2015-16 Catalog

Radiologic Technology

Associate in Applied Science

http://www.sandburg.edu/academics/radiologic-technology

Radiologic Technology program is a two-year Associate in Applied Science degree that prepares students to perform diagnostic x-ray examinations for patients in hospitals, imaging centers, physicians' offices, and other health-related institutions.

Radiologic technologists use x-ray equipment to create images of organs, bones and blood vessels of the body. An x-ray image, or radiograph, is produced when a small amount of radiation passes through a body part and is recorded on film or stored electronically on computer. Radiologic technologists must accurately position patients and manipulate x-ray equipment to ensure that high quality diagnostic images are produced. They are educated in anatomy, patient positioning, radiographic techniques, equipment protocols, radiation safety, radiation protection and basic patient care. Radiologic technologists work closely with physicians who then interpret the images to either confirm or rule out disease or injury.

Radiologic technologists may work in a variety of health care facilities, although most are employed in hospitals or major medical centers. Technologists typically work 40-hour weeks that may include evening, weekend, or "on-call" hours dependent upon their employment setting. Physical stamina is important in diagnostic imaging because technologists are on their feet for long periods of time and may be required to lift or turn disabled patients.

Graduates are eligible to apply to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) examination for certification in Radiography-RT(R). This certification is nationally recognized and enables the student to pursue employment throughout the United States. Carl Sandburg College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools – Higher Learning Commission, 30 LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504.

Program at a Glance

  • Average starting salary: $55,910 *median national average US Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Level of patient contact: High
  • Length of the program: Two-year Associate in Applied Science Degree
  • Program location: Galesburg campus
  • Program start time: Summer
  • Employment opportunities in a variety of settings
  • Prepare for the ARRT exam

Admission to the Program

Admission information is available at http://www.sandburg.edu/academics/radiologic-technology

Students must apply and be formally accepted into the Radiologic Technology program prior to enrolling in any Radiologic Technology courses. Enrollment is competitive and limited. Only the most qualified applicants are admitted.

  1. If you have never attended Carl Sandburg College, complete an application for general admission to the College http://www.sandburg.edu/admissions/steps-enroll and, if desired, apply for financial aid.
  2. Send an official high school transcript or equivalent and any appropriate post-secondary educational institutions transcripts to the Admission and Records Office.
  3. Complete the placement exam, COMPASS.
  4. Schedule an appointment with the advisor for the Radiologic Technology program. 
  5. Submit documentation of an interview with a licensed radiologic technologist currently working in the field. Interview must be completed within 1 year of admission date. The required form is available
  6. Complete the following courses with a grade of “C” or better:
  • Biology – BIO 205 (or equivalent college course transfer) or BIO 211 and BIO 212
  • Math – MAT 109 or MAT 110 or MAT 130 or MAT 131
  • Chemistry or Physics – CHM 100 or PHY 151
  • Medical Terminology – MDT 100
  1. Complete the TEAS AH exam. Scores may be valid for only one admission cycle.
  • Reading – minimum score of 64
  • Math – minimum score of 60
  • Science – minimum score of 41
  • English – minimum score of 50
  • Total Adjusted – minimum score of 54
  1. Complete an application for the Radiologic Technology program. Program applications are available through the advisor.
  2. Students who are conditionally admitted (including alternates) to the Radiologic Technology program must pay a $100 seat fee when notified of initial program admission status to guarantee a place on the admission list.
  3. Students interested in enrolling in this program may complete as many required general education courses as they wish before going through the application process. It is recommended that students complete the general education courses prior to the start of the Radiology (RDT) coursework, due to the rigorous quality of the program.
  4. The following criteria are required of accepted applicants and all information will be explained in detail upon admission into the program:
  • Applicants accepted into the Radiologic Technology program must attend the required orientation session and be able to perform the Radiologic Technology Program Essential Skills with or without reasonable accommodations.
  • Students accepted will be required to possess current CPR certification at the Healthcare Provider level throughout the program, show proof of immunizations and required titers, TB test, physical examination, criminal background check, and 10-panel drug screen.
  • Student is responsible for all fees incurred.
  • Estimated Cost – Radiologic Technology Certificate
  1. Please note that findings on the criminal background check may void the conditional admission and prevent entrance to the program. Findings on the physical examination and drug screen may prevent placement at the clinical sites.

Department of Health Professions

2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.

