Radiologic technologists are important members of the healthcare team. Their special skills serve a key function in the medical specialty of radiology, which is characterized by new and exciting advances in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases.
The WVC Radiologic Technology Program is a limited-enrollment program and is subject to special requirements and procedures. See the WVC website at www.wvc.edu/radtech for further information. The website contains up-to-date application dates and other important information. Students may also call the WVC Allied Health Educational Planner at 509-682-6844 for information on enrolling in the program. The program requires intensive study and students are encouraged to take required general education courses marked with an asterisk (*) prior to entering the program. No advanced standing is granted. If students leave the program for any reason, they must submit a new application for reentry into the program. If students exit the program, they may apply for readmission only one time. If the exit is during the clinical year and the student wishes to return, he/she must apply within one year or return the fourth quarter of the first year to refresh skills and learn new policies and procedures. Students returning in the clinical year will be assigned with a clinical affiliate with a position available.
The program begins each spring quarter. Radiologic technology requires eight consecutive quarters, including summer quarters, for completion. The first year is in the classroom, online and in the energized laboratory, where students take specialized courses designed to provide a solid foundation for the clinical year. The second year is dedicated to clinical instruction under professional supervision in the affiliated clinical facilities and an online registry review course. Clinical assignments are 39 hours per week in fall, winter and spring quarters, and 34 hours per week in summer quarter, and require day, evening and weekend hours. Students will need a computer and WVC e-mail and internet access. Students must maintain a “B” (3.0) grade point average or better or a pass in each radiologic technology program course. Out- of-town clinical assignments should be expected. Students must furnish their own transportation, housing and living expenses.
The Radiologic Technology Program is accredited by the specialized accrediting agency, the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), and Wenatchee Valley College is accredited by the institutional accrediting agency Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), both of which are recognized by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) (www.arrt.org).
- A completed WVC Application for Admission.
- A completed supplemental application for admission to the WVC Radiologic Technology Program.
- Sealed, official college transcripts from all colleges where the student has earned credit (excluding WVC).
- Demonstrate a cumulative college GPA of 2.5 or higher.
- All prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of winter quarter with a grade of “C” (2.0) or higher. See course descriptions for prerequisites:
- BIOL& 241 Human Anatomy & Physiology 1
- BIOL& 242 Human Anatomy & Physiology 2
- ENGL 97 Composition: Paragraph or higher
- One of the following: MATH& 107 (or higher), or placement testing into MATH& 142, 148 or 151
- HLTH 123 Medical Terminology or qualifying score on the medical terminology competency exam.
- One of the following: BCT 105 Computer Applications or documentation of computer literacy in MS Office or ENGL& 101
Conviction of certain crimes may prevent completion of the clinical course requirements of the program and may prevent future licensure and employment in the healthcare field. A criminal record check is required prior to any clinical education experience or clinical field trip. Students who have a criminal record should meet with the dean of allied health and nursing to determine if the criminal history would prevent access to a healthcare facility. To determine if the criminal record would prevent eligibility to take the national exam, go to the ARRT website at www.arrt.org and download information from the “ethics” section.
Once accepted into the radiologic technology program, students must fulfill the following requirements prior to entering a clinical educational setting:
- Pay a nonrefundable acceptance fee by the designated deadline.
- Provide a current healthcare provider CPR card, which must include but not be limited to first aid/ CPR/AED for adult, children and infants. The CPR card must be issued by a person or facility qualified specifically to instruct CPR for healthcare providers.
- Provide a copy of seven contact hour course – Washington State HIV/AIDS Certificate. (Seven- hour online class offered through www.nursingceu.com or any other seven-hour HIV/AIDS class.)
- Provide documentation of immunizations to the student immunization tracker (for a complete list go to www.wvc.edu/alliedhealth).
- Provide verification of major medical insurance (accident/injury) for participation in clinical learning experiences. Students should expect to pay an additional fee for this mandatory student insurance, unless they are currently covered by an insurance carrier and can provide proof of insurance. Students have the option to purchase the Washington State Community College insurance. Obtain a brochure at the cashier’s station or at 4studenthealth.relationinsurance.com.
- Provide background check information to provide clearance for participation in required clinical learning experiences. National background checks must go back at least seven years and be completed within 45 days of program start. Students are required to order their own background checks at Complio.
- Provide results of a ten-panel drug test, not older than 45 days, from Complio.
- Complete the allied health packet, which includes: student disclosure form, a child and adult abuse information act disclosure statement, medical record form, student release form and student confidentiality form.
- Liability insurance is calculated into tuition and fees annually at the time of registration.
- Physical requirements include: ability to lift 50 pounds, carry 20 pounds, sit for four hours and stand for eight to twelve hours. Visit the radiologic technology Web page for essential functions, www.wvc.edu/radtech.
Note: Required documents are to be submitted to the student immunization tracker.
At the completion of the program, students will be eligible to apply to take the national examination given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
Radiologic Technology Program Goals
- Students/Graduates will possess effective communication skills.
- Students/Graduates will possess critical thinking skills (problem solving ability).
- Students/Graduates will demonstrate clinical competency.
- Students/Graduates will exhibit professionalism (act responsibly as an individual and member of a team).
Radiologic Technology Program Student Learning Outcomes:
- Communicate effectively during simulated radiographic exams and communicate effectively with patients in an appropriate manner in the clinical setting.
- Demonstrate effective communication with the healthcare team.
- Demonstrate proficiency in performing competency of simulated radiographic exams in their first year.
- Evaluate and critique radiographic images for diagnostic quality during first and second year of the program.
- Demonstrate judicious use of ionizing radiation by practicing safe application of radiation at all times for patient, self and others.
- Demonstrate clinical competency in positioning skills in their second year.
- Demonstrate a strong work ethic related to the profession by acknowledging and accepting responsibility.
- Deliver patient care free from bias or discrimination.