RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGIST  

 

The instructional design for the Radiologic Technologist program consolidated courses are group lockstep. The Radiologic Technologist program provides training in radiation physics, anatomy and physiology, theory and practice of fixed and mobile radiologic equipment, chemical and digital processing, and routine and special radiographic positioning. Simulated and/or live practice is provided for all routine procedures. Concepts and principles of computed tomography, mammography, nuclear medicine, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance imaging, and sonography are introduced. Quality control and safety techniques are emphasized throughout the program. Instruction and practice in medical ethics, patient care, and a comprehensive pre-clinical review prepares students to transition to a clinical setting. Lecture, demonstration, online materials, simulations, and laboratory practice are utilized during. Clinical training may occur at military or civilian treatment facilities which includes instruction in patient reception, film management, quality control, and self-paced study for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) exam. Clinical rotations include operating room, routine and special radiographic procedures, mobile equipment exams, fluoroscopy, and other modalities (computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound, mammography, and angiography) as available.

 


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 US Air Force
AFSC: Diagnostic Imaging Apprentice 
Program Length: 760 hours
Iterations per year: 12

 US Army
MOS: Radiology Specialist 
Program Length: 840 hours
Iterations per year: 12

 US Navy
NEC: Advanced Radiographer 
Program Length: 840 hours
Iterations per year: 12
 

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Radiologic Technologist


The Radiologic Technologist program is a military program at "No Cost” to our enlisted students from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.

The program prepares students to function as entry-level radiographers in fixed and deployable medical facilities.

Radiologic technologists are allied healthcare professionals who perform radiographic procedures and related patient care duties to help diagnose various medical ailments. The instructional design of this program's courses is group-lock step. This is a consolidated program with three military services that has a two phase, field of study schedule. Resident training is first conducted at the METC and then the student transitions to clinical training that is conducted at military medical treatment facilities (MTF).

Upon initial entry to METC, students are provided formal education and training that develops them into entry-level radiologic technologists within fixed and deployable medical facilities. Students will learn the radiographic mission and scope of practice.

Training includes the study of: radiation physics, anatomy and physiology, theory and practice of fixed and mobile radiologic equipment and diagnostic imaging skills to include radiographic technique, radiographic film, Computer Radiography/Digital Radiography  processing, picture archiving communication system (PACS), Special radiographic procedures and familiarization  of other imaging
modalities to include concepts and principles of computed tomography, mammography, nuclear medicine, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance imaging, and sonography are introduced.

Methods of instruction include, but are not limited to: lecture, demonstration, online materials, simulations, laboratory practice, and practical exercises. Quality control and safety techniques are emphasized throughout the program. Prior to transitioning to a clinical environment, students will gain instruction and practice in medical ethics, patient care, and a comprehensive pre-clinical review.

Clinical training provides students with clinical knowledge and hands-on experiential training which consists of clinical practicum in a MTF. The program prepares the student to exercise judgment and accept responsibility in performing diagnostic procedures in a clinical setting.  Students train in the diagnostic imaging areas.

Additionally, students train in: patient reception, PACS, and quality control and self-paced study for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) exam. 

Clinical rotations include emergency room, operating room, routine and special radiographic procedures, mobile equipment exams, fluoroscopy, and other modalities as available.

Proficiency advancement in clinical applications is determined by the Program director  on a case-by-case basis.

Service Specific Information


Army

Program accepts E-4 and E-5 non-promotable personnel. 
Must possess 68P MOS (Radiology Technician) for 1 year. 
Must have completed high school or college level algebra with a grade of "C" or better. 
Must re-enlist or extend to have 30 months of service after graduation." 


Air Force

Program accepts E-4 to E-5 personnel. 
Must possess 4ROX1 AFSC (Radiology Technician). 
Must re-enlist or extend to have 36 months of service after graduation of Phase II. 


Navy

Program accepts E-1 to E-6 personnel. 
Must have completed college level algebra and a physical science course with a grade of "C" or better within the last 36 months. 
Must re-enlist or extend to have 52 months of service after graduation.

 

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Course Curriculum:

 

RAD 101 Introduction to Radiology
Description
: This course provides an overview of the foundations of radiography and the practitioner's role in the health care delivery system. Principles, practices, and policies of health care organizations are examined. Professional radiographer development and credentialing are also examined. Major types of radiographic equipment are introduced.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the program 

MBUS 001 Medical Terminology
Description
: This course provides the knowledge required to read and write medical terminology, abbreviations, and symbols, and interpret oral and written forms of medical communication.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to program. 

BIOL 101 Anatomy & Physiology
Description:
This course provides an overview of human anatomy and physiology necessary to perform radiographic procedures.
Prerequisite(s): Medical Terminology 

PHYS 101 Radiation Physics
Description
: This course provides an overview of the basic properties and principles necessary to understand the structure and functions of a diagnostic X-ray machine.
Prerequisite(s): High School or College Algebra **see service-specific requirements. 

