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Radiography Program Code 105261

Associate Degree

Offered at the Green Bay campus. For information: (920) 498-5444. Toll-free: (888) 385-6982.

This program is fully eligible for financial aid.

Graduates perform medical radiologic procedures using ionizing radiation.They are responsible for quality patient care, adhering to the principles of radiation protection for the patient, self and others, while producing optimal images. They work with patients of all ages and perform radiologic exams in the emergency trama center, surgery, and intenstive care unites, as well as in the imagning deparment. They also assist radiologists during fluoroscopy and with invasive procedures. After completion of the program, students may choose to acquire advanced certificates in Mammography, Bone Densitometry, Interventional Radiography (IR), Computer Tomography (CT), or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).

Employment Potential

A graduate of the Radiography program can choose to work in a variety of health care settings which includes hospitals, medical clinics, and private physician's offices.

Career advancement opportunities exist in education, administration, and in commercial companies as education/application specialists, sales representatives and technical advisors.

Program Outcomes

. Carryout the production and evaluation of radiographic images.
. Practice radiation safety principles.
. Adhere to quality management processes in radiography.
. Provide quality patient care.
. Apply computer skills in the radiographic clinical setting.
. Model professional and ethical behavior consistent with the A.R.R.T. Code of Ethics.
. Apply critical thinking and problem solving skills in the practice of diagnostic radiography.

Wisconsin Caregiver Law

NWTC is required to comply with the Wisconsin Caregiver Law (1997 WISCONSIN ACT 27). The completion of a caregiver background check includes the review of criminal records for convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behavior. Students accepted into this program must complete a background check through www.CertifiedBackground.com. Information regarding this process is provided to students immediately upon acceptance into the program. Students with a criminal history may be denied access to placement at the discretion of the clinical or practicum site. Consequently, should a student have a history of convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behaviors, NWTC cannot guarantee clinical/practicum placement or guarantee graduation within typical program timing.

Clinical Experience

. Students will be required to purchase a uniform, radiographic markers, pay for liability insurance, provide their own transportation to assigned sites, and cover any other expenses related to clinical experiences. Students may be expected to travel distances, participate in p.m. clinicals, or weekend rotations.
Students will be required to submit immunization documentation. A fee is charged for this service. Additional information will be provided upon acceptance into the program.
. Students will be required to show proof of an annual flu vaccine.

Accreditation

The Radiography program is accredited by The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, Illinois 60606-3182, (312) 704-5300

Note

NWTC offers students enrolled in Theda Clark Radiologic Technology Program the opportunity to complete an Associate Degree of Individualized Technical Studies by completing the general education requirements of the Radiography program.

Board/Certification Examinations

Graduates apply to take the American Registry in Radiography Technologist (ARRT) certification examination and upon passing, are credentialed in radiography RT (R) which also makes them eligible for full Wisconsin state license.

Requirements for Program Application

. Completed application and all items listed below.
. As a requirement for program application, an Academic Skills Assessment (Accuplacer or ACT) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary prior to attending a pre-application informational session. Accuplacer benchmarks are Arithmetic, 90; Reading Comprehension, 90; Sentence Skills, 95; Algebra, 65. ACT benchmarks are Math, 18; Reading, 21; English, 21. Applicants not meeting these benchmarks or the equivalent will be required to establish an individualized academic plan. Upon completion of the plan, applicants may move to the next phase of program application, described below. To learn more about these assessments and program benchmark scores, please contact Admissions at (920) 498-7159 or (888) 385-6982.
. Attendance at a mandatory pre-application informational session will be required. To sign-up for a mandatory pre-application session, please contact Admissions at (920) 498-7159 or (888) 385-6982.
. High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/getting started.)
. Upon completion of the pre-application information session, students will take the Health Educations Systems Inc. (HESI) A2 Exam. The HESI can only be taken after attendance at a pre-application information session. Test topics include Math, Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology, and Reading. To learn more about these assessment scores, please contact an admissions specialist at (920) 498-7159 or (888) 385-6982, or view the Related Links on the lower right of the Radiography program webpage http://www.nwtc.edu/academics/degrees/health-sciences/Medical/Pages/Radiography.aspx
. Two semesters in High School, or one semester of College Algebra and Chemistry (with a lab component) completed with a grade of "B" or better.
. Candidates submitting applications to the Radiography program must also provide an essay (no more than 1,000 words) completed on campus in the Assessment Center. The essay will follow a question and answer format and will include information related to the following; why they are interested in and their knowledge of the profession, experience in healthcare, specific skills and duties of a radiographer, and characteristics that make them a good candidate for the program.
. The Radiography program follows a competitive enrollment process whereby candidate applications are reviewed by a ranking process. Candidates are ranked in the following categories: HESI scores and program essay. The highest ranking candidates will be offered a place on the program wait list. Remaining candidates will be canceled and have an opportunity to re-apply with the following year's applicants.

