Oct 02, 2022  
2020-2021 LSUA Catalog 
    
2020-2021 LSUA Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Radiologic Technology, AS


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The Radiologic Technology Program prepares students for careers as Radiologic Technologists or Radiographers. Radiographers are highly skilled professionals who perform x-ray procedures to assist in diagnosing and treating medical conditions. A variety of employment opportunities exist for Radiographers in hospitals, surgery centers, private offices, imaging centers, urgent care centers, industry, other imaging modalities (CT, ultrasound, MRI, etc.), commercial sales, education, and management. Graduates of the program receive an Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology and are prepared to complete the National Certification Examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Graduates will effectively apply knowledge of exposure factors.

  2. Graduates will be prepared to demonstrate proper radiation safety practices.

  3. Graduates will be prepared to perform routine radiographic studies.

  4. Graduates will demonstrate effective written communication skills.

  5. Graduates will communicate effectively with patients, peers, and other medical professionals.

  6. Graduates will demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

  7. Graduates will identify diagnostic quality images and correct non-quality images accordingly.

  8. Graduates will demonstrate ethical treatment of patients.

  9. Graduates will demonstrate attitudes and behaviors that are representative of a competent healthcare professional.

Accreditation

The Radiologic Technology Program is accredited by the Joint Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) and approved by the Louisiana State Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners.

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, Illinois 60606-3182
Phone: 312-704-5300
Email: mail@jrcert.org

Institutional Affiliations

The health care facilities that provide clinical experiences for students in the program include:

  • Avoyelles Hospital
  • Bunkie General Hospital
  • Central Louisiana Imaging Center
  • CHRISTUS Cabrini Surgery Center
  • CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital
  • LaSalle General Hospital
  • Oakdale Community Hospital
  • Veterans Administration Medical Center
  • Winn Parish Medical Center

Admission Requirements

Students who wish to be admitted to the Radiologic Technology Degree Program must meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. Be unconditionally admitted to the university and declare major as Radiologic Technology.

  2. Have achieved an overall GPA of at least 2.3 in college level courses.

  3. Have earned a grade of “C” or higher in MATH 1021, BIOL 1161, BIOL 1162, PSYC 2000, and RADT 1000

  4. Submit a Radiologic Technology Program application to the Department of Allied Health by February 1.

  5. Submit all official grades from other universities by May 1 of the semester of application. Concurrent enrollment at other universities during the semester of application is prohibited.

  6. Have a completed a minimum of 12 hours of course work completed at LSUA by the end of the semester of application.

  7. Pay for and take the HESI admissions assessment exam. Students must achieve a minimum composite score of 75% to be considered for admission to the program.

Note: Achieving the minimum requirements for admission does not guarantee admission to the program.

Once admitted, students are required to submit documentation of the following requirements prior to the first day of clinical assignment. If the documentation is not completed on time, students will not be permitted to go to clinic and may be forced to withdraw from the program:

  1. Health Requirements: all radiologic technology students must submit evidence of good health by returning a completed Physical Examination form. Forms are given to each student upon acceptance into the program. All students must have:

    1. A documented negative TB skin test and/ or chest x-ray yearly. TB skin tests must be within three months of the start of clinic.

    2. Evidence of immunity for Rubella (positive titer), Measles (positive titer), Mumps (positive titer), and Tetanus/Diphtheria booster within the past ten years.

  2. Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS): all students must submit evidence of current BCLS certification (must include two-person CPR) for the healthcare providers. BCLS certification classes are offered by American Red Cross or the American Heart Association.

  3. Criminal background checks are required by affiliate clinical sites as a condition of participation in clinical education. Students are responsible for the costs of these tests. Based on the results, any affiliated clinical site may determine to not allow your presence at their facility. Denial of clinical access could result in your inability to successfully complete the clinical requirements of a specific course and the program. More information is available from the program director.

  4. Routine drug screens may be required by affiliate clinical sites as a condition of participation in clinical education. Students are responsible for the costs of these tests. Based on the results, any affiliated clinical site may determine to not allow your presence at their facility. Denial of clinical access could result in your inability to successfully complete the clinical requirements of a specific course and the program. More information is available from the program director.

Admission Process

Admission into the clinical portion of the program will be on a selective basis and will occur each year. During the month of June, a selection committee composed of the Director of the Radiologic Technology Program and members of the faculty will review applications and make selection decisions based a point system derived from the student’s HESI scores, overall GPA, number of hours completed at LSUA, and course grades for MATH 1021 , BIOL 1161 , BIOL 1162 , PSYC 2000 , and RADT 1000 . If the number of applicants exceeds the availability of positions, those applicants with the highest number of points will be selected.

Degree Requirements

  1. Students must complete all of the requirements pertaining to associate degrees as specified in Degree Requirements .

  2. Students must earn a grade of “C” or higher in all courses required by the curriculum.

Degree Audit

A fillable degree audit for students and their academic advisors is available here.

Retention and Progression Requirements

  1. Students must maintain an overall grade point average of at least 2.0. 

  2. Students must earn a grade of “C” or higher in all courses required by the curriculum. 

  3. Students must maintain health clearance as documented on annual health forms. 

  4. Students must attend an annual Infection Control Update. 

  5. Students must maintain CPR for Health Care Providers certification. 

  6. Students must comply with professional standards of the Department of Allied Health.

Total Credits: 72


General Education Requirements


See list of approved courses in the General Education  section of the catalog

Total Credits: 6


Social Sciences


Total Credits: 3


Total Credits: 6


Total Credits: 8


Humanities


Total Credits: 3


Fine Arts


Total Credits: 3


Total Credits: 29


Total Credits: 43


Suggested Sequence of Courses


 

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