Course Catalog

Radiologic Technology - RT23 Degree


Purpose: The Radiologic Technology Associates Degree program prepares students to enter the field as entry-level radiographers taking x-rays. Curriculum: Curriculum includes classroom, laboratory, and clinical training in the instruction of taking and understanding the components of x-rays. Students will be prepared to sit for the National Registry with ARRT at the end of the program. Careers: Successful completion of the program will allow students to pursue employment in the healthcare workforce as a radiographer. Program graduates receive an associate of applied science degree, have the qualifications of a radiographer, and are eligible to sit for the Radiography Examination of the ARRT.

Requirements:

  • Submit a completed application and application fee
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Submit official high school transcript or High School Equivalency transcript or college transcripts showing successful completion of 60+ semester credits or 72+ quarter credits
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable
  • Present acceptable ACCUPLACER, ACT, ASSET, COMPASS, PSAT, or SAT scores or GED score of 145 or higher or have one of the following: an associate degree or higher or have a HOPE GPA of 2.6 after the completion of 10th grade. Documentation on a college transcript of successful completion of appropriate courses from a regionally accredited college or university may be accepted in lieu of test scores.
  • Students are required to travel to various clinical sites and locations

Additional Program Requirements:

  • American Heart Association Provider CPR Certification, physical examination, up-to-date immunizations, criminal background check and drug screen required prior to start of clinical rotation.
  • Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the Radiologic Technology program.
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging is often part of the Medical Imaging Department in our clinical affiliate facilities; therefore safety education is required of all Radiologic Technology students. Prior to entering the MRI environment, all Radiologic Technology students must watch a MRI Safety video and complete a screening form. Potential Radiologic Technology students may view this video at https://vimeo.com/47300914. For students deemed unable to enter the MR environment, rotations will be scheduled to protect the student.

Standards-Based Enrollment Program Admission Requirements Effective Fall 2020:

  • The Radiologic Technology Degree program is a standards-based enrollment program and applicants will be tentatively selected as the standards are obtained.
  • 2.75 GPA in Radiologic Technician Assistant Technical Certificate classes *and* Academic Good Standing, *and* 60.0 or better on the HESI A2 exam. In order to be placed on the list and/or registered for the RADT classes:
    • Applicants must have a 2.75 GPA in completed Radiologic Technician Assistant Technical Certificate classes and maintain a 2.75 GPA upon TCC completion. Applicants must have completed or be actively enrolled in all Technical Certificate classes.
      • The highest course attempt will be calculated in the GPA for standards-based enrollment.
      • Courses that fulfill core area requirements, as recognized by TCSG, may be substituted for evaluation for those courses required for program entry during the standards-based enrollment process.
  • Applicants must have completed the HESI A2 exam with a cumulative score of 60.0 or better.
    • All applicants must complete these sections on the cumulative portion of the exam: Math, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary and General Knowledge and Grammar, Anatomy & Physiology, Learning Profile & Personality Style. All applicants must also complete the critical thinking portion of the exam.
    • Applicants have three (3) attempts to complete the HESI A2 Exam within a 2 year (24-month) time frame, with the highest score used for program selection. The scores are valid for two (2) years post examination date. Scores must be valid at the application deadline.
  • Applicants must be in "good academic standing" with WGTC. Students on academic warning, probation or suspension are not eligible for registration for the RADT classes.
  • Applicants must have all holds cleared in order to be eligible for registration. Applicants with active holds at the time of registration will forfeit their spot on the list.
  • Applicants must see The ARC to be placed on the Standards-Based Enrollment list. Only students on this list will be eligible for registration, and registration is limited to 22 students.
  • The entire Radiologic Technician Assistant TCC must be successfully completed with Wiregrass graduation requirements met prior to program entry.
    • A grade of "C" or better is required in Technical Certificate classes.
    • Students who have transfer credit from other post-secondary institutions that fulfills the technical certificate course requirements must successfully complete a minimum of one course at Wiregrass to graduate from the program.
  • All applicants should review the Allied Health Policy Packet.

