This Selective Program has a competitive entry selection process based on a competitive point system. Application requirements are included in the description below.
Radiologic technologists are health care professionals who perform diagnostic imaging procedures utilizing ionizing radiation, such as x-ray examinations, fluoroscopic studies, and portable radiography. They are responsible for accurately positioning patients and ensuring that quality diagnostic images are produced. They work closely with radiologists, the physicians who interpret medical images to either diagnose or rule out disease or injury.
The Radiologic Technology Associate of Applied Science degree at South Texas College is an approved program by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Accreditation Guidelines. The program provides educational and clinical experience that result in extensive knowledge in patient care, radiographic procedures, examination techniques, equipment operation, radiation protection, and image production and evaluation. Throughout the clinical and practicum aspects of the program, students will train in various medical facilities with experienced radiologic technologists.
Students are trained for employment as entry-level radiologic technologists in hospitals, outpatient imaging centers, mobile imaging services, and additional medical facilities. Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive an Associate of Applied Science degree in Radiologic Technology. Graduates are also eligible to sit for the national certification examination for Radiologic Technology administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Successful completion of this exam results in the designation of the title as a Registered Technologist in Radiography, or R.T. (R) (ARRT). The state of Texas also requires that individuals approved to sit for the national certification examination also apply for state licensure before being allowed to practice in this state.
Program Admission Requirements
All applicants must:
- Participate in the required Radiologic Technology Program Student Information Session at the Nursing & Allied Health Campus. For the session schedule, access the information online at http://nah.southtexascollege.edu/rad.
- Meet general admission requirements to South Texas College.
- Be admitted to the college as a high school graduate or GED equivalent.
- Meet TSI College Readiness Standards, or meet TSI exemption standards.
- Complete the ACT exam including the writing component. Achieve an ACT composite of 19 or above and a minimum of 16 in all individual areas (English, Math, Reading, and Science). ACT Writing score must be a 6 or above. Scores must be current within the last 5 years. ACT exemptions are not permitted.
- Complete all prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of “B” as listed in the Radiologic Technology Program degree plan. BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I and Mathematics Elective courses must be current within the last 5 years. RADR 1309 Introduction to Radiography and Patient Care must be current within 2 years from the application date. ACT exam scores are required prior to registration to RADR 1309. No minimum score is required for entry in this course.
- Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all courses listed in the Radiologic Technology degree plan. This includes courses completed through South Texas College and transfer courses.
- Be 18 years of age or older.
- Pass a criminal background check, 10-panel drug screen through approved providers, and complete all required immunizations including Hepatitis B series. Students with criminal histories must provide proof of certification eligibility from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) prior to application. For more information contact the Diagnostic Imaging Department at 956-872-3049.
- Meet Technical Standards as stated by the Radiologic Technology Program.
- Satisfy healthcare agency requirements prior to clinical practice.
- Submit a completed Program application by stated deadline. For more information contact the Diagnostic Imaging Department at 956-872-3049 or access the information online at http://nah.southtexascollege.edu/rad.
Competitive Entry Selection Process
Admission to the Radiologic Technology Associate of Applied Science degree is based on a point system score comprised of GPA of RADT Program prerequisite and general education courses, ACT Exam scores, and optional points which may be obtained from items listed on the Application Form (for example, completion of CSFH 0101 College Success for Healthcare and HITT 1305 Medical Terminology I courses with a B or better). Qualified applicants are numerically ranked from highest to lowest total application points. Due to program size limitations, a number of applicants who meet the program admission requirements may not be admitted to the program. Selection of students is made one time a year during the summer. The deadline for applying to the Radiologic Technology Program is the last Friday in May of the current year. For specific information on the point system utilized for candidate selection, please contact the Diagnostic Imaging Department at 956-872-3049 or access the information online at http://nah.southtexascollege.edu/rad.
A new applicant pool is established for each admission period. Applicants who were not admitted for the current application period must re-apply to be considered for a later application period. The number of students accepted into the program annually is dependent upon available resources. Should any of the accepted applicants decline admission, an alternate will be offered acceptance to the program. In the case of tied applicants, finalists will be chosen based on the date of application.
NOTE: Please see program webpage for additional information regarding the application process at http://nah.southtexascollege.edu/rad.
To earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in the Radiologic Technology Program, students must meet college graduation requirements and complete all coursework as prescribed in the degree plan with a minimum grade of “C” in didactic courses and minimum grade of “B” in the clinical/practicum courses. Students must also pass the written and practicum examinations as required in the final Capstone courses.
Advisory Committee Members
Juan Aguirre, RT(R), Assistant Director of Radiology, McAllen Medical Center
Marisela Borjas, RT(ARRT), RDMS, Valley Lead Sonographer, Driscoll Children’s Hospital
Aaron Guerra, MBA, Director of Radiology, Rio Grande Regional Hospital
Orlando Lopez, RT(R)(CV), BAT, Director of Radiology and Cardiology Services, Knapp Medical Center
Ralph Martinez, RT(R), BSM, Director of Radiology, Mission Regional Medical Center
Hermilo Peña, MBA, RT(R)(CT)(MR), Supervisory Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist, VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System
Eric F. Salinas, RT(R)(CT), Lead Technologist, Texas Health Care Imaging
Laurence Weinreich, MA, CRA, RT(R), Director of Radiology, Edinburg Regional Medical Center and Children's Hospital
Sandra Yanez, RT(R), Director of Radiology, Doctors Hospital at Renaissance
Radiologic Technology Associate of Applied Science
|Pre-requisite Semester||Credit Hours|
|RADR 1309||Introduction to Radiography and Patient Care 2||3|
|BIOL 2401||Anatomy and Physiology I 1||4|
|Math Elective 1||3|
|ENGL 1301||Composition I 1||3|
|BIOL 2402||Anatomy and Physiology II||4|
|RADR 1311||Basic Radiographic Procedures||3|
|RADR 1213||Principles of Radiographic Imaging I||2|
|Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective 1||3|
|RADR 2301||Intermediate Radiographic Procedures||3|
|RADR 2205||Principles of Radiographic Imaging II||2|
|RADR 1366||Practicum I||3|
|RADR 1267||Practicum II||2|
|RADR 2431||Advanced Radiographic Procedures||4|
|RADR 2309||Radiographic Imaging Equipment||3|
|RADR 2366||Practicum III||3|
|Humanities Elective 1||3|
|RADR 2117||Radiographic Pathology||1|
|RADR 2213||Radiation Biology and Protection||2|
|RADR 2367||Practicum IV||3|
|RADR 2235||CAPSTONE: Radiologic Technology Seminar||2|
|RADR 2166||Capstone: Practicum V||1|
|Total Credit Hours||60|
Identifies courses to fulfill minimum 15 credit hour General Education requirement.
ACT exam scores are required prior to registration for RADR 1309 Introduction to Radiography and Patient Care.