Medical imaging is changing daily and the need for qualified RTs is growing. Employment openings are projected to be high; a handful of employers indicate that they have not been able to hire enough radiographers (careeroverview.com). Doctors’ offices and diagnostic imaging centers are expected to create an increasing number of jobs, with hospitals continuing to be the largest employers of radiographers and imaging technologists. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the need for RTs is expected to grow by 21%, the median salary for a typical RT in the United States is $55,910 (2014 Occupational Outlook Handbook, US Department of Labor). Actual salaries and employment opportunities may vary depending upon geographic location, market employment trends by local area, employer size, employee experience, and employee credentials. Prospective students should research the local employment opportunities as a part of their decision-making processes.
The Department of Medical Imaging Technology offers a blended Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to sit for the credentialing examinations for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). The radiologic technologist is able to practice in a variety of radiologic settings after graduation to include hospitals and imaging centers. The Department of Medical Imaging Technology is committed to quality education using the guidelines set forth by the code of ethics for the profession of radiologic technologist.
The Radiologic Technology Program is five semesters in length. It is a full time program and the core radiologic technology classes are held during the day -- five days a week. The first semester of general education courses are all online. There are a total of 1,008 clinical hours, in which students train at a variety of clinical education settings. These clinical settings include hospitals and outpatient medical imaging clinics, where students are exposed to and trained to perform imaging studies on outpatients, inpatients, surgical patients, trauma and fluoroscopic exams.
The program currently has clinical sites in the immediate San Antonio area and out of area sites. Students should have reliable transportation, because of possible assignment to any clinical location. We can only accept the number of students that can be safely accommodated at the clinical sites that are available to us. The clinical coordinator places students at clinical sites based on the types of procedures being taught. Students will attend between five and seven hours per day, two to three days per week for the clinical practicum, in which the clinical day begins at 8:00am. Students will attend clinical on the opposite days of their didactic course days. Working while attending the Radiologic Technology Program is extremely challenging for most students. It is highly recommended that work be limited to 20 hours per week because of the time commitment required for classes, virtual lab, clinical, study and preparation.
The mission of the Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology program is to prepare the professional health care provider for the role as a radiologic technologist through the clinical application of theory and utilization of patient safety principles.
Goal 1: Students will be clinically competent, entry-level registry-eligible radiologic technologists.
-Students will apply positioning skills
-Students will select appropriate technical factors
Goal 2: Students will communicate effectively.
-Students will use effective oral communication skills
-Students will practice written communication skills
Goal 3: Students will demonstrate critical thinking.
-Students will analyze images
-Students will be able to handle difficult situations in trauma
or pediatric settings
-Students will be able to handle difficult situations in a
Goal 4: Students will model professionalism.
-Students will demonstrate professional behavior
-Students will demonstrate professionalism with patients
-Students will demonstrate professional and ethical behavior