Radiologic Technology

Radiologic Technology program is a two-year Associate in Applied Science degree that prepares students to perform diagnostic x-ray examinations for patients in hospitals, imaging centers, physicians' offices and other health-related institutions. The Radiologic Technologist (radiographer) is a member of the health care team who works directly with the patient and the physician who is responsible for accurately positioning patients, manipulating x-ray equipment and ensuring that a high quality diagnostic image is produced.

Radiologic Technologists use x-ray equipment to create images of organs, bones and blood vessels of the body. An x-ray image, or radiograph, is produced when a small amount of radiation passes through a body part and is recorded on film or stored electronically on computer. They are educated in anatomy, patient positioning, radiographic techniques, equipment protocols, radiation safety, radiation protection and basic patient care. 

Working Conditions

Radiologic Technologists may work in a variety of health care facilities, although most are employed in hospitals or imaging centers. Technologists typically work 40-hour weeks that may include evening, weekend, or "on-call" hours dependent upon their employment setting. The Radiologic Technologist provides direct patient care and must be able to obtain the knowledge (cognitive function), skills (psychomotor function), and demonstrate professionalism (affective function).

Physical stamina is important in diagnostic imaging because technologists are on their feet for long periods of time and may be required to lift or turn disabled patients. Please refer to the Essential Skills & Abilities of a Radiologic Technologist to determine if you are able to meet these functions with or without reasonable accommodations.

Employment

With the life expectancy increasing, the demands of an aging population increases the need for health care providers. Employment of Radiologic technologists is expected to increase by about 28% from 2012-2020, faster than the average for all occupations. U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Accreditation/Approval

Carl Sandburg College is accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools – The Higher Learning Commission, 30 LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL. 60602-2504.

Licensure

Graduates are eligible to apply to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) examination for certification in Radiography-RT(R). This certification is nationally recognized and enables the student to pursue employment throughout the United States. In order to be eligible for A.R.R.T. certification, candidates must be of "good moral character", if you have questions regarding qualifications for candidate eligibility for A.R.R.T. certification and/or Illinois licensure please direct them to:

The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
1255 Northland Drive
St. Paul, MN 55120-1155
(651) 687-0048

 OR

IEMA, Division of Nuclear Safety
1035 Outer Park Drive
Springfield, IL 62704
(217) 785-991 OR (217) 785-9900

 

Admission to the Program: Selective

The Radiologic Technology program has limited enrollment and a selection process for admission into the program. Students must meet in person with a Carl Sandburg College Program Advisor prior to applying to the program. Applicants need to refer to the Eligibility & Admission Requirements for this program to determine eligibility criteria and selection process. Students can apply online to the Radiologic Technology program October 1 - February 1. Online application deadline date is February 1 for Summer enrollment. We will notify applicants approximately two weeks after application deadline date whether or not accepted into the program. Applicants accepted into the Radiologic Technology program must attend the required program orientation session.

Program admission is competitive and fulfillment of the basic requirements does not guarantee admission. Class size is limited, and determined by the number of available clinical sites within each community-college district. Participating community college districts (in addition to Carl Sandburg College) includes Black Hawk and Spoon River.

Students accepted will be required to possess Healthcare Provider CPR certification throughout the program, show proof of immunizations and required titers, TB test, physical examination, criminal background check, and drug screen. Student is responsible for all fees incurred, in addition to tuition. Please refer to the Radiologic Technology Program Cost Sheet. Please note findings on the criminal background check and drug screen may void conditional admission and prevent entrance to the program. Findings on the physical examination and drug screen may prevent placement at the clinical sites.

 

College of Nursing & Health Professions

2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.

