Major in Radiologic Technology (A.A.S.)
(Designed for the student who does not intend to transfer into a baccalaureate degree program; however, many B.S. programs now exist that may accept the A.A.S. degree along with certification by the ARRT as part of the academic entry requirements.)
Radiologic technology is an art and a science combining advanced imaging technology and human compassion.
A radiographer is a health care professional who is educated, trained and certified to use x-rays and other forms of radiation to make images of patients’ internal structures. The radiographer is responsible for the safe and proper operation of equipment. He or she frequently works independently, exercising care and judgment while producing the best possible images for interpretation by the radiologist. As a professional, the radiographer is required to observe the ethical and professional standards expected of all persons involved in caring for patients in healthcare settings. In addition, these team members adhere to the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Standards of Ethics and the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) Radiography Practice Standards.
Upon successful completion of the 22-month full scope of practice program, students are eligible to apply for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam in radiography. Registry-eligible graduates have the opportunity for employment in hospitals, doctors’ offices, outpatient centers or other healthcare facilities. Our graduates experience excellent career mobility. Areas of advancement include radiation therapy, ultrasound, mammography, nuclear medicine, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and angiography. Some graduates have chosen to pursue careers as technical sales representatives, educators, managers/administrators, or instructors with equipment manufacturers and physicians.
Whatever path is chosen, radiography provides many opportunities for professional growth. Technologically, it is the fastest growing area of all allied health careers. Starting salaries can range from approximately $30,000 to $36,000, depending on the geographic area, the specialty, and the shift worked.
The Radiologic Technology Program is fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 N. Wacker Dr., Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
The total program is 22 months in length and requires clinical and didactic competency as outlined in the curriculum. Clinical competency is obtained through completion of practicum objectives in approved clinical education settings throughout middle Tennessee. Transportation to and from clinical education settings is the sole responsibility of each individual student.
Program enrollment is limited by clinical education setting capacities and admission is not guaranteed. Formal interviews with the Radiologic Technology Advisory Committee are held in the spring of each year. New classes begin the second session of the summer term. Applicants should schedule an orientation in the summer or fall to allow sufficient time for completion of all required forms prior to February 1 of the next year. Only applicants who have completed all admission requirements will be considered for interviews with the committee. More information regarding the program is now available online at www.columbiastate.edu/radtech and may be more current than the catalog.
Following the formal interviews, applicants will be notified of their admission status by the Radiologic Technology department.
Criminal background checks and routine drug screens are required by several affiliate clinical training sites as a condition of participation in clinical education. Based on the results of the criminal background check, an affiliated clinical site may determine to not allow your presence at their facility. This could result in your inability to successfully complete the requirements of a specific course and your program. More information is available from your program director.
Notice of Felony or Misdemeanor Convictions
The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) has stringent rules regarding misconduct and eligibility to take the national registry exam. If you have been convicted of any felony or misdemeanor offense(s), you may complete the pre-application review process with the ARRT prior to program enrollment to avoid delays and uncertainty regarding certification eligibility. The pre-application review form is downloadable from the Ethics section of ARRT’s Web site at www.arrt.org or by phoning ARRT at (651) 687-0048.
In the event that a student or graduate of the Radiologic Technology Program is concerned about ARRT eligibility, it is the sole responsibility of the student or graduate to certify eligibility with the ARRT.
Upon satisfactory completion of the program, students are awarded the Associate of Applied Science degree and are eligible to apply for the certification exam by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).
Accreditation guidelines concerning program requirements, standards, general information, etc., are contained in the Standards for an Accredited Educational Program in Radiologic Sciences published by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) and available in faculty offices and accessible via the JRCERT Web site at www.jrcert.org. The Standards and additional program information are available in the Radiologic Technology Applicant Handbook located online at www.columbiastate.edu/radtech.
We endeavor to provide educational experiences leading to success, professionalism, and opportunity in the radiologic sciences.
Fulfillment of the program’s mission is assessed by the degree to which the program achieves the following goals:
- Ensure that each graduate has attained a level of didactic and clinical competence that provides successful entry into the profession;
- Promote and maintain high academic and professional standards; and
- Provide a foundation for advanced study in the radiologic sciences.
Achievement of the goals are measured by the program’s Outcomes Assessment plan completed annually.
- Meet all college general requirements for admission as a degree-seeking student as stated in the catalog and be admitted to the college.
- Review “Programs with Special Admissions Requirements,” in the current college catalog.
- Complete all required remedial (0700) level and developmental (0800) level courses by the end of the fall semester prior to the year in which admission is sought.
- ACT (national) or SAT exam results are required of all applicants. Applicants must have an ACT composite score of 19 or higher (equivalent to an SAT score of 900 or higher).
- Have earned a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or above on a 4.0 scale for academic subjects. The high school GPA is used for students who have earned less than 12 college credit hours. An applicant who has not earned 12 credit hours of college-level credit that has no high school GPA must have an average standard score of at least 530 on the GED.
- Schedule, attend, and complete an orientation session by going to www.columbiastate.edu/radtech and selecting “Sign Up For Orientation.” Orientations are conducted approximately every 10-14 days from mid-July to early January. Be sure to write down the date, time, and location before clicking “submit.” Applicants will receive all paperwork and a full explanation of the program and profession. Attend orientation at the earliest possible date, giving yourself ample time to submit required materials by the February 1 deadline.
