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Howard College - Big Spring, Lamesa, San Angelo, SWCID

Radiologic Technology

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Who We Are

Radiologic TechnologyThe Radiologic Technology Program is a two-year program leading to an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in the ever-changing health care environment. This five semester program provides students with the academic and technical skills necessary to completely perform a wide variety of radiologic procedures.  Graduates will be able to produce x-ray images of the human body for use in diagnosing medical problems.  Upon successful completion of the program, students may make application to the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (AART) to take a certification exam.  Students must also apply for a license from The Medical Radiologic Technologist Certification Program through the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Accreditation

The AAS in Radiologic Technology program is accredited by:

  • The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
    20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
    Chicago, IL 60606-3182
    (312) 704-5300 
    email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The JRCERT promotes excellence in education and enhances quality and safety of patient care through the accreditation of educational programs.  The only agency recognized by the United States Department of Education to accredit educational programs in radiography, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance and medical dosimetry.

Programs accredited by the JRCERT must demonstrate that they are in substantial compliance with the relevant JRCERT accreditation standards.

Travel for Clinical Practicums

During the course of the program, students will have lecture / clinical assignments requiring travel from San Angelo to Big Spring or from Big Spring to San Angelo.

Mission / Goals

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Radiologic Technology Program at Howard College is to provide for the education of students in radiologic technology and provide learning opportunities that are innovative and educationally sound. We serve a 13 county area ranging from Lamesa to Junction. The program and the college are committed to personal development of each student in the field of radiologic technology, so that he or she will be able to serve the community as a competent staff radiologic technologist.

Program Goals

  • Graduates will be employable and meet the needs of the community. 
    • Student Learning Outcome:
      • Graduates will pass the ARRT registry examination on first attempt.
      • Students will complete the program.
      • Graduates will be able to find employment within six months of graduation.
      • Graduates will be satisfied with radiologic technology program.
      • Employers will be satisfied with the quality of graduates work.
  • Students will demonstrate effective communication.
    • Student Learning Outcome:
      • Students will be able to communicate with patients of all ages.
      • Students will be able to communicate in written and oral form.
  • Students will be competent when performing radiographic procedures.
    • Student Learning Outcome:
      • Students will be able to demonstrate good radiation protection.
      • Students will appropriately position patients for exams.
  • The students will demonstrate "Problem Solving" and "Critical Thinking" Skills.
    • Student Learning Outcome:
      • Student will be able to use alternative positions for difficult or trauma patients.
      • Students will be able to ask vital questions in order to arrive at well-reasoned conclusions.
  • Students will show professional development and growth.
    • Student Learning Outcome:
      • Students will pursue advance education.
      • Students will write a paper on some aspect of a professional development & set goals.
      • Students will demonstrate confidence doing procedures.
      • Students will act in a professional manner.

Program Effectiveness Data

Program Effectiveness Data

 

OUTCOME YEAR BENCHMARK TOOK 
EXAM
PASSED 
EXAM
% PASSED
Graduates that pass the ARRT Exam first time*  2013  ≥ 75% 7 7 100%
5 YR Avg
2009-2013
≥ 75% 31 27 87%
  YEAR BENCHMARK  START GRAD. % GRAD.
Students will complete the program  2013 ≥ 80% 10 10 100%
5 YR Avg
2009-2013
≥ 80% 48 44 92%
     BENCHMARK SEEK 
EMPLOY.
WORKING 
IN FIELD
%
EMPLOY.
Graduates who seek employment shall obtain employment within 12 months of graduation. 5 YR Avg
2009-2013
≥ 80% 32 27 84%
    BENCHMARK     5 YR AVG
Graduates will be satisfied with radiologic technology program.  2009-2013 ≥ 3.0 (1-5)     4.2
Employers will be satisfied with the quality of graduates work. 2009-2013 ≥ 3.0 (1-5)     4.6

Additional program effectiveness information concerning the Howard College Radiologic Technology Program may be accessed from JRCERT using the following link:  https://portal.jrcertaccreditation.org/summary/programannualreportlist.aspx

Admission

Program Admission Requirements

All admission requirements including prerequisite classes must be completed by June 1, because a new class begins every Fall semester.

