Radiologic Technology is a twenty-two month program specializing in diagnostic medical radiography. The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRC/ERT), 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606, 312.704.5300, e-mail: mail [at] jrcert [dot] org.
Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for national certification through examination by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and licensing by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Radiation Control program. ARRT credentialing certifies the graduate as a Registered Technologist in Radiography - R.T.(R). Licensing by the Massachusetts DPH is required to be employed as a radiographer.
Radiologic Technologists work in healthcare settings including hospitals, clinics and medical offices utilizing patient care skills and highly sophisticated x-ray equipment to image the human body. Students receive instruction in the classroom and Quinsigamond's energized x-ray laboratory on topics including: the proper care of patients of all ages and health status, the use of current imaging equipment, positioning methods for imaging procedures, critical evaluation of radiographic image quality and standards for protecting themselves and others from unnecessary radiation.
Students receive practical experience through assignments to clinical education setting established at several Worcester county healthcare facilities. Clinical assignments occur during fall, winter, spring and summer semesters. Some evening clinical experiences are required. Students should anticipate additional expenses for clinical uniforms, professional liability insurance, clinical parking fees, and materials required in the program.
To be eligible to continue in the program, students must achieve a minimum grade of "C" or higher in all Radiologic Technology (RDT) courses and in BIO 111 and BIO 112. Students who have received a grade below a "C" in BIO 111 and/or BIO 112 are required to repeat the course and obtain a grade of "C" or higher by the end of the semester in which they are required or required as a prerequisite. Additionally, students must adhere to professional and ethical standards and behaviors as expected of healthcare professionals as well as satisfactorily complete all clinical competency examinations described in the program's Clinical Policies and Procedures manual.
Specialized Health Careers Advising facilitates the entry of students to Health Care Programs. All students applying should contact Health Careers Advising at 508-854-4308.
Applicants with a history of criminal offence may be challenged in their eligibility to sit for the ARRT certification exam based on non-compliance with ARRT Standards of Ethics. Additionally, some clinical education sites may limit or deny access to procedures that are necessary to completing program requirements to individuals with a criminal history. For this reason, all students accepted to the program are required to complete a CORI/SORI (Criminal Offenders Record Information) (Sexual Offenders be required and drug testing will be required. All students must submit evidence of a positive Hepatitis B titer to be admitted to the program.
All students accepted to the RT program must obtain Health Care Provider (Red Cross) or BLS for Health Care Providers (American Heart Association) CPR certification and provide documentation of immunization currency and satisfactory health status prior to beginning clinical experiences. Students who have not been cleared by QCC's Health Care Compliance officer by July 21st of the respective year will be removed from their radiologic technology courses and will have to file for readmission to the next available semester.
- Must have a high school diploma or GED.
- GPA of 3.0 or equivalent in high school or 3.0 in college with minimum of 10 credits or 550 Battery Average on GED.
- Must take the college placement test to determine Math and English levels if no college level courses were previously completed.
- Required HOBET scores must be achieved within two attempts of taking the test. A 52% composite score is required.
- Math: minimum grade of B in MAT 098 or MAT 099 or place into MAT 100 level or above.
- Biology: minimum grade of B in high school biology or B in BIO 101 (recommended) or other college biology class.
- English: minimum grade of B in ENG 100 or place into ENG 101
- Math and Science courses must be taken within five years of application.
- Required grade must be earned within two attempts of taking and completing the course.
- Review of program web site and career video.
- *4-hour clinical observation.
- *Interview with Program/clinical Faculty (minimum composite score of 80%)
* Offered to academically qualified applicants only.
Request for Transfer with advanced placement from an accredited Radiologic Technology program with advanced placement are considered on an individual basis.
Radiologic technology students should anticipate additional expenses for uniforms/clinical wear, textbooks, professional liability insurance, licensing examinations, and any required skills remediation.
Degree Completion Option for graduate Radiologic Technologists
Graduate Radiologic Technologists with documentation of current ARRT certification may be eligible to receive credit for the professional courses (RDT) towards an Associate in Science degree through the Experience Base Education (EBE) office. Qualifying candidates will be required to complete the General Education portion of the curriculum. Call 508.854.4380 for further information.
Technical Performance Standards
Prior to application to this program, please review the Technical Performance Standards requirements on pages 16-19 of the current college catalog.
Semester 1 (Summer 1 and Summer 2)
Anatomy & Physiology I
English Composition & Literature I
Semester 2 (Fall)
Introduction to Psychology or Psychology of Interpersonal Relations
Speech Communication Skills
Patient Care & Ethics in Radiology
Radiographic Medical Terminology
Fundamentals of Radiographic Equipment and Medical Imaging
Radiographic Positioning & Anatomy I
Medical Radiography Clinic I
Semester 3 (Spring)
Anatomy & Physiology II
Medical Imaging II
Radiographic Positioning & Anatomy II
Medical Radiography Clinic II
Semester 4 (Fall)
English Composition & Literature II
Medical Radiography Clinic III
Medical Radiographic Equipment and Quality Assurance
Semester 5 (Spring)
Medical Radiography Clinic IV
Radiologic Pharmacology & Pathology
CT & Cross Section Anatomy