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Radiologic Technology Program

Contact

Dr. Gary Lauer

(208) 732-6719

glauer@csi.edu

 

Tamara E. Janak

(208) 732-6716

tjanak@csi.edu

Program Overview

Occupational Description: Registered Technologists (RTs) in Radiography (R) produce diagnostic quality radiographs of parts of the human body for use by physicians in diagnosing their patient’s health care problem. RTs follow physician orders precisely using a variety of imaging equipment and they conform to regulations concerning the use of radiation in the protection of their patients, themselves, and coworkers.

Career Objective: This is an intensive five semester (22 months) program that prepares graduates to pass the national certification examination in radiography conducted by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Upon passing this exam, graduates become eligible for entry level employment in diagnostic imaging departments of hospitals and clinics as Registered Technologists in Radiography.

To promote success on the certification/licensure examination(s), all Required Courses must be passed with a grade of C or better.

Admission Requirements

12 students are selected each year after the June 1 application deadline to begin their studies in the Fall semester.  Student capacity is based on the availability of space at associated clinical affiliates. Since more students apply each year than can be accepted into the program, the following objective student selection process is utilized:

*Students must be a current CSI Student before applying to this program.

  1. Application Packet Points
  2. Point Check List Calculation Form
  3. CSI Radiologic Technology Program Technical Training Standards
  4. Interview
  5. After Official Admission into the Program
  1. Application Packet Points

    Applying students need to collect the following information into an application packet with tabs attached to all documentation in the exact order given below. Please submit the assembled application packet in person or via snail-mail to the Program Director before the application deadline of June 1 at 5 p.m. Students are strongly advised to meet with the Program Director or Clinical Coordinator in April or May to review all required documentation and answer any questions about the competitive program admission process. Failure to construct an application packet according to the guidelines below may result in a loss of points.

    Application packets should be assembled in a simple binder containing the following materials, in order, easily accessible with tabs:

    • Letter of Intent - Describe on one page, in an officially formatted letter, the desire to become an RT and attend the CSI RT Program. Address the Letter of Intent to the Program Director.
    • One page resume
    • Radiologic Technology Program Application Form.
    • Point Check List & Calculation Form. - Show clear and concise calculation of all the points claimed on this form, followed by subsequent documentation. Make sure to highlight with a marker all courses on transcripts that are being claimed for points on this form, as well as letters of reference and health care work experience.
      • Please do not send official transcripts to the program director, but do send official transcripts to the Office of the Registrar. However, to verify points, please send copies of transcripts as part of the application packet - see below.
      • Official transcripts need to be processed by the Office of the Registrar prior to the application deadline. This process may take three to four weeks.
    • High School or GED Transcripts - Highlight GPA and verification of diploma awarded. GEDs will receive a 2.0 GPA.
    • Associate Degree Transcripts - Highlight GPA and verification of degree awarded, if any.
    • Baccalaureate Degree Transcripts - Highlight GPA and verification of degree awarded, if any.
    • NOTE: All students are required to either be currently credentialed as a Certificated Nursing Assistant (CNA) or Emergency Medical Technician - Basic (EMT-B) prior to enrollment into RADT Clinical Education I. Certification or licensure in a health-related field such as MEDICAL ASSISTANT, LPN, RN, SURG TECH, DENTAL ASSISTANT, DENTAL HYGIENE, etc. may substitute for the CNA or EMT-B requirement.
    • Veteran of US Armed Forces (if applicable) - include a copy of the DD-214.
    • Documented Health Care Experience - A letter from a former employer indicating start and end times. Only experience beyond one year qualifies.
    • Two Letters of Reference - Please do not use family or friends.
    • Non-Acceptance Letter - for students who applied last year and were not selected.
  2. Point Check List

    To win one of 24 interview spots, students must have the highest point value possible. Please download a copy of the current co-requisite and other point calculation form here: Point Check List & Calculation Form. This form is "self advising". Students need to take notice of the courses required and all options that are available to increase over-all point value.

  3. CSI Radiologic Technology Technical Training Standards

    All students officially accepted into the CSI Radiologic Technology Program must meet the following Technical Training Standards.

  4. Interview

    The 24 top point-getters will be invited for an interview tentatively scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, June 12 and 13, 2019. Students invited for an interview must attend at the designated time and place. Please treat this like a serious job interview. Interviews will be conducted by professionals in the field of radiologic technology.

  5. After Official Admission into the Program

    Students officially selected into the program must attend the New Student Radiologic Technology Program Orientation Wednesday, July 10, 2019. Please plan ahead!

    All students officially selected into the program are required to provide proof of: (1) Health insurance, (2) Physical health exam, (3) CPR - Health Care Provider, (4) background check*, (5) immunizations, (6) TB test, (7) drug screen.

    * Note: (1) Before the start of the first week of classes in the fall semester, all officially accepted freshmen students in the CSI Radiologic Technology program must have completed an official background check at Certified Background. Please contact Tamara Janak, MTD, RT (R) (M) to obtain the correct CSI Rad Tech Program codes. (2) Students concerned about meeting the credentialing requirements of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) due to possible prior ethical violations involving felonies or misdemeanors that would otherwise need to be reported on the ARRT Application for Certification and Registration may want to complete the ARRT's Ethical Review and Pre-Application Packet.

