A.A.S. Degree in Radiologic Technology
Radiologic Technologists, also called Radiographers, is the second largest category of allied health care professionals, surpassed in number only by nurses. Radiographers apply ionizing radiation to demonstrate portions of the human body on a radiograph, fluoroscopic screen, or other imaging screen to assist physicians in diagnosis of disease and injury. They work in hospitals, clinics, private practice, and more.
An essential member of the healthcare team, the radiographer positions body parts accurately and manipulates radiographic equipment to produce a quality diagnostic image while using the least amount of radiation necessary to get the best possible image.
Radiographers have a variety of career options open to them; most enter the profession taking x-rays and some move into specialized areas as Computed Tomography (CT), Angiography, Mammography and others. They have the opportunity to work with a variety of technologies and connect one-on-one with patients.
The Associate in Applied Science degree program in Radiologic Technology prepares students to apply to take the ARRT Registry examination in Radiography offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
Graduates who pass the ARRT examination are then eligible to apply for a New York State Department of Health License to practice Radiologic Technology.
The Radiologic Technology program is dedicated to providing each student with the educational activities necessary to develop the required critical thinking and technical and interpersonal skills of the radiographer.
The Radiologic Technology Program, as well as the field of Radiologic Technology, is a rigorous one. Program standards are not altered for disabled students. The college will make every effort to provide reasonable accommodations to students with disabling conditions. In order to successfully complete the Radiologic Technology Program, with speed and accuracy, the student must be able to:
- place the patient in position, set the controls of the x-ray machine, and evaluate the quality of the radiographic image.
- provide patient instructions and respond to questions and requests in both routine and emergency situations.
- transport and assist the patient, and to move the x-ray machine and film to the desired position, including operation of equipment in the surgical suite and at the patient’s bedside.
Students applying to the Radiologic Technology program are required to attend one Pre-Admission Seminar within three years prior to the application deadline (February 1st). This seminar is an important and informative time when a Radiologic Technology instructor will describe the Radiologic Technology Program and an Admissions specialist will describe the admissions process. In addition, you will have an opportunity to ask questions about the Radiologic Technology Program. Prospective students will receive and sign off on information pertaining to health forms, drug testing and criminal background checks.
Failure to attend a seminar in its entirety will forfeit student's application for admission consideration. Please note the seminar could take up to two hours so plan accordingly. No R.S.V.P. required to attend. Plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the seminar.
OPTIONAL GROUP INTERVIEW
Students found eligible by Admissions will have the opportunity to interview for additional points in the review process. Eligible students meet all the admissions requirements and are determined eligible after the February 1st deadline each year.
Please see the Admissions page for Health Professions students, the Radiologic Technology Advising sheet or contact the Admissions Office for more information or clarification on what it means to be an eligible applicant.
- Who will be eligible and how long will it take? The group interview will be conducted by two faculty members with a group of approximately 5-7 students. There could be more or less students in a session depending on day, time, availability or number of eligible applicants. The group interview will last approximately one or two hours depending on number of students and depth of responses or conversations.
- Appointments: Once Admissions determines which applicants are eligible for the optional group interview their names and information will be sent to the Diagnostic Imaging Department. The department will call or e-mail individuals to schedule a date and time for the group interview. Our goal is to have a variety of days and times to meet spanning over an estimated two or three weeks. Appointments will be on a first come, first serve basis. This means it's important to pay attention to your e-mail and voice mail after the February 1st application deadline.
- How many points can I earn? Students have the opportunity to earn a maximum 15 points towards the admissions review process. Points determined are forwarded to the Admissions office to be added to the applicant's points towards a seat. Points earned are good for 3 years after which the applicant can interview again (if applicant does not get into the program on first attempt). It's important to remember the interview is only a way to gain additional points and not an acceptance interview. Though the group interview is not a requirement it is, of course, recommended to earn additional points.
What should I wear?
Come dressed as you believe one should for an interview.
What will be asked during the interview?
The department will not list questions or post them. Just like a normal job interview there is an element of surprise and being put "on the spot" to respond to questions.
Can I bring someone with me?
No, only the applicant will be allowed into the group interview.
Can I record the interview?
No, due to other individuals involved there are no recordings allowed for privacy purposes. Furthermore, all phones must be turned off during the session.
What should I bring?
Come prepared as you believe one should for an interview.
What if I can't make any of the days or times offered?
If earning additional points or admission into the program is important you have to prioritize and pick from the days / times offered. That may mean calling out of work, using a personal day or getting a sitter if need be.
What if I miss the day I scheduled?
We will try to reschedule, but due to the fact we have MANY eligible applicants, there is no guarantee another day will be available.