• Placement/Transfer 94%

    That's right! Ninety-four percent of SCC's 2012-2013 graduates found work or continued their education.

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Radiologic Technology

  • Welcome

    The field of radiology is an exciting one.  Radiology is often considered part science and part art.  Science because of the basic scientific principals involved in obtaining the radiographic image.  Art because each patient and situation is unique and requires its own distinctive way of interaction.  It is the variety in the work that makes radiology interesting. 

    Overview

    SCC’s Radiologic Technology program teaches the safe use of radiation to produce images of the human body for diagnostic purposes. Students are educated in the skills and knowledge required for critical thinking, problem-solving and effective communication in the radiology field. Students also learn to practice within the ethical, professional and legal boundaries required of this profession. The didactic portion is comprised of classes on SCC’s Lincoln Campus or online. The clinical component involves on-site education at pre-approved hospitals and clinics in the student’s vicinity. Program graduates become eligible to take the national examination of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and apply for state licensure.

    Mission

    The primary mission of the Southeast Community College Radiologic Technology program is to prepare entry-level Radiologic Technologists committed to applying learned skills within the ethical, professional and legal boundaries of a diverse community.

    Program Goals & Student Outcomes

    Program Effectiveness  

    JRC-Logo200x47_web The Radiologic Technology Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Program data may be obtained by visiting http://www.jrcert.org/.

    Employment Outlook

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of radiologic technologists is expected to increase by about 15 percent through 2016, faster than the average for all occupations. As the population grows and ages, there will be an increasing demand for diagnostic imaging. In addition to job growth, job openings also will arise from the need to replace technologists who leave the occupation. Radiologic technologists willing to relocate and who also are experienced in more than one diagnostic imaging procedure, such as CT, MR and mammography, will have the best employment opportunities as employers seek to control costs by using multi-credentialed employees. Locally, the job market has declined due to Nebraska’s current economy. This is expected to change as the economy strengthens and technologists retire. Recent SCC graduates report an average hourly wage of $16.80 per hour, with a high salary of $22.85 per hour.

    Starting Terms

    Summer Quarter (July), Winter Quarter (January).

    Program Self-Advising Sheet

    Here's How To Get Started . . .

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    Program Requirements

    Student responsibilities before starting the program:

    1. Read program Self-Advising sheet.
    2. Prerequisite courses must meet program requirements and be completed before applying to the program.
    3. Review Essential Functions.
    4. Job shadow a radiology department and submit form to the Health Sciences Division Office in B-4 upon application to the program.
    5. Complete Health Statement and submit to the Health Sciences Division Office in B-4 upon application to the program.
    6. Two-step skin test for tuberculosis verification must be submitted when requested by the program.
    7. CPR certification by American Heart Association for “Health Care Providers” must be submitted at program orientation.  CPR certification must be current throughout program.
    8. Successful completion of a Criminal Background Check, including the Nebraska adult and child abuse registries (CBC executed by SCC before starting the program).  Contact the Dean of Health Sciences (402-437-2729) for further details or specific questions.

    Student responsibilities in the program:

    1. Maintain a minimum grade of 75% (C+) in all program courses.
    2. Possess computer skills and have Internet access.
    3. At their own expense, online students must attend a two- to three-day workshop in specific quarters of the program at the SCC Lincoln, Ne., campus.
    4. Know and comply to the rules and regulations contained within the program’s and College’s Student Handbook.
    5. All students will attend a state or national conference, continuing education workshop, or other program-sanctioned activity at their expense while in the program.
    6. Maintain confidentiality regarding health and personal information of patient and abide by HIPAA guidelines.
    7. Demonstrate proficiency in all technical and critical-thinking skills necessary for a radiologic technologist and maintain appropriate professional conduct at all times during clinical and didactic courses.

    Important: Upon completing the program, students are eligible to take the national examination by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and apply for state licensure.  If you have a felony or misdemeanor in your background, you may be ineligible to take the national registry.  Individuals who have been convicted of, or plead guilty to a crime, may file a pre-application with the ARRT to obtain a ruling on the impact of their eligibility for examination (there is a fee for this).  You can obtain information about the pre-application on the ARRT website at http//www.arrt.org/.  Click on “Ethics” and “Pre-Application Process.”

    Important information

    Program Summary

    The two-year program is comprised of clinical and didactic courses.  The program is offered via the Lincoln track (clinical performed in Lincoln; didactic courses offered in classroom or Web-based) OR the Distance track (clinical performed outside Lincoln; didactic courses offered Web-based).

    Clinical - Students will use the knowledge learned in the didactic courses, along with skills acquired in lab, to give care to patients or clients at a hospital facility. Clinical rotations may include other hospitals, rural rotations, clinics, and rehabilitation institutions. Students will gain experience in radiology, surgery and emergency care, interacting with a range of patients from ambulatory, to critically ill, to trauma.

    The program has predetermined clinical sites throughout Nebraska and in several states.  Students perform approximately 21-28 hours of clinical per week at a pre-approved hospital.  Clinical hours are mainly daytime between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., however, there are some evening, weekends and overnight shifts.

    Job Shadowing

    To ensure that students are making the right career move, students must “job shadow” a minimum of eight hours at a hospital in the diagnostic area of the radiology department prior to being admitted to the program.  The eight hours must be completed in shifts of at least three hours in length over a minimum of two days.  Shifts should be scheduled early in the morning (after 7:30 a.m.) when the majority of patient exams are performed.  Contact the hospital’s Human Resources Department to set up an appointment to shadow.  Professional dress is required: no open-toed shoes or sandals, short skirts, jeans, low-cut tops, T-shirts with printed words or designs, or heavy fragrances.   Nose, eyebrow, tongue, lip, and body jewelry is prohibited, and body tattoos must be covered.   Be sure to ask questions about exams, daily schedules and the duties of a radiographer.  To make an appointment to job shadow, contact the hospital’s Human Resources Department. Documentation of the job shadowing experience must be on the Shadowing Verification Form.  Submit form to Health Sciences Division Office in B-4 upon application to the program.

    Careers in Radiologic Technology

    To learn more about radiology as a career choice, go to “Careers in Radiologic Technology” on the American Society of Radiologic Technologists website, http://www.asrt.org/main/careers/careers-in-radiologic-technology.   At the site, explore career pathways, discover important information about the field of radiology and listen to technologists discuss their jobs.

    Important Documents

    Costs

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