Galesburg, IL 61401

Phone: 309.341.5299

 

For Additional Information Contact:

The Welcome Center

Phone: 309.345.3500

welcomecenter@sandburg.edu

 

Radiologic Technology - Curriculum

Radiologic Technology - Curriculum

 

NOTE: Under the new Federal Financial Aid guidelines, students may not enroll in courses outside of their program of study. Students should review the Radiologic Technology curriculum prior to enrolling in general education courses if they wish to keep a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. Students must enroll in 12 or more credit hours to receive the full-time Federal Pell Grant award. Students enrolled in less than 12 credit hours will receive partial awards based on prorated credit hours as follows:

9-11.5 credits — 75 percent
6-8.5 credits — 50 percent
1-5.5 credits — 25 percent

Eligibility & Admission Requirements - RT

Eligibility & Admission Requirements

Students must apply online and be formally accepted into the Radiologic Technology program. The Radiologic Technology program has limited enrollment and a selection process for admission into the program. Program admission is competitive and fulfillment of the admission requirements does not guarantee admission. Class size is limited, and determined by the number of available clinical sites within each community-college district. Participating community college districts (in addition to Carl Sandburg College) includes Black Hawk and Spoon River. 

Application Dates

Submit Online Application from October 1 - February 1. Application deadline date is February 1 for Summer enrollment. We will notify applicants approximately two weeks after application deadline date whether or not accepted into the program. 

Application Process

All applicants interested in the Radiologic Technology program must meet in person with a Carl Sandburg College Radiologic Technology Program Advisor prior to applying to the program. Be sure to make an appointment early in the process. Complete Steps 1-3 prior to making an appointment with a Radiologic Technology Program Advisor.

  1. If you have never attended Carl Sandburg College, complete an application for general admission to the College Steps-to-enroll and, if desired, apply for financial aid.
  2. Send an official high school transcript or equivalent and any appropriate post-secondary educational institutions transcripts to the Admissions and Records Office.
  3. Complete the college placement exam, if applicable.
  4. Schedule an appointment and meet with the Radiologic Technology Program Advisor prior to applying.
  5. Schedule and take the TEAS pre-admission exam. We recommend that you purchase the TEAS study guidebook and review prior to taking the TEAS exam. You may take the TEAS exam before or after submitting the online program application. However, you must complete the TEAS exam by the February 1 application deadline date to meet program selection criteria. You cannot take the TEAS exam more than three times in a twelve- month period. TEAS exam scores are valid for two years.
  6. Complete Steps 1-4 prior to completing the Radiologic Technology program's online application. Complete the ONLINE Radiologic Technology Application and submit October 1 -February 1.
  7. After submitting the online Radiologic Technology application, you need to pay the $50.00 application fee to the Carl Sandburg College Business Office. The $50.00 application fee is non-refundable. We will not review your application for admission into the Radiologic Technology program until you have paid the application fee. You need to obtain the application fee form from your advisor.

Admission Requirements

All applicants must meet the following admission criteria for the Radiologic Technology program for selection review:

  1. Completed and signed Program Application Checklist on file by application deadline date.
  2. TEAS Adjusted Individual Score (AIS) cumulative score of 56.7% or higher.
  3. All of the following courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher prior to the program start date of the Radiologic Technology Program:
  • BIO 205 - Human Biology or BIO 211 - A&P I and BIO 212 - A&P II
  • MAT 109 - Concepts of Math or MAT 110 or higher
  • CHM 100 - Concepts of Chemistry or PHY 151 - General Physics I
  • MDT 100 - Medical Terminology

It is recommended that BIO, MAT, CHM, PHY and MDT courses be completed no more than five (5) year prior to the starting date of the program.

For student success in the Radiologic Technology program, we strongly advise prior to entering the Radiologic Technology program to take as many of the following required general education courses:

  • ENG 101 - Freshman Composition I
  • SOC 203 - Introduction to Diversity
  • PHL 103 - Biomedical Ethics
  • SPE 110 - Interpersonal Communications or SPE 120 - Introduction to Public Speaking

NOTE: Applicants who have not completed program required pre-requisite courses by application deadline date of February 1 and provide college transcript to verify the course(s) are in progress and completion date of the course(s) will be prior to start of program will be permitted to apply. We would rank applicant based on TEAS score and coursework completed. If applicant ranking score qualifies for selection based on applicant pool for conditional admission, applicant must complete the course(s) with a grade of “C” or higher and provide official college transcripts by May 30.

