Associate of Applied Science, 83 Credits
Radiography is a six-semester, 24-month, 83-credit program, accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). It prepares students to become competent radiologic technologists. Successful students demonstrate an aptitude for science and math, an interest in working with people and technology and the ability to function professionally under stress. The curriculum includes courses in radiation protection, equipment operation and maintenance, image production and evaluation, radiographic procedures and patient care. Clinical education, at various health care facilities in southern Minnesota gives students opportunities to apply skills learned in the classroom. Graduates are eligible to take the nationally recognized ARRT registry exam to become registered technologists in radiography. Students may elect to take a mammography Training course.
You can look forward to one-on-one attention from excellent faculty in the college's fully equipped radiography laboratory. You will be well trained in all aspects of the appropriate use of technology and caring for the needs of patients. Radiographers play a key role on the medical team and work in many areas outside the Radiology Department including surgery, emergency room, cardiac and intensive care and patient rooms.
Radiologic and MRI technologists typically do the following:
The Riverland Community College Radiography Program's mission is to educate students to become competent radiologic technologists who provide exceptional service to the community
Radiographers with additional education or on-the-job training can advance into specialty areas in Medical Imaging departments. Your options include Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy, Ultrasound (Sonography), CT (Computerized Tomography), MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) Mammography and Cardiovascular Interventional Technology (Special Procedures). Radiographers may also choose careers in sales, education, management, industry and research.
Please contact enrollment services for the deadline application date.
Strong academic background in oral and written communication, and science and math. Because of high application numbers, students with an above-average profile will have a competitive advantage for one of the positions.
Prior to enrollment in the program, the student should be able to complete math problems with fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios and proportions, and basic algebraic principles. Therefore, students are strongly encouraged to possess the math skills covered in MATH560 and MATH570.
General education credits required for graduation from the program may be taken prior to enrollment.
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Current CPR certification is required before the second semester. If taken at the College, HLTH1130 - AHA CPR and First Aid Certification - must be taken. This course includes adult, child, infant, and two person CPR.
Students will be required to travel to clinical sites. Listed are the approximate miles from RCC Austin campus to the following sites
|MCSH - Albert Lea - 23||MCHS - Austin - 1.3|
|District One Hospital and Faribault Clinic- 52||MCHS - Fairmont - 78|
|New Ulm Medical Center- 109||MCHS - Waseca - 52|
|Mankato Clinic, LTD- 76||Olmsted Hospital - 43|
|Olmsted Medical Clinic - 42||Orthopedic & Fracture Clinic - 78|
|Owatonna Hospital - 36||United Hospital Distric- 61|
|Wickersham Health Campus- 78||MCHS Owatonna - 36|
Students who are accepted will be required to use the college’s email account. Since students spend three semesters off campus at regional hospitals and clinics, email is used extensively to communicate effectively with program staff and classmates.
Minnesota Law requires any person who provides a service that involves direct contact with patients and residents in health care facilities licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health to have a background study conducted by the state. An individual who is disqualified from having direct patient contact as a result of a background study, and whose disqualification is not set aside by the Commissioner of Health, will not be permitted to participate in a clinical placement in a Minnesota-licensed health care facility. Failure to participate in a clinical placement required by the academic program could result in ineligibility to qualify for a degree in the program.
Students may review the following information which outlines the types of disqualifying crimes and/or contact the program director. Minnesota Statutes
Students accepted and enrolled in an Allied Health Program must complete a Department of Human Services (DHS) background study. The background study will be initiated through the Allied Health Department at the college. Students will receive further details including the DHS privacy practices notice prior to the study being initiated.
When determining eligibility for examination, the ARRT requires that the applicant be of good moral character. Conviction of a crime, including a felony, a gross misdemeanor with the sole exception of speeding and parking violations is considered to be a violation of the Standards of Ethics. Such violations must be cleared by the ARRT before the applicant can be assigned to an examination.
The ARRT Ethics Pre-Application Review is reserved for those who:
Our graduates are in demand because the Riverland curriculum emphasizes varied clinical experiences, mammography training and a high level of adaptability to new situations. Our graduates annually score significantly above the state and national average on the ARRT National Registry. Choose rewarding work at a hospital or clinic in any U.S. city. Diagnostic radiographer is a typical entry-level position and some employers offer tuition reimbursement.
Technologists who graduate from accredited programs and those with multiple certifications will have the best job prospects.
The Radiography Program at Riverland Community College is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) and can be contacted at:
20 North Wacker Driver, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-2901
(312) 704-5300 e-mail: email@example.com
The program complies with the JRCERT Standards for an accredited educational program in the radiologic sciences.
Information about the accreditation of Radiologic Technology programs and Riverland Community College’s Radiologic Technology Program pass rates, job placement rates, and program completion rates can be accessed here.
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