Radiologic Technology

Mission Statement

To serve our community's needs by educating and preparing our students to obtain employment as Radiologic Technologists who can compete and advance in an ever-changing world of technology and work.

Vision Statement

Collins Career Technical Center's Radiography Program is dedicated to a student empowered education resulting in lifelong skills, a strong work ethic and the highest balanced quality of academic and a hands-on Radiologic Technology career that enables our graduates the ability to compete and advance in a global marketplace while giving back to the community.

Program Objectives

  • Graduates of the CCTC Radiologic Technology program will know how to safely take x-rays of patients as well as administer injections of non-radioactive contrast material for diagnostic purposes. You will learn to minimize patient exposure to radiation with the use of lead shields and other devices. You will also learn how to minimize or expand the size of the x-ray beam in order to use the smallest amount of radiation, but still get the best diagnostic study possible.

  • You will learn to use a device, known as a calliper, to measure the thickness of a body part to find the correct intensity of an x-ray beam. This will ensure that you are obtaining an accurate and appropriate x-ray image of the body part being examined. You will also learn proper placement of the x-ray image receptor to ensure proper exposure and how to process the latent image. As a Radiologic Technologist you will learn how to use and preserve equipment, assess the need for equipment service, or you may be able to advance your career into a leadership role in the world of Medical Imaging.

  • Program Goals:


    1. The student will be clinically competent.
      Student Learning Outcomes:
      • Students will use proper positioning techniques.
      • Students will use optimal technical factors.
      • Students will practice radiation safety.

    2. The student will communicate effectively.
      Student Learning Outcomes:
      • The students will be able to utilize effective oral communication in the clinical setting.
      • The students will be able to utilize effective written comunication in the clinical setting.
      • The students will be able to utilize effective communication in the classroom setting.

    3. The student will exercise critical thinking and problem solving skills.
      Student Learning Outcomes:
      • Students are able to manipulate technical factors for non-routine patients.
      • Students modify positioning for non-routine patients.

    4. The student will understand the importance of professionalism within the field of radiologic technology.
      Student Learning Outcomes:
      • Students will demonstrate professional work ethics.
      • Students will know the benefits of membership in professional organizations.
      • Students will demonstrate professional integrity.

    5. The student will be sufficiently prepared to successfully pass the ARRT professional certification exam.
      Student Learning Outcomes:
      • Students will pass 1st year Advancement Exam on 1st attempt with an 80% before continuing onto their 2nd year in the program.
      • Students will pass Program Completion Exit Exam on 1st attempt with an 80% or higher.

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    Accreditation

    The Collins Career Technical Center Radiologic Technology program is accredited by:

    The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
    20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
    Chicago, Illinois 60606-3182
    312-704-5300
    mail@jrcert.org
    Probationary Award Status

Program Cost Breakdown

** Costs are subject to change

Please read Admission Procedures
The pre-entrance Exam is required for the program - see Work Keys link for more information

If you are concerned about being able to make required scores and you would like to "brush up" on some of your skills prior to the pre-entrance exam, the Collins Career Technical Center's ABLE program is available for tutoring services Monday-Thursday, 8:00am-4:30pm.

Individuals with a passing score on all parts of the pre-entrance examination will be mailed an application packet for admission.

The following list of classes are required for completion of the Radiologic Technology program at Collins Career Technical Center.
**GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES TO BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO APPLICATION OR STUDENT MAY APPLY IF CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES AND WILL BE COMPLETED BEFORE START OF PROGRAM (PRIOR TO JANUARY SEMESTER I

Description Course ID Hours
General Education **prerequisites
   
  • Legal and Ethical Issues In Health Occupations
AH 204 3 Credit Hours
  • Medical Terminology
AH 151 3 Credit Hours
  • Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
BIO 257 3 Credit Hours
  • Applied Human Anatomy
BIOL 260 4 Credit Hours
  • Interpersonal Communications
COM 125 3 Credit Hours
  • Written Communications
ENG 111 3 Credit Hours
  • Applications in Algebra
MAT 145 3 Credit Hours
  • Introduction to Physics
SCI 110 4 Credit Hours
Radiologic Technology Classes
   
