Radiologic Sciences Program
The Radiologic Sciences program is a sequence of courses that fulfills the educational objectives established by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and competencies outlined by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. The program commences in June each year.
The program is accredited through YVC by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
A radiologic technologist is like a photographer. They take pictures or images of internal organs or structures within a person’s body. The technologist produces images using ionizing radiation, film, computers, etc. An integral job responsibility is patient care.
While producing images, human touch and patient safety are critical. Technologists will be faced with the entire spectrum of patient types: healthy people needing routine physical procedures, trauma victims, the critically or terminally ill, the elderly, etc.
Radiologic Sciences, AAS
The YVC Radiologic Sciences Program strives to graduate individuals who are qualified in the use of ionizing radiation for the purpose of diagnostic imaging and demonstrate professional and ethical behavior in delivering quality patient care.
Upon successful completion of this eight quarter program, graduates are eligible to apply to take the national registry examination offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and seek employment in hospitals, clinics and physician offices. With additional training, and/or college coursework, graduates are eligible for careers in CT, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy, administration, and education.
Computed Tomography Certificate
This certificate is an extension to the AAS degree in Radiologic Technology. This two-quarter program consists of online delivery of academic classes and supervised clinical practicum in a CT scan department. Upon completion of this two-quarter program, students will have the classroom knowledge and the clinical competencies that prepares them to apply for the CT certification test offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
The CT certificate program begins Fall quarter. For technologists currently working in CT scan, clinical practicum may be waived. (See the program coordinator for exceptions.) Applications accepted March 1 – September 1 until filled. Students will be accepted in the order the applications are received providing minimum qualifications are met. For more information, contact the Radiologic Sciences program.
Thank you for your interest in Radiologic Sciences at Yakima Valley College. Upon successful completion of this eight quarter program, graduates are eligible to apply to take the national registry examination offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and seek employment in hospitals, clinics and physician offices. With additional training, and/or college coursework, graduates are eligible for careers in CT, MRI, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy, administration, and education.
A hospital employee may expect to be hired for a particular shift; days, evening, or nights. Perhaps they will rotate from one shift to another. Graduates working for a clinic or a particular doctor can expect to work days, Monday through Friday.
Basically, a radiologic technologist is like a photographer. They take pictures or images of any internal organ or structure within a person’s body. They produce images by using ionizing radiation, film, computers, etc. An integral job responsibility is patient care. While producing images, human touch and patient safety is critical. Technologists will be faced with the entire spectrum of patient types; healthy people needing routine physical procedures, trauma victims, the critically or terminally ill, etc.
Complete Disclosure of Academic Performance
By law, education records, which contain information directly related to a student and maintained by an educational agency or institution can be shared with other school officials who have legitimate educational interests. You will need to give written permission for a Complete Disclosure of Academic Performance to YVC prior to entry into the Radiologic Sciences Program.
Each student participating in the clinical education program is strongly encouraged to acquire comprehensive health and accident insurance that will provide continuous coverage during his or her tenure in the program. Students are responsible for their own health care costs, health insurance coverage, and their own health needs, including injuries which might occur in the clinical setting.
Students who are accepted to the Radiologic Sciences Program must supply official documentation of their immunization status prior to entering the second quarter of the Radiologic Sciences Program. Immunization status is coordinated through the YVC Radiologic Sciences Office. If a student’s immunization record is incomplete, the student may be required to obtain immunizations or proof of immunity at their own expense. If immunizations expire, or new requirements are added while a student is enrolled in the program, it is the student’s responsibility to provide the necessary documentation reflecting current immunization status.
If immunization status is not current, the student will not be allowed to participate in clinical courses.
Current Immunization requirements are as follows:
- Tetanus injection (TDAP) within the past 8 years.
- Measles, mumps, rubella injection (MMR)
RT students are required to have 2 doses of MMR in a lifetime. In addition, MMR titers are required if it has been more than 8 years since the last vaccine. If titers for Measles (Rubeola), Mumps, and Rubella do not prove immunity, 1 MMR is required.
- Hepatitis B Vaccine (HEPB)
Consists of a series of three injections; the second injection is given one month after the first injection and the third injection is given six months after the first.
- PPD Testing
RT students are required to have a two-series PPD, 1 – 3 weeks apart unless they have had a PPD the two previous years. Subsequent to the 2 step PPD, single dose PPD’s are required annually. A positive PPD test must furnish the results of a negative chest x-ray.
Provide proof of inoculation, titer, or documentation that student has had chicken-pox.
- H1N1 Influenza – required annually
- It will be the student’s responsibility to ensure compliance with these immunization requirements. Currently, some immunizations are being offered by the Allied Health Programs. Students may contact the Program Assistant 509.574.4932 or 509.574.4931 , for information regarding the availability of immunizations.
- Drug Screen and Criminal Background History – satisfactory clearance required prior to clinical practicum.
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
Prior to entering the second (2nd)quarter all students are required to obtain CPR certification. The certification must cover One-person & Two-person Adult C.P.R. and Obstructed Airway Management, Child and Infant C.P.R., Obstructed Airway Management and AED for health care professionals.
