The Radiologic Technology Program at Roxbury Community College is a 2 year Associate of Science Degree Program. The program includes 4 academic semesters and one summer practicum between the second and third semesters.
The goal of the program is to prepare students to be competent practitioners, eligible for entry-level positions as radiographers, in a rapidly changing health care environment. Upon completion of the program, graduates will have obtained the knowledge and skills expected of entry-level radiographers in accordance with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and will be eligible to take the national radiology exam, a pre-requisite to seeking employment as a registered entry-level radiographer. Graduates who successfully pass the national exam become licensed in the state of Massachusetts and work in hospitals, clinics, medical offices and other health care settings. Radiographers utilize their patient care skills and knowledge of state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging equipment to help diagnose orthopedic problems, as well other pathologic conditions. The radiographer is part of a medical team. Graduates will also be eligible for advanced certification in specialty areas, such as mammography. In addition to practice, graduates may choose to continue their education at the university level for advanced allied health education, administration, or research.
The program objectives include the ability of graduates to deliver effective, evidence-based client-centered care in radiography and practice as members of interdisciplinary teams with a focus on quality improvement and cultural competence. Also, graduates are expected to demonstrate effective written and oral communication and information technology skills, demonstrate effective problem-solving and critical thinking skills, and actively participate in professional development and life-long learning activities.
Students receive practical experience as part of their course of study at four major clinical sites in and around Boston. Students should be prepared to attend clinical practice 3 days per week and participate in a fulltime summer practicum between the first and second years. Prospective students are encouraged to attend one of the program’s information sessions to receive information regarding admission requirements.
Roxbury Community College’s program in Radiologic Technology is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.
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Mission and Goals:
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.
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).
Graduates will demonstrate competence in performing entry-level medical radiography procedures.
Graduates will demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Graduates will actively participate in professional development and life-long learning activities.
Graduates will demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills.
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:
- Assist with lifting/moving patients from wheelchairs, stretchers, and beds to the x-ray table and vice versa.
- Lift, carry, and push/pull bulky, heavy equipment. i.e. several cassettes, portable x-ray equipment, etc.
- Reach overhead to move a ceiling mounted x-ray tube or other equipment.
The program requires the capability to demonstrate the following audible abilities:
- 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)
- 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:
- The ability to manipulate equipment, position patients, and handle sterile supplies without compromise.
- The ability to manipulate small knobs or controls on x-ray generators.
- To prepare needles and syringes for injection
The program requires the capability to demonstrate the following visual acuity:
- 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)
- The ability to read a requisition for information regarding the requested x-ray.
The program requires the capability to demonstrate the following:
- Rapid, simultaneous mental and muscular coordination; to adapt procedures and techniques of activities to accommodate changing status of a patient’s condition/mobility.
- Tolerance for exposure to chemicals used in photographic film processing and/or cleaning materials.
- Ability to apply and wear protective gloves for the purpose of universal or standard precautions.