Radiologic Technologists use medical imaging equipment to take images of bones, tissue, organs, and vessels. You will perform diagnostic imaging procedures, such as X-ray examinations, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans and computed tomography (CT) scans. Additionally, part of the job includes explaining the procedure, positioning both the patient and the machine properly, and employing protection devices so that only the portion of the body requiring the x-ray is exposed to radiation. Technologists are responsible for controlling the equipment so that the radiographs are of the correct contrast, detail, and density.

The Radiologic Technology A.A.S. program is a 24-month program that starts in June each year and includes two academic years and one summer session. Training includes radiographic equipment operation, exposure and image processing principles, radiographic procedures, radiation protection, patient care and directed clinical practice.

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What Can I Do With A Radiologic Technology A.A.S. Degree?

Training in radiologic technology provides a broad range of career choices, with employment opportunities nationwide. Radiology technicians usually work in hospitals or diagnostic imaging centers. Some radiographers may work for multiple employers or travel with their equipment in a large vehicle to their patients. 

Job Outlook

Employment of Radiologic Technologists is projected to grow 21 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. However, while a significant increase in radiologic technologist employment is anticipated, job seekers are likely to face a competitive job market.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics

Admission and Requirements

The Radiologic Technology A.A.S. program has special admission requirements and limited enrollment. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all admission requirements are met, and all documents and scores are submitted on time. Only complete application files will be reviewed for admission.

DOCUMENTS TO BE SUBMITTED FOR A COMPLETE FILE

  • Moraine Valley application for admission if not currently enrolled in college credit courses at Moraine Valley.
  • A completed Radiologic Technology Admission Application with all required documentation. must be submitted to the Records Department in S111 by the application deadline of January 31.
  • Submit an officially sealed documentation of completion date from High School or GED records/transcripts. This must be submitted to the Records Department in S111 by the application deadline of January 31st
  • Official sealed college transcripts (if applicable).
  • Copy of Illinois State issued ID. Qualified residents of the district and residents of districts engaged in cooperative agreements are given priority over out-of-district students for program admission.
  • Complete application with all required documentation attached and submitted to the Records Department in S111 by the application deadline of January 31.

Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

MINIMUM ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

  • Completion of one year of high school biology with a lab or one semester of college biology with a lab with a grade of “C” or above.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 is required for all courses (general education and career) related to the Radiologic Technology program.
  • ­­­­MATH requirement is met by one of the following:
    • Qualify for MTH109 through completion of Moraine Valley’s (MVCC) placement test
    • ACT score in Math of 20 or higher OR SAT score of 520 or higher
    • Completion of MTH095 or MTH096 with a grade of “C” or higher at MVCC
    • Previous college level math credit with a grade of “D” or higher.
  • English requirement is met by one of the following:
    • Test into college level for English and Reading determined by MVCC placement test.
    • ACT score in English and Reading of 20 or higher OR SAT score of 480 or higher
    • Completion of all developmental levels in both English and Reading at MVCC
    • Previous college-level English composition credit with a grade of “C” or higher.

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS

Students admitted into the Program must complete a criminal background check in order to comply with certain state statutes and/or clinical affiliation agreements. This background check is provided by Castle Branch along with, Drug Test, Compliance Tracker / Immunization verification for incoming and current Radiologic Technology students. Deadline dates for completion of criminal background checks will be announced by Program Coordinators during program orientation.

CPR FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

Prior to clinical placement, admitted students must submit an active current certificate of completion from an American Heart Association – Basic Life (BLS) for Health care Providers. This course is available at Moraine Valley course code AH8-039, CPR for Health Professionals. This is a non-credit hour course. This course is designed for health care professionals either new health care students or current health care professionals. Included: Adult/Pediatric CPR, one/two rescuer with a barrier device, AED, and FBAO/choking.

TECHNICAL STANDARDS

All students must be able to perform the essential functions of the curriculum. In addition to the general admission criteria above, radiography students must be able to:

  • Lift more than 30 pounds routinely.
  • Work with the arms above the head routinely.
  • Push, pull, bend and stoop, and kneel and squat routinely.
  • Work standing on their feet for the majority of the day.
  • Help patients on and off the X-ray equipment from wheelchairs or carts.
  • Write and speak to patients and staff effectively.
  • See image details clearly.

SELECTION CRITERIA

Applicants for the program will be considered in the following order:

  1. Qualified residents of the district and residents of districts engaged in cooperative agreements who submit a Radiologic Technology application by January 31 of the year they plan to enroll in the program.
  2. Qualified nonresidents who submit a Radiologic Technology application by January 31.
  3. On a space available basis, applicants who do not meet all of the admissions requirements or the deadline may be considered after January 31.Weighted Point System based on two factors:
    • Program-specific courses GPA
    • Success Course grades listed below

Point criteria are assigned values in accordance with the chart below. Students are also required to meet the current minimum standards for admission.

Ties will be broken based on 1) Overall GPA 2) Date and time of application submission.

Weighted Factors  
Factor Max. Points
Program Specific Course GPA 15
Success Courses 48
Total 63
GPA Points
2.5-2.75 5
2.751-3.0 7
3.01-3.25 9
3.251-3.5 11
3.51-3.75 13
3.751-4.0 15

SUCCESS COURSES

(The BIO, MTH, MRT-110, and ACT/SAT must have been completed no longer than 5 years prior to the program admission deadline.)

