The Radiologic Technology program is an intensive program which prepares students to become skilled professionals in performing imaging examinations and accompanying responsibilities. Students receive clinical experience in radiology departments of health care affiliates located throughout Northwest and North Central Iowa. The program provides the students with entry level skills consistent with career opportunities nationwide.
Program Mission Statement: The Radiologic Technology program is dedicated to providing quality radiologic technology education to produce qualified, competent entry-level diagnostic Radiographers who are committed to life-long learning and high standards within the profession.
Program Requirements: Students must earn a grade of a “C” or better in all Radiologic Technology program of study courses and meet the necessary prerequisites to progress in the program. The student must complete the program with a grade point average of 2.0 or better. The student must complete all radiology specific courses within three years.
Student Responsibilities: Students receive clinical experience in a variety of clinical settings. A medical health form, certification in basic cardiac life support, and other immunization requirements must be completed prior to attending clinical. Transportation to the clinical site is the student’s responsibility. Uniforms are purchased by the student and worn to clinical. Graduates of the program are academically eligible to take the exam administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Upon successful completion of this exam, they become a Registered Radiologic Technologist R.T. (R) All radiology students must complete a Criminal Record/Child and Adult Abuse Check prior to attending clinical. Students with a felony or misdemeanor conviction must notify the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists prior to entering the program, to ensure they are eligible to take the Registry’s Examination.
Accreditation: The Radiologic Technology Program is accredited by The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, Illinois, 60606-3182. Telephone number: 312-704-5300.
Admission Requirements: This program is a selective, limited enrollment program. Students who would like to be considered for admission must complete an additional application packet. Students must also be enrolled in, or have previously completed any pre-requisites of the program with a “C” or higher before they will be considered for the program. Students must submit proof of their enrollment in/or completion prior to the application deadline. The following criteria is required for applicants: a minimum of a high school diploma (GPA 2.5) or equivalent (GED 550) or HiSET 15; minimum Asset scores of 40 in writing and reading, or ACT scores of 18 in reading and english, or Accucplacer Next Generation score of ≥ 250 (reading), and WritePlacer score ≥ 5; ALEKS score of 30. High school Biology, Algebra, English, and Chemistry are highly recommended.
Enrollment Date: Fall Semester
Minimum Required Credits: 85
Campus: Fort Dodge
Department: Health Science
Articulation Agreements: The University of Iowa, Purdue Global, and Allen College.
Iowa Central is partnering with the University of Iowa in the radiation sciences to offer Computed Tomography (CT),and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) internships. The agreement will allow students to receive their clinical education through Iowa Central while taking classes online through the University of Iowa. See program coordinator for details.
- Demonstrate disciplinary competence and/or professional proficiency.
- Develop critical thinking skills in planning priorities and providing safe patient care.
- Utilize basic communication skills to foster working relationships with individuals, families, and members of the health team.
- Practice within the profession’s ethical and legal framework.
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Apply knowledge of anatomy when critiquing an image.
- Develop knowledge when taking a chest radiograph of a patient in a wheelchair.
- Develop a personal philosophy on professionalism.
- Collaborate with team members and patients through effective communication.
- Differentiate accommodating changes in clinical for patients.
- Recognize safe limits of radiology equipment.
- Exercise independent discretion when applying exposure factors.
- Identify ethical responsibilities of the profession.
- Demonstrate knowledge and skill for an entry level radiologic technology professional.