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Toledo Campus: Associate of Applied Science Degree in Radiologic Technology

Radiologic Technology

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Work directly with patients in a challenging, high-tech and in-demand career

If this matches what you are looking for, Mercy College’s accredited Radiologic Technology program might be the picture perfect program for you. Radiologic Technology is the art and science of using x-rays or high-level energy through the use of modern equipment to produce quality diagnostic images. Mercy College Rad Tech graduates are experts in the field of imaging, working directly with patients and assisting in the diagnosis and treatment of injury and disease.

The Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology program courses begin in the fall semester (August) however students can be admitted and begin taking pre-requisite and general education courses toward their program of choice in the fall semester (August), spring semester (January), or summer semester (May).

Priority Deadline for Admission to Radiologic Technology

January 15, priority deadline. New students meeting program criteria, must have a completed admissions file, all transcripts received, by the priority deadline. Students submitting applications for admission after the priority deadline, may be reviewed but may or may not be eligible for a program seat due to reaching capacity of clinical seats. Students applying after the January 15 deadline, may be offered a spot on the wait list. Check with an admissions officer for questions regarding the priority deadline and program wait list.

Program Overview

It is a belief that the education of radiologic technologists is responsive to national and community trends. Changes in society influence the values and expectations placed upon healthcare professionals and institutions. The needs and influences of society and new technology impact the delivery of medical care and the continued development of radiologic technologists.The program strives to set realistic and achievable goals/objectives for each student based on professional standards. The goal is to produce a competent practitioner who can function in a rapidly changing healthcare environment. Education is a continuous process through which learners develop knowledge, skills and attitudes resulting in cognitive, affective and psychomotor changes. The faculty facilitates the teaching/learning process through the sequential presentation of concepts, theories and experiential activities within an environment that promotes mutual trust, critical thinking and self-development.

Mission: To educate and prepare students for entry-level Radiologic Technology positions as compassionate, competent health care professionals.

Sample program of study for Associate of Applied Science Degree in Radiologic Technology.

Curriculum effective Fall 2018. For students enrolled prior to Fall 2018, please reference the Mercy College catalog.

To develop graduates who:

  1. Demonstrate clinical competence in performing diagnostic radiographic procedures in a compassionate, professional manner.
  2. Demonstrate problem-solving and critical thinking skills in radiography.
  3. Employ effective oral and written communication skills.
  4. Understand the importance of continuous learning, professional development and Christian values.
  5. To develop graduates who meet the needs of the healthcare community as employable radiographers.

At the completion of the Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Produce diagnostic quality radiographs.
  2. Apply radiation protection to patients, self, and others.
  3. Provide age-appropriate patient care and comfort.
  4. Function effectively in a variety of clinical situations.
  5. Evaluate radiographic images for appropriate quality.
  6. Demonstrate effective communication skills in the classroom and clinical settings.
  7. Practice professional behaviors and understand the need for continuous professional education.
  8. Understand the Code of Ethics for Radiologic Technologists and integrate Christian values with clinical practice.
  9. Perform at entry-level expectations.
  10. Successfully complete the radiography program and obtain employment.

Program Outcomes

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    Program outcomes data for Radiologic Technology programs, including the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Radiography Exam Pass Rate

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Career Outlook

Employment Growth

According to the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Employment of radiologic technologists is expected to increase by about 28 percent from 2012 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.”

Hospitals will be a primary employer for radiologic technologists, however employment is predicted to grow rapidly in diagnostic imaging centers, clinics and physician offices by 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions

Although your technical skills for producing diagnostic images are important, your ability to educate patients, address their concerns and solicit cooperation is of equal value. There is an art of radiologic technology that comes with adaptation to many situations that can develop during the imaging process. So, if you want to combine technology with human compassion to create a career focused on the care of patients, you’ll find many exciting opportunities in this field.

The following responsibilities rest with the Radiographer:

  • Prepare patients for radiographic examinations
  • Explain the procedure
  • Position the patients so that the correct parts of the body can be radiographed
  • Limit the x-ray beam
  • Shield the patients with lead protective devices to prevent unnecessary radiation exposure
  • Position radiographic equipment at the correct angle and distance from the patient’s body
  • Set the appropriate technical factors on the x-ray control panel to produce images of the appropriate diagnostic density, contrast and detail (with an understanding of tissue thickness, density, and pathology)

You’re probably already familiar with the use of the x-ray to diagnose broken bones. However, you’ll find that diagnostic imaging goes far beyond that to include imaging every body system. CT Scanning, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Mammography, as well as Cardiovascular Interventional Imaging provide separate career paths, following studies that prepare individuals for entry-level employment in the field. Places that need Radiologic Technologist/Radiographers include hospitals, physicians’ offices, clinics and diagnostic imaging centers.

The Radiologic Technology Program at Mercy College of Ohio is a 24-month program. To become a Registered Technologist Radiographer, graduates are required to pass The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists exam.

Some states require licensure to practice. Studies include Anatomy, Physiology, Radiation Biology, Positioning, Radiation Physics, Pathology, and Patient Care Skills.

Admission Requirements

An applicant must be a high school graduate with a grade point average
(GPA) of at least 2.7 or higher or a general equivalency diploma (GED) recipient with a score of 570 (score of 57 prior to 2002).

An applicant must have the following test scores:

  • ACT composite score of 21, with a score of 20 on mathematics sub-test and a score of 19 on scientific reasoning sub-test, or SAT with a combined score of 1060 or above.
  • ACT/SAT is waived for transfer students who have earned a minimum of 15 college semester hours at a regionally accredited college with a minimum 2.7 GPA.

Applicants must have completed and passed these high school courses, or their college equivalents, within the past seven years:

  • Algebra** — one unit
  • Biology** — one unit
  • Chemistry** with a lab — one unit

All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better; a grade of “B” or better preferred. The seven-year limit applies to all students, even for a student who holds degrees.

Each completed application is given individual attention. Admission is competitive and the most qualified applicants will be considered first. Admission is not guaranteed.