Courses & Programs

Radiologic Technology

The Associate of Science Degree in Radiologic Technology prepares students for work in hospital radiology departments, medical clinics, and industry.

Holly Martin-Peele

Interim Dean

Health Sciences

Center for Health Education 210

413.552.2460 (Tel)


What will you learn?

The mission of the Radiologic Technology Program at Holyoke Community College is to graduate students with an Associate Degree in Science in the curriculum of Radiology Technology and provide the skills and knowledge necessary to enter medical imaging professions. In addition, the program supports the overall HCC mission as stated in the college catalog.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

Upn completion of this program, students will demonstrate

  • clinical competence
  • effective communication skills
  • critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • a desire for professional growth and development
  • the skills required to be a competent radiologic technologist.

What will you do?

Continue your education at a four-year college or university, or enter the workforce! Radiographers work in:

  • Hospitals
  • Urgent Care Clinics
  • Rehabilitation Facilities

Learn more at HCC's Advising, Career and Transfer Center and at the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

70 total credits

24 credits General Education Requirements + 46 credits Program Requirements

Several general education courses may be completed online.


General Education Requirements

24 CREDITS
This course is the first half of the college composition sequence and focuses on close reading, critical thinking, beginning research skills, and the writing process. Students will read, analyze, and cite a range of nonfiction texts. Students will produce several formal essays totaling approximately 3000 words. Prerequisite: Appropriate scores on English placement tests or C- or higher in ENG 095.
This course is the second half of the first-year composition sequence and focuses on close reading, critical thinking, academic writing, research, and the writing process. Students will locate and evaluate both primary and secondary sources, and will gain skill in summarizing and synthesizing source material while employing MLA documentation. Texts will include a range of nonfiction (articles, essays, scholarly sources) and literary works. Students will produce at least 3000 words of formal written work, including a documented essay of at least 1250 words. Prerequisite: ENG 101 with a grade of C-or higher.
A scientific examination of human social phenomena. Major topics include interaction, statuses and roles, groups, social institutions, culture, socialization, social control, conforming and deviant behavior, collective behavior, social inequality, demography, social change, urbanism, industrialism and globalization.Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 101
A sociological examination of the nature, causes and consequences of, and potential solutions for, social problems. Attention will be focused on problems of deviant behavior, structural problems, problems of inequality, institutional problems, and global survival problems. Prerequisite: SOC 110
The relationships among different racial and ethnic groups and the dominant culture in the United States from a socio-historical perspective. Particular attention will be given to such concepts as dominant-minority group relations, racism, discrimination, ethnicity, immigration, assimilation, and pluralism. Some of the groups analyzed are African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, Jewish-Americans, Asian-Americans, and Native Americans. Prerequisite: SOC 110
A detailed study of the structure and function of the human body. Physical and chemical principles, as they apply to the comprehensive treatment of human physiology, form an integral part of the course. Content includes general introductory material, tissues, integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems. A majors course designed for nursing, physical education, radiologic technology and other allied-health majors. Some dissection of preserved animal specimen material is included. Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in BIO 107 taken within 7 years or a passing score on the challenge exam.
A continuation of Anatomy & Physiology I (BIO 217), concentrating on cardiovascular, lymphatic, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems. Emphasis is placed on the correlation and integration of all the body systems. Substantial dissection of preserved animal specimen material is included. Prerequisite: BIO 217
A college-level course including more advanced topics in algebra, functions, graphs, and problem solving. Prerequisite: MTH 095 or MTH 099 with a grade of C- or better; or completion Module 18 in the self-paced MTH 02X sequence, or adequate score on the Mathematics Placement Examination.

