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Radiologic Technology

Radiologic Technology2,080 Hours
Diploma Program
Day (16 months)

HEGIS Code 5207.00
Radiologic Technologies (X-Ray)
Levittown Campus Only

Associate Degree or Higher Required

Hunter Business School’s Radiologic Technology program provides the graduate with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to function as a radiologic technologist. The radiologic technologist uses radiation to produce images of various parts of the body to aid in the detection of injury or disease.

The program is 2,080 hours in length, built across four semesters, and takes 16 months to complete.

The program begins by introducing students to the fundamentals of radiologic technology, anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, and radiographic procedures and includes an immediate introduction to the clinical arena that all set the foundation for the program. Patient care, radiation protection, image analysis, and pathology are incorporated into the overall educational experience.

Radiologic Technology Graduates Are Prepared

to pass The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists® exam and become licensed in New York State

As the program progresses, there are learning modules that expose students to the myriad of opportunities that they may pursue with their new profession.

This includes a course that highlights medical imaging pathways, as well as courses in the principles and fundamentals of mammography and cross-sectional anatomy, as seen in MR (magnetic resonance) and CT (computed tomography) images, while primarily focusing on the identification of normal anatomy in two- and three-dimensional planes.

Comprehensive clinical experiences are offered to supplement classroom discussions. Ethics in the medical imaging profession are also explored.

Graduates of Hunter Business School’s Radiologic Technology program are eligible to sit for the national examination boards given by The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists® (ARRT). This examination satisfies New York State licensing requirements.

No Associate Degree?

If you would like to get started in the health care field but don’t have an associate degree, Hunter offers many other program options. To determine the best choice for you, explore our website and contact the Admissions department.

Hunter Program Descriptions

Mission Statement

The mission of Hunter Business School’s Radiologic Technology program is to provide a quality and comprehensive educational experience that program graduates qualified professionals who have acquired the knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors necessary to function successfully as entry-level radiographers certified by The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists® (ARRT) in New York State and provide quality radiographic care in the health care community.

Job Titles for Graduates of the Radiologic Technology Diploma Program

The following list includes, but is not limited to, many of the most common job titles for which this program prepares Radiologic Technology training program students and requires the use of the skills learned as a predominant component of the job.

  • Chief Technologist
  • X-Ray Chief Technologist
  • Limited Radiology Technologist
  • Radiologic Technologist
  • Radiology Technologist
  • Radiology Tech
  • Registered Radiographer
  • X-Ray Technologist
  • X-Ray Tech

Program Goals and Graduate Competencies

The Radiologic Technology program prepares qualified graduates to successfully pass the national registry examination administered by The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists® (ARRT). The Radiologic Technology program attains its mission through the success of its graduates who will achieve these program goals.

  1. Demonstrate clinical competence by performing a full range of radiologic procedures on all patient populations.
  2. Professionally utilize verbal, nonverbal, and written communication in patient care intervention and professional relationships.
  3. Demonstrate the use of critical thinking and problem-solving skills in the performance of radiographic procedures.
  4. Understand the importance of professional growth and development.

Radiologic Technology Program Student Learning Outcomes

The Radiologic Technology training program attains its program goals through the success of its students who, by the end of the program, will have achieved these student learning outcomes and will be able to perform these functions.

  • Apply positioning skills
  • Select optimal technical factors required for the routine and non-routine patient
  • Practice radiation protection
  • Demonstrate written communication skills
  • Demonstrate written and oral communication skills
  • Perform competently procedures for the nonroutine patient
  • Critique images to determine diagnostic quality
  • Demonstrate professionalism and good work ethics
  • Provide quality patient care
  • Understand the value of lifelong learning

Semester I

    • Introduction to Radiography

      RAD101 (45 hours)

      This course provides an overview of the field of radiologic technology, including the organization of medical practice and the unique place imaging holds in the medical field.

      Students explore the history of the medical imaging field and the critical role medical imaging plays in the health care arena. Topics include patient care—including physical and psychological needs of the patient and family—routine and emergency patient care procedures, safe patient transfer, immobilization techniques, and infection control. Corequisites: RAD102 through RAD106

    • Radiographic Procedures I

      RAD102 (60 hours)

      This course offers an introduction to radiographic positioning terminology, manipulation of equipment, positioning and alignment of the anatomical structure and equipment, and evaluation of images for demonstration of basic anatomy. The course also focuses on radiographic procedures as they relate to the skeletal system.

