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Radiologic Technology

Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)
Offered By: College of Nursing and Health Professions
Application Deadline: Received in the departmental office by April 1st - 5:00 p.m.

Description

The Radiologic Sciences Programs are administered by the Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences in the College of Nursing and Health Professions. The degrees are designed to produce associate and baccalaureate degree Radiologic Science professionals who are clinically competent, advanced level radiologic sciences practitioners.


The Associate Degree program in radiologic technology includes both classroom instruction and experiences in the clinical setting of the health care institutions in the area. This provides students with opportunities for direct patient care involving those who are sick and injured, as well as those for whom radiologic diagnosis is indicated. The radiographer is a skilled person, qualified by technological education to provide patient services using imaging modalities as directed by physicians. Others are employed as technical advisors and representatives for radiologic equipment and supply manufacturers. The associate degree program may be articulated into any of the BSRS programs.

Mission

The Radiologic Technology Program at Arkansas State University exists to produce competent entry-level radiologic technologists for the practice of radiologic technology.

Goals & Outcomes

    1. Students will be clinically competent.

      Learning outcomes:
      - Students will provide appropriate patient care
      - Students will be able to perform practice proper radiation safety
      - Students will be able to produce and critique radiographs for quality
      - Students will express satisfaction with educational experience
      - Employers will express satisfaction with graduates
    2. Students will demonstrate acceptable problem solving skills.

      Learning outcomes:
      - Students will be able to identify a medical emergency
      - Students will be able to adapt standard radiographic practices to varying clinical situations
      - Students will be able to recommend corrective action for sub-optimal radiographs
    3. Students will communicate effectively with peers, medical staff, and patients.

      Learning outcomes:
      - Students will be able to explain radiologic procedures
      - Students will be able to obtain accurate patient history or assessment
      - Students will be able to prepare written critiques of radiographs
    4. Students will demonstrate professional behavior and attitudes.

      Learning outcomes:
      - Students will demonstrate professional appearance and conduct
      - Students will demonstrate assumed clinical duties and assignments
      - Students will be able to write a summary plan of professional continuing education
      - Students will demonstrate appropriate punctuality and reliability in clinical attendance

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    • Prerequisites

      Only those students who have COMPLETED OR ARE ENROLLED in the following courses by the April 1 deadline will be considered for admission:

      CS 1013 Introduction to Computers OR
      CIT 1503 Microcomputer Applications
      3 hours
      ENG 1003 Composition I 3 hours
      ENG 1013 Composition II 3 hours
      HIST 2763 United States History To 1876 OR
      HIST 2773 United States History From1876 OR
      POSC 2103 Introduction To American Government
      3 hours
      *MATH 1023 College Algebra OR
      Higher Level Math Course
      3 hours
      *BIO 2203 Human Anatomy & Physiology I AND
      *BIO 2201 Lab For Human Anatomy & Physiology
      4 hours
      PSY 2013 Introduction to Psychology 3 hours
      HP 2013 Medical Terminology 3 Hours
      Total AAS General Education Courses 25 hours


      (*a grade of "C" or better is required)

    • Admission Process

      Application Process

      Step 1: Determine that you are eligible for admission to ASU.

      See the ASU Homepage, Undergraduate Admissions.

      Step 2: Complete Radiologic Technology General Education Requirement Courses

      Only those students who have COMPLETED OR ARE ENROLLED in the following courses by the April 1 deadline will be considered for admission:

      CS 1013 Introduction to Computers OR
      CIT 1503 Microcomputer Applications
      3 hours
      ENG 1003 Composition I 3 hours
      ENG 1013 Composition II 3 hours
      HIST 2763 United States History To 1876 OR
      HIST 2773 United States History From1876 OR
      POSC 2103 Introduction To American Government
      3 hours
      *MATH 1023 College Algebra OR
      Higher Level Math Course
      3 hours
      *BIO 2203 Human Anatomy & Physiology I AND
      *BIO 2201 Lab For Human Anatomy & Physiology
      4 hours
      PSY 2013 Introduction to Psychology 3 hours
      HP 2013 Medical Terminology 3 hours
      Total AAS General Education Courses 25 hours


      (*a grade of "C" or better is required)

      Step 3: Determine if you are eligible to apply for the professional program in radiologic technology

      No student will be considered for admission if:

      • Cumulative GPA is below 2.5

        If you do not meet the criteria for admission please do not apply at this time. Talk with your advisor about how best to meet the criteria for admission at a future date.

