Radiologic Technology

Radiologic Technology

Since 2008, 99% Harper Radiologic Technology graduates have passed their registry examination with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) on the first attempt, averaging a score of 87 percent. 

The more you learn, the more you earn.

  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of radiologic technologists is expected to grow by 28 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.
  • The median annual wage of radiologic technologists was $56,071 in May 2016.

Prepare for immediate entry into this career field.

Harper's Radiologic Technology Program provides quality radiologic technology education in an effort to prepare competent entry-level radiologic technologists who will perform effectively within the health care setting. 

Radiologic Technology Degree

This is a limited enrollment program.

The Harper College Radiologic Technology Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The program received a full 8-year accreditation in 2011. The next review date will be in 2019. Harper College is regionally accredited through the Higher Learning Commission. Effectiveness data for the program will be available on the JRCERT and Harper College Radiologic Technology websites.

Contact information for the JRCERT:

Radiologic technologists perform radiographic procedures under the auspices of a radiologist or a medical specialist and produce radiographic images of parts of the human body for use in diagnosing medical abnormalities. They work in hospitals, clinics, private industry, and physician offices, as well as staffing mobile X-ray units.

The program is a full-time, two-year program which includes joint clinical and dicactic training. The program provides classroom and clinical instruction in anatomy and physiology, patient care procedures, radiation physics, radiation protection, principles of imaging, medical terminology, positioning of patients, medical ethics, radiobiology and pathology.

Upon completion of the 24-month competency based program, the students will be eligible to take the A. R. R. T. (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists) exam to become a registered radiologic technologist. The graduate technologist can also apply for Illinois licensure with the Illinois Department of Nuclear Safety (IDNS) as a requirement for employment in the state of Illinois.

The Harper College Radiologic Technology Program will provide quality radiologic technology education in an effort to prepare competent entry-level radiologic technologists who will perform effectively within the health care setting.

  1. Students who successfully complete this program will develop clinical competence as entry-level radiologic technologists.
    Student Learning Outcomes
    The student will:
    • demonstrate radiation safety practices.
    • critique the radiographic image.
    • accurately position the patient correctly.
  2. Students who successfully complete this program will apply critical thinking skills.
    Student Learning Outcomes
    The student will:
    • modify procedures to meet patient needs.
    • alter technical factors needed to accommodate patient pathological conditions.
  3. Students who successfully complete this program will display proper communication skills.

    Student Learning Outcomes
    The student will:

    • communicate with patients
    • document accurate patient histories.
    • communicate with a diverse population.
  4. Students who successfully complete this program will demonstrate professionalism.

    Student Learning Outcomes
    The student will:

    • demonstrate professional behaviors.
    • comply with professional ethics.
    • summarize the importance of continuing professional development.

The program will effectively meet the needs of the students and the community it serves:

The student will:

  • pass the ARRT exam.
  • complete the program.
  • be employed in radiologic technology.
  • be satisfied with the program.
  • Employers will exhibit a high degree of satisfaction.

Five-year average credentialing examination, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Radiography exam (ARRT), with a pass rate of > 90% on first attempt within six month of graduation.

Year of Graduation

Passing Rate Harper College Students

Number of graduates

Number who took licensure exam

2015

100%

17

17

2014

100%

17

17

2013

100%

15

15

2012

100%

23

22

2011

100%

9

8

5 year average

100%

81

79

Five-year average job placement of not less than 75% within twelve months of graduation.

Year

Percent job placement

Number of students*

2015

87%

15 graduates actively sought employment

13 graduates were employed within 12 months of graduation

2014

93%

15 graduates actively sought employment

14 graduates were employed within 12 months of graduation

2013

92%

13 graduates actively sought employment.

12 graduates were employed within 12 months of graduation.

2012

90%

21 graduates actively sought employment.

19 graduates were employed within 12 months of graduation.

2011

87.5%

8 graduates actively sought employment

7 graduates were employed within 12 months of graduation.

5 year average

90%  

 * Job placement rate is defined as the number of graduates employed in the radiologic sciences compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in the radiologic sciences. The JRCERT has defined not actively seeking employment as: 1) graduate fails to communicate with program officials regarding employment status after multiple attempts, 2) graduate is unwilling to seek employment that requires relocation, 3) graduate is unwilling to accept employment due to salary or hours, 4) graduate is on active military duty, and/or 5) graduate is continuing education.

Program Completion Rate

Program completion rate is such that 75% of the students beginning the Harper College Radiologic Technology Program will graduate. Harper College Radiologic Technology Program is a 24 month program with 6 semesters.

