Radiologic Technology

FAQs

Program Questions

Q: How much does the RADS program cost?
A: Regular tuition is approximately $13,000. Estimated cost for books and supplies is approximately $800 - $1000

Q: How long does the RADS program take to complete?

A: The RADS program takes 5 semesters (including Summer Semester), or 62 credit hours (not including prerequisite credit hours)

Q: What are the required courses for the RADS program?

A: CIS 1020 – Computer Essentials (CL)                                                                                                                                                          3 cr  A hands-on introduction to problem solving using Computer Tools. Basic hardware and Office software products topics are discussed.

COMM 1010 – Elements of Eff. Comm (CM,IN)                                                                                                                                             3 cr   Communication principles and practice applied in dyadic, group, written, electronic, and oral presentation assignments. Listening, perception, verbal clarity, nonverbal, diversity, conflict management and interviewing in workplace and interpersonal settings.

RADS 1020 – Rad. Anatomy & Procedures I                                                                                                                                                 4 cr Prereq: Admission to the program. This course covers anatomy and radiographic procedures. The upper extremity, chest and abdomen are included. The shoulder girdle and lower extremity are also covered. Builds skill to help obtain radiographs in those units.

RADS 1030 – Radiographic Imaging I                                                                                                                                                              2 cr Prereq: Admission to the program. Atomic structure, imaging equipment, grids, beam restriction, film screens, and processing. Properties of x-rays and radiographic quality to include density, contrast, detail and distortion.

RADS 1040 – Clinical Education I                                                                                                                                                                      4 cr Prereq: Admission to the program. Students attend a clinical setting 24 hours each week. Initial skills required of a radiographer are established. Patient care, upper limb, chest and abdomen and shoulder girdle covered. Activities are guided by a competency-based system.

RADS 1050 – Patient Care                                                                                                                                                                                2 cr Prereq: Admission to the program. Covers the role of a radiographer as patient care provider. Topics include; standard precautions, immobilization, lifting, emergencies, vital signs, oxygen and suction, asepsis and infection control, history taking, communication and patient education.

RADS 1110 – Radiation Protection                                                                                                                                                                  2 cr Prereq: RADS 1030. Radiation protection concepts to include biological effects on living systems, radiation units, interactions with matter and radiation exposure limits. Radiation practices and standards for patients and personnel.

RADS 1120 – Rad. Anatomy & Procedures II                                                                                                                                                  4 cr Prereq: RADS 1020. This course covers the spine, thorax, skull, sinuses, facial bones, pediatric procedures, and densitometry including osteoporosis. Critical thinking skills are encouraged with image analysis and positioning techniques

RADS 1130 – Radiographic Imaging II                                                                                                                                                               4 cr Prereq: RADS 1030. Students will study electricity, electromagnetism, x-ray production, equipment, AEC, x-ray tube, & digital imaging. They also learn how to alter exposure factors to control density, contrast, detail and distortion.

RADS 1140 – Clinical Education II                                                                                                                                                                      4 cr Prereq: RADS 1040. Students attend a clinical setting 24 hours each week. They continue to expand their patient care skills. Emphasis is on performing procedures independently. Activities are guided by a competency-based system.

RADS 1220 – Rad. Anatomy & Procedures III                                                                                                                                                 2 cr Prereq: RADS 1120. This course covers anatomy and procedures of the gastro-intestinal and genito-urinary systems.

RADS 1240 – Clinical Education III                                                                                                                                                                     3 cr Prereq: RADS 1140. Students attend a clinical setting 24 hours each week. They continue to broaden their clinical skills. Emphasis is on increased accuracy and confidence. Activities are guided by a competency-based system.

RADS 2010 – Image Analysis                                                                                                                                                                              2 cr Prereq: RADS 1220. An advanced course that requires students to analyze all technical aspects of radiographic image production and use problem-solving skills to determine proper corrections required for unacceptable radiographs.

RADS 2020 – Rad. Anatomy & Procedures IV                                                                                                                                                 2 cr Prereq: RADS 1220. Procedures of an advanced and specialized nature covered. Includes mobile, trauma and operating room radiography. Circulatory system anatomy and procedures also covered.

RADS 2030 – Radiographic Imaging III                                                                                                                                                             2 cr Prereq: RADS 1130. Imaging principles related to mobile, fluoroscopic, digital, tomography and electronic imaging. Quality assurance and quality management practices. Advanced imaging modalities: CT MRT, sonography, therapy, nuclear medicine and CIT.

RADS 2040 – Clinical Education IV                                                                                                                                                                    4 cr Prereq: RADS 1240. Students attend a clinical setting 24 hours each week. Emphasis is on increased problem-solving skills. Also emphasized is accurate exposure factor selection. Activities are guided by a competency-based system.

RADS 2050 – Advanced Patient Care                                                                                                                                                                2 cr Prereq: RADS 1050. Covers advanced skills required while caring for a patient. Topics include ethics and law, contrast media, pharmacology. Also includes venipuncture and care for age-specific patient.

RADS 2060 – Radiobiology                                                                                                                                                                                  2 cr Prereq: Completion of prior semester courses per curriculum plan. Interactions of radiation with living systems. Radiation effects on molecules and organisms. Factors affecting biological response. Initial and long-term effects of radiation exposure.

