Radiologic Tech & Medical Imaging

Radiologic Technology/AAS

Accreditation

The Radiologic Technology and Medical Imaging program in diagnostic radiography is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology and the New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Environmental Radiation Protection.

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
20 North Wackier Drive – Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
312.704.5300
www.jrcert.org

New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH)
Bureau of Environmental Radiation Protection
ESP, Corning Tower, 12th Floor
Albany, NY 12180-2216
518.402.7570
www.health.state.ny.us

Radiologic Technology and Medical Imaging

The radiologic technologist utilizes ionizing radiation to produce radiographic images of various parts of the body to aid in the detection of injury or disease. In recent years, the increasing complexity of radiologic procedures and the continuing emphasis upon the elevation of prescribed standards of practice set forth by the Bureau of Environmental Radiation Protection of New York State have made radiologic technology and medical imaging a highly specialized and sophisticated science requiring competently trained and licensed personnel.

City Tech’s comprehensive program provides students with the special knowledge and skills required for the practice of radiologic technology and medical imaging.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Radiologic Technology and Medical Imaging is to prepare a diverse population of students for entry into the profession of radiologic imaging and advanced education opportunities.

Program Goals

  • Graduates will be skilled in the academic and clinical components of radiologic technology.
  • Graduates will communicate effectively in a health care setting.
  • Graduates will formulate radiation exposure factors and demonstrate skills in critical thinking and problem-solving.
  • Graduates will enter the field of radiologic technology and practice with a high degree of ethics and professionalism.

Radiography Students Functional Abilities Requirements and Technical Standards

The following functional abilities will be necessary to successfully complete the Radiologic Technology and Medical Imaging program. This information is provided to allow the student to assess his/her own capabilities. The functional abilities may be performed with reasonable accommodation. Students with special needs may refer to the New Student Center, the Counseling Services Center and Center for Student Accessibility.

To ensure patient safety throughout the program, the student must be able to:

  • Assist in positioning patients who may be comatose, paralyzed, or otherwise incapacitated, from wheelchairs and beds to x-ray tables, and vice versa;
  • Position, place, and move heavy equipment including cassettes, portable x-ray machines and overhead equipment such as the x-ray tube mounted on the ceiling;
  • Respond to sound and light signals from control panels and exposure switches over distances of up to of 15 feet;
  • Respond to sound and light signals to determine and recognize equipment malfunction;
  • Determine differences in gradual changes in blacks, grays and whites for purposes of judging radiographs or digital images for technical quality;
  • Communicate verbally and in writing in the English language with patients and other health care personnel;
  • Fill syringes and enema bags, manipulate locks on imaging equipment;
  • Practice effective isolation procedures and maintain the integrity of a sterile field;
  • Utilize keyboard and/or barcoding devices to input clinical data into computer systems;
  • Tolerate physical and emotional stress and continue to exercise good judgment and think critically

Career Opportunities

The graduate of the program is eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) examination for certification and New York State Licensure. Our graduates are employed at (among others) of this program are Brookdale University Hospital & Medical Center, Brooklyn Hospital, Hospital for Special Surgery, NYU Lutheran Medical Center, Maimonides Medical Center, New York Presbyterian Hospital: New York Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York Presbyterian Hospital: Columbia University Medical Center, Mount Sinai St. Lukes Hospital Center and Mount Sinai-Roosevelt and Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center.

Admission Requirements

  • A high school diploma or its equivalent (GED)
  • CUNY proficiency in reading, writing and mathematics
  • Prerequisites for BIO 2311: BIO 1101 and BIO 1101 Lab, 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.

NOTE: Students who are admitted to the College as an Undeclared Health major (UDH) may apply for a change of curriculum to the Radiologic Technology program after they have successfully completed BIO 2311. After completing all pre-requisite courses, students may be selected to start the clinical phase of the program.

The department does not require a criminal background check, and drug testing. However, the educational requirements include placement of students at hospital training sites. These sites require a criminal background check and drug tests before and/or during clinical training. If a clinical affiliate determines that a student may not take part in its training program based on the results of a criminal background check and tests, the student will be unable to complete the course requirements and to continue in the program.

Any student entering the program who has a misdemeanor, felony record or conviction is required to self-disclose to the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists at www.arrt.org or call 651.687.0048, and New York State Department of Health at www.health.state.ny.us, or call 518.402.7570. This must be done either before or upon acceptance to the clinical phase of the program; even if there was a negotiated plea or dismissed sentence. Failure to report this information is considered non-disclosure which is a serious infraction that could result in severe penalties including ineligibility or revocation of certification and registration.

