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Radiologic Technology Program Overview

Radiologic Technology
The medical specialty of radiology continues to see new and exciting advances in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases. Radiologic technologists, with their special skills involving the use of ionizing radiation (X-rays), are important members of the modern health-care team.

It is the radiologic technologist’s duty to perform complete quality service to the patient. This requires substantial specialized knowledge, critical thinking skills, clinical competence, and a commitment to caring. A professional character demonstrating maturity, motivation, positive attitude, and a desire for life-long learning is essential.  The radiologic technologist must be able to receive and respond to instructions and audio signals, be able to differentiate subtle shades of gray, accept criticism, take initiative, and communicate with patients and the healthcare team.  For further information regarding the functions of the Radiographer Technical Standards/ Essential Functions click here.

Wenatchee Valley College Radiologic Technology Program Overview
The Program begins each spring quarter and is limited-enrollment, requiring eight consecutive quarters, including summer quarters. Upon completion, the student receives an Associate of Technical Sciences Degree in Radiologic Technology and is eligible to apply for the national board examination given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).  The program follows the American Society of Radiologic Technology (ASRT) “Professional Curriculum for Radiography” and works closely with clinical affiliates and the industry to develop curriculum.

Mission
The Wenatchee Valley College Radiography Program, in close cooperation with quality affiliate health-care centers, is committed to providing proficient, caring radiographers.

Goals

  1. Provide students with abundant learning opportunities to prepare them to successfully pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists National Board Examination.
  2. Prepare students to enter the workforce as competent entry-level radiographers or transfer to upper level education institutions.

Radiologic Technology Expected Outcomes
The Wenatchee Valley College Radiography Program is committed to providing proficient, caring radiographers where students successfully complete all academic requirements in order to apply knowledge and skills toward the practice of radiologic technology:

  • 75% of the students that initially enroll will complete the program.
  • 90% of graduates will pass the ARRT national registry exam in radiography at first attempt.

Respondents to annual employer survey will indicate:

  • Satisfaction with graduates by rating overall performance with good to excellent – 90%
  • Graduates possess good to excellent communication skills – 80%
  • Graduates possess good to excellent problem solving ability – 80%
  • Graduates locate, use and analyze patient information – 80%
  • Graduates act responsibly as an individual and as a member of  a team or group – 80%

Respondents to the graduate survey will report:

  • The program adequately prepared them to perform as competent radiographers with ratings of good to excellent – 90%
  • 74% of graduates will be employed within 6 months of graduation or enrolled in further education.

The Radiologic Technology Program was developed under the philosophy that extensive academic preparation should precede clinical experience.

During the first year students learn the principles of radiographic imaging and safety, through didactic and laboratory education delivered on campus and on-line Monday through Friday with possible hours between 8 am and 5 pm. Facilities on campus include four imaging suites that encompass a variety of current imaging technologies utilized in the clinical environment. Multiple phantom parts that simulate human anatomy are used by students in the lab. This prepares students to enter the clinical environment with a solid foundation in the principles of radiographic imaging and safety.

The second year is dedicated to hands-on experience, gained under professional supervision in affiliate clinical education centers. The clinical setting presents unique challenges and responsibilities while caring for diverse individuals across the life span in a variety of healthcare environments. Students will attend two separate clinical education centers for two consecutive quarters each.  The clinical rotations will be finalized in the 4th quarter of the program.  Required attendance is 37-39 hours per week and may include day, evening and weekend hours. Out of town clinical assignments are likely. Students are responsible for their own transportation, housing and living expenses for both years.

Ethics and Criminal Convictions
Conviction of certain crimes may prevent program completion, eligibility for ARRT certification, state licensure and employment.  A criminal record check is required prior to any clinical education experience or field trip. If you have a criminal record, you should meet with the Dean of Allied Health & Nursing (509.682.6660) to determine if the criminal history would prevent access to a healthcare facility. To determine if the criminal record would prevent eligibility to take the ARRT national exam, you can go to the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists - Ethics review pre-application section (visit the ARRT website and search for Ethics Review section).

Accreditation
Wenatchee Valley College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU); an independent, non-profit membership organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future.  Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

Accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

Inquiries’ regarding an institution’s accredited status by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
8060 165th Avenue NE, Suite 100
Redmond, WA 98052
425.558.4224
www.nwccu.org

At the completion of the Wenatchee Valley College Radiologic Technology Program, the student will have successfully completed a program of formal education by an institutional accreditation mechanism acceptable to ARRT.

There are some states, employers, and advanced degree institutions that have mandated that the student graduate from a programmatically accredited radiography program, i.e. JRCERT. The student should look at the licensure laws in the state/s they may want to be employed and/or undergraduate programs they may wish to apply to determine if graduation from a regionally accredited program is sufficient.

To further explore opportunities in the field of Radiologic Technology and find related career information go to ASRT.org.


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