Radiologic Technology (Associate Degree)

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If you are interested in a career that combines medical knowledge, technology, and patient contact, Kaplan College's radiologic technology program is a good place to start. Radiologic technologists are responsible for taking x-rays and administering non-radioactive materials into patients’ bloodstreams for diagnostic purposes. They explain the procedure to patients, and then position the patient and radiographic equipment to ensure that the parts of the body can be properly imaged. An education from Kaplan College can help prepare you to enter this exciting career field.

Radiologic Technology Program

The mission of the Radiologic Technology program at Kaplan College is to prepare students for employment in the field of radiologic technology as certified radiologic technologists. The program emphasizes the knowledge, skills, and entry-level competencies appropriate for examinations required by the California State Department of Health Services, Radiologic Health Branch, and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

The Radiologic Technology program at Kaplan College is committed to the development of students’ intellectual, analytical, and critical thinking skills, as well as skills performance. To this end, instructional methods are based on established principles and practices of adult learning theory combined with classroom techniques that encourage student participation.

Duties for graduates of this program may include diagnostic imaging procedures in hospital diagnostic imaging departments, surgical theaters, emergency rooms, doctor’s offices, and other health care settings using fixed and/or portable machines. Our radiologic technology program offers hands-on clinical training and includes instruction in the following areas:

  • Systemic and skeletal anatomy, radiographic terminology, and the principles of radiation protection
  • How x-rays are produced as well as the requirements and design of radiographic, fluoroscopic, mobile, and tomographic equipment
  • Medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, and common pathologies of the different systems of the body
  • Responsibilities of the radiographer to patients, other staff members, and the general public

Occupational Outcomes

By earning a radiologic technology degree, you may seek various entry-level positions including the following:

  • CT technologist
  • Magnetic resonance technologist
  • Mammography technologist
  • Radiologic technologist
  • Quality management technologist 
  • Special procedures technologist

Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

The goals of the radiologic technology program are as follows:

1. Students/graduates should be able to demonstrate effective communication skills.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Be able to explain radiographic procedures to patients.
  • Be able to obtain an accurate patient history.
  • Be able to communicate with a diverse patient population.
  • Practice comprehensive written communication skills.

2. Students/graduates should be able to understand the importance of professional development and lifelong learning.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate professional behavior in the clinical setting.
  • Understand the importance of joining a professional organization.
  • Demonstrate dependability and reliability appropriate to the clinical environment.

3. Students/graduates should possess knowledge and skills to demonstrate clinical competence.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of radiographic positioning.
  • Select appropriate technical factors.
  • Adhere to radiation protection practices.

4. Students/graduates should demonstrate problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Have the ability to perform non-routine exams on trauma patients.
  • Able to critique radiographic films.
  • Be capable of making sound decisions.

5. The program strives to prepare qualified radiologic technologists to serve the surrounding employment community.

Program Effectiveness Data
(calculated according to JRCERT standards) 

Current five-year average credentialing examination pass rate: 71.4%
(Out of the 545 first-time test takers who took the ARRT exam within six months of graduation, 389 graduates passed the exam on the first attempt.) 

Current five-year average job placement rate: 86%
(Out of the 319 graduates who were actively seeking employment, 276 graduates were employed in the radiologic sciences within six months of graduation.) 

 Current annual program completion rate: 94.5%
(Out of the 109 students who enrolled in the cohort initially, 103 students completed the program.)

Campus Locations

The radiologic technology program is available at the following Kaplan College locations:

California

Certifications

Certification or licensure can provide an additional credential for obtaining employment in the field; in some instances, certification or licensure may be required for employment in certain locations. Successful completion of this program may enable graduates to take a certification or licensure examination, such as the following:

  • Licensure by the California State Department of Health Services, Radiologic Health Branch, and for certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)†

California students: Licensure exam pass rates are available at http://www.cdph.ca.gov/certlic/radquip/Documents/X-raySchoolPassRates.pdf.

Certification or licensure examinations vary by location. Please see the campus course catalog or click on the campus name above to determine which certification or licensure exam(s) may be available to graduates from that location.

† The School cannot guarantee a student's eligibility either to take any exam or become certified, registered, or licensed. A student's eligibility may depend on his or her work experience, completion of high school (or its equivalent), not having a criminal record, meeting other licensure or certification requirements, or the program or School itself having appropriate accreditation or licensure. Externship sites may themselves require a criminal background check or medical examination.