Radiologic Technology

DEGREE LEVELS


Radiologic Technology AAS

Radiologic Technology is a dynamic healthcare career in which practitioners use X-rays to produce diagnostic medical images for use in the identifying and treating of injuries and diseases. RTs or rad techs, as they’re often called, use an expert knowledge of the human anatomy, patient positioning, radiation safety and protocol and more to do their jobs and serve their patients on a daily basis.

The mission of Trocaire’s Radiologic Technology Program is to provide students with the theoretical foundation, laboratory skills and clinical experiences that will prepare them for entry-level positions in the field of diagnostic radiologic technology. Our graduates are well equipped to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam and are employed all over Western New York in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, ambulatory clinics and orthopedic offices. Graduates can also continue their studies in a bachelor’s degree level program.

Trocaire has an established Radiologic Technology Club expressly for RT students. The club aims to bring together students to promote personal and professional growth, as well as advocate and support the profession. The club also offers RT scholarship money.

Accreditation Information

Trocaire’s Radiologic Technology AAS program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.
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
www.jrcert.org

Program Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • High School Diploma (minimum 85% average) or GED Diploma with a minimum score of 2750.
  • Algebra*, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics
    *The algebra requirement is met when students achieve a score of 58 or above on the algebra section of the ACCUPLACER test. Students who do not achieve a score of 58 or above must take MA097 or an equivalent course.
  • 75 cumulative average with minimum grades of “C” in laboratory sciences for current transfer students.
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certificate is required for clinical experiences.
  • Students applying for programs in the health professions are required to participate in two stages of academic preparedness. Initial admittance to a health science program places a student into a “pre-professional” component.  Admittance into the “professional” component is not guaranteed. Students must meet established academic standards. Students should speak with an admissions counselor or the Program Director prior to registration to ensure they understand all of the academic requirements for advancement in the program of their choice.

Minimum Degree Requirements

  • A total of at least 81 semester hours with a GPA of 2.0. This includes an eight-week summer clinical component following the first year and second years’ course work.
  • General Education:
    • College Seminar (GS100) or College Success (GS102) – minimum C+ grade required
    • Humanities (EN101, EN102)
    • Mathematics (3 credits)
    • Natural Science* (BIO130/130L, BIO131/131L)
    • Philosophy (PH205 and one, 3 credit course)
    • Social Science (PSY101 and one, 3 credit Social Science elective)
  • Program Specific:*
    RT101, RT102/102L, RT103, RT104, RT105, RT106/106L, RT107, RT108, RT109, RT201, RT202, RT203, RT205, RT206, RT207, RT208, RT209, RT210, RT211, BIO209
  • Other Requirements:
    BU132

*A minimum grade of “C” (2.0) is required

  • Anatomy and Physiology I
    3
  • Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory
    1
  • English Composition
    3
    OR
    Advanced Composition
    3
  • College Seminar*
    1
    OR
    College Success*
    3
  • Image Acquisition and Evaluation I
    3
  • Radiographic Procedures I
    2
  • Applied Radiographic Procedures I
    1
  • Patient Care and Management I
    1
  • Clinical Education I
    2

Semester 1

17 /19

  • Anatomy and Physiology II
    3
  • Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory
    1
  • Information Technology I
    3
  • Literature Elective
    3
  • Image Production and Evaluation II
    3
  • Radiographic Procedures II
    2
  • Applied Radiographic Procedures II
    1
  • Patient Care and Management II
    1
  • Clinical Education II
    2

Semester 2

19

  • Applied Radiologic Technology I
    6
    OR
    Clinical Education I
    2

Semester 3

2 /6

  • Mathematics Elective
    3
  • 000
    Philosophy / Religious Studies Elective
    3
  • Radiation Physics and Protection
    3
  • Applied Radiologic Pathology I
    2
  • Clinical Education III
    2
  • Social Science Elective
    3
  • Sectional Anatomy for the Radiographer
    1

