Subject Area: Health Sciences
Award: Associate of Applied Science
Minimum Credits: 85 including admission requirements
A radiographer is a vital member of the healthcare team whose responsibilities range from obtaining diagnostic information to assisting physicians with complex procedures. Radiographers must be able to recognize emergency situations and react quickly to various patient conditions. They work in diverse settings, including hospitals, clinics and physicians’ offices.
The Radiologic Technology program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The mission of the program is to provide an ambitious didactic and clinical education that will produce compassionate, confident and professional technologists. The program will provide a variety of work settings and experiences to successfully prepare graduates to function as entry-level radiographers. Upon graduation, a qualified graduate will be eligible to take the national registry examination, thereby becoming a certified registered radiographer. Students will rotate through multiple clinical sites within an 80-mile radius of Dubuque.
The program's mission, goals, student learning outcomes, accreditation information and program effectiveness data are included in the Radiography Program Effectiveness Data document. For more information regarding program effectiveness data, visit the JRCERT website at www.jcert.org.
- Apply for admission.
- Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.
- Complete ACCUPLACER® reading and writing assessment and ALEKS® math assessment. Testing may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, ACT Compass® or ALEKS® test scores. Scores are valid for three years.
In addition to the College admission procedures outlined, applicants must achieve a minimum ALEKS® score of 15. Please note, a minimum ALEKS® score of 30 will be required for enrollment beginning fall 2017. ACT® or ACT Compass® scores are also acceptable. The following courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C- or above within five years from the date of application:
- Human Anatomy and Physiology I [BIO:165] with lab component [BIO:167]
- Human Anatomy and Physiology II [BIO:170] with lab component [BIO:172]
- Basic Medical Terminology [HSC:117] OR Medical Terminology [HIT:140]
The College has contracted the services of CastleBranch to review and monitor background checks, health records, training requirements and drug testing. Students will submit the following documentation to their website prior to the designated date:
- Background check - includes a nationwide criminal history search and child, dependent adult, and sex offender registry checks. Background checks will be evaluated per the College's Program Compliance policy. Clinical participation is dependent on this evaluation.
- Health records - physical and immunizations (MMR, varicella, Hepatitis B, 2 step TB, Tdap and influenza).
- Training - CPR (American Heart Association HealthCare Provider or American Red Cross Professional Rescuer), mandatory reporter of child and dependent adult abuse, HIPAA and blood borne pathogens.
- Drug testing - prior to clinical participation, random, post incident/accident and suspicion. Students are required to be substance free throughout the program.
- Health Insurance - students are required to maintain health insurance throughout the program.
In addition to meeting the above listed requirements, students must maintain these requirements throughout the program. Failure to remain compliant will result in denial for clinical participation. Clinical participation is required for program completion.
You need to be aware of the following physical demands during your clinical education courses. Daily activities require bending, stooping, squatting,
reaching, pushing and pulling in all directions. You will be asked to lift and carry objects weighing up to a minimum of 50 pounds and also shared weight. Clinical tasks require use of hands for repetitive action, such as simple and firm grasping and fine manipulation and walking, including stair stepping. You may also be in contact with communicable diseases and chemical/biohazardous materials and odors. Prior to clinical assignments you will be instructed about the radiation hazards to an embryo/fetus.
It is highly recommended that applicants complete a radiology job shadow. The job shadow should be a total of 4-6 hours at one or more facilities. Complete the job shadow form and submit to the Radiologic Technology Program director.
View the Radiologic Technology Admissions Checklist (pdf) - Effective fall 2014
Term 1 Course Title Credits BIO:170 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3.0 BIO:172 Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 1.0 RAD:101 Radiographic Patient Care 3.0 RAD:122 Radiographic Procedures I 4.0 RAD:200 Clinical Education I (Must have CPR certification - Health Care Provider Level) 3.0 SDV:179 The College Experience 3.0 Term 2 Course Title Credits RAD:143 Radiographic Procedures II 5.0 RAD:240 Clinical Education II 5.0 RAD:440 Image Evaluation 4.0 Term 3 Course Title Credits ENG:105 Composition I OR 3.0 SPC:112 Public Speaking 3.0 RAD:185 Special Procedures and Pharmacology 3.0 RAD:271 Clinical Education III 4.0 Term 4 Course Title Credits RAD:420 Radiographic Physics 4.0 RAD:510 Clinical Education IV 6.0 RAD:709 Radiographic Image Exposure 3.0 Term 5 Course Title Credits RAD:550 Clinical Education V 6.0 RAD:712 Radiographic Advanced Exposure 2.0 RAD:738 Radiographic Pathology 2.0 RAD:860 Radiobiology and Radiation Protection 2.5 * Math Elective (transfer-level) 3.0 Term 6 Course Title Credits PSY:111 Intro to Psychology OR 3.0 PSY:112 Psychology of Human Relations 3.0 RAD:591 Clinical Education VI 3.0 RAD:661 Comprehensive Radiologic Review 3.0
Math Electives: MAT:110, MAT:120, MAT:128, MAT:140, MAT:156, MAT:210, MAT:216, MAT:219
Note: To graduate from this program, students must complete all required coursework with a "C-" grade or above and earn a minimum 2.0 grade point average. Students are required to take some courses in an online or hybrid format.