  • Introduction to Radiology
RT 201 48 hours
  • Radiograpic Procedures I
RT 204 48 hours
  • Radiographic Procedures Lab I
RT 204L 96 hours
  • Clinical Practice I
RT 202 288 hours
  • Physics and Imaging I
RT 207 32 hours
  • Radiologic Pharmacology
RT 209 32 hours
  • Radiographic Procedures II
RT 208 48 hours
  • Radiographic Procedures Lab II
RT 208L 96 hours
  • Physics and Imaging II
RT 212 48 hours
  • Clinical Practice II
RT 205 256 hours
  • Radiation Protection / Radiobiology
RT 206 48 hours
  • Radiographic Pathology
RT 213 48 hours
  • Radiographic Image Analysis
RT 214 48 hours
  • Radiographic Procedures III
RT 222 48 hours
  • Clinical Practice III
RT 210 384 hours
  • Digital Imaging
RT 216 32 hours
  • Quality Assurance
RT 217 32 hours
  • Advanced Imaging Procedures
RT 218 48 hours
  • Registry Review
RT 219 96 hours
  • Clinical Practice IV
RT 216 256 hours

Effectiveness Data 2014 - 2018

Credentialing Examination Pass Rate

ARRT pass rate of not less than 75% at first attempt within six months of graduation.






Year





Program Benchmark



# of Students
ARRT Testing
Within 6 mos.



# of Students
ARRT Testing
Within 6 mos.




# of Students
Fail





Pass Rate
  • 2014
75% N-10 N-8 N-2 80%
  • 2015
75% N-8 N-5 N-3 63%
  • 2016
75% N-9 N-4 N-5 44%
  • 2017
75% N-8 N-6 N-2 75%
  • 2018
75% N-6 N-5 N-1 83%
  • 5 Year Average
75% N-41 N-28 N-13 68%
Program Completion Rate

Annual benchmark established by the program. The program determines the entry point, required orientation date, final drop/add date, final date to drop with 100% tuition refund, and official class roster. This data is used in calculating the program’s completion rate. Consideration only to those students who completed the program during the reporting period, January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2018






Year





Program Benchmark


Number of Students
that began Program
N = Sample Size




Number of Students
That completed Program



Actual outcome
Percentage of
Program Completion
  • 2014
80% N-10 N-10 100%
  • 2015
80% N-8 N-7 88%
  • 2016
80% N-11 N-9 82%
  • 2017
80% N-10 N-8 80%
  • 2018
80% N-11 N-6 55%
  • 5 Year Average
80% N-50 N-40 80%
Job Placement Rate

JRCERT standard states “Five year average job placement rate of not less than 75% within twelve months of graduation.”






Year





Program Benchmark


# of Students
That sought
employment
N = Sample Size

# of Students
Employed within
12 months post
-graduation


Actual Outcome Percentage
of Students Employed
within 12 Months post
graduation
  • 2014
80% N-10 N-10 100%
  • 2015
80% N-8 N-8 100%
  • 2016
80% N-6 N-6 100%
  • 2017
80% N-5 N-4 80%
  • 2018
80% N-6 N-6 100%
  • 5 Year Average
80% N-35 N-34 97%

Alumni survey, if no response: phone interview, email, and/or Facebook communication with alumni and employer verification forms. JRCERT has defined “not actively seeking employment” as

1. Graduate fails to communicate with program officials regarding employment status after multiple attempts
2. Graduate is unwilling to seek employment that requires relocation
3. Graduate is unwilling to accept employment due to salary or hours
4. Graduate is on active military duty
5. Graduate is continuing education
If any graduate is not actively seeking employment in the profession, the individual should not be included in the calculation of job placement rate. Programs are reminded that graduates hired in part-time or per diem positions should be counted as employed.

