Radiologic Technology Program (AAS)
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.
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.
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.
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):
Note: It is recommended that students wait until enrolled in RADT courses to take CPR.
Completion recommendations for pre-rad tech courses:
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:
Program Fees: The following fees are estimates for various program items:
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
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.
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.
RADT 1101. Introduction 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)
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)
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)
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)
RADT 1113. Advanced Radiographic 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)
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)
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)
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)
RADT 1143. 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)
RADT 1151. Introductory Clinical Radiologic Technology 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)
RADT 1152. Introductory Clinical Radiologic Technology 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)
RADT 1153. Intermediate Clinical Radiologic Technology 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)
RADT 1232. Introduction to Radiographic 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)
RADT 2105. Radiologic Seminar I. 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)
RADT 2106. Radiographic Technology 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)
RADT 2145. Advanced 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)
RADT 2224. Radiologic 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)
RADT 2234. Advanced Radiographic 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)
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)
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)
RADT 2254. Intermediate Radiologic Technology 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)
RADT 2255. Advanced Clinical Radiologic Technology 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)
RADT 2256. Advanced Clinical Radiologic Technology 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)