Radiologic Technology

DEGREE LEVELS


AAS Associate Program
Division of Health Professions | Medical Imaging

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 several established opportunities for student recognition and career networking including:

  • A 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.
  • Lambda Nu – the National Honor Society for the radiologic and imaging sciences. The Trocaire Chapter, New York Beta, recognizes outstanding students who have demonstrated exemplary scholarship and dedication to their chosen profession.

Applicants to the Radiologic Technology program must be aware that they may be exposed to a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) environment during any clinical rotation. An MRI environment utilizes strong magnetic fields and radiofrequency waves. If an individual has an MRI contraindicated device or metal implanted in or on their body they should not enter the MRI environment. Additional information regarding MRI safety can be found on the internet and at the following web site: www.mrisafety.com.

 

AAS Radiologic Technology Program Format

Time of Program:  Day
Mode of Delivery:  On-site/Seated

 

PROGRAM-LEVEL – STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Program Director:  Jaime White, M.Ed., RT(R)(CT)(ARRT)

Date Updated:  November 2020

Program Mission Statement: Grounded in Mercy and service to community, the Radiologic Technology Program at Trocaire College provides students with the theoretical foundation, laboratory skills, and clinical experiences that enable them to become compassionate and competent entry level radiologic technologists.  Adhering to the positive characteristics and ethics of the profession, Trocaire College students graduate with a dedication to self and others, delivering quality care to culturally diverse patients while continually striving to improve their knowledge of the field.  The program embraces the mission and the operating principles of Trocaire College in presenting a comprehensive education to its students.

All students completing this program are expected to have achieved the following learning objectives:

OBJECTIVE 1:

At the end of the program, the student will demonstrate entry-level clinical competence.

  • The student will produce diagnostic images
  • The student will identify radiation safety measures
  • The student will utilize appropriate medical terminology

OBJECTIVE 2:

At the end of the program, the student will provide competent and compassionate healthcare to culturally diverse populations.

  • The student will demonstrate oral and written communication skills
  • The student will describe how one’s own culture influences healthcare and perspective

OBJECTIVE 3:

At the end of the program, the student will employ critical thinking and problem-solving skills necessary to practice within the radiology profession.

  • The student will analyze images for diagnostic quality and correct for non-diagnostic appearance
  • The student will revise procedure protocol for non-routine (trauma) procedures

OBJECTIVE 4:

At the end of the program, the student will demonstrate professional behaviors.

  • The student will practice the Code of Ethics as set forth by the ARRT
  • The student will identify key professional organizations
  • The student will understand the need for and create a professional development plan

 

Program Effectiveness Data

Accreditation Information

Trocaire’s Radiologic Technology AAS program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology for a period of five years through 2022.

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 STATISTICS

A career in radiologic technology can lead in many directions. Radiologic technologists are needed in every health care setting including hospitals, outpatient clinics or physician’s offices.

A 2015 survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that the National Median salary averaged about $56,670 and about $52,457 for those in the Buffalo, New York area.

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Program Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • High School Diploma (minimum 85% average) or GED Diploma with a minimum score of 2750.
  • One unit each of high school or college Algebra*, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics
  • Transfer students, 2.75 minimum College cumulative GPA
  • Elementary Algebra ACCUPLACER Placement test score of 58.  If the 58 score is not achieved, Math 097 must be taken.
  • 2.75 cumulative average with minimum grades of “C” in laboratory sciences for current transfer students.
  • 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 prior to registration to ensure they understand all of the academic requirements for advancement in the program of their choice.
  • Immunizations/physicals:
  • Updated medical records from within one year of the start of the program, and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certificate are required and are to be submitted prior to attending clinicals.

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, RT207, RT210, RT211, RT 212, BIO209
  • Other Requirements:
    BU132

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

Graduation Requirements:

 

  • Anatomy and Physiology I
    3
  • Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory
    1
  • English 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

  • Clinical Education III
    6

Semester 3

6

  • Mathematics Elective
    3
  • 000
    Philosophy / Religious Studies Elective
    3
  • Radiation Physics and Protection
    3
  • Applied Radiologic Pathology I
    2
  • Clinical Education IV
    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 V
    2

Semester 5

14

  • Clinical Education VI
    6

Semester 6

6