The Radiologic Technology Associate of Applied Science degree at Minnesota State Community and Technical College helps students learn about several radiologic procedures in order to become certified radiologic technologists. This program teaches students about skills in positioning, protection, radiograph evaluation, and uses of the various equipment. Those who complete this degree should qualify to take the national certification exam, which is given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Upon passing the exam, students can then become certified as a Registered Radiologic Technologists.
The course requires 89 credit hours to complete and includes classes on various topics such as medical terminology, procedures, principles, imaging, pathology, and legal and ethical issues. There are also general education courses which include subjects in biology, math, and psychology. Students may be required to take developmental courses in reading, math, and writing in order to prepare them for education on a college level; whether these classes are required or not is determined by the student’s score on the Accuplacer assessment.
Student selection into to the program is done via a point system that rates students comparatively based on course grades and GPA. Prospective students must have a background check performed as required by the Minnesota Human Services licensing division. Those who do not pass this check may be able to participate in the program but not be allowed to participate in field and clinical courses.
Radiologic technologists are a vital part of the medical care sector and are typically in charge of the various aspects of X-RAY procedures including positioning patients, using various radiographic equipment, and performing radiologic procedures. The equipment use involves developing radiographic images and adjusting exposure factors. Technologists must also provide radiation protection for patients and themselves as well as perform quality control. Finally, the technologists evaluate the quality of finished radiographs to make sure the procedure provided the best possible image. Student radiologic technologists must always work under registered RT supervision.
Those entering the program must complete a background check required by the Minnesota Human Services licensing division. Individuals who do not receive a clear background check may participate in the program but may not be allowed to participate in clinical and/or field experience courses.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Additional accreditation from Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).
Minnesota State Community and Technical College (“M State”) is a two-year public institution of higher education, located in the city of Fergus Falls, Minnesota. Students can enroll in courses at M State’s campuses in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead and Wadena. The Fergus Falls campus has a liberal arts focus, and about 75 percent of its students transfer to four-year colleges and universities after they attend M State.
M State offers associate's degree and certificate programs. Many students at M State choose to complete the first two years of their bachelor's degree by earning a University Transfer degree at any of the or online through eCampus. M State’s eCampus offers over 25 programs and majors that can be completed entirely online.
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