Radiologic Technology

The Radiography program allows students to participate in classroom instruction, laboratory demonstration and practice and perform radiographic procedures, and clinical experiences.

The program is recognized by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology. Following program completion, the graduate is eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Examination (ARRT) to become a Registered Radiologic Technologist. Upon becoming ARRT (R), the graduate automatically qualifies to be a Texas Certified Medical Radiologic Technologist. The GC program will assist all graduating students with the application processes for the ARRT Board Exam and the Texas MRT Certification.

Important Information for Applicants

In order to accomplish the objectives of this program, the student must be able to meet the Occupational Performance Requirements of Radiologic Technologists. In order to accomplish the objectives of the Radiography program, students must have:

  • Visual acuity, with corrective lenses to identify cyanosis, absence of respiratory movement in patients, and to read small print on medication containers, physicians’ orders, monitors, gauges, and equipment calibrations.
  • Hearing ability, with auditory aids to understand the normal speaking voice without viewing the speaker’s face and to hear monitor alarms, emergency signals, call bells, and stethoscope sounds originating from a patient’s blood vessels, heart, lung, and abdomen.
  • Physical ability to: Stand and walk for prolonged periods of time; perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation; lift patients to move onto and off of the radiographic table; lift and manipulate patients in the radiographic room as well as in hospital beds for proper placement of radiographic film holders; move from room to room, maneuvering in limited spaces and move, push, maneuver heavy, mobile radiographic machines into and out of patient rooms, surgery, intensive care units, and all other patient areas.
  • Strength to lift approximately a minimum of 30 lbs. and walk a minimum distance of approximately 30 feet.
  • Shoulder range of motion to reach up, push, pull, and maneuver radiographic equipment with overhead suspension and manually position, tilt, and angle radiographic tube housings in accurate relationship to the patients and image receptors.
  • Speaking ability to communicate effectively in verbal and written form.
  • Ability to speak clearly and succinctly when explaining procedures, describing patient conditions, and giving directions to the patient.
  • Fine motor skills to write legibly and correctly in the legal documentation of radiographic procedures and patient conditions/occurrences.
  • Manual dexterity to use sterile techniques, to insert catheters, and to prepare and administer contrast media and medications (IV and IM) as directed by a physician.
  • Ability to function safely and accurately under stressful conditions and to be able to quickly adapt to rapidly changing clinical situations involving patient care

The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists requires that all candidates be in accordance with very strict guidelines. In an effort to establish, secure, and maintain an improved professional reputation for Radiographers, within the healthcare environment, the ARRT demands close adherence to strict ethical standards. Radiography School Applicants with a criminal record are encouraged to request a pre-application review of eligibility to be conducted by the ARRT to obtain a ruling on his/her eligibility for certification and registration. The pre-application form can be found at the ARRT website, www.arrt.org. For ARRT purposes any of the following situations constitute the same as a conviction:

  • A charge or conviction for an offense which is classified as a misdemeanor or felony,
  • A plea of guilty to an offense which is classified as a misdemeanor or felony
  • A plea of nolo contendere (no contest) to an offense which is classified as a misdemeanor or felony
  • Any situation in which the result is a deferred or withheld adjudication
  • Any suspended or withheld sentence.

Admission Criteria and Selection

Applications for admission to the Radiologic Technology program, along with GED or high school transcripts and transcripts from each college or university attended, are due in the Health Sciences Office by May 1. The applicant is responsible for submitting all the required transcripts and other documentation to the Radiology School. Documents submitted after 4 p.m. on May 1 will be filed for application to the next school year. Applicants are required to take an admission test related to vocabulary skill, reading comprehension, math and anatomy and physiology, and achieve a passing score of 75 or greater.