Pre-application Requirements (Before June 1):
  1. Passing test scores from an approved college assessment exam are required to gain entrance into academic courses. If needed, HC administers the ACCUPLACER exam. The Testing Schedule is posted on each campus website or may be obtained by contacting Student Life & Testing or Student Services on each campus.
  2. Attend a Howard College Health Professions Orientation. A schedule may be obtained by contacting the HCSA Health Professions Division at (325) 481-8371, extension: 3435. Orientations will be announced on the HCSA homepage.  Attendance will become mandatory for any one applying for the radiologic technology program starting in Fall 2011.  The Health Professions Orientation is very important because at that time we will answer all your program-related questions and hand out paperwork necessary to apply to the program.
  3. Prior to actual admission to the Radiologic Technology Program, applicant must successfully complete the required support courses with a final grade of "C" or above.
       •    BIOL 2401 - Anatomy & Physiology I 
       •    BIOL 2402 - Anatomy & Physiology II
       •    MATH 1314 – College Algebra OR MATH 1332 – Contemporary Mathematics
  4. Students seeking admission to the Radiologic Technology program must take the Health Occupations Basic Entrance Test (HOBET). The student will be responsible for registering and paying for the exam through the ATI website (www.atitesting.com). The testing schedule is on the Howard College website howardcollege.edu. Please contact the Testing Coordinator at 325-481-8300 for more information. The HOBET test can be taken once every 30 days with a maximum number of three (3) times per admission cycle (September 1 – May 31).

  5. Successful completion of a criminal background check.  Along with the HC background check, the potential student can check with the ARRT: http://www.arrt.org/ethics/PREAPP2003.pdf
Application Requirements June 1st.
  1. Submit Health Professions Application for the desired program to the Health Professions Division along with an official transcript from each college /university attended including Howard College.   This must be turned to Program Director between May 15th and June 7th.
  2. Provide proof of immunizations.
Radiologic Technology Program Selection Process:
  1. Successfully complete all Pre-Application and Application Requirements
  2. Top sixteen candidates with the highest score for A&P I & II, College Algebra and PSB Score are scheduled for a “Shadowing” Day.
  3. The scores from the “Shadowing” Day and the scores from number 2 are totaled up and the top fourteen students are brought in for an interview.
  4. The scores from the interview are added to scores from numbers 2 and 3 and the top ten students are selected for the Fall Semester class.
Prior to start of Fall Semester selected students must:
  1. Successfully take and pass approved Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers class.
  2. Pass a ten panel drug test.
  3. Show proof of health insurance
  4. Pass a physical exam.
  5. Have taken the flu vaccine and completed a TB skin test.

Curriculum

Course Curriculum

HPRS 1206 Medical Terminology
  • Course Description: A study of common medical terminology, word origin, structure, and application.
  • Learning Outcomes: Identify, pronounce, and spell medical terms with the use of medical references as resource tools; use terms in context; build and analyze medical terms; examine word origin and structure through the introduction of prefixes, suffixes, root words, plurals, abbreviations and symbols.

RADR 1309 Introduction to Radiography and Patient Care
  • Course Description: An overview of the historical development of radiography, basic radiation protection, an introduction to medical terminology, ethical and legal issues for health care professionals, and an orientation to the program and to the health care system. Patient assessment, infection control procedures, emergency and safety procedures, communication and patient interaction skills, and basic pharmacology are also included.
  • Learning Outcomes: Define basic medical terms and ethical and legal standards; demonstrate basic radiographic protection and general safety in patient care practices; demonstrate proper assessment of patient condition; identify emergency situations; and identify pharmaceuticals and their applications.

