TMCC

Radiologic Technology

Radiologic Technology Application Information

Information on this page has been approved by the department and is current as of January 2014.


Background Check and Drug Testing Back to Top

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 acceptance into the Radiologic Technology Program).


Qualities of a Technologist Back to Top

Student Radiologic Technologists must be able to perform the essential functions of the unit/department in which they are rotating. These can include any of the following:

  • Standing for extended periods of time
  • Walking (to and from patient areas, assisting patients to walk, etc.)
  • Sitting for extended periods of time
  • Hand/finger dexterity (i.e., Grasping/Handling medications/medical equipment, etc.)
  • Pushing/Pulling (i.e., Carts, Wheelchairs, Gurneys, etc.)
  • Kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling
  • Reaching with both arms: up, down, side to side
  • Ability to accomplish duties requiring repetitive motions/actions
  • Assisting patients to sit up, turn, get out of bed, etc.
  • Ability to see within 20 inches for as far as 20 feet or more (corrective lenses acceptable)
  • Ability to distinguish colors
  • Possess adequate hearing (i.e., ability to hear alarms, patients/patients families, instructions from physicians/department staff, etc.)
  • Adequate sense of smell

If the student is unable to perform any of the above functions, they should notify the program coordinator upon acceptance into the Radiologic Technology Program.


AAS Curriculum Requirements Back to Top

Prerequisites (C or Better Required)

BIOL 223 and BIOL 224 (Anatomy & Physiology I and II)
(prerequisite: BIOL 190)
 or
8 Credits BIOL 141 and BIOL 142 (Human Structure and Function I and II)
(not transferable for advanced imaging degrees)
8 credits
RAD 101 (Exploration in Radiology) 0.5 credit
ENG 101 (Composition I) 3 credits
NURS 130 (Nursing Assistant) 6 credits
CLS 151 (Phlebotomy) 2 credits
CLS 152 (Applied Phlebotomy) 2 credits
For students starting in 2014: MATH 105 (Math for Radiology Technicians) 3 credits
For students starting 2015: MATH 120 (Fundamentals of Mathematics) 3 credits

Core Requirements

Semester I (Fall)Semester III (Fall)
IS 101 (Intro Information Systems) 3 credits RAD 230 (Clinical Radiography III) 3 credits
RAD 103 (Medical Ethics) 1 credit RAD 236 (Rad Contrast/Routine Exams) 2 credits
RAD 110 (Fundamentals of Clinical Radiography) 2 credits RAD 238 (Radiation Safety & Protection) 2 credits
RAD 112 (Medical Term & Patient Care) 2 credits Social Science/Humanities or Diversity 3 credits
RAD 116 (Radiography I) 3 credits English/Communication 3 credits
RAD 118 (Radiology Physics & Circuitry) 3 credits  
Total Required Credits 14 credits Total Required Credits 13 credits
Semester II (Spring)Semester IV (Spring)
US & Nevada Constitution 3 credits RAD 242 (Radiology Queality Management) 1 credit
RAD 124 (Radiographic Photo & Tech) 3 credits RAD 244 (Diag. & Thermal Radiation) 2 credits
RAD 125 (Clinical Radiography I) 2 credits RAD 245 (Clinical Radiography IV) 3 credits
RAD 126 (Radiography II) 3 credits RAD 247 (Radiology Quality Control) 1 credit
RAD 128 (Imaging Equipment) 3 credits RAD 259 (Seminar in Radiography) 2 credits
  Human Relations 3 credits
Total Required Credits 14 credits Total Required Credits 12 credits
Summer Session I 
RAD 220 (Clinical Radiography II) 3 credits  
Total Required Credits 3 credits  

Summary of Clinical Education

ClassCreditsSemesterHours
RAD 110 (Fundamentals of Clinical Radiography) 2 credits Fall I 256 hours
RAD 125 (Clinical Radiography I) 2 credits Spring I 256 hours
RAD 220 (Clinical Radiography II) 3 credits Summer I 400 hours
RAD 230 (Clinical Radiography III) 3 credits Fall II 384 hours
RAD 245 (Clinical Radiography IV) 3 credits Spring II 384 hours
Total Hours 1680 hours

Radiologic Technology Program Estimated Costs Back to Top

Listed below are the estimated student costs for an Associate in Applied Science degree in Radiologic Technology at TMCC. Please see the TMCC College Catalog for the most current information and other applicable fees.

