Associate in Applied Science in Radiologic Technology

The radiologic technology program is one of the health career programs at New York City College of Technology. It is designed to provide the health team with a member who uses radiation to produce images which contribute to diagnosis of disease or injury. Graduates receive the AAS degree and are eligible for the certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists(ARRT).

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Radiologic Technology & Medical Imaging is to prepare a diverse population of students for entry into the profession of radiologic technology & medical imaging and advanced educational opportunities for professional growth..

Program Goals & Student Learning Outcomes (SLO):

GOAL 1: Students/Graduates will be skilled in the academic and clinical components of radiologic technology.

  • SLO 1.1: Students/Graduates will demonstrate strong cognitive skills in radiologic technology.
  • SLO 1.2: Graduates will position patients for radiographic examinations.
  • SLO 1.3: Students/Graduates will illustrate appropriate patient care while working with patients.
  • SLO 1.4: Students/Graduates will illustrate appropriate radiation protection while working with patients in the health care setting.

GOAL 2: Students will communicate effectively in the health care setting.

  • SLO 2.1: Students/Graduates will demonstrate effective oral communication skills.
  • SLO 2.2: Students/Graduates will demonstrate effective written communication skills.

GOAL 3: Students/Graduates will formulate technique factors and demonstrate skills in critical thinking and problem-solving.

  • SLO 3.1: Students/Graduates will formulate correct exposure factors for radiographic exams.
  • SLO 3.2: Students/Graduates will evaluate radiographic images and determine proper course of action.
  • SLO 3.3: Students/Graduates will effectively plan, prepare for, and carry out procedure requirements according to patient's needs.

GOAL 4: Students/Graduates will enter the field of radiologic technology and practice with high ethics and professionalism.

  • SLO 4.1: Students/Graduates will complete the program.
  • SLO 4.2: Students/Graduates will enter the field of radiologic technology.
  • SLO 4.3: Students/Graduates will demonstrate proper ethics and professionalism while working with patients
RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGY & MEDICAL IMAGING
AAS Degree Program Effectiveness Data
Year Percent Program Completion Rate Percent Passing ARRT Exam on 1st Attempt Job Place Rate (Within 6 months of graduation)
2009 92% (57 out of 62) 98% (56 out of 57) 46% (11 employed out of 24 who sought employment)
2010 72% (49 out of 68) 91% (43 out of 47) 88% (21 employed out of 24 who sought employment)
2011 97% (65 out of 67) 94% (61 out of 65) 88% (15 employed out of 17 who sought employment)
2012 76% (51 out of 68) 98% (49 out of 50) 87% (20 employed out of 23 who sought employment)
2013 96% (65 out of 68) 84% (54 out of 64) 91% (21 employed out of 23 who sought employment)
5-Year Avg 86.6% 93% 80%

TECHNICAL STANDARDS

The following functional abilities will be necessary to successfully complete the Radiologic Technology and Medical Imaging program. These functional abilities may be performed with reasonable accommodation. This information is provided to allow the student to assess his(her) own capabilities. Throughout the program, to ensure patient safety, the student must be able to:

  • Help in positioning patients who may be comatose, paralyzed, or otherwise incapacitated, from wheelchairs and beds, to x-ray table, and vice versa.
  • Position, place, and move equipment, i.e. cassettes, portable x-ray machines, and overhead equipment, as radiology requires positioning the x-ray tube hanging from the ceiling to various areas in the room.
  • Respond to signals such as sound and light from a distance of 15 feet, as control panels and exposure switches are located in rooms or paneled areas separate from the x-ray table on which patients are placed.
  • Respond to equipment signals as sound and light to determine and recognize dysfunctioning equipment.
  • Determine differences in gradual changes in blacks, grays and whites for purposes of judging radiographs or digital images for technical quality.
  • Communicate instructions and directions with patients and other health personnel. For example: obtain health history and other pertinent data from patients.
  • Demonstrate the ability to fill syringes and enemas bags, manipulate locks on equipment, and follow isolation procedures.
  • Utilize keyboard for inputting clinical data into treatment console and computers.

