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Radiologic Technology (RADR)

Description

The Radiologic Technology Program (RADR) educates the student for a career as a Radiologic Technologist. Radiologic Technologists use specialized equipment to perform diagnostic procedures on patients. They use X-rays to produce images that aid in diagnosing disease, trauma and physiological malfunction. Radiologic Technologists develop and critique radiographic images. They may assist physicians (Radiologists) who specialize in the use of ionizing radiation to diagnose and treat disease and injury. The student graduating from the RADR Program is awarded an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Radiologic Technology.

Program Mission Statement

The Radiologic Technology Program functions in accordance with the mission statement of Laredo Community College. The Radiography program strives to provide an educational experience that will produce competent entry-level radiographers capable of addressing the needs of the constantly changing and challenging health environment.

Program Goals

Goal #1

Students will be clinically competent.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will apply effective radiographic positioning skills.
  • Students will apply effective patient care and imaging procedures.
  • Students will practice radiation protection.

Goal #2

Students will communicate effectively.

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

Goal #3

Students will employ critical thinking skills.

  • Students will select and demonstrate critical thinking in the clinical setting.
  • Students will manipulate and employ effective radiographic technical factors.
  • Students will apply effective positioning skills and critique radiographs.

Goal #4

Students will evaluate the importance of professionalism.

  • Students will determine the importance of continued professional development.
  • Students will exhibit professional behaviors.

Program Effectiveness/Outcomes

  1. 85% of the program graduates who take the Registry exam will pass the exam on their first attempt as evidenced by the ARRT exam results.
  2. 85% of the graduates who seek employment will find it within six months after completing the program.
  3. 85% of students who enter the program will complete it within 24 months.
  4. 85% of the graduates will evaluate the program as satisfactory as evidenced by the graduate survey.
  5. 85% of the employers surveyed will evaluate the graduate's performance as satisfactory as evidenced by the employer survey.
  6. 85% of the students will evaluate the radiology program as adequate in teaching course content, textbooks, curriculum, in all didactic and clinical classes.

Accreditation and Certification

The Radiologic Technology Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 900, Chicago, Illinois 60606-2901, (312) 704-5400. The program is also accredited by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

The graduate is eligible to take the national certification examination for Radiologic Technology administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT), 1255 Northland Drive, St. Paul, Minnesota 55120-1155, (651) 687-0048. Upon successful completion of this exam, the graduate will be a Registered Radiologic Technologist. The State of Texas further requires that registered radiographers apply for and receive state licensure to practice radiography in Texas.

Application/Admission Process

  1. Follow the application process for the Health Science Programs. Application deadline is the last Thursday in May.
  2. RADR applicant must have completed and passed all prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better before the last Thursday in May (application deadline) of the applied year: BIOL 2301, BIOL 2101 (Anatomy and Physiology I), and BIOL 2302, BIOL 2102 (Anatomy and Physiology II) with a grade of C or better within the past 5 years.
  3. Admission into the RADR Program is based on:
    1. GPA (40%) The student must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or greater and achieve a grade of C or better on all required prerequisite courses.

      A student who has not attended LCC must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or greater from each academic institution attended and a grade of C or better on all prerequisite courses.

    2. PSB (40%) Psychological Service Bureau Health Occupations Aptitude Examination (An examination fee will be charged to the candidate.)
    3. Personal Interview (20%).
  4. The top 20 finalists according to GPA and PSB scores will be considered for the personal interview. The top 12 finalists who score the highest on the three admission criteria (GPA, PSB exam, personal interview) will be accepted for the fall semester.
  5. The applicant will be notified by LCC's official means of communication regarding his/her program admission status.