RADR 1311 Basic Radiographic Procedures
  • Course Description: An introduction to radiographic positioning terminology, the proper manipulation of equipment, positioning and alignment of the anatomical structure and equipment, and evaluation of images for proper demonstration of basic anatomy.
  • Learning Outcomes: Define radiographic positioning terms; manipulate equipment properly; position and align anatomical structure and equipment; and evaluate images for proper demonstration of anatomy.

RADR 1213 Principles of Radiographic Imaging I
  • Course Description: Radiographic image quality and the effects of exposure variables.
  • Learning Outcomes: Define, identify, and evaluate qualities of the radiographic image; and analyze the effects of exposure variables upon image quality.

RADR 1260 Clinical Radiologic Technology
  • Course Description: A health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional.
  • Learning Outcomes: As outlined in the learning plan, Apply the theory, concepts, and skills involving specialized materials, tools, equipment, procedures, regulations, laws, and interactions within and among political, economic, environmental, social, and legal systems associated with the occupation and the business/industry and will demonstrate legal and ethical behavior, safety practices, interpersonal and teamwork skills, and appropriate written and verbal communication skills using the terminology of the occupation and the business/industry.

RADR 2301 Intermediate Radiographic Procedures
  • Course Description: A continuation of the study of the proper manipulation of radiographic equipment, positioning and alignment of the anatomical structure and equipment, and evaluation of images for proper demonstration of anatomy.
  • Learning Outcomes: Demonstrate the proper manipulation of equipment; demonstrate proper positioning and alignment of anatomical structure and equipment; and evaluate images for proper demonstration of anatomy and technical factors.

RADR 2305 Principles of Radiographic Imaging II
  • Course Description: Radiographic imaging technique formulation. Includes equipment quality control, image quality assurance, and the synthesis of all variables in image production.
  • Learning Outcomes: Analyze image quality; demonstrate procedures for minimizing patient exposure and using quality control to optimize equipment performance; apply methods of image quality assurance; demonstrate adaptation of technical variables to changing conditions; and describe the concept and theories of Digital Imaging.

RADR 2309 Radiographic Imaging Equipment
  • Course Description: Equipment and physics of x-ray production. Includes basic x-ray circuits. Also examines the relationship of conventional and digital equipment components to the imaging process.
  • Learning Outcomes: Describe the conventional and digital equipment and physics of x-ray production; describe basic x-ray circuits; and relate conventional and digital equipment components to the imaging process.

RADR 1266 Practicum Radiologic Technology
  • Course Description: Practical, general workplace training supported by an individualized learning plan developed by the employer, college, and student
  • Learning Outcomes: As outlined in the learning plan, Apply the theory, concepts, and skills involving specialized materials, tools, equipment, procedures, regulations, laws, and interactions within and among political, economic, environmental, social, and legal systems associated with the occupation and the business/industry and will demonstrate legal and ethical behavior, safety practices, interpersonal and teamwork skills, and appropriate written and verbal communication skills using the terminology of the occupation and the business/industry.

RADR 2331 Advanced Radiographic Procedures
  • Course Description: Continuation of positioning; alignment of the anatomical structure and equipment, evaluation of images for proper demonstration of anatomy and related pathology.
  • Learning Outcomes: Demonstrate proper positioning and alignment of anatomical structures and equipment; and evaluate images for proper demonstration of anatomy.

RADR 1167 Practicum Radiologic Technology
  • Course Description: Practical, general workplace training supported by an individualized learning plan developed by the employer, college, and student.
  • Learning Outcomes: As outlined in the learning plan, apply the theory, concepts and skills involving specialized materials, tools, equipment, procedures, regulations, laws and interactions within and among political, economic, environmental, social and legal systems associated with the occupation and the business/industry and will demonstrate legal and ethical behavior, safety practices, interpersonal and teamwork skills, and appropriate written and verbal communication skills using the terminology of the occupation and the business/industry.