Pre-Requisites (Pre-Clinical)

To be considered for admission into the clinical phase of the program, a student must demonstrate CUNY proficiency in reading, writing and mathematics; eligibility for MAT 1275, BIO 2311 (Anatomy and Physiology I); successful completion of ENG 1101; and a minimum grade point average of 2.7.

Progression to Clinical Courses

The clinical phase of the program starts only in the fall of each year. The class for the clinical phase is selected during the previous spring semester; therefore, a student must be registered at NYCCT and all eligibility requirements must be completed prior to the spring semester. Students will be required to complete the clinical phase of the program within three years.

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

Performance Standards

Once a student is admitted to the clinical phase of the program, he or she must:

  • Attend classes in the fall, spring and summer sessions as a full time student from Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
  • Submit documented evidence of a complete physical examination demonstrating good health. The Health Examination Form is provided by the department; students are responsible for satisfying NYS immunization and hospital affiliates immunization requirements. Evidence of a negative tuberculin skin test (ppd) and a seasonal flu vaccine are required.
  • Maintain a minimum grade of “C” in each course designated with the prefix RAD. Any student earning a grade lower than “C” in a RAD course may not progress in the program without repeating the course and earning a minimum grade of “B-”. No course in the program may be repeated more than once.
  • Successfully complete all semester requirements
  • Comply with all program and hospital affiliate policies and procedures
  • Provide documented evidence of the JRCERT required computer literacy by completing a basic computer course or successful completion of the Self Paced Multimedia Program offered by the Learning Center.
  • Maintain the college academic requirement (2.0 GPA) for graduation

Please note that the number of seats in any course designated RAD is strictly limited. If the number of students seeking to enroll in a course designated RAD exceeds the number of seats, first priority for available seats will be given to eligible students who have not previously enrolled in that course. After all such students have had a reasonable opportunity to enroll, students seeking to repeat the course may be given access to the remaining seats, if any. All students seeking to repeat a given course will be ranked by their numeric final grades in that course, and none will be permitted to enroll until those higher on the list have been given an opportunity. Students who received a grade lower than “C” in two or more RAD courses will be dismissed from the program, as will students whose cumulative averages are below 2.0.

Transfer Procedures

Students who wish to transfer into the Radiologic Technology and 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.

Because of capacity limitations, students who have completed the prerequisite courses with the minimum 2.7 index or higher will be numerically ranked and seats will be allocated on the basis of the highest cumulative average in the introductory sequence. Due to the high number of applicants to the clinical phase of the program in the past two years, the average GPA, for acceptance to the program has been approximately 3.5 or higher.

Clinical Internship

Students must successfully complete all clinical objectives and course requirements to receive a passing grade. A student can be removed from the internship for any unprofessional behavior, a serious infraction of hospital rules and regulations, or endangering the patient’s safety. This may be determined by the hospital and/or faculty and could result in a failing grade and dismissal from the program.

Any absence beyond the department and college policy could result in a failing grade in the class.

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.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the associate in applied science program will:

  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrate strong cognitive skills in radiologic technology;
  • Effectively plan, prepare for, and carry out procedure requirements according to patient’s needs;
  • Position patients for radiographic examinations;
  • llustrate appropriate patient care while working with patients;
  • Illustrate radiation protection while working with patients;
  • Formulate correct exposure factors for radiographic exams.
  • Evaluate radiographic images and determine proper course of action;
  • Demonstrate proper ethics and professionalism while working with patients;
  • Demonstrate understanding of career path in one of the advanced modalities (CT, MRI, Special or Interventional Procedures;
  • Satisfy employers with their work ethics and professionalism;


NEW YORK CITY COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY - CUNY
DEPARTMENT OF RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGY & MEDICAL IMAGING
AAS Program Effectiveness Data
Program Length is 24 Months
Year Program Completion Rate
(# students who complete the program within 150% of program length)
ARRT Credentialing Exam Pass Rate
on 1st Attempt
Job Placement Rate
(Within 12 months of graduation)
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) 85% (55 out of 65) 91% (21 employed out of 23 who sought employment)
2014 90% (61 out of 68) 82% (49 out of 60) 50% (2 employed out of 4 who sought employment)
2015 83% (52 out of 63) 94% (49 out of 52) 81% (13 employed out of 16 who sought employment)
2016 91% (61 out of 67) 100% (61 out of 61) 0% Data is pending
5-Year Average (290/334)
86.8%
(263/288)
91.3%
(56/66)
84.8%

