2020-2021 College Catalog

Radiologic Technology AAS

Radiologic Technology AAS (Major Code: RT23)

Program Description

The Radiologic Technology associate degree program is a sequence of courses that prepares students for positions in radiology departments and related businesses and industries. Learning opportunities develop academic, technical, and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasizes a combination of didactic and clinical instruction necessary for successful employment. Program graduates receive an associate of applied science degree, have the qualifications of a radiographer, and are eligible to sit for a national certification examination for radiographers. 

Accreditation

The Atlanta Technical College Radiologic Technology Program is accredited by the Joint Review Commission on Education in Radiologic Technology.
jrcert.org
Program Effectiveness Data Link
Email: mail@jcert.org

Program Mission Statement and Goals

The mission of the Atlanta Technical College Radiologic Technology Program is to prepare competent entry-level radiographers able to function in the healthcare community.

1. Students will be clinically competent
1.1. Students will apply proper positioning skills
1.2. Students will select proper technical factors
1.3. Students will properly utilize correct radiation protection techniques (ALARA)

2. Students will communicate effectively
2.1. Students will demonstrate good written communication skills
2.2. Students will demonstrate good age specific oral communication skills

3. Students will demonstrate good critical thinking and problem solving skills
3.1. Students will adjust technical factors based on patient conditions.
3.2. Students will adapt standard procedures for non-routine patients.
3.3. Students will critique images to determine diagnostic quality

4. Students will demonstrate professional demeanor
4.1. Students will demonstrate proper work ethics
4.2. Students will demonstrate a high level of engagement while in the clinical site

Program Effectiveness Data

The following is the most current program effectiveness data. Our programmatic accreditation agency, the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), defines and publishes this information. Click here to go directly to the JRCERT webpage.

Credentialing Examination: The number of students who pass, on the first attempt, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification. examination, or an unrestricted state licensing examination, compared with the number of graduates who take the examination of six months of graduation. The five-year average benchmark established by the JRCERT is 75%.

Rad Tech Completion Rates

Job Placement: The number of graduates employed in the radiologic sciences compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in the radiologic sciences within twelve months of graduating. The five-year average benchmark established by the JRCERT is 75%

Rad Tech Job Placement Rates

Program Completion: The number of students who complete the program within the stated program length. The annual benchmark established by the program is 80%.

Rad Tech Completion Rates

Note: Please note there were no graduates in the year 2017. There were 2 graduating classes in 2016.

 

Career Information

Occupation

Radiologic Technologists and Technicians 

Career Projections

The number of jobs in this field is expected to increase by 16% nationally and 16% in the State of Georgia over the next several years. Estimated salaries in this field start at $50,000 a year.
Labor market data was compiled using Economic Modeling Specialists, international and is updated annually.

Career Coach

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Admission Requirements

General College Admissions Requirements

Program Specific Admissions Requirements

Students must meet all admission requirements of the college including official high school or GED transcript, achievement of minimum program admission scores in Reading, Language, and Math, transfer of previous post-secondary credits and have reached the age of 18. Applicants must be in good academic standing at the time of selection to receive consideration as candidates for admission. Admission to the Radiologic Technology Program is based on a competitive selection process. The program admits students once per year for the fall semester. There are minimum requirements for admission to the program and meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Applicants not selected for the program may reapply during subsequent admission intake periods.

Submit the completed admissions packet to the Radiologic Technology program office after completing the following steps:

• Complete prerequisite core courses (general education coursework; see below)
• Attend an information session
• Take and score 65 on each of the three required sections of the HESI-2 test.

The program grants an Associate Degree in Applied Science. The following courses are required for graduation but can be completed either prior to admission into the program or during the program.

• Area II Requirements (Minimum 3 hours PSYC 1101)
• Area IV requirements (Minimum 3 hours (Any Humanities based course)
SPCH 1101

1. Prerequisite core courses: Must have earned a grade of “C” or better in all prerequisite courses and have at least a 3.0 GPA in the prerequisite courses to be considered.

ENGL 1101
MATH 1101 or MATH 1111 
• Health Science 1090 Medical Terminology Grade 
• Biology 2113 Anatomy & Physiology and its lab component 
• Biology 2114 Anatomy & Physiology and its lab component

The following classes must be less than five (5) years old: BIOL 2113, BIOL 2113 Lab, BIOL 2114, BIOL 2114 Lab, ALHS 1090.

• Must ensure that transfer courses from other approved institutions of higher education are no more than five (5) years old; these include, BIOL 2113, BIOL 2113 Lab, BIOL 2114, BIOL 2114 Lab, ALHS 1090.
• *Requirements for transferring courses from another approved institution includes ensuring BIOL 2113, BIOL 2113 Lab, BIOL 2114, BIOL 2114 Lab, ALHS 1090, are less than five (5) years old.
In addition, the student must maintain a minimum, overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 while in the program.

2. Program Information Sessions are offered throughout the school year and prospective students must attend at least one. The Program hosts these information sessions to provide detailed information about the profession and the program itself. Prospective students will gain useful information regarding program costs, program requirements, program course information etc. Radiologic Technology program information sessions will continue to be held virtually for the Spring 2021 semester. No program information sessions are held during the Summer term; sessions are only held during the Fall and Spring terms. The dates will be posted on this web page.

