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Program Statistics

Program Effectiveness Data

Program Completion Rate (2009 – 2013): 83%
47 Students began Program
35 Graduates completed Program

ARRT Examination Pass Rate (2009 – 2013): 84%
(Exam taken within 6 months of graduation)
25 First Time Examinees
21 Passed National Exam 1st Time

Employment Rate (2009 – 2013): 83%
30 Graduates Seeking Employment
25 Graduates Employed within 6 Months

 

Technical Standards - Physical Requirements

The following describes the physical abilities necessary to complete the Radiologic Technology Program at Roxbury Community College.  These standards are not conditions of admission to the program.  Each applicant for the Radiologic Technology Program however, prior to application, should review these requirements to determine their abilities to successfully fulfill the clinical competency requirements and physical demands of the profession.

The program requires the capability to demonstrate the following physical activities:

  1. Assist with lifting/moving patients from wheelchairs, stretchers, and beds to the x-ray table and vice versa.
  2. Lift, carry, and push/pull bulky, heavy equipment.  i.e. several cassettes, portable x-ray equipment, etc.
  3. Reach overhead to move a ceiling mounted x-ray tube or other equipment.

The program requires the capability to demonstrate the following audible abilities:

  1. To detect and respond to verbal communication and acoustic signals on medical devices and equipment from a distance of six feet. (corrective devices may be used)
  2. Communicate, orally and in writing, instructions and directions to/from patients and other healthcare personnel.

The program requires the capability to demonstrate the following manual dexterity and fine motor skills:

  1. The ability to manipulate equipment, position patients, and handle sterile supplies without compromise.
  2. The ability to manipulate small knobs or controls on x-ray generators.
  3. To prepare needles and syringes for injection

The program requires the capability to demonstrate the following visual acuity:

  1. The ability to determine subtle differences in gradual changes in blacks, grays, and whites for purposes of assessing images for technical quality.  (Corrective lenses are permitted)
  2. The ability to read a requisition for information regarding the requested x-ray.

The program requires the capability to demonstrate the following:

  1. Rapid, simultaneous mental and muscular coordination; to adapt procedures and techniques of activities to accommodate changing status of a patient’s condition/mobility.
  2. Tolerance for exposure to chemicals used in photographic film processing and/or cleaning materials.
  3. Ability to apply and wear protective gloves for the purpose of universal or standard precautions.

Radiologic Technology Program Requirements

Associate of Science Degree in Radiology Technology

The Radiologic Technologist works within the healthcare environment to provide diagnostic images for treatment and diagnosis. The imaging professional is responsible for accurately positioning patients and ensuring that a quality diagnostic image is produced. Each Radiologic Technologist is responsible for radiation safety, radiation protection and basic patient care. Clinical experience in Boston – area hospitals combined with coursework prepares graduates for positions in this high demand field.

3 CreditsMAT 100 level or aboveCollege level Math course
(Algebra, Statistics, Pre-calculus, or Calculus)

Prerequisite Courses   10 credits
3 credits ENG 101 English Composition I
4 credits SCI 201 Anatomy and Physiology I *

Note: Prerequisite courses should be completed before applying to the program. See program admissions information. The student must be selected to the program before registering for Radiology/Allied Health (HLT) courses. It is recommended that students complete other general education courses before applying (Anat and Phys II, English II, Psychology, Humanities elective).

Program Courses   58 credits

First Semester-FALL 

   14
4 credits SCI  202 Anatomy and Physiology II
3 credits HLT 150 Introduction to Radiology Technology
3 credits HLT 152 Basic Radiographic Procedures
4 credits HLT 154 Clinical Practicum I

 

Second Semester-SPRING    12
3 credits HLT 170  Principles of Radiologic Quality
3 credits HLT 171    Radiologic Instrumentation
3 credits HLT 172 Intermediate Radiographic Procedures
3 credits HLT 174 Clinical Practicum II

 

Third Semester-SUMMER    5
5 credits HLT 175 Clinical Practicum III

 

Fourth Semester-FALL    14
4 credits HLT 250  Fundamentals of Radiobiology
3 credits HLT 252 Advanced Radiographic Procedures                 
4 credits HLT 254 Clinical Practicum IV
3 credits ENG 102 English Composition II

 

Fifth Semester-SPRING    13
3 credits HLT 270  Topics in Radiology Technology
4 credits HLT 274 Clinical Practicum V
3 credits SSI  122   General Psychology
3 credits   Elective (Humanities is recommended)

 

Total   68 credits

Radiologic Technology Mission and Goals

Mission

In collaboration with the mission statement of Roxbury Community College:
The Radiologic Technology Program prepares students for evidence-based practice in a rapidly changing, diverse health care environment supported by quality clinical facilities and instruction and a strong core curriculum in general education.

Goals

The goals of the Radiologic Technology Program are in accordance with nationally recognized Standards of Practice (ASRT), Standards of Ethics (ARRT) and Standards of Accreditation (JRCERT).