Program-Specific Advising Information:

  • The Radiologic Technology program conducted by Wiregrass Georgia Technical College is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.
  • Graduation from the Radiologic Technician Assistant Technical Certificate does not guarantee admission to the Radiologic Technology Degree Program.
  • Students who wish to take the additional general education classes that are in the RADT Degree program before starting the RADT program, must re-apply to the college as a returning student for AAS in Interdisciplinary Studies or Technical Specialist Technical Certificate after completing the Radiologic Technician Assistant Technical Certificate . The Technical Specialist TCC is not a Pell-eligible program. Taking these classes before starting the RADT program will decrease FA status while in the RADT program.
  • A criminal background check and drug screen will be required if accepted into the program and prior to the clinical experience. Previous arrests and convictions, as well as a positive drug screen, may prohibit a student from completing the clinical portion of the program. Certain vaccinations and immunizations may be required. It is encouraged to begin immunizations prior to entering the program. These requirements are also required for completion of IMSA 1100 Clinical Practice.

Start Terms:

  • This program begins each Fall semester on the Valdosta campus.

The mission of the Radiologic Technology program is to provide its students, through didactic and clinical experiences, the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to acquire and retain entry level positions in the medical imaging field.

The Radiologic Technology program at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College is a Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) accredited program. Length of accreditation award: 8 years. Contact information for the JRCERT is:

20 N Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
312-704-5300
www.jrcert.org
mail@jrcert.org

Program Effectiveness Data

Radiology Program Mission Statement, Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Curriculum Outline (77 hours)
General Core Courses 15
Area I - Language Arts/Communication (3 Hours) 3
ENGL 1101

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 3 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 0 Pre-requisite(s): Degree Level Reading and Writing Scores Co-requisite(s): None Explores the analysis of literature and articles about issues in the humanities and in society. Students practice various modes of writing, ranging from exposition to argumentation and persuasion. The course includes a review of standard grammatical and stylistic usage in proofreading and editing. An introduction to library resources lays the foundation for research. Topics include writing analysis and practice, revision, and research. Students write a research paper using library resources and using a formatting and documentation style appropriate to the purpose and audience.

3
Area II - Social/Behavior Science - Complete 3 Hours 3
Area III - Natural Sciences/Mathematics - Choose One of the Following (3 Hours) 3
MATH 1101

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 3 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 0 Pre-requisite(s): Degree Level Math Scores Co-requisite(s): None Emphasizes functions using real-world applications as models. Topics include fundamental concepts of algebra; functions and graphs; linear, quadratic, polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions and models; systems of equations; and optional topics in algebra.

3
MATH 1111

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 3 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 0 Pre-requisite(s): Degree Level Math Scores Co-requisite(s): None Emphasizes techniques of problem solving using algebraic concepts. Topics include fundamental concepts of algebra, equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, and systems of equations; optional topics include sequences, series, and probability or analytic geometry.

3
Area IV - Humanities/Fine Arts - Complete 3 Hours 3
General Education Core Elective - Complete 3 Hours 3
Occupational Courses 62
BIOL 2113

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 3 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 0 Pre-requisite(s): Program Admission Co-requisite(s): BIOL 2113L, ENGL 1101 Introduces the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Emphasis is placed on the development of a systemic perspective of anatomical structures and physiological processes. Topics include body organization, cell structure and functions, tissue classifications, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, and nervous and sensory systems.

3
BIOL 2113L

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 0 Lab 2 - 0 Lab - 3 Pre-requisite(s): Program Admission Co-requisite(s): BIOL 2113, ENGL 1101 Selected laboratory exercises paralleling the topics in BIOL 2113. The laboratory exercises for this course include body organization, cell structure and functions, tissue classifications, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, and nervous sensory systems.

1
BIOL 2114

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 3 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 0 Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 2113, BIOL 2113L w/ a “C” or better Co-requisite(s): BIOL 2114L Continues the study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include the endocrine system, cardiovascular system, blood and lymphatic system, immune system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system,and reproductive system.