With an annual income range of $36,836 - $50,130 and a projected growth of 4.7%, the career outlook for Radiologic Technology graduates is growing.
Source: EMSI; Salary range represents 10th percentile - median annual wage for related occupations in the NICC district. Growth rate based on projections from 2016-2020.
Employers of NICC Alumni
Aurora Health Care, Milwaukee, WI
Dean Clinic, Madison, WI
Dubuque Rheumatology, Dubuque, IA
Finley Hospital, Dubuque, IA
Fort Healthcare, Fort Atkinson, WI
Grant Regional Health Center, Lancaster, WI
Jackson County Regional Hospital, Maquoketa, IA
Medical Associates, Dubuque, IA
Medline Industries, Dubuque, IA
Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County, Darlington, WI
Mercy Care, Cedar Rapids, IA
Mercy Hospital, Dubuque, IA
Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, IA
Palmer Luterhan Health center, West Union, IA
SW Health Center, Platteville, WI
Touchstone Imaging, Fort Worth, TX
University of Wisconsin Foundation, Madison, WI
UW Hospitals and Clinics, Madison, WI
Students may be required to provide documentation of health insurance coverage. You need to be aware of the following physical demands during your clinical education courses. Daily activities require bending, stooping, squatting, reaching, pushing and pulling in all directions. You will be asked to lift and carry objects weighing up to a minimum of 50 pounds and also shared weight. Clinical tasks require use of hands for repetitive action such as simple and firm grasping, fine manipulation and walking, including stair stepping. You may also be in contact with communicable diseases and chemical/biohazardous materials and odors. Prior to clinical assignments you will be instructed about the radiation hazards to an embryo/fetus.
The program is a twenty-four (24) month continuous program. Students will not be permitted to finish the program early.
The Northeast Iowa Community College Radiologic Technology program's mission is to provide an ambitious didactic and clinical education that will produce compassionate, confident and professional technologists. The program will provide a variety of work settings and experiences to successfully prepare graduates to function as entry-level radiographers.
- Students will demonstrate clinical competency.
- Students will practice appropriate communication skills.
- Students will graduate with critical thinking and problem solving skills.
- Students will demonstrate professionalism.
Radiologic Technology students at Northeast Iowa Community College will experience direct patient contact during their clinical experience. Students will be scheduled at affiliated locations. Students will rotate through multiple clinical sites within an 80-mile radius of Dubuque.
Radiologic Technology Clinical Sites
Finley Hospital; Dubuque, IA
Guttenberg Municipal Hospital; Guttenberg, IA
Jackson Country Regional Health Center; Maquoketa, IA
Medical Associates; Dubuque, IA and Platteville, WI
Mercy Medical Center; Dubuque, IA
Mercy Medical Center; Dyersville, IA
Midwest Medical Center; Galena, IL
Monroe Clinic; Monroe, WI
Prairie Du Chien Memorial Hospital
Southwest Health Center; Platteville, WI
Upland Hills; Dodgeville, WI
Radiologic Technology Partnership
The Radiologic Technology program has a partnership with the U of Iowa to provide students in our area the opportunity of CT/MRI/and US training. The U of Iowa provides the online coursework and NICC provides the clinical portion.
CT Training Information
CT Internship Application
CT Recommendation Form
MRI Training Information
MRI Internship Application
MRI Recommendation Form
US Training Information
US Internship Application
US Recommendation Form
The Associate of Applied Science degree in Radiologic Technology currently has transfer agreements in place with the institutions listed below. Students are encouraged to speak with their transfer college or university to verify that their planned courses at NICC will meet necessary requirements. Learn more about transferring from NICC.
- Allen College
- Central Methodist University
- Clarkson College
- University of Iowa
Radiologic Technology Program Director
800.728.7367, ext. 311