Sample Career Opportunities

  • Radiologic Technologists

*Talk to an advisor for additional career choices

Mission

The mission of the College of Southern Idaho's Associate of Applied Science Radiologic Technology Program in Radiography is to prepare students to become graduates for entry level employment as ARRT Registered Technologists in Radiography.

Goals

The goals established to achieve this mission include:

  • Measuring program effectiveness on an ongoing basis.
  • Producing clinically competent students.
  • Producing students with problem solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Producing students who can effectively communicate and interact with patients and staff.
  • Producing students and graduates who behave ethically.

Curriculum

This is a 22 month program spanning five semesters of continuous education and training, including one 8 week summer session. Students follow the regular college semester and vacation schedule. The program is measured at 72 semester credits, including 1,170 hours of clinical education while rotating through 3 south central Idaho hospital / clinic imaging departments.The professional radiologic technology portion of the curriculum includes: BIOL 105 or BIOL 227/228, RADT 101, 102, 151, 151L, 152, 153, 162, 162L,163, 164, 165, 180, 181, 182. The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology and follows the curricular guidelines of the American Society of Radiologic Technologist Radiography Curriculum and in conjunction with the "need to know" American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Radiography Examination Content Specifications, and the ARRT Didactic and Clinical Competency Requirements.

View the detailed 22 month curriculum.

NOTE: All students are required to be currently credentialed as a Certificated Nursing Assistant (CNA) "or" Emergency Medical Technician prior to enrollment into RADT Clinical Education I. Certification or licensure in a health-related field such as MEDICAL ASSISTANT, LPN, RN, SURG TECH, DENTAL ASSISTANT, DENTAL HYGEINE, etc. may substitute for this CNA or EMT requirement.

NOTE: Students planning on transferring and obtain their baccalaureate degree in Imaging Sciences from Lewis and Clark State College or Boise State University are encouraged to take the Biol 227 / 228 Anatomy and Physiology course sequence for 8 semester credits and MATH 143 College Algebra for 3 credits. BIOL 227 / 228 are classified as "General Education Core Courses." By taking BIOL 227, the student also meets the 4 credit Gen Ed degree requirement.

Employment Opportunities

According to Occupational Outlook, employment opportunities are expected to grow faster than average nationally. Those with knowledge of more than one diagnostic imaging procedure - such as CT, MR and Mammography - will have the best employment opportunities. Radiologic technologists held about 214,700 jobs in 2008. About 61 percent of all jobs were in hospitals. Most other jobs were in offices of physicians; medical and diagnostic laboratories, including diagnostic imaging centers; and outpatient care centers. Employment of radiologic technologists is expected to increase by about 17 percent from 2008 to 2018, faster than the average for all occupations. As the population grows and ages, there will be an increasing demand for diagnostic imaging.

Approved Clinical Affiliates

The following clinics and hospitals are approved clinical aggiliates by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.

  • Elmore Medical Center, Mountain Home, ID
  • Mountain Home Air Force Base Hospital, Mountain Home, ID
  • St. Luke's Magiv Valley Regional Medical Center, Twin Falls, ID
  • St. Luke's DTC, Twin Falls, ID
  • St. Luke's Outpatient Imaging Center, Twin Falls, ID
  • Cassia Regional Medical Center, Burley, ID
  • Minidoka Memorial Hospital, Rupert, ID
  • Mountain View Hospital, Idaho Falls, ID
  • Redicare, Idaho Falls, ID
  • St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center, Ketchum, ID
  • Sun Valley Sports Medicine, Ketchum, ID
  • St Luke's Jerome Medical Center, Jerome, ID
  • North Canyon Medical Center, Gooding, ID

Earnings

The median annual wage of radiologic technologists was $52,210 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $42,710 and $63,010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $35,100, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $74,970. Median annual wages in the industries employing the largest numbers of radiologic technologists in 2008 were:

Medical and diagnostic laboratories: $55,210
Federal Executive Branch: $53,650
General medical and surgical hospitals: $52,890
Outpatient care centers: $50,840
Offices of physicians: $48,530

Expenses

Expenses specific to radiologic technology students throughout the training period include books, uniforms, lab fees, travel to and from clinical sites and current insurance. Estimated expenses (not including tuition, insurance, transportation, meals and lodging) are approximately: $1879 (See Below)

Books (Bundled / Savings of $129) $1,300
Scrubs $150
Markers $40
Thyroid Shield $60
Lab Fee (Radiation Monitor Badge) $50
Student Arm Patch $6
Student ID Badge Holder $3
ARRT Credentialing Examination Fee $200
Background Check & Immunization Tracker $70
Estimated Total For Program Expenses $1879

Contact the Financial Aid Office for matters involving financial assistance.

Current expenses for tuition and housing are estimated in the current college catalog.

Check the HSHS Department scholarships webpage for additional financial support.

Check with area hospitals for they may offer scholarships to students officially enrolled in CSI health professions programs.

