Offered as: Associate, Bachelor
- Radiation Therapy
Why Study Medical imaging at Mount Aloysius College?
Mount Aloysius College’s Radiation Sciences program consists of two components: academic courses and clinical rotations. You’ll hit the books and learn all the knowledge and technical facets of medical imaging in the classroom; before your sophomore year, you’ll be in the field interacting with patients.
What do Medical Imagists do?
Students studying radiography are trained to work in radiography labs all across the country. Radiographers use a variety of equipment and the images produced help radiographers diagnose and treat patients.
Medical imagists can choose where to use their degree after graduation. A few options include:
- Medical Centers
- Outpatient Clinics
- Physician’s Offices
Are there job openings? How much will I make?
The demand for radiologic technologists is expected to rise 9% from 2014 to 2024, an increase of 17,200 jobs.*
The average median wage for a radiologic technologist in the state of Pennsylvania is $56,880.*
Recent Success Story
Brandon L Steach, RT (R) MR, graduated cum laude from Mount Aloysius in 2006 with a degree in radiography. Following graduation, he was offered four different jobs. Brandon was employed at Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill, PA for 3.5 years, where he started in X-ray and cross-trained in a cardiovascular suite and MRI and obtained his certification in MRI.
He is currently the CT/MRI supervisor at Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center in Lititz, PA where he developed the protocols/policies in CT and MRI and coordinates numerous administrative responsibilities as well as performing clinical exams. Currently, Brandon directs and manages a MRI Breast program with capabilities of MRI guided breast biopsy.
Who will teach me?
The Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences Program at Mount Aloysius College faculty have at least a combined 150 years of experience in the field of medical imaging. All professors are registered radiologic technologists and hold a variety of advanced certifications. The College has affiliation agreements with accredited organizations for those interested in Radiation Therapy and Nuclear Medicine in which the professors are highly experienced as well.
The Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences associate degree program is currently accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools but is seeking additional accreditation through The Joint Committee on Education on Education in Radiologic Technology (J.R.C.E.R.T.). For more information regarding the program’s accreditation visit: www.jrcert.org
Five year average (2009-2013) is 90.6% pass rate on the first attempt of the A.R.R.T. exam out of a total of 190 students taking the exam within 6 months of graduation.
- Class of 2009 98% (41 of the 42 first time takers passed)
- Class of 2010 86% (30 of the 35 first time takers passed)
- Class of 2011 80% (28 of the 35 first time takers passed)
- Class of 2012 95% (41 of the 44 first time takers passed)
- Class of 2013 94% (32 of the 34 first time takers passed)
The Radiologic Sciences program offers an Associate of Science Degree that is inclusive of all eligibility requirements for the entry-level American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) national certification exam in Radiography. The student-focused curriculum includes professional courses in the radiologic sciences and a structured competency-based clinical education with an emphasis on liberal arts studies.
The mission of the Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences Program at Mount Aloysius College is to prepare students to develop values, attitudes, and competencies necessary to become entry level radiologic technologists.
Upon completion of the Associate Degree in Medical Imaging: Radiography the graduate will:
- have a solid grounding in liberal arts that includes general science and an understanding of the biological and physiological aspect of human anatomy;
- develop critical thinking skills;
- have in-depth knowledge of patient care including legal issues, infection control, safety, and professional and caring behaviors;
- have knowledge of radiation protection including utilization of equipment and accessories, techniques and procedures demonstrating expertise in limiting the radiation exposure to the patient, self and others;
- understand equipment operation including the basic physical principals of electricity, x-ray production, and digital, fluoroscopic and radiographic imaging;
- be able to critically assess images according to the four qualities of image production and make appropriate adjustments when necessary;
- be able to perform radiographic examinations that provide pertinent information in the diagnosis and treatment of the patient;
- demonstrate effective communication skills;
- model professionalism by understanding the code of ethics for radiologic technologists, be able to work collaboratively,
- have developed a commitment to life-long learning and the pursuit of personal and professional growth through the participation in educational and professional activities.
This program is an articulated 3-1 agreement with Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. Upon completion of all program requirements in Medical Imaging/Radiography at Mount Aloysius College, and successfully pass the national certification exam, students can apply to Washburn University. The Radiation Therapy courses at Washburn University are offered online and is a 13 month program.
