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. 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.

Radiologic Technologist Application Deadline: Jan. 31

Computed Tomography Technology Application Deadline: June 1

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Credentialing Examination Average First Attempt Pass Rate

The number of students who pass, on the first attempt, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination, or an unrestricted state licensing examination, compared with the number of graduates who take the examination within six months of graduation. The five-year average benchmark established by the JRCERT is 75%; Moraine Valley's five-year average is 78%.

Average Job Placement Rate Within 12 Months of Graduation

The number of graduates employed in the radiologic sciences compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in the radiologic sciences within twelve months of graduating. The five-year average benchmark established by the JRCERT is 75%; Moraine Valley's five-year average is 88%.

Average Program Completion Rate

The number of students who complete the program within the stated program length. The annual benchmark established by the program is 80%; Moraine Valley's five-year average is 92%.

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. 

Employment of Radiologic Technologists is projected to grow 6% from 2021 to 2031, as fast as 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

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.

Moraine Valley Community College Notification of Clinical Health Requirements
Moraine Valley Community College partners with healthcare facilities to provide clinical experiences for its students.  These facilities prescribe various health requirements for all students who are placed at their clinical sites.  Students who intend to participate in the clinical component of any program must submit documentation reflecting their compliance with the following clinical health requirements[1] prior to the deadline established by their program of study.

  1. Measles (Rubeola) Titer
  2. Mumps Titer
  3. Rubella Titer
  4. Varicella (Chicken Pox) Titer
  5. Hepatitis B Titer
  6. 2-step TB skin test or QuantiFERON-TB Gold Blood Test Annually
  7. Tdap Vaccine every 10 years
  8. Influenza (Flu) Vaccine Annually
  9. COVID-19 Full Vaccination
  10. Physical Exam by Healthcare Professional
  11. American Heart Association BLS CPR for Healthcare Professionals every 2 years
  12. Background Check
  13. Drug Screen
  14. Medical Health Insurance – Upload Card Annually

Unless otherwise indicated, in writing, by a student's assigned clinical site, all of the above health requirements must be met before the student may participate in a clinical rotation.

A student who fails to timely submit documentation by set compliance deadlines reflecting compliance with the clinical health requirements listed above may be unable to participate in the required clinical component of their program in a timely manner, and their graduation may be delayed.  The College cannot guarantee clinical placements for students who fail to satisfy all clinical health requirements by the set compliance deadlines.

The drug screening and background check is provided by Castle Branch along with, 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.

Inquiries regarding the College’s clinical health requirements may be directed to the program coordinator for Radiology - Beth Kielbasinski at 708-608-4112 or kielbasinskib@morainevalley.edu.

[1] This list of clinical health requirements is subject to change based upon the policies of the clinical facilities.  Students will be notified, in writing, of any modifications to the list of clinical health requirements.

Clinical Rotations
You will rotate through at least two different facilities while in the program. You need to be willing and able to travel to any of the clinical sites. Starting times may be as early as 7 a.m.

The afternoon shift may end as late as 9 p.m. The starting and ending time are determined by the hospital and is not negotiable. Careful consideration of your ability to travel and adjust your personal schedule prior to application into this program is strongly advised.

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 (courses required in the AAS Radiologic Technology degree)
    • 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 45
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
(BIO, MTH and MRT-110 courses must have been completed no longer than 5 years. If these courses are over 5 years no points will be earned. ACT/SAT scores must be no older than 18 months from the test date to meet academic requirements by the application 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, scores must be no older than 18 months from the test date
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

Examples

  • Student has BIO-180 with an A—3 points X 4 credit hours = 12 points
  • Student has BIO-181 with a 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 + 12 for BIO 181+ 4 for MTH-109 + 6 for MRT-110 = 34 points
  • Student has program specific GPA of 3.65 = 13 points
  • Student would earn 47 points towards getting accepted into the program

Re-Application
Re-applicants must complete a new Radiologic Technology Admission Application and submit it to the Admissions and Records Office before January 31. (Acceptance letters sent one month after close of application deadline.)