Pre-Acceptance Requirements:

Before application files can be evaluated, the following documentation must be in the applicant’s folder no later than May 1 of the year for which you are applying:

  • Copy of High School Diploma or passing GED Scores
  • Documentation of a completed application to Grayson College
  • Completed GC Health Sciences application
  • Student letter of intent
  • Official transcripts
  • Admission test scores
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 with a grade of “C” or higher in all required courses
  • Completion of all prerequisite coursework including Anatomy & Physiology I and II, General Psychology, English I, and a Fine Arts / Humanities Core course
  • Documentation of having completed all required immunizations
  • Record of physician's pre-entrance medical statement
  • Proof of mandatory attendance of Radiology Information Meeting

Applicant files that are complete with the items listed above will then be evaluated for documentation of the following factors in this sequential order of priority:

  • Grade point average stated on all transcripts
  • Grades received for each science, medical, or other courses that may be relative to healthcare services
  • Technical, trade, or military training received
  • Resume/work history/life experiences as they relate to basic knowledge of the radiology field, healthcare services, and/or work ethics
  • Three (3) letters of reference, preferably other than family
  • Applicant’s written statement of “Why I have chosen Radiologic Technology as a career.” Indicating awareness of the Radiography field.

All applicant transcripts are rated, using the following point system:

  • 3 points for a final grade of “A” in theory and/or lab course
  • 2 points for a final grade of “B” in theory and/or lab course
  • 1 points for a final grade of “C” in theory and/or lab course

Points are given for the score achieved on the admission test:

  • 3 points for a test score of 90-100
  • 2 points for a test score of 80-89
  • 1 point for a test score of 75-79

Consideration is also given to documentation of:

  • Applicant’s resume/work history
  • Any volunteer work in radiology or other healthcare field
  • Trade school and/or technical education completed.
  • Certifications, and/or licensure earned that may enhance the applicant’s skills in Radiography.

Non-academic experiences/attributes are quantified, using the following point system:

  • 3 points for high significance / relativity to radiology field
  • 2 points for medium significance / relativity to radiology field
  • 1 point for slight significance / relativity to radiology field

Prior to clinical course rotations, students must pass a drug screen test and criminal background check scheduled through a GC approved company.

Candidates will be notified in writing via US mail.

Required Immunizations

All students must submit a copy of the following immunizations with a valid stamp or signature, signed statement from a physician, or lab report indicating serologic immunity. Please note that some of these immunizations take up to six months to complete.  Immunizations must be started in time to complete the series before the FIRST DAY OF CLASS.  If unable to complete the series before beginning of class, the applicant is not eligible for admission.

  1. Tetanus / Diphtheria / Pertussis  (Tdap) - One dose of the Tetanus / diphtheria / pertussis (Tdap) immunization within the last 10 years.
  2. Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)  (Immunization or blood test proving immunity) - If born after January 1, 1957, must have proof of two doses of the MMR vaccine administered on or after the 1st birthday and at least 30 days apart – or – proof of serologic immunity.
  3. Varicella (Chickenpox) (Immunization or blood test proving immunity) - Series of two Varicella vaccines at least 30 days apart – or – proof of serologic immunity.
  4. Hepatitis B (Immunization or blood test proving immunity - Series of three Hepatitis B vaccines – or proof of serologic immunity
  5. Influenza Vaccine - Annual influenza immunization as recommended by the CDC in the fall of each year.

Due to compliance with clinical facility requirements and the Texas Department of Health recommendations, GC Health Science programs may not waiver immunization requirements for any reason.  If immunizations are not complete, application to the program must be delayed.

Copies of records from physician’s offices, public health department, public schools, other colleges and the military are acceptable.  Students should provide a copy of the records.  Please do not turn in the originals.