        If you meet the criteria for admission, submit the application packet prior to the deadline which is April 1 for admission to the First Summer Session.

      Step 4: Download Application and Three Reference Forms

      Step 5: AS ONE PACKET, applicants are to submit:

      1. The completed Application form
      2. Transcripts of all college work (unofficial transcripts are accepted)
      3. Mid-term grades of any AAS-RT Gen. Ed. Requirement currently enrolled in.
      4. Three completed reference evaluations
        - Educational reference
        - Personal reference (no relatives)
        - Professional reference (Employer, co-worker, manager)
      5. The essay - instructions are on the application form

      Application packets may be mailed/submitted to:

      Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences
      College of Nursing and Health Professions - Room 419
      Arkansas State University
      Nursing and Health Professions Building
      P. O. Box 910
      State University, AR 72467-0910

      Application must be in the departmental office by 5 p.m. on April 1!
       

      Application/Reference Forms/Background Check Authorization

      If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact the Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences at (870) 972-3073. We will be happy to assist you.

      The American Registry of Radiology Technologists' Code of Ethics prohibits anyone "convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor" from taking the national boards. If you fit into either category, you should call the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists at 651-687-0048 to request a Pre-Application Review Form. Violations must be cleared by the Registry before an applicant can sit for the boards.

      All admission documents become the property of the Radiologic Technology Program, College of Nursing and Health Professions. Following the meeting of the Admissions Committee all applicants will be notified in writing of the decision of the Admission Committee.

      Applicants who are not admitted but wish to be considered at a later date must file a new application packet prior to April 1 of the year in which admission is sought. No records will be retained for applicants not admitted.



      SELECTIVE ADMISSIONS PROCESS

      Applicants are selected by the Admissions Committee using the following criteria:

      1. Cumulative GPA (Maximum of 56 points possible toward the 149 maximum possible to move on to the interview process)
      2. AAS-RT General Education Requirement grades (see above) (Maximum of 54 points possible toward the 149 maximum possible to move on to the interview process)
      3. Reference evaluations (Maximum of 18 points possible toward the 149 maximum possible to move on to the interview process)
        - Educational reference
        - Personal reference (no relatives)
        - Professional reference (Employer, co-worker, manager)
      4. Graded Essays (Maximum of 12 points possible toward the 149 maximum possible to move on to the interview process)
      5. Students completing AAS-RT General Education Requirement work on the ASU Jonesboro campus will receive 5 points toward the possible 149 interview point total.
      6. Students who are proficient in speaking the Spanish language who can demonstrate their proficiency by completing an evaluation in the foreign languages department will be awarded a maximum of 4 points of the possible 149 maximum interview total.
      7. Interview of top 50 applicants from the scores above.  (Interview maximum of 120 possible added to the 149 point maximum possible above for a maximum of 269 points possible admission total)


    • Additional Information

      Program Information

      The Radiologic Technology Program at Arkansas State University is administered by the Department of Health Professions in the College of Nursing and Health Professions. Currently, the Associate in Applied Science degree is granted upon completion of the required 72 hours.

      Students accepted into the Radiologic Technology Program will complete their professional education in two areas: the class room and the clinical setting. Class room work will occur on the ASU campus, while clinical education will occur in area hospitals and clinics. The professional portion of the curriculum is offered over 23 continuous months of full-time course and clinical work. Upon graduation, students are eligible for the national credentialing examination offered through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.



      English Proficiency Requirements

      The Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences programs and professions require
      a high level of proficiency in English so that all students will be able to fully meet academic and
      clinical objectives as well as meet criteria for professional licensure.

      All foreign born students - learn more about the English Proficiency Requirements >>  
       


      Criminal Background Checks

      Arkansas State University College of Nursing and Health Professions requires background checks for students admitted to professional programs if the screening is required by an affiliate requirement. This is to ensure compliance with agreements between the College and Clinical Facilities.

      Arkansas State University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions works with Verified Credentials, Inc. to establish an acceptable screening procedure. This cost of the background check is between $50 and $100. Applicants who fail to submit a background check will not be eligible to participate in the clinical experience.

      Please follow the directions in the link below for submitting your application to Verified Credentials:

      Verified Credentials

      Upon completion, the results of the background screening will be sent to you via email that will apprise you of the findings as well as your final score of:

      • Red—Convictions or Discrepancy found
      • Yellow—Possible Discrepancy found
      • Green—No Convictions or Discrepancies found

      If any information is found that would negatively affect your eligibility for clinical placement in the Program, you will be given an opportunity to challenge the information through the Adverse Action process associated with Verified Credentials. The clinical site will receive the information concerning any reports that are yellow or red and will determine your eligibility to participate in the clinical experience base on their criteria.