Program Requirements

46 CREDITS
An introduction to the terminology of medicine and health care, based on the study of medical word roots, prefixes, and suffixes. Terminology is presented according to physiologic systems. In addition to basic medical terminology, the course introduces medical abbreviations and some common pharmacological terms.
Introduces new radiography students to the basic skills required for participation in the clinical experience portions of the program. Topics covered are basic patient care procedures, medical ethics and law, confidentiality, infection control, diagnostic and treatment tubes, medical records, medical liability, medications and venipuncture, medical emergencies, pathophysiology, healthy lifestyle education, and a study of the leading causes of death. Sessions include demonstration and practice of patient care procedures. A grade of C+ or better is required in all RDL courses to remain in and graduate from this program. Prerequisite: Acceptance into programCorequisites: RDL 132 and RDL 122
Provides an introduction to Radiography including, history, the basic operating principles of X-ray generators, and radiographic imaging equipment. Topics include digital and computed image production, various imaging receptors, and the prime factors used to produce radiographs. The latter combines lecture with actual experience in the clinical affiliate. Manipulation of general radiograph equipment and accessories takes place in the clinical affiliate during Clinical Education and Lab Experience I, which is concurrent. A grade of C+ or better is required in all RDL courses to remain in and graduate from this program. Prerequisite: MTH 095 or MTH 099 with a C- or better or SM18, or equivalent score on the Mathematics Placement Examination.
Radiographic circuits are studied to understand technique control. Quality Assurance standards and procedures are presented. Lab experiments are performed to further understand QA practice. A grade of C+ or better is required in all RDL courses to remain in and graduate from this program.Prerequisite: RDL 122 with a C+ or better. Corequisite: RDL 142
Introduces basic radiation protection and positioning concepts. Anatomy of the chest, abdomen, upper extremity, shoulder girdle, and pelvic girdle is correlated with the routine positioning of these areas. The procedures are demonstrated in the classroom and at the facilities, where the student practices these positions during his or her clinical education. A grade of C+ or better is required in all RDL courses to remain in and graduate from this program. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program.
Study of the spine, skull, and facial bones. A grade of C+ or better is required in all RDL courses to remain in and graduate from this program. Prerequisites: RDL 132 and BIO 117 or BIO 217 with a grade of C+ or better. Co-requisites: RDL 142 and BIO 118 or BIO 218
Under the supervision of staff technologists, students carry out the radiographic procedures covered in classes during the summer and fall semesters. Competency in these procedures is assessed through Competency Testing of previously learned procedures. A grade of C+ or better is required in all RDL courses to remain in and graduate from this program. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program. Corequisites: RDL 115 and RDL 132Additional Course Fee: $15.00 Malpractice Insurance (The fee is subject to change.)
Application of skills in the performance of all examinations thus far covered, and Competency Testing as scheduled. A grade of C+ or better is required in all RDL courses to remain in and graduate from this program. Prerequisite: RDL 141 with a grade of C+ or better. Corequisites: RDL 123 and RDL 133Additional Course Fee: $15.00 Malpractice Insurance and Rad Tech Program fee. (The fee is subject to change.)
Application of skills in the performance of all examinations thus far covered, and Competency Testing as scheduled. A grade of C+ or better is required in all RDL courses to remain in and graduate from this program. Prerequisite: RDL 141with a grade of C+ or better. Corequisites: RDL 123 and RDL 133
Concepts of radiation and fundamental principles of physics as applied to diagnostic imaging equipment. Forms of electromagnetic radiation and radiation interactions with matter, principles of operation of X-ray transformers, circuits, rectification, and accessory machine devices will be covered. A grade of C+ or better is required in all RDL courses to remain in and graduate from this program. Prerequisite: RDL 123 with a grade of C+ or better. Corequisite: RDL 242
A review of the anatomy and basic sectional anatomy opens a study of pathology to enhance ability to identify pathological/normal conditions on diagnostic images. The various imaging modalities in a Radiology Department are studied, including Fluoroscopy, Image intensification, Digital Tomosythesis, and Computed Tomography. Also includes an image evaluation course to assist in determining the quality of radiographs and the diagnostic value of images. A grade of C+ or better is required in all RDL courses to remain in and graduate from this program. Prerequisite: RDL 123 with a C+ or better. Corequisite: RDL 241
Elements of radiographic contrast media are related to specific procedures. Covers special radiographic examinations including examinations of the gastrointestinal system, urinary system, circulatory system, and nervous system. Invasive and non-invasive procedures are also covered. A grade of C+ or better is required in all RDL courses to remain in and graduate from this program. Prerequisites: RDL 133 and BIO 118 or 218 with a grade of C+ or better. Corequisite: RDL 241
Covers the more sophisticated equipment and imaging modalities found in most radiology departments; e.g., Mammography. The subject of Radiobiology is included to further expand the student's understanding of the effects of radiation on the human body and the necessity of radiation protection measures. A grade of C+ or better is required in all RDL courses to remain in and graduate from this program. Prerequisite: RDL 221 with a grade of C+ or better. Corequisite: RDL 242
With less direct supervision, students carry out some of the more specialized radiographic procedures and operate equipment used for these procedures. Rotations to various clinical areas continue. Competency testing is conducted. A grade of C+ or better is required in all RDL courses to remain in and graduate from this program. Prerequisites: RDL 251, and BIO 118 or BIO 218 with a grade of C+ or better. Corequisites: RDL 221, RDL 142 and RDL 233
Practice in the procedures and studies covered in previous Clinical Education and Internship experiences are continued. Indirect supervision of the student is allowed. Competency Testing for all studies of the skull is carried out. Students who receive an incomplete in the course will have six weeks following spring semester to complete clinical assignments. A grade of C+ or better is required in all RDL courses to remain in and graduate from this program. Prerequisites: RDL 241 and 158 with a grade of C+ or better. Corequisites: RDL 190 and RDL 234Additional Course Fee: $15.00 Malpractice Insurance and Rad Tech Program fee. (The fee is subject to change.)
This experience will be full-time, five days a week in the clinical affiliate. Includes opportunities to synthesize and put into practice all previously learned information and procedures. The extended period of time allows refurbishing of skills, improves speed, and increases efficiency in carrying out routine procedures. Competence Testing continues. A grade of C+ or better is required in all RDL courses to remain in and graduate from this program. Prerequisite: RDL 142 with a grade of C+ or better.

