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Radiography Associate Degree

Program Code: 105261

Radiography is an exciting and challenging field involving the use of highly sophisticated equipment to create radiographs- the anatomical images that are used by physicians to diagnose disease. Radiographers have direct patient contact in clinic and hospital settings and are valuable members of the primary health care team. A graduate of the Radiography program can choose a career in a variety of health care settings including clinics, hospitals, and private practice physician offices. Graduates of the program are qualified to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist Certification Examination. Career advancement opportunities exist in additional imaging modalities, education, and administration as education/application specialists, sales representatives, and technical advisors.

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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.

Industry Credentials

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.

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Requirements for Program Entry

• REQUIREMENTS FOR PROGRAM APPLICATION
• Completed application and all items listed below.
• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 3.0 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
• High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/getting started.)
• Students will take the Health Educations Systems Inc. (HESI) A2 Exam. 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 visit the Radiography program webpage http://www.nwtc.edu/academics/degrees/health-sciences/Medical/Pages/Radiography.aspx Related link lower right side.
• 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.
• The Radiography program follows a competitive enrollment process whereby candidate applications are reviewed by a ranking process. Candidates are ranked based on their HESI scores. The highest ranking candidates will be offered a place on the program wait list. Remaining candidates will need to resubmit a new application for the following year to have an opportunity to re-apply with the following year's applicants.
• REQUIREMENTS FOR PROGRAM ENTRY
• Attend mandatory spring program orientation and welcome week.
• Complete an American Heart Association BLS Provider CPR course prior to program entry. Students are required to maintain a current CPR certification 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.

Program Availability

FULL TIMESummer 2018Fall 2018Spring 2019
Green Bay
Accepting (Competitive)
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Curriculum
Students following the study plan below will complete the Radiography associate degree in the number of semesters shown.
SUMMER SEMESTER
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...Students will utilize digital tools and resources to assess, explore, practice, apply, and evaluate both employability and learning skills. By establishing NWTC cultural values as hallmarks of success in academic, career, and personal settings the course encourages reflective, personalized development of a growth mindset and emphasizes the importance of making wise choices. To maximize the return on investment, students should take this course in their first semester as it identifies key expectations (hidden rules) of higher learning and professional employment.
10-804-113 COLLEGE TECHNICAL MATH 1A ...topics include solving linear equations; graphing; percent; proportions; measurement systems; computational geometry; and right triangle trigonometry. Emphasis will be on the application of skills to technical problems. (Prerequisite: A placement value of 2400; OR Accuplacer Arithmetic score greater/equal to 65 AND Reading score greater/equal to 55; OR ACT Math score greater/equal to 15 AND ACT Reading score greater/equal to 16; OR preparatory courses-contact an academic advisor 920-498-5444)
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: Gen Chemistry w/C or better OR 2 semesters lab-based high school chemistry w/C or better & placemt value of 3300; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/= to 80; OR ACT Rdg score greater/= to 17; OR prep courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
SEMESTER TOTAL
8
FIRST SEMESTER
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)
10-526-195 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)
SEMESTER TOTAL
15
J SESSION
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)
SEMESTER TOTAL
3
SECOND SEMESTER
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)
10-526-191 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)
10-526-193 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)
SEMESTER TOTAL
14
SUMMER SEMESTER
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)
10-809-198 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: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater OR satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Comp Prep)
SEMESTER TOTAL
6
THIRD SEMESTER
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)
10-526-196 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)
10-801-196 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: A placement value of 1400; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills score greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English score greater/equal to 16; OR preparatory course-contact an academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
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: A placement value of 6200; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 15; OR prep courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
SEMESTER TOTAL
12
FOURTH SEMESTER
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)
10-526-197 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)
10-801-136 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: Placement value of 1500; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 75; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND Eng greater/equal to 18; OR preparatory courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
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: A placement value of 6200; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 15; OR prep courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
SEMESTER TOTAL
13
TOTAL CREDITS
71
Curriculum Note
. Students must earn a "C" or higher in all 10-526-XXX courses. 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.
. Students must earn a "B" or higher 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.

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.

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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

Clinical Experience

• Students will be required to purchase a uniform, radiographic markers, 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.

Industry Credentials

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.

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.

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PROGRAM MISSION STATEMENT (8/15)
Consistent with the vision and mission statements of Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, the Radiography Program will be a leader in diagnostic imaging workforce development by providing an educational experience that prepares graduates with the skills and proficiencies required of a successful entry-level Radiologic Technologist. Using competency based evaluations, the program emphasis revolves around the student developing a strong work ethic, attainment of entry level technical skills and critical thinking abilities. A variety of clinical education settings with comprehensive patient care experiences will provide students with a well-rounded education in the imaging sciences.

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Studies staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor.

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.castlebranch.com AND complete a Background Information Disclosure (BID) form disclosing any acts, crimes, or convictions prior to program entry. The information provided in the BID form must be truthful and match any findings on the criminal record check. 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.

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