- Program application requirements listed above must be completed before February 1. This includes the two Letter of Recommendation forms provided at the orientation, completion of both portions of the clinical observation assignment (scheduled at orientation), and review of the Radiologic Technology Applicant Handbook available online at www.columbiastate.edu/radtech. The handbook contains the Radiologic Technology Student Policy Manual, a copy of the Standards adopted by the JRCERT, the Radiography Practice Standards, the ARRT’s Standard of Ethics, and an estimated cost sheet. The applicant must also return the observation documentation.
- Applicants must be able to physically manipulate and operate equipment, manipulate patients, and visually assess patients, test results, and the working environment. They must be able to clearly communicate, both verbally and in writing, make appropriate judgment decisions in emergency or other situations, and demonstrate emotional stability and psychological health in day-to-day interaction with patients, their family members, and personnel.
- In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, students are encouraged to register with the Office of Counseling/Disability Services for possible assistance with accommodations. It is the student’s responsibility to voluntarily and confidentially provide appropriate documentation regarding the nature and extent of a disability. Students requesting accommodation are (strongly) encouraged to contact the office of Disability Services at (931) 540-2857 at the beginning of the semester.
Completion of the items listed above denotes consideration for an interview but in no way implies or guarantees admission to the program.
- Once admitted, students are required to submit documentation of the following entry requirements prior to the first day of clinical assignment. If the documentation is not completed prior to the first day of clinical assignment, students will not be permitted to go to clinical.
- Health Requirements: All radiologic technology students must submit evidence of good health by returning a completed Physical Examination form. Forms are given to the student upon acceptance into the program. All students must have a:
- Documented negative TB skin test and/or chest x-ray yearly. TB skin tests must be within three months of the start of the program.
- Evidence of Immunity for:
- Rubella (positive titer).
- Varicella zoster (chicken pox) (positive titer).
- Rubeola titer (positive titer).
- Tetanus/diphtheria booster within the past ten years.
- Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) Requirements: All students must submit evidence of a current BCLS certification (must include two-person CPR) for the healthcare professional. BCLS certification classes are offered by Columbia State Community College, healthcare organizations, or the American Heart Association.
- Malpractice insurance is required for all radiology clinical practicum courses. A group policy is available. The fee is assessed annually as a part of the registration fees.
- Health insurance is required. Students must provide evidence of health insurance coverage before clinical assignments may begin.
- Criminal background checks and routine drug screens are required by several affiliate clinical training sites as a condition of participation in clinical education. Based on the results of these tests, an affiliated clinical site may determine to not allow your presence at their facility. This could result in your inability to successfully complete the requirements of a specific course and your program. More information is available from your program director.
- Attend an educational session related to the benefits of the Hepatitis B vaccine and submit the accept/decline form. Students who have already been immunized or elect to participate in the Hepatitis B vaccination program are required to obtain a titer once immunization is complete and submit the results to program or institutional officials.
- Submit the following to the Admissions office.
- Completed Application for Admission to the College.
- Official college transcripts from all colleges previously attended.
- High school transcripts or GED results.
- ACT or SAT exam results.
- Schedule and attend an orientation listed at www.columbiastate.edu/radtech.
- Submit completed program application forms received at orientation.
- If an applicant does not meet the admission criteria, he/she will be notified in writing. If the applicant wishes to complete their file and application to establish eligibility for consideration the following year, remaining requirements must be submitted and the program director must be notified of the intent in writing.
In order to continue in the Radiologic Technology Program, students must meet the following academic requirements:
- Earn a “C” or higher in each radiologic technology course and each required math and science course.
- Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 each term of enrollment in the program.
- Maintain professional conduct as outlined in the Radiologic Technology Student Policy Manual.
- Enroll in all required general education courses during (or before) the semester listed in the curriculum outline.
- Submit annual TB skin test results to the Health Sciences/Nursing office in the Warf Building, room 109.
- Maintain evidence of uninterrupted medical insurance coverage in designated program/institutional offices.
Students who do not meet the continuation requirements will be dismissed from the Radiologic Technology Program. Students who have been dismissed from the program may be qualified to continue courses in the College, but will not be permitted to register in radiology courses without readmission to the program.
Only one readmission into the Radiologic Technology Program is permitted. Readmission into the Radiologic Technology Program after dismissal is not guaranteed, regardless of the reason for dismissal. A student who wishes to apply for readmission must do so, in writing, within 90 days of dismissal from the program. Regardless of the reason for dismissal, it is the sole responsibility of the student to request readmission in writing to the program director. The advisory committee for the Radiologic Technology Program will make a readmission decision after reviewing all student records and interviewing the student.
Due to the rapid change of technology in the field of radiology:
- If three or more years has elapsed since enrollment in the program, the radiology courses must be repeated.
- If five or more years have elapsed since previous college enrollment or completion of the following courses, these requirements apply:
- Anatomy and Physiology courses must be repeated.
- College Algebra or Precalculus Algebra must be repeated.
- All current application/enrollment requirements will apply and must be met.
- A Conference Record form completed upon the student’s dismissal from the program must be on file to be eligible for readmission.
- Submit a written readmission request to the program director within 90 days of dismissal from the program.
- Provide written documentation to the Radiologic Technology Program director stating the reason(s) for withdrawal or failure and indicate actions the student has followed to ensure success in the program if readmitted. This documentation must be submitted before a student’s application for readmission will be considered.
- The Radiologic Technology Program director will notify the student by mail when and where the interview will be held.
- The Radiologic Technology Program director will notify the student by mail of his/her readmission status once the readmission process has been completed.
Program enrollment is limited by clinical education settings capacity and readmission will be considered only if there are positions available within the class.