QMGT 101 Principles of Quality Management
Description
: This course presents theory and practice for operating a successful quality assurance program in a diagnostic radiology department. Students will discuss the importance of quality control with respect to health care costs, radiation exposure to patients, and improvement of the diagnostic quality of films.
Prerequisite(s): Enrolled Radiation Physics & Radiation Protection 

RAD 103 Radiographic Procedures of the Upper & Lower Extremities
Description:
The course provides an overview of the knowledge and application required to perform standard radiographic positioning for upper and lower extremities. The problem-solving process and image analysis are incorporated throughout the course. Radiographic anatomy, Osteology, and positioning are discussed and applied in the live and/or simulated laboratory using radiographic machines, IR processing, and digital imaging methods.
Prerequisite(s): Enrollment in Anatomy and Physiology 

RAD 102 Imaging Equipment
Description:
This course provides an overview of knowledge and application of radiographic equipment and quality control procedures. Students will operate imaging equipment and will apply safety principles in a laboratory setting.
Prerequisite(s): Enrolled in Radiation Physics. 

RAD 105 Radiographic Procedures of the Skull & Spine
Description
: The course provides an overview of the knowledge and application required to perform standard imaging procedures for the skull and spine. The problem-solving process and image analysis are incorporated throughout the course. Radiographic anatomy and positioning are discussed and applied in the live and/or simulated laboratory using radiographic machines, film processing, and digital imaging methods.
Prerequisite(s): Enrolled in Anatomy & Physiology 

RAD 106 Radiographic Procedures of the Bony Thorax & Abdomen
Description:
The course provides an overview of the knowledge and application required to perform standard imaging procedures for the thorax and abdomen. The problem-solving process and image analysis are incorporated throughout the course. Radiographic anatomy and positioning are discussed and applied in the live and/or simulated laboratory using radiographic machines, film processing, and digital imaging methods.
Prerequisite(s): Enrolled in Anatomy & Physiology 

BIOL 110 Radiation Biology
Description
: This course provides an overview of the effects of ionizing radiation on human cells, tissues, and organs. A review of basic cell biology provides a foundation for the remainder of the course. Physical and biological factors influencing radiation response are discussed. Acute and chronic effects of radiation exposure are introduced, with an emphasis on dose-response relationships.
Prerequisite(s): Anatomy & Physiology, Radiation Physics 

RAD 104 Radiation Protection
Description: This course covers techniques and equipment designed for reducing unnecessary radiographic exposure to the patient and radiographer. Government agency standards and regulations will be discussed.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, BIOL 110 Radiation Biology. 

RAD 107 Radiographic Procedures of Gastrointestinal & Genitourinary Systems
Description
: This course provides an overview of the knowledge and application required to perform standard imaging procedures for the gastrointestinal & genitourinary systems. The problem-solving process and image analysis are incorporated throughout the course. Radiographic anatomy and positioning are discussed and applied in the live and/or simulated laboratory using radiographic machines, film processing, and digital imaging methods.
Prerequisite(s): Enrolled in Anatomy & Physiology 

BIOL 111 Radiographic Pathology
Description:
This course will review the anatomy and physiology associated with human body systems and common traumatic injuries and disease processes identifiable on a radiograph. Pathologic terminology and disease classifications will be introduced.
Prerequisite(s): Enrolled in Anatomy and Physiology. 

RAD 108 Radiographic Procedures of the Nervous & Circulatory Systems
Description
: The course discusses imaging procedures for the nervous and circulatory systems. Image analysis is incorporated throughout the course. Radiographic anatomy and positioning are discussed.
Prerequisite(s): Enrolled in Anatomy & Physiology 

RAD 201 Special Procedures & Imaging Modalities
Description:
This course will discuss special procedures and imaging modalities associated with medical imaging. This course presents the basic equipment and principles of the imaging modalities within the profession of radiologic sciences; inclusive of mammography, nuclear medicine, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance imaging, sonography, and interventional radiology.
Prerequisite(s): None. 

MHUM 101 Medical Ethics and Law
Description:
This course introduces students to the professional, ethical, and legal framework of current radiology and healthcare practices, including the role of the radiographer within this system. Students will participate in exercises to identify and resolve possible ethical and/or legal situations.
Prerequisite(s): None. 

RAD 202 Patient Care
Description:
This course provides the student with the basic concepts of patient care, including consideration of the physical and psychological needs of the patient. Routine and emergency patient care procedures are described, including patient care and safety, drug administration, vital signs, and infection control procedures. The role of the radiographer in patient education is identified.
Prerequisite(s): None. 

