Radiologic Technology

Radiologic Technology is the art and science of producing diagnostic medical images using ionizing radiation (x-ray). The five-semester program includes comprehensive coursework and clinical education beginning in the first semester. The on-campus laboratory offers students the opportunity to learn radiographic imaging utilizing computed radiography and direct digital radiography. All lecture and laboratory courses are offered on the Wallace Drive Campus in Gadsden. 

Upon successful completion of the 76 credit-hour program, students are awarded an Associate in Applied Science degree in Radiologic Technology. The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. Graduates are eligible to take the national certification exam offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. 

Radiologic Technology

 

NOTE: There will not be an Applicant Information Session this year. Please disregard the information that is included as part of the online program application.

A new class will be admitted to the Radiologic Technology Program each Fall Semester. Student selection is based on completion of all requirements: ACT scores, GPA and grades received in required general education courses. Admission to the program is competitive, and the number of students accepted is limited by the number of faculty and clinical space available. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance.

  1. Unconditional admission to the college. Apply for admissions here
  2. Submit online program application by midnight June 1 of the year of admission. Apply here.
  3. Submit supporting documents to the Admissions Office by the deadline:
    1. All official high school and college transcripts or official GED scores
    2. Official ACT scores (with a minimum composite score of 18 on the national or residual test)
  4. Must be 18 years old
  5. Minimum high school GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale without prior college courses
  6. Minimum of 2.5 GPA for required Radiologic Technology general education courses
  7. Must be eligible for placement into the following courses:
    1. English 101
    2. Math 100
    3. Biology 201
  8. Must be in good standing with the College
  9. Must meet the Essential Functions required for Radiologic Technology students. 
  10. Pass a criminal background check* and drug test upon admission to the program. Students are also subject to random and “for-cause” drug testing during the length of the program.
  11. Submit a completed health questionnaire and immunization records upon request by the program. 
  12. Demonstrate proof of insurance. Students who do not show proof of insurance will not be allowed to attend clinicals.

You can review the Radiologic Technology Ranking Sheet here

 

Upon acceptance into the Radiologic Technology Program, students must have a background check and undergo a drug screen (at the student’s expense). Students must also have a physical (form provided), submit an immunization record and maintain health insurance while enrolled in the program. At the New Student Orientation, the program will provide information concerning how and when these will be performed.

A variety of clinical affiliates are used within the surrounding eight (8) counties. The program makes every effort to avoid excessive driving distances, but cannot guarantee a specific clinical assignment. Students should expect to travel and must have reliable transportation during the five semesters of the program.

Clinical assignments will occur between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Weekend rotations are available by student request with the approval of the Clinical Instructor at the assigned clinical site and the Clinical Coordinator. Students will not be assigned to a clinical site during holidays observed by Gadsden State or during semester breaks of Gadsden State. Students will not be assigned to medical imaging and therapy departments in which immediate relatives (spouses, siblings, parents, and children) are employed. If a student has relatives employed in other departments of the clinical affiliate the assignment will be at the discretion of the program faculty.

Clinical Sites City, County
Gadsden Regional Medical Center Gadsden, Etowah County
Gadsden Regional Imaging Rainbow City, Etowah County
Riverview Regional Medical Center Gadsden, Etowah County
Northeast Orthopedics Gadsden, Etowah County
Northeast Orthopedics Rainbow City, Etowah County
Anniston Orthopedics Associates Anniston, Calhoun County
RMC Stringfellow  Anniston, Calhoun County
Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center Anniston, Calhoun County
RMC Oxford Mediplex Oxford, Calhoun County
Dekalb Regional Medical Center Fort Payne, Dekalb County
Highlands Medical Center Scottsboro, Jackson County
Floyd Cherokee Medical Center Centre, Cherokee County
Marshall Medical Center South Boaz, Marshall County
Brookwood Citizens Baptist Medical Center Talladega, Talladega County
Grandview Medical Center  Birmingham, Jefferson County
TridentCare (mobile imaging) Etowah County & Calhoun County

 

The college-wide grading policy which is in place for all general education courses is located in the College Catalog.

