2016-17 Catalog

Radiologic Technology

Associate in Applied Science


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.

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.


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.
  4. Schedule an appointment with the advisor for the Radiologic Technology program.
  5. Attend a required RadiologicTechnology informational session prior to submitting your application.
  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
  7. Complete the TEAS 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
  8. Complete an application for the Radiologic Technology program. Program applications are available online.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  • 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.

College of Nursing & Health Professions

2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401

For Additional Information Contact:

The Welcome Center
Phone: 309-345-3500

For Graduation Requirements:

For the graduate requirements see the graduation policies and procedures page for detail.

Associate in Applied Science

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Summer SessionSemester Hours
ALH.105 Introduction to Patient Care 1.5
RDT.100 Introduction to Radiologic Technology 3
RDT.101 Radiologic Technology Procedures 1 3
Fall Semester
ENG.101 Freshman Composition 1 3
RDT.110 Rad Tech Physics & Instrumentation 1 3
RDT.111 Radiologic Technology Procedures 2 4.5
RDT.115 Radiologic Technology Practicum 1 3.5
Spring Semester
RDT.120 Rad Tech Physics and Instrumentation 2 3
RDT.121 Radiologic Technology Procedures 3 4.5
RDT.123 Principles of Radiologic Technology 3
RDT.125 Radiologic Technology Practicum 2 3.5
SOC.203 Introduction to Diversity 3
Second Year
Summer Session
RDT.201 Radiologic Technology Procedures 4 2.5
RDT.205 Radiologic Technology Practicum 3 4
Fall Semester
RDT.211 Advanced Radiologic Technology Procedure 3
RDT.212 Radiologic Technology Image Critique 3
RDT.215 Radiologic Technology Practicum 4 5
PHL.103 Biomedical Ethics 3
Spring Semester
RDT.220 Radiologic Technology Capstone 3
RDT.222 Radiation Biology 2
RDT.225 Radiologic Technology Practicum 5 5
Interpersonal Communication
or Introduction to Public Speaking
 Total Semester Hours72

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.


Whipple, Jackie D
Assistant Professor, Radiologic Technology

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.