2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Sep 28, 2021  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

Radiologic Technology (HB73)


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The radiologic technologist is the technical assistant to the radiologist, (a physician who specializes in the use of x-rays and radioactive isotopes). Since x-rays are an important tool for the diagnosis of disease, radiologic technologists are valued members of the health team.

Admission Requirements

The applicant must meet the following requirements in addition to the general admission policies:

High school diploma or equivalency and submission of all application materials including high school transcripts, immunization records, and college transcripts, if applicable, no later than the application deadline.

  1. PREREQUISITES: Proof of having met the following:
  1. ENGLISH: Eligibility to take (or completion of with a C or better) ENG 101 Composition as determined by prior course work or sufficient score on Accuplacer placement test, SAT’s or ACT’s.
  2. MATH: Minimum of having completed at least one of the following within five (5) years of starting the program in the Fall semester:
    • MAT H136 or MAT H137 Intermediate Algebra or higher Algebra with a grade of C or better (excludes MAT H137L and/or Statistics without completing MAT H137 or equivalent as a prerequisite)
    • SAT Score:  570 or higher
    • ACT Score:  22 or higher
    • Accuplacer Placement test score placing into MAT H172 College Algebra
    • passing score on credit by exam for MAT H137
    • passing score on CLEP for MAT H172 College Algebra
  3. BIOLOGY: Grade of C or better in BIO 115 or BIO 121 (or equivalent or higher) taken within five (5) years of starting the program in the Fall semester. BIO 105 is acceptable, as an admission requirement, but will not meet a prerequisite for BIO 211 if taken prior to the Fall of 2021.  High School Biology is acceptable to meet this admission requirement provided the course included a lab. A high school transcript must be submitted along with a course description.
  4. SCIENCE: Completion of an additional high school or college level physical science with a grade of C or better and taken within five (5) years of starting the program in the Fall semester (does not require a lab).
  5. TRANSCRIPTS (if applicable): Submit official college transcripts from all previous colleges regardless of age, grades received, or applicability to the program curriculum.  This includes courses taken in high school that also earned college credits. Transcripts that include “in-progress” grades will need to be re-submitted showing final grades once coursework is completed and by January 15 of the application year*.
  6. GPA: Minimum 2.5 Radiologic Technology GPA. Selection of candidates for admission is based upon academic history of the applicant. Math GPA, Science GPA, and overall GPA for all successfully completed general education courses in the radiology curriculum are used to rank candidates.
  7. PROGRAM INFORMATION SESSION: All qualified applicants will be required to attend a mandatory program information session. Applicants will be contacted in late February/early March with information.  The deadline to register for, and attendance at an information session is strictly enforced.

    2.   If accepted into the program, students will also be required to:

  1. Undergo a medical examination and provide a report by a physician that describes the applicants physical and emotional health (must be done within three months of starting the program).
  2. Demonstrate ability to perform the skills needed to be a radiographer as outlined in the program’s Technical Standards.  Technical Standards are listed on page 90 of the Radiologic Technology Program Handbook which can be found on the Radiologic Technology program webpage.
  3. Undergo a criminal background check prior to the start of the first-year fall semester. The student is responsible for the associated costs. Students who do not pass a criminal background check may be excluded from the clinical site and may not be able to meet the competencies required for the program. If you feel that this may apply to you, please consider your acceptance into the NVCC Radiologic Technology Program carefully. If you have any questions, please contact the program director at 203-575-8266. (The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) requirements concerning individuals with a previous criminal conviction may eliminate a student from sitting for the certification examination. A previous criminal record includes but may not be restricted to misdemeanor drug possession charges, DUI, felony convictions, military court martial, and proceedings where a plea of nolo contendere was entered. Individuals may contact the ARRT at (615) 687-0048 privately for clarification of their eligibility status. ARRT certification is required to obtain a radiographer’s license in Connecticut and many other states. Additional information may be found at www.arrt.org.)
  4. Undergo a drug screening as a requirement of clinical site partners.
  5. Provide proof of a Health Care Provider course in Basic Life Support (BLS) from the American Heart Association prior to beginning class. The Division of Continuing Education offers BLS courses throughout the summer.

