A Radiographer (radiologic technologist) is an essential member of the health's care team. Radiographers produce and process x-ray films of parts of the human body - such as bones and supportive structures - to help in the diagnosis of injury and disease.
Radiographers also position patients accurately, implement safety measures to protect patients, co-workers, and themselves from radiation dangers, and calculate the angles and arrangements of specialized equipment to produce quality images.
For certain types of more complex testing, Radiographers prepare "contrast" solutions - substances that patients drink to provide a more detailed image of soft tissues in the body.
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Radiography Mission Statement:
To provide an environment for student radiographers to become qualified and competent technologists in a healthcare setting. We partner with the healthcare community to provide higher education for radiographers. The school encourages the process of life-long learning.
Graduates of this program will be able to:
demonstrates knowledge and skill to accurately position patients for imaging procedures;
modify standard procedures to accommodate for patient conditions and other variables to obtain quality images;
determine exposure factors to obtain diagnostic quality images with minimum radiation exposure;
recognize emergency patient conditions and initiate first aid and basic life support procedures;
evaluate images for appropriate positioning and image quality;
demonstrate knowledge and skills related to quality assurance;
state the safe limits of equipment operation and report malfunctions to the proper authority;
exercise independent judgment and discretion when performing imaging procedures;
demonstrates an understanding of your role in the healthcare environment;
practice radiation protection for the patient, self, and others;
practice effective communication with patients and other health professionals;
provide basic patient care, comfort, anticipate patient needs, and patient education;
demonstrate an understanding of basic x-ray production and interactions;
demonstrate knowledge of human structure, function and pathology; and
support the profession's code of ethics and comply with the profession's standard of practice.
The program will provide the graduates with entry-level skills of a radiographer.
To provide the community with qualified technologists.
The program will facilitate development of effective communication, critical thinking, and problem solving skills.
To facilitate development of professional attitudes, behaviors, and ethics.
The Radiography Program at MTC is accredited by the Joint Review Commission on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT, 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182, 312-704-5300, www.jrcert.org). JRCERT mission statement.
The process of accreditation is a formalized review that assures that the College and individual programs meet stringent national standards of excellence. Individual program accreditation also ensures quality curriculum that enables graduates to qualify for applicable certification examinations and/or licensure's.
Students who successfully complete MTC's Radiography Program are eligible to take the National Registry Examination offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). This is a multiple-choice situational exam administered via computer. Successful examination results allow individuals to use the R.T. (Registered Technologist) credential, as well as pursue advanced employment opportunities. Periodic renewal of this credential is required.
The ARRT Board reserves the right to deny admission to the ARRT examination if an individual has been convicted of a crime, including a felony, gross misdemeanor, misdemeanor, or drug-related arrest.
To qualify for MTC's School of Radiography, applicants must have:
Fulfilled all MTC general admission requirements, and submitted both the School of Radiography Application and the non-academic standards form.
Successfully completed high school or certification of equivalent education by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Acceptance into the Radiography Program is contingent upon receipt of official final high school transcript or GED examination equivalent,
Understands must have a minimum accumulative grade point average of 2.5 (4.0 scale) or equivalent from high school, or minimum 12 term credit hours or equivalent of college credit, or successful completion of GED examination. GPA used for admission point system will be the most recent GPA.
Successful completion of high school algebra, biology, and chemistry, or successful completion equivalent college coursework (MTC's SCI1050A Principles of Biology and Chemistry and/or MTH099 Pre-Algebra).
Completed COMPASS academic placement testing with the following minimum scores:
COMPASS Reading Skills Assessment 78 OR ACT ENG 18 OR ENG 0960
MTC Elementary Algebra COMPASS 41 OR ACT MTH 19 OR MTH 0990 Pre-Algebra. Algebra: Require proficiency in Elementary Algebra Assessment or completion of the appropriate foundation course(s). Please note the ACT/COMPASS shelf-life on the Math portion is two (2) years.
