Radiologic Technology

Radiologic Technologists, or radiographers, are an integral part of the health care team. They use their knowledge of anatomy, physiology, positioning, and radiation technique to obtain high quality diagnostic images of the human body. They employ the dexterity developed during training to complete examinations safely and quickly. They work with some of the most sophisticated technologically advanced equipment presently available and, at the same time, they enjoy the rewards of close patient contact. Radiographers are certified through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

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Radiologic Technology is a personally rewarding, well-respected profession with great potential for growth. Hospitals and imaging centers employ the majority of radiographers, but there are many other settings in which they work. Radiographers may pursue advanced education and employment in management, education, research or sales. They may also pursue continuing education in areas of Nuclear Medicine and Ultrasound. They may also cross-train and work in the highly-specialized areas such as interventional radiology, computerized tomography, or magnetic resonance imaging.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Radiologic Technology Program is founded on the mission of the College in that the Radiologic Technology Program provides career preparation with a liberal arts education. While student learning is a priority, the curriculum also fosters responsible citizenship through involvement in a local community service activity.

The Radiologic Technology Program provides the community with caring, compassionate, and skilled professionals. Upon graduation from Harcum the technologist will be proficient in imaging the human body to assure the correct diagnosis and treatment of the patient.

Clinical Work

Students in the Radiologic Technology program receive extensive hands-on experience in their clinical education throughout the program. Harcum College has Radiologic Technology clinical affiliations with Phoenixville Hospital, Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, and Chester County Hospital and Outpatient Imaging Centers.

Application Requirements:

  • A completed Harcum College Application  
  • Official high school transcript and/or official GED transcript. This requirement is waived for applicants who have completed a bachelor's degree, unless specifically requested.
  • Official college transcripts, if applicable - Minimum 2.5 GPA for either High school or recent College experience
  • SAT scores 900 (critical reading and math scores only).
  • Essay on why you choose Radiology as a possible career field (download essay requirements)
  • Letter(s) of recommendation from an employer, teacher, or guidance counselor
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores for all students for whom English is a second language
  • Job shadowing experience: It is required that all applicants shadow a Radiologic Technologist for 6-8 hours in a hospital or imaging center and submit the appropriate form for verification.
  • Prior to the student's first semester, a child abuse clearance and criminal history background check must be completed. Once accepted to the program, students must provide proof of the following medical and legal clearances (or of application in progress): a physical examination, PPD test, hepatitis B vaccine, and proof of current CPR certification and proof of medical insurance. Process for submission of these documents will be mailed to students with their admissions packet. All forms are managed electronically via Certified Background (see tuition page for additional fees). All clearances must be renewed annually per our clinical affiliations.
  • An interview may be required.

All application materials for the Radiologic Technology program are due to the Office of Admissions by February 15.

Program Goals


Upon completing the program graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the skills of an entry-level diagnostic radiographer.
  2. Demonstrate problem solving and critical thinking skills and apply them to the clinical setting.
  3. Participate in professional activities that will promote their professionalism and lifelong learning.
  4. Utilize the knowledge they have gained to ensure patient safety during radiologic exams including radiation protection.
  5. Communicate effectively, both orally and written, in the clinical setting.

Student learning outcomes

Upon completion of the program each student will have the following skill set:

  1. Utilize appropriate communication skills with patients to obtain appropriate histories and consult with other health care team members as necessary for best patient outcome.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in hand writing histories for radiologists, and follow up instructions for patients.
  3. Employ critical thinking to assist them during non-traditional exams or circumstances involving patients and clinical or lab assignments
  4. Pass a critical thinking lab practicum.
  5. Practice radiation safety for patient, other health care team members and themselves.
  6. Act in a professional manner in the clinical setting.
  7. Demonstrate understanding of the importance of life-long learning and continuing education.
  8. Act in an ethical manner and abide by the ARRT Code of Ethics.
  9. Demonstrate competency in the clinical setting and able to perform as an entry level technologist.

Based on the JRCERT driven goals of:  communication, critical thinking, professionalism and clinical competence.

