The two-year Radiologic Technology Associate Degree program prepares students for entry-level positions in a hospital or outpatient clinical setting. Graduates will be prepared to take the national certification for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) examination to become a registered technologist.
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Program Mission Statement
The mission of the Radiologic Technology Program at Johnson College is to develop competent, professional radiographers whose expertise will meet the community they serve by providing patient-centered care in a professional, compassionate and responsible manner.
Program Vision Statement
The vision of the Radiologic Technology Program is consistent with the vision of Johnson College. The vision of the Radiologic Technology Program is to achieve excellence by the means of the outcome of assessments and continuous improvement. Johnson College will provide the students with the industrial skills and learning opportunities to foster critical thinking and problem solving.
What do Radiologic Technologists do?
The Radiologic Technologist must be well educated in:
- Patient positioning
- Exam techniques
- Equipment protocols
- Radiation safety
- Radiation protection
- Basic patient care
The technologist will be responsible for patient assessment and preparation for radiologic procedures and image production. You are an important part of the diagnostic team responsible for producing a quality diagnostic image. The physicians that are specialized in the field of radiology (Radiologists) interpret these images to obtain an accurate diagnosis to rule out disease, injury, and develop a course of treatment.
Clinical practicum rotations at approved sites must be completed. Students must satisfy the clinical requirements of both Johnson College and the clinical provider as a condition of graduation. Clinical sites require criminal background checks, fingerprinting, child abuse clearance, health clearance, immunization records and drug testing. Clinical sites may bar students from clinical rotations if a criminal record exists or a drug test has a positive result. Students will be responsible for their own cost of transportation for clinic. Students must provide their own transportation to clinic, which maybe up to 90 miles from the campus.
Students will need to provide records of current inoculations and proof of good health from their physician. The student will be given a Health Clearance Form at the start of their first fall semester. Students must provide a copy of their current health insurance cards. Health insurance coverage is mandatory for each student in order to participate in their clinical education and must be updated annually.
The Radiologic Technology Program at Johnson College is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Johnson College currently has a 5 year accreditation with JRCERT.
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Program Effectiveness Data
The following is the most current program effectiveness data. Our programmatic accreditation agency, the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), defines and publishes this information. Click here to go directly to the JRCERT webpage.
The number of students who pass, on the first attempt, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination, or an unrestricted state licensing examination, compared with the number of graduates who take the examination within six months of graduation. The five-year average benchmark established by the JRCERT is 75%.
|Credentialing Examination Rate||number passed on 1st attempt divided by number attempted within 6 months of graduation|
|Year 1 – 2018||17 of 18 – 94%|
|Year 2 – 2019||11 of 12 – 92%|
|Year 3 – 2020||19 of 20 – 95%|
|Year 4 – 2021||10 of 13 – 77%|
|Year 5 – 2022||11 of 13 – 85%|
|Program 5-Year Average||68 of 76 – 89.5%|
Job Placement Rate
The number of graduates employed in the radiologic sciences compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in the radiologic sciences within twelve months of graduating. The five-year average benchmark established by the JRCERT is 75%.
|Job Placement Rate||Number employed divided by number actively seeking employment within 12 months of graduation|
|Year 1 – 2018||17 of 17 – 100%|
|Year 2 – 2019||12 of 12 – 100%|
|Year 3 – 2020||17 of 17 – 100%|
|Year 4 – 2021||12 of 12 – 100%|
|Year 5 – 2022||13 of 13 – 100%|
|Program 5-Year Average||71 of 71 – 100.0%|
Program Completion Rate
The number of students who complete the program within the stated program length. The annual benchmark established by the program is 50%.
|Program Completion Rate||Number graduated divided by number started the program|
|Year 1 – 2022||13 of 16|
|Annual Completion Rate||81.3%|
Important Note for Prospective Students:
If you are considering a degree program that leads to a professional license or certification in a state other than Pennsylvania, it is highly recommended that you first seek guidance from the appropriate licensing agency in your home state BEFORE enrolling in an academic program or course at Johnson College.
Johnson College will not be held liable if you have not contacted your appropriate state agency prior to enrollment.
Graduates can work as technologists in hospitals, medical service centers, and outpatient imaging centers, or with additional training and education, career advancement into other imaging modalities is possible.
The Radiologic Technology program at Johnson College offers several career and employment post-graduation paths. Upon successfully passing the ARRT national certification examination, students may continue their education in a nine-month certificate program in MRI or CT scanning.
Students may also further their education to complete an online Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Health Studies (BAH) through an articulation agreement with Pennsylvania College of Technology.
Program Learning Goals
Goal 1: Graduates will demonstrate clinical competency
Student Learning Outcomes –
- Students will exhibit competence in positioning skills.
- Students will provide appropriate patient care skills.
- Students will practice safe radiation techniques.
Goal 2: Graduates will utilize critical thinking skills
Student Learning Outcomes –
- Students will be able to assess patient condition and adjust the situation or procedures accordingly.
- Students will be able to critique images to ensure acceptable diagnostic quality.
