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About Rad Tech (RADT)
JOB TITLE & JOB DESCRIPTION
Radiologic technologists work as part of a large healthcare team, using digital equipment to obtain images that demonstrate anatomy and pathology in the skeletal, digestive, urinary, cardiac, respiratory, nervous and reproductive systems. Radiologic technologists work in hospitals, the emergency room (ER) with trauma patients, operating room (OR) during surgeries and outpatient clinics to provide optimal imaging care to patients.
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Radiology students complete a full-time, 24 month program of professional education that combines in depth academic study on campus with practical experience in the program’s hospital clinical affiliates. Graduates are eligible for national certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and state licensure to work as a diagnostic radiologic technologist with fluoroscopy in California.
The mission of the Radiologic Technology Program is to prepare qualified medical imaging practitioners who uphold the highest level of ethical patient care while demonstrating excellent clinical and technical practices.
GOALS & LEARNING OUTCOMES
Students will be clinically competent.
- Students will master entry-level skills in positioning.
- Students employ safe radiation practices on patients, self and others.
- Students select appropriate technical factors for radiographic exams.
Students will demonstrate effective communication skills.
- Students will communicate using professional language with patients, visitors, physicians, and staff.
- Students will listen without judgment to patients, visitors, physicians, and staff.
- Students will accurately obtain patient histories.
Students will develop critical thinking skills.
- Students will adapt standard procedures for non-routine exams.
- Students will modify patient care skills for the injured and critically ill patient.
- Students will adjust technical factors for pathology and non-routine exams.
Students will model professionalism.
- Students will maintain calm composure at all times.
- Students treat patients, visitors, physicians, and staff with kindness and respect.
- Students will maintain compliance with all mandatory health and safety policies.
The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Accreditation ensures that programs adhere to standards of education to provide students with quality didactic and clinical education. To review the JRCERT Standards visit the website at http://www.jrcert.org. Students may contact the JRCERT directly with comments/concerns at http://firstname.lastname@example.org.
BEHAVIORS & CHARACTERISTICS FOR SUCCESS
- Exhibits genuine care for patients and the critically ill.
- Demonstrates patience and emotional stability in stressful situations.
- Demonstrates appropriate initiative, judgment and tact in a variety of situations.
- Enjoys working with a diverse population without discrimination.
- Maintains reliability & promptness in time commitments (always on time).
- Physically capable of performing mildly strenuous activities.
- Ability to communicate and understand written and spoken English, which is the primary medical record language used in the healthcare setting.
Good to excellent employment prospects across the nation and in the San Diego area.
Transfer & articulation agreements
Mesa College has a very extensive transfer program with over 4,000 colleges & universities
in the U.S. These range from 2 to 4 year and private to public institutions. This
provides students with a large variety of transfer options. General education courses
from other Community Colleges & Universities typically transfer to Mesa College to
satisfy the general education requirements. When taking prerequisite courses at another
institution, please verify with counseling, before enrollment, that they transfer
to Mesa College. At the present time, radiology courses from other Radiology Programs
do not transfer & the program does not accept Advancement Placement. For a full list
of transfer options, please go to the Transfer Center - click here
California State University Northridge offers multiple programs in Advanced Imaging CT & MRI. Mesa College maintains an articulation agreement with CSUN. Click on the California State University Northridge link above for more information.
Loma Linda University offers multiple programs in Advanced Imaging, Radiation Sciences Bachelor's Degree & Radiation Science Master's Degree. Click on the Loma Linda University link above for more information.
ESTIMATED SALARY FOR THE SAN DIEGO AREA
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistic for San Diego County, the median salary is approximately $80,000 per year.
Kimberly Mills, MS, RT(R) (CT)
Jill Chagnon, BS, RT(R) (M)
INTERIM DEPARTMENT CHAIR
|DEAN, HEALTH SCIENCES & PUBLIC SERVICE
Tina Recalde, DPT, MS, ATC, CSCS
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: Please see program website for more FAQ’s
- How can I get more information about this career and the Radiologic Technology Program?
General information sessions are scheduled at Mesa College on a regular basis throughout the fall and spring semesters. Please check the Mesa College website for location and time of available sessions at http://www.sdmesa.edu/allied-health
- How do I find out if courses I’ve taken are equivalent?
Work with an academic counselor at Mesa College or with an academic counselor at your college. Please confirm equivalencies with an academic counselor to verify classes will transfer or are equivalent.
- What kind of background issues affect eligibility?
All public records affect background eligibility. Hospital affiliates use their own Human Resources policies to determine eligibility. Denial of eligibility can be expected for applicants with any history of violence, sex crimes, theft or criminal weapons use. There may be additional crimes not mentioned above that may result in denial of eligibility. San Diego Mesa College Radiologic Technology Program uses American Data Bank (Complio) for all background, drug screens and immunization tracking. Students are responsible for the cost of the American Data Bank System.
ELIGIBILITY FOR ARRT CERTIFICATION
To be eligible for certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), candidates must comply with the “Rules of Ethics” contained in the ARRT Standards of Ethics. The Rules of Ethics are standards of minimally acceptable professional conduct for all registered technologists and applicants.
Exam candidates are required to report any conviction or plea of guilty for a crime as an adult, including felonies and misdemeanors, with the sole exception of speeding and parking violations. All alcohol and drug related violations must be reported. All reported violations will be investigated by the ARRT to determine eligibility to take the national certification exam.
Individuals with a criminal record are highly recommended to submit an ARRT pre-application ethics review before applying to the program. The district, college and program are not responsible for the outcome of the ARRT’s decision concerning eligibility.
The Rules of Ethics and pre-application information may be accessed directly from the ARRT at 651-687-0048 or http://www.arrt.org.