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 Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, or JRCERT, 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. Information on an agreement with Siena Heights University.

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, Illinois 60606-3182
312-704-5300
mail@jrcert.org
www.jrcert.org

This link will take you to the current working catalog. On that page, you may also select other available catalog years from the drop-down menu located in the upper right.

Resources and information

The St. Clair County Community College graduation requirements.

Radiologic Technology Graduate Competencies
Upon completion of the program, the graduate will be able to effectively demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Apply knowledge of the principles of radiation protection to the patient, oneself, and others.
  2. Apply knowledge of anatomy, positioning, and radiographic exposure to accurately demonstrate anatomical structures on a radiograph.
  3. Determine exposure factors considering pathologic conditions and minimum radiation exposure to achieve optimum radiographic technique for patients.
  4. Operate a variety of imaging equipment and accessory devices taking into consideration safe limits and report equipment malfunctions.
  5. Examine images to evaluate exposure factors, patient positioning, and technical quality.
  6. Exercise discretion and judgment in the performance of medical imaging procedures.
  7. Provide patient care and patient education essential to radiologic procedures.
  8. Recognize emergency patient conditions and initiate life-saving first aid.
  9. Recognize the importance of the profession’s code of ethics, scope of practice, continued education, and active membership in professional organizations for personal and professional growth.
  10. Use interpersonal skills, problem solving, critical thinking, and communication skills in relationships with patients, peers, physicians, and others.

Radiologic Technology Graduation
The program begins in July and students graduate in June two years later. Students that are eligible to graduate are encouraged to attend graduation to receive their diplomas and school pins.

To graduate the student must attain a grade of 2.0 in every course listed as required in the model schedule for the Radiologic Technology program in which he/she is enrolled. It is the responsibility of the student to:

  • Monitor general education requirement for graduation
  • Apply for graduation at appropriate time
  • Apply for Radiologic Technology National Registry Exam.
  • May participate in annual College Commencement Ceremony

Didactic and Clinical Grading Scale 

PercentageGradeGrade point
96-100A4.0
94-95A-3.7
92-93B+3.3
89-91B 3.0
87-88B-2.7
84-86C+2.3
80-83C2.0
78-79C- 1.7
76-77D+13
74-75D1.0
73D-.7
72and below E0

This webpage describes the accreditation relationship between SC4 and the Higher Learning Commission. General information about the Commission and the accreditation process is provided. In addition, links to definitions are provided for many of the terms used.

SC4 Articulation Agreement with Siena Heights University

Students interested in obtaining a bachelor degree need to contact Siena Heights University at 1-800-521-0009 or contact the website sienaheights.edu and type in the search line radiologic technology for information.  SC4 has an articulation agreement with Siena Heights University for a Bachelor Degree in Applied Science. 

Student Requirements

Background Check – A clear background check is a requirement of the Radiologic Technology Program as clinical facilities are required to follow Michigan Public Acts 27, 28 and 29 of 2006. Students sign a Clinical Disclosure Statement prior to having a background check and pay the fee (approximately $10). In addition, any student who becomes subject to criminal prosecution that occurs during the program must report it immediately to the Radiologic Technology Program Director. Without a clear background, a student would not be allowed to participate in clinical activities and thus, unable to complete the SC4 Radiologic Technology Program.

Convictions or charges may preclude eligibility to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technology examination. The student must contact the A.R.R.T. to determine eligibility by completing a Pre-application. Check www.arrt.org  for clarification.

American Heart Basic Life Support Course-CPR

All students are required to complete a BLS for the Healthcare Provider course from the American Heart Association. It is specifically called Basic Life Support for the Healthcare Provider by the American Heart Association. Students are encouraged to check with their local hospitals and ambulance companies for availability of courses. Failure to submit evidence of this requirement will result in inability to attend the clinical experience and require a make-up clinical experience. All students are required to complete a health care provider course and must have documentation of current certification for the entire two years.

Change of Name or Address

It is required that you notify the Radiologic Technology office of any changes in name, address, email and/or phone number. The Radiologic Technology Office requires that the student provides a current telephone number at which he/she can be reached or receive messages. This information will be kept confidential.

Health Requirements

Student Responsibilities – It is the student’s ethical/legal responsibility to maintain updated immunizations, TB testing, BLS, malpractice insurance and any other requirements for clinical practice. The student is expected to maintain a satisfactory level of mental and physical stability to enable a safe and competent level of functioning. Any student who is not in compliance with this regulation may be denied entrance to the clinical area.