Goal 3: Graduates will demonstrate effective communication skills
Student Learning Outcomes –
- Students will demonstrate the effective use of verbal communication.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in writing.
Students are required to show both didactic and clinical progression each semester in order to progress through the Radiologic Technology program:
- The student MUST PASS each Radiologic didactic course, as well as related courses MTR 100, BIO 107, BIO 108, BIO 109 and BIO 110 with a grade of at least a B- (80) or higher.
In order to successfully pass each RAD course and progress through the program, students must:
- Receive an 80% or higher in each lecture and lab portion of the course
- Receive an overall grade of 80% or higher
- Achieve a written exam average (written exams + final exam) of 80% or higher
- Complete all skill checklists
- Pass each Practical Exam with a 80% or higher
- Demonstrate appropriate professional behaviors as assessed by the Professional Behavior Assessment Form.
If any of the above criteria are not met, students may fail the course and will not be able to progress in the Radiology program. If students do not obtain an 80 written exam average, but meet all of the other criteria, the students’ grade will be based on the written exam average. A student who fails the practical will receive an F in the course.
- The student MUST PASS each of the four clinical education courses
(RAD 163, RAD 165, RAD 251, RAD 259).
- The student MUST PASS all laboratory practical exams, with a grade of at least a B- (80%) or better.
- The student MUST demonstrate appropriate Professional Behaviors
Please refer to the Radiologic Technology Student Handbook for further information.
Throughout the program of study, students are required to maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.00 and a minimum grade of 2.67 (B-) in each Radiologic Technology major course in order to remain in the program. Students who do not meet the GPA requirements for Radiologic Technology subjects will be placed on Academic Probation as outlined in the Radiologic Technology Student Handbook at the instructor’s discretion.
Special Admissions Requirements
Admittance to the Radiologic Technology Program at Johnson College is based on a selective admission process that has been developed to ensure that students who are admitted to the Johnson College Radiologic Technology Program are prepared to succeed in the program and enter the workforce as competent entry-level radiographers. Students are admitted based on their merit without being discriminated against on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, non-job related disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Current enrollment is limited to 22 new students per year based on the number of applicants who meet the admission criteria and qualifications.
The procedure for applicants who desire to seek acceptance into the Radiologic Technology program is as follows:
Applicants must contact the Johnson College enrollment staff to initiate the application process, which includes submitting an application
It is recommended students meet the following requirements:
- SAT scores (500 on either section) or ACT scores (Composite score of 18) or If SAT/ACT test were never taken, an online exam will be provided by the Recruitment Advisor. A score of 21 or above is required for English and 18 or above for Math.
- GPA 3.00 or higher*
- 2 years of English with a “B-” or higher*
- 1 year of Algebra I with a “B-” or higher*
- 1 year of Algebra II with a “B-“or higher*
- 1 year of Biology with a “B-” or higher*
- Recommended: 1 year of an additional life science or Physics with a “B-” of higher*
(*denotes prerequisites that can be completed in high school or college; college level courses will be weighted more in the scoring process. It is recommended, if you have earned a GED, to have prior college experience to improve your application file.)
Students are also required to complete the following:
- Radiologic Technology Questionnaire
- In person or virtual campus visit
Once the applicant has completed all the above prerequisites, the Recruitment Advisor will send the file to the program director for review. Priority deadline for Fall 2023 is January 1, 2023. Applicants who are accepted will be notified starting mid-January.
Major Courses (40 credits)
|RAD 151||Radiologic Positioning I||3|
|RAD 152||Radiologic Positioning I Lab||1|
|RAD 153||Radiologic Exposures & Principles I||3|
|RAD 154||Radiologic Exposures & Principles I Lab||1|
|RAD 155||Patient Care I||2|
|RAD 157||Radiologic Positioning II||2|
|RAD 158||Radiologic Positioning II Lab||1|
|RAD 159||Radiologic Exposures & Principles II||3|
|RAD 161||Patient Care II||2|
|RAD 163||Clinical Practicum I||2|
|RAD 165||Clinical Practicum II||4|
|RAD 251||Clinical Practicum III||2|
|RAD 253||Radiation Biology & Protection||3|
|RAD 255||Image Analysis||2|
|RAD 259||Clinical Practicum IV||3|
|RAD 261||Radiologic Pathology||2|
|RAD 263||Advanced Medical Imaging||2|
|RAD 295||Professional Seminar||2|
Related Courses (9 credits)
|BIO 107||Human Anatomy & Physiology I||3|
|BIO 108||Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab||1|
|BIO 109||Human Anatomy & Physiology II||3|
|BIO 110||Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab||1|
|MTR 100||Medical Terminology||1|
Core Career Courses (22 credits)
|ENG 101||English Composition I||3|
|COM ###||Communications Elective||3|
|HMN 101||Introduction to Humanities||3|
|MAT ###||MAT 101 or higher||3|
|MAT 121||Introduction to Statistics||3|
|PHY 101||Introductory Physics||3|
or SOC 101
Introduction to Sociology
|SSS 101||Student Success Seminar||1|
|Minimum Credits to Graduate||71|
For course descriptions, please visit the Course Catalog.