Semester 4

17

  • Social Science Elective
    3
  • Ethics in Health Care
    3
  • Equipment Operation and Maintenance I
    2
  • Radiation Biology
    2
  • Advanced Topics for the Radiographer
    2
  • Clinical Education IV
    2

Semester 5

14

  • Applied Radiologic Technology II
    6
    OR
    Clinical Education II
    2

Semester 6

2 /6

Radiologic Technology BS

Radiologic Technology (RT) is a dynamic healthcare career in which practitioners use X-rays to produce diagnostic medical images for use in the identifying and treating of injuries and diseases. RTs or rad techs, as they’re often called, use an expert knowledge of the human anatomy, patient positioning, radiation safety and protocol and more to do their jobs and serve their patients on a daily basis.

Some key diagnostic radiographic procedures, however, cannot be practiced without education beyond the basic two-year degree, which is why the Bachelors of Science in RT is now the preferred degree recommended by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. Examples of these specialized procedures include ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), and nuclear medicine techniques including single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) and positron emission tomography (PET), as well as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Trocaire’s BS in RT degree includes a specialization in CT and is designed in a 2+2 format that allows students who are licensed radiologic technologists possessing an AAS degree in RT with American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification or equivalent can obtain their bachelor’s degree by completing two additional years of study. Courses are offered in an evening/weekend format that allows for RTs to continue working while completing their degree.

The additional education and experience afforded by the BS in RT program extends career opportunities for its graduates beyond the specific RT profession into the broader sphere of biomedical imaging. They will be well prepared for employment as tomographic imaging specialists, radiologic administrators, clinical and basic science researchers and teachers. Bachelor’s-level RT graduates may also decide to further their education in graduate programs at the MS and PhD level in medical physics and medical imaging disciplines.

Program Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • All general admission requirements and policies for non-matriculated students into Trocaire College must be fulfilled. Students should apply first to Trocaire for admission and then matriculate into the BS in RT program as soon as their prerequisite courses, clinical experience and certification are successfully completed.
  • An AAS degree in Radiologic Technology, or successful completion of a hospital-based RT program and required liberal arts coursework, or demonstration of equivalent academic and clinical coursework as determined by the BS in RT Program Director.  All other programs of study that result in ARRT Certification will be subject to the approval of the Program Director and the subsequent completion of all liberal arts and core RT requirements equivalent to Trocaire’s AAS Radiologic Technology program.
  • Current ARRT certification (or proof of temporary New York State License and work permit as a Radiologic Technologist).
  • Current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification (or satisfactory documentation that certification was successfully completed prior to the first clinical practicum).
  • Personal interview with the Program Director is required before formal admission into the program is complete.

Minimum Degree Requirements

  • The core liberal arts requirement for the BS degree consists of 22 credit hours beyond that required for the AAS in RT degree. An additional 30 credit hours at the 300 and 400 level specific to CT and essential medical imaging coursework are also required.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0 (C average) is required for successful completion of the BS in RT with a specialization in CT.

  • Advanced Sectional Anatomy
    3
  • Public Relations Writing
    3
  • History of Technology in Modern Society
    3
  • Physics I
    3
  • Physics I Laboratory
    1

Semester 1

13

  • Pathophysiology
    3
  • Research Methods: Techniques and Designs
    3
  • Computed Tomography (CT) Procedure Protocols
    4
  • Computed Tomography (CT) Physics & Instrumentation
    3

Semester 2

13

  • Concepts of Pharmacology
    3
  • Social Psychology
    3
  • Sectional Anatomy & Imaging Applications
    3
  • Pathology Correlation in Computed Tomography (CT)
    4

Semester 3

13

  • Health Care Law & Compliance
    3
  • Quantitative Research Methods
    3
  • Social / Political Philosophy
    3
  • Advanced Imaging Practicum (Clinical)
    2
  • Advanced Patient Care & Pharmacology
    1
  • Computed Tomography – Capstone Seminar
    1

Semester 4

13