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

JRCERT Accreditation Award Status

Length of Accreditation Award: 8 years
Next Scheduled Review: June 1, 2024

Radiologic Technology Program Effectiveness Data

YearNational Registry Exam Pass Rate on First AttemptJob placement rate within 12 months of graduationProgram Completion Rate
#. of Graduates#. passed#, Actively searched#. employed#. That began Program#. of Graduates
2018171588%2020100%242083%
2019201785%182090%242083%
2020231878%192386%282692%
2021161275%1919100%242395%
2022161169%161381%211990%
Five Year Average78%88%89%
Credentialing Examination: The number of students who pass, on the first attempt, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination, or an unrestricted state licensing examination, compared with the number of graduates who take the examination within six months of graduation. The five-year average benchmark established by the JRCERT is 75%.



Job Placement: The number of graduates employed in the radiologic sciences compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in the radiologic sciences within twelve months of graduating. The five-year average benchmark established by the JRCERT is 75%.



Program Completion: The number of students who complete the program within the stated program length. The annual benchmark established by the program is 80%.

Program Mission
The mission of the Radiologic Technology Program at Moraine Valley Community College is to provide a stimulating intellectual environment that will provide our students with guided experiences in the study and clinical practice of radiography.

We believe that learning is the interaction between the learner and his/her environment leading to changes or modifications of behavior that are relatively permanent. We further believe it is necessary to prepare students to provide quality patient care. These beliefs will be realized through our commitment to the education of radiographers in the Moraine Valley community.

Program Goals and Learned Outcomes
The Radiologic Technology Program strives:

  1. Goal: To provide educational experiences that prepares students to enter the health care community as radiographers.
    Student Learning Outcome:
    1.1 Student will demonstrate clinical required clinical competency each semester.
    1.2 Students will achieve all 54 program competencies before completion of the program 
  2. Goal: To provide the health care community with individuals qualified to perform radiographic procedures in a professional and compassionate way.
    Student Learning Outcome:
    2.1 Student will demonstrate professionalism at the clinical sites.
    2.2 Student will demonstrate care and compassion to patients.  
  3. Goal: To contribute to the general education of its students by providing exposure to a variety of liberal arts and science courses.
    Student Learning Outcome:
    3.1 Students must pass one of the Humanities and Fine Arts class with a C or better.
    3.2 Students must pass one of the Biology classes with a “C” or better.
    3.3 Students must pass Medical Terminology with a “C” or better.
    3.4 Students must pass Microsoft Office 1 (IMS-115) with a “C” or better.
    3.5 Students must pass Composition I and Speech Fundamentals with a “C” or better. 
  4. Goal: To promote the principles of respect for diversity among members of the community.
    Student Learning Outcome:
    4.1 Student will demonstrate respect of all patient and staff of all diversities.
    4.2 Student will demonstrate an understanding of diversity in Healthcare and our community. 
  5. Goal: To expose students to professional organizations in an attempt to promote a lifelong desire to achieve professional excellence.
    Student Learning Outcome:
    5.1 Student will demonstrate an understanding of organizational and lifelong professionalism
    5.2 Students are exposed to the ISSRT thought the Annual College Bowl.
    5.3 Students are enrolled in free magazines and publication.​

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.

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:

BASIC LIFE SUPPORT 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 226 - Clinical Education I. 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. A "clear" criminal background result is required in most cases. Application forms for criminal background checks will be discussed at the Program Orientation.

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

Certification and Licensing

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

Successful completion of the Moraine Valley Computer Tomography Technology 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).

A mammography technologist 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.

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).

Beth Kielbasinski, MS, R.T.(R)(M)
Program Coordinator, Radiology
kielbasinskib@morainevalley.edu
708-608-4112

Alicja Zoladek, M.S, R.T. (R)(M)
Clinical Coordinator, Radiology
Program Coordinator, Mammography
zoladeka@morainevalley.edu
(708) 974-5316

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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