Information Session Spring 2021 Dates
February 17, 2021 at 5pm
March 17, 2021 at 5pm
April 21, 2021 at 5pm
May 5, 2021 at 5pm

Please contact Danielle Hibbert at dhibbert@atlantatech.edu if you are interested in attending the virtual session so we can provide you with the access information.

3. Submit scores for the HESI-2 assessment examination. We encourage you to take this assessment when you have completed or nearly completed BIOL 2114 and ALHS 1090.

Spring 2021 dates for the HESI 2 test at ATC Testing Center
- January 26th, 2021
- February 23rd, 2021
- March 23rd, 2021
*Additional tests may be added towards the end of the Spring 2021 term. Please contact the ATC Testing Center for details regarding this.

Regarding the HESI-2 tests in the ATC Testing Center, please direct any questions regarding scheduled exams at the Atlanta Technical College Testing Center (Main Campus and ATC South), by contacting testing@atlantatech.edu 404-225-4681.
Select to register for HESI-2 tests.

4. Submit an application to the ATC Radiologic Technology program. This application is available on request after February 1st and is distributed during the information session. The deadline to apply for the Radiologic Technology program is May 28, 2021. Select for Radiologic Technology program application. If you are not a current Atlanta Technical College student, you must apply and have all transcripts submitted to the college before the deadline of May 28, 2021.

*Please note: Priority will be given to local Georgia state resident applicants over other applicants (including out-of state and international).*

Blood and Airborne Pathogens

Students enrolled in Category I and II programs at Atlanta Technical College will be performing tasks in which there is a normal occurrence for exposure to blood, other potentially infectious body materials, and airborne pathogens.

These tasks will be performed in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical activities for each occupational training program/course. Students will be required to present documentation of Hepatitis B and Tuberculosis immunizations as a result of potential occupational exposure. Students should contact their program directors for more information. Policies and procedures regarding blood and airborne pathogens may be reviewed at https://tcsg.edu/tcsgpolicy/tcsg_policy_manual.pdf.

Students may be required to sign waivers acknowledging potential exposure to Corona Virus on campus or in the clinical setting.

Program Contact Information

Danielle Hibbert
Program Coordinator, Radiologic Technology
Brenda Watts Jones Allied Health Building H149B
404-225-4567

dhibbert@atlantatech.edu

Program Length and Cost

Minimum Program Length in Semester Terms: 7 terms

Credit Hours: 77

Estimated Program Cost: $11,809

Course Outline

General Education Courses (15 Credits)

Area I – Language Arts/Communication (Both Required)

ENGL 1101Composition and Rhetoric

3

SPCH 1101Public Speaking

3

Area II – Social/Behavioral Science

PSYC 1101Introductory Psychology

3

Area III – Natural Sciences/Mathematics – Select one of the following

MATH 1101Mathematical Modeling

3

MATH 1111College Algebra

3

Area IV – Humanities/Fine Arts – Select one of the following

ARTS 1101Art Appreciation

3

ENGL 1102Literature and Composition

3

ENGL 2130American Literature

3

HUMN 1101Introduction to Humanities

3

Non General Education Degree Courses (8 Credits)

BIOL 2113Anatomy and Physiology I

3

And

BIOL 2113LAnatomy & Physiology I Lab

1

 

BIOL 2114Anatomy and Physiology II

3

And

BIOL 2114LAnatomy & Physiology II Lab

1

Occupational Courses (54 Credits)

ALHS 1090MedTerm/Allied Health Sciences

2

RADT 1010Into. To Radiology

4

RADT 1030Radiographic Procedures I

3

RADT 1060Radiographic Procedures II

3

RADT 1065Radiologic Science

2

RADT 1075Radiographic Imaging

4

RADT 1085Radiologic Equipment

3

RADT 1200Radiation Biology & Protection

3

RADT 1320Clinical Radiography I

4

RADT 1330Clinical Radiography II

7

RADT 2090Radiographic Procedures III

2

RADT 2260Radiologic Technology Reveiw

3

RADT 2340Clinical Radiography III

6

RADT 2360Clinical Radiography V

9

Total Credit Hours: 77

 

Program Outcomes

1. The program will provide graduates an education that acknowledges individual differences and respects the right of individuals to seek fulfillment of educational needs.
2. The program will provide graduates an environment that encourages the individual to benefit and contribute as a partner in the economic process, development and stability of Georgia.
3. The program will provide graduates an education that develops the potential of each student to become a productive, responsible, and upwardly mobile member of society.
4. The program will provide graduates a quality radiologic technology education in an atmosphere that fosters interest in and enthusiasm for learning.
5. The program will prepare graduates to function as accountable and responsible members within their field of endeavor.
6. The program will prepare graduates to function as safe and competent practitioners in radiography.
7. The program will prepare graduates with the highest level of competence possible given the constraints of the interest and ability levels of individuals.
8. The program will provide graduates an educational and related services without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, handicapping condition, academic disadvantage, or economic disadvantage.
9. The program will foster employer participation, understanding, and confidence in the instructional process and the competence of radiologic technology program graduates.
10. The program will provide guidance to assist students in pursuing educational opportunities that maximize their professional potential.
11. The program will encourage program graduates to recognize and to act upon individual needs for continuing education as a function of growth and maintenance of professional competence.