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Diagnostic Imaging

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 accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) and 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.

Mission Statement

The Radiologic Technology Program seeks to provide each student educational activities to develop the necessary professional, communication, clinical and critical thinking skills for the purpose of graduating entry-level radiographers who demonstrate professionalism in the the clinical setting.

Technical Standards

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • A student sho successfully completes the Radiologic Technology Program can demonstrate knowledge, proficiency, and dexterity in the following:
  1. Perform routine radiography exams
  2. Perform non-routine radiology procedures
  3. Evaluate radiographs for diagnostic quality
  4. Demonstrate knowledge through Clinical Test Exams
  5. Practice patient safety and radiation protection
  6. Demonstrate professional behavior
  7. Demonstrate effective oral language skills
  8. Demonstrate effective writing skills

Zoom Radiography Overview with Q & A: Is Radiography the right field for you?

While there is always a great deal of interest in the X-Ray (Rad Tech Program) the desire to join our program has doubled or tripled in the past year.

Our department is holding a few "Q & A" sessions for prospective students via Zoom. This is not a pre-admissions seminar nor is it strictly an advising session. Rather, we want to give an overview of our field, a day in the life of a radiographer, tour our website as well as the admissions page, and then answer any questions prospective students have.

Seating is limited per session mostly to cut back on time (i.e. 30 people each with a question taking about 1 min per question = 30 mins just in questions).

Check back later for the date of the next Q & A session.

Pre-Admission Seminar

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 the process for admission to this specific program. 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.

The Pre-Admission Seminars for AY 2023-24 are as follows:

  • Friday, September 8, 2pm, Newburgh campus room KAP 204
  • Friday, October 13, 2pm, Newburgh campus room KAP 204
  • Friday, November 17, 11am, Middletown campus, BT 360
  • Thursday, January 25, 2024, 2pm, Newburgh campus, room to be advised.

* No registration is required for Pre-Admission Seminars.