Resources

Subjects for the radiography program are taught in the new Health Sciences and Human Services building, where a state of the art digital/analog radiography teaching classroom/laboratory is located.

Valuable resources also include some of the finest diagnostic radiography departments in the Rocky Mountain area that can be found at St. Luke's Magic Valley Regional Medical Center, Twin Falls; Cassia Regional Medical Center, Burley; St. Benedict's Hospital, Jerome; North Canyon Medical Center, Gooding; St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center, Ketchum; Minidoka Memorial Hospital, Rupert; Mountain View Hospital, Idaho Falls; Elmore Medical Center, Mt. Home; Mountain Home Air Force Base Hospital, Mtn. Home. These superb clinical agencies provide excellent practical experiences for CSI student radiographers under supervision of Registered Technologists in Radiography to achieve competence in required radiographic procedures.

Effectiveness Data

The Radiologic Technology Program's 5 Year Average Annual Performance Effectiveness Data (2014 to 2018) is designed to show (1) the average completion rate, (2) the average credentialing examination first time pass rate, and (3) the annual job placement rate.

Categories, Goals, and Outcomes

Analysis of the following Program Effectiveness and Student Learning Outcome Data allows the program to identify strengths and areas for improvement to bring about systematic program improvement for accomplishing the mission of preparing graduates for entry-level employment as ARRT Registered Technologists in Radiography. This analysis also provides a means of accountability to communities of interest, including the CSI Radiologic Technology Program Advisory Committee (CSI HSHS and CTE Instructional Deans, HSHS Department Chair, CSI Rad Tech Program Director/Instructor, CSI Rad Tech Program Clinical Education Coordinator/Instructor, CSH HSHS Career Advisor, a CSI HSHS department faculty representative, a CSI Career Services representative, 2 service area Radiology Managers, CSI Rad Tech Clinical Instructor, 2 medical imaging industry sales/service representatives, the CSI HSHS Allied Health Porfessions instructor, freshman and sophomore student representatives) and CSI Administrators, Saff, Faculty, Clinical Affiliate Registered Technologists, current and prespective students, accreditors like the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, the Idaho State Division of Career and Technical Education, and the public. The current Outcome Assessment Plan for the CSI Radiologic Technology Program includes the following 5 categories, 5 goals and 17 outcomes:

Category I: Graduate Performance

Goal I: Program effectiveness will be measured on and ongoing basis.

Outcomes: (1) Enrolled students will complete the program, (2) Graduates will pass the ARRT exam in radiography on the first attempt, (3) Graduates will be employed within six months. (4) Graduates will receive a quality education, (5) Employers will be satisfied with the hard technical performance of graduates.

Category 2: Clinical Performance

Goal 2: Students will be clinical competent.

Outcomes: (1) Students will provide appropriate patient care, (2) Students will demonstrate quality positioning, (3) Students will apply appropriate radiation safety principles, (4) Students will demonstrate the ability to evaluate image quality.

Category 3: Problem Solving and Critical Thinking Skills

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

Outcomes: (1) Students will apply ALARA exposure techniques resulting in quality images using optimum kVp/Low mAs for the Exposure Index range, (2) Students will assess the quality of radiographic images, (3) Students will adjust equipment operation and quality control factors.

Category 4: Communication Skills

Goal 4: Students will communicate and interact with patients and staff.

Outcomes: (1) Students will engage in productive radiography-related discussions with patients, staff and each other, (2) Students in didactic setting will communicate effectively in writing.

Category 5: Professional Growth and Development

Goal 5: Students and graduates will behave ethically.

Outcomes: (1) Students will apply the employability skills of a radiographer, (2) Graduates will apply soft-personal employability skills of an RT (R), (3) Students will develop a five year career development plan.

Outcome Assessment Plans

The following Outcome Assessment Plans have been reviewed and approved by CSI's Program Advisory Committee and are made available here to be shared with communities of interest and the public.

Transfer Policy

The CSI Radiologic Technology Program does not admit transfer students from other programs. This is due to the limitations of clinical education space that is reserved for the current sophomore CSI radiography students. Instead, students are encouraged to apply for an official training position for the upcoming fall semester by the June first deadline.

Accreditation

The CSI Radiologic Technology Program is officially recognized by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) as an accredited radiography program.

Specialized accreditation awarded by the JRCERT offers institutions significant value by providing peer evaluation and assuring the public of quality professional education in the radiologic sciences.

Here are some important facts taken from the JRCERT pamphlet: A Student's Guide to JRCERT Accreditation:

  • The JRCERT educational standards are developed and accepted by professionals in the radiologic sciences.
  • The JRCERT is the only organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) to evaluate and accredit education programs in radiography and radiation therapy.
  • Graduation from a JRCERT accredited program assures that students will be eligible to practice in all 50 states.
  • Graduates from a JRCERT-accredited program assures that students are competent to manage the delivery of radiation, a potentially dangerous substance, and possess the knowledge, skills, and attributes to provide safe, high quality patient care.

Contact Information

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology

20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850

Chicago, Illinois 60606-3182

Telephone: (312)-704-5300

mail@jrcert.org

www.jrcert.org