MORE INFORMATION


Criminal Offense Record Act (CORI), Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI), and National Requirements that Regulate Registration as a Registered Radiologic Technologist

Radiologic Technology students are required to complete the CORI/SORI form once accepted to the program. A positive finding may prevent students from successfully completing the Radiologic Technology program due to clinical site requirements and/or may prohibit them from taking the National Registry Examination in Radiography.

Drug Screening Policy
Several Health Care facilities affiliated with the College's Health Division are now requiring that students have a negative drug screen prior to beginning clinical experiences in their facility. In addition, a clinical facility may require the student to submit and pass random drug screening analysis in order to remain at that facility. Therefore, passing a drug screen will now be considered an essential function for all students participating in the Health Division programs. If a student fails drug screening, retesting occurs within 24 hours of notification of results. Failure to pass a drug screen or refusal to submit to screening will make the student ineligible for clinical placement. Failure and/or refusal for drug screening are grounds for immediate removal from the Health Division program. Students will be provided with the drug screen procedure during the orientation process. All screening will be at the student's own expense. The Work Connection at Holyoke Medical Center has been selected as the Division of Health's exclusive laboratory for student drug testing.

Requirements to Apply
All students interested in the Radiologic Technology program at Holyoke Community College are required to attenda Radiologic Technology information session within two years prior to applying to the program. Information sessions are held monthly and cover the selective admissions process and specific program information. Each session lasts approximately one hour and is conducted by a representative from the Radiologic Technology department. Radiologic Technology information sessions are held in the Frost building, room 309, from 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.* Check the Admissions webpage for upcoming program information sessions. *Unless otherwise stated.

All applicants must meet the following at time of application:

Placement Testing: Must be completed within two years prior to application deadline demonstrating the following placement:

Math Proficiency/Placement: ≥ 82 in Algebra or completion of MTH 095 (Inter. Algebra) with a C- or better from an accredited college or university.

English Proficiency/Placement: ≥ 70 in Reading and ≥ 80 in Sentence Skills portion of the placement test or comparable, or ability to enter college-level coursework in English. English competency may also be demonstrated through college coursework (completionof College Composition I: Expository Writing and Research).

Science Proficiency: Completion of BIO 100, BIO 103, or successful completion of the challenge exam through the Biology department or the Testing Center. Completion or enrollment in A&P I or II with a "C+" or better. Enrollment in the Biology series at the time of application is strongly encouraged.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The following essential functions will be necessary to successfully complete the Radiologic Technology program. In some cases, assessment and developmental courses may help students meet these standards. These essential functions may be performed with reasonable accommodation. This information is provided to allow the student to assess his (her) own capabilities.To ensure patient safety, students throughout the program must be able to demonstrate skills in the following:

