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Radiologic Technology

Employment Outlook

Medical imaging is changing daily and the need for qualified registered technologists (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 17%, the median salary for a typical RT in the United States is $59,520 ( May 2018 BLS). 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 an 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 student will be exposed to situations involving trauma, blood and other bodily fluids. 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 PROGRAM

The Radiologic Technology program is administered through the Department of Medical Imaging Technology. The program curriculum is a 5-semester Associates Degree completion. Upon completion of the program, graduates are registry eligible with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in Radiologic Technology (RT).

DELIVERY OPTIONS

Blended I Delivery

All general education courses and Introduction to Imaging and Patient care are delivered in an online format. All other radiology courses and laboratory are delivered in residential (on campus) format.

Blended II Delivery

All general education and radiology courses are delivered online.  Laboratory is delivered residential (on campus) format.

Laboratory for Both Delivery Options

Three procedure courses (RADR 1311 Basic Radiographic Procedures, RADR 2401 Intermediate Radiographic Procedures, RADR 2431 Advanced Radiographic Procedures) have a required laboratory component that must be physically attended on campus. Your laboratory will be two days a week on campus during each procedures courses. Transportation, food, lodging and any other expenses incurred by the student to attend these labs are the sole responsibility of the student.

Clinical for Both Delivery Options

The clinical practicum occurs within the clinical arena - either at a hospital, outpatient imaging center, or physician's office. The students are required to complete their clinical hours as outlined below:

  1. Clinical I (8 weeks): 144 hours, Mon/Wed/Fri (Hours vary by location. Evenings hours might be assigned.)
  2. Clinical II (16 weeks): 432 hours, Mon/Wed/Fri (Hours vary by location. Evenings hours might be assigned.)
  3. Clinical III (16 weeks): 432 hours, Mon/Wed/Fri (Hours vary by location. Evenings hours might be assigned.)

The clinical days/times are mandatory and the students must arrange their schedules accordingly to ensure attendance as outlined by each course syllabus. The students are scheduled at a certain site by the Clinical Coordinator, and will rotate clinical sites as mandated by the coordinator.

Mission

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.

Goals

Goal 1: Students will be clinically competent, entry-level registry-eligible radiologic technologists.

Student outcomes:

  • Students will apply positioning skills
  • Students will select appropriate technical factors

Goal 2: Students will communicate effectively.

Student outcomes:

  • Students will use effective oral communication skills
  • Students will practice written communication skills

Goal 3: Students will demonstrate critical thinking.

Student outcomes:

  • 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 pediatric setting

Goal 4: Students will model professionalism.

Student outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate professional behavior
  • Students will demonstrate professionalism with patients
  • Students will demonstrate professional and ethical behavior

Student Outcome Assessment Data

Program Effectiveness Data

The following is the most current program effectiveness data for the Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology at Baptist School of Health Professions. Our accreditation agency, the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), defines and publishes this information. Click here to go directly to the JRCERT webpage.

Program Effectiveness Data

Prerequisites:

  • Anatomy & Physiology I
  • College Algebra
  • Medical Terminology

Length: 2 years - Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology


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