Requirements for Program Entry

. Attend mandatory spring program orientation.
. Complete an American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR course prior to program entry. Students are required to maintain a current CPR card to comply with affiliating agency requirements.
. Complete caregiver background check. A fee is charged for this service. Additional information will be provided upon acceptance into the program.
. Complete mandatory four hour job shadow.

Suggested Skills for Success

Students are expected to have entry-level computer skills. It is recommended that students complete basic computer skills coursework if deficient in this area.

Curriculum

Students following the study plan below will complete the Radiography associate degree in the number of semesters shown.

SUMMER SEMESTER

10-804-107 College Mathematics
3
++10-806-177 Gen Anatomy & Physiology
4
** 10-890-101 College 101
1
SEMESTER TOTAL
8
FIRST SEMESTER

* 10-526-149 Radiographic Procedures 1
5
* 10-526-158 Introduction to Radiography
3
* 10-526-159 Radiographic Imaging 1
3
* 10-526-168 Radiography Clinical 1
2
* 10-526-195 Radiographic Quality Analysis
2
SEMESTER TOTAL
15
J-SESSION

* 10-526-192 Radiography Clinical 2
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
3
SECOND SEMESTER

* 10-526-170 Radiographic Imaging 2
3
* 10-526-191 Radiographic Procedures 2
5
* 10-526-193 Radiography Clinical 3
3
* 10-526-194 Imaging Equipment Operation
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
14
SUMMER SEMESTER

* 10-526-199 Radiography Clinical 4
3
10-809-198 Intro to Psychology
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
6
THIRD SEMESTER

* 10-526-189 Radiographic Pathology
1
* 10-526-190 Radiography Clinical 5
2
* 10-526-196 Modalities
3
10-801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm
3
10-809-172 Intro to Diversity Studies
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
12
FOURTH SEMESTER

* 10-526-174 ARRT Certification Seminar
2
* 10-526-197 Radiation Protection & Biology
3
* 10-526-198 Radiography Clinical 6
2
10-801-136 English Composition 1
3
10-809-166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & App
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
13

TOTAL CREDITS
71

Curriculum Note
* No final grade lower than "C" is acceptable in any of the courses marked with an asterisk. A student who withdraws or receives a grade lower than a "C" in a program course may apply for re-entry into the program. Consideration for re-entry will be at the discretion of the re-entry team and will be dependent on clinical availability.
++ No final grade lower than "B" is acceptable in General Anatomy & Physiology. A student who withdraws or receives a grade lower than a "B" in this course may apply for re-entry into the program. Consideration for re-entry will be at the discretion of the re-entry team and will be dependent on clinical availability.
**The credit for 10-890-101, College 101, is an institutional requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirement.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

These courses provide an opportunity for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding required for employment in this field.