RADS 2100 – Comprehensive Radiology                                                                                                                                                         3 cr Prereq: RADS 2030. Students will review all past program courses to prepare them to take and pass the ARRT certification examination in Radiography.

RADS 2110 – Radiographic Pathology                                                                                                                                                              2 cr Prereq: RADS 2050. Students will learn signs and symptoms of diseases. Students also will be able to identify diseases on radiographs and discuss how diseases impact the performance of radiologic exams with respect to technical factors and patient care.

RADS 2120 – Sectional Anatomy                                                                                                                                                                       2 cr Prereq: Completion of prior semester courses per established curriculum plan. Covers understanding and identification of abdomen, pelvis, heart, neck, and chest anatomy as seen on sagittal, coronal, axial and other images using the modalities of CT and MRI. Basic usage and knowledge of CT instrumentation and function will also be introduced.

RADS 2140 – Clinical Education V                                                                                                                                                                      4 cr Prereq: RADS 2040. Students attend a clinical setting 24 hours a week. Emphasis on performing with accuracy and efficiency.

Q: What does a typical schedule look like for the RADS program?
A: Sample Schedule (below)

Semester One CR Semester Two CR
RADS 1020 Rad Anat & Procedure I 4 RADS 1110 Radiation Protection 2
RADS 1030 Radiographic Imaging I 2 RADS 1120 Rad Anat & Procedure II 4
RADS 1040 Clinical Education I 4 RADS 1130 Radiographic Imaging II 4
RADS 1050 Patient Care 2 RADS 1140 Clinical Education II 4
Total 12 Total 14
Semester Three CR Semester Four CR
RADS 1220 Rad Anat & Procedure III 2 RADS 2020 Rad Anat & Procedure IV 2
RADS 1240 Clinical Education III 3 RADS 2030 Radiographic Imaging III 2
RADS 2050 Adv Patient Care 2 RADS 2040 Clinical Education IV 4
CIS 1020* Computer Essentials 3 RADS 2060 Radiobiology 2
RADS 2110 Radiographic Pathology 2
Total 10 Total 12
Semester Five CR
RADS 2100 Comp Radiology 3
RADS 2010 Image Analysis 2
RADS 2120 Sectional Anatomy 2
RADS 2140 Clinical Education V 4
COMM 1010* Elem Effective Comm 3
Total 14

* CIS 1020 and COMM 1010 are highly recommended to be taken with the prerequisites prior to entering the program

Q: Can I take the RADS program part-time?
A: No, in order to complete the RADS program in five semesters, students must attend full-time

Q: What RADS program courses are taught online?

A: RADS 2020, RADS 2110, RADS 2120, CIS 1020, and COMM 1010 are offered online. All of the RADS prerequisites are offered onine, except BIOL 2320 and BIOL 2325. Go to the SLCC Class Schedule link to see all SLCC online classes

Q: What days and times are the courses for the RADS program?

A: RADS program courses are offered during the day, either 1 or 2 days per week (8:00am - 1:00pm), depending on the semester. Clinical education experiences are held during the day, 3 days per week (8:00am - 4:30pm). Students may be required to attend non-traditional clinical hours (evenings & weekends) at some facilities. Weekend shifts in the hospitals allow the student to see a variety of examiniations and work more independently than during the week. These rotations will be limited to once a month. Hospitals requiring this will be announced during new student orientations.
An evening program is offered every even-numbered year. Classes are held either 1 or 2 nights per week (3:00pm - 8:00pm) depending on the semester. Clinical education experiences are held during the evening, 3 evenings per week (usually 2:00pm - 10:30pm). Some semesters requiring a 2 evening and 1 day rotation.
You may go to the following SLCC Class Schedule link to get specific days and times for RADS program courses

Admissions Questions

Q: What is the admission process for the RADS program?

A: Students may go to the Admission Process link to see the admission process for the RADS program

Q: How often are students admitted to the RADS program?

A: Students are admitted to the RADS program every Fall Semester

Q: How many seats are available per cohort?

A: The number of seats available per cohort for the RADS program varies year to year; dependent on clinical sites

Q: Is there a waitlist for the RADS program?

A: There is no waitlist for the RADS program
Q: Do all the immunizations need to be completed before applying to the RADS program?
A: Every immunization on the RADS Immunization Form must be completed before applying to the RADS program, except the following:
- Annunal Influenza Vaccine
- Hepatitis B Vaccine (student must have two of the three dose series upon application)
- Hepatitis A (highly recommended but not required)

Q: Does the RADS program appliant need to show proof of CPR certification before applying to the RADS program?

A: Yes, the RADS program appliant needs to bring a current CPR Certification Card to the Admissions Office upon application to the RADS program. Refer to the following CPR Certification Card link for specifics.

Career Questions
 
Q: What is the career outlook and average pay for a Radiologic Technologist?
A: The following link will provide the career outlook and average pay for a Radiologic Technologist in Salt Lake County.

Financial Aid & Scholarship Questions

Q: How can I apply for Financial Aid?

A: Students can apply for financial aid by going to the Financial Aid webpage

Q: How can I apply for scholarships and/or tuition waivers?

A: Students may go to the SLCC Scholarships & Tuition Waivers webpage, or the Financial Aid & Scholarships link for Division of Allied Health programs