Dalton State 2014-15 Catalog

Radiologic Technology Program (AAS)

Admission Procedures

  1. One class (of 17 students) is selected to begin the professional field courses from the applicant pool. The final selection for the class is completed in April with the class beginning radiology courses in the Summer Semester. The program runs consecutively for six semesters. Program applications are available from June 1 - November 1.  All admission documents (including application, background check results, medical drug screening results) must be received by the program between June 15 - November 15. Interested persons should contact the program at (706) 272-4567 or (706) 272-2605. To obtain a program application, please call (706) 272-2658.
  2. Students meeting the pre-rad tech requirements are not guaranteed admission to the Radiologic Technology program. Program enrollment is limited and competitive. Those students meeting pre-rad tech requirements and completing all program admission assessments and documents will be evaluated by the faculty of the Radiologic Technology program with the most qualified students being selected.  Applicants are required to follow the Phases of Admission as listed in #3 below.
  3. General admission procedures are

Phase I:           

Acceptance to Dalton State College (DSC) to assure acceptance for spring semester per DSC catalog. Official college transcripts should also be submitted to the program if student attended colleges other than DSC.

Minimum cumulative college Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.00/4.00. Completion (or near completion) of the AAS Degree pre-program college courses (See #4 below).

Complete and return program application, all reference forms, drug screen and background check promptly. Program Application and other admission documents deadline is November 15.  Extensions of application documents deadline are made on a situational basis. Once program application has been received and eligibility has been determined by the faculty, the applicant will be contacted by the Clinical Coordinator to discuss and schedule clinical apprenticeship hours (see #7 below for specific details of apprenticeship).  There are a limited number of apprenticeship slots available.

Phase II:             

Complete 20-40 hours of clinical apprenticeship as scheduled by the program faculty once academic eligibility is satisfied and all admission documents have been received by the program.  Applications received in the latter part of the due date deadlines may only be able to obtain 20 hours of apprenticeship.

Attend Application Orientation Day (scheduled in February/March) and take program admission assessments.

Phase III:

Applicants with the highest admission points after program admission tests are graded will be contacted to schedule a program interview. All applicants will be notified of their admission status at this point.

Complete Faculty Interview (scheduled in February/March/April); the interview will not be scheduled until all admission documents have been received by the program.

 Phase IV:  

Accepted applicants are required to obtain TB skin test verification and complete a medical physical examination with official documents brought with student on the first day of the program.

CPR certification (American Heart Association) is required for the entire length of the program.  A CPR class will be offered for students at the beginning of the program with an estimated cost of $35-45.

4. Specific pre-program (pre-rad. tech.) admission requirements (all courses passed with at least a grade of “C” and preferably in the following order).

For AAS Degree (8 Courses):

MATH 1111College Algebra (taken within last 4 years)3
or MATH 1101 Intro to Mathematical Modeling
ENGL 1101English Composition I3
ENGL 1102English Composition II3
CAPS 1101Introduction to Computers (taken within last 3 years)3
or MGIS 2201 Fundamentals of Computer Appli
POLS 1101American Government3
HIST 2111United States History to 18773
or HIST 2112 United States Hist since 1877
COMM 1110Fundamentals of Speech3
One of the following Electives:3
Intro to Film as Literature
Expressions of Culture I
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
World Civilization to 1650 CE
World Civilization since 1650
United States History to 1877
United States Hist since 1877
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Total Hours24

 Note: It is recommended that students wait until enrolled in RADT courses to take CPR.

Completion recommendations for pre-rad tech courses:

Full-time student

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 11013ENGL 11023
MATH 1111 or 11013CAPS 11013
COMM 11103POLS 11013
HIST 2111 or 21123PSYC 1101 (elective)3
 12 12
Total Hours: 24

 Part-time Student

First Year
SummerHoursFallHoursSpringHours
PSYC 11013ENGL 11013ENGL 11023
 MATH 1111 or 11013POLS 11013
 3 6 6
Second Year
 FallHoursSpringHours
 HIST 2111 or 21123COMM 11103
 CAPS 11013 
 6 3
Total Hours: 24

Program Application and other admission documents deadline is November 15th. Extension of application deadline are made on a situational basis. If student is in first semester at DSC, notify program faculty of grades at mid-term.

