Radiologic Technology A.A.S.

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Program Director: 
Stacey Carter
Office: 
HSC 2082
Phone: 
(423) 697.3297

Deadline Dates

Program - *April 15 of each year (*on weekend following Monday)
TEAS - April 16, 2018

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a radiologic technician preforms an x-ray

The radiologic technology program prepares students to sit for the national licensure examination offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.  The qualified, licensed radiologic technologist is an essential member of the health care team, utilizing radiation in the safest manner to produce high-quality, diagnostic images for all patient populations. Program graduates may further their education in computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, mammography, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, or radiation therapy here at Chattanooga State.

Programmatic information sessions are mandatory each application year even if you have attended in a previous year. Sessions will be held August 2017 - April 2018 for the fall 2018 cohort. Late arrivals will not be allowed to attend the session.

Accreditation

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 North Wacker Dr., Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
(312) 704-5300 FAX (312) 704-5304
www.jrcert.org

Mission

Consistent with the mission of Chattanooga State Community College, the Radiologic Technology Program mission is to prepare competent and professional radiographers to meet the current and emerging needs of the workplace.

Goals

  • Prepare graduates who demonstrate clinical competence in terms of knowledge, technical skills, and affect of a radiographer.
  • Prepare graduates who demonstrate critical thinking skills in terms of functionality as a radiographer within the regional medical community.
  • Prepare graduates who demonstrate professionalism in terms of standards of the radiographer adopted by the ARRT, ASRT, JRCERT, and other governing bodies.
  • Prepare graduates who demonstrate effective communication skills in terms of radiographer interaction with patients and clinical staff.

The Radiologic Technology Program will ensure student success by maintaining JRCERT accreditation, ASRT curriculum guidelines, state/federal regulations, appropriate resources, qualified faculty, and continuing professional development opportunities.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, the graduate will:

  1. Demonstrate clinical competence by:
    1. Applying knowledge of anatomy, positioning, and radiologic techniques to accurately demonstrate anatomical structures on an image.
    2. Selecting exposure factors to achieve optimal radiographic techniques with minimum radiation exposure to the patient.
    3. Applying the principles of radiation protection to the patient, self and others.
    4. Provide appropriate patient care and comfort.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking skills by:
    1. Evaluating radiographic images for appropriate positioning and image quality.
    2. Recognizing emergent patient conditions with acknowledgement and/or initiation of basic first aid and life support procedures.
    3. Detecting equipment malfunction, reporting to the proper authority, and knowing the safe limits of equipment operation.
    4. Exercising independent judgment and discretion in the technical performance of medical imaging procedures.
    5. Anticipating patient needs and modifying an exam based on physical/social/psychological assessment.
    6. Applying quality assurance principles for appropriate patient care and proper operation of imaging equipment.
  3. Demonstrate professionalism by:
    1. Complying with the Code of Ethics and scope of practice as defined by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists.
    2. Demonstrating proper work ethics in the professional and/or clinical environment.
    3. Protecting the rights of the patient as delineated in the American Hospital Association Patient’s Bill of Rights.
    4. Performing basic investigative tasks related to review of professional literature and technical writing.
  4. Demonstrate effective communication skills by:
    1. Using acceptable verbal, nonverbal and written communication in patient and professional relationships.
    2. Displaying clinical behavior which promotes positive experiences for patients, peers and self.
    3. Providing patient/public education related to radiologic procedures and radiation protection.

Success Rates

Five-year average national credentialing examination (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Radiography exam) pass rate on first attempt within six months of graduation.

Year 1st attempt passing Number of students
ARRT Pass Rate
2012 100% 30 of 30 students passed on 1st attempt, 1 student did not take
2013 100% 26 of 26 students passed on 1st attempt; 1 student did not take
2014 100% 23 of 23 students passed on 1st attempt
2015 100% 28 of 28 students passed on 1st attempt
2016 100% 24 of 24 students passed on 1st attempt
5 year average 100% 131 of 131 students passed on 1st attempt

Five-year average job placement rate within one year of graduation.