3
BIOL 2114L

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 0 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 3 Pre-requisite(s): BIOL 2113, BIOL 2113L w/ a “C” or better Co-requisite(s): BIOL 2114 Selected laboratory exercises paralleling the topics in BIOL 2114. The laboratory exercises for this course include the endocrine system, cardiovascular system, blood and lymphatic system, immune system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, and reproductive system.

1
ALHS 1090

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 2 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 0 Pre-requisite(s): None Co-requisite(s): None Introduces the elements of medical terminology. Emphasis is placed on building familiarity with medical words through knowledge of roots, prefixes, and suffixes. Topics include: origins (roots, prefixes, and suffixes), word building, abbreviations and symbols, and terminology related to the human anatomy.

2
RADT 1200

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 2 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 0 Pre-requisite(s): Program Admission Co-requisite(s): Program Admission Provides instruction on the principles of cell radiation interaction. Radiation effects on cells and factors affecting cell response are presented. Acute and chronic effects of radiation are discussed. Topics include: radiation detection and measurement; patient protection; personnel protection; absorbed dose equivalencies; agencies and regulations; introduction to radiation biology; cell anatomy, radiation/cell interaction; and effects of radiation.

2
RADT 1010

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 3 Lab 2 - 2 Lab 3 - 0 Pre-requisite(s): None Co-requisite(s): BIOL 2113, BIOL 2113L Introduces a grouping of fundamental principles, practices, and issues common to many specializations in the health care profession. In addition to the essential skills, students explore various delivery systems and related issues. Provides the student with an overview of radiography and patient care. Students will be oriented to the radiographic profession as a whole. Emphasis will be placed on patient care with consideration of both physical and psychological conditions. Introduces a grouping of fundamental principles, practices, and issues common to many specializations in the health care profession. In addition to the essential skills, students explore various delivery systems and related issues. Topics include: ethics, medical and legal considerations, Right to Know Law, professionalism, basic principles of radiation protection, basic principles of exposure, equipment introduction, health care delivery systems, hospital and departmental organization, hospital and technical college affiliation, medical emergencies, pharmacology/contrast agents, media, OR and mobile procedures patient preparation, death and dying, body mechanics/transportation, basic life support/CPR, and patient care in radiologic sciences.

4
RADT 1030

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 2 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 3 Pre-requisite(s): Program Admission Co-requisite(s): Program Admission Introduces the knowledge required to perform radiologic procedures applicable to the human anatomy. Emphasis will be placed on the production of quality radiographs, and laboratory experience will demonstrate the application of theoretical principles and concepts. Topics include: introduction to radiographic procedures; positioning terminology; positioning considerations; procedures, anatomy, and topographical anatomy related to body cavities, bony thorax, upper extremities, shoulder girdle; and lower extremities.

3
RADT 1075

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 3 Lab 2 - 2 Lab 3 - 0 Pre-requisite(s): Program Admission, Program Instructor Approval Co-requisite(s): Program Admission The content of this course introduces factors that govern and influence the production of the radiographic image using digital radiographic equipment found in diagnostic radiology. Emphasis will be placed on knowledge and techniques required to produce high-quality diagnostic radiographic images. Topics include: Image quality (radiographic IR exposure; radiographic contrast; spatial resolution; distortion; grids; image receptors and holders; processing considerations; image acquisition ; image analysis; image artifacts; and guidelines for selecting exposure factors and evaluating images within a digital system. Laboratory experiences will demonstrate applications of theoretical principles and concepts.

4
RADT 1320

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 0 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 12 Pre-requisite(s): Program Admission Co-requisite(s): Program Admission Content and clinical practice experience should be designed to sequentially develop, apply, critically analyze, integrate, synthesize, and evaluate concepts and theories in the performance of radiologic procedures. Through structured, sequential, competency-based clinical assignments, concepts of team practice, patient-centered clinical practice, and professional development are discussed, examined, and evaluated. Clinical practice experiences should be designed to provide patient care and assessment, competent performance of radiologic imaging, and total quality management. Levels of competency and outcomes measurement ensure the well-being of the patient prior to, during, and following the radiologic procedure.