Once the certification program is completed, the student will be granted a Bachelor Degree from Mount Aloysius College and a certificate from Washburn University.
Radiation Therapy Highlights
Radiation therapists operate machines called linear accelerators, which are used to deliver radiation therapy. These machines direct high-energy x rays at specific cancer cells in a patient’s body, shrinking or removing them.
Radiation therapists are part of the oncology team that treats patients with cancer.
The average starting salary range in the region is $30.00 to $38.00 per hour.
RT’s are needed at:
- Physicians’ Offices
- Outpatient Clinics
Annual completion rate is determined by dividing the number of students who complete the program within a cohort by the number of students enrolled in the cohort.
- Class of 2012 Program Completion Rate: 46/64 = 72%
- Class of 2011 Program Completion Rate: 38/56 = 68%
- Class of 2010 Program Completion Rate: 34/51 = 67%
- Ability to see the patient to monitor patient comfort, vital signs and ensure safety
- Ability to differentiate between shades of grey, black, and white
- Read and comprehend protocol for medical imaging procedures
- Perform data entry tasks using digital and computer terminals
- Ability to hear the patient to monitor patient comfort, vital signs and ensure safety
- Hearing must be sufficient to communicate with others and to hear blood pressure sounds through a stethoscope
- Hear and retain pertinent information to relay information
- Hear and respond to questions and obtain a clinical history
- Speak clearly and loud enough to be understood by a patient and persons in the department, radiology room, surgery, or on the phone
- Possess sufficient verbal skills to effectively communicate in English
- Effectively question patients for clinical history
- Be able to describe changes in activity, mood, and vital signs of a patient
- Respond to verbal and non-verbal communication
- Grasp and manipulate small objects required to perform job function
- Operate a variety of x-ray equipment
- Push and pull routinely
- Arms and hands or functional artificial limbs are essential to perform radiographic procedures and transfer patients
- Legs and feet or functional artificial limbs are essential to maintain balance to accomplish required duties and transport patients
- Stand for the majority (approximately 80%) of a normal work day, and with a 10 lb. Lead apron for certain rotations
- Maneuver through congested area(s) or unit(s) to perform positioning procedures and transport patients safely
- Assist patients on and off examination tables, to and from wheelchairs and stretcher
- Raise arm(s) while maintaining balance when positioning a patient, reaching over table, adjusting x-ray tube
- Maneuver/push heavy radiographic equipment through congested areas
- Pull/push medical equipment and adjust x-ray tubes to standard protocol; transfer of patients to and from unit
- Weight must allow free movement within small control booth, move quickly during patient emergencies; manuever in small areas while performing portable radiography procedures.
- Lift patients; lift and carry approximately 30-50 pounds of equipment
- Organize and accurately perform individual steps of a radiographic examination in proper sequence
- Emotional stability and maturity
- Complete required tasks / functions under stressful conditions
- Track and complete multiple tasks at the same time
- Perform independently with minimal supervision
- Interact appropriately with diverse personalities
- Possess sufficient written skills for proper communication of information
A statement attesting to the ability to perform technical standards must be completed.
- An application
- Official high school transcript or GED diploma.
- Applicants will need a high school level Chemistry course with a “C” or better completed within the last five years.
- Official college transcripts from all colleges/universities attended, if applicable.
- Three letters of recommendation.
- Registration for the Accuplacer Exam, if applicable.
- SAT or ACT college board scores. The ACT is offered monthly at Mount Aloysius College.
Applicants who have taken the SAT are required to have a minimum score of 1000 using the combined scores of critical reading and math only. If an applicant falls below the 1000 combined score he/she will be required to take the Accuplacer exam. Students who have not taken the SAT will be required to take the Accuplacer exam.
The job placement rate reflects the number of students working in the field or actively seeking employment in the radiologic sciences.
The number of students employed in the profession 12 months’ post-graduation and the number of graduates actively seeking jobs.
|2013||37.5% or 9/33 (9 out of 33 are currently taking BS courses)|
|2012||44 % or 16/43 (7 out of 43 are currently taking BS courses)|
|2011||58 % or 20/36 (2 out of 36 are currently taking Pre-Med courses)|
|2010||60 % or 21/37 (2 out of 37 are currently in the Military)|
|2009||59.5 % or 25/43 (1 out of 43 is currently in the Military)|
|5 year average||51.8 % or 91/192|