Career Technical Education: Radiologic Technology Program

Enrollment

Enrollment packets for the radiologic technology program will be accepted by mail only from February 2, 2015, through March 12, 2015, for the program beginning in June 2015.

The enrollment forms will be available for students to pick up from the Career Technical Education Division office (HS 198) beginning December 1, 2014.

Program Description

The Antelope Valley College radiologic technology program provides concurrent didactic and clinical education. The program length is 24 months. Students should expect to attend class/clinic/laboratory 4 to 5 days per week, up to 40 hours per week, and therefore should be able to make a full time commitment. Courses are scheduled in the fall, intersession, spring and summer sessions. Weekend and/or evening hours may be required. The clinical education sites affiliated with the program are located in Lancaster, Palmdale and Ridgecrest, California. Students may be assigned to any clinical education site during the length of the program.

The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (www.jrcert.org).

The course of study leads to an Associate in Science Degree in Radiologic Technology.

Students must receive a grade of "C" or better in all required core courses and the specific courses listed as program electives in order to qualify for the degree. Program policies and information concerning estimated program costs are available upon request.

Program Mission

The mission of the Antelope Valley College radiologic technology program is to serve the community by providing an educational setting for the development of knowledge, skills and professional behaviors essential for a foundation and career advancement in radiologic technology sciences.

Program Goals/Student Learning Outcomes

Goal:  Students will be clinically component.

Student Learning Outcomes: 

Students will apply positioning skills.

Students will select technical factors.

Students will utilize radiation protection.

Goal:  Students will demonstrate communication skills.

Student Learning Outcomes: 

Students will demonstrate written communication skills.

Students will demonstrate oral communication skills.

Goal:  Students will develop critical thinking skills.

Student Learning Outcomes: 

Students will adapt standard procedures for non-routine patients.

Students will critique images to determine diagnostic quality.

Goal:  Students will model professionalism.

Student Learning Outcomes: 

Students will demonstrate work ethics.

Students will summarize the value of life-long learning.

Role of the Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist

Radiologic Technologists are educated to perform diagnostic imaging. They learn to position patients for x-ray exams, provide radiation safety for patients and others, and produce a quality diagnostic image. With additional training, Radiologic Technologists can specialize in various procedures and exam modalities.

Radiologic Technologists must pass a national certification exam and receive a certificate from the State of California in order to practice. To maintain their certificates, Radiologic Technologists must complete 24 hours of continuing education every two years.

For more information about radiologic technology as a career, see the American Society of Radiologic Technologists® website (www.asrt.org).For information about the certification exam for Radiologic Technologists, see the American Registry of Radiologic Technology® website (www.arrt.org).

Suggested Course Sequence

Note: All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher. Radiologic Technology (RADT) courses must be completed in the sequence listed. MATH 102 must be completed before RADT 109 is taken as it is a prerequisite for RADT 109.

Required Prerequisite Courses Units Units
BIOL 201  General Human Anatomy (GE requirement Area A)* 4
BIOL 202  General Human Physiology 4
ENGL 101  Academic Composition (GE requirement Area D-1) 3
Units 11
 
First Summer Units
RADT 101  Introduction to Radiologic Technology 2
RADT 102  Patient Care in Radiology 2
PSY 101  General Psychology (GE requirement Area B) 3
Units 7
 
First Fall Semester Units
RADT 103/103CL  Radiographic Positioning and Procedures I
         10
RADT 104  Radiographic Principles I
           3
MATH 102  Intermediate Algebra (GE requirement Area D-2)
           4
Units 17
 
Intersession Units
RADT 106  Radiographic Clinical Practicum IA 2
Course from GE requirement Area C 3
Units 5
 
First Spring Semester Units
COMM 103 Process of Communication (GE requirement Area E) 3
RADT 107/107CL Radiographic Positioning and Procedures II 10
RADT 108 Advanced Principles of Exposure 3
RADT 109 Radiation Physics 3
Units 19
 
Second Summer Units
RADT 201 Radiographic Clinical Practicum III 5
Units 5
 
Second Fall Semester Units
RADT 202/202CL Radiographic Pathology 11
RADT 203 Fluoroscopic Imaging & Radiation Protection 3
RADT 204 Principles and Applications of Cross-Sectional Anatomy in Imaging 2
RADT 210  Principles of Venipuncture for Radiology 1
Units 17
 
Second Spring Semester Units
RADT 207/207CL Advanced Radiographic Procedures 11
RADT 208  Radiographic Certification Preparation
            4
Course from GE requirement Area F
            3
Units 18
 
Degree Total 101

*“GE” means “General Education.” The GE courses meet the college requirements for graduation with an Associate in Science degree.