2014-15 Catalog

Radiologic Technology

Associate in Applied Science

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

Carl Sandburg College offers a two-year associate degree program in Radiologic Technology, beginning each year in June. This program is designed to prepare 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 a 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.

Working Conditions

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.

Employment

With the life expectancy increasing, the demands of an aging population increases the need for health care providers. Employment of radiologic technologists is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2020. Earnings vary by geographic location, employment setting, and years of experience.

Source: www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/radiologic-technologists.htm

Accreditation/Licensure

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

Admission to the Program:  Limited

Admission is competitive. Only the most qualified applicants are admitted. Applications are accepted October 1 through February 15 for review in March. Applicants will be notified in writing within two weeks of the admission meeting of admission status. If necessary, an additional review session may be scheduled with a deadline for materials by May 30. Of the 16 seats available each year, spaces are reserved for Carl Sandburg College, Spoon River College, Black Hawk College, Southeastern Community College and Eastern Iowa Community College residents.

Admission Process

After the review of applications each student will be offered conditional admission, placed on the alternate list, or denied admission. Alternates will be offered conditional admission as positions on the conditional admission list become available. In order to be given full admission to the program the student must complete all of the necessary requirements, including the program specific paperwork as required. This paperwork will be distributed and discussed in depth at a mandatory meeting. Additional information regarding the mandatory meeting will be contained in the letter sent from the Admission Office notifying students of initial program admission status. All students, including those on alternate lists, are required to attend the mandatory meeting to pick up program specific paperwork and hear the discussions that take place. Students who do not attend a mandatory meeting will not be given this paperwork and will forfeit their position on the admission list.

Students who are conditionally admitted (including alternates) to the Radiologic Technology program must pay a $100 deposit when notified of initial program admission status to guarantee a place on the admission list. Once the student registers and pays his/her tuition, the $100 will be applied towards tuition. Students who accept their seat and drop for any reason will forfeit their money. Alternates who are not admitted will receive a refund.

Admission Requirements: (Application Deadline February 15)

1. If you have never attended Carl Sandburg College, complete a general application for admission to the College - http://recruiter.sandburg.edu
2. Meet with the counselor working with prospective Radiologic Technology students.
3. Submit official transcripts from high school and all appropriate post-secondary educational institutions.
4. Complete the following courses with grades of “C” or better:
     Biology - BIO 205 or its equivalency
     Math - MAT 109 or MAT 110
     Chemistry or Physics - CHM 100 or PHY 151
     Medical Terminology - MDT 100
5. HOBET V (HOBET V 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
6. Submit documentation of an interview with a licensed radiologic technologist currently working in the field. Interview must be completed within 3 years of admission date.
7. Complete an application for the Radiologic Technology program. (Program applications are available through the counselor.)

Required by May 30

Applicants who are offered provisional admission following the March review are required to provide official college transcripts by May 30, 2014 to document successful completion of BIO 205 (or equivalent) or BIO 211 and BIO 212 (or equivalent) with grades of “C” or better. Students who fail to satisfy this requirement by May 30, 2014 will forfeit their provisional admission status.

Students interested in enrolling in this program may complete as many general education courses as they wish before going through the application process. Although it is not necessary, it is recommended to complete as many of the general education courses prior to the start of the RDT coursework, due to the rigorous quality of the program. General education courses do not have to be taken at Carl Sandburg College, although course equivalency should be verified prior to completion of courses at other institutions.

NOTE: This program requires a criminal background check, health evaluation including proof of immunity, a 10-panel drug screen, and CPR certification prior to entering radiologic technology classes. Details for these requirements are presented at the mandatory meeting.

Notes of general interest:

*It is strongly recommended that BIO, MAT, CHM, PHY and MDT courses be completed no more than five (5) years prior to the starting date of the program.

*It is highly recommended, but not required, that students taking Anatomy and Physiology I and II (BIO 211 & 212 or equivalencies) complete both of these courses at the same institution.

Notice to Applicants of the Radiologic Technology Program:

Your personal history may affect your ability to be certified / licensed as a radiographer. In order to be eligible for A.R.R.T. certification, candidates must be of “good moral character.” The qualifications for candidate eligibility for certification are reproduced below from Section IIA of the Examinee Handbook of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists:

“Candidates must be of good moral character. Generally, the conviction of either (1) a felony, or (2) any offense, misdemeanor or felony involving moral turpitude indicates a lack of good moral character for Registry purposes. Those who have been convicted of a crime may be eligible for registration if they have served their entire sentence, including probation and parole, and have had their civil rights restored.”

In addition, the application for licensure in the State of Illinois asks the following questions:

1. Have you ever been convicted of a felony?
2. Have you been denied or had a license/certification revoked?
3. Have you been formally notified of any complaint against you relative to the practice of radiologic technology?
4. Have you had a drug or alcohol abuse problem?
5. Do you have a mental or physical disability that, through the practice of your duties, may be dangerous to patients or the public?

A response of “yes” to any of the above may result in the delay or denial of your license.

Questions regarding eligibility for A.R.R.T. certification and/or Illinois licensure may be directed to:

The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
1255 Northland Drive
St. Paul, MN 55120-1155
(651) 687-0048

OR

IEMA, Division of Nuclear Safety
1035 Outer Park Drive
Springfield, IL 62704
(217) 785-991 OR (217) 785-9900

Department of Career, Technical & Health Education
2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401
Phone: 309.345.3500
welcomecenter@sandburg.edu

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 SPE.120Interpersonal Communication 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.)

Hr/Wk
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Lab
Sem
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Courses

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
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

RDT.250 CT Principles & Instrumentation33

This course presents the foundations of CT image formation including data acquisition and subsequent image processing, recording, and archiving methods. The diagnostic quality of images obtained using various types of CT equipment will be emphasized along with considerations related to patient exposure dose. Admission to the Computed Tomography program is required to enroll in this course.
Offered: Fall
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate -AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

RDT.252 Computed Tomography Procedures44

This course introduces the radiographer to computed tomography imaging procedures. Patient care and scanning protocols for examination of the abdomen and pelvis, chest, head, neck, spine, and musculoskeletal system will be covered. Common abnormalities demonstrated by CT will also be discussed. Admission to the Computed Tomography program is required to enroll in this course.
Offered: Fall
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate - AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

RDT.255 CT Practicum1256

This practicum course involves three days per week of clinical experience in affiliate hospitals and/ or imaging centers. Assignments are made to enable students to achieve competency in performing computed tomography procedures and in evaluating equipment operation. Course includes clinical seminars. Admission to the Computed Tomography program is required to enroll in this course.
Offered: Fall
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate - AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

RDT.262 Sectional Anatomy for Diagnostic Imaging33

This course is a study of sectional anatomy as demonstrated in the transverse, sagittal, and coronal planes. The use of both abstract diagrams and actual photographs of cadaver sections provide students with an understanding of the spatial relationships within the human body. CT, MRI, and/ or ultrasound images are also used to supplement instruction.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Prerequisites: BIO.205 or equivalent
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate - AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

Whipple, Jackie D
assistant professor, radiologic technology