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Radiologic Technology—More About the Program

Moraine Valley's radiologic technology program allows students to gain experience developing and evaluating the quality of finished X-rays. This 26-month program starts in June of each year and includes two academic years and three summer sessions.

Health Science programs conduct a rigorous curriculum of lectures, labs, and clinical experiences. Clinical experiences are conducted at a variety of hospitals and medical facilities during the daytime (early start 6:45 a.m.) with no flexibility in scheduling. Clinical experiences are also conducted in the evenings (3-10 p,m,) and on Saturdays (7 a.m.-3 p.m. or 3-11p.m.) for students in the program. Therefore, holding a full time job while in the program may affect your success and is not recommended. However, you could take your general education classes nearly any time morning, afternoon or evening and complete all of them part-time, if necessary, before dedicating yourself to the health science courses.

All health science programs require clinical time at various health care sites. Clinical assignments require an on-time start, uniforms, liability/health insurance, immunizations, current CPR certification, and understanding of the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Criminal Background Checks
In order to comply with certain state statutes and/or clinical affiliation agreements, students may be asked to complete a criminal background check. Application forms for criminal background checks may be obtained through the Career Programs Subdivision Office, B150, and fees paid to the Cashier's Office. For information on criminal background application procedures, please contact the Career Programs Subdivision Office at (708) 974-5708. Deadline dates for completion of criminal background checks will be announced by Program Coordinators.

This program is intended to lead to employment. If you are considering transferring to a four-year college or university to obtain a bachelor's degree using the courses from this program, make an appointment with an academic advisor to review your options.

Nature of Work
This program prepares graduates for professional careers in the medical health field. Graduates are eligible for employment in hospitals, clinics and physicians' offices.

Employment Outlook
Employment of radiologic technologists is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2006, as the health care industry grows and because of the vast clinical potential of diagnostic imaging and therapeutic technology. Survey conducted by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) in July 2004, the base entry-level base salary of full-time radiologic technologists was $21.81 per hour in Illinois. Given this rate of pay, the annual salary is $45,364 for entry-level radiologic technologists. Local rates may be higher. For job and internship listings and job search assistance, contact the Job Resource Center in Building S, Room S202 at (708) 974-5737 or visit http://www.morainevalley.edu/jrc.

Accreditation
Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology

Certification
Program graduates are eligible to take the national examination of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)

Licensing
Successful completion of this examination allows eligibility for licensing by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, Division of nuclear Safety. For more information, visit Illinois Department of Nuclear Safety (IDNS)