Physical Examination – Each student must pass a physical examination taken at his/her own expense not more than 4 months before entering a clinical course in the program.

Physical exam forms are available from the Radiologic Technology Office. All required lab work, 10 panel drug screen (urine), a TB skin test or chest x-ray must be completed and verification submitted to the Radiologic Technology department no earlier than 1 month prior to first clinical day.   

TB skin test must be repeated annually. Failure to submit any required health forms will result in the inability to attend the clinical experience and require makeup clinical experience.

Immunizations – Radiologic Technologists and those studying Radiologic Technology are at risk for increased exposure to certain preventable infectious diseases and other health hazards. It is important for Radiologic technologists to be immunized properly for protection against these diseases and for prevention of their spread among clients in the hospitals and clinics. In addition, Radiologic Technologists must rigidly adhere to Standard precautions to minimize risks.

All Radiologic Technology students must provide a proof of immunity of the following:

TB test- must be done prior to the start of the program, and renewed annually
Measles, Mumps, Rubella(MMR)- Adult booster-past age of 18 years or titer Varicella – proof of vaccine or titer
Hepatitis B series– evidence of beginning the series of 3 hepatitis B vaccines  prior to beginning the clinical portion of the program.
Tetanus , diphtheria, a-cellular pertussis (TDap)– within past 10 years
Flu Vaccine-annually

In addition, the Guide for Health Care Providers (CDC) recommends the following immunizations for health care personnel: tetanus-diphtheria, mumps, poliomyelitis and influenza. The CDC recommends all Health Care Providers receive the influenza vaccine on an annual basis. If the student does not receive this vaccine, a declination form must be signed and provided to the Radiologic Technology office. Students should discuss their immunizations with their health care provider.

Students must submit a copy of all results to the Radiologic Technology office. Failure to submit the required proof of immunity to the Radiologic Technology Office by one month prior to fist clinical day rotation will result in inability to attend the clinical experience and require a make-up clinical experience.

Some clinical sites may require proof of immunization not required by the Radiologic Technology Program. Failure to follow clinical site requirements may prevent you from clinical rotations at that site. If this occurs, the program will attempt to place you in clinical rotations that are equitable if possible.

Alteration in Health Status

Any existing health condition, which could affect a student in a clinical rotation must be discussed with the clinical instructor and/or Radiologic Technology Program Director. If a health condition might affect a student’s ability to complete a normal clinical assignment (i.e. surgery, injury, illness, etc.), the student must obtain and submit a written description of any restrictions from his/her health care provider prior to continuing the clinical experience. If the Radiologic Technology faculty believes that the student, with reasonable accommodations and agreement from the clinical sites, can meet the clinical objectives, the student will be given the opportunity to remain in the course. Should the student decide to attempt to complete the course he/she must sign and submit a Release Form which is available in the Radiologic Technology Office. If a student must withdraw from the clinical rotation and is in good academic standing, he/she may apply for readmission to the program after submitting proof that the health restrictions are alleviated. Readmission would be dependent upon the availability of space in the required course and approval of Radiologic Technology faculty.

The Radiologic Technology clinical instructor has the responsibility and duty to decide whether or not a student is capable of clinical performance on any one day. If the clinical  instructor decides that the risk to the student(s) or clients is too great or that the clinical objectives and expected behaviors cannot be met within the restriction, the student may be sent home for the day. If health problems or risks prevent the student from returning to clinical rotations, further options will be decided by faculty.

Health Care Costs

It is strongly recommended that all students obtain personal health care insurance.  Each student will be required to maintain standard precautions in the performance of all client care. It is the student’s responsibility to be prepared to care for each client and to take appropriate precautions against personal injury and illness. 

It is important to note, through no fault of the college, instructors or clinical agency, that the possibility exists that a student could accidentally injure or expose him/herself to disease or injury. If injury occurs during client care, the clinical instructor must be informed immediately.

The student is responsible for assuming the cost of any necessary medical treatment. For this reason, it is strongly advised that students maintain their own health care insurance.

Malpractice Insurance

All Radiologic Technology students are required to have malpractice insurance. The students will be covered through a blanket malpractice insurance policy purchased by the college. Malpractice insurance through SC4 will cover you only in your assigned clinical areas.  

Technical Standards–SC4 Radiologic Technology Program

 Prospective students must be able to:

  1. Lift and transfer patients to and from the radiographic table.
  2. Lift a minimum of 30 pounds and support up to 75 pounds.
  3. Move, adjust, and manipulate a variety of equipment to perform radiographic procedures.
  4. Communicate, orally and in writing, with patient, physicians and other personnel.
  5. Follow written and verbal instructions.

