PROGRAM INFORMATION

Program Information

Hutchinson Community College offers a 24-month program in Radiologic Technology which leads to an Associate in Applied Science Degree and eligibility to take the National Registry Examination for Radiologic Technologist. The program is offered in cooperation with approved clinical education centers. During the first year of the program students will be required to observe 2 hours per week at various affiliated clinical education centers. During the second year a program committee assigns students to an an affiliate clinical education center. Students are required 40 hours per week of clinical training for 52 weeks.

The HCC Radiologic Technology program is accredited through the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology and is periodically visited to assure that the Standards of an accredited educational program are being met. (This document is available upon request.)To contact the JRCERT by mail, e-mail or phone use: www.jrcert.org

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Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Phone: (312) 704-5300
Fax: (312) 704-5304
E-mail: mail@jrcert.org

 


Academics

Students are expected to show acceptable progress, both academically and clinically. To monitor student progress, students who enroll in the program will be counseled on a regular basis. Progress will further be determined through testing, performance appraisals, competency testing, and professional impression evaluations.

Students must receive a grade of "C" or above in all courses in the Radiology curriculum in order to proceed in the program.


Job Description

"Diagnostic Radiography" describes a variety of radiographic or x-ray examinations. Most people are familiar with chest x-rays and also know x-ray is the best way to determine if a bone is broken. The Radiologic Technologist or Radiographer performs these procedures as well as procedures which require the use of contrast agents that make it possible to study organs that otherwise cannot be seen.

Radiologic Technology is a science combining advanced technology and human compassion. Radiographers use their knowledge of anatomy, physiology, positioning, technique, and radiation protection to create medical images. Radiographers also use problem-solving and critical thinking skills to adapt the technical parameters of a procedure to the condition of the patient and to initiate life support procedures as necessary during medical emergencies. This is a profession that requires a dependable personality, the ability to communicate effectively, and a caring and mature nature. Through a blend of classroom and clinical training, students learn radiographic equipment, patient positioning techniques, radiation safety, and patient care.

The purpose of the Hutchinson Community College Radiologic Technology program is to provide the entry level skills and knowledge necessary to function as a qualified radiographer. The program seeks to graduate qualified radiographers to help meet the needs of employers in the central and western geographical area of Kansas.


Career Opportunities

Radiographers are employed in hospitals, clinics, and physician’s offices. With successful completion of specialty training, radiographers may become registered in radiation therapy, nuclear medicine, ultrasound, CT, MRI, mammography, and special procedures. HCC offers a training program for MRI. Bachelor’s degree programs in radiologic sciences are now offered at many universities. HCC has a 2+2 agreement with Friends University, Wichita, which awards such a degree. With experience, some persons are selected for management positions such as director of radiology services. Opportunities also exist to teach in hospital or college based radiography programs.

Average entry level salaries in Kansas range between $16.00 and $19.00 per hour. Other states may offer slightly higher average salaries.


Required Technical Standards

  • Sufficient eyesight to observe patients, manipulate equipment and accessories, and evaluate radiographs for quality.

  • Sufficient hearing to communicate effectively with members of the health care team and patients and hear various patient, equipment and background sounds.

  • Sufficient gross and fine motor coordination and strength to manipulate equipment and accessories, including above the head, lift a minimum of 50 pounds, and respond promptly to patient's needs.

  • Satisfactory intellectual and emotional functions to ensure patient safety and to exercise independent judgment in the performance of assigned responsibilities in stressful situations.

  • Satisfactory verbal and written skills to effectively and promptly communicate in English.

  • The ability to work collaboratively and demonstrate ethical behaviors with all members of the healthcare team.


Program Effectiveness

Mission Statement        

The mission of the Hutchinson Community College Radiologic Technology Program is to provide a curriculum of basic sciences and practical clinical training that provides graduates with the necessary knowledge, technical competency, and ethical responsibility to deliver safe, high quality medical imaging services in a variety of health care environments. The program establishes rigorous and measurable performance standards for all students and fosters the professionalism needed for patient-centered health care delivery. The program provides students with the necessary prerequisite requirements to transfer to other institutions to further their educational and career goals.

 

PROGRAM GOALS AND OUTCOMES

  1. Students will be clinically competent.
    • Students/graduates will effectively position patients.
    • Students will appropriately provide radiation protection.
    • Students will demonstrate knowledge and skills of patient care.
    • Students will select appropriate technical factors.
  2. Students will demonstrate professionalism and professional growth.
    • Students/graduates will demonstrate proper behaviors expected of healthcare professionals
    • Students/graduates will participate in professional development.
  3. Students will demonstrate necessary problem solving and critical thinking skills.
    • Students will demonstrate independent judgment and discretion.
    • Students will demonstrate the ability to modify the procedure of non-routine examinations.
  4. Students will demonstrate communication skills.
    • Students will demonstrate written communication skills
    • Students will demonstrate oral communication skills
  5. To provide graduates who will satisfy the affiliate hospitals, communities, and profession’s need for certified radiographers.
    • Students enrolled in the program graduate from the program.
    • Graduates are able to find employment in the profession.
    • Graduates will pass the ARRT exam on the first attempt.
    • Employers will be satisfied with the graduates performance.
    • Graduates indicate an overall satisfaction with the program.

Notice of Nondiscrimination

Hutchinson Community College is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, age, sex, religion, color, national origin, creed, handicap, marital or parental status, in admission, education programs or activities and employment as specified by federal and state laws and regulation. Inquiries may be addressed to:

Affirmative Action Office
Hutchinson Community College
1300 North Plum
Hutchinson, KS 67501

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Director, Office of Civil Right, HEW,
Washington, DC 20201


For more information please contact the program faculty or call 665-4956 or 1-800-289-3501 ext 4954


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