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Radiologic Technology

Campus Location: Peosta

Program Entry: Fall

Award: Associate of Applied Science

Description:

A radiographer is a vital member of the healthcare team. The radiographer’s 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. The radiographer works 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.

Radiologic Technology

Admissions Requirements:

  • Submission of your official high school transcript with ACT score.
  • Submission of transcript from any college or university previously attended.
  • Completion of ACCUPLACER assessment if necessary.

In addition to the College admission requirements outlined, program applicants must meet the minimum entrance requirement (ACCUPLACER Reading 70 and ACCUPLACER Arithmetic 80 or Elementary Algebra 44) on a basic skills assessment for placement in reading and math. A skill developing activity is available at no cost if you do not meet the minimum requirements on the first testing.

Applicants must have successfully completed Anatomy and Physiology I, Anatomy and Physiology I Lab and Basic Medical Terminology with a minium grade of C- prior to being accepted into the program.

The College has contracted the services of Certified Background 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.
  • Health records - physical and immunizations (MMR, varicella, Hepatitis B, 2 step TB, Tdap and influenza).
  • Training - CPR (American Heart Association HealthCare Provider CPR 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.

In addition to meeting the above listed requirements upon admission, 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.

Note: Background checks will be evaluated per the NICC program compliance policy and by the Iowa Department of Human Services, if applicable. Clinical participation is dependent on this evaluation.

You may also 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 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

Radiologic Technology

Academic Requirements:

Minimum Credits: 85 including admission requirements

View the printable Ed Plan.

Term 1
CourseTitleCredits
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
* Computer Elective 3.0

 

Term 2
CourseTitleCredits
RAD:143 Radiographic Procedures II 5.0
RAD:240 Clinical Education II 5.0
RAD:440 Image Evaluation 4.0

 

Term 3
CourseTitleCredits
ENG:105 Composition I OR 3.0
SPC:112 Public Speaking 3.0
RAD:271 Clinical Education III 4.0
RAD:420 Radiographic Physics 4.0

 

Term 4
CourseTitleCredits
RAD:185 Special Procedures and Pharmacology 3.0
RAD:510 Clinical Education IV 6.0
RAD:709 Radiographic Image Exposure 3.0
* Math Elective (transfer-level) 3.0

 

Term 5
CourseTitleCredits
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

 

Term 6
CourseTitleCredits
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

*Electives

Computer Electives: BCA:112, BCA:212
Math Electives: MAT:110, MAT:120, MAT:128, MAT:140, MAT:156, MAT:210, MAT:216, MAT:219

Note: Students enrolled in health occupations programs must pass all required course work with a minimum of a C- grade. However, a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA (C grade average) is required to graduate from the program and the College. Students are required to take some courses in an online or hybrid format.

Radiologic Technology

Employment Information:

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Salary

$35,767 - $46,463

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Annual Openings (Statewide)

105

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

Sample Job Titles

Radiographer

Radiologic Technology

Additional Information:

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 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.

The program is a twenty-four (24) month continuous program. Students will not be permitted to finish the program early.

Program Mission

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.

Program Goals

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.

Helpful Resources

Iowa Core Performance Standards
Jobs Outlook
Program Effectiveness
Program Outcomes
Program Policy and Procedures (2014)

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.

Job Shadow Verification Form

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

Contacts

Lora Hannan
Radiologic Technology Program Director
800.728.7367, ext. 311
hannanl@nicc.edu

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