Estimated TMCC Costs

Tuition and Fees
Note: does not include out-of-state fees, which may be applicable. Subject to change by the Board of Regents without notice.
In-state Fall and Spring semester $84.50 per credit
Summer Session $87.50 per credit
Tuition
77.5 credits @ $84.50 per credit $6,548.75
3 credits @ $87.50 per credit (Summer Session) $262.50
Application Fee
(one time fee for new students)
$10.00
Approximate Costs $6,821.25

Estimated Program-Related Costs

There may be some additional costs besides those that are listed.

Uniforms

$500.00

Background check with precheck.com
(cost will vary depending on student)

$48.50

Drug testing
(one time through CertifiedBackground.com)

$35.00

Lab & Special fees $303.50
Immunization Tracker
(with CertifiedBackground.com -- for 2 years)
$24.00
Immunizations
(Hepatitis B, MMR, TDaP, DP, Varicella)
$230.00
Inital two-step TB skin test $30.00
Annual one-step TB skin test $15.00
Health Care Provider CPR Card
(must remain current)
$100.00
Books (estimated) $1100.00
Graduation pin $66.00
Miscellaneous
(Patches, Lead Markers, 6 semester ID Badges, etc.)
$70.00
Sub Total $2,522.00
Estimated Overall Costs, without Insurance $9,343.25

Application Process Back to Top

The TMCC Radiologic Technology Program begins each fall semester. Admission to the program is limited to 16 students 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.

In order to apply to the Radiologic Technology Program you must:

  1. Be a current student at TMCC.
  2. Complete all the prerequisites of the program with a grade of C or better (please refer to the TMCC College Catalog for complete and current curriculum information):
    • Math 120 or higher
    • ENG 101 (Composition I)
    • RAD 101 (Exploration in Radiology)
    Note: The following courses must have been completed in the past five years. 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 Admissions and Records office before application to the program.
    • BIOL 223 and BIOL 224 (Anatomy and Physiology I and II)
      or
    • BIOL 141 and BIOL 142 (Human Structure and Function I and II)
    • NURS 130 (Nursing Assistant)
      Acceptable alternative documentation:
      • Current certification as a CNA
      • Completion of EMT Intermediate Level or higher course
      • Current certification as EMT Intermediate or higher
    • CLS 151 & 152 (Phlebotomy & Applied Phlebotomy)
      Acceptable alternative documentation:
      • Completion of EMT Intermediate Level or higher course
      • Current certification as EMT Intermediate or higher
  3. Submit official transcripts of all previous college education to admissions and records.
  4. Have a minimum grade point average of 2.7 in all coursework applying to the associate of applied science Radiologic Technology degree.
  5. 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).
  6. Download the current Radiologic Technology Program application (available January 1 - March 1 only).
  7. Take the Health Education System, Inc. (HESI) exam for Radiologic Technology after submission of the program application (obtain HESI testing ticket upon turning in your application; testing is open March through mid-June).
  8. Upon completion of the HESI, submit a copy of results to TMCC Division of Science (RDMT 324) by June 15 to complete your Radiologic Technology application.

Application Submission and Deadline Back to Top

Submit the completed application and documentation by March 1 of the current year to the TMCC Science Division Dean's Office (Dandini Campus, Red Mountain Building, Room 324) or by mail (it is recommended to request return receipt if mailing the application) to:

TMCC Science Division
Radiologic Technology Program
7000 Dandini Blvd., RDMT 324
Reno NV 89512


Application Selection Process Back to Top

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 occupations
  • 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. In the event of applicants having an equal number of points, the student's HESI score (without rounding) will be used to break the tie. If the HESI score does not resolve the tie, lots will be drawn to decide selection.

The HESI examination may only be taken once per year. HESI scores from other testing centers will not be accepted. Selection to the Radiologic Technology program is conducted annually. Applicants not selected must reapply for consideration the following year.

After being selected for admission, in response to a letter from the program coordinator, the student will submit the following pertinent documentation prior to the first day of class:

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

Program Requirements Back to Top

Progression in the program is contingent upon maintaining a grade of C (75%) or better in all Radiologic Technology courses. All Radiologic Technology courses (except RAD 101) must be taken in the sequence outlined in the Radiologic Technology curriculum.

General Education degree requirements must be completed before graduation from the program in order to earn the AAS degree in Radiologic Technology. Since classes may be schedule during both day and evening hours, the faculty recommends completion of as many General Education requirements as possible prior to selection to the program.

IS 101 must be completed prior to the spring semester of the first year in the program.


Program Outcomes Back to Top

Students completing the Associate of Applied Science Radiologic Technology Degree will:

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

Program Checklist Back to Top

Complete the following prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of "C" and within the required time limit.

