Radiologic Technicians 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. Technicians are responsible for controlling the equipment so that the radiographs are of the correct contrast, detail, and density.

The Radiologic Technology 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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Program Requirements

Program NameType of CredentialCurriculum CodeDepartment or Division
Radiologic TechnologyA.A.S.1240Health Sciences

What Can I Do With This 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 Selection

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 31st (www.morainevalley.edu)
  • A completed high school transcript showing date of graduation or a high school Submit official sealed high school or GED transcripts – current transcript must show either the graduation date or the ongoing student status. The GED report must show passing scores.
  • Submit official sealed college transcripts (if applicable).
    • Transcripts must be accompanied by a transfer evaluation request
  • 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

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 “C” 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.
  • 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.

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS

Student admitted into the Program must complete a criminal background check in order to comply with certain state statutes and/or clinical affiliation agreements. 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.

HEALTH PHYSICAL

Prior to clinical placement, admitted students must submit a completed health history and physical form signed by a physician and evidence of personal health insurance. Health history and physical forms may be obtained through the Career Programs Subdivision Office, B150. For more information, contact the Career Programs Subdivision Office at (708) 974-5708. Deadline dates for completion of health and physical forms will be announced by program coordinators.

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 AH8-039-171, 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 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.
  4. Point System
  5. Students will be admitted to the Radiologic Technology Program through a weighted score made up of two factors: cumulative high school or college GPA, and Success Course grades and credit hours in the course listed below.
  6. Points for various criteria will be given according to the chart below. Students will also be required to meet the current minimum standards for admission.

Ties will be broken based on the total number of college credit hours completed.

Weighted Factors  
Factor Max. Points
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
Number of College Hours Points
1-15 2
16-29 4
30-45 6
46-60 8
60+ 10

SUCCESS COURSES

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

BIO-180 and BIO-181

MTH-109 or MTH-139 or higher
or 6 points for ACT math score of 20 or higher
or 6 points for placement at or above MTH-139 on placement test

MRT-110

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

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

Questions?

Contact the program coordinator Michael Gatto.