Year

Percent Completion

Number of students

2015

77%

22 began, 17 graduated

2014

81%

21 began, 17 graduated

2013

68%

22 began, 15 graduated

2012

96%

23 began, 22 graduated

2011

90%

11 began, 9 graduated

5 year average

81%

 

 

*For additional information regarding credentialing, exam pass rate, job placement rate and program completion rate, contact the JRCERT at www.jrcert.org.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of radiologic technologists is expected to grow faster than average through 2018, as the population grows and ages, increasing the demand for diagnostic imaging. Opportunities are expected to be favorable.

Radiologic technologists with additional training can enter ultrasonograpy, mammography, angiography, interventional radiography, computerized tomography (CT), bone densitometry and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Experienced technologists may also be promoted to administrative positions within the radiology department. Advancements in administration, education and sales typically require technologists to obtain a bachelor's degree and/or a master's degree in radiologic technology, business, education, or health administration.

  • Courses in high school biology, chemistry, algebra, physics and first-aid
  • College courses in anatomy, physiology, English, algebra, communications and introduction to health careers
  • Employment and volunteer experience in a health care setting and American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR certification

Illinois State Society of Radiologic Technologists: www.issrt.org

American Society of Radiologic Technologists: www.asrt.org

International Society of Radiographers and Radiologic Technologists: www.isrrt.org 

Association of Educators in Imaging and Radiologic Science: www.aeirs.org 

American Registry of Radiologic Technologists: www.arrt.org 

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT): www.JRCERT.org 

Q: How do I get started?

A: This is a limited enrollment program and has special requirements. Attendance at a Health Care Careers Information Meeting is mandatory prior to acceptance. At this meeting the following topics will be covered: career overview, curriculum plans, preparing for admission and admission policy. Meeting with an academic advisor is also strongly recommended. New students should contact the Center for New Students and Orientation, 847.925.6208. Previously enrolled or current Harper College students should contact the Academic Advising and Counseling Center, 847.925.6393.

Q: How much does the program cost?

A:  Specific tuition costs are listed here under Step 2. Radiologic Technology coursework is double the standard tuition. TUITION AND FEES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. Financial aid is available through the Harper College Office of Student Financial Assistance and from area hospitals and agencies.

Q: What are the aptitudes, qualities and physical demands needed to be successful in the radiologic technology program?

A: The following are needed to be successful:

  • Strong academic skills
  • Aptitude for science
  • Effective communication skills
  • Musculoskeletal health—ability to lift and move freely
  • Visual and auditory acuity within normal range
  • High ethical standards
  • Manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination
  • Hand, wrist, arm, shoulder, neck and back health
  • Ability to comfortably work with and show empathy toward patients

Q: How much do radiologic technologists earn?

A: According to the results of a 2016 survey conducted by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, the annual full-time salary range for radiologic technologists across the nation average between $52,291- $92,396 with $65,756 being the mean for all disciplines.

Q: Are there specific health requirements for this program?

A: Yes. Once accepted into the program the coordinator will provide you with information about when to contact Health and Psychological Services (HPS) to complete specific health requirements. HPS is located in Building A, Room A362, 847.925.6849. The student will be required to undergo a criminal background check and random drug screening.

Q: Is the program accredited?

A: The program is accredited by the Joint Review Commission on Education in Radiologic Technology. Accreditation allows the graduates to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) Examination immediately upon graduation and apply for temporary licensure from the Illinois Emergency Management Association, Division of Nuclear Safety. Since 2008, all Harper College Radiologic Technology graduates have passed their registry examination with the ARRT on the first attempt, averaging a score of 87 percent.

  • Courses in high school biology, chemistry, algebra, physics and first-aid
  • College courses in anatomy, physiology, English, algebra, communications and introduction to health careers
  • Employment and volunteer experience in a health care setting and American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR certification

Other Certificates

This 16 credit-hour, year-long certificate program prepares ARRT registered radiologic technologists to produce cross-sectional images of the body, utilizing computed tomography equipment, in order to diagnose abnormalities that are difficult to evaluate with conventional radiography. The program offers a combination of clinical and didactic educational experiences that will provide the student with the necessary knowledge and skills to become an entry-level CT technologist.

This program has selective admission requirements. Review the steps to prepare for application to this limited enrollment program.

This 16 credit-hour, year-long certificate program prepares ARRT registered radiologic technologists to produce cross-sectional images of the body, utilizing magnetic resonance equipment, in order to diagnose abnormalities that are difficult to evaluate with conventional radiography. The program offers a combination of clinical and didactic educational experiences that will provide the student with the necessary knowledge and skills to become an entry-level MRI technologist.

This program has selective admission requirements. Review the steps to prepare for application to this limited enrollment program. 

This four credit-hour certificate program will provide the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) registered radiologic technologist the opportunity to expand their skills into the study in the theory and practice of mammography. 

This program has selective admission requirements. Review the steps to prepare for application to this limited enrollment program. 

Transfer Options

 

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