. 11, 6 to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 1, 9 to 10 a.m.
  • Thursday, April 19, 6 to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 25, 9 to 10 a.m.
  • Wednesday, June 6, 9 to 10 a.m.
  • Thursday, June 7, 6 to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 18, 1 to 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 2, 6 to 7 p.m.

Program mission, goals and student learning outcomes

St. Clair County Community College (SC4) Radiologic Technology Program Mission Statement:

To provide the healthcare community with qualified entry level radiographers through education that makes a difference in radiologic technology.

SC4 Radiologic Technology Program Goals and Student Outcomes:

Goal #1

The student will have the skills to perform radiologic duties of a competent entry level radiographer.

  • Outcome #1 – The student will perform patient care skills that are essential for radiographic procedures.
  • Outcome #2 – The student will protect the patient, oneself, and others from radiation exposure
  • Outcome #3 – The student will produce quality radiographic images for interpretation.

Goal #2

The student will demonstrate effective communication skills with people of all ages.

  • Outcome #1 – The student will employ effective communication skills with patients.
  • Outcome #2 – The student will demonstrate effective communication skills with the radiologists.
  • Outcome #3 – The student will employ proper flow and efficiency of radiographic procedures through accurate communication with radiology staff.

Goal #3

The student will develop problem solving and critical thinking skills.

  • Outcome #1 – The student will demonstrate confident manipulation of a variety of imaging equipment.
  • Outcome #2 – The student will identify emergency patient conditions and define life-saving first aid.
  • Outcome #3 – The student will be able to perform non-routine exams.
  • Outcome #4 – The student will be able to specify adaptations of technical factors for pathological changes.

Goal #4

The student will display ethics, affective behavior, and professional development.

  • Outcome #1 – The student will recognize the importance of continuing education and active membership in professional organizations for personal and professional growth.
  • Outcome #2 – The student will analyze avenues of professional growth and development and create growth developmental projects.
  • Outcome #3 – The student will apply the values and ethics of an entry level radiographer.

Program accreditation

Radiologic Technology Professional Information

A.  Accreditation

  • The SC4 Radiologic Technology Program is fully accredited by the JRCERT.
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, Illinois  60606-3182.
  • Phone: (312) 704-5300 Email:  mail@jrcert.org   Website: www.jrcert.org.
  • The JRCERT is in association with the American Medical Association.
  • The JRCERT is the only agency recognized by the United States Department of Education for the accreditation of traditional and distance delivery educational programs in radiography.

B. JRCERT Standards

Accredited radiography programs use the following standards:

  1. Integrity.  The program demonstrates integrity in the following:  representations to communities of interest and the public, pursuit of fair and equitable academic practices, and treatment of, and respect for, students, faculty, and staff.
  2. Resources.  The program has sufficient resources to support the quality and effectiveness of the education process.
  3. Curriculum and Academic Practices.  The program’s curriculum and academic practices prepare students for professional practice.
  4. Health and Safety.  The program’s policies and procedures promote health, safety and optimal use of radiation for students, patients, and the public.
  5. Assessment.  The program develops and implements a system of planning and evaluation of student learning and program effectiveness outcomes in support of its mission.
  6. Institutional/Programmatic Data.  The program complies with JRCERT policies, procedures, and STANDARDS to achieve and maintain specialized accreditation.

Program Effectiveness Data

  • Outcome #1 – The student/graduates will successfully complete the program.
  • Outcome #2 – The student/graduates will successfully pass their ARRT exam.
  • Outcome #3 – The student/graduates who are not continuing their education and are actively seeking employment will be employed in radiology or related jobs.
  • Outcome #4 – The student/graduate employers will indicate satisfaction with the program graduates.
  • Outcome #5 – The student/graduates will indicate satisfaction with the program’s effectiveness.

Program Effectiveness Data for the first graduating class of 2014 and the second graduating class of 2015 is now available. The following data will be published annually as it becomes available.

  • Five-year average credentialing examination pass rate
  • Five-year average job placement rate
  • Annual program completion rate

Effectiveness Data 2015

"Everyone is always nervous when you get your first patient and no one is watching you, but I didn't feel nervous at all because I felt prepared to do what I had been trained to do."

Regina Light, Radiologic Technologist at McLaren Port Huron