Pass, Fail, Graduation Rates

Year Graduation Rate Employment Rate Pass Rate
2013-2014 80% 93.75% 81%
2014-2015 89.47% 100% 75%
2015-2016 95.24% 95% 80%
2016-2017 94.74% N/A N/A

 

Application Information

Deadline: May 1

Packet:  

  • Packets are only available by pickup at the Mandatory Information Session
  • When: 3rd Wednesday of every month at 1pm in
  • Where: Health Science 200 (except August & December)

 

Associate of Applied Science Degree


Subject

Semester Hours



PREREQUISITES

BIOL 2301 3
BIOL 2101 1
PSYC 2301 3
Huma / Arts Core 3

10


PREREQUISITES

BIOL 2302 3
BIOL 2102 1
ENGL 1301 3

7


First Semester

RADR 1301 3
RADR 1303 3
RADR 1311 3
RADR 1160 1

10


Second Semester

RADR 1213 2
RADR 2401 4
RADR 2313 3
RADR 1361 3

12


Summer (12 Weeks)

RADR 1262 2

2


Third Semester

RADR 2217 2
RADR 2305 3
RADR 2463 4
RADR 2309 3

12



Fourth Semester

RADR 2233 2
RADR 2235 2
RADR 2431 4
RADR 2367 3

11
Capstone Requirement: All students must complete the capstone requirement: successful completion of RADR 2235 prior to graduation.

Students earning an Associate of Applied Science Degree at Grayson College must complete fifteen semester hours of a general education core. The core courses are distributed as follows:                                                                                                     

Mathematics/Life and Physical Sciences (3 hours)

MATH 1314 College Algebra                                                         

MATH 1324 Mathematics for Business & Social Sciences

MATH 1332 Contemporary Mathematics I

MATH 1342 Elementary Statistical Methods            

MATH 2312 Pre-Calculus Math

BIOL 1306/1106 Biology for Science Majors I

BIOL 1307/1107 Biology for Science Majors II

BIOL 1308/1108 Biology for Non-Science Majors I

BIOL 1309/1109 Biology for Non-Science Majors II

BIOL 1414 Introduction to Biotechnology I

BIOL 2301/2101 Anatomy & Physiology I

BIOL 2302/2102 Anatomy & Physiology II

BIOL 2404 Anatomy & Physiology (specialized, single-semester course, lecture + lab)

BIOL 2320/2120 Microbiology for Non-Science Majors

BIOL 2321/2121 Microbiology for Science Majors

CHEM 1406 Introductory Chemistry I (lecture + lab, allied health emphasis)

CHEM 1311/1111 General Chemistry I

CHEM 1312/1112 General Chemistry II

GEOL 1301/1101 Earth Sciences for Non-Science Majors I

GEOL 1303/1103 Physical Geology

GEOL 1304/1104 Historical Geology

GEOL 1305/1105 Environmental Science

Social and Behavioral Science (3 hours)

CRIJ 1307 Crime in America

ECON 2301 Principles of Macroeconomics

ECON 2302 Principles of Macroeconomics

GEOG 1303 World Regional Geography

GOVT 2305 Federal Government

GOVT 2306 Texas Government

HIST 1301 United States History I

HIST 1302 United States History II

PSYC 2301 General Psychology

PSYC 2314 Lifespan, Growth & Development

SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology

SOCI 1306 Social Problems

Language, Philosophy, Culture/Creative Arts (3 hours)

ARTS 1301 Art Appreciation

DRAM 1310 Stagecraft I

HUMA 1301 Introduction to the Humanities

HUMA 1302 Introduction to the Humanities II

MUSI 1306 Music Appreciation

PHIL 1301 Introduction to Philosophy

Component Area Option (6 hours) 

EDUC OR PSYC 1300 Learning Frameworks           

SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication

SPCH 1315 Public Speaking

SPCH 1321 Business & Professional Communication

ENGL 1301 Composition I

ENGL 1302 Composition II

ENGL 2311 Technical and Business Writing

SPAN 1411 Beginning Spanish I

SPAN 1412 Beginning Spanish II

**Any of the courses listed above in the previous Component Areas may be used for the hours toward the Component Area Option.

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Last updated: 06/29/2017