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College of Southern Idaho Radiologic Technology Program

On May 11, 2018, the CSI Radiologic Technology Program will be graduating the Class of 2018, the program’s 16th graduating class since its inception back in 2002. During this period, the program has enrolled 189 students.

The program is nationally accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), which provides peer evaluation and assuring the public of quality professional education in the radiologic sciences. Graduation from a JRCERT accredited program assures eligibility to practice in all 50 states and competence to manage the delivery of radiation, a potentially dangerous substance, and possess the knowledge, skills, and attributes to provide safe, high quality patient care.

The program prepares graduates for entry level careers as American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) Registered Technologists in Radiography. Upon completion of the 22-month educational-training period (4 regular semesters plus an 8-week summer session), students earn their Associate of Applied Science degree and become clinically competent to perform clinical radiography procedures on sick and injured patients. Most Registered Technologists in south central southern Idaho are graduates of the CSI program.

The 72-semester credit curriculum (22 academic, 24 didactic, 26 clinical) is designed around a rural delivery model which provides an extensive classroom/lab experience before entering the clinical education setting. Students rotate through 3 out of 11 JRCERT approved clinical affiliates for a total of 1170 clinical education hours. The program is affiliated with 11 clinical affiliates throughout south central Idaho and all students have 3 clinical education courses. Everyone must rotate through St. Luke’s Magic Valley Hospital because it is the largest comprehensive clinical setting available.

The program’s resources are extraordinary including a state of the industry Computed and Digital Radiography teaching-learning laboratory located in HSHS 178 which includes energized and simulated x-ray machines. Students practice radiographic positioning together without making energized exposures on each other. Actual imaging is done on tissue equivalent “plastic” phantoms.

Graduates are passing the ARRT examination in radiography with flying colors and gaining employment throughout the region's health care facilities, including employment in Boise, Pocatello and Salt Lake City. According to the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) Wage and Salary Survey 2016 the national average salary for Registered Technologists in Radiography was $56, 071. Program graduates are continuing their education on the job and at the University of Utah Medical Center and Weber State University and getting ARRT certified in other imaging modalities like CT, MRI, Mammography, Ultrasound, etc., which results in even higher salaries. Many are also taking advantage of articulation agreements the program has with Lewis and Clark State College and Boise State University and earning their baccalaureate degrees in imaging science. The program is very successful with a high program completion rate, first time ARRT examination pass rate, and employment rate.

Because there are more applicants than can be selected for 12 educational-training positions each year, admission into the program is competitive. Preparation involves 2 phases. Phase I involves the accumulation of points based on the point check list that provides points for academic courses taken and other activities that qualify for points, such as having taken the CNA or EMT-Basic course, the Introduction to Allied Health course, etc. Phase II involves interviewing and selecting 12 students from the top 24-point getters from those who apply to get into the program by the June 1st annual application deadline.

For a detailed overview of the profession of radiologic technology, please go to ASRT Radacademy located here: https://www.asrt.org/radcademy/home. Anyone serious about getting into this program, should visit the program’s website at: http://hshs.csi.edu/radiologic_technology/jrcert.asp . For program advising please set up an appointment with Gary Lauer, Program Director (glauer@csi.edu / 208-732-6719) or Tamara Janak, Clinical Coordinator (tjanak@csi.edu / 208-732-6716).

For information about CSI, including tuition and financial aid, please got to: www.csi.edu.