Radiologic Technology

Radiologic Technology is the art and science of producing diagnostic medical images using ionizing radiation (x-ray). The five-semester program includes comprehensive coursework and clinical education beginning in the first semester. The on-campus laboratory offers students the opportunity to learn radiographic imaging utilizing computed radiography and direct digital radiography. All lecture and laboratory courses are offered on the Wallace Drive Campus in Gadsden. 

Upon successful completion of the 76 credit-hour program, students are awarded an Associate in Applied Science degree in Radiologic Technology. The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. Graduates are eligible to take the national certification exam offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. 

Online applications for the program are accepted November 1 through June 1.

Background checks will be required upon admission into the program.

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Radiologic Technology

 

A new class will be admitted to the Radiologic Technology Program each Fall Semester. Student selection is based on completion of all requirements: ACT scores, GPA and grades received in required general education courses. Admission to the program is competitive, and the number of students accepted is limited by the number of faculty and clinical space available. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance.

  1. Unconditional admission to the college. Apply for admissions here
  2. Submit online program application by midnight June 1 of the year of admission.
  3. Submit supporting documents to the Admissions Office by the deadline:
    1. All official high school and college transcripts or official GED scores
    2. Official ACT scores (with a minimum composite score of 18 on the national or residual test)
  4. Must be 18 years old
  5. Minimum high school GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale without prior college courses
  6. Minimum of 2.5 GPA for required Radiologic Technology general education courses
  7. Must be eligible for placement into the following courses:
    1. English 101
    2. Math 100
    3. Biology 201
  8. Must be in good standing with the College
  9. Must meet the Essential Functions required for Radiologic Technology students. 
  10. All qualified applicants are required to attend an information session (date to be determined). Reminders will be emailed to applicants. Failure to attend the session will result in being removed from the applicant list.
  11. Pass a criminal background check and drug test upon admission to the program. Students are also subject to random and “for-cause” drug testing during the length of the program.
  12. Submit a completed health questionnaire and immunization records upon request by the program. 
  13. Demonstrate proof of insurance. Students who do not show proof of insurance will not be allowed to attend clinicals.

 

A variety of clinical affiliates are used within the surrounding eight (8) counties. The program makes every effort to avoid excessive driving distances, but cannot guarantee a specific clinical assignment. Students should expect to travel and must have reliable transportation during the five semesters of the program.

Clinical Sites City, County
Gadsden Regional Medical Center Gadsden, Etowah County
Riverview Regional Medical Center Gadsden, Etowah County
Gadsden Orthopedics Gadsden, Etowah County
Northeast Orthopedics Gadsden, Etowah County
Anniston Orthopedics Associates Anniston, Calhoun County
Stringfellow Memorial Hospital Anniston, Calhoun County
Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center Anniston, Calhoun County
Dekalb Regional Medical Center Fort Payne, Dekalb County
Highlands Medical Center Scottsboro, Jackson County
Cherokee Medical Center Centre, Cherokee County
Marshall Medical Center South Boaz, Marshall County
Brookwood Citizens Baptist Medical Center Talladega, Talladega County
Grandview Medical Center (pending) Birmingham, Jefferson County

 

These expenses are in addition to tuition.

Items Cost
Compliance Tracking $100.00 (background check, initial drug screen and health information tracking)
Drug Screen  $37.00 (2nd fall semester, random, "for cause")
Physical and Lab Testing $600.00
Textbooks $600.00 (entire program)
Registry Review Materials $80.00
Medical Liability Insurance $30.00*
Personal Dosimeter $140.00**
Radiographic Identification Markers $32.00
Uniforms  $200.00
Class Picture $40.00
Application Fee for Degree $10.00
Application for ARRT examination $200.00
Total $2069.00

*$15 paid annually each fall semester

**$70 paid annually each fall semester

All fees are approximations and subject to change.

Mission

To provide the health care community with entry level radiographers skilled in diagnostic imaging procedures.

 

Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

1.  Students will competently and safely perform radiologic procedures.

  • SLO#1 – Students will provide quality patient care.
  • SLO#2 – Graduates will provide quality patient care.
  • SLO#3 – Students will be clinically competent.
  • SLO#4 – Graduates will be clinically competent.
  • SLO#5 – Students will use gonadal shielding.
  • SLO#6 – Graduates will maintain a safe work environment.

2.  Students will communicate effectively.

  • SLO#1 – Students will communicate effectively in the health care setting.
  • SLO#2 – Students will communicate effectively in the laboratory setting.
  • SLO#3 - Graduates will communicate effectively in the health care setting.
  • SLO#4 – Students will demonstrate effective written communication skills.

3.  Students will use critical thinking skills.

  • SLO#1 – Students will be adequately prepared to adjust technical factors to produce diagnostic images.
  • SLO#2 – Students will be able to evaluate radiographic quality and determine any corrections needed to produce a diagnostic image.
  • SLO#3 – Students will be able to answer questions related to trauma situations.
  • SLO#4 – Students will produce radiographic images under trauma conditions in the laboratory.

4.  Students will demonstrate professionalism.

  • SLO#1 – Students will demonstrate professional development and growth in the clinical setting.
  • SLO#2 – Students will investigate organizations associated with Radiologic Technology.
  • SLO#3 – Students will develop a resume and five year plan.
  • SLO#4 – Students will complete a project which demonstrates professional growth.

 

The Radiologic Technology Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) to offer the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Radiologic Technology.

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

Curriculum 

Gina Tice

Gina Tice, program director and instructor

256-549-8469

gtice@gadsdenstate.edu

 

Ashley Thompson

Ashley Thompson, clinical coordinator and instructor

256-549-8468

athompson@gadsdenstate.edu