      CLINICAL EDUCATION

      Students accepted into the Radiologic Technology Program will complete their professional education in two areas: the class room and the clinical setting. Class room work will occur on the ASU-Jonesboro campus, while clinical education will occur in area hospitals and clinics as detailed below.

      Classes for new RT students begin in the first summer semester and run for twenty-three consecutive months. During the twenty-three months of the program, RT students participate in a structured rotation sequence through radiology departments in the clinical affiliates. Current clinical sites are in the Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri area.

      Students must provide their own transportation to the clinical affiliates. When determining educational costs consideration should be given to this additional expense.



      Expenses

      In addition to tuition costs, Radiologic Technology students will incur the following expenses:

      1. All students in the College of Nursing & Health Professions must purchase malpractice insurance prior to rotating through clinical sites. The annual cost of this insurance is approximately $40. Information regarding purchase of malpractice insurance may be obtained through the Program Director.
      2. Students are assessed an annual fee of $120 to cover the cost of radiation exposure monitoring devices.
      3. The cost of textbooks will vary each semester, with a majority of the total cost occurring in the first semester of the professional program. Textbook costs for the first semester may be as much as $700. These texts are used throughout the program.
      4. Students will be required to purchase uniforms through the ASU Bookstore. Approximately $250 should be estimated for uniforms in the first year of the program.
      5. Students are required to purchase names badges and personalized radiographic markers. This a nominal, one-time fee of $50.
      6. CPR certification is required. Some classes are free, while others may charge a nominal fee.
      7. The College of Nursing and Health Professions requires background checks for students admitted to the professional programs to ensure compliance between the college and clinical facilities. This is a one-time fee of less than $75.
      8. Students must provide their own transportation to the clinical affiliates. When determining educational costs consideration should be given to this additional expense.


      Technical Standards

      In order to ensure patient safety and welfare, the student must demonstrate "with or without accommodations" in order to successfully complete the program:

      1. Sufficient eyesight to observe teaching methods and patients, manipulate equipment and accessories, and evaluate radiographs for quality.
      2. Sufficient hearing to communicate effectively with members of the healthcare team and patients and hear various patient, equipment and background sounds.
      3. Sufficient gross and fine motor coordination to manipulate equipment and accessories, lift a minimum of fifty (50) pounds, and respond promptly to patient's needs.
      4. Satisfactory intellectual and emotional functions to ensure patient safety and to exercise independent judgment in the performance of assigned responsibilities in stressful situations.
      5. Satisfactory verbal, written, and reading skills to effectively and promptly communicate in English.
      6. The ability to work collaboratively and demonstrate ethical behaviors with all members of the healthcare team.


      Health Requirements

      Immunization & Health Records

      Once accepted into the program students must provide documented evidence of vaccination for Hepatitis-B. Vaccination consists of three separate doses of the vaccine, given at time zero, 1 month, and 6 months. Optimal protection is not conferred until after the third dose. The student must start this series immediately after acceptance to the professional program.

      Students will be required to provide documentation of a physical examination once accepted into the professional program. In addition, pregnancy is of special concern because students are in a clinical radiation environment. The required form will be provided upon accepted into the program.

      Annually, each student will be required to have a TB skin test. Documentation of such must be provided to program officials.



      EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

      Arkansas State University is an equal opportunity institution and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap/disability, or other unlawful factors in employment practices or admission and treatment of students.


      PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

      American Healthcare Radiology Administrators

      American Registry of Radiologic Technologists

      American Society of Radiologic Technologists

      Association of Educators in Radiological Sciences

      Association of Collegiate Educators in Radiologic Technology

      Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology

      National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements

      Radiology Business Management Association

      Society for Cardiovascular Interventional Radiology


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    • Accreditations

      The program is accredited by:
      The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
      20 N. Wacker Dr., Suite 2850
      Chicago, IL 60606-3182
      (312) 704-5300

      For more information contact:

      http://www.jrcert.org/

    • Checksheets & Degree Plans

      Checksheets

      Checksheets list all of the requirements and university obligations for degree completion.

      Degree Plans

      Degree plans suggest a schedule of courses for students to follow as they pursue their degree.