Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology
Radiologic Technologists provide diagnostic and therapeutic services to patients of all ages in a wide variety of clinical settings. The scope of practice for radiographers includes: evaluating clinical data, performing and assisting in the performance of prescribed diagnostic studies; instructing patients about procedures they will undergo; monitoring patient responses to care provided; modifying procedures to achieve the desired information for interpretation by a radiologist or other qualified healthcare provider; providing patient, family and community education; disease prevention; participating in life-support activities as required; and following clinical practice guidelines.
Radiographers should demonstrate behavior and ethics consistent with standards and ethics of all radiologic science professionals. Radiographers are involved in clinical decision making and patient education.
This program prepares individuals as radiographers educated through academic courses and clinical education. Graduates will be eligible for examination by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Graduates must satisfy degree requirements as stipulated by BGSU for associate degrees. Graduates must also satisfy all requirements of the Ohio Department of Health, Radiologic Licensure division, to obtain a license to practice in Ohio. Radiologic technology practice varies based upon individual State's law.
Following admission to the University, the student is responsible for filing a separate application with the radiologic technology program.
Students must meet the following criteria:
- Graduated from an accredited high school having attained a GPA of 2.0 or GED or have completed twelve semester hours of college work with an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher;
- Formally admitted to BGSU;
- Completed developmental courses in English, reading and study strategies, or math, if more than six credits are required (based upon COMPASS test results);
- Completed at least eight (8) of the nine (9) general education classes (see Clinical Admission for list); with a minimum grade of C;
- Completed Strong Interest Inventory testing;
- Completed a 4-8 hour observation experience in a clinical radiology location;
- Participated in a personal interview in which attitude and enthusiasm for the program will be considered; (student should be in casual business attire)
- Passed a criminal history background check allowing them to enter clinical settings, as required by Ohio law;
- Graduates of certificate/diploma program may make use of the Associate of Technical Studies degree program. Contact the advisor for details.
- Complete a formal application returned to the program director.
After gaining admittance to the program, students must meet the following minimum requirements to be in good standing and continue in the program:
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.25 or higher;
- Earn a grade of "C" or higher in RADT 1110, 1120, 1210, 1220, 1410, 2400, 2420, 2510, 2520 and 2530; AHTH 1020 and 1030.
- Earn a "S" in RADT 1810, 1820, 1830, 2810, and 2820;
- Demonstrate the achievement of competency in all areas of clinical practice;
- Comply with RADT clinical policies and procedures; failure to comply will result in ineligibility to continue in the program.
To be admitted to clinical directed practice, the student must meet the following requirements:
- Complete prerequisite coursework in good standing; WRIT, COMM, MATH, PSYC, MEDT, BIOL, CS, AHTH, ELECTIVE. See program check sheet link at the end.
- Pass a criminal history background check;
- Meet all physical requirements to perform the essential functions of a student radiographer, as evidenced by a completed physical examination on file with the program;
- Apply for professional liability insurance through BGSU upon entering clinical practice;
- Sign a BGSU liability waiver form;
- Submit a copy of a current CPR card, indicating successful completion of an AHA Health Care Provider course;
- Review and agree to comply with guidelines in the Student Clinical Handbook.
While admission to the program is closely tied to the number of clinical spaces, occasionally exceptions can occur that are beyond the control of BGSU Firelands. In the event that the number of eligible students exceeds clinical space available, admission to the clinical directed practice may be determined by a rank order based upon date of acceptance into the program, college grade point average, program hours completed, and the recommendation of program personnel.
Students are responsible for the following expenses related to participation in the clinical directed practice:
- Pre-clinical physical examination, including lab work and immunizations;
- Textbooks and/or clinical training manuals and folders;
- Lab fees;
- Transportation to and from clinical sites;
- Scrub attire, lab coats, and other appropriate uniform attire;
- BGSU Firelands student name tag.
Items that may be provided to students by clinical sites at no cost include:
- Facility identification badges/name tags;
- Parking at most clinical sites;
- Professional liability insurance coverage is provided by BGSU and is not a student expense.
Program Goals and Outcomes
- Goal one addresses programmatic education.
Educate graduates to a level that ensures their ability to complete the credentialing examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) at a pass rate of not less than 75% on the first attempt.
Outcomes: Graduates will complete the program
Graduates will pass the ARRT exam
- Goal Two addresses critical thinking
Prepare graduates to exercise autonomy in decision making in their roles as a primary care provider in regard to a broad range of radiologic diagnostic and intervention services.
Outcomes: Students will be able to apply critical thinking
Students will be able to problem solve
- Goal Three addresses clinical competence
Provide the clinical education necessary for graduates to understand the relationship between theoretical and clinical components of the curriculum.
Outcomes: Students will apply proper anatomical presentation
Students will make adjustments regarding pathologies
Students will ensure radiation safety
Students will critique image quality for diagnostic quality
Students will care for all age groups
- Goal Four addresses communication skills.
Educate graduates to apply interpersonal skills appropriately to meet the needs of patients in a variety of clinical settings.
Outcomes: Students will demonstrate oral and written skills to meet the needs of all patient age groups and their
Students will demonstrate oral and written skills to support colleagues and associates.
- Goal Five addresses professionalism and growth.
Provide graduates with an education level that teaches them professionalism and ethics. The program also allows them to continue their professional development and growth by qualifying them for entrance into programs of specialty with the radiological sciences.
Outcomes: Students will demonstrate professionalism, ethical conduct and professional growth.
Students will be encouraged to complete a rotation in other modalities within the department.
Students will need to complete a mandatory rotation in CT in conjunction with a CT Basics class.
Students will be encouraged to join the State society and attend the annual convention.