Acceptance

A student accepted into the RT program must submit the following prior to the first day of class (the student is responsible for all fees associated with these procedures):

  1. A completed Health Sciences Department Immunization Verification form that includes:
    1. Proof of immunizations (Hepatitis A (Recommended), Hepatitis B, MMR, Varicella, Bacterial Meningitis)
    2. TB skin test or chest x-ray (every 2 years)
    3. Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (Tdap) shot (every 10 years)

2. American Heart Association BLS Health Care Provider CPR certification

3. Negative criminal background checks completed through www.certifiedbackground.com and the local sheriff's office. As stated on the Health Sciences Department Application, documentation of a negative criminal background must be submitted to complete the application and admission process.

4. A negative 10-Panel urine drug screen

5. A completed Health Sciences Department Physical Examination Form

6. Influenza vaccine (annually)

7. The Laredo Community College Radiology Program is required to obtain a criminal background record on an annual basis for any student who may be placed in a clinical site that deals with the care of elderly, the care of children, and the care of the client in a mental health facility. All student applicants shall submit a negative background check (should have no criminal record) to be considered eligible for acceptance and continuation in the Radiologic Technology Program.

Progression in the RT Program

Complete all pre-requisite and degree plan courses with a grade of "C" or better. Additional program specific requirements may apply. Refer to the RT Student Handbook.

Withdrawal

A student considering withdrawal from an RT Program course should refer to the RT Student Handbook and make an appointment with the Program Director.

Attendance

The RT Program follows the LCC attendance policy for academic/didactic courses. All clinical education courses require attendance in order to be in compliance with accrediting agencies. Refer to the RT Student Handbook.

Dismissal

The student should refer to the dismissal policies listed in the RT Student Handbook.

For further information about the Radiologic Technology Program contact the Program Director, Oscar Gomez at 721-5262 or by email at ogomez@laredo.edu. The Health Sciences Department is located in the Ruben M. Garcia Allied Health Building, room 109.

Radiologic Technology - Associate of Applied Science

Prerequisite Semester

Credit Hours

BIOL 2301

Anatomy and Physiology I

3

BIOL 2101

Anatomy and Physiology I Lab

1

BIOL 2302

Anatomy and Physiology II

3

BIOL 2102

Anatomy and Physiology II Lab

1

 

 

8

Freshman Year

First Semester

Credit Hours

RADR 1409

Intro to Radiography & Patient Care

4

RADR 1411

Basic Radiographic Procedures

4

RADR 1213

Principles of Rad Imaging I

2

RADR 1360

Clinical-Radiologic Technology

3

 

 

13

Second Semester

Credit Hours

ENGL 1301

Composition I

3

RADR 2401

Intermediate Radiographic Procedures

4

RADR 2309

Radiographic Imaging Equipment

3

RADR 1361

Clinical-Radiologic Technology

3

 

 

13

Summer Session I

Credit Hours

RADR 1362

Clinical-Radiologic Technology

3

 

 

3

Summer Session II

Credit Hours

RADR 1363

Clinical Radiologic Technology

3

 

 

3

Sophomore Year

Third Semester

Credit Hours

RADR 2205

Principles of Radiographic Imaging II

2

RADR 2431

Advanced Radiographic Procedures

4

RADR 2260

Clinical - Radiologic Technology

2

PSYC 2314

Life Span Growth & Dev.

3

 

Elective1 (Humanities/Fine Arts Course)

3

 

 

14

Fourth Semester

Credit Hours

RADR 2217

Radiographic Pathology

2

RADR 2313

Radiation Biology & Protection

3

RADR 22352

Radiographic Tech. Seminar

2

RADR 2363

Clinical - Radiologic Technology

3

 

 

10

Total Minimum Hours

64

NOTE: In order for a Radiologic Technology student to remain in the program, a grade of C or better is required in all the RADR courses. In addition, the R.T. student must maintain a C or better in all courses in the Radiologic Technology curriculum.

1 Must be selected from the Humanities/Fine Arts courses identified by Laredo Community College as satisfying THECB/SACS requirements.

2 Capstone experiences: RADR 2235 is a course taught in the last semester. The learning experiences in this course result in a consolidation of a student's educational experience. Credentialing ARRT(R) Exam. The student will be required to complete a comprehensive examination with a satisfactory score prior to completion of this class.

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