Physical

  • Helping in positioning patients who may be comatose, paralyzed, or otherwise incapacitated, from wheelchairs and beds, to x-ray tables, and vice versa. This includes regular lifting, pulling and pushing of 40+ pounds.
  • Handling and moving objects - use hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. Continuously reaching above shoulder level, frequently while holding objects.
  • Positioning, placing and moving equipment, i.e. image receptors, portable x-ray machines, and overhead equipment, as radiography requires positioning the x-ray tube hanging from the ceiling to various areas of the room.
  • Response to signals such as sound and light from a distance of 15 feet, as control panels and exposure switches are located in rooms or paneled areas separate from the x-ray table on which patients are placed.
  • Determination of differences in gradual changes in blacks, grays, purposes of judging images for technical quality.

Communicative

  • Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language.
  • Active listening - giving full attention to what others are saying, taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Oral comprehension - the ability to listen and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Speech clarity - the ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Speech recognition - the ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Written expression - the ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Communicating with others - providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and physicians by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Interacting with computers - using computers and computer systems including hardware and software.
  • Civility -polite, respectful, and professional behavior exhibited in classroom and clinical settings.

Cognitive

  • The ability to fill syringes and enema bags, manipulate locks on equipment, and follow isolation procedures.
  • Problem sensitivity - the ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong.
  • Control precision - the ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Clinical decision making - gather, analyze and draw conclusions from data.

Emotional

  • Dependability - requires being reliable, responsible and dependable, and fulfilling role obligations.
  • Integrity - requires being honest and ethical.
  • Cooperation - requires being pleasant with others, displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Self control - requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger and avoiding aggressive behavior even in very difficult situations.
  • Concern for others - requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings.
  • Initiative - requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Stress tolerance - requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Adaptability/flexibility - requires being open to change and to considerable variety in the workplace.
ACCREDITATION

The Radiologic Technology program is fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). 

20 North Wacker Drive
Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Telephone: 312.704.5300
http://www.jrcert.org

Completion Rate - 2016

This is an annual measurement of the number of students that began the program divided by the number of students that actually completed the program. The program's completion rate for 2016 was 71%. 10 of the 14 students expected to graduate in 2016 did so. From 2012-2016 the average completion rate was 67%.

Credentialing Examination Pass Rate - 2012 through 2016

This is the number of students that pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination on the first attempt from the program. The figure reflects an average over a five-year span. The five-year average of students passing the examination on the first attempt in 2012-2016 is 92%. 60 out of 65 examinees passed the registry exam on their first attempt.    

Job Placement Rate - 2012 through 2016

This is the number of students that gain employment in the radiologic sciences within one year of graduation versus the number that graduate and are actively seeking employment. The figure reflects an average over a five-year span. 16 of the 16 respondents reported being employed in imaging within 1 year of graduating,  demonstrating a job placement rate of 100%.

Program Mission

The mission of the radiography program at Holyoke Community College is to graduate students with an associate degree in science in the curriculum of radiology technology and provide the skills and knowledge necessary to enter medical imaging professions. In addition the program supports the overall HCC mission as stated in the college catalog.

Goal 1: Students will demonstrate clinical competence.

Learning outcomes:

  • Students will be proficient in positioning
  • Students will understand and use proper technique
  • Students will understand and apply proper radiation protection practices

Goal 2: Students will demonstrate effective communication skills.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will verbally communicate effectively with clinical instructors, staff, patients, and other students
  • Student will communicate effectively through writing

Goal 3: Students will demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will adapt positioning to non-routine situations
  • Students will modify technique settings based on film critique and patient factors

Goal 4: Students will demonstrate a desire for professional growth and development.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students/graduates will demonstrate a professional attitude and behavior at their clinical sites and places of employment
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of career opportunities in diagnostic imaging

Goal 5: The program will graduate competent radiologic technologists.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will complete the program within 21 months
  • Students will evaluate their education positively
  • Students will pass the ARRT national registry exam on the first attempt
  • Graduates will meet or exceed the average on the ARRT exam
  • Students pursuing employment in medical imaging will be gainfully employed within six months post-graduation
  • Employers will be satisfied with the graduate's abilities

For complete assessment data, please contact the program director at 413.552.2460 or hmartin@hcc.edu.

ACCREDITATION

The Radiologic Technology program is fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). 

20 North Wacker Drive
Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Telephone: 312.704.5300
www.jrcert.org


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