Radiologic Technology

Opportunities are waiting for you!

  • Employment is projected to grow faster than average, and job opportunities are expected to be favorable.
  • Formal training programs in radiography are offered in hospitals, colleges and universities, and less frequently at vocational-technical institutes; range in length from 1 to 4 years; and lead to a certificate, an associate degree, or a bachelor’s degree.
  • Although hospitals will remain the primary employer, a number of new jobs will be found in physicians’ offices and diagnostic imaging centers.

 
Radiologic Technology
 AAS in Radiologic Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degrees

AAS in Radiologic Technology

The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Radiologic Technology is a 24 month program (six sequential semesters including summers)that prepares students for entry‐level positions as radiographers. The program starts once per year in the Fall semester. Students must complete 20 credit hours of pre‐entry courses, and 62 credits of major core courses.

The curriculum is designed in accordance with the Radiography Curriculum established by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. Academic courses include anatomy and physiology, radiographic positioning, radiation physics, principles of radiographic exposure, and other specialized topics. The program is designed around a model of classroom and laboratory instruction integrated with hands-on experience in a clinical setting that provides a thorough educational foundation and professional preparation to enter the workforce as an independent practitioner upon graduation.

The Radiologic Technology Program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities. The program is also accredited with the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182, (312) 704-5300 (JRCERT) www.jrcert.org.


Graduates of the program are eligible to:

  • Receive an AAS degree in Radiologic Technology
  • Sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists examination (ARRT)
  • Apply for an Arizona license to practice radiography CRT (Certified Radiologic Technologist

Certifying Agencies

 What is a Radiologic Technologist?

Radiologic technologists take x-rays and administer nonradioactive materials into patients’ bloodstreams for diagnostic purposes.

Radiologic technologists also referred to as radiographers, produce x-ray films (radiographs) of parts of the human body for use in diagnosing medical problems. They prepare patients for radiologic examinations by explaining the procedure, removing jewelry and other articles through which x rays cannot pass, and positioning patients so that the parts of the body can be appropriately radiographed. To prevent unnecessary exposure to radiation, these workers surround the exposed area with radiation protection devices, such as lead shields, or limit the size of the x-ray beam. Radiographers position radiographic equipment at the correct angle and height over the appropriate area of a patient’s body. Using instruments similar to a measuring tape, they may measure the thickness of the section to be radiographed and set controls on the x-ray machine to produce radiographs of the appropriate density, detail, and contrast. They place the x-ray film under the part of the patient’s body to be examined and make the exposure. They then remove the film and develop it.

Radiologic technologists must follow physicians’ orders precisely and conform to regulations concerning the use of radiation to protect themselves, their patients, and their coworkers from unnecessary exposure.

In addition to preparing patients and operating equipment, radiologic technologists keep patient records and adjust and maintain equipment. They also may prepare work schedules, evaluate purchases of equipment, or manage a radiology department.

Experienced radiographers may perform more complex imaging procedures. When performing fluoroscopies, for example, radiographers prepare a solution of contrast medium for the patient to drink, allowing the radiologist (a physician who interprets radiographs) to see soft tissues in the body.

Content taken from: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition, Radiologic Technologists and Technicians, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos105.htm (visited March 24, 2009).

 Radiology Program Prerequisites

Radiology Program Prerequisites

Course Title Credit Hours Pre-requisites
AHS130 Medical Terminology for Patient Care Staff 3 none
ENG101 English Composition I 3 English skills assessment, or ENG 100
ENG102 English Composition II 3 ENG101
MAT152 College Algebra 3 Math 122 or HS algebra etc.
BIO201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 BIO 156 - preferred or or BIO 181
BIO202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 BIO201
TOTAL 20
 Being a Student in the Radiologic Tech Program

The Radiologic Technology program is a demanding experience and involves a full-time commitment of up to 40 hours per week plus homework. Students must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA in all radiologic technology courses and a minimum of 2.0 GPA in all General Education courses to remain in the program. Students must be adequately prepared to meet the challenge and establish priorities prior to the start of classes.

Click here for a: Radiology Program Application. Program application process is now open for Fall 2014. Fall 2014 applications are due February 7, 2014.

