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Radiologic Technologist Professional (AS)

Associate of Science Degree Program

Overview

The Radiologic Technologists Professional (RTP) program offers a comprehensive, rigorous learning curriculum, combining the expanding arena of health care with the cutting edge of technology. The RTP program will prepare the student to become an essential member of the health care team

of professionals. The instruction is intended for students who wish to seek employment as a registered and licensed Radiologic Technologist. Topics covered include radiographic procedures of the entire body habitus, imaging equipment, digital display and image acquisition, radiation protection and biology, patient care skills, venipuncture, infection control, pathology, and the opportunity to perform hands-on skills under the supervision of registered and/or licensed radiologic technologists in the clinical setting.

The RTP program is recognized by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), allowing graduates to take the ARRT certification board exam in Radiography. (https://www.arrt.org/about-the-profession/learn-about-the-profession/recognized-educational-programs)

Students learn to be able to establish appropriate patient communication, both verbally and non-verbally. Students will be able to appropriately interpret the prescription and create diagnostically accurate images for physician interpretation. Students will learn the problem-solving techniques of a critical thinker and how to appropriately communicate in the health care arena while applying the appropriate skills and measures. Discussion of ethical, legislative, and regulatory issues relative to the day-to-day operations of a health care facility is also included in this up-to-date, real-world curriculum. Externship courses offered in three semesters provides students with the opportunity to supplement course work with practical work experience related to the program and its learning outcomes.

Graduates of the program qualify to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification board exam in radiography, earning the title of RT (R) if passed. The program prepares and encourages graduates to take the exam within ninety (90) days of graduation to enhance their ability to pass the exam on the first attempt. 

Graduates are able to obtain employment in hospitals, orthopedic clinics, imaging centers, pediatric care facilities, and other related medical facilities.

The program’s mission is to achieve its commitment to excellence in education demonstrated by providing a combination of entry-level education, practical skills and clinical instruction supported by assessment within the cognitive, psychomotor and affective learning domains. The program supports the vision, values and mission of ASA College by striving to be the premier education resource in the community for radiologic technologists.

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will be able to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and achievements:

Goal 1:  The program will graduate radiographers with the appropriate entry-level

            skills of the profession.

  • Graduates will pass the ARRT credentialing exam within 6 months of graduation
  • Graduates will be satisfied with the education received
  • Graduates actively seeking employment will become appropriately employed
  • Employers will be satisfied with the graduate performance
  • Students will complete the program

Goal 2:   Students will be clinically competent.

  • Students will demonstrate age-appropriate patient care skills
  • Students will practice appropriate radiation safety measures (ALARA)
  • Students will demonstrate ability to appropriately position the patient
  • Students will demonstrate ability to select appropriate technical factors

Goal 3:   Students will demonstrate age-appropriate communication skills.

  • Students will demonstrate age-appropriate oral communication skills
  • Students will demonstrate age-appropriate written communication skills

Goal 4:   Students will demonstrate problem solving and critical thinking skills.

  • Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills
  • Students will demonstrate problem-solving abilities with the ability to describe appropriate corrective measures as needed

Goal 5:   Students will demonstrate professional growth and development.

  • Students will demonstrate they are prepared for the profession
  • Students will demonstrate a thorough understanding of the ethics and laws of the profession and healthcare in general

Demand for radiologic technologists will continue to increase through 2022 and beyond due to the expected growth of the 65+ demographic (baby-boomers). The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 25% increase in health care jobs as the population grows and ages. Health care occupational groups are expected to account for more than 5.3 million new jobs by 2022, about one-third of the total employment growth.

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