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Radiologic Technology - AAS

This program prepares students to become radiologic technologists. The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) and is offered in cooperation with healthcare facilities approved by the JRCERT. The standards for educational programs are stated in the document entitled "Standards for an Accredited Program for Radiographer" which is available upon request.

Careers

Radiologic Technology is a science which requires the Registered Radiologic Technologist or RT to use various medical diagnostic equipment to create images of patients bodies which help doctors diagnose and treat injuries and disease. The RT utilizes a combination of technical knowledge, knowledge of anatomy, radiation protection methods and human compassion to safely create quality medical images. “Diagnostic Radiography” includes a variety of diagnostic imaging procedures which use x-rays, a form of radiation energy, to create a medical image. An RT registered in Diagnostic Radiography or RT(R) performs procedures that create static and dynamic images of bones, soft tissue organs and the vascular system. RTs are employed by hospitals, medical clinics, mobile imaging services, government agencies and commercial sales organizations. RTs can expand their opportunities by specializing in other imaging disciplines beyond Diagnostic Radiography, including computerized tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine, sonography, radiation therapy or with advanced education a career as a radiologist assistant.

Accreditation

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
312-704-5300
E-mail: mail@jrcert.org

Hutchinson Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The Higher Learning Commission is one of six regional institutional accreditors recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Contact Details

Allied Health
chastaind@hutchcc.edu
620-728-8100
1-888-GO-HUTCH ext. 8100

Admission

The program begins in August of each year. Due to guidelines established by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, enrollment in the HutchCC program is limited.  Applications will be accepted from September 1 - May 24. 

  • Criteria

    To be considered for acceptance into the program, the following criteria must be completed:

    • Complete the following prerequisite college courses with a minimum grade of a C:

      • College Algebra

      • Human Anatomy and Physiology (At least 5 credits AND within the last 3 years. Online anatomy and physiology is NOT recommended.)

      • English Composition IA or IB or Honors English

    • Schedule and sit for the ATI TEAS test (Test of Essential Academic Skills). The ATI TEAS test is a multiple-choice assessment measuring basic academic preparedness in reading, math, science, English and language usage.  A minimum score of a 62 must be obtained to submit an application to the program.  Scores will be valid for 2 years.  Students may only sit twice each application period for the exam. Cost of the exam is $60.00. Payment is non-refundable, required at the time of each exam, and must be in the form of a check or money order written to Hutchinson Community College.  Students may obtain an ATI TEAS test study guide at the HutchCC bookstore (http://www.hutchcc.edu/campus-store/) or go to www.atitesting.com. Students may sign up for an exam date by contacting Cristina Lorden, Program Assistant, at 620-665-4956 or lordenc@hutchcc.edu.

    • Attend an information session, with a radiology faculty member, after receiving a passing score on the assessment exam. Information sessions begin at 12:30pm and are scheduled on the same dates as the ATI TEAS test. Students may sign up for an information session by contacting Cristina Lorden, Program Assistant, at 620-665-4956 or lordenc@hutchcc.edu.

    • Complete a radiology program application during the information session.  It is permissible to apply to the program prior to completion of prerequisite courses.

    • Recommended 6-8 hours observation at a hospital/clinic x-ray department.

    • Submit a word processed essay.  Criteria for essay will be given at the information session.

    • Submit an application for admission to HutchCC to the Admissions Office.

    • Submit official high school and/or college transcripts or GED records to the Records Office at HutchCC.

    • Submit unofficial transcripts to program director after grades for prerequisite classes have been recorded if not taken through HutchCC.

    Scores obtained on the entrance exam will be given points.  A sample of the scoring sheet will be available to prospective students upon request.  Applicants will also receive points on their essay which is scored by a rubric.  Applicants will be rank ordered based upon the total points received.  Completed checklist given at information session must be submitted by May 24th to be considered for admission.  Students on the waiting list must continue to meet all admission criteria to be able to fill vacancies if they become available. Following program acceptance all students will be required to complete a background check. 

    Application check lists, observation forms, and essay information will be given to students during the information session. The faculty of the program asks that you send no information to the HutchCC Radiology Department until you have completed the assessment test, the information session and have completed all items on the checklist. To schedule the assessment test and information session, please contact us.

  • Assessment Test & Information Session Dates

    The following dates are available for taking the assessment test. Testing begins at 8:30. Please make sure that you arrive at the testing site (Davis Hall, room 21) at least 15 minutes prior to testing time.  For those individuals who receive at or above the minimum passing score, the information session will begin at 12:30pm.

    Spring 2019 Test Dates:

    Tuesday, February 12
    Tuesday, March 19
    Tuesday, April 9
    Wednesday, April 24

    Retakes ONLY: Wednesday, May 15

    Assessment testing will take place in Davis Hall room 21. Testing begins promptly at 8:30 a.m.. Individuals arriving after 8:30 will not be permitted to sit for the assessment.  Only persons who have scheduled a time will be allowed sit for the exam. All test rescheduling is the responsibility of the student, and is subject to availability. 

Program Details

  • Mission Statement

    The mission of the Hutchinson Community College Radiologic Technology Program is to provide a curriculum of basic sciences and practical clinical training that provides graduates with the responsibility to deliver safe, high quality medical imaging services in a variety of healthcare environments. The program establishes rigorous and measurable performance standards for all students and fosters the professionalism needed for patient-centered healthcare delivery. The program provides students with the necessary prerequisite requirements to transfer to other institutions to further their educational and career goals.

    Students will be clinically competent

    • Students and Graduates will effectively position patients.
    • Students will appropriately provide radiation protection.
    • Students will demonstrate knowledge and skills of patient care.
    • Students will select appropriate technical factors.

    Students will demonstrate professionalism and professional growth

    • Students and graduates will demonstrate proper behaviors expected of healthcare professionals.
    • Student and graduates will participate in professional development.

    Students will demonstrate necessary problem solving and critical thinking skills

    • Students will demonstrate independent judgment and discretion.
    • Students will demonstrate the ability to modify the procedure of non-routine examinations.

    Students will demonstrate communication skills

    • Students will demonstrate written communication skills.
    • Students will demonstrate oral communication skills.

    To provide graduates who will satisfy the affiliate hospitals, communities, and professional need for certified radiographers

    • Students enrolled in the program graduate from the program.
    • Graduates are able to find employment in the profession.
    • Graduates will pass the ARRT exam on the first attempt.
    • Employers will be satisfied with the graduates performance.
    • Graduates indicate an overall satisfaction with the program.
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Transfer Policy

  1. Acceptance of a transfer request will be based upon the availability of a program opening and approval from clinical affiliate(s).  All clinical competencies must be completed from HutchCC.
  2. The HutchCC Program Director will contact the Program Director of the school the student attended or is attending to determine the circumstances of the transfer.  The student is responsible for furnishing all pertinent records from the school previously attended.
  3. The student will be required to take the HutchCC program assessment test and score equal to or more than the lowest score of the accepted class.
  4. The Program Director will evaluate the previous school's syllabi to determine which classes are equivalent to HutchCC classes.  Students must then receive at least a 70% on the final examination of those didactic course.

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