In accordance with the mission of University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College, the Radiologic Technology program is designed to prepare students to be competent entry-level radiographers and to contribute to the healthcare team.
The Radiologic Technology (RAD) program’s curriculum prepares students to enter the workforce as entry-level radiographers. Graduates will earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Radiologic Technology and will be eligible to apply for the National Certification Examination in Radiology through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
Radiographers are individuals who are educated about delivering ionizing radiation. Radiographers are responsible for evaluating radiographs, applying radiation safety standards at all times, and administering contrast agents for better imaging. Radiographers also provide patient education and support, and must possess a high level of interpersonal skills. Radiographers are employed by hospitals, clinics, mobile imaging units, urgent care centers, or diagnostic imaging centers.
Radiologic Technology Program Goals & Outcomes
GOAL 1: Students will demonstrate clinical competence.
Outcome 1: Students will position patients correctly.
Outcome 2: Students will demonstrate radiation safety practices.
GOAL 2: Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills.
Outcome 1: Students will demonstrate the ability to modify routine imagingprinciples for nonroutine/trauma patients.
Outcome 2: Students will identify how changes in technical factors affect radiographic qualities.
GOAL 3: Students will demonstrate effective communication skills.
Outcome 1: Students will demonstrate written skills.
Outcome 2: Students will demonstrate verbal skills.
GOAL 4: Students will demonstrate professionalism.
Outcome 1: Students will demonstrate good attendance practices at the clinical sites.
Outcome 2: Students will demonstrate good work ethic.
The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Radiologic Technology program at the University or Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The program’s current length of accreditation is 8 years.
Contact Information: JRCERT 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850 Chicago, IL 60606-3182 312-704-5300 www.jrcert.org email@example.com
Program Effectiveness Data
As part of the Radiologic Technology Program’s accountability to communities of interest, Rio publishes the following program effectiveness data to ensure program transparency.
The Radiologic Technology program has many requirements and is very competitive. Please view the University of Rio Grande Catalog for more information on acceptance into the Radiologic Technology program, or view our Radiologic Technology FACT Sheet for a brief overview of the program and its requirements; along with a suggested curriculum.
Admission Requirements and Procedures
- Vision Capabilities: Normal or corrected refraction within the range of 20/20 to 20/60, distinguish between color shades.
- Hearing Capabilities: Posses normal or corrected hearing abilities within 0-45 decibel range.
- Motor Capabilities: Maneuver large radiographic equipment weighing between 100-150 lbs. without assistance. Lift a minimum of 25 lbs. without assistance using proper body mechanics. Assist in lifting patients using proper body mechanics. Stand for extended periods of time. Walk without assistance long distances maneuvering radiographic equipment or transporting patients.
- Language Capabilities: Communicate verbally with patient, patient families, coworkers, and other medical personnel.
- Mental Capabilities: Think and act quickly to emergencies. Cope with stress. Comprehend daily work activities.
- Other: Pass drug/alcohol testing and required BCI & FBI background checks.
- High school or college cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher. High school or College Credit Plus seniors may apply without attending a year of college first. All other College Credit Plus students are ineligible.
- Students with GEDs must successfully complete 24 credit hours as a full-time student or successfully complete 24 credit hours in consecutive semesters (excluding summers) of general courses required in the RAD program.
- The college cumulative GPA will be used in place of the high school cumulative GPA for all students who have attended college for a minimum of 12 credit hours.*
- ACT composite score of 20 or higher.
- Completed one unit each of high school biology I, algebra I, chemistry I, and physics I, physical science, or college-level equivalents and earned a minimum grade of “C” in each course. If you have taken more than 1 unit of high school biology I, algebra I, chemistry I, and physics I, physical science, or college level equivalents, the last completed unit score or final score in those subjects must be a minimum grade of “C”.
- Successful completion of AHC 10101 – Introduction to Allied Health Professions. This is waived for entering high school seniors, College Credit Plus seniors, and transfer students accepted into the program. All current Rio students must have completed or be currently enrolled in the course and earned a minimum grade of “C”.
- Developmental courses (if needed) in English, writing, and math must be completed before admission into the program.
- The student must earn a minimum of a “C” or better in Introduction to Probability & Statistics, Principles of Human Anatomy & Physiology I, Pharmacology & The Human Body, Sectional Anatomy and/ or Standards for Patient Care if enrolled in these courses.
- Any required and/or prerequisite courses in progress have to be completed with a minimum grade of a “C” by the end of spring semester to be eligible.
General Requirements and Procedures
- Prospective applicants to the program should begin by applying for general admission/acceptance status to Rio Grande, which can be done by completing an application or by logging onto www.rio.edu and completing the online admissions application. There is no admissions fee for applying online.
- Identify your “intended major field of study” as Allied Health – Associate Degree (2 years).
- It is the student’s responsibility to send an official copy of his/her high school and/or college transcript(s)and ACT scores to Rio Grande.
- Students must take the University Placement Test once accepted to Rio Grande.
- Students must meet all Rio Grande admission requirements.
- Students must be admitted to Rio Grande by April 1 to be considered for RAD program admission.
RAD Admission Requirements and Procedures
- Complete and submit the School of Health & Behavioral Sciences Radiologic Technology Program (RAD) Application by April 1 of the year you are seeking fall admission. School of Health & Behavioral Sciences RAD Application will be accepted from January 1 until April, 1.