  • A general College guideline indicates that students taking 12 or more hours (full-time) may find it difficult to work while going to school. The curriculum of this program is considered a high degree of difficulty and it is suggested a student not be employed while taking this program. However, the student will have weekends free and it is not the practice of the school to deny a student seeking employment as long as the student is able to complete the course requirements successfully as stated in the Program Requirements for Graduation. During the final semester of the program , if a clinical site wishes to hire a student and the work schedule does not interfere with the student's ability to successfully complete their class work to obtain graduation, it will be permitted.
  • Students may not take either the responsibility or the place of qualified staff. It is not permissible for a student to work as entry-level sonographers without having received adequate training and met satisfactory competency.
  • The Pregnancy Policy states any restriction indicated by the student's physician must be provided in writing to the Program Director. After delivery, a release note must be provided from the physician, identifying any activity restriction or stating when the student is permitted to resume normal activity. The student must make up all clinical time missed, complete all course requirements and clinical competencies not completed as a consequence of the pregnancy to complete the requirements for the DMS course.
    The length of course time prior to clinical rotation is 8 weeks.
    Yes. Students need to refer to the re-entrance policy stated in the Allied Health Handbook
    The sonography program at CTCC has 10-15 clinical sites to employ all aspects of the program. These departments are located in hospitals, medical imaging clinics, mobile ultrasound, as well as doctor's offices.
    >No. Students will receive adequate training in general and vascular clinical settings, changing every 8 weeks, taking into consideration the need of the student.
    Clinical rotations will be divided equally among all students based on the type of rotation needed, and the experience available in different departments. It is the responsibility of the the Program Director and/or the Clinical Coordinator to assign clinical rotations for all students. Students must expect to have a few rotations that require some distance to travel (approximately 3-4 hours one-way).
    No. Students must provide their own transportation.
    It takes approximately 2-3 years to complete CCC's sonography program, considering pre-requisites that are required prior to acceptance into the program. These courses include Anatomy and Physiology, Algebra, Physics, English, Sectional Anatomy, Introduction to Sonography, and English Once the pre-requisites are accomplished, the CDMS program takes two (2) years to complete.
    CCTC's DMS Program offers study areas of general sonography as well as vascular sonography, without the students needing to make a choice, providing a well rounded education. Students will gain both classroom and clinical experience in three areas and be eligible for the national ultrasound board exams in all areas. This will make the student more marketable to area medical facilities.
    It takes approximately 2-3 years to complete CCTC's sonography program, considering pre-requisites that are required prior to acceptance into the program. These courses include Anatomy and Physiology, Algebra, Physics, English, and English Once the pre-requisites are accomplished, the DMS program takes two (2) years to complete.
    The medical sonography scan lab at CCTC is state-of-the-art. Students have the unique opportunity to practice their skills on up-to-date ultrasound equipment. Actual hands-on scanning begins the very first day of the sonography program. Under close supervision by faculty, students are instructed on how to begin the sonographic examination, proper imaging technique, and the ergonomics of scanning.
    No. Unfortunately, the program requires the combination of classroom instruction and clinical instruction in each of the sonography specialties to occur at the same time. You will likely be in class two days a week and in clinical the other two days of the week.
    Approximately 10. The number of students depends largely upon the number of clinical rotations available.
    The U.S. Bureau of Labor has stated that imaging professionals are in great demand and the need is increasing as medical imaging has seen a large increase of examination volume, due to an aging population and preventative care. Employment of diagnostic medical sonographers is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2018 as the population grows and ages, increasing the demand for diagnostic imaging and therapeutic technology. Collins Career Center's job placement program will assist the student in any way they can. The student will also receive assistance in writing a resume.
    Starting salaries usually range from $36,000-$55,000. Graduates find work with: colleges and universities, equipment manufacturers, hospitals, mobile companies, outpatient centers, physician offices, private imaging centers, and research centers.