Blinn College Radiologic Technology

What is Radiologic Technology?

Radiologic technology is a science combining advanced technology and human compassion. This career requires a basic understanding and interest in math, physics, human anatomy and physiology.

The Professional's Role

The radiologic technologist is a health professional specially educated to utilize x-rays to produce images used in the diagnosis of disease. The technologist positions the patients, provides for patient comfort and protection, and selects the radiation exposure levels required to obtain diagnostic images, which are then interpreted by the physician. The technologist operates a wide variety of equipment and interacts with patients and members of the health care team.

Compensation

Depending on the location, duties, and need of employment, graduates can reasonably expect annual entry- level salaries ranging from $30,000-35,000.

Certification of Graduation

Upon satisfactory completion of the two-year program, a student is eligible for an Associate in Applied Science degree from Blinn College. The student is eligible to take the American Registry for Radiologic Technologists. Successful candidates receive the designation of Registered Radiologic Technologist R.T.(R) which is accepted by the Texas Department of Health for licensure as a Certified Medical Radiologic Technologist (C.M.R.T.).

Pass Rate

Blinn College Radiologic Technology Program has had a 100% pass rate, on the first attempt, on the National Board Examination for the past 13 years.

Our Mission

Consistent with the mission of Blinn College, the faculty of the Radiologic Technology Program is committed to serving the educational needs of the citizens of Brazos/Washington and surrounding counties.  This mission will be accomplished by providing quality instruction, preparing the graduate with employable skills as entry level radiographer, preparing the graduate to be successful on the National Certification Examination, and providing the opportunity to participate in higher education or other advanced imaging modalities.  The program will be alert to industry needs and educational requirements.

Program Goals

1. The program will graduate radiologic technologists with satisfactory entry-level skills in problem solving, critical thinking and communication.

 
2.The program will foster independent thinking, promote the pursuit of life-long learning and professional growth.
 
3. The program will continue to provide quality education and maintain a high pass rate in the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist Certification Examination.
 
4. The program will prepare the graduate with employable skills necessary for entry-level employment.

Accreditation

The Radiologic Technology Program is nationally accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JCERT).

Pre-Orientation Sessions

The Blinn College Radiologic Technology Program offers several pre-orientations per year. This gives our faculty the opportunity to inform students about our program and answer any questions they may have. We encourage anyone interested in becoming a Radiologic Technologists to join us for a pre-orientation session. For further information on times, dates and registration, click here.

Pre-requisites

Course Prefix
Course Number
Course Title
Credit Hrs.
BIOL
1406
General Biology
4
ENGL
1301
English Composition
3
HITT
1305
Medical Terminology
3
Total Hours
10

***Must show proof of computer literacy by either high school or college computer courses or recent work history with data processing and/or management.

Radiologic Courses

Semester I (Fall)    
  RADR 1266 Practicum - Medical Rad. Tech.
2
  RADR 1203 Patient Care
2
  RADR 1313 Principles of Radiographic Imaging I
3
  RADR 1311 Basic Radiographic Procedures
3
  BIOL 2401 Anatomy & Physiology I
4
     
Semester II (Spring)    
  RADR 1267 Practicum - Medical Rad. Tech.
2
  RADR 2301 Intermed. Radiographic Procedures
3
  RADR 2309 Radiographic Imaging Equip.
3
  BIOL 2402 Anatomy & Physiology II
4
  RADR 2305 Principles of Radiographic Imaging II
3
     
Semester III (Summer)    
  RADR 1467 Practicum - Medical Rad. Tech.
4
  PSYC 2301 General Psychology
3
     
Semester IV (Fall) RADR 2366 Practicum - Medical Rad. Tech.
3
  RADR 2431 Advanced Radiographic Procedures
4
  RADR 2313 Radiation Biology & Protection
3
     
Semester V (Spring)    
  RADR 2367 Practicum- Medical Rad. Tech.
3
  RADR 2217 Radiographic Pathology
2
  RADR 2233 Advanced Medical Imaging
2
 

HUMANITIES/FINE
ARTS ELECTIVE

 
3
     
Semester VI (Summer)    
  RADR 2266 Practicum - Medical Rad. Tech.
2
  RADR 1191 Special Topics in Med. Rad. Tech.
1
     
    Total Credit Hours
69

Financial/Cost Requirements

The student's greatest expense is at the beginning of the first semester when the uniforms, shoes, clinical supplies, tuition, and textbooks must be paid for.

 
Estimated Cost
       
 
Tuition/Fees
$ 6,100.00
  Books
$1,000.00
  Uniforms
$ 400.00
  Approximate Total Cost
$7,500.00
       
     

Pre-Entrance Examination

A HOBET test will be required before applying to our program. This test is given once a month throughout the year. We strongly recommend students who are applying to the program take the HOBET test before March. This will ensure that the test results will be in our office by the March deadline. For more information on the HOBET test, cost and requirements, please contact Ralph Robinson at the Center for Student Development at (979) 209-7455. A student may only take the HOBET twice per year of application. This number cannot exceed three throughout the entire application process.

Required Technical Standards

What is required of an individual to perform all the radiologic technology skills?

A radiologic technology student must possess motor and visual skills that would enable him/her to meet the program objectives and perform job duties required in the profession.
Specifically, the students:

Application Process

If you are just beginning your college work, you must:

1)
Meet Blinn College requirements for admission. Pass all areas of THEA or prove to be THEA exempt prior to any course work.
 
2)
Students with transfer credits MUST have college transcripts analyzed by a Blinn College transcript analyst.
   
3)
Complete developmental courses required by THEA.
   
4)
Make an appointment with the CENTER FOR STUDENT DEVELOPMENT - NO LATER THAN 2 SEMESTERS PRIOR TO APPLICATION. (Science Bldg. - Office #157 at 209-7250) to:
a. Set up a file which will identify you as a Pre-Rad Tech candidate
b. Receive academic guidance (Taking the Biology courses is a priority)
  · Must be completed prior to semester of application: 
 
BIOL 1406; HITT 1305; & ENGL 1301
· Remaining co-requisite courses: 
BIOL 2401; BIOL 2402; PSYC 2301 & HUMANITIES/FINE ARTS ELECTIVE
c. Learn about specific program entrance requirements:
· All sections of THEA must either be passed or exempted prior to beginning the Rad Tech Application Process
· HOBET testing dates
(website: www.blinn.edu/counseling click on link)
· Application due the last working day March (Select 20 students)

If you have completed the above, you next need to . . .

5)
Make an appointment with Rad Tech after you completed Steps #1-4 (209-7566).
 
6)
Bring copies of your records* from Center for Student Development (*includes: Student Data Form, Degree Worksheet, Special Populations Form, and Application Process Form) to the Rad Tech Department to set up an appointment. Appointments will not be made unless you have copies of yopur records with you. At the time of your appointment y, you will receive the application packet.
   
7)
INITIATE A RAD TECH APPLICATION before by the last working day of January. A file will be initiated only if all of the criteria listed above have been completed.
SUBMIT COMPLETED APPLICATION PACKET NO LATER THAN THE
LAST WORKING DAY OF MARCH.

Remember:

It is always better to take co-requisite courses before you are accepted into the program, if possible!