Radiologic Technology, Associate of Science

The radiologic technologist, under the supervision of a radiologist, produces radiographic images and assists the radiologist in general fluoroscopic and special procedures.

The Associate degree program is three years in length. The curriculum consists of four semesters and one summer session. Twelve months of clinical experience are integrated into the curriculum. Students will complete 17 credits of general education and 64 credits of program required courses. Students are selected to progress following the completion of RT133 and RT293.

Progression in Radiologic Technology

Students who are enrolled in the Radiologic Technology program are subject to two different minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) standards. Students who are enrolled in courses that are prerequisites for the Radiologic Technology program or general education courses required for the degree must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00. Students are, however, advised that maintaining a minimum GPA of 2.00 is not sufficient to meet the standard for progression into the Radiologic Technology program courses.

Students applying to progress into the Radiologic Technology Program courses are required to have a 2.75 cumulative grade point average or higher at the end of the semester they are applying. The number of students allowed to progress into the Radiologic Technology program courses will be limited to the number of clinical opportunities available.

A minimum GPA of 2.75 and at least a "C" in all RT courses and BI162 Medical Terminology, BI213 Human Anatomy & Physiology I - Lecture, BL211 Human Anatomy and Physiology I - Lab, and BI293 Human Anatomy & Physiology I - Lecture, BL291 Human Anatomy and Physiology II - Lab, are required for progression in the major. Failure to meet these criteria will result in dismissal from the program. Students may apply to enter or reenter, although the program will readmit only those students who, in the judgment of the faculty, satisfy the requirements of scholarship, technical standards, and professional suitability. No student will be allowed to enter or reenter after twice receiving less than a "C" in any *RT course (BI162, BI213, BL211, BI293, BL291, RT133, and RT293) or after receiving less than a "C" in any two RT courses.

Preference will be given to students earning the highest GPA. Preference will be given to students earning the highest GPA. Students desiring placement into the Radiologic Technology program must spend two half-days, four hours, at a hospital within a Radiology Department.

Students who are dismissed from the program may appeal, in writing, to the Radiologic Technology Program Director. The appeal should include a recommendation from the academic advisor and/or course instructor. The final decision will be decided by the Radiologic Technology Program Appeal Committee and may be approved or denied based on individual circumstances and an evaluation of the request.

Progression to Radiologic Technology Program

Students desiring a position in the Associate of Science program will be evaluated by the Radiologic Technology program officials of Presentation College. Program requirements include a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75, minimum ACT composite of 18 (may be waived upon approval from the Radiologic Technology Appeal Committee, and successful completion of the prerequisite courses with a "C" or greater. Evaluation will be based on the Radiologic Technology Program Applicant Rubric which includes the following criteria: minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75, minimum ACT composite of 18 (may be waived upon approval from the Radiologic Technology Appeal Committee), progression in all prerequisite courses, and references. Candidates accepted will be admitted to radiologic technology classes and associated clinical which are conducted at Avera St. Luke's Hospital (Aberdeen), Mayo Clinic Health Systems - Mankato, and other clinical sites. Limited positions are available each year, therefore candidates are not guaranteed clinical placement.

In order to ensure patient safety and welfare, applicants must meet the required technical standards which can be found in the Radiologic Technology Program Student Handbook.

Once accepted into the Radiologic Technology program, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. The health form and the following immunizations must be completed and submitted to the program director:
    1. Tetanus (booster every 10 years)
    2. Polio (proof of initial series)
    3. Measles, Mumps, Rubella or titer/screening showing immunity (if born after 1956, you must have two doses of MMR)
    4. Tuberculosis skin test (if there is a positive result, students must have a negative chest x-ray); this is an annual requirement
    5. Hepatitis B (proof of series of three)
  2. Current in American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR throughout the clinical experience
  3. Proof of health insurance
  4. Background check before acceptance into the program (even upon ARRT approval of certification employer/institutions may not hire based on previous criminal history; i.e., misdemeanor and/or felony conviction)

All items must be verified and submitted to the program director prior to the first day of clinical.

Appeal Process

Students may appeal decisions in writing based on admission and progression policies to the Radiologic Technology program director. The appeal should include a recommendation from the academic advisor and/or course instructor. The final decisions will be decided on by the Radiologic Technology Program Appeal Committee and may be approved or denied based on individual circumstances and an evaluation of the request.

Students who appeal and are allowed to provisionally progress must meet with the program director to complete a written contract detailing

  • which requirement was not met
  • the process the student will take to meet the requirement
  • the length of time the student has to meet the minimum requirement

If the student does not meet the minimum requirement in the time allotted in the written contract, the student will be not be allowed to progress in the Radiologic Technology program. During the provisional time of acceptance, students may be subject to certain clinical and/or academic requirements or limitations. Any student accepted under provisional status must meet minimum program acceptance standards within one academic year (two semesters). A formal letter of provisional acceptance stating the terms of the admission to the program will be sent to the student and placed in the student’s official academic file.

Graduation and Certification

Prior to their final semester in the Associate of Science curriculum, students may apply for graduation. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in order to graduate. All graduates are eligible to take the national certifying examination. Note: Persons who have been convicted of a felony offense or any crime involving moral turpitude may not be eligible to write the national certifying exam. Applicants should contact the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) to determine eligibility.

81 credits

Major Requirements (60 crs)

BI162Medical Terminology

2

BI293Human Anatomy & Physiology II - Lecture

3

BL291Human Anatomy & Physiology II - Lab

1

GE411Professional Development

1

RT133Fundamentals of Radiologic Science

3

RT253Radiologic Science Procedures I

3

RT263Radiologic Science Clinical I

3

RT273Radiologic Science Procedures II

3

RT276Radiologic Science Clinical II

3

RT293Radiologic Science Ethics and Patient Care

3

RT294Radiation Physics

3

RT320Radiologic Science Procedures III

3

RT324Radiologic Science Clinical III

3

RT330Radiobiology and Radiation Protection

3

RT340Image Formation, Processing and Display

3

RT350Radiologic Science Procedures IV

3

RT360Radiologic Science Clinical IV

3

RT413Image Analysis and Quality Improvement

3

RT442RT Senior Seminar

2

RT453Radiographic Pathology

3

RT463Radiologic Science Clinical V

3

RT473Radiologic Science Clinical VI

3

General Education Requirements (20-24 crs)

Communication Skills

EN113College Composition I

3

OR

EN114College Composition Ib

4

 

EN133College Composition II

3

Religious and Ethical Education

RS123The Christian Tradition

3

OR

RS143Catholicsm

3

 

RS293Christian Ethics

3

Cultural and Social Heritage

Social Science/Human Culture electives

3

Natural Science and Quantitative Reasoning

MA114Customized Intermediate Algebra

4

Or higher (or competency)

4

 

BI213Human Anatomy & Physiology I - Lecture

3

BL211Human Anatomy & Physiology I - Lab

1

MA114 or higher: Students may meet the mathematics competency by a score of 76 or above on the Elementary Algebra section of the ACCUPLACER placement examination, an ACT math subscore of at least 20, or a Redesigned SAT math subscore of at least 515.

College Experience

GE111College Experience

1

Electives (1 cr)

General Elective

1