      Topics include positioning, exposure factors, film evaluation, and related anatomy of the chest, abdomen, upper and lower extremities, and shoulder. Proper marker placement and collimation are emphasized. Corequisites: RAD101 and RAD103 through RAD106

    • Radiographic Procedures Lab I

      RAD102A (15 hours)

      This course is a simulated hands-on class demonstrating and reinforcing anatomical positioning and its clinical applications related to Radiographic Procedures I. Proper marker placement, collimation, and radiation protection are emphasized. Corequisites: RAD101, RAD102, RAD104 through RAD106

    • Radiographic Physics and Principles

      RAD103 (45 hours)

      In this course, students review electromagnetic radiation and electricity in order to operate radiographic equipment in a safe manner. Application of physics principles in the production of x-rays and the responsibility of producing quality radiographs with the lowest possible exposure to patients are emphasized. Corequisites: RAD101, RAD102, RAD104 through RAD106

    • Anatomy and Physiology I

      RAD104A (45 hours)

      This course provides an in-depth study of human anatomy and physiology. During this course, topics covered that relate to the human anatomy are the chemistry of life, the cell, and tissues. Systems covered are the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and digestive, including nutrition. Each of the systems are introduced with a general overview and then broken down to examine how it works, beginning at the cellular level.

      Practical exercises to demonstrate key concepts are utilized. Corequisites: RAD101 through RAD103, RAD105, RAD106

    • Medical Terminology

      RAD105 (45 hours)

      This course introduces students to medical terminology through a combination of visually reinforced learning and lecture. Basic word structure, prefixes, suffixes, organization of the body, and body systems are discussed. Medical specialists and case reports are also examined. Corequisites: RAD101 through RAD104,
      RAD106

    • Patient Care

      RAD106 (45 hours)

      This course highlights the responsibilities of caring for patients who require medical imaging procedures. How to manage compromised patients, including mobile examinations, medical emergencies, as well as contrast exams, are also be covered.

      The importance of sterility is discussed. Furthermore, information is presented about how to behave in an emergency or code situation.

      Students are expected to execute the skills learned, both responsibly and ethically, as student radiographers. Pharmacology and the principles of drug administration are reviewed. Corequisites: RAD101 through RAD104, RAD106

    • Clinical Practicum I

      RAD107 (216 hours)

      This course is designed to introduce students to the clinical environment and provide them with the opportunity to interact with staff radiographers and radiologists to begin developing clinical skills.

      During this course students begin developing critical thinking and problem solving skills in the clinical areas as they begin to perform examinations learned in the classroom and practiced in the laboratory setting.

      Staff radiographers directly supervise students during this practicum. Staff radiographer evaluation of students’ cognitive, psychomotor, and affective behaviors in clinical is one method used to correlate classroom theory with clinical practice. Learning is achieved in direct patient care through instruction, demonstration, and direct supervision. Prerequisites: RAD101 through RAD105

Semester II

    • Principles of Exposure

      RAD201 (45 hours)

      This course introduces students to the basic principles of medical imaging and involves equipment design and function. The production of x-rays, their characteristics, and their role in the imaging process are discussed and demonstrated. The role of exposure factors and the effects on image quality are discussed and demonstrated. Prerequisites: RAD101, RAD103

    • Radiographic Procedures II

      RAD202 (60 hours)

      This progressive course focuses on radiographic procedures, positioning, exposure factors, film evaluation, and related anatomy and positioning of pediatric, geriatric, and trauma patients.

      Procedures focusing on mobile and surgical radiography, bony thorax, SI joint, arthrography, long bone measurement, and the entire spinal column are also taught.

