Associate of Applied Science - Radiologic Technology

Location: 18600 Wedge Parkway, Bldg B, room 101
Phone: 775-850-4003
Fax: 775-850-4058
Website: http://www.tmcc.edu/x-ray/

Mission

The mission of TMCC's Radiologic Technology Program is to provide general and basic science education, combined with a sound foundation in the theory and art of Radiologic Technology to meet the educational needs of the students. This is evidenced by a competency-based program employing various teaching methodologies and technologies delivered through quality instruction. Graduates will have the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist's Examination for Radiographers and become a member of the health care team. Once selected for the Program, students complete 21 months of educational experiences. As part of the curriculum, students spend 1,680 hours in clinical education experiences conducted in cooperation with departments of radiology in Reno, Sparks and Carson City.

Accreditation

Truckee Meadows Community College is fully accredited by Northwestern Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) pending. NWCCU is an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the United States Department of Education (USDE). The JRCERT is a programmatic accrediting body recognized by the USDE to accredit radiography programs. Both accrediting agencies are acceptable to the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) which allows students to sit for the national certification examination in radiography.

Degree Outcomes

Students completing the degree will:

  • Demonstrate clinical competence in diagnostic radiographic examinations.
  • Be prepared to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) examination for radiographers.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in radiation protection, equipment operation and quality control, image acquisition and evaluation, image procedures, and patient care and education.
 

Radiologic Technology Program Information

The mission of the Radiologic Technology Program is to provide general and basic science education, combined with a sound foundation in the theory and art of radiologic technology to meet the educational goals of the students. This is evidenced by a competency-based program employing various teaching methodologies and technologies. The graduates will have the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Examination for Radiographers and become a member of the health care team. Once selected for the program, the students complete 21 months of educational experiences. Students are provided with 1,680 hours of clinical education experiences conducted in cooperation with departments of radiology in Reno, Sparks and Carson City.

Please note: Graduates from TMCC’s Radiologic Technology Program are eligible to apply for and take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Examination for Radiographers. The ARRT is the only organization granting permission to take the examination. Persons with prior felony or misdemeanor convictions may be admitted to the program but may be prohibited by the ARRT from taking the examination. The ARRT will conduct a pre-application review to determine the impact of a conviction on eligibility. Pre-application Review Forms may be requested from the Department of Regulatory Services at the ARRT office, 651-687-0048.

Background Check and Drug Testing

The hospitals associated with the program require a background check and drug testing to insure the safety of the patients treated by program students. Students selected for the program will be required to comply prior to starting the program (instructions to be provided by the program coordinator after being selected for admission to the Radiologic Technology Program).

Admission to the Radiologic Technology Program

The Radiologic Technology Program begins each fall semester. Admission to the program is limited and requires specific admission procedures. Students are selected by means of a formal program application and the calculation of assigned points. Applicants must be at least 17 years old.

Program Application Process

Complete the following:

  • Submit an application for admission to the College.
  • Have completed the following courses with a grade of “C” or better.
    MATH 120Fundamentals of College Mathematics (or higher)3
    ENG 101Composition I3
    RAD 101Exploration of Radiology 10.5
    BIOL 223
    BIOL 224
    Human Anatomy and Physiology I
    and Human Anatomy and Physiology II 1
    8
     
    1

    Must have been completed in the past five years with no more than two attempts including Audits and Withdrawals

  • Document completion of Certified Nursing Assistant Training (CNA)
  • Submit official transcripts of all previous college education to records office.
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 2.7 in all coursework applying to the Associate of Applied Science Radiologic Technology Degree.
  • Submit an official transcript showing proof of high school graduation or official results of high school equivalency to admissions and records (persons with a recognized degree exempt).
  • Obtain the current Radiologic Technology Program Application.
  • Submit the completed application in person, by mail, e-mail (radiologic@tmcc.edu), or fax to:

William N. Pennington Health Science Center
TMCC Radiologic Technology Program
18600 Wedge Parkway, Building B, Room 101
Reno, NV 89511
Fax: 775-850-4058

Application must be received by May 28th of the current year.

Selection to the Radiologic Technology Program will be based on information obtained from the admission requirements and the number of points the applicant receives. Eligible students will be numerically ranked according to total points. Points will be awarded for a previously completed degree, credentialed health occupation, completion of general education degree requirements, HESI score, prerequisite GPA, and support area. Admission will be offered to the applicants on the list with the highest points. The point system can be found at www.tmcc.edu/x-ray. In the event of applicants having an equal number of points, the students’ HESI score will be used to break the tie. If the HESI score does not resolve the tie, lots will be drawn to decide selection. Selection to the Radiologic Technology Program is done on an annual basis. Applicants not selected must reapply for consideration the following year.

