Department of Health Professions

Radiologic Technologist

A Radiologic Technologist (Radiographer) uses critical thinking and independent judgment to obtain a diagnostic imaging study while maintaining quality patient care and minimizing radiation exposure. Technologists are employed in acute care settings, ambulatory care settings, physicians' offices, in education, and in management or sales positions. With additional education and training, radiographers may be employed in Radiation Therapy, Computed Tomography, Mammography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Nuclear Medicine, Special Vascular Imaging and Cardiac Catheterization.

Students interested in the Radiologic Technology program first enroll as Associate of Arts (General Studies) students. Students then take prerequisite general education courses while exploring personal interests and aptitudes with the assistance of advisors who are experts in the health care fields. When required prerequisite course work is successfully completed students may apply for admission to the Radiologic  Technology program. The Radiology  program is a competitive admissions program that requires a separate application process after prerequisite course work is completed.

The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Radiologic Technology consists of one semester of General AA Curriculum and five semesters of both didactic (classroom) and clinical education. Students must pass SCN 201N  with a B or higher, and a minimum cumulative GPA of prerequisite courses of 2.75 or greater in the AA prerequisite courses to be eligible to apply to the Radiologic Technology Program. Once in the program all students are expected to complete SCN 202N and all AHXR classes with a B or higher to continue in the program.

The five semesters of the program will include a combination of classroom and clinical work to allow students the ability to integrate knowledge and skills. A ten-week summer clinical rotation is required between the first and second years.

The Radiographic Technology Program is recognized by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges. When all requirements for the Associate of Applied Science Degree are completed, the student will be eligible to take the national certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Upon successful completion of this examination, the student becomes a Registered Radiologic Technologist - R.T.(R) ARRT. Conviction of a crime (misdemeanor or felony) could leave an individual ineligible for participation in the certifying test. Please contact the ARRT, arrt.org, if this is a potential problem.

Students in the program are required to rotate to clinical sites outside the Missoula area on a periodic basis. These rotations will take place during summer session, fall semester and spring semester of the second year. These sites may include, but are not limited to, Ronan, Hamilton, and Polson.

General Education Curriculum Program Entry Requirements

Students must complete the General AA Pre-requisite Curriculum  and prove competence with computer technology in one of the following three ways:
            a.         Acceptable transfer credit for CAPP 120
            b.         Passing challenge exam for CAPP 120
            c.         Take and pass CAPP 120

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Length of Program: 3 Years
Award Upon Graduation: Associate of Applied Science Degree
Entry Times: Fall Semester

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