The program is a full-time endeavor consisting of class and clinic Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (mainly) for two years.

To gain beneficial clinical experience, students are required to attend several weekend and second shift clinical assignments in a variety of clinical education sites throughout northwest Georgia and southeast Tennessee.  All program courses and Exit Exam must be passed with a grade of at least 75% (courses) and a 78% (Exit Exam) to progress through the program.

The grading scale for courses in the Radiologic Technology program is as follows:             

           A =  93-100             B =   84-92              C =   75-83            F =  74 or below

Apprenticeship hours require the following:

  • After the submission of the program application, the applicant will be contacted by the program clinical coordinator to discuss the scheduling of apprenticeship hours: 12 hours in Dalton clinical sites.
  • Scheduling hours for apprenticeship sessions are limited and applicants are urged to complete application documents as soon as possible to start the apprenticeship orientation process.
  • Applicants must be accepted to Dalton State College, have a minimum college cumulative grade point average of 2.00/4.00, and all program application documents received by the program for apprenticeship eligibility.
  • Recommended dress: apprentice smock, khaki pants, white collared polo shirt, white tennis shoes, and socks.
  • Neat dress (no jeans, no colored tennis shoes, no shorts, no sandals).
  • Minimal: jewelry, make-up, and cologne; no visible body tattoos; no body piercing except for one earring per ear lobe for females (no visible body piercing includes tongue, eyebrow, chin, facial, and/or ear cartilage). All visible tattoos must be covered with flesh-tone bandages. Artificial fingernails are not permitted.
  • Hairstyle: neatly maintained and conservative color. Females: pulled back if long, hair out of eyes. Males: hair short to no longer than top of shirt collar in back, neatly trimmed facial hair, hair out of eyes.
  • Enthusiasm to learn; highly productive sessions (quality and quantity of exams observed).
  • Mobile phones/pagers/cameras/computers are NOT permitted on apprenticeships.         
  • Professional and ethical language and behavior displayed at all times.
  • Observe and/or assist with all procedures performed during the apprenticeship sessions.
  • Additional information will be given to apprentices during the Apprenticeship Orientation session.

Program Fees: The following fees are estimates for various program items:

Fee Amount
Background Check$50 within one month of receiving application
Drug Screening$50 Within one month of receiving application
Books$900 prior to Program Orientation
Liability Insurance (professional)$15/year prior to beginning of each year
Uniforms, Shoes, Lab Coat, Patch$175 prior to Program Orientation
Health Occupation Fee$25/semester, each semester
ARRT Certification Exam$200 Early-sixth semester

Additional costs: Semester Tuition; Student Semester Activity Fee; Parking Decal (yearly); Lost Lead Marker Set ($21.00, estimated); Lost Film Badge ($7.00 + shipping cost, estimated); Graduation Items               

Policies outlining the tuition fee structure, costs of books, withdrawal, and refund schedule are located in the Dalton State College Catalog.

Radiologic Technology Program Curriculum Model

First Year
SummerHoursFallHoursSpringHours
RADT 11013RADT 11022RADT 11132
RADT 11113RADT 11122RADT 11233
RADT 11213RADT 11223RADT 11433
RADT 1151 (Clinical Hours: 160 (10/wk@16/wk) + 40 (mentoring) Total: 200)3RADT 12322RADT 1153 (Clinical Hours: 300 (15/wk @ 20/wk) Total: 300)4
 RADT 1152 (Clinical Hours: 340 (15/wk@20/wk + 49 August week) Total: 340)4 
 12 13 12
Second Year
SummerHoursFallHoursSpringHours
RADT 22243RADT 21053RADT 21064
RADT 22342RADT 21453RADT 22463
RADT 22442RADT 22556RADT 22566
RADT 22545Clinical Hours: 420 (15wk @ 28/wk + 40 Aug wk) Total: 420 Clinical Hours: 420 (15wk @ 28/wk)Total: 420 
Clinical Hours: 240 (10wk @ 24/wk) Total: 240   
 12 12 13
Total Hours: 74

First Year Total Clinical Hours820
Second Year Total Clinical Hours1108
Total Hours1928

*

Clinical Hours may extend into final exam week.