Progression

To progress in the Radiologic Technology program, the student must achieve and maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0. In addition, to progress, the student must attain a grade of at least 2.0 in every required corequisite a grade of 2.0 in every Radiology course.

Students must follow the model schedule sequencing for all Radiology courses and clinical (see SC4 course catalog or sc4.edu/radiologictechnology ). Clinical rotations must be done at an SC4 contracted site.

It is the responsibility of the student to satisfactorily complete the Radiologic Technology program within five years from the time of the completion of the first Radiologic Technology course. Any lapse in progression requires a readmission to the program.

It may be necessary to repeat a course or courses if the student has withdrawn from the program for any period of time.

Clinical Grading Information:

The final grade in clinical education courses will be scored as “S” satisfactory or “U” unsatisfactory. An “S” satisfactory grade in clinical includes both:

  • An average of 80% in all procedures/assignments
  • A “S” satisfactory in the leveled expected behaviors.

Students will receive percentage scores for clinical procedures and assignments using the following clinical grading scale:

Clinical Grading Scale

PercentageGradeGrade point
96-100A4.0
94-95A-3.7
92-93B+3.3
89-91B 3.0
87-88B-2.7
84-86C+2.3
80-83C2.0
78-79C- 1.7
76-77D+13
74-75D1.0
73D-.7
72and below E0

Students must receive a final score of 80% or above to be considered “S” satisfactory. Less than 80% is considered unsatisfactory. A score of less than 80% received on evaluations will need to be repeated. A student who fails 3 patient evaluations in a semester will be placed on Final Warning.

Clinical percentage grade is determined as follows:
Clinical Instructor SC4 Clinical Performance Evaluation = 20%
Clinical Instructor (site) or Technologist Clinical Performance Evaluation = 5%
Patient Evaluations =50%
Clinical Participation (Tallies) = 15%
Miscellaneous Clinical Evaluations = 10%

Students must receive an average of 80% on the above criteria to continue. In addition, students must receive “S” satisfactory performance on the leveled expected behaviors.

Leveled Behaviors are a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grade:
A score of satisfactory on all leveled behaviors must be achieved in order to pass the course. An unsatisfactory grade will cause the student to fail the clinical course and the student will be dismissed from the program.

Deadline for clinical assignments may vary. Deadlines will be announced at student meetings or sent to students via email.

Instructors have the right to determine certain grade point values in order to arrive at the grading specified by the program.

Certain behaviors are cited as critical. The profession of Radiologic Technology requires that all members maintain ethical standards, demonstrate integrity and honesty, and provide for the safety of patients. Thus, one serious failure or a pattern of failure to demonstrate these behaviors will result in an immediate failing grade of E for the course, regardless of the student’s previous and current level of demonstrated competency of all other course objectives.

Performance Objectives for Clinical Education

Site Clinical Objectives

Equipment Rotations: To familiarize the student with the different types of equipment used in the field of radiology. McLaren Hospital Port Huron, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Port Huron, Mercy Health Center, Orthopedic Associates of Port Huron, Advanced Orthopedics and Dr. Carley’s office are assigned clinical sites. Students are expected to have their own dependable transportation to clinical sites. Students may be expected to travel between clinical sites for clinical instruction with the SC4 clinical instructor.

Special Imaging Modality Rotations – Provides the student general information in Nuclear Medicine, Ultrasonography, CT scanning, vascular imaging, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Students have the opportunity to explore these fields and may consider pursuing the additional training required.

Off-Shift Clinical Rotations – Students will participate on weekend rotations. Students will be scheduled for a limited number of weekend rotations. Students will be given clinical days off during the week to compensate for assigned weekend clinical days. Students will be assigned limited afternoon rotations.

General Radiography Clinical Objectives

  • Gain clinical experience on exams required by the ARRT.
  • Gain clinical experience with trauma exams.
  • Demonstrate clinical participation in exams that are ordered infrequently.
  • Demonstrate ability to manipulate a wide variety of radiology equipment.
  • Demonstrate ability to adapt routine exams in difficult or non-routine situations.
  • Gain knowledge in off-shift rotation protocols and procedures.
  • Develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Develop patient care skills with various patient conditions.
  • Demonstrate communication and computer information skills.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of standard precautions and infection control procedures.
  • Display appropriate dress, ethics, and professionalism.
  • Work on improvements of efficiency and speed of exams.
  • Gain clinical experience with age appropriate care of patients.