Galesburg, IL 61401

Phone: 309-345-3500

welcomecenter@sandburg.edu

For Graduation Requirements:

http://catalog.sandburg.edu/academicinformation/#graduation_policies_and_procedures

Associate in Applied Science

First Year
Summer SessionSemester Hours
ALH.105Introduction to Patient Care 1.5
RDT.100Introduction to Radiologic Technology 3
RDT.101Radiologic Technology Procedures 1 3
Fall Semester
ENG.101Freshman Composition 1 3
RDT.110Rad Tech Physics & Instrumentation 1 3
RDT.111Radiologic Technology Procedures 2 4.5
RDT.115Radiologic Technology Practicum 1 3.5
Spring Semester
RDT.120Rad Tech Physics and Instrumentation 2 3
RDT.121Radiologic Technology Procedures 3 4.5
RDT.123Principles of Radiologic Technology 3
RDT.125Radiologic Technology Practicum 2 3.5
SOC.203Introduction to Diversity 3
Second Year
Summer Session
RDT.201Radiologic Technology Procedures 4 2.5
RDT.205Radiologic Technology Practicum 3 4
Fall Semester
RDT.211Advanced Radiologic Technology Procedure 3
RDT.212Radiologic Technology Image Critique 3
RDT.215Radiologic Technology Practicum 4 5
PHL.103Biomedical Ethics 3
Spring Semester
RDT.220Radiologic Technology Capstone 3
RDT.222Radiation Biology 2
RDT.225Radiologic Technology Practicum 5 5
SPE.110 or 120Interpersonal Communication (or Introduction to Public Speaking ) 3
 Total Program Hours: 72.0

NOTE: Students enrolled in the Radiologic Technology program must complete all RDT and BIO courses with a grade of "C" or better in order to register for subsequent courses. In order to graduate, each student must complete all required courses with a grade of "C" or better.

(Students who do not expect to complete their degree within five years should refer to the Graduation Requirements section in this catalog.)

Whipple, Jackie D
assistant professor, radiologic technology

ALH.105 Introduction to Patient Care111.5

This course is designed t introduce the student who is new to health care or exploring a health career field basic knowledge and skills of patient care for many different health careers. This is an introductory course exploring aspects of infection control, vital signs, patient movement;transport, oxygen administration, recognition of medical emergencies and assisting with drug administration. This course is intended for any student interested in a health care field
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

PHL.103 Biomedical Ethics33

This course introduces the student to biomedical ethics. Students will gain a beginning foundation for analysis as related to biomedical ethical dilemmas. Apply classical ethical theories to related topics and issues, utilize basic principles of health care ethics to discuss bio-medical ethical topics and current issues and examination of bio-medical ethical issues using a problem-solving approach.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate - AA, AS, AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable..
General Education -- Not Applicable Elective Only

ENG.101 Freshman Composition 133

This course is the first in a sequence of two freshman composition and rhetoric courses. It is designed for individuals planning to pursue a bachelor's degree as well as those who wish to develop proficiency in writing. Emphasis is on critical reading, organization, logical thought, paragraphing, sentence structure, grammar and punctuation. Also studied will be argumentation and inductive/deductive reasoning.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Prerequisites: Either placement according to the COMPASS score, or completion of ENG.098 with a C or better
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AFA, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable. IAI Course No. C1 900
General Education -- Communications

RDT.100 Introduction to Radiologic Technology33

This introductory course provides the student with general information about the profession of Radiologic Technology and introduces basic radiographic imaging principles and radiation protection. Special emphasis is also placed on medical ethics and professional conduct. Admission to the Radiologic Technology program is required to enroll in this course.
Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: Admission to Radiologic Technology program
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate - AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

RDT.101 Radiologic Technology Procedures 1223

This course is designed to provide a knowledge base necessary to perform standard radiographic procedures. Content includes basic anatomy and positioning for examinations of the chest and abdomen, safe and proper use of x-ray equipment, and correct methods of handling and processing radiographic images. Consideration will be given to the production of radiographs of optimal diagnostic quality. Laboratory experience will be used to complement the didactic portion of the course. Admission to the Radiologic Technology program is required to enroll in this course.
Offered: Summer
Prerequisites: Admission to the Radiologic Technology program Take CPR.C01
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate - AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

RDT.110 Rad Tech Physics & Instrumentation 133

This course gives the student an understanding of physics concepts which are fundamental to the profession. Subjects covered include: atomic structure; matter vs. energy; principles of electricity; x-ray production, control and management; and interactions of radiation with matter. Admission to the Radiologic Technology program is required to enroll in this course.
Offered: Fall
Prerequisites: Admission to Radiologic Technology program and RDT.100, RDT.101 and ALH.105
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate - AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

RDT.111 Radiologic Technology Procedures 2334.5

Content is designed to provide a knowledge base necessary to perform standard radiographic procedures. This course includes basic anatomy and positioning for examinations of the abdomen, shoulder girdle, upper and lower extremity, pelvic girdle and lumbar spine. Consideration will be given to the production of radiographs of optimal diagnostic quality. Laboratory experience will be used to complement the didactic portion of the course.
Offered: Fall
Prerequisites: RDT.100, RDT.101 and ALH.105
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable..
General Education -- Not Applicable