10-526-149 RADIOGRAPHIC PROCEDURES 1 ...prepares radiography students to perform routine radiologic procedures on various parts of the body including the upper body, hip, pelvis and ankle. Students apply knowledge of human anatomy to position the patient correctly to achieve the desired result. (Prerequisites: Enrolled in Radiography program; 10-806-177, General Anatomy & Physiology)

10-526-158 INTRODUCTION TO RADIOGRAPHY ...introduces students to the role of radiography in health care. Students apply medical terminology, legal and ethical considerations to patient care and pharmacology in the radiologic sciences. (Prerequisite: Enrolled in Radiography program)

10-526-159 RADIOGRAPHIC IMAGING 1 ...introduces radiography students to the process and components of analog imaging. Students determine the factors that affect image quality including contrast, density, detail, and distortion. (Prerequisite: Enrolled in Radiography program)

10-526-168 RADIOGRAPHY CLINICAL 1 ...this beginning level clinical course prepares radiography students to perform radiologic procedures on patients with extensive supervision and direction. Students apply radiation protection and standard precautions in the production of radiographs in the health care setting while adhering to legal and ethical guidelines. An emphasis of the course is the development of communication and critical thinking skills appropriate to the clinical setting. (Prerequisites: Enrolled in Radiography program; 10-806-177, General Anatomy & Physiology; Corequisites: 10-526-158, Introduction to Radiography; 10-526-149, Radiographic Procedures 1; 10-526-159, Radiographic Imaging)

10-526-170 RADIOGRAPHIC IMAGING 2 ...explores film processing components as well as the principles and operation of digital imaging systems found in diagnostic radiology. Factors that impact image acquisition, display, archiving and retrieval are discussed. Guidelines for selecting exposure factors and evaluating images within analog and digital systems. Principles of digital system quality assurance and maintenance are presented. (Prerequisites: Enrolled in Radiography program; 10-526-159, Radiographic Imaging 1)

10-526-174 ARRT CERTIFICATION SEMINAR...provides preparation for the national certification examination prepared by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Emphasis is placed on the weak areas of the individual students. Simulated registry examinations are utilized. (Prerequisite: Enrolled in Radiography program or consent of program director)

10-526-189 RADIOGRAPHIC PATHOLOGY...prepares radiography students to determine the basic radiographic manifestations of pathological conditions. Students classify trauma related to site, complications, and prognosis and locate the radiographic appearance of pathologies (Prerequisite: Enrolled in Radiography program)

10-526-190 RADIOGRAPHY CLINICAL 5 ...this fifth level clinical course prepares radiography students to perform radiologic procedures on patients with some supervision. Students apply radiation protection and standard precautions in the production of radiographs in a health care setting while adhering to legal and ethical guidelines. Students are encouraged to demonstrate independent judgment in the performance of clinical competencies. (Prerequisite: 10-526-199, Radiography Clinical 4)

10-526-191 RADIOGRAPHIC PROCEDURES 2 ...prepares radiography students to perform routine radiologic procedures on various parts of the body including the skull, spine, and gastrointestinal systems. Students apply knowledge of human anatomy to position the patient correctly to achieve the desired result. (Prerequisites: Enrolled in Radiography program; 10-526-149, Radiographic Procedures 1; 10-806-177, General Anatomy & Physiology)

10-526-192 RADIOGRAPHY CLINICAL 2...this second level clinical course prepares radiography students to perform radiologic procedures on patients with extensive supervision and direction. Students apply radiation protection and standard precautions in the production of radiographs in a health care setting while adhering to legal and ethical guidelines. An emphasis of the course is the development of communication and critical thinking skills appropriate to the clinical setting. (Prerequisite: 10-526-168, Radiography Clinical 1)

10-526-193 RADIOGRAPHY CLINICAL 3...this third level clinical course prepares radiography students to perform radiologic procedures on patients with supervision and direction. Students apply radiation protection and standard precautions in the production of radiographs in a health care setting while adhering to legal and ethical guidelines. An emphasis of the course is the demonstration of communication and critical thinking skills appropriate to the clinical setting. (Prerequisite: 10-526-192, Radiography Clinical 2)