MRT-110

BIO-180 and BIO-181

MTH-109 or MTH-139 or higher
or 6 points for SAT 520 or high. ACT math score of 20 or higher, within 5 years of application
or 6 points for placement at or above MTH-139 on placement test

MTH 120 does not satisfy this requirement.

Success Course Weighting
A = 3 points X Credit hours
B = 2 points X Credit hours
C = 1 points X Credit hours
All other grades = No points

Example:

  • Student has BIO-180 with an A—3 points X 4 credit hours = 12 points
  • Student has MTH-109 with a B—2 points X 2 credit hours = 4 points
  • Student has MRT-110 with a B—2 points X 3 credit hours = 6 points
  • Total points for success courses = 12 for BIO-180 + 4 for MTH-109 + 6 for MRT-110 = 22 Pts

RE-APPLICATION

Re-applicants must complete a new Radiologic Technology Admission Application and submit it to the Admissions and Records Office before January 31.

Accreditation and Effectiveness Data

Moraine Valley’s Radiologic Technology Program is accredited by:

Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participating Institution of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL, 60602
800-621-7449
www.ncahlc.org

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Phone: (312) 704-5300
Fax: (312) 704-5304
mail@jrcert.org
www.jrcert.org

Radiologic Technology Program Effectiveness Data

YearNational Registry Exam Pass Rate on First AttemptJob placement rate within 12 months of graduationProgram Completion Rate
Five Year Average81%86%80%
Credentialing examination pass rate is defined as the number of student graduates who pass, on first attempt, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)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.Program completion rate is defined as the number of students who complete the program within the program suggested schedule length.
No. of GraduatesNo. passedActively searchedNo. employedNo. began ProgramNo. of Graduates
2013413278%373183%444193%
2014201574%161487%282071%
2015212095%212095%272177%
2016211468%211781%262181%
2017201890%171482%262077%

Computed Tomography (CT) Technology Certificate

Moraine Valley’s Computed Tomography (CT) Technologist Certificate program is the credential you need to specialize in the imaging field and advance your career as a radiological technologist. This program designed for registered/certified American Registry Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) and licensed Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) holders and can be completed in as little as 19 credit hours.

Mammography Technology Certificate

A mammography technician is trained to operate radiologic equipment used to examine breasts for cancer and other abnormalities. The Mammography Certificate Program is an advanced modality certificate. Applicants must possess a current American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification and a current state license from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.

The Mammography Certificate Program allows students to gain experience in developing and evaluating the quality of finished mammograms. This one-semester, 9-credit hour program is only offered in the spring semester of each academic year.

Certificate Program Requirements

In addition to registration costs, students are responsible for the following costs:

BOOKS
Book costs are estimated at approximately $500. The Moraine Valley Bookstore will have the most accurate information regarding costs.

PRECLINICAL REQUIREMENTS
Students must meet a set of pre-clinical requirements prior to clinical assignment. Requirements and estimated costs include:

CPR FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
Prior to clinical placement, admitted students must submit an active current certificate of completion from an American Heart Association – Basic Life (BLS) for Health Care Providers. This course is available at Moraine Valley course code AH8-039, CPR for Health Professionals. This is a non-credit hour course. This course is designed for health care professionals either new health care students or current health care professionals. Included: Adult/Pediatric CPR, one/two rescuer with a barrier device, AED, and FBAO/choking. Students who are not already certified through the American Heart Association – Basic Life (BLS) for Health care Providers must obtain certification as a separate activity during prior to clinical assignment. Moraine Valley offers CPR for health care provider training through Corporate, Community and Continuing Education. For more information on CPR for health care providers, contact the Community and Continuing Education at (708) 974-5741 or ccce@morainevalley.edu. Students are financially responsible for the CPR training required.

PHYSICAL EXAMINATION
Prior to clinical placement, students are required to obtain a physical examination in preparation for RAD 263 - Mammography Clinical Internship. The student is responsible for the cost of the physical examination, and all of the immunizations, blood tests, and tuberculosis tests specified on the physical examination form.

HEALTH INSURANCE
Moraine Valley Community College requires students to have personal health insurance for the duration of their clinical rotation.

DRUG SCREEN
Students will be required to submit to and successfully complete a drug screen prior to clinical assignment. Unsuccessful completion of the drug screen requirement may prohibit a student from receiving a clinical assignment, pending physician review of the results.

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS
In order to comply with certain state statutes and/or clinical affiliation agreements, students are asked to complete a criminal background check. Students who have an arrest or conviction on their record should consult an attorney regarding expungement procedures. A “clear’ criminal background result is required in most cases. Application forms for criminal background checks may be obtained through the Career Programs Subdivision Office, B150, and fees paid to the Cashier's Office. The cost is $27, subject to change without notice. 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.

TRANSPORTATION
Students are responsible for the cost of transportation to the clinical sites and to the campus.

Info Certification and Licensing

Program graduates are eligible to take the Mammography Certification Examination offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). This is a national exam.

Successful completion of the Moraine Valley Mammography Certificate Program allows graduates eligibility for licensing by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, Division of Nuclear Safety. For more information, see the Illinois Department of Nuclear Safety (IDNS).

Career Connections Program

This program qualifies for up to $8,000 in tuition assistance.

Program Details

Program NameType of CredentialCurriculum CodeDepartment or Division
Computed TomographyCertificate1340Health Sciences
Mammography TechnologyCertificate1346Health Sciences
Radiologic TechnologyA.A.S.1240Health Sciences

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