- Submit a second set of official copies of high school transcripts that include grades from 1st grading period of senior year and/or college transcripts, including transcripts from Rio Grande and ACT scores to the RAD Program Director by April 1 of the year seeking fall admission to be considered. If you have attended college for a minimum of 12 credit hours, you are required to submit your college transcripts. Failure to submit your college transcripts will render your application ineligible.
- RAD applications are good for one year only. After students are selected for the next academic year, all applications will be discarded. Students not accepted into the program must reapply each year.
- No application will be considered without complete documentation.
Applicants will be scored based on cumulative GPA and ACT scores or life experience, prior college experience, GXMO license, and Allied Health Degree or certification points which count for 50% of the admission criteria, based on the following point system. This is an objective scoring process.
4.0 = 10
3.8 = 9
3.5 = 8
3.2 = 7
3.0 = 6
2.8 = 5
2.5 = 4
High School GPA (Cumulative):
4.0 = 8
3.8 = 7
3.5 = 6
3.2 = 5
3.0 = 4
2.8 = 3
2.5 = 2
30+ = 10
29-28 = 9
27-26 = 8
25-24 = 7
23-22 = 6
21 = 5
20 = 4
As a full time student, an applicant will be awarded points for successfully completing and earning a minimum of a “C” in general courses required in RAD program. This also includes college work completed under College Credit Plus 12 credit hours = 1 point 24+ credit hours = 2 points
General X-ray Machine Operator’s License
An applicant who has a general x-ray machine operator’s license and has a minimum of one year of full-time work experience as a GXMO will be awarded 1.5 points. Application to program must include GXMO license number and signature of employer for verification.
Allied Health Certification or Degree
An applicant who has a certification or degree in an Allied Health area or a minimum of 3 years full-time work experience in an Allied Health field will be awarded .5 point. Application to the program must include copy of degree and/ or certification and signature of employer for verification.
Meeting all of the above requirements does not mean automatic admission/acceptance into the program nor does it guarantee an interview.
Applicants with the higher scores will be scheduled for an interview, which will count for 50% of the admission criteria. The interview process will consist of a selection committee who will interview and rank these applicants. The selection committee’s decision is based upon the submitted academics achievements and who is most likely to succeed in the program. This is a subjective scoring process.
After the interview process, applicants will be selected for the Radiologic Technology program. Applicants not initially selected for admission will be encouraged to enroll in Allied Health courses designed to prepare them to re-apply for possible enrollment at a later date.
Students selected for the Radiologic Technology program must, prior to the beginning of classes:
- Observe in an Imaging Department at least six (6) contact hours. Documentation and submission of the approved Observation Validation Form is required. This requirement may be waived at the Program Director’s discretion.
- Submit a completed Physical Examination & Medical History Form.
- Submit complete childhood immunization and booster records.
- Submit proof of varicella zoster live-virus vaccine or reliable history of varicella (chicken pox) or serologic evidence of immunity.
- Submit proof of receiving Hepatitis B vaccine series.
- Submit a copy of current CPR certification. Students are responsible for CPR certification fee.
- Maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA.
Drug & Alcohol Testing
Students in the RAD program are subject to random drug and/or alcohol testing. Students are responsible for testing fee. The student must pass random drug/alcohol test.
BCI and FBI Background Checks
Students in the RAD program are subject to BCI and FBI background checks. Students are responsible for background check fees. The student must receive a BCI & FBI background checks with clear results.
Associate of Applied Science-Radiologic Technology (93203)
|AHC 10202 Standards of Patient Care**||2|
|AHC 22403 Pharmacology and the Human Body||3|
|RAD 11204 Radiographic Positioning and Imaging Procedures II||4|
|RAD 11304 Imaging and Processing I||4|
|RAD 11502 Clinical Education I||2|
|RAD 21102 Radiographic Positioning and Imaging Procedures III||2|
|RAD 21204 Clinical Education II||4|
|Total hours need to graduate||67|
* Placement determined by placement testing.
**Students must take Rad Tech section of AHC 10202.
The clinical education courses are conducted at a variety of hospitals, clinics, and diagnostic imaging centers within a 60-mile radius of the University to provide the student with a better overall understanding of the diversity of work that occurs in imaging departments. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the various clinical education sites. Clinical Education is scheduled from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on the following days:
Spring: Monday, Wednesday
Summer: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
Fall: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
Spring: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
The student will not be schedule for more than 40 hours per week, which includes classes and clinical education rotations. In addition, for the safety of the students and patients, not more than ten clinical hours shall be schedule in any one day. Hours exceeding these limitation must be voluntary on the student’s part.
Students are responsible for fees associated with the cost of computer-based clinical grading and record keeping.
- Meet all Rio Grande graduation requirements.
- Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
- Earn a minimum of a “C” in each RAD course.
- Complete all General Education courses.
- The student must successfully complete all credit hours in order to graduate.
- Complete all ARRT competencies.
- Return all personnel radiation monitors or submit a Badge Replacement Form.
A student will be ineligible to graduate from the Radiologic Technology Program and ineligible to take the National Certification Examination in Radiology through the American Registry of Radiologic Technology until all course requirements have been satisfied.
Failure to meet any, but not limited to, the above Radiographic academic requirements will result in the student’s dismissal from the program. The student may be eligible to reapply to the program the next calendar year.