10-526-194 IMAGING EQUIPMENT OPERATION ...introduces radiography students to the principles and application of x-ray technology. Students analyze how x-rays are produced and determine the corrective actions necessary for common equipment malfunctions. (Prerequisite: Enrolled in Radiography program)

10-526-195 RADIOGRAPHIC QUALITY ANALYSIS...prepares radiography students to analyze radiographic images for quality. Students apply quality control tests to determine the causes of image problems including equipment malfunctions and procedural errors (Prerequisite: Enrolled in Radiography program)

10-526-196 MODALITIES...introduces radiography students to imaging modalities with an emphasis in computed tomography and cross-sectional anatomy. (Prerequisite: Enrolled in Radiography program or consent of program director)

10-526-197 RADIATION PROTECTION & BIOLOGY ...prepares radiography students to protect themselves and others from exposure to radioactivity. Students examine the characteristics of radiation and how radiation affects cell biology. Students apply standards and guidelines for radiation exposure. (Prerequisite: Enrolled in Radiography program or consent of program director)

10-526-198 RADIOGRAPHY CLINICAL 6 ...this final clinical course requires students to integrate and apply all knowledge learned in previous courses to the production of high quality images in the clinical setting. Students apply radiation protection and standard precautions in the production of images in a health care setting while adhering to legal and ethical guidelines. Students are encouraged to demonstrate independent judgment in the performance of clinical competencies. (Prerequisite: 10-526-190, RT-Clinical Practice 5)

10-526-199 RADIOGRAPHY CLINICAL 4...this fourth level clinical course prepares radiography students to perform radiologic procedures on patients with supervision and direction. Students apply radiation protection and standard precautions in the production of radiographs in a health care setting while adhering to legal and ethical guidelines. Students are encouraged to demonstrate independent judgment in the performance of clinical competencies. (Prerequisite: 10-526-193, Radiography Clinical 3)

10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION ...the communication process, perception and self-concept, language, listening, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, communication in groups and public communication; prepare and deliver an oral presentation. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer- Reading =55 and Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 OR ACT- Reading =15 and ACT English=16 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-172 INTRO TO DIVERSITY STUDIES...basic American values of justice and equality by teaching vocabulary, history of immigration/conquest, transcultural communication, legal liability, multicultural majority/minority relations, ageism, sexism, gender, sexual orientation, the disabled/ADA. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills =75 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading and Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-166 INTRO TO ETHICS: THEORY & APP ...basic understanding of theoretical foundations of ethical thought; analyze/compare relevant issues using diverse ethical perspectives; critically evaluate individual, social/professional standards of behavior--applying a systematic decision-making process. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-804-107 COLLEGE MATHEMATICS ...an introductory level course designed to review and develop fundamental concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and statistics. Emphasis will be placed on computational skills and applications of rational numbers; problem solving skills with ratios, proportions, and percent; basic principles and application of algebra, geometry, graphing, and statistics; measurement skills in U.S. Customary and Metric Systems; and the use of calculators as a tool. (Prerequisites: Accuplacer-Arithmetic score=65 or ACT-Math score=15 or 10-834-109, Pre Algebra AND Accuplacer-Reading=55 or ACT-Reading=15 or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-806-177 GENERAL ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY ...overview of the human anatomy/physiology using a body-systems approach, emphasizing the interrelationships between form/function at the gross and microscopic levels. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Reading = 80 OR ACT-Reading = 17 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading and Study Skills AND 10-806-134, Gen Chem or other lab-based chemistry w “C” or better. Health Sciences programs may require a higher grade; refer to your plan for details.) 4 cr.

10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...develops tools and strategies that support success in college. Focuses on study skills, college resources, goal setting, time management, and learning styles. Introduces concepts for self assessing learning and completing an Exit Assessment that provides evidence that learning took place. Students should take this course prior to or during the first semester of their programs. 1 cr.

10-809-198 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY ...survey of theoretical foundations of human behavior such as sensation and perception, motivation, emotions, learning, personality, psychological disorders, therapy, stress, and human diversity in personal, social and vocational settings. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

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