Associate of Applied Science in Radiological Technology

This limited enrollment program prepares students for potential employment in radiology, which requires a degree in addition to certification as a Registered Radiologic Technologist (RT(R)). Admission to this program is competitive and applicants must meet program admission requirements in addition to Dalton State College admission requirements for degree students. The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology accredits this program.** This degree requires proof of computer literacy.

General Education
COMM 1110Fundamentals of Speech3
ENGL 1101English Composition I3
ENGL 1102English Composition II3
HIST 2111United States History to 18773
or HIST 2112 United States Hist since 1877
MATH 1111College Algebra3
or MATH 1101 Intro to Mathematical Modeling
POLS 1101American Government3
One of the following electives:3
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
World Civilization to 1650 CE
World Civilization since 1650
United States History to 1877
United States Hist since 1877
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Major Field Requirements *
CAPS 1101Introduction to Computers3
or MGIS 2201 Fundamentals of Computer Appli
RADT 1101Intro to Radiologic Technology3
RADT 1102Radiology Terminology2
RADT 1111Radiographic Anatomy I3
RADT 1112Radiographic Anatomy II2
RADT 1113Adv Radiologic Anatomy III2
RADT 1121Radiologic Procedures I3
RADT 1122Radiologic Procedures II3
RADT 1123Radiologic Procedures III3
RADT 1143Intro to Radiologic Science I3
RADT 1151Intro Clinical Rad Tech I3
RADT 1152Intro Clin Rad Tech II4
RADT 1153Interm Clin Rad Tech I4
RADT 1232Introduction to Exposure I2
RADT 2105Radiologic Seminar3
RADT 2106Radiologic Review4
RADT 2145Adv Radiologic Science II3
RADT 2224Radiology Procedures IV3
RADT 2234Adv Radiologic Exposure II2
RADT 2244Radiation Protection2
RADT 2246Radiation Biology3
RADT 2254Interm Clin Rad Tech II5
RADT 2255Adv Clin Rad Tech I6
RADT 2256Advanced Clinical Rad Tech II6
Total Hours98

*Successful completion of Dalton State College Radiologic Technology certificate program major field courses. Acceptable transfer credits from other equivalent JRCERT-approved Radiography programs will be considered on an individual basis.
**The Dalton State College Radiologic Technology program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology(JRCERT). For accreditation concerns, the JRCERT may be contacted at the following address:
***

JRCERT
20 N. Wacker Dr., Ste. 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Tel: (312)704-5300; Email: mail@jrcert.org

Note: Graduation from Dalton State College Radiologic Technology program curriculum satisfies the Standard First Aid component. A valid and current Adult CPR card is required for program applicants and entire program enrollment. It is recommended that students wait to take the CPR when the student begins RADT courses.

Courses

RADT 1101. Intro to Radiologic Technology. 2-2-3 Units.

Introduction to Radiologic Technology and technologist's skills; patient care and assessment; clinical observation and documentation, phlebotomy/venipuncture, vital signs, medical emergencies, basic life support/CPR, infection control, OSHA Standards, blood/air-borne pathogens, methods of sterilization, medical law and ethics; equipment and imaging principles introduction, basic radiation protection principles, and issues common to many specializations in the health care profession. (Career Course)
Prerequisites: Program Admission, Radiologic Technology.

RADT 1102. Radiology Terminology. 2-0-2 Units.

Introduces the elements of medical terminology as it relates to the field of radiologic technology. Emphasis is placed on building familiarity with medical words through knowledge of roots, prefixes, and suffixes. (Career Course)
Prerequisites: RADT 1101.

RADT 1111. Radiographic Anatomy I. 2-1-3 Units.

Introduces students to the anatomy and physiology of the human body with an emphasis on radiologic correlation to pertinent radiologic procedures. Topics include: respiratory system, upper and lower extremities, abdomen, bony thorax, pelvis and hip, ossification, joints, human chemistry and cells, and integumentary system. (Career Course)
Prerequisites: Program Admission, Radiologic Technology.

RADT 1112. Radiographic Anatomy II. 2-1-2 Units.