RDT.115 Radiologic Technology Practicum 117.53.5

This first course in clinical practice involves an average of 17.5 hours/week in the Radiology department of one of the affiliate hospitals. Emphasis is placed on patient contact as students are instructed and supervised in the performance of actual x-ray examinations of the extremities, chest, and pelvis. Attention is also directed toward the organization of the radiology department-examination priorities, patient preparation, processing of x-ray orders, etc. Admission to the Radiologic Technology program is required to enroll in this course.
Offered: Fall
Prerequisites: Admission to Radiologic Technology program
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate - AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

RDT.120 Rad Tech Physics and Instrumentation 233

This course presents a detailed study of the technology used in acquiring, displaying and managing diagnostic images. Content is designed to establish a knowledge base in digital and analog image processing. Also discussed are image- intensified fluoroscopic, automatic exposure control and tomographic equipment requirements and design, as well as quality control and quality assurance.
Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: Admission to the Radiologic Technology program and ALH.105, RDT.100, RDT.101, RDT.110, RDT.111, and RDT.115
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate - AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

RDT.121 Radiologic Technology Procedures 3334.5

Content is designed to provide a knowledge base necessary to perform radiographic procedures. This course includes basic anatomy and positioning for examinations of the cervical and thoracic spine, bony thorax, the gastrointestinal tract, the biliary system and the genitourinary system with emphasis on related pharmacology, equipment, and image analysis. Consideration will be given to the production of radiographs of optimal diagnostic quality. Laboratory experience will be used to complement the didactic portion of the course.
Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: Admission to the Radiologic Technology program and ALH.105, RDT.100, RDT.101, RDT.110, RDT.111, and RDT.115
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate - AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

RDT.123 Principles of Radiologic Technology33

This course is designed to provide a knowledge base in factors that govern the production and recording of radiographic images. The properties of density, contrast, detail and distortion are analyzed extensively with emphasis on the factors that control and influence them. Other topics include: collimation, filtration, grid usage, and exposure factor formulation.
Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: ALH.105, RDT.100, RDT.101, RDT.110, RDT.111, and RDT.115
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate - AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

RDT.125 Radiologic Technology Practicum 217.53.5

This second clinical practicum involves an average of 17.5 hours/week in the Radiology department of one of the affiliate hospitals. This course stresses the development of competency in performing general examinations and basic fluoroscopic procedures. Students will also begin to develop a better understanding of the factors that influence radiographic quality as they apply the exposure principles learned in their theory courses. Admission to the Radiologic Technology program is required to enroll in this course.
Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: ALH.105 RDT.100 RDT.101 RDT.110 RDT.111 and RDT.115
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate - - AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

RDT.201 Radiologic Technology Procedures 4122.5

This course is designed to provide a knowledge base necessary to perform standard radiographic procedures. Content includes basic anatomy and positioning for examinations of the skull and facial bones. Consideration will be given to the production of radiographs of optimal diagnostic quality. Laboratory experience will be used to complement the didactic portion of the course. Radiation therapy will be explored with an emphasis on basic principles of operation and general procedural considerations.
Offered: Summer
Prerequisites: RDT.100 RDT.101 RDT.110 RDT.111 RDT.115 RDT.120 RDT.121 RDT.123 RDT.125 ALH.105
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate - AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

RDT.205 Radiologic Technology Practicum 3204

This third course in clinical practice involves an average of 32 hours/week in the Radiology department of one of the affiliate hospitals for 10 weeks. Students will rotate through all areas of the Radiology Department this semester. A brief affiliation with the InterCommunity Cancer Center is incorporated into this course to enable students to observe patients receiving radiation therapy.
Offered: Summer
Prerequisites: Admission to Radiologic Technology program
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate - AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

RDT.211 Advanced Radiologic Technology Procedure33

This course presents basic concepts of pharmacology, venipuncture and administration of diagnostic contrast agents and intravenous medications with appropriate delivery of patient care. Content is also designed to provide an introduction to the basic principles and operation of computed tomography equipment. Cross-sectional anatomy will be introduced along with an exploration of other medical imaging modalities.
Offered: Fall
Prerequisites: ALH.105 RDT.100 RDT.101 RDT.110 RDT.111 RDT.115 RDT.120 RDT.121 RDT.123 RDT.125 RDT.201 RDT.205
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate - AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