Acceptable Alternative Documentation for CNA

  • Completion of EMT basic or higher course (Will no longer be acceptable for 2018-2019 applications)
  • Completion of NON-ARRT RT
  • Completion of a registered nursing program
  • Completion of a paramedic program  (Will no longer be acceptable for 2018-2019 applications)

Note: Equivalent courses from other accredited colleges are acceptable, but must be approved by TMCC. These courses must be documented through official transcripts on file with TMCC’s records office before application to the program.

After Acceptance to the Program

After selection for admission, in response to a letter from the program coordinator, the student will provide documentation of the following prior to the first day of class:

  • Evidence of current major medical insurance coverage.
  • Evidence of two negative TB skin tests done within the past year within 3 months of each other (persons with prior positive TB test must see program coordinator).
  • Evidence of required immunization status for hepatitis B, Varicella, MMR, TDAP or TD, and influenza vaccine.
  • Evidence of a current Health Care Provider CPR card (preferably from the American Heart Association).
  • Complete an Essentials Function form for Clinical Education.
  • A background check (instructions to be provided by the program coordinator).
  • A drug test (instructions to be provided by the program coordinator).

AAS degrees are generally non-transfer degrees that are designed for students to enter the workforce.

To earn an AAS degree, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 units within the college.
  3. Satisfy General Education requirements for the AAS.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.
General Education Requirements
Diversity 2[3]
Recommended:
Take a course that is also a Fine Arts/Social Science/Humanities
Communications/English6
Required:
Composition I (prerequisite for the program)
Composition I for International Students
Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Science3
Recommended:
Take a course that is also a Diversity
Human Relations3
Recommended:
EPY 101Educational, Career, and Personal Development3
Mathematics3
Required:
Fundamentals of College Mathematics (or higher, and is a prerequisite for the program)
Science[3]
Required:
BIOL 190Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology3
BIOL 190LIntroduction to Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory (required with BIOL 190 in General Education)1
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions3
Recommended:
Introduction to American Politics
Prerequisites 2
BIOL 223Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIOL 224Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
RAD 101Exploration of Radiology0.5
Degree Requirements
RAD 103Medical Ethics1
RAD 110Fundamentals of Clinical Radiography I2
RAD 112Patient Care and Medical Terminology2
RAD 116Radiography I3
RAD 118Radiology Physics and Circuitry3
RAD 124Radiographic Photo and Techniques3
RAD 125Clinical Radiography I2
RAD 126Radiography II3
RAD 128Imaging Equipment3
RAD 220Clinical Radiography II3
RAD 230Clinical Radiography III3
RAD 236Radiographic Contrast-Routine Exams2
RAD 238Radiation Safety and Protection2
RAD 242Radiography Quality Management1
RAD 244Diagnostic and Therapeutic Radiation2
RAD 245Clinical Radiography IV3
RAD 247Radiography Quality Control1
RAD 259Seminar in Radiography2
HIT 180Health Information Management (Take before entry into program or in first semester of program)3
Total Units77.5
2

Course may also count toward degree requirements. Please consult with Academic Advisement.

3

A grade of “C” or better is required.

General education degree requirements may be taken prior to program or in the sequence listed below. A grade of “C” or better is required. All radiologic courses must be taken in the sequence listed.

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
BIOL 190 Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology 4 3
BIOL 190L Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory 4 1
BIOL 223 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 4
BIOL 224 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 4
ENG 101
Composition I 4
or Composition I for International Students
3
MATH 120 Fundamentals of College Mathematics (or higher) 4 3
RAD 101 Exploration of Radiology 4 0.5
 Semester Total18.5
2nd semester
HIT 180 Health Information Management 3
RAD 103 Medical Ethics 1
RAD 110 Fundamentals of Clinical Radiography I 2
RAD 112 Patient Care and Medical Terminology 2
RAD 116 Radiography I 3
RAD 118 Radiology Physics and Circuitry 3
 Semester Total14
3rd semester
RAD 124 Radiographic Photo and Techniques 3
RAD 125 Clinical Radiography I 2
RAD 126 Radiography II 3
RAD 128 Imaging Equipment 3
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions 6 3
 Semester Total14
4th semester
RAD 220 Clinical Radiography II (Summer) 3
 Semester Total3
5th semester
Communications/English 5 3
RAD 230 Clinical Radiography III 3
RAD 236 Radiographic Contrast-Routine Exams 2
RAD 238 Radiation Safety and Protection 2
RAD 244 Diagnostic and Therapeutic Radiation 2
RAD 247 Radiography Quality Control 1
 Semester Total13
6th semester
Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Science (Take a course that is also a Diversity) 5 3
Human Relations 5 3
RAD 242 Radiography Quality Management 1
RAD 245 Clinical Radiography IV 3
RAD 259 Seminar in Radiography 2
 Semester Total12
 Total Units74.5
4

After completing prerequisites, students apply for admission to the Radiologic program.

5

See approved General Education list for the AAS Degree.

6

 See program recommendations or requirements.