RAD 203 Computed Tomography (CT)
Description:
This course introduces the concepts and physical principles employed in computed tomography imaging with an overview of Computed Tomography (CT) dose effects, data acquisition, and image distribution.
Prerequisite(s): Radiation Physics, Radiation Biology, Radiation Protection 

RAD 210 Certification Prep
Description:
This course prepares students for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) exam through comprehensive lab exams and a comprehensive pre-clinical review integrating all program material in preparation for clinical application.
Prerequisite(s): Enrolled in final course sequence prior to graduation

BMO 101-A Basic Medical Orientation 
Description:
To provide the basic concepts of patient care in a radiology setting to include routine and emergency procedures and the role of the radiographer in patient evaluation and education.
Prerequisite(s): None 
 
MATH 101-A Math Refresher (Army Specific)
Description:
This course provides a re-familiarization of such operations as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers and fractions based on problem areas that became evident in your pre-math test. Simplified algebraic expressions will also be covered.
Prerequisite(s): None 
 
MATH 101-N Technical Math (Navy Specific)
Description:
This course provides a review of the principles of mathematics as applicable to the physics of radiologic technology; use of logarithms, including multiplication, division, powers, and roots; scientific notation; geometry of the circle, square, and rectangle; basic trigonometric functions; linear equations in the unknown; Cartesian coordinate plane; slope of a straight line; linear equations from given conditions; and graphic solution of two or more linear equations.
Prerequisite(s): One year of high school or college credit with a "C" grade or higher. 
 
FTX 101-A Field Training Exercise (Army Specific)
Description:
This course provides a foundation of Army special topics. The course will reinforce learned medical occupation specialty knowledge, skills, common soldier tasks, warrior tasks, and skills in a realistic tactical environment. This course will provide specific knowledge and skills necessary to set up and operate the radiology section of a field medical unit.
Prerequisite(s): None. 
 
AFCP 101 Air Force Career Progression
Description
: This course provides a foundation of Air Force special topics. The lessons will highlight the Air Force medical service, career progression, safety, security, and supply.
Prerequisite(s): None. 
 
101-N SNAP/SAMS
Description
: This course provides the student with the knowledge to operate the SAMS Radiation Health Module.
Prerequisite(s): None. 

USAF 101 Air Force Medical Service (AFMS) Expeditionary Medical Readiness Course (EMRC
Description: This course provides practical and didactic training, with an orientation to all continuing Medical Readiness Training (MRT) core topics to: active duty, AFRC and ANG personnel attending 3-level medical/dental AFSC awarding courses.
Prerequisite(s): None. 
 
USAF Clinicals Phase II Course (Air Force Specific)
Description: This training provides practical clinical training and experience to perform basic radiographic procedures/exams and related patient care duties. Emphasis is to acquire competency in performing procedures on actual sick and injured under the supervision of qualified radiographers and radiologists in selected Medical Treatment Facilities (MTF's).
Prerequisite(s): Completion of phase 1 program. 

USA Clinicals Phase II Course (Army Specific)
Description: This training provides practical clinical training and experience to perform basic radiographic procedures/exams and related patient care duties. Emphasis is to acquire competency in performing procedures on actual sick and injured under the supervision of qualified radiographers and radiologists in selected US Army Medical Treatment Facilities (MTF's).
Prerequisite(s): Completion of phase 1 program. 
 
USN Clinicals Phase II Course (Navy Specific)
Description: This training provides practical clinical training and experience to perform basic radiographic procedures/exams and related patient care duties. Emphasis is to acquire competency in performing procedures on actual sick and injured under the supervision of qualified radiographers and radiologists in selected Medical Treatment Facilities (MTF's).
Prerequisite(s): Completion of phase 1 program. 

The METC transitioned from offering only bridging agreements to becoming a branch campus of the College of Allied Health Sciences (CAHS) of the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS). As a branch campus, the METC students are part of a regional accreditation through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which is recognized by both the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), to accredit degree-granting institutions.

Accreditation Information:


The Radiologic Technologist program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) (WWW.JRCERT.ORG). 

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182 
Telephone: 312-704-5300 
FAX: 312-704-5304 
WWW.JRCERT.ORG

Graduates are eligible to take national credentialing examinations through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists* (WWW.ARRT.ORG) upon meeting degree requirements.

American Registry of Radiologic Technologists 
1255 Northland Drive 
St. Paul MN 55120-1155 

*The ARRT will only accept applicants who have earned an associate degree (or more advanced degree) from an accrediting agency recognized by the ARRT. The degree will not need to be in radiologic science, and it can be earned before entering the educational program or after graduation from the program. The Radiologic Technologist program is granted college credit from the College of Allied Health Sciences (CAHS). 
 

Credentialing Information: 

“Maintenance of Probation”, effective 22 March 2022


Graduates are eligible to take national credentialing examinations through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists* (www.arrt.org) upon meeting degree requirements.

American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
1255 Northland Drive
St. Paul MN 55120-1155

*Effective 01 JAN 2015, the ARRT will only accept applicants who have earned an associate’s degree (or more advanced degree) from an accrediting agency recognized by the ARRT. The degree will not need to be in radiologic science, and it can be earned before entering the educational program or after graduation from the program.
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Army Lead Instructor (210) 808-1880
 
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