Admission

  • A high school diploma or its equivalent (GED)
  • CUNY proficiency in reading, writing and mathematics; eligibility for MAT 1275, BIO 2311 and successful completion of ENG 1101; and a minimum college index of 2.7 is required for being considered for admission into the program.
  • Pre-requisites for BIO 2311: BIO 1101 and BIO 1101Lab, a college-level general biology course with a lab and a minimum grade of "C" or a score of 85 or above on the New York State Regent's exam. Students lacking the high school course requirement will be required to take BIO 1101. This course must be taken before BIO 2311 and completed with a minimum grade of "C."
  • Any student entering the Radiologic Technology & Medical Imaging program who has a felony record must notify the department and the appropriate certifying agencies(The ARRT & The NYDOH) for clarification of his or her eligibility for licensing/certification.

PRE-CLINICAL PHASE

A new or transfer student will be classified as a pre-clinical student. During this phase, the student will be programmed for required courses as needed.

A student in the pre-clinical phase may take the following courses:

  • BIO 2311 — Human Anatomy & Physiology I (Lecture and Lab) – 4 credits
  • BIO 2312 — Human Anatomy & Physiology II (Lecture and Lab) – 4 credits
  • ENG 1101 — English Composition I – 3 credits
  • MAT 1275 — Introduction to Mathematical Analysis – 4 credits
  • PHIL 2203 — Health Care Ethics – 3 credits
  • PSY 1101 — Introduction to Psychology – 3 credits
  • SPE 1330 — Effective Speaking – 3 credits

PROGRESSION ELIGIBILITY FROM PRE-CLINICAL TO CLINICAL PHASE

If the number of students meeting the stated criteria exceeds the available places, seats will be allocated on the basis of academic record and GPA. An index of 2.7 does not guarantee admission into the clinical phase of the program. As the GPA of potential applicants increases, a higher GPA will be needed to qualify.

PROGRESSION IN THE PROGRAM

A grade of "C" or better in each course designated with the prefix RAD and BIO is required for progression in the program. Any student receiving a grade below "C" in RAD courses may not progress in the program without repeating the course and earning a satisfactory grade. No course in the program may be repeated more than once. Because RAD courses are only offered once a year, any consideration for repeating a course will be made on the basis of space availability and the student's academic record.

There is no "waiting list" in the Radiologic Technology & Medical Imaging Department. Admission to the clinical portion of the program is based on the criteria outlined above and the NYCCT College Catalog.

CLINICAL COURSES

A student must successfully complete all clinical objectives and course requirements to receive a passing grade. A student can be removed from the clinical site for any unprofessional behavior such as a serious infraction of hospital rules and regulations or endangering a patient's safety or life. This will be determined by the hospital and/or faculty and could result in a failing grade. Any clinical absences that exceed college and department policy will result in a failing grade in the class.

TRANSFER PROCEDURES

Students who wish to transfer into the Radiologic Technology & Medical Imaging program from another college and/or from other college curricula must adhere to all the general admission requirements of the College and department. To be eligible for admission to the clinical phase of the program, transfer students from other colleges must be in good academic standing, not on probation, and not academically dismissed from continuing in the radiologic technology program at previous college(s). Transfer students from other colleges must be registered at New York City College of Technology for at least one semester prior to being considered for admission to the clinical phase of the program. Transfer students may not be considered for the clinical phase of the program until they have satisfied all the pre-clinical criteria including a minimum college index of 2.7 and space availability.

All transfer students from other colleges must apply for advanced standing through the Office of the Registrar.

Readmission to Radiologic Technology and Medical Imaging

Students who have not registered for the Radiologic Technology and Medical Imaging program for two consecutive semesters will be admitted on a space-available basis with a minimum GPA of 2.7.

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