      This course also includes the proper manipulation of equipment, positioning and alignment of the anatomical structure, evaluation of images for proper demonstration of advanced anatomy, and related pathology. Proper marker placement and collimation are emphasized. Prerequisites: RAD102, RAD102A

    • Radiographic Procedures Lab II

      RAD202A (15 hours)

      This course is a simulated hands-on class demonstrating and reinforcing anatomical positioning and its clinical applications related to Radiographic Procedures II. Proper marker placement, collimation, and radiation protection are emphasized. Prerequisites: RAD102, RAD102A

    • Ethics and Legal Implications in Radiologic Technology

      RAD203 (45 hours)

      This course covers the critical role that ethics plays in the medical imaging arena. Legal implications of working with patients and sensitive, protected information are also a focus.

      The information that is foundational for HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) and the reasons behind the creation of the laws intended to protect the rights of patients are discussed in depth. Prerequisite: RAD101

    • Radiation Biology and Patient Protection

      RAD204 (60 hours)

      This course covers the principles of cell response to radiation. Topics covered include the development of radiation science, effects of whole body exposure, and radiation protection dosage guidelines. Prerequisites: RAD101, RAD103

    • Specialization in Radiologic Technology

      RAD205 (45 hours)

      This survey course is designed to introduce students to specializations that exist in the imaging field. Computed tomography, mammography, magnetic resonance imaging, cardiovascular technology, ultrasound, fluoroscopy, mobile radiography, radiographic tomography, bone densitometry, nuclear medicine, radiation therapy, dosimetry, and forensics are reviewed. Prerequisite: RAD101

    • Anatomy and Physiology II

      RAD104B (45 hours)

      This course provides an in-depth study of human anatomy and physiology. During this didactic instruction, the systems covered in relation to the human anatomy are the cardiovascular, lymphatic, nervous, endocrine, respiratory, urinary, and reproductive. Topics also include blood and growth and development.

      Each of the systems are introduced with a general overview, and then broken down to examine how it works beginning at the cellular level. Practical exercises to demonstrate key concepts are utilized. Prerequisite: RAD104A

    • Clinical Practicum II

      RAD206 (216 hours)

      This course builds on RAD107 as students become active participants in their clinical settings. During this course, students continue to develop and demonstrate an increasing degree of competency in the clinical areas as they expand their positioning skills.

      Staff radiographer evaluation of students’ cognitive, psychomotor, and affective behaviors in clinical are one method used to correlate classroom theory to clinical practice. Learning is achieved in direct patient care through instruction, demonstration, and direct supervision. Prerequisite: RAD107

Semester III

    • Digital Radiography

      RAD301 (45 hours)

      During this course, students gain deeper understanding of digital imaging systems, basic computer and networking information, PACS (picture archiving and communication systems), and digital quality control and assurance activities.

      Students formulate techniques to optimize image quality, minimize patient exposure, and preserve equipment. They apply methods of image quality assurance and adapt technical variables to changing conditions. Prerequisite: RAD201

    • Radiographic Procedures III

      RAD302 (60 hours)

      This progressive course focuses on radiographic procedures, positioning, exposure factors, film evaluation, and related anatomy imaging as it relates to the advanced projections of the chest, abdomen, upper extremities, lower extremities, and pelvic region.

      The course also includes the proper manipulation of equipment, positioning and alignment of the anatomical structure, and evaluation of images for proper demonstration of advanced anatomy and related pathology. Proper marker placement and collimation are emphasized. Prerequisites: RAD102, RAD102A, RAD202, RAD 202A

    • Radiographic Procedures Lab III

      RAD302A (15 hours)

      This course is a simulated hands-on class demonstrating and reinforcing anatomical positioning and its clinical applications related to Radiographic Procedures III. Proper marker placement, collimation, and radiation protection are emphasized. Prerequisites: RAD102, RAD102A, RAD202, RAD 202A

    • Pathology

      RAD303 (45 hours)

      This course introduces students to the basic terms related to pathology and manifestations of pathological conditions, including their relevance to radiologic procedures and the radiographic appearance of diseases.

      During this course, students are introduced to imaging procedures used in diagnosing diseases, the various systemic classifications of disease in terms of etiology and types, common sites, complications, and their prognoses. Prerequisites: RAD104A, RAD104B

    • Cross-Sectional Anatomy for CT/MR

      RAD304 (45 hours)

      This course presents a review of gross anatomy of the entire body. A detailed study of anatomical structures is conducted for location, relationship to other structures, and function.