Per JRCERT Standard Five - Objective 5.2, the definition of "not actively seeking employment" is as follows:

  • Graduate fails to communicate with program officials regarding employment status after multiple attempts
  • Graduate is unwilling to seek employment that requires relocation
  • Graduate is unwilling to accept employment due to salary or hours
  • Graduate is on active military duty
  • Graduate is continuing education
Year Percent job placement Number of students
Job Placement
2012 96.6% 28 out of 29; 2 students not actively seeking employment, 1 program completion in 2013
2013 100% 26 out of 26; 1 student not actively seeking employment
2014 100% 22 out of 22
2015 100% 22 out of 22, 6 students not actively seeking employment
2016 100% 21 out of 21; 3 students not actively seeking employment
5 year average  99.2% 119 out of 120

Program completion rate is defined as the number of students who complete the clinical phase of the program within 150% of the stated program length. The program is 24 months and program completion rate is defined as those students graduating within 36 months of beginning the radiologic technology program.

Year % completion Number of students
Program Completion
2012 100% 32 began, 32 graduated (1 in 2013)
2013 84.4% 32 began, 27 graduated (1 in 2014)
2014 68.8% 32 began, 22 graduated
2015 87.5% 32 began, 28 graduated
2016 75% 32 began, 24 graduated
5 year average 83.1% 133 out of 160 graduated within 150% of program length
Employment Opportunities: 

Salaries for the entry-level radiographer are competitive with other health professionals with similar educational background. In the Chattanooga area, entry-level radiologic technologists earn $35,000-$40,000 per year.  Opportunities for jobs and career advancement are excellent. Employment can be found anywhere a student wants to live.

Opportunities are many and varied. Graduates are needed to fill the demands of many hospitals and clinics providing patient services around the clock. Various shift assignments may be available.

The career of a radiographer can advance in various directions:

  • Advanced Technology
  • Supervision/Management
  • Education/Research

Modalities of Radiologic Technology

  • Bone Densitometry
  • Mammography
  • Cardiovascular / Interventional Radiography
  • Nuclear Medicine Technology
  • Computed Tomography
  • Radiation Therapy Technology
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Positron Emission Tomography
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Program Cost

First Semester (17 hours) (fall)In-stateOut-of-state
Maintenance Fee2,239.508,727.50
Truescreen: myRecord Tracker Fee:17.5017.50
Upload documentation for:
Physical examination and required test300.00300.00
Hepatitis B (estimate)175.00175.00
20.0020.00
CPR25.0025.00
Right, left and upright markers (estimate)70.0070.00
Liability insurance11.0511.05
Radiation monitoring (estimate)20.0020.00
Truescreen Criminal Background Checks30.0030.00
Truescreen Drug Screen (10 panel)31.0031.00
Textbooks (estimate)1,050.001,050.00
Subtotal3,989.0510,477.05
Second Semester (14 hours) (spring)In-stateOut-of-state
Maintenance Fee2,143.508,331.50
Uniforms, lab coats, etc.350.00350.00
Textbooks (estimate)150.00150.00
Parking-Hospitals5.005.00
Subtotal2,648.508,836.50
Third Semester (4 hours) (summer)In-stateOut-of-state
Maintenance Fee717.602,713.60
Subtotal717.602,713.60
Fourth Semester (17 hours) (fall)In-stateOut-of-state
Maintenance Fee2,239.508,727.50
Truescreen: myRecord Tracker Fee:7.507.50
Upload documentation for:
Fit Test20.0020.00
TB Skin Test20.0020.00
Liability insurance11.0511.05
Radiation monitoring (estimate)20.0020.00
Uniforms, lab coats, etc.350.00350.00
Textbooks (estimate)556.00556.00
Subtotal3,224.059,712.05
Fifth Semester (17 hours) (spring)In-stateOut-of-state
Maintenance Fee2,239.508,727.50
Textbooks (estimate)350.00350.00
Subtotal2,589.509,077.50
Sixth Semester (6 hours) (summer)In-stateOut-of-state
Maintenance Fee1,067.004,061.00
Subtotal1,067.004,061.00
Total14,235.7044,877.70

Costs Disclaimer

These are estimated program costs. Actual costs may vary due to changes in tuition and/or fee increases as determined by the Tennessee Board of Regents. This cost will also be reduced for students since some of the required course work is completed prior to acceptance into the program. These general and support courses taken before the program is to lessen course load in a given semester.

Note: College fees are included in the maintenance cost. To view current calculation table, go to Bursar’s Office on Chattanooga State website. This website will also give you information on refund policies, fee payments and the refund calendar.