RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGY

Spencerian - Louisville

A Radiologic Technology Associate of Applied Science Degree will show you how to administer ionizing radiation.

The mission of the Radiologic Technology program is to provide a progressive academic and clinical educational environment by training students to become highly competent and qualified to administer ionizing radiation for medical diagnostic imaging purposes while preparing them for future licensing examination. You may find employment at hospitals, clinics and physician’s offices, or you may work as a travel technologist. Our program can be completed in 24 months for students taking our day classes.

Spencerian College has two energized labs, which include a digital lab with Picture Archiving and Communication System (P.A.C.S.). This allows you to check images you have captured for the views requested. Also, you’ll complete clinical rotations at a variety of sites, so you will experience several types of settings, including rotations in trauma, pediatrics and surgery.

What is a Radiologic Technologist?

Find out more information about program successes in graduation rates, placement rates and occupations for this program.

Overview

Courses
Class Title Credit Hours
110 College Success Strategies 2
121+ English I 4
122+ English II 4
151+ College Mathematics 4
171 Medical Law & Ethics 4
172 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
173 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
176 Medical Terminology 4
211 Health & Safety Techniques 3
245 Career Development 2
293+ Personal Psychology 4
RAD100 Introduction to Radiography 4
RAD102 Introduction to Radiographic Clinical Topics 3
RAD121 Radiographic Positioning I 6
RAD131 Radiographic Positioning II 3
RT122*# Radiographic Clinical I 3
RT132*# Radiographic Clinical II 3
RT133 Advanced Radiographic Positioning 3
RT141 Radiographic Imaging I 4
RT142* Radiographic Clinical III 3
RT144 Patient Care & Education 4
RT251 Radiographic Imaging II 4
RT252* Advanced Radiographic Clinical I 8
RT253 Radiation Physics 4
RT254 Radiation Protection & Biology 4
RT261 Radiographic Pathology 3
RT262* Advanced Radiographic Clinical II 8
RT263 Advanced Topics & Current Trends in Imaging 4
RT271 Radiographic Image Critique 4
RT272* Advanced Radiographic Clinical III 8
RT282* Advanced Radiographic Clinical IV 7
RT283 Radiographic Registry Review 3
Total Credit Hours
132

+General education course

*The clinical requirement consists of 1200 hours for the RTA program. Students may not receive payment/reimbursement of any type for clinical and/or externship hours required in their academic program. Students may also not perform these clinical and/or externship hours with their employer in the capacity of their regular position. Clinical rotations may be up to 90 miles away from the college campus. Clinical experiences will include 1st, 2nd and 3rd shift and some weekends.

#Not required if LMR300 and LMR301 have been taken

Objectives

Goals and Outcomes

1. Students will demonstrate effective communication skills.

  • Student will demonstrate effective communication with patients.
  • Student will demonstrate effective written communication.
  • Student will demonstrate effective verbal communication skills.

2. Students will demonstrate effective problem solving and critical thinking skills.

  • Student will demonstrate the ability to accommodate non-routine patients.

3. Students will demonstrate professional development and growth.

  • Student will acquire the values and ethics as outlined in the Code of Ethics for radiographers.
  • Students will know HIPAA requirements
  • Students will remain current with in the ARRT Standards of Continuing Education

4. The program will effectively meet the needs of the student and the community.

  • Graduates will pass the ARRT examination
  • Graduates will obtain employment in the field.
  • Gradates will indicate overall satisfaction with the program.
  • Employers will indicate overall satisfaction with graduate’s performance.
  • Students will complete the program in the specified duration of the program.

5. Students will demonstrate clinical competency.

  • Students will be able to evaluate images.
  • Students will provide appropriate patient care.
  • Students will practice appropriate radiation safety precautions for the patient and self.
  • Students will position patients to yield diagnostic images.

What is taught in this program?

You will learn:

  • Radiation protection
  • Patient care
  • Venipuncture
  • Pathology
  • Image acquisition and evaluation
  • An overview of computers and special modalities
  • Equipment operation and quality control
  • Positioning
Highlights

What is the most important or unique thing about this program?

Spencerian College has three energized labs which include a digital lab with P.A.C.s- Picture Archiving and Communication System. This allows the students to check images they have captured for the views requested. Students complete clinical rotations at a variety of sites, so they experience several types of settings, including rotations in trauma, pediatrics, and surgery.

Who would this program appeal to?

This program would appeal to you if you have a sensitivity to the needs and feelings of others in a medical setting. There must be an interest in science, especially anatomy, physiology and physics. Additionally, if you are someone who is detail oriented, dependable and handles stress well this may be the program for you.

Class and Clinical Rotation Schedule

  • Classes are scheduled Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
  • Clinical rotation will include evenings, second & third shift
  • All students must complete a mandatory two-week-end trauma rotation at the University of Louisville Hospital during the program. This trauma rotation is on weekend shifts from 11:00 pm to 7:00 am
  • There is a five week 2nd shift rotation which is from 3:00 pm until 11:00 pm occurring in the 6th quarter at various clinical sites.
  • There will be a three week rotation 2nd shift rotation at the University of Louisville Hospital
  • Clinical rotations may be up to 90 miles away from the college campus. (No special arrangements can be made for clinical assignments. All students are required to have adequate transportation to and from clinical sites.)
  • Clinical schedules will be as follows (this schedule is subject to change):
    • 2nd – 4th quarter one day per week
    • 5th -8th quarter three days a week
Programmatic Accreditation

Programmatic Accreditation

The Radiologic Technology A.A.S. program at Spencerian College is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

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Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
(312) 704-5300 – office
mail@jrcert.org
www.jrcert.org

Program Effectiveness Data

All data is collected from January 1st to December 31st

Five-Year Credentialing Examination Pass Rate (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Radiography Examination) pass rate of not less than 75 percent at first attempt with in six months of graduation.

The following placement rates are calculated using JRCERT criteria. Job placement rate is defined as the number of graduates employed in the radiologic sciences compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in the radiologic sciences. The JRCERT has defined not actively seeking employment as: 1) graduate fails to communicate with program officials regarding employment status after multiple attempts, 2) graduate is unwilling to seek employment that requires relocation, 3) graduate is unwilling to accept employment due to salary or hours, 4) graduate is on active military duty, and/or 5) graduate is continuing education.

YEAR Percent passing on 1st attempt Number of students
2011 100% 23 of 23 students passed on 1st attempt
2012 100% 32 of 32 students passed on 1st attempt
2013 100% 31 of 31 students passed on 1st attempt
2014 95% 18 of 19students passed on 1st attempt
2015 93% 13 of 14 students passed on 1st attempt
5 year average 2011-2015 97.6%

Five-Year Average Job Placement Rate of not less than 75 percent with in twelve months of graduation.

Year Percent Job Placement Number of Students
2011 96% 22 of 23
2012 87.5% 28 of 32
2013 97% 32 of 33
2014 95% 20 of 21
2015 93% 13 of 14
5 year average 94%

*Program Completion Rate (calculated annually) – The number of students who complete the program within a cohort compared to the number who enrolled in the cohort initially.
Spencerian College accepts students into the Radiologic Technology program four times per year. The numbers below reflect the number of students enrolled in the program during a full academic year (January 1 through December 31) and the number of students from those four cohorts who eventually completed the program.

Year * Program Completion Rate Number of Students in cohort
2011 64% 42 began, 27 graduated
2012 68% 40 began, 25 graduated (3 removed from cohort)
2013 74% 42 began, 31 graduated
2014 69% 29 began, 20 graduated (1 removed from cohort)
2015 70% 22 began, 16 graduated (6 removed from cohort)
5 year average 69%

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