      Anatomical structures are located and identified in axial, sagittal, coronal, and oblique planes. Illustrations and anatomical images are compared with MR (magnetic resonance) and CT (computed tomography) images in the same imaging planes and at the same level, when applicable. Prerequisites: RAD104A, RAD104B

    • Clinical Practicum III

      RAD305 (280 hours)

      This course builds on RAD206 as students become active participants in their clinical settings. This course is designed to provide second year students with increasing independence, speed, and efficiency in their positioning skills. Critical thinking and problem solving abilities are reinforced.

      Staff radiographer evaluation of students’ cognitive, psychomotor, and affective behaviors in clinic are continued and used to correlate classroom theory to clinical practice. Learning is achieved in direct patient care through instruction, demonstration, and direct and indirect supervision. Prerequisites: RAD107, RAD206

Semester IV

    • Radiographic Image Analysis

      RAD401 (45 hours)

      This course provides a basis for analyzing radiographic images. Included are the importance of imaging standards, discussions of problem solving techniques in relation to image evaluation, and the factors that can affect image quality.

      Actual images are incorporated for image analysis. Students are able to differentiate between acceptable and unacceptable quality of radiographic images and make adjustments in positioning for optimal images. Students also gain a base knowledge for image evaluation criteria for various projections. Prerequisites: RAD101, RAD201

    • Radiographic Procedures IV

      RAD402 (60 hours)

      The final course in the series focuses on discussing and demonstrating radiographic procedures, positioning, exposure factors, film evaluation, and related anatomy, including upper and lower gastrointestinal procedures and positioning, general and advanced procedures of the skull, nasal bones, sinuses, and zygomatic arches.

      Also covered are the proper manipulation of equipment, positioning and alignment of the anatomical structure, and evaluation of images for proper demonstration of advanced anatomy and related pathology. Proper marker placement and collimation are emphasized. Prerequisites: RAD102, RAD102A, RAD202, RAD202A, RAD302, RAD302A

    • Radiographic Procedures Lab IV

      RAD402A (15 hours)

      This course is also a simulated hands-on class demonstrating and reinforcing anatomical positioning and its clinical applications related to Radiographic Procedures IV. Proper marker placement, collimation, and radiation protection are emphasized. Prerequisites: RAD102, RAD102A, RAD202, RAD202A, RAD302, RAD302A

    • Principles and Fundamentals of Mammography

      RAD403 (45 hours)

      This course provides an overview of the field of mammography, including the history of this imaging modality and the unique place mammography holds in the medical field.

      The course prepares student radiographers to be members of a breast imaging team that provides patient education regarding breast cancer and early detection. Cultural competency is explained. Safety and legal responsibilities of interacting with patients are a focus of study.

      The course also teaches students to operate and utilize digital and conventional mammography equipment to produce images of patients’ breast tissue, patient care, and radiation protection. Prerequisite: RAD101

    • Principles and Fundamentals of CT

      RAD404 (45 hours)

      This course demonstrates the fundamentals of computed tomography (CT) imaging. The course provides formal specialized teaching in CT whole body imaging.

      Topics included in this course are history of computed tomography, fundamentals of computers, patient interaction, scanning methods, digital imaging, image formation, and image archiving, quality control, and radiation protection. Prerequisite: RAD101, RAD304

    • Clinical Practicum IV

      RAD405 (288 hours)

      Students in this semester complete their program’s final clinical performance evaluation and prepare for graduation. For a student to graduate, all clinical performance evaluations, as well as all other clinical requirements, must be satisfactorily completed. Students who fail to complete the clinical requirements will have their program length extended until these are satisfactorily completed. Prerequisites: RAD107, RAD206, RAD305

    • Registry Review

      RAD406 (45 hours)

      This course includes lectures and demonstrations of all topic areas learned. It is an in-depth review of all in-class and clinical site areas of study throughout the program.

      The intent is to prepare students to be successful in passing the national registry and become a registered radiologic technologist (RT). There will also be a strong focus on career planning and avenues that are available in the medical imaging field beyond the basic certification. Prerequisites: All prior courses