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Radiologic Technology

Program Structure & Technical Standards

Program Structure

  1. BIO 111, ENG 101 and MAT 121 must be completed prior to beginning the program’s core courses in the fall semester. 
  2. Fall semester academics include four RDT lecture courses & two labs (MWF) as well as 8 - 16 hours of clinical (TR) each week.
  3. Spring semester schedule begins on January 2nd with clinical assignments (40 hrs/week) for the 2-weeks prior to the formal start of spring semester. Clinical assignments return to 16 hours per week (TR) with three academic classes & two labs (MWF) for the actual spring semester.
  4. Following the completion of spring semester final exams, students continue their clinical assignments (32-40 hrs/week) through the end of June.
  5. No classes or clinical assignments are scheduled during the month of July.
  6. Fall semester (second year) clinical assignments begin approximately August 1st (32 hrs/week) until the beginning of the fall semester.  During the formal fall semester (Sept), clinical assignments will be 24 hrs/week (MWF) along with two academic classes and 2 labs (TR) each week.
  7. Second year clinical assignments may include periodic scheduling to the 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. shift.
  8. Spring semester continues with clinical assignments 24 hrs/week (MWF) and three academic classes (TR).

Technical Standards

A summary of the working conditions and physical demands for the Radiologic Technology program is provided below.  This information is provided to assist you in making college and career decisions. Please note that once you are admitted to the program you select, you will be required to satisfy the technical standards in order to successfully complete the program.

The program requires student to be capable of the following physical activities:

  • Assist with lifting/moving patients from wheelchairs, stretchers and beds to the x-ray table and vice versa.
  • Lift, carry, and push/pull bulky, heavy equipment. i.e. several cassettes, portable x-ray machines, etc.
  • Reach overhead to move the ceiling mounted equipment.
  • Audible abilities (with corrective devices) to detect and respond to verbal communication and acoustic signals on medical devices and equipment, from a distance of 15 feet.
  • Communicate, orally and in writing, instructions and directions to/from patients and other health care  personnel.
  • Manual dexterity and fine motor skills in at least one upper limb; eye hand coordination to manipulate equipment, position patients and handle sterile supplies without compromise.
  • Eyesight which is astute enough to determine subtle differences in gradual changes in blacks, grays and whites for purposes of assessing images for technical quality. (Corrective lenses are permitted.)
  • Rapid, simultaneous mental and muscular coordination; to adapt procedures and sequences of activities to accommodate changing status of a patient's condition/mobility.

Tolerance for exposure to chemicals used in photographic film processing and/or cleaning materials and to latex products.

Further detailed information is available at http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/29-2034.00.