Readmission and Transfer

Candidates seeking readmission to the program must apply to the Program Director. Readmission requests are based on a total faculty review and vote. Students withdrawn for poor academic or clinical performance are not eligible to be readmitted. Consideration for readmission or transfer into the program can only be granted if there are available openings. Transfer students are required to submit official transcripts. Transfer admission is based on a minimum GPA of 2.50. Seat availability and completed course work and sequencing of the previously completed coursework with the NVCC Radiologic Technology Program’s curriculum.

Professional Licensure

Naugatuck Valley Community College meets the state education requirements for a Radiologic Technology license in the state of Connecticut. The NVCC Radiologic Technology Program, has not determined if the associate degree in Radiologic Technology Program meets the state education requirements in any other state, U.S. Territory, or the District of Columbia.  Applicants should investigate licensure requirements prior to accepting an offer of admission to any Connecticut Radiologic Technology program. The licensure boards in each state, are responsible for establishing the requirements for licensure/certification for their state. Students who intend to seek licensure in any state other than Connecticut need to consult with the state professional licensing board.  The state’s professional licensing board will make the decision on whether an individual is eligible for licensure based on the rules and regulations in place at the time the individual submits their application for licensure.   

For more information on State Licensure for Radiologic Technologist, visit this link: https://www.arrt.org/pages/about-the-profession/state-licensing

The Curriculum

The Radiologic Technology Program is approved by the Board of Governors for Higher Education and the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, Il. 60606. (312) 704-5300. www.jrcert.org.

The curriculum is designed as a progression of increasing complexity. Therefore, all prescribed courses must be taken in sequence. Electives and core courses can be taken prior to the semester scheduled with the exception of the radiology courses. Clinical practicum is conducted in hospitals, offices, and imaging centers. It is necessary for the student to have adequate transportation. Students are required to purchase uniforms.

Academic classes are scheduled during the day. Clinical experience is scheduled during the day and evening. This is based upon instructor availability and funding.

Due to the extensive time requirements for classes, clinical, and studying, program faculty strongly recommend that radiology students work no more than 20 hours a week. Faculty strongly advise applicants to consider the time requirements for studying, attending class, attending clinical, as well as their personal obligations before accepting admission.

In order to meet the educational objectives of the program as well as ensure the safety of the patient and student, attendance policies are strictly enforced.

All General Education (Non-Radiologic Technology) courses can be taken before a student has been accepted into or is enrolled in the program in any sequence and provided the prerequisites have been met. Otherwise, all courses must be taken in the prescribed sequence and can only be taken once an applicant has been accepted into the program.

A minimum grade of “C” is required in all courses related to radiology and science courses. The faculty in the Radiologic Technology Program reserves the right to require withdrawal of a student from the Radiologic Technology Program whose clinical performance is unsatisfactory. Upon successful completion of all program requirements, students are eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist Registry Examination. A minimum of sixty-five (65) credit hours is required for graduation.

General Education Core course listings and definitions appear on General Education Core. Additional courses may be required. The suggested sequence for full-time students is shown below.

Curriculum


Competency or Program Requirement:

First Semester (Fall/1st yr.)


Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication Credits: 3


Scientific Knowledge and Understanding Credits: 4


At least one Scientific Knowledge and Understanding OR Scientific Reasoning course must have a lab component.

Program Requirements


Second Semester (Spring/1st yr.)


Scientific Reasoning Credits: 4


At least one Scientific Knowledge and Understanding OR Scientific Reasoning course must have a lab component.

Social Phenomena Credits: 3


Program Requirements


Third Semester (Summer/1st yr.)


Program Requirements


Fifth Semester (Spring/2nd yr.)


Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics Credits: 3


[CSC* H101  is a comparable substitute]

Historical Knowledge and Understanding Credits: 3


Written Communication Credits: 3


Program Requirements


Program Outcomes


 

Total Credits: 65


Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

Becoming Connecticut State Community College


STUDENTS: The Community Colleges are undergoing a merger with a plan to become Connecticut State Community College in fall 2023; please work closely with your advisor/program coordinator to select your courses accordingly. Click here www.ct.edu/ctstate/academics for more detail about this exciting transition!

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