In order for applicants to be successful in obtaining required program TEAS scores, we highly suggest that students complete as many of the required pre-requisite courses, and complete ENG 101 a required program general education course prior to taking the pre-admission TEAS exam. Completion of all pre-requisite coursework and a high TEAS score will provide the applicant a competitive ranking score.

Under the new Federal Financial Aid guidelines, students may not enroll in courses outside of their program of study. Students should review the Radiologic Technology curriculum prior to enrolling in general education courses if they wish to keep a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. Students must enroll in 12 or more credit hours to receive the full-time Federal Pell Grant award. Students enrolled in less than 12 credit hours will receive partial awards based on prorated credit hours as follows:

9-11.5 credits — 75 percent
6-8.5 credits — 50 percent
1-5.5 credits — 25 percent

Admission Process

We will consider for selection review only those applicants who submit the online program application by deadline date and have met all admission requirements. We evaluate all qualified applicants according to a point system that allows an objective means for selection ranking. We select applicants with the highest point totals first. Please refer to the Admission Selection Points Worksheet for ranking criteria.

Applicant admission status will be one of the following: conditionally admitted, placed on the alternate list, or denied admission based on applicant pool ranking and eligibility of admission criteria. We will notify the applicant approximately two weeks of application deadline date whether they are accepted or not into the Radiologic Technology program. Applicants who receive conditional admission or alternate status into the program we will notify by email. Applicants denied admission we notify by mail.

Applicants conditionally admitted will have 14 calendar days from the date of your conditional admission email to pay the $50.00 seat fee (intent to enter) to the Carl Sandburg College Business Office to hold your seat in the Radiologic Technology program. We will apply the $50.00 seat fee to your tuition or it will be refunded directly to students after financial aid refund and within two weeks after the 100 percent drop date for 16 week courses. Your seat fee form will be included with your conditional admission email. Students who accept their seat and withdrawal for any reason will forfeit the seat fee. We will request alternates to pay the seat fee if their status changes to conditionally admitted.

Conditionally admitted applicants and those on the alternate list must attend the mandatory admission orientation session. We provide in the admission status EMAIL information regarding registration for the mandatory admission orientation session. We will provide at the orientation program information and appropriate documents to complete all the necessary Radiologic Technology program requirements for full admission status. 

Those conditionally admitted who do not register for and attend the mandatory admission orientation session will forfeit their conditional admission and we will then offer your seat to an alternate. Alternates who do not register for or attend the mandatory admission orientation session will forfeit their alternate position.

Students accepted will be required to possess Healthcare Provider CPR certification throughout the program, show proof of immunizations and required titers, TB test, physical examination, criminal background check, and drug screen. Student is responsible for all fees incurred, in addition to tuition. Please refer to the Radiological Technology Program Cost Sheet. Please note findings on the criminal background check and drug screen may void conditional admission and prevent entrance to the program. Findings on the physical examination and drug screen may prevent placement at the clinical sites.

We will provide full admission status after the conditionally admitted applicant attends the mandatory admission orientation session and appropriately completes all program requirements and submits all required admission documents by the designated deadline. This includes submitting official college transcripts by May 30 to document successful completion of required program pre-requisite courses with a grade of "C" or higher that may have been in progress at the time applicant was offered conditional admission status. Failure to submit official transcript to satisfy program requirements by May 30 will forfeit their conditional admission into the program.

Applicants not admitted to the program, including applicants placed on the alternate list and no spaces became available, we will not carry over application files to the next year. Each applicant would need to complete the application/admission process again for the next admission year.

Online Application - RT