Click here for the Immunization and Documentation information sheet, the Arizona Dept. of Public Safety Fingerprint Clearance Card Information and the Health Care Provider Form & Technical Standards.

Pay Radiology Fees OnlinePlease print a copy of the receipt and attach to the Radiologic Technology application for the Fall semester to confirm proof of application fee payment.

 Radiography Program Mission, Goals, Outcomes

Mission Statement

The mission of the Yavapai College Radiography Program is to provide quality education that will develop competent, caring and ethical entry level radiographers who value lifelong learning and adapt to continuous changes in the health care system.


Program Goals

  • To graduate students who possess the clinical competency of an entry-level radiologic technologist
  • To graduate students who communicate effectively
  • To support students in the development, application and integration of critical thinking and problem solving in the practice of radiography
  • To graduate students committed to professional growth

Program Learning Outcomes

In addition to the outcomes of each required prerequisite course, general education requirement, and major core courses, the Radiography Curriculum established by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists(ASRT) is designed to support skill development in specific content areas and to ensure that entry-level radiologic technologists meet the following general program outcomes.

  • Perform diagnostic imaging procedures.
  • Exhibit prudent judgment in administering ionizing radiation to produce diagnostic images.
  • Provide optimum patient care in a society that is becoming increasingly diverse and experiencing generational, cultural and ethnic shifts.
  • Work with other members of the health care organization in a team relationship.
  • Explain the intricacies associated with providing direct patient care in today's health care setting.
  • Use modern technologies to research and retrieve information, weigh and discriminate between sources of information, and take actions based upon the acquisition of new information and knowledge.
  • Perform stewardship over the security and confidentiality associated with patient medical information.
  • Promote career-long learning, where the radiographer assumes the role of student and that of teacher.
  • Show compliance with the requirements for primary certification of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) including the ARRT Rules and Regulations, the ARRT Standards of Ethics and competency in didactic coursework and an ARRT - specified list of clinical procedures.
 Radiography Program Effectiveness Data

ARRT First Time pass rate:

  • 2011: 100% (5/5 students)
  • 2012: 100% (9/9 students)
  • 2013: 86% (6/7 students)
  • Three year average (2011-2013) = 95%

Program Completion Rate

  • 2011: 100% (5/5 students)
  • 2012: 90% (9/10 students)
  • 2013: 70% (7/10 students)
  • Three year average (2011 – 2013) = 84%

Job placement rate (within 6 months of graduation of those seeking employment)

  • 2011: 80% (4/5 graduates)
  • 2012: 87.5% (7/8 graduates)
  • 2013: 100% (6/6 graduates)
  • Three year average (2011 – 2013) 89.5%

Note: the program began in 2009 with the first graduating class completing in July 2011.

Posted 2/13/2014 RL

Program Effectiveness Data

Completion of Degree Programs

In order to post completion of a degree program on a college transcript, students must complete an application for graduation. Students should apply at the beginning of their final semester. Contact Enrollment Services for details.


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 Faculty Directory

Administration

Richard LeClairRichard LeClair, M.B.A., B.S., RT ( R ) (CT), Radiology Program Director
928.771.4866, email: richard.leclair@yc.edu

Degrees

MBA-University of Phoenix

BS, Radiological & Health Sciences – Manhattan College

AAS, Radiologic Technology – Holyoke Community College

Professional Certifications:

Medical Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners

The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists

Office Location

Prescott Campus, Building 3, Room 217

Office Hours (3-217)

Tuesday, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m

Steven HayesSteven Hayes, B.S., RT ( R ), Radiology Clinical Coordinator
928.717.7108, email: steven.hayes@yc.edu

Degrees

BS, Occupational Education Specialization: Radiologic Technology – Wayland Baptist University

Professional Certifications:

Medical Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners

The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists

Office Location

Prescott Campus, Building 3, Room 217

Office Hours (3-218)

Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m

Adjunct Faculty - Radiology
Bernard Sakowicz, M.D., Adjunct Faculty
email: bsakowic@instructor.yc.edu

Office Hours

By Appointment

Deborah Bauert, M.S., B.S., RT (R), Adjunct Faculty
email: bsakowic@instructor.yc.edu

Office Hours

By Appointment