Score of 69 on Writing Skills Assessment OR ACT ENG 18 OR successful completion of ENG 0990.
Reached 18 years of age by the end of the calendar year in which you are seeking admission into Radiography technical courses.
Completion of a physical examination including all diagnostic screenings (with results on file) prior to entering the first Radiography clinical course. Observation in a(an) Imaging Department(s) a minimum of fifty (50) hours at three different clinical sites and submit a
Radiography Observation Verification Form. Please note specific guidelines on the observation validation form for completing this requirement .Additional hours may be observed to obtain additional admission points. (Click here to see Admission Scoring form for more details.)
Accepted applicants will be required to submit to a criminal background check facilitated by MTC and conducted by The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation. This background check will include, but is not limited to, an analysis of fingerprints and review of prior criminal records. Any criminal record, including felony and misdemeanor convictions as well as drug related arrests will prohibit student from admission into the School of Radiography The submission of any false information to MTC shall be cause for immediate dismissal from the School of Radiography. Potential employers for MTC Allied Health programs may require criminal background investigations as conditions for employment. Any criminal background may preclude an individual from employment. Therefore, completing a MTC program does not guarantee future employment.
Accepted applicants will be required to submit to an eight-panel drug screen. In addition, students will be subject to random drug screens. Students who refuse/fails to cooperate will be considered "positive". Unsatisfactory/positive results of the drug screen will result in ineligibility for admission and/or continuation in the program.
If applicable, current MTC students seeking Radiography admission must have a minimum 2.5 GPA.
Application deadline for each class beginning in the summer is April 1st. Students will be admitted into the program based upon an admission point system, whereby the most qualified applicants are considered based upon highest point totals. Class size is limited to the availability of clinical sites. Click here to see Admission Scoring form for more details.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide all additional documentation to the School of Radiography prior to the application deadline. (i.e. additional transcripts with updated GPA’s and coursework, additional observation hours, etc.)
Only completed applications submitted by the application deadline will be considered.
Applicants will be notified of their status in the program by mail approximately 6-8 weeks after the application deadline.
Applicants who are not selected into the program, but would like to be considered for a future class, will need to complete another program application.
Transfer students to MTC must qualify in accordance with current Radiography Program admission criteria.
If required, College Foundation Courses are available to help you meet any specialized program admission requirements.
Clinical sites as well as potential employers may require drug screens and criminal background investigations.
The Radiography Program begins once a year each Summer term.
As per College policy, students must receive a minimum grade of "C'' in all required courses for graduation. Once in the Radiography Program, students must maintain a 2.0 minimum accumulative GPA for continuation in and completion of the program sequence. Students must maintain a 75 percent minimum clinical grade to continue in the program. Please refer to the Radiography Student Handbook for additional information
Students have the opportunity to pursue advanced education and training, then move into specialized areas of imaging and diagnostics such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound.
Advisory Committee Members :
Sheri L. Brinker, M.D., Radiology Imaging Services, Marion General Hospital
Deborah Kenner-Sanehez, M.Ed., Guidance Counselor, Harding High School
Kimlyn Queen, MSM, CRA, R.T. (R) CT, MR, Director of Imaging, Marion General Hospital
Edward Sweeny, R.T., Radiographic Technologist, Marion Area Health Center
Patricia Wasserbeck, R.T., Radiographic Technologist, Marion General Hospital
Laurie Wise, R.N., College Tech Prep, Health Instructor Marion Harding High School
Sheryl Bacon, Executive Secretary, OSRT
Russell Merrin, R.T.(R)(N), C.N.M.T., N.C.T, B.S., Radiology Manager, Morrow County Hospital
Brenda Devine, Administrator, Marion Regional Cancer Center
Valerie Shull, Bucyrus Community Hospital
To receive more detailed information on the Radiography Program or a complete copy of the MTC Catalog, please send an e-mail to email@example.com or the Office of Admission at firstname.lastname@example.org.