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RT Program Overview

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.

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.

The Radiologic Technology Program at Wenatchee Valley College is a limited-enrollment program 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).

During the first year, students learn theory and principles of radiographic imaging and safety, and develop the necessary skills to perform as technologists. Facilities on campus include four film based and computerized imaging as well as fluoroscopy, and a radiographic processor. Multiple phantom parts (bones and a lifelike human replica) are used by the students in the X-ray lab. Students spend the second year doing hands-on work, under professional supervision, in affiliate clinical facilities in Wenatchee or out of town. Out-of-town clinical education assignments are likely. You must furnish your own transportation, housing, and living expenses. You are required to have e-mail access during your second year.

Conviction of certain crimes may prevent completion of the clinical course requirements of the program and may prevent future licensure and employment in the health and safety field. A criminal record check is required prior to any clinical education experience or clinical field trip. If you have a criminal record, you should meet with the Dean of Allied Health to determine if the criminal history would prevent access to a health care facility. To determine if the criminal record would prevent eligibility to take the national exam, you can go to The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Ethics Review Pre-Application Section of the website at arrt.org.

Competencies
Radiologic technologists are important members of the modern health team. Their special skills serve a key function in the medical specialty of radiology, which is characterized by new and exciting advances in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases. Graduates of the WVC Radiologic Technology program will be able to:

  • Successfully completed all academic requirements in order to apply knowledge and skills toward the practice of radiologic technology.
  • Effectively utilize critical thinking and problem-solving skills in the practice of radiologic technology.
  • Effectively communicate in oral and written form with patients, customers, and all members of the health care team.
  • Successfully perform radiographic procedures and produce images of diagnostic value, while providing quality patient care.
  • Conduct herself or himself in a professional manner according to the ARRT Code of Ethics
  • Continue professional growth and development by engaging in professional activities.

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