Accreditation
Nationally accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology www.jrcert.org (JRCERT) 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182, phone: 312-704-5300  or  email:  mail@jrcert.org

The Joint Review Committee on Education and Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) accreditation organization reviews pass rates in five year increments. The most recent increment that they reviewed was for the years 2012-2016. During that time the program had an overall five year rate of 73%. The college has made substantial changes and investment in the program to improve the pass rate. Those changes have been successful, as demonstrated by the pass rates for 2016 and 2017. Nevertheless, the five year rate of 73% falls below the JRCERT requirement of a minimum of 75%. As such, the JRCERT has placed the program on probationary status effective May 2, 2017 and is scheduled to be reviewed in August, 2017. The JRCERT Board of Directors will evaluate the programs progress report in September, 2017, and issue a decision on status by November, 2017.  

Essential Functions required for Clinical Education of the Radiography student:

All radiologic technologists, including student radiographers must be able to meet certain standards, both physical and mental, in order to perform the duties and expectations of a general radiographer.

The student must have the following physical abilities:

  1. Walk upright, bend over easily, and be able to carry between 20 and 30 pounds. This is the approximate weight of 4 or 5 image receptors.
  2.  Position patients for radiographic examinations, including palpation of appropriate landmarks and providing patient instruction.
  3. Maneuver all x-ray equipment, for example, raise the x-ray tube or lower it, and push and position the mobile units.
  4. Hear and distinguish various equipment and background sounds during equipment operations.
  5. Visually and acutely monitor patients in dimmed lights, and be able to respond quickly to emergency situations
  6. Assist patients in and out of wheelchairs safely.
  7. Push wheelchairs and stretchers with patients to x-ray room or within Emergency Department.
  8. Assist ambulatory patients.
  9. Transfer patients from stretchers or wheelchairs to radiographic table, and vice-versa with slide board or other transfer equipment available.
  10. Administer CPR after proper certification and instructions.
  11. Read and apply instructions in treatments or examinations, write and record notes and patient histories properly.
  12. Communicate in a clear, concise, and understandable manner to patients, staff, other departments as well as to family members of the patient.
  13. Use keyboard for retrieving information from the computer.
  14. Reach up to 6 feet off the floor with the assistance of step stool.
  15. Work around, set up and maintain a sterile field.
  16. Work with patients with traumatic injury including blood and bodily fluids without concern, but with proper standard precautions.
  17. Work in an environment which includes medical equipment, including needles, procedures involving biopsy, surgery, or other invasive procedures within the department and operating room.
  18. Walk up and down stairs without difficulty or delay

    The student must have the following cognitive abilities:

  19. Act quickly and make responsible decisions in emergent situations.
  20. Understand and apply clinical instructions given from Department Personnel without hesitation.
  21. Complete tasks in a timely fashion consistent with department and clinical protocol.
  22. Work cooperatively with other health care workers.
  23. Follow direction from senior technologists / Clinical Instructors.
  24. Act in an ethical manner consistent with the Code of Ethics developed by the ARRT.
  25. Possess emotional well-being to complete, comply, and deliver services necessary for correct diagnosis and treatment of the patient.

Program Effectiveness Data with five year averages (Program #7385)

First time pass rate (within 6 months of graduation): Years 2012-2016 = 73%

Graduation Year
# of Graduates
#Completed ARRT Registry
#Passed First Time
Percentage
2016
18  18  15 83%
2015
15  15  11 73%
2014
19  18  10 56%*
2013
15
 14  10 71%
2012
18
 18  15 83%

*We have implemented an aggressive action plan to address this low percentage. 

Employment Data**

Year
#Grads
#Employed
Actively Seeking Employment
Percent Employed
2016
18
 15  3 still seeking
83%
2015
15  11  3 still seeking
73%
2014
19  14  4 still seeking
74%
2013
15
 9  12 60%
2012
18
 10  13 77%
**Average over 5 years = 80% employed 12 months after graduation of those actively seeking employment. Based on post-graduation surveys.

Program Completion Rate 
Five Year Retention Rate = 77%
Year
% Completed Program
# Began Program
# Graduated Program
 2016
 82%  21  18
 2015  71%  21  15
 2014  86%  22  19
 2013
 65%
 23
 15
 2012  72%  25  18
**5 year average = 77%

Rad Tech Program Director:
Karen McCaney  MSHE,  RT (R)(M)
Academic Center, Room 225
Phone: 610-526-6130
kmccaney@harcum.edu