Weekend Rotation Prerequisites

  • Complete all equipment evaluations assigned.
  • Complete all miscellaneous rotation evaluations assigned.
  • Complete all previous semester assignments.
  • Complete all required patient evaluations from previous semester.
  • Complete units in RAD 101 Introduction to Radiologic Technology and RAD 102 Patient Care on patient safety, patient assessment, infection control, patient acute situations, bedside radiography, and trauma.

Weekend Objectives

  • Demonstrate the ability to transport patients to and from the floor when an orderly is not assigned or available.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively with ER during heavy volumes.
  • Demonstrate the procedure when an ER patient is in need of being under close observation.
  • Demonstrate what to do when a patient on the floor or from ER is brought down to the department without a name band.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of what to do when equipment breaks down and where the number is to call for service.
  • State how priority is determined when multiple cases come to the radiology department at once.
  • Demonstrate using problem solving with positioning skills when multiple exam cases are ordered. Take patient comfort into consideration.
  • Demonstrate clinical participation in trauma cases.

Afternoon Rotation Prerequisites

  • Complete all previous clinical assignments, clinical evaluations, and tally sheet requirements
  • Complete Afternoon Review of Radiographic Exams.
  • Provide documentation of personal technique book.
  • Review trauma video at least one week before afternoon rotation begins.

Afternoon Objectives

  • Morgue Participation with a Technologist (optional)
    • Demonstrate how to work with the morgue staff to complete exam.
    • Demonstrate clean and dirty technique with technologist.
    • Demonstrate protocol for labeling of films for proper ID.
    • Demonstrate practicing appropriate standard precautions.
    • State confidentiality issues involving morgue cases.
  • OR Participation with a Technologist
    • Demonstrate proper attire in the OR.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of equipment location.
    • Demonstrate communication with OR staff for proper equipment placement.
    • Demonstrate proper standard precaution principles while in a sterile environment.
    • Demonstrate clinical participation with multiple types of OR cases.
  • Trauma Radiography
    • Demonstrate obtaining appropriate history for spine and head trauma.
    • State the protocol for trauma c-spine.
    • Demonstrate cross-table lateral c-spine.
    • Demonstrate trauma oblique c-spine.
    • Demonstrate cross-table lateral lumbar spine.
    • Demonstrate problem-solving skills when imaging a fractured limb.
    • Demonstrate ability to identify puncture site for foreign body images.
    • Discuss knowledge of complications post cast application.
  • Equipment Usage/Quality Checks
    • Demonstrate how to check the crash cart.
    • Demonstrate how to verify drug box checks.
    • Demonstrate verifying refrigerator temperature recording.
  • Schedule Procedures
    • Discuss importance of review of fluoroscopy schedule for the next day.
    • Discuss importance of review of OR schedule for the next day.

Progressive Objectives for Afternoons and Weekends

Winter and Summer I Semesters- Freshman year

Students are to obtain active clinical participation in learned exams that have been performed with direct and indirect supervision according to student supervision guidelines. The student will be in an observation mode with all other exams.

Summer II and Fall Semesters – Sophomore year

Students are to build on their competency and confidence with radiographic exams.Students will take more of an active role with a larger variety of exams following appropriate student supervision guidelines.

Winter and Summer I Semesters – Sophomore year

Students will build on clinical experience with improvements in problem solving and critical thinking skills, efficiency, speed and accuracy following appropriate student supervision guidelines.

