Radiologic Technology

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Radiologic Technology is a full-time program providing educational activities preparing its graduates for certification, licensure, and employment as radiographers in the healthcare community. Graduates may also advance in their profession by pursuing continuing education, additional certifications, or a bachelor's and/or master's degree in a related field.

Radiologic technologists are the health care professionals who use medical imaging equipment to perform x-ray examinations in a variety of settings including, but not limited to, hospitals, physician's offices, clinics, medical imaging centers, surgical centers, and mobile imaging agencies. Technologists work in collaboration with other medical professionals to ensure high quality outcomes for the patient experience.

The Radiologic Technology program is an intensive, rigorous course of study with hands-on clinical experiences. Students will perform patient care and are educated in anatomy, physiology, math, physics, patient positioning, examination techniques, equipment protocols, radiation safety, and radiation protection. Students in the program will be exposed to blood-borne pathogens and infectious diseases.

The Radiologic Technology program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) and graduates are eligible to apply for admission to the certification exam administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Visit www.jrcert.org for more information. Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850 Chicago, IL 60606-3182 Phone: (312) 704-5300 | Fax: (312) 704-5304 | mail@jrcert.org | www.jrcert.org.

Details

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Field of Interest
Health Sciences
Type
Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Radiologic Technology (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
3582
Total Credits Required
84-93.5
Catalog Year
2022-2023
Effective term
Fall 2022
Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

Students must complete the following general education and introductory courses with a 3.0 GPA to be added to the queue of those waiting for an available cohort space to begin the core curriculum: BIO201, BIO202, (COM100 or COM110 or COM230), (CRE101 or equivalent by assessment), (ENG101 or ENG107), (ENG102 or ENG108), any approved general education course in the Social-Behavioral Sciences area, any approved general education course in the Humanities, Arts, and Design area, (MAT15+ or any approved general education course in the Mathematics area for which MAT15+ is a prerequisite).

After acceptance into the program and before the start of required courses in the Fall semester, students must complete the following courses in the Spring:

+ RAD100 Introduction to Radiologic Science and Health Care 3
+ RAD101 Ethics and Law in the Radiologic Sciences 1

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Demonstrate accurate radiographic positioning.
  2. Use effective judgement to administer radiation safely.
  3. Demonstrate effective interpersonal communication skills in a dynamic health care environment.
  4. Use writing skills in accordance with the professional conventions within the field.
  5. Evaluate scholarly resources to support evidence-based practice.
  6. Adjust to changes in situations and patient conditions that deviate from the normal routine.
  7. Collaborate effectively with diverse individuals.
  8. Demonstrate self-efficacy to inform their professional practice.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this degree. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer
Admission Criteria

1. Formal application and admission to the program.
2. Background check requirements: Admission to an Allied Health program requires that students be in compliance with the Maricopa County Community College District Background Check Standards. Upon conditional program enrollment, the student must comply with all requirements of the MCCCD Background Check Policy.
3. Clinical Health and Safety Requirements must be met prior to enrollment in any program of study course. Upon conditional program enrollment, the student must comply with all requirements of the MCCCD Clinical Health and Safety Policy and drug testing protocols.
4. Inability to comply with background check requirements and/or clinical health and safety requirements at the start of classes may result in cancellation of enrollment.
5. There are limited spaces available in the Radiologic Technology program. Only students who have completed all of the general education courses noted above may have their name added to the queue of those waiting for an available space in a cohort.

Prerequisite

The general education courses listed in Terms 1, 2, and 3 must be completed before students are eligible to apply to the program and be placed in the Radiologic Technology queue. Students must earn a GPA of 3.0 or better in these general education courses required by the program.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include FYE101 and FYE103. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Fall Semester (Term 1)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 1)
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BIO201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I Critical course SG 4
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Small Group Communication SB 3
SB Social & Behavioral Sciences SB 3
FYE101 or
FYE103
Introduction to College, Career and Personal Success or Exploration of College, Career and Personal Success 1–3
After acceptance into the program and before the start of required courses in the Fall semester, students must complete the following courses in the Spring:

Spring Semester (Term 2)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Spring Semester (Term 2)
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BIO202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II Critical course SG 4
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking L 0–3
MAT150 or
MAT151 or
MAT152 or
MAT155 or
MAT156
College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions with Review or College Algebra/Functions with Review OR Any approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area for which MAT15+ is a prerequisite (3-6) MA 3–6
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3

Fall Semester (Term 3)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 3)
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
RAD100 Introduction to Radiologic Science and Health Care Gateway course 3
RAD101 Ethics and Law in the Radiologic Sciences 1
RAD102 Structured Diagnostic Medical Imaging Skills Enhancement I 1
RAD103 Radiation Protection in Radiologic Technology 2
RAD104 Imaging Equipment 2
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design HU 3
HCC/RES109 CPR for Health Care Provider Students must maintain a current CPR Certification throughout the program. Specific requirements for this certification will be shared as part of the program orientation. 0–0.5

Spring Semester (Term 4)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Spring Semester (Term 4)
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
RAD105 Radiation Production and Principles of Exposure 2.5
RAD106 Patient Care in Radiologic Sciences I 2.5
RAD107 Radiographic Procedures I Critical course 3
RAD109 Radiography Practicum I Critical course 3.5
RAD112 Structured Diagnostic Medical Imaging Skills Enhancement II 1

Fall Semester (Term 5)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 5)
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
RAD114 Digital Image Acquisition and Display I 2
RAD116 Patient Care in Radiologic Sciences II 2.5
RAD117 Radiographic Procedures II 3
RAD119 Radiography Practicum II Critical course 6

Spring Semester (Term 6)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Spring Semester (Term 6)
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
RAD203 Radiation Biology 2
RAD206 Pharmacology and Venipuncture 1
RAD207 Radiographic Procedures III 3
RAD208 Image Analysis I 1
RAD209 Radiography Practicum III 5

Fall Semester (Term 7)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 7)
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
RAD212 Structured Diagnostic Medical Imaging Skills Enhancement III 1
RAD214 Digital Image Acquisition and Display II 2
RAD217 Radiographic Pathology and Additional Modalities 2
RAD218 Image Analysis II 1
RAD219 Radiography Practicum IV 5
ICE/DMI/DMS220 or
ICE250
Sectional Anatomy or Mammography Optional course. Speak to the Program Director for more information. 0–3
DMI/ICE223 or
ICE233
Introduction to Computed Tomography or Fundamentals of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Optional course. Speak to the Program Director for more information. 0–1
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Applied Science in Radiologic Technology (https://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=171339).


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