GOAL 1
Graduates will demonstrate competence in performing entry-level medical radiography procedures.

GOAL 2
Graduates will demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills.

GOAL 3
Graduates will actively participate in professional development and life-long learning activities.

GOAL 4
Graduates will demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Graduates will accurately position patients.
  • Graduates will provide quality patient care
  • Graduates will practice radiation safety
  • Graduates will perform non routine exams
  • Graduates will modify technical factors
  • Graduates will demonstrate leadership skills
  • Graduates will demonstrate professional behaviors
  • Graduates will demonstrate professional verbal communication skills
  • Graduates will demonstrate effective written communication skills

Radiologic Technology Course Descriptions

FIRST YEAR

HLT 150 - Introduction To Radiologic Technology

This beginning level course provides an introduction to the organization and operation of agencies providing health care and radiologic services. Medical terminology and radiologic topics including elementary radiation protection, professional ethics, darkroom techniques, common contrast media, photographic principals of radiographic exposure, film and intensifying screens are presented. The student will also perform core clinical competencies in patient care.

HLT 152 - Basic Radiographic Procedures

In this laboratory course, the student is presented with all routine radiographic procedures and applicable anatomy of the appendicular skeleton. Laboratory positioning exercises prepare the student for practical application of the procedures in the assigned radiology department in health care agencies.

HLT 154 - Clinical Practicum I

In this first clinical course, students are oriented to the clinical practicum experience and health agency guidelines, and learn about medical ethics and patient interaction. Observation and supervised performance of required radiographic examinations for clinical competence includes positioning of the chest, abdomen, upper and lower extremities.

HLT 170 - Principles Of Radiographic Quality

This second semester course continues to build on the foundation knowledge presented in the introductory courses. Student learning emphasizes topics of patient care, contrast media, radiographic quality, utilization of devices for improving the radiographic image, and equipment sterilization.

HLT 171 - Radiologic Instrumentation

This second semester course of the radiologic technology program presents and expands upon principles of general physics and concepts in technical math. This course presents the foundations of electrical physics and principles related to the radiography field. Topics will include an understanding of physics principles, concepts, and components) required in the electrical production of radiation used in the clinical setting and of the principles used in image capturing techniques. The course also presents basic interactions of radiation with matter. Applied radiographic calculations are also covered.

HLT 172 - Intermediate Radiographic Procedures

In this second laboratory course, the student continues to be presented with routine radiographic procedures and applicable anatomy of the axial skeleton. Phantom radiography and role-playing prepare the student for practical application of the procedures in the assigned radiology department in health care agencies.

HLT 174 - Clinical Practicum II

In this second clinical course, students continue to learn the fundamentals of radiographic positioning and principles of radiographic exposure, including examinations of the pelvis and hips, ribs and sternum, spine, digestive system, urinary tract and biliary system. This clinical practicum also provides students with additional film critique and the principles of pediatric radiography.

 

SECOND YEAR

HLT 175 - Clinical Practicum III - 5 credits

A nine week summer clinical experience providing the student with the opportunity to improve skills and gain confidence in the application of new techniques. The student is introduced to the operating room, the fluoroscopic room, and portables.
40 hrs. weekly/ 9 weeks.

HLT 250 - Fundamentals of Radiobiology - 4 credits

This course is designed to provide fundamental information in the area of applied radiobiology. Course topics will include basic interactions of radiation and matter, biological effects, radiation dose, occupational and non-occupational dose equivalent limits, exposure monitoring and units of measurement.

HLT 252 - Advanced Radiographic Procedures 3 credits

Major topics include skull, facial and sinus anatomy and positioning. Myelography, Arthrography, angiography and cross sectional anatomy will be introduced. Special radiographic procedures include computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging. Phantom radiography and role-playing prepare the student for practical application of these procedures in the assigned Radiology department in health care agencies. Radiographically significant pathology will be included.

HLT 254 - Clinical Practicum IV - 4 credits

The senior student begins this clinical practicum demonstrating competence in the basic skills and exams learned in the first year. The student has progressed both professionally and educationally through the summer practicum and now takes on the advanced positions and procedures of the program. The student must demonstrate growth and development in both clinical and professional behavior during this practicum. The “Critical Clinical Objectives” for this practicum MUST be met to continue in the program.

HLT 274 - Clinical Practicum V - 4 credits

The senior student begins this last clinical practicum demonstrating competence in the basic skills and exams learned in the first year. The student has progressed both professionally and educationally through the Program and continues to grow and develop both professionally and technically. All mandatory and elective competencies must be demonstrated for completion and graduation. The “Critical Clinical Objectives” for this practicum MUST be met to continue in the program.

HLT 270 – Topics in Radiology Technology - 3 credits

This course is designed to round out the student’s educational experience in the Program. Major topics included are Emergency medicine, Pharmacology, Quality Management, Ethics in Health Care, Professional and Career Development beyond the student status, and Radiologic Pathology.