            The Radiologic Technology Program uses the following grading scale for all programmatic courses:

Percentage Grade Letter Grade
90-100 A
80-89 B
75-79 C
70-74 D
Below 70 F

 

These expenses are in addition to tuition.

Items Cost
Compliance Tracking $100.00 (background check, initial drug screen and health information tracking)
Drug Screen  $37.00 (2nd fall semester, random, "for cause")
Physical and Lab Testing $600.00
Textbooks $950.00 (entire program)
Registry Review Materials $85.00
Medical Liability Insurance $30.00*
Personal Dosimeter $125.00**
Radiographic Identification Markers $32.00
Uniforms  $200.00
Class Picture $45.00
Application Fee for Degree $10.00
Application for ARRT examination $200.00
Total $2,414.00

*$15 paid annually each fall semester

**$125 paid annually each fall semester

All fees are approximations and subject to change.

Mission

To provide the health care community with entry level radiographers skilled in diagnostic imaging procedures.

 

Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

1.  Students will competently and safely perform radiologic procedures.

  • SLO#1 – Students will provide quality patient care.
  • SLO#2 – Graduates will provide quality patient care.
  • SLO#3 – Students will be clinically competent.
  • SLO#4 – Graduates will be clinically competent.
  • SLO#5 – Students will use gonadal shielding.
  • SLO#6 – Graduates will maintain a safe work environment.

2.  Students will communicate effectively.

  • SLO#1 – Students will communicate effectively in the health care setting.
  • SLO#2 – Students will communicate effectively in the laboratory setting.
  • SLO#3 - Graduates will communicate effectively in the health care setting.
  • SLO#4 – Students will demonstrate effective written communication skills.

3.  Students will use critical thinking skills.

  • SLO#1 – Students will be adequately prepared to adjust technical factors to produce diagnostic images.
  • SLO#2 – Students will be able to evaluate radiographic quality and determine any corrections needed to produce a diagnostic image.
  • SLO#3 – Students will be able to answer questions related to trauma situations.
  • SLO#4 – Students will produce radiographic images under trauma conditions in the laboratory.

4.  Students will demonstrate professionalism.

  • SLO#1 – Students will demonstrate professional development and growth in the clinical setting.
  • SLO#2 – Students will investigate organizations associated with Radiologic Technology.
  • SLO#3 – Students will develop a resume and five year plan.
  • SLO#4 – Students will complete a project which demonstrates professional growth.

 

The Radiologic Technology Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) to offer the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Radiologic Technology. The program received the maximum 8-year accreditation in 2016.

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
(312) 704-5300
www.jrcert.org
mail@jrcert.org

The following is the most current program effectiveness data; our programatic accreditation agency, the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), defines and publishes this information: GSCC Radiologic Technology Program Effectiveness Data

Students seeking to transfer in to the Gadsden State Radiologic Technology Program from another Radiologic Technology program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Unconditional admission to the College with clear academic status.
  2. Ability to meet and comply with standards and policies in the current College Catalog and Student Handbook.
  3. Completion of requirements of initial admission (application, background check, drug screen, health records, etc.).
  4. Minimum grade point average of 2.5 for the required general education courses.
  5. No longer than 33 months elapse from the initial admission term at the institution from which transferring to date of graduation. 
  6. Official transcripts verifying a minimum grade of “C” earned in courses which represent collegiate coursework relevant to the degree with course content and level of instruction resulting in student competencies at least equivalent for those matriculating students.  Alabama Community College System Standardized Radiologic Technology Curriculum courses will be transferred without review of the course syllabus.  Verification of knowledge and/or skills may be required.
  7. Eligibility to return to previous Radiologic Technology Program in good standing.
  8. No more than one semester in which a grade of “D” or “F” has been earned in a radiography course.
  9. Clinical space availability. 
  10. Completion of 25% of total required hours for the A.A.S. Degree in Radiologic Technology at institution conferring degree.

Curriculum 

Gina Tice

Gina Tice, program director and instructor

256-549-8469

gtice@gadsdenstate.edu

 

Ashley Thompson

Ashley Crusey, clinical coordinator and instructor

256-549-8468

acrusey@gadsdenstate.edu