      RAD 101 (Exploration in Radiology)
      NURS 130 (Nursing Assistant)
      CLS 151/152 (Phlebotomy & Applied Phlebotomy)
      BIOL 141 & 142 or BIOL 223 & 224
      ENG 101 (Composition I)
or see General Education requirements for AAS degree in the TMCC College Catalog
      MATH 120 (Fundamentals of College Mathematics) or higher

Additional Requirements

      Have a 2.7 GPA in Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology coursework
      Have transcripts from other colleges and universities sent to the TMCC Admissions and Records Office or to Radiologic Technology
      Additional required documents needed for Radiologic Technology Program application (transcripts, proof of HS Graduation or GED/HSE, health occupation certifications, etc.)
Note: Copies must be provided by applicant; Radiologic Tech Program will not make copies for you.

The following courses are General Education degree requirements for AAS Degree.

It is strongly recommended that these courses be completed prior to entrance into the Radiologic Technology Program. They are part of the admission point system for selection to the program. If you will be seeking financial aid while in the program, please contact the Financial Aid Office to determine the impact of this recommendation on your status and qualifications.

      IS 101 (Introduction to Information Systems)
      U.S. & Nevada Constitution (3 credits)
      Diversity/Social Science/Humanities (3 credits)
      Human Relations (3 credits)
      English/Communications (3 credits)
Note: cannot be ENG 101 which is a prerequisite

The following courses are used for the admission point system for selection into the Radiologic Technology Program but do not count toward the AAS degree (5 points maximum in the support area).

      MATH 126 (Pre-Calculus I or higher)
      CHEM (100 level transferable or higher)
      BIOL 190 (Intro to Cellular and Molecular Biology)
      BIOL 223/224 (Anatomy and Physiology I and II)

Final Steps

      Complete and submit the Radiologic Technology Program Application by the posted deadline (March 1)
      Take the HESI examination. You will obtain your HESI testing ticket when you turn in your application. HESI exams are open March through Mid-June. Selection will be made after the HESI exam date in June.
      To complete your application, you must submit a copy of your HESI results to the Radiologic Technology Program office (RDMT 324) by the posted deadline (June 15).

Admission Criteria Point System Back to Top

Previous Education (Maximum 2 points)

  • Associate degree or higher (1 point)
  • TMCC Health Science Certificate of Achievement (1 point)

Credentialed Health Occupation (Maximum 3 points)

  • Non-ARRT Radiologic Tech. or Limited Scope Radiologic Tech (1 point maximum)
  • Any other Credentialed Health Occupation (1 point maximum for any credential listed below)
  • Minimum 1 year experience in credentialed area in past 3 years; documentation from employer required (1 point maximum)

A copy of the current credentials must be supplied (credential must be awarded by March 1).

Acceptable Health Occupation with Direct Patient Care
CNA Medical Assistant Physical Therapy Assistant
Dietitian Medical Technologist Respiratory Therapist
Dental Assistant Non-ARRT Technologist Tech Registered Nurse or LPN
Dental Hygienist Occupational Therapist Surgical Technologist
ECG Technician Optician  EMT
EMT Paramedic Paramedic  
Laboratory Phlebotomist  
If your credentialed occupation is not listed above, prior approval is required from the Program Coordinator

AAS General Education and Degree Requirement (Maximum 5 points)

  • IS 101 Introduction to Information Systems
  • U.S. & Nevada Constitutions
  • English 102 or higher/Communications
  • Diversity/Social Science/Humanities
  • Human Relations

HESI Score (Maximum 10 points)

The Health Education System, Inc. (HESI) test can only be taken once per year. Percent score on English, Math, Science, and Critical Thinking will be averaged and divided by 10, rounded to 1 decimal point.

Prerequisites (Maximum 16 points)

Maximum of 2 attempts per course in a 5 year period (including "W").
("A" = 2 points; "B" = 1 point; "C" = 0 points)

  • BIOL 141 or 223
  • BIOL 142 or 224
  • ENG 101
  • CLS 151
  • CLS 152
  • MATH 120 or higher
  • NURS 130
  • RAD 101

Support Area (Maximum 5 points)

Must earn a "C" or better for points

  • MATH 126 (EMT Paramedic-Calculus I or higher)
  • CHEM (100 level transferable or higher)
  • BIOL 190 (Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology)
  • BIOL 223 (Anatomy and Physiology I)
  • BIOL 224 (Anatomy and Physiology II)