RADR 2313 Radiation Biology and Protection
  • Course Description: Effects of radiation exposure on biological systems. Includes typical medical exposure levels, methods for measuring and monitoring radiation, and methods for protecting personnel and patients from excessive exposure.
  • Learning Outcomes: Describe the biophysical mechanisms of radiation damage and the somatic and genetic effects of radiation exposure on humans; state typical dose ranges for routine radiographic procedures; explain basic methods and instruments for radiation monitoring, detection, and measurement; and apply appropriate radiation protection practices.

RADR 2366 Practicum Radiologic Technology
  • Course Description: Practical, general workplace training supported by an individualized learning plan developed by the employer, college, and student.
  • Learning Outcomes: As outlined in the learning plan, Apply the theory, concepts, and skills involving specialized materials, tools, equipment, procedures, regulations, laws, and interactions within and among political, economic, environmental, social, and legal systems associated with the occupation and the business/industry and will demonstrate legal and ethical behavior, safety practices, interpersonal and teamwork skills, and appropriate written and verbal communication skills using the terminology of the occupation and the business/industry.
RADR 2217 Radiographic Pathology
  • Course Description: Disease processes and their appearance on radiographic images.
  • Learning Outcomes: Classify types of diseases; explain the pathogenesis of common diseases; and identify and correlate normal and abnormal radiographic findings.

RADR 2240 Sectional Anatomy for Medical Imaging
  • Course Description: Anatomic relationships that are present under various sectional orientations as depicted by computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging.
  • Learning Outcomes: Differentiate the various planar orientations used in medical imaging; and identify anatomic structures viewed on medical images.

RADR 2335 Radiologic Technology Seminar
  • Course Description: A capstone course focusing on the synthesis of professional knowledge, skills, and attitudes in preparation for professional employment and lifelong learning.
  • Learning Outcomes: Synthesize professional knowledge, skills, and attitudes; demonstrate entry level competencies for professional employment; and demonstrate skills for lifelong learning.

RADR 2367 Practicum Radiologic Technology
  • Course Description: Practical, general workplace training supported by an individualized learning plan developed by the employer, college, and student.
  • Learning Outcomes: As outlined in the learning plan, Apply the theory, concepts, and skills involving specialized materials, tools, equipment, procedures, regulations, laws, and interactions within and among political, economic, environmental, social, and legal systems associated with the occupation and the business/industry and will demonstrate legal and ethical behavior, safety practices, interpersonal and teamwork skills, and appropriate written and verbal communication skills using the terminology of the occupation and the business/industry.

Contact Us

For questions or additional information regarding this program, please contact the Program Director:

          Kirk Peterson, BSRT, MA 
          Program Director - Radiology Technology
          (325) 481-8371, ext. 3433
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Expenses

Radiologic Technology Expenses By Semester (Estimate)

Fall Semester I

  • College tuition/Student fees for 12.0 hours---$1,654.00
  • Radiologic Technology Textbooks---$700.00
  • Uniform---Scrubs red top/black bottoms---$60.00+ per set

Spring Semester I

  • College tuition/Student fees for 14.0 hours---$1,756.00
  • Radiologic Technology Textbooks---$0.00
  • Uniform---Scrubs red top/black bottoms---$60.00+ per set

Summer Semester I

  • College tuition/Student fees for 7.0 hours---$976.00
  • Radiologic Technology Textbooks---$0.00
  • Uniform---Scrubs red top/black bottoms---$60.00+ per set

Fall Semester II

  • College tuition/Student fees for 12.0 hours---$1,502.00
  • Radiologic Technology Textbooks---$220.00
  • Uniform---Scrubs red top/black bottoms---$60.00+ per set

Spring Semester II

  • College tuition/Student fees for 13.0 hours---$1,709.00
  • Radiologic Technology Textbooks---$350.00
  • Uniform---Scrubs red top/black bottoms---$60.00+ per set


NOTE:  Cost per semester are approximate only and are subject to change.  Travel expense is not included.