The radiologic technology curriculum prepares students for careers as radiographers, who work under the supervision of medical radiologists or physicians in hospital radiology departments, clinics, commercial x-ray laboratories, or doctors’ offices. The responsibility of the radiographer is to produce a radiographic (x-ray) image of the highest diagnostic quality of any designated area of the human body. It is from this image that the radiologist makes his or her interpretations.
The curriculum for this program covers six semesters. The first year is designed to provide the student with mathematics, basic science, general education courses, and specialized courses in radiography and clinical education. The second year of the program consists of additional clinical education scheduled in affiliated medical centers along with advanced radiologic technology courses.
Experience in the radiology departments of the affiliated hospitals provides opportunity for the practical application of knowledge learned in the classroom. This experience in the hospital is a vital part of the program, since it enables you to assist in the handling of sick and injured patients as they undergo a wide variety of radiographic examinations.
Upon satisfactory completion of the course requirements, you are awarded the associate in applied science degree and are eligible to apply for examination by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
The radiologic technology program at Shawnee State University is fully accredited by: The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182, phone 312.704.5300. Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
To remain in good standing in the radiologic technology program, the following three conditions must be met:
- You must not receive a grade of “F” in any of the required courses listed in the six-semester sequence.
- You must not receive a grade below a “C” in any of the courses with the RDLT prefix.
- You must earn an overall grade point average of 2.5 by the end of the third semester and maintain it throughout the remainder of the program.
If any one of these three conditions is not met, you are academically dismissed from the radiologic technology program. You may apply for readmission to the radiologic technology program the following year.
- Only those students who have been officially accepted into the program or who have received the approval of the department’s chairperson may take the courses beginning with the RDLT prefix.
- After the first semester, all subsequent technical and science courses are closely related and, therefore, must be taken in sequential order. The basic courses (psychology, speech, etc.) may be taken at your convenience assuming all prerequisites are satisfied.
- You must have a current CPR certification by the end of the first summer semester.
- Ten hours of job shadowing are required in the application process for program admission.