RDT.212 Radiologic Technology Image Critique33

This course provides a basis for analyzing radiographic images. Included are the importance of optimal imaging standards, discussion of problem-solving techniques for image evaluation, and the factors that can affect image quality. Concepts related to disease and etiological considerations with emphasis on radiographic appearance of disease and impact on exposure factor selection will also be introduced. Actual images will be included for analysis.
Offered: Fall
Prerequisites: ALH.105 RDT.100 RDT.101 RDT.110 RDT.111 RDT.115 RDT.120 RDT.121 RDT.123 RDT.125 RDT.201 RDT.205
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate - AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

RDT.215 Radiologic Technology Practicum 4255

This fourth Practicum involves an average of 25 hours per week of clinical experience. Emphasis is placed on developing competency in the performance of both general and special radiographic procedures.
Offered: Fall
Prerequisites: ALH.105 RDT.100 RDT.101 RDT.110 RDT.111 RDT.115 RDT.120 RDT.121 RDT.123 RDT.125 RDT.201 RDT.205
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate - AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

RDT.220 Radiologic Technology Capstone33

Course designed to re-examine knowledge, skills and attitudes required of the radiographer. Students will create learning portfolio and practice resume writing and interviewing skills. Students will also prepare for AART Registry Examination through use of review modules and practice examinations.
Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: ALH.105 RDT.100 RDT.101 RDT.110 RDT.111 RDT.115 RDT.120 RDT.121 RDT.123 RDT.125 RDT.201 RDT.205 RDT.211
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate - AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

RDT.222 Radiation Biology22

This course focuses on the biological effects of radiation including radiosensitivity and the factors influencing it. Risks vs. benefits of the use of radiation will be analyzed from the patient and operator standpoint. Additional topics discussed will include the various methods employed to minimize exposure to both radiation quantities & units and computer & digital imaging considerations along with understanding regulatory standards and recommendations. Admission to the Radiologic Technology program is required to enroll in this course.
Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: RDT.210 & RDT.215 with a grade of C or better
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate - AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

RDT.225 Radiologic Technology Practicum 5255

This final practicum course stresses the refinement of the students' clinical skills. All competency requirements must be fulfilled by the end of the semester. The clinical instructor at each hospital will be working closely with students in order to correlate their assignments with their competency requirement needs. A weekly seminar is conducted in addition to the assigned clinical hours during the second eight weeks of the course. Admission to the Radiologic Technology program is required to enroll in this course.
Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: Take ALH.105 RDT.100 RDT.101 RDT.111 RDT.115 RDT.120 RDT.121 RDT.123 RDT.125 RDT.201 RDT.205 RDT.211
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate - AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

SOC.101 Introduction to Sociology33

The purpose of this course is to acquaint the student with the discipline of sociology as it applies to contemporary American society. This course provides an orientation to the student interested in social science or the helping professions. Among specific topics to be studied are: how the sociologist gathers information, the importance of culture and symbols, personality development, the changing structure of the family, social class and inequality, race and ethnicity, and deviant behavior.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate; AA, AS, AFA, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable. IAI Course No. S7 900
General Education -- Social Science Human Relations

SPE.110 Interpersonal Communication33

This course attempts to develop an awareness of, and an insight into, the choices that are made by participation in face-to-face, non-public, human communication. The text and lectures are designed to create an understanding of theories and principles. Experiential exercises encourage the student to apply this understanding, and to use it in interpreting his/her own and other people's attempts at communication. Among the topics covered are the communication process, the self as a communicator, verbal and nonverbal language, cooperation and conflict, etc. This course is intended for persons planning to pursue a baccalaureate degree and those who desire to improve their verbal communication.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable Elective Only Human Relations

SPE.120 Introduction to Public Speaking33

This is a performance course in public speaking. The principles of oral public communication will be presented through readings and lecture. The student will apply these principles in the speeches presented to the class. Emphasis will be placed on outlining and the discovery and organization of important ideas and the communication of those ideas to a specific audience. Written evaluation of speeches will be required to enhance critical communication skills. This course is intended for individuals who desire to complete a bachelor's degree and those who desire to develop competence in public speaking.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AFA, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable. IAI Course No. C2 900
General Education -- Communications

The Radiology Technology program is located in Building C on the Carl Sandburg College Galesburg campus. The program has general classroom space with a radiology technology lab environment for hands-on practice of radiographic techniques, x-ray equipment usage, radiation safety and protection, etc. to prepare the student for their practicum experiences. Practicum experiences for the Radiology Technology program will be gained with hospitals and medical clinics in the Galesburg and surrounding areas such as: Galesburg Cottage Hospital, OSF St. Mary’s Medical Center, Methodist Unity Point, Trinity Medical Center, Graham Hospital, OSF Holy Family Medical Center, Hammond Henry Hospital, and Mercer County Hospital.