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Radiologic Technology

If you are looking for a health care career that works with the latest advances in medical care where you will be a vital part of the patient care team, radiologic technology is a good choice.

What can I do in radiologic technology?

Radiologic technologists perform diagnostic imaging examinations on patients. They are responsible for preparing patients for procedures, adjusting and maintaining equipment, and working with physicians to get the best images possible to properly evaluate the patient.

What characteristics and skills do I need to work in this field?

Since they are in a patient care role, radiologic technologists should have strong interpersonal skills, especially since patients need to feel at ease so the technologist can get usable images. Math, computer, critical thinking and technical skills are important to being successful in this career.

Where can I work?

Radiologic technologists can work in hospitals, outpatient clinics and physician offices.

What does Trident Technical College offer?

Trident Technical College’s accredited Radiologic Technology program prepares students for a rewarding career in a health care setting where they help diagnose medical problems. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the national certification examination offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (www.arrt.org).

Program Information

The Radiologic Technology program begins each Summer Semester. Classes include didactic, laboratory and clinical components. Classes are usually scheduled Monday through Friday between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The Radiologic Technology program cannot accept part-time students.

Students enrolled in the Radiologic Technology program will follow a six-semester curriculum with general education and professional courses being taught at the Main Campus and at Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester county health care facilities. All Radiologic Technology courses are taught during daytime hours; however some clinical rotations will require specific evening and weekend hours. 

 Note:  The Hepatitis B vaccination series (including titer) is now required for students entering the program. The Hepatitis B vaccination series (including titer) takes approximately 8 months to complete. It is strongly recommended that you begin the series as soon as possible so that it is completed prior to your start date.

All requirements must be met for students to be moved forward if a vacancy becomes available.  

Accreditation

The Radiologic Technology program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) (20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-2182, (312) 704-5300 mail@jrcert.org, http://www.jrcert.org/).

Mission Statement: The Radiologic Technology program at Trident Technical College is an associate degree program aimed at providing students with a high quality education and excellent clinical skills which students will utilize to become successful professionals in the field of radiologic technology.

Philosophy: As an integral part of Trident Technical College, the Radiologic Technology program derives its overall purposes and functions from the mission statement of Trident Technical College. It subscribes to the college’s mission to prepare individuals for marketable job skills and to promote the economic development and improvement of the quality of life in the communities it serves.

Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes: The Radiologic Technology program has established goals and student learning outcomes in accordance with the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Student learning outcomes are assessed using benchmarks utilizing a variety of tools including student assignments, clinical evaluations, procedural competencies, laboratory assessments, employer follow-up surveys, graduate follow-up surveys, etc.

Goal: Students will demonstrate academic and clinical competence as an entry-level radiographer who meets the needs of the community.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will effectively operate radiographic equipment to produce quality images.
  • Students will practice appropriate patient care skills.     
  • Students will effectively apply positing skills.
  • Students will effectively practice radiation protection skills.

Goal: Students will demonstrate effective written and communication skills in the academic and clinical settings.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will effectively display written communication skills.
  • Students will effectively display oral communication skills.

Goal: Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills and problem solving skills in the academic and clinical settings.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will effectively demonstrate the ability to make decisions and use sound judgment.
  • Students will demonstrate appropriate positioning and patient care skills in diverse situations.      

Goal:  Students will demonstrate professional development and growth.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will exhibit professional and ethical behavior as a radiographer.
  • Students will participate in professional development activities on and off campus.

Program performance is reflected through program effectiveness data defined by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) (20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-2182, (312) 704-5300, mail@jrcert.org, http://www.jrcert.org/). Program effectiveness data includes program completion rate, credentialing examination pass rate and job placement rate. Below is the most current data reported to JRCERT. This information can also be found at www.jrcert.org/resources/program-effectiveness-data. Questions regarding program effectiveness data should be directed to the Program Director. 

The 2016 Annual Report reflected the following:

Program Completion Rate:  January 1 – December 31, 2016:  86%

The program completion rate is calculated by dividing the number of students who completed the program by the number of students who initially enrolled in the program. 19 of the 22 students initially enrolled graduated in 2016.

Credentialing Examination Pass Rate: January 2012 – December 2016:  79%

The credentialing pass rate is defined as the number of graduates who pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) examination as compared with the number of graduates who take the examination. This data is documented as a five-year average of the first attempt only within six months of graduation. 84 of the 106 graduates passed the ARRT credentialing examination on the first attempt.

Job Placement Rate: January 2012 – December 2016: 79%

The job placement rate is defined as the number of graduates employed in the radiologic sciences as compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in the radiologic sciences. This data is documented as a 5-year average job placement within twelve-months (12) of graduation. 88 of the 111 graduates who actively sought employment obtained employment in the radiologic sciences within twelve months (12) of graduation.