Radiologic Technology is the use of radiation to provide images of various body parts (bones, vessels, organs) and various body functions (digestion, circulation) to facilitate diagnosis and treatment of certain injuries and illnesses.
Radiologic technologists (radiographers) are health professionals qualified to perform radiographic examinations ordered by licensed practitioners such as physicians, chiropractors, etc. Radiographers are responsible for the creation of medical x-ray images, the operation of radiologic equipment and the care of patients. They must also be prepared to recognize emergency patient conditions and initiate lifesaving first aid. The radiographer is ultimately responsible for providing the highest quality images with the lowest radiation exposure to the patient.
Education for radiologic technologists is rigorous and includes classroom, laboratory and clinical experience. The program and the profession are physically and mentally demanding. The clinical and classroom experiences require approximately 40 hours of participation per week. This experience is primarily during the day; however, some evening experience is also required.
Goals and Program Effectiveness
The mission of the radiologic technology program at UC Blue Ash College is to educate and prepare students for a career as a diagnostic radiographer.
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The Radiologic Technology program at UC Blue Ash College admits students through a selective program admission process. Learn more about that process and being admitted to the Radiologic Technology program at UC Blue Ash College.
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|Healthcare Provider CPR Two Year Certification (only from American Heart Association)||Fall 1st Year||$100|
|Drug Screen & Background Check||Fall 1st Year||$90|
|Uniforms & Lead Markers (2 sets of each)||Fall 1st Year||$200|
|Uniform Shoes||Fall 1st Year||$125|
|ARRT Exam Fee||Spring 2nd Year||$200|
|Diploma||Spring 2nd Year||$60|
|State License, Ohio||Spring 2nd Year||$40|
|Textbooks & Educational Resources (for entire program)||$2500|
|Travel Expense to Clinical Sites (for entire program) – depending on distance from residence to clinical sites||$500|
|Non-tuition Cost Estimate||$3815|
|Spring 2nd Year|
What is Radiologic Technology?
Enrollment in the program is limited and a selective process is utilized for admission to the program.
Radiologic technologists (radiographers) are health professionals qualified to perform radiographic examinations ordered by licensed practitioners such as physicians, chiropractors, etc. Radiographers are responsible for the creation of medical x-ray images, the operation of radiologic equipment and the care of patients. The radiographer is ultimately responsible for providing optimal images with the lowest radiation exposure to the patient.
Students who are interested in human anatomy and have a strong background in science and math and the ability to communicate and work well with others will be the most successful in this program. Students entering the radiologic technology profession must have the following abilities in order to successfully complete the program. Students must be able to:
- Lift and assist patients using proper body mechanics.
- Safely maneuver all radiographic and fluoroscopic equipment as necessary for each exam.
- Push and maneuver patients in wheelchairs and on stretchers.
- Respond quickly and professionally to patients in emergency situations.
- Communicate clearly with patients and other health care professionals in oral and written forms, including the use of medical terminology.
- Move and align the patient and equipment utilizing lights, lasers and signals to properly position for radiographs.
- Stand for an extended time period and walk for long distances.
- Pass background checks and drug screening.
Students will be given reasonable assistance/accommodation in overcoming difficulties with these standards. However, there is no guarantee that all potential students will be able to successfully complete the program if unable to perform these actions. Students concerned about the requirements should contact the program director.
Technologists perform exams in outpatient settings and many areas of the hospital, including the emergency department, surgery, patient rooms, and intensive-care units. There is potential for advancement in areas such as computed tomography (CT), mammography, cardiac/vascular interventional radiography, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The full time salary for new graduates is approximately $45,000 per year, though salaries vary by geographic area and type of position. Support is provided to assist graduates in their employment search.
Eligibility for the Certification Examination and Licensure
Graduates of this program are eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists' (ARRT) certification examination. Applicants for the ARRT may not be eligible for certification if they failed to comply with State/Federal laws (with the exception of speeding and parking violations) or violated academic honor codes. These must be investigated by the ARRT in order to determine eligibility. Licensure is also required in most states to practice as a radiographer.
AdvisingCurrent and admitted students can locate advisor contact information for pre-health professions and radiologic technology via the UCBA advising website.
UC Advantages and Special Opportunities
This program includes the courses required in the first two years of the baccalaureate program in radiation science technology. This allows for a seamless transition from an associate degree to a baccalaureate degree.
The use of multiple clinical sites allows students to work with many types of radiographic equipment and to participate in a wide variety of radiologic procedures. This program affiliates with the radiology departments of Bethesda Arrow Springs Medical Center, Bethesda Butler Hospital, Bethesda North Hospital, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, The Christ Hospital, The Christ Hospital (Red Bank) Imaging Center, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, the VA Medical Center, and West Chester Hospital.
Students who wish to pursue radiologic technology should apply through UC admissions to be admitted to the UC Blue Ash College in the Pre-Health Professions program or be an existing UC student.
Applications for selective admission to radiologic technology will open and close in accordance with the dates provided on the Radiologic Technology Selective Admissions webpage. Students are accepted into the program each spring to begin fall semester.
See this link for details related to selective admissions including criteria and deadlines.
Additional Clinical Acceptance Requirements and Information:
Upon acceptance to the radiologic technology program, students must meet a number of requirements in accordance with the policies of the program and the clinical sites in order to participate in the clinical experience. These include documentation of specific and current immunizations and vaccinations, American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR certification, and health insurance prior to the start of their clinical experience. In addition students will be required to purchase appropriate uniforms, supplies, and educational materials and arrange for personal transportation to and from clinical sites.
Students will be required to undergo drug testing and background checks at the students’ expense. Not meeting program and clinical education setting requirements may be grounds for dismissal from the program. Accepted students who do not comply with State/Federal laws (with the exception of speeding and parking violations) or who violate academic honor codes must be investigated by the ARRT in order to determine eligibility. An Ethics Review Pre-Application must be submitted to the ARRT prior to the start of fall semester to determine program continuance.
Students accepted to the program may voluntarily notify the program director regarding pregnancy so that additional radiation protection measures can be taken. Students may also voluntarily undeclare their pregnancy. Radiation protection policies and program extension policies that affect pregnant students are available from the program director upon request.
Transferring to UC Requirements
Transfer credits must be fully evaluated for applicability to the radiologic technology program as part of the college admissions process. If you are transferring from another radiologic technology program, you must be accepted via the selective admissions process before advanced standing toward the radiologic technology courses will be considered.
The following requirements must be met:
- Grades of "C" or better in all radiologic technology, anatomy & physiology, and medical terminology courses,
- All clinical and didactic courses must be taken concurrently as listed,
- Adherence to program policies and procedures,
- Completion of all university and college requirements for graduation, and
- Cumulative GPA of no less than 2.8.
For application deadlines, visit the admissions website.
AccreditationThe University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
The radiologic technology program is accredited through the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) and approved by the Ohio Department of Health. JRCERT accreditation assures quality and requires a detailed peer-review process for ongoing improvement and assessment of the program. Accreditation Standards and program effectiveness data published by the JRCERT are available at http://www.jrcert.org or via email@example.com. The address and telephone number for the JRCERT are Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-2901; (313) 704-5300.
Associate of Applied Science Degree in Radiologic Technology
Full-Time Program Duration
Blue Ash College
9555 Plainfield Road
Blue Ash, OH 45236
Phone: (513) 936-1631
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