4
RADT 1060

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 2 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 3 Pre-requisite(s): Program Admission Co-requisite(s): Program Admission Continues to develop the knowledge required to perform radiographic procedures. Topics include: anatomy and routine projections of the pelvic girdle; anatomy and routine projections of the spine, gastrointestinal (GI) procedures; genitourinary (GU) procedures; biliary system procedures; and minor procedures.

3
RADT 1065

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 2 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 0 Pre-requisite(s): Program Admission, Program Instructor Approval Co-requisite(s): Program Admission Content of this course is designed to establish a basic knowledge of atomic structure and terminology. Other topics include the nature and characteristics of x-radiation; ionizing and non-ionizing radiation; x-ray production; the properties of x-rays and the fundamentals of x-ray photon interaction with matter.

2
RADT 1085

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 2 Lab 2 - 2 Lab 3 - 0 Pre-requisite(s): Program Admission, Program Instructor Approval Co-requisite(s): Program Admission Content establishes a knowledge base in radiographic, fluoroscopic, and mobile equipment requirements and design. The content also provides a basic knowledge of Automatic Exposure Control (AEC) devices, beam restriction, filtration, quality control, and quality management principles of digital systems. Laboratory experiences will demonstrate applications of theoretical principles and concepts.

3
RADT 2090

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 1 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 3 Pre-requisite(s): Program Admission Co-requisite(s): Program Admission Continues to develop the knowledge required to perform radiographic procedures. Topics include: anatomy and routine projections of the cranium; anatomy and routine projections of the facial bones; anatomy and routine projections of the sinuses; sectional anatomy of the head, neck,thorax and abdomen.

2
RADT 1330

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 0 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 21 Pre-requisite(s): Program Admission Co-requisite(s): Program Admission Content and clinical practice experience should be designed to sequentially develop, apply, critically analyze, integrate, synthesize, and evaluate concepts and theories in the performance of radiologic procedures. Through structured, sequential, competency-based clinical assignments, concepts of team practice, patient-centered clinical practice, and professional development are discussed, examined, and evaluated. Clinical practice experiences should be designed to provide patient care and assessment, competent performance of radiologic imaging, and total quality management. Levels of competency and outcomes measurement ensure the well-being of the patient prior to, during, and following the radiologic procedure.

7
RADT 2340

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 0 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 18 Pre-requisite(s): Program Admission Co-requisite(s): Program Admission Content and clinical practice experience should be designed to sequentially develop, apply, critically analyze, integrate, synthesize, and evaluate concepts and theories in the performance of radiologic procedures. Through structured, sequential, competency-based clinical assignments, concepts of team practice, patient-centered clinical practice, and professional development are discussed, examined, and evaluated. Clinical practice experiences should be designed to provide patient care and assessment, competent performance of radiologic imaging, and total quality management. Levels of competency and outcomes measurement ensure the well-being of the patient prior to, during, and following the radiologic procedure.

6
RADT 2260

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 3 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 0 Pre-requisite(s): Program Admission Co-requisite(s): Program Admission Provides a review of basic knowledge from previous courses and helps the student prepare for national certification examinations for radiographers. Topics include Patient Care (Patient Interactions and Management), Safety (Radiation Physics, Radiobiology and Radiation Protection), Image Production (Image Acquisition, Technical Evaluation, Equipment Operation, and Quality Assurance), and Procedures (Head, Spine, Pelvis, Thorax, Abdomen, and Extremities).

3
RADT 2360

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 0 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 27 Pre-requisite(s): Program Admission Co-requisite(s): Program Admission Content and clinical practice experience should be designed to sequentially develop, apply, critically analyze, integrate, synthesize, and evaluate concepts and theories in the performance of radiologic procedures. Through structured, sequential, competency-based clinical assignments, concepts of team practice, patient-centered clinical practice, and professional development are discussed, examined, and evaluated. Clinical practice experiences should be designed to provide patient care and assessment, competent performance of radiologic imaging, and total quality management. Levels of competency and outcomes measurement ensure the well-being of the patient prior to, during, and following the radiologic procedure.

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Faculty
Advisor

Radiologic Technology Program Coordinator
Valdosta Campus

Advisor

Radiology Technology Clinical Coordinator
Valdosta Campus

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