Clinical Evaluation Rules

  1. Students must complete simulated and/or phantom examinations in Positioning Lab class before patient evaluations may be done.
  2. Students must perform an examination on an actual patient before evaluating. Rare examinations may be simulated on a fellow student (instructor’s discretion) using practice exam assignment documentation sheet.
  3. Students should complete equipment clinical assignments before completing patient evaluations. It is recommended that an equipment check-off be completed prior to using room for patient evaluation for improved competency.
  4. Clinical evaluations should be done with the SC4 Clinical Instructor when available. If the SC4 Instructor is not available, the Site Clinical Instructor or any Clinical Evaluators should be used.
  5. Once the student begins an evaluation, the student must finish it, unless the Clinical Instructor or Evaluator decides otherwise. If the exam is canceled by the clinical instructor or evaluator, the canceled evaluation form must be completed.
  6. Students are encouraged to complete evaluations early if they have the opportunity and are prepared.
  7. A required number of evaluations have been set for each semester. That number of evaluations must be done before or during the semester in which they are assigned.
  8. Circumstances surrounding evaluations not being completed during the semester will be reviewed and appropriate actions will be taken. Corrective action will be implemented as necessary. The student will be placed on clinical warning if two or more patient clinical evaluations are not completed two weeks before semester end. If the required patient clinical evaluations are not completed before the end of the semester, the student will receive a grade of U (unsatisfactory) for the clinical semester grade and will not be able to continue in the program.
  9. Assigned equipment and miscellaneous evaluations not completed by the last clinical day of the semester will be considered failed evaluations. The score recorded will be a 0.
  10. Failed evaluations must be repeated and a score of at least 80% must be obtained.
  11. The original grade for a failed patient clinical evaluation will be recorded in the grade book. The patient clinical evaluation will have to be repeated with a passing score of 80% or higher and will be kept as documentation of competency. The repeat passing grade will not be recorded as part of the clinical grade. Repeat evaluations should be done with a clinical instructor if at all possible.
  12. After a failed clinical patient evaluation, an incident form will be issued to the student. The student will be required to submit a written expression on how to improve/be successful utilizing the Clinical Performance Standards of the ASRT and the SC4 Conceptual Framework as a guideline. The written expression must be completed by the due date and before the repeat patient evaluation. If the assignment is not turned in by the due date, the clinical conduct policy will be followed.
  13. During an evaluation, the evaluator has the option to immediately terminate the evaluation if 1) patient safety is compromised, 2) the student is unprepared for exam, or 3) the patient’s condition is deteriorating. The evaluation will be considered a failure or cancellation based on the cancelled/failed clinical evaluation form. A failed grade will be recorded as 70% and failed evaluation guidelines will be followed. Cancelled evaluations due to deteriorating patient condition will be repeated with no grade penalty.

Random Evaluations

  1. To prepare the student for situations when patient difficulty cannot be chosen.
  2. Time and evaluation will be selected by the clinical instructor.
  3. Random evaluations will begin in the sophomore year and be progressive throughout the program.
  4. Order of students will be randomly selected by the clinical instructor.
  5. Any exam that the student has learned in the Radiographic Positioning course, tested on, or proven competency can be used as a random evaluation in the sophomore year.

SC4 Health Sciences Programs prepare students for State and National exams leading to professional licensure. Please be aware that additional steps (background checks, applications, fees, etc.) may be required to apply for licensing in the state of Michigan or other states. It is recommended that you contact the appropriate licensing agency in your state if you are considering an academic program leading to a professional license. It is your responsibility to understand the requirements in your state of residence.

Program mission, goals and student learning outcomes

St. Clair County Community College 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 overview

Students practicing setting up an X-ray.

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 (June) 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.

Information sessions

Students applying to the radiologic technology program are required to attend a mandatory information session. Students must sign in at the session for documentation

DateTimeLocation
Thursday, Jan. 16, 20206 to 7 p.m.HSB 136
Thursday, Feb. 6, 20208:30 to 9:30 a.m.HSB 136
Thursday, April 16, 20206 to 7 p.m.HSB 136
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
CANCELLED
9 to 10 a.m.HSB 138
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
CANCELLED
9 to 10 a.m.HSB 138
Thursday, June 4, 2020
CANCELLED
6 to 7 p.m.HSB 136
Thursday, Aug. 27, 20206 to 7 p.m.HSB 136
Thursday, Oct. 8, 20206 to 7 p.m.HSB 136
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 20206 to 7 p.m.HSB 136

Attend any of the 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.

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 Testing Center at (810) 989-5555.
  • The 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 arrt.org and complete a pre-application for clearance prior to applying. 

Applying For Admission

People seeking admission to the radiologic technology program must:

Acceptance Procedure

Qualified applications will be reviewed in the winter semester for the radiologic technology program (program starts the following summer 2 session in June). 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 (June) , 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.

For questions about HESI Testing, visit the Testing Center webpage.

Note: Radiologic technology applicants are allowed to take the HESI test twice per year. The highest composite score is 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 that have decided to apply for the  Radiologic  Technology program by the Feb. 15 deadline, may request to transfer their HESI score as long as it is in the same year. All requests to freeze or transfer HESI scores must be made in writing to the Radiologic Technology Department by Feb. 15 deadline. No exceptions.

Rad Tech students looking at X-rays.

Frequently asked questions

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

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

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.

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.   

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.  

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

Yes, a $25 fee will be required for each program application.

No, the five-year rule is in effect for the BIO 271 prerequisite only.

Yes, Mandatory Information Session dates are posted on this website.  (The sign in sheet at the session will provide documentation).

One two-hour job shadow must be completed at a hospital radiology department or imaging center. Click here to download the documentation sheet. Both 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.  

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

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: 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.

“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