Approximate Additional Costs

Students in the Radiologic Technology and Medical Imaging program will be required to purchase textbooks and incur the following expenses:

Film badge monitoring service (paid at the beginning of the first and third semesters) $20 per year
Special film for open laboratory (paid at the beginning of the first three semesters) $10
Professional liability coverage for the minimum limits of $1,000,000 each for professional and personal liability (paid at the beginning of the second and fourth semesters) $15 per year
Materials fee (paid at the beginning of the first, second, third and fourth semesters) $30
Estimated textbook fees of $1,000 over a two-year period
Lab coat for radiographic procedures $22
Uniforms, shoes and additional lab coat for the clinical education courses or more at the beginning of the second semester (Uniforms and lab coats must have the department emblem on the left sleeve) $100
Pinning Fee $125
The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) application fee $200
New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) NYS license application fee $120

GENERAL EDUCATION COMMON CORE1

21 CREDITS

I - REQUIRED CORE2 (3 COURSES, 11 CREDITS)


English Composition (1 courses, 3 credits)

ENG 1101 English Composition I 3

Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning (1 course, 4 credits)

MAT 1275 or higher3 College Algebra and Trigonometry 4

Life and Physical Sciences (1 course, 4 credits)

BIO 23114 Human Anatomy and Physiology 4

II - FLEXIBLE CORE (3 COURSES, 10 CREDITS)

Individual and Society

PHIL 22034 Health Care Ethics 3
PSY 11014 Introduction to Psychology 3

Scientific World

BIO 2312 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4

Writing Intensive Requirement5

Students at New York City College of Technology must complete two courses designated WI for the associate level, one from GenEd and one from the major; and two additional courses designated WI for the baccalaureate level, one from GenEd and one from the major.

PROGRAM-SPECIFIC DEGREE REQUIREMENTS 44 CREDITS
RAD 1124 Introduction to Radiologic Technology and Medical Imaging 1
RAD 1125 Radiographic Procedures I 2
RAD 1126 Image Production and Evaluation I 2
RAD 1127 Patient Care and Management 2
RAD 1128 Radiation Protection and Applied Radiobiology 2
RAD 1225 Radiographic Procedures II 2
RAD 1226 Image Production and Evaluation II 2
RAD 1227 Radiographic Pathology 3
RAD 1228 Clinical Education I 2
RAD 1229 Clinical Education II 3
RAD 2325 Radiographic Procedures III 2
RAD 2326 Radiographic Physics 2
RAD 2327 Cross-Sectional Anatomy 2
RAD 2328 Clinical Education III 3
RAD 2425 Advanced Radiographic Procedures 2
RAD 2426 Imaging Modalities 2
RAD 2427 Seminar: Film Critique 2
RAD 2428 Clinical Education IV 3
RAD 2429 Clinical Education V 2
ENG 1101 English Composition I Met as GenEd
MAT 1275 College Algebra and Trigonometry Met as GenEd
BIO 2311 Human Anatomy and Physiology I Met as GenEd
BIO 2312 Human Anatomy and Physiology II Met as GenEd
PHIL 2203 Health Care Ethics Met as GenEd
PSY 1101 Introduction to Psychology Met as GenEd
COM 1330 Public Speaking 3
TOTAL PROGRAM-SPECIFIC REQUIRED AND ELECTIVE COURSES 44
TOTAL NYSED LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCE CREDITS 21
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR THE DEGREE 65

1 Although students enrolled in AAS programs are not required to meet all of the CUNY Pathways requirements, the college and program general education requirements are organized by Pathways categories to inform students of their standing should they transfer to a CUNY baccalaureate program

2 Specific courses listed are degree requirements that also meet CUNY Pathways general education requirements in that category.

3 Students who elect to take MAT 1275 without the requisite math background will be required to take MAT 1175 in preparation, depending upon initial placement. This will increase the number of required credits for the degree by 4.

4 Students without requisite science background for BIO 2311 will be required to take BIO 1101 in preparation. This will increase the number of credits required for the degree by 4.

5 A semester-specific list of writing intensive courses is available online at the City Tech Pathways website.