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Radiologic Technology

Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)


Description

The Associate Degree 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.

What is a radiographer?

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 Goals Outcomes

    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:

    Outcomes

    a. Students will provide appropriate patient care

    b. Students will be able to perform practice proper radiation safety

    c. Students will be able to produce and critique radiographs for quality

    d. Students will express satisfaction with educational experience

    e. Employers will express satisfaction with graduates

    2. Students will demonstrate acceptable problem solving skills.

    Outcomes

    a. Students will be able to identify a medical emergency

    b. Students will be able to adapt standard radiographic practices to varying clinical situations

    c. Students will be able to recommend corrective action for sub-optimal radiographs

    3. Students will communicate effectively with peers, medical staff, and patients.

    Outcomes

    a. Students will be able to explain radiologic procedures

    b. Students will be able to obtain accurate patient history or assessment

    c. Students will be able to prepare written critiques of radiographs

    Students will demonstrate professional behavior and attitudes.

    Outcomes

    a. Students will demonstrate professional appearance and conduct

    b. Students will demonstrate assumed clinical duties and assignments

    c. Students will be able to write a summary plan of professional continuing education

    d. Students will demonstrate appropriate punctuality and reliability in clinical attendance

  • Prerequisites

    Only those students who have completed or are enrolled in the following courses by the April 1 deadline will be considered for admission:

    Courses
    Hours
    One of the following:

    CS 1013 Introduction to Computers
    CIT 1503 Microcomputer Applications

    3
    ENG 1003 Composition I 3
    ENG 1013 Composition II 3
    One of the following:

    HIST 2763 United States History To 1876
    HIST 2773 United States History From 1876
    POSC 2103 Introduction To American Government

    3
    One of the following:

    MATH 1023 College Algebra *
    Higher Level Math Course

    3
    Both of the following:
    BIO 2203 Human Anatomy & Physiology I *
    BIO 2201 Lab For Human Anatomy & Physiology *
    4
    PSY 2013 Introduction to Psychology 3
    HP 2013 Medical Terminology 3
    Total AAS General Education Courses 25
    * grade of "C" or better is required

    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 >>  


    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.

    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:

    • Sufficient eyesight to observe teaching methods and patients, manipulate equipment and accessories, and evaluate radiographs for quality.
    • Sufficient hearing to communicate effectively with members of the healthcare team and patients and hear various patient, equipment and background sounds.
    • 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.
    • Satisfactory intellectual and emotional functions to ensure patient safety and to exercise independent judgment in the performance of assigned responsibilities in stressful situations.
    • Satisfactory verbal, written, and reading skills to effectively and promptly communicate in English.
    • The ability to work collaboratively and demonstrate ethical behaviors with all members of the healthcare team.

    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.

  • Application 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:

    Courses
    Hours
    One of the following:

    CS 1013 Introduction to Computers
    CIT 1503 Microcomputer Applications

    3
    ENG 1003 Composition I 3
    ENG 1013 Composition II 3
    One of the following:

    HIST 2763 United States History To 1876
    HIST 2773 United States History From 1876
    POSC 2103 Introduction To American Government

    3
    One of the following:

    MATH 1023 College Algebra *
    Higher Level Math Course

    3
    Both of the following:
    BIO 2203 Human Anatomy & Physiology I *
    BIO 2201 Lab For Human Anatomy & Physiology *
    4
    PSY 2013 Introduction to Psychology 3
    HP 2013 Medical Terminology 3
    Total AAS General Education Courses 25
    * 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) (DO NOT HAVE TRANSCRIPTS
        MAILED DIRECTLY TO THE DEPARTMENT)
    3. Mid-term grades of any AAS-RT Gen. Ed. Requirement currently enrolled in.
    4. Three completed reference evaluations (DO NOT HAVE REFERENCE FORMS SENT DIRECTLY
        TO THE DEPARTMENT)

    • 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!

  • Selective Admission Process

    Criteria

    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

    EXPENSES

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

    • 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.
    • Students are assessed an annual fee of $120 to cover the cost of radiation exposure monitoring devices.
    • >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.
    • 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.
    • Students are required to purchase names badges and personalized radiographic markers. This a nominal, one-time fee of $50.
    • CPR certification is required. Some classes are free, while others may charge a nominal fee.
    • 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.
    • Students must provide their own transportation to the clinical affiliates. When determining educational costs consideration should be given to this additional expense.
  • Clinical Education

    Clinical Rotation

    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.

    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.

    Verified Credentials

    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:

    Start your background check >>


    Background Check Results

    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

    Appealing Your Results

    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.

  • Professional Organizations
  • PROGRAM EFFECTIVENESS DATA

    DATA

     Five year average credentialing examination (ARRT Radiography Exam) pass rate of not less than 75% at first attempt within 6 months of graduation.

     

    Year Percent passing on 1st attempt Number of students
    2009 100% 26 out of 26 passed on 1st attempt 
    2010 95% 35 out of 37 passed on 1st attempt 
    2011 97% 36 out of 37 passed on 1st attempt 
    2012 94% 35 out of 37 passed on 1st attempt 
    2013 90% 31 out of 33 passed on 1st attempt 
    5 year avg 96%  

     

    Five year average job placement rate of not less than 75% within 12 months of graduation.

     

    Year Percent job placement Number of students
    2009 100% 26 of 26 found employment within 6 months
    2010 100% 36 of 37 found employment within 6 months
    2011 95% 35 of 37 found employment within 6 months
    2012 98% 36 of 37 found employment within 6 months
    2013 94% 31 of 33 found employment within 6 months
    5 year avg 97%  

     

    Program Completion Rate – number of graduates divided by initial number in cohort.

     

    Year Percent completion Number of Students
    2009 93% 28 out of 30 completed program
    2010 95% 35 out of 37 completed program
    2011 97% 36 out of 37 completed program
    2012 95% 35 out of 37 completed program
    2013 94% 33 out of 35 completed program
    5 year avg 95%  

     

    For more information regarding program effectiveness data visit the JRCERT website at  www.jrcert.org


This program is accredited by:

JRCERT LogoThe Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 N. Wacker Dr., Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
(312) 704-5300
(312) 704-5304 fax
mail@jrcert.org

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