Continues the study of the human anatomy and physiology with an emphasis on radiologic correlation to pertinent radiologic procedures. Topics include: vertebral column, skull, sinuses, and systems including: digestive, urinary, and biliary. (Career Course)
Prerequisites: RADT 1111.

RADT 1113. Adv Radiologic Anatomy III. 2-0-2 Units.

The third course in the radiologic anatomy sequence. Provides the student with knowledge of the following topical areas and body systems: circulatory, lymphatic, reproductive, endocrine, muscular, special senses, nervous system and cross-sectional anatomy. The student will also be able to correlate basic cross-sectional anatomy to a variety of imaging modalities. (Career Course)
Prerequisites: RADT 1112.

RADT 1121. Radiologic Procedures I. 3-1-3 Units.

Introduces the student to radiologic procedures, positioning, image analysis, and correlation of anatomical structures to radiographic films. Emphasis will be placed on the production of quality radiographs, and laboratory experience will demonstrate the application of theoretical principles and concepts. Laboratory evaluations will be administered. Topics include: introduction to radiologic procedures, positioning terminology, positioning considerations, and procedures, anatomy, and topographical anatomy related to body cavities (chest, abdomen). (Career Course)
Prerequisites: Program Admission, Radiologic Technology.

RADT 1122. Radiologic Procedures II. 2-1-3 Units.

Continues development of the knowledge and skill prior to execution of radiologic procedures in the clinical setting. Laboratory evaluations will be administered. Topics include: methodology for the routine procedures performed for the upper and lower extremities, pelvis, spines, and bony thorax. (Career Course)
Prerequisites: RADT 1121.

RADT 1123. Radiologic Procedures III. 2-2-3 Units.

Continues the study of radiologic procedures to include: skull, sinuses, mastoids, zygomatic arches, facial bones, upper and lower gastrointestinal, urinary, and biliary systems. Laboratory evaluations will be administered. (Career Course)
Prerequisites: RADT 1122.

RADT 1143. Intro to Radiologic Science I. 3-0-3 Units.

Introduces the concept of basic physics and emphasizes the fundamentals of x-ray generating equipment. Topics include: units of measure, physical principles, atomic structure, structure of matter, electrostatics, magnetism, electromagnetism, control of high voltage, rectification, basic principles of x-ray tube operation and x-ray circuitry. (Career Course)
Prerequisites: RADT 1232.

RADT 1151. Intro Clinical Rad Tech I. 0-16-3 Units.

Introduces students to the performance of radiographic procedures in a variety of clinical settings (i.e., hospitals, doctor's offices) and provides an opportunity for students to participate in or observe radiographic procedures. Emphasis is placed on clinical exposure to competencies taught and evaluated in Radiologic Procedures I. Students activities are under direct supervision before competency evaluation and under indirect supervision after competency evaluation. (Career Course)
Prerequisites: Program Admission, Radiologic Technology.

RADT 1152. Intro Clin Rad Tech II. 0-20-4 Units.

Continues introductory student learning experiences in a variety of clinical settings. Emphasis is placed on those procedures presented in Radiologic Procedures I and II. Student's activities are under direct supervision before competency evaluation and under indirect supervision after competency evaluation. (Career Course)
Prerequisites: RADT 1151.

RADT 1153. Interm Clin Rad Tech I. 0-20-4 Units.

Provides students with continued clinical setting work experience. Students improve skills in executing procedures introduced in Radiologic Procedures I and II and practiced in previous clinical practicums. Students activities are under direct supervision before competency evaluation and under indirect supervision after competency evaluation. (Career Course)
Prerequisites: RADT 1152.

RADT 1232. Introduction to Exposure I. 2-1-2 Units.

Introduces knowledge of the factors that govern and influence the production of the radiographic image on radiographic film. Emphasis will be placed on knowledge and techniques required to process radiographic film. Topics include: introduction to atomic structure and x-ray production, film processing and chemicals, artifacts, automatic processor troubleshooting, processing quality assurance, state and federal regulations, silver recovery systems, radiographic quality principles to include: recorded detail, distortion, density, and contrast, film holders and intensifying screens, grids and solving technique problems with a variety of mathematical formulas. (Career Course)
Prerequisites: RADT 1101.

RADT 2105. Radiologic Seminar. 2-2-3 Units.

