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A Radiologic Technologist (RT) is an essential partner in the diagnostic area of healthcare who produces images of the human body for use in diagnosing medical problems.

The RT educates patients by explaining procedures and obtaining consents before positioning each patient to obtain satisfactory radiographs of the appropriate parts of the body. In addition, Radiologic Technologists keep patient records and adjust and maintain equipment. With experience and additional training, Radiologic Technologists may become specialists, performing mammography, CT scanning, angiography, magnetic resonance imaging, and ultrasound exams as well as other imaging modalities. The Riverside School of Radiologic Technology was established in 1964. Program graduates are eligible to apply for examination to the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

Apply for Radiologic Technology

Riverside is proud to offer:

  • Program leading to an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Radiologic Technology
  • Full-time Day option consisting of four 16-week semesters and one 8-week summer semester in addition to specified College-level prerequisite preadmission courses - occasional evening and weekend hours may be required
  • Theoretical instruction integrated with laboratory simulations and clinical experience
  • Hands-on clinical experience in our modern medical center and a variety of affiliated clinical sites
  • Financial aid for students who qualify
  • Associated with Riverside Health System Career planning services for current students and alumni

Prerequisite College Courses/Credits

  • Anatomy and Physiology with Lab - 4 Credits*
  • English Composition - 3 Credits*
  • College Math (any 100-level or higher) - 3 Credits*
  • Psychology: Gen, Intro, or Developmental - 3 Credits
  • Medical Terminology - 2 Credits

*Applicants must have completed the Anatomy & Physiology with Lab, English Composition, and College Math requirements before a formal application can be submitted and reviewed. Psychology and Medical Terminology must be completed prior to matriculation.

Preadmission Testing Requirements
ATI TEAS
Suggested Score: 60.6%

Other Requirements

  • The applicant must be a graduate of an accredited high school with a GPA of 2.0 or higher or have earned a high school equivalency (GED) certificate.
  • Preadmission testing required.
  • Documentation of previous healthcare experience (including volunteer hours) is recommended.
  • Prospective students for the Radiologic Technology Program are urged to review the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Ethics Pre-Application Review prior to starting any radiologic technology program.

Radiologic Technology

  • General Education Prerequisites: 15 credit hours
  • RCHC Program Hours - Theory: 43 credit hours
  • RCHC Program Hours - Lab: 4.5 credit hours
  • RCHC Program Hours - Clinical: 21 credit hours

PROGRAM ACCREDITED BY:

  • The Program received an 8-year accreditation award by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) in 2018. The JRCERT publishes each program’s current accreditation status at www.jrcert.org.
  • The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) conducts periodic surveys of the program and makes accreditation recommendations based on its findings. The program is evaluated for accreditation based on the JRCERT published Standards for an Accredited Educational Program in Radiologic Sciences. These Standards are available here. They are also available for onsite review by contacting the Radiologic Technology Program Director. The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
    20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
    Chicago, IL 60606
    312-704-5300, mail@jcert.org
    www.jrcert.org

CREDENTIALING:

  • Program graduates are eligible to apply for examination to the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Application for the National certification exam is the responsibility of the student and involves additional fees charged by the ARRT. Additional information regarding the registry may be obtained from:
    American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)
    1225 Northlannd Drive
    St. Paul, MN 55120
    615-687-0048, www.arrt.org/

INSTITUTIONAL CERTIFICATION:

  • Certified by the State Council of Higher Education (SCHEV) to operate in Virginia.
    SCHEV
    101 N. 14th Street
    James Monroe Building
    Richmond, VA 23219
    804-225-2600, www.schev.edu

INSTITUTIONAL ACCREDITATION:

  • Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)
    7777 Leesburg Pike, Suite 314
    N. Falls Church, VA 22043
    703-917-9503, www.abhes.org

RIVERSIDE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER ACCREDITED BY:

Tuition Breakdown for Radiological Technology Program

  • $350 per GEN/HLT credit
  • $400 per RAD credit

Total Tuition: $26,850

Other Associated Costs

  • Book Estimate: $1,275
  • Uniform & Shoe Estimate: $150
  • Supplies Estimate: $185
  • Credentialing Estimate: $200

Program Mission

This mission of the Radiologic Technology Program is to graduate competent, entry-level radiologic technologists who are prepared to challenge the ARRT National Certification Examination and gain employment in the field of Radiology or Medical Imaging.

Program Goals & Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be clinically competent.

  • Students will demonstrate appropriate positioning skills.
  • Students will demonstrate appropriate use of radiation safety.

Students will demonstrate communication skills.

  • Students will demonstrate effective oral communication skills with patients.
  • Students will demonstrate effective written communication.

Students will develop critical thinking skills.

  • Students will evaluate and critique radiographic images.
  • Students will perform non-routine procedures.

Students will model professionalism.

  • Students will demonstrate ethical decision-making.
  • Students will demonstrate professional behavior.

Program Effectiveness Data

The performance of the College's educational programs is reflected through program effectiveness data as defined by institutional and programmatic accrediting agencies. The College's program effectiveness data is provided in the "Consumer Information" link on the Policies, Disclosures, & Resources and includes licensure or certification pass rates, graduation rates, program satisfaction rates from both the student and employer perspective, and job placement rates. Data specific to the Radiologic Technology Program can be found here.

The RCHC Radiologic Technology program’s curriculum meets all eligibility requirements for graduates to apply for applicable licensure and examination from the Commonwealth of Virginia. Department of Education regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v) requires programs disclose that there has not been a determination of whether a curriculum meets requirements of other states unless otherwise provide in specific program information. To determine if a program meets any specific state other than Virginia, please refer here.

Transfer of Credits

Discipline-specific courses will be evaluated for transfer credit on a case-by-case basis by the Assistant Dean, Radiologic Technology Program, according to the criteria listed in the College catalog. Enrollment will depend on space availability. A $100.00 Transfer Evaluation Fee is required.

Graduation Requirements 

Eligibility for graduation is based upon successful completion of all phases of the program. Students must satisfy the following minimum requirements prior to graduation:

  • Complete each course with a minimum grade of 80% and satisfactory clinical/preceptorship/practicum performance.
  • Successfully achieve all required clinical competencies.
  • Successfully complete all required clinical hours.
  • Satisfy all financial obligations to the College, to include all tuition, fees, and library fines and financial aid exit counseling if applicable.
  • Return all College materials as required.

Clinical Obligations

Students are provided opportunities to develop theoretical knowledge and clinical competency through a planned progression of learning experiences. Clinic assignments are based on the theoretical preparation and level of training of the student. Students will begin rotating through various clinical settings in their second semester. The ratio of student to clinical staff is 1:1. 

Additional Costs Related to Clinical Placements: Students are responsible for all costs incurred in travel to assigned clinical sites. Clinical placements are randomized and clinical site requirements may vary. Students are responsible for meeting these requirements which may include, but are not limited to: fees for drug screens, repeat criminal history background checks, and/or additional immunizations.

Riverside Regional Medical Center provides malpractice insurance for students during the normal scope of student clinical practice. The College recommends that the student obtain their own supplemental malpractice insurance.

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