Provides students the opportunity to enhance critical thinking and problem solving skills. Each student will exhibit creativity in the production of course assignments and evaluations. In addition to creativity assignments, students will be introduced to job-finding skills, resume production, job-interviewing techniques. Additional topics included in the course are: radiographic pathology, and radiographic quality assurance. Students will also have the opportunity to be evaluated on a variety of mock registry examinations. (Career Course)
Prerequisites: RADT 2234.

RADT 2106. Radiologic Review. 3-3-4 Units.

Provides a review of basic knowledge from previous courses and helps the student prepare for the national certification for radiographers. Topics include: principles of image production and evaluation, radiation protection and biology, radiologic equipment, radiographic anatomy, physiology and pathology, radiographic procedures, and patient care techniques. (Career Course)
Prerequisites: RADT 2145.

RADT 2145. Adv Radiologic Science II. 3-0-3 Units.

Continues discussion of the concepts of basic physics and the fundamentals of x-ray generating equipment. A basic review of Radiologic Science I will be presented. Additional course topics include: production and characteristics of radiation, inter-actions of x-ray and matter, survey of a variety of radiographic equipment, image intensified fluoroscopy, recording media and techniques, image noise, and equipment monitoring and maintenance. (Career Course)
Prerequisites: RADT 1143.

RADT 2224. Radiology Procedures IV. 2-1-3 Units.

The final course in the radiologic procedures sequence. Topics include radiologic procedures for the following: reproduction system, venograms, arteriograms, panorex, myelograms, arthrograms, bronchograms, tomograms, and pediatric and trauma radiology. The course also includes an introduction to adjunct imaging modalities including: computerized tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, radiation therapy technology, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, cardiac catheterization, digital radiology, mammography, and angioplasty. Also includes a review and evaluation of the basic radiologic procedures presented in the previous three radiologic procedures courses. Laboratory evaluations will be administered. (Career Course)
Prerequisites: RADT 1123.

RADT 2234. Adv Radiologic Exposure II. 2-1-2 Units.

Continues to develop knowledge of the factors that govern and influence the production of the radiographic image on radiographic film. Topics include: beam limiting devices, beam filtration, technique alterations for a variety of equipment and patient pathology, control of scattered radiation, advanced technique formation and exposure calculation. (Career Course)
Prerequisites: RADT 1232.

RADT 2244. Radiation Protection. 2-1-2 Units.

Provides instruction on the principles of safe radiation usage, protection, and interaction of radiation on living matter. Topics include: radiation detection, measurement, patient and radiographer protection, dose limits, state and federal regulations and agencies. (Career Course)
Prerequisites: RADT 1143.

RADT 2246. Radiation Biology. 2-1-3 Units.

Provides a review of the topics discussed in Radiation Protection as well as instruction on the interaction of radiation on living matter. Topics include: radiation detection, measurement, patient and radiographer protection, dose limits, radiation biology, cell anatomy, radiation/cell interaction, and effects of radiation. (Career Course)
Prerequisites: RADT 2145.

RADT 2254. Interm Clin Rad Tech II. 0-24-5 Units.

Provides students with continued clinical setting work experience. Students improve skills in executing procedures introduced in Radiologic Procedures I, II, and III; and practiced in previous clinical practicums. Students activities are under direct supervision before competency evaluation and under indirect supervision after competency evaluation. (Career Course)
Prerequisites: RADT 1153.

RADT 2255. Adv Clin Rad Tech I. 0-28-6 Units.

Provides students with continued clinical setting work experience. Students improve skills in executing procedures introduced in Radiologic Procedures I, II, III, and IV; and practiced in previous clinical practicums. Students activities are under direct supervision before competency evaluation and under indirect supervision after competency evaluation. (Career Course)
Prerequisites: RADT 2254.

RADT 2256. Advanced Clinical Rad Tech II. 0-28-6 Units.

Provides a culminating clinical setting work experience which allows the student to synthesize information and procedural instruction provided throughout the Radiologic Technology program. Emphasis is placed on skill level improvements and final completion of all required competencies presented in previous courses and practiced in previous clinical Radiologic Technology courses. Execution of radiographic procedures will be conducted under indirect supervision. (Career Course)
Prerequisites: RADT 2255.

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