Students will not be allowed to participate in clinical courses unless CPR certification and immunization information is current.
Students are responsible for their own transportation and for complying with parking regulations on campus and in the assigned clinical agencies. The Radiologic Sciences Department will attempt to schedule classroom and clinical sites as close to the main campus as possible. However, some distant sites within our college district may be utilized.
Disabled Student Services
The Radiologic Sciences Program, as part of YVC, is committed to the principle of equal opportunity. The program does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran status. When requested, and with appropriate documentation, the program will provide reasonable accommodation to otherwise qualified students with disabilities. Students who need adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, emergency medical condition, or need special arrangements in case a building must be evacuated, should notify the Program Coordinator and the instructor of their course. More information is available through Disabled Student Services at 509.574-4961.
Occupational hazards for the field of radiology may include, but are not limited to: exposure to infectious diseases such as AIDS or hepatitis, exposure to hazardous chemicals or substances, accidental injury, neuromuscular problems, exposure to blood borne pathogens, exposure to radiation and allergic reactions to latex, anesthetic agents, or other chemical agents. Students accepted into the radiologic sciences program are required to sign a “Hazards and Risks” acknowledge document. Questions may be directed to the Program Coordinator.
Five-Year Average Credentialing Examination Pass Rate
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5 Year Program Effectiveness for the YVC Radiologic Sciences Program can be viewed at Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).
Clinical practicum is a program requirement. Students are assigned to approximately seventeen hundred hours of practicum in several clinical education centers and rotate through a variety of shifts. The goal is to provide students with a broad base of experience to prepare them for entry level employment as a radiographer. Clinical education centers currently associated with the Radiologic Sciences Program at Yakima Valley College include:
- Astria Sunnyside Community Hospital – Sunnyside, WA
- Astria Toppenish Medical Center – Toppenish, WA
- Astria Regional Medical Center – Yakima, WA
- Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital – Yakima, WA
Students will be enrolled for clinical experience during six quarters. Students may expect to spend a majority of that time at two of the hospitals.
Clinical rotations are scheduled on a monthly basis. Students should expect to be assigned to shifts on days, evenings, weekend days, and weekend evenings. Shifts will be on an equal rotation basis, each student completing a similar number of months on each shift. The hospital day shift is scheduled 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., 11:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. and the evening shift is 3:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.*
Students may request one to three day clinical rotations in Cardiac Catheterization, Mammography, Ultrasound, MRI, PET, Nuclear Medicine, or Radiation Therapy. Students may also rotate through Valley Imaging, Virginia Mason Memorial’s outpatient imaging facility. Students will participate in mandatory rotations to Orthopedics, Water’s Edge and CT Scan at two hospitals. These special rotations occur during the second year.
*This may change depending on academic schedule.
Students are expected to adhere to clinical educational facilities’ policies and procedures. These policies and procedures are located in the RT office.
A Radiologic Technologist must be capable of communicating with and maneuvering patients, reacting to emergency situations, manipulating heavy equipment and handling radiographic accessories; therefore, he/she must have adequate use of speech, limbs and auditory as well as visual senses. The following is a list of essential functions that must be performed in a satisfactory manner.
- Apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology, positioning and radiographic techniques to accurately demonstrate anatomical structures on a radiograph or image receptor.
- Determine exposure factors to achieve radiographic techniques with minimum radiation exposure to the patient.
- Monitor medical equipment attached to patient.
- Assist physician and technologists with sterile field and administration of contrast media.
- Provide patient care and appropriate patient communication.
- Recognize emergency patient conditions and initiate lifesaving first aid and basic life support procedures.
- Evaluate the performance of radiologic systems, know safe limits of equipment operations and report malfunctions to the proper authorities.
- Participate in radiologic quality assurance programs.
- Understand and review medical records/patient chart when appropriate.
- Adhere to standard precaution protocols and maintain cleanliness of equipment.
- Have the ability to understand, remember, and apply oral and/or written instructions in English.
- Understands complex problems and collaborates and explores alternative solutions.
- Hear faint sounds from a distance of 15 ft. away
- Have correctable far vision in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other eye.
- Lift 20 pounds from the floor, carry 10 ft. and place on a surface 36 in. high.
- Participate in frequent lifting and carry up to 50 lbs.
- Push/pull 1 to 20 lbs of force continuously and 20-50 lbs force occasionally.
- Work with arms overhead for 2-5 minutes at a time.
- Sitting, standing and walking for long periods of time.
- Have the ability to feel, reach, grasp and perform repetitive motions.
- Safely and successfully manipulate and transport mobile radiographic equipment.
- Endure observing and working, hands-on, with severely injured trauma patients and/or critically ill patients.
- Assist in radiography of a corpse.
- Communicate effectively with patients and staff.
- Adhere to all HIPAA Regulations.
- Motor skills
Students should have sufficient motor function so that they are able to safely and substantially perform the essential requirements needed to provide general care and treatment to patients in all healthcare settings. For example; for the safety and protection of patients, the student must be able to perform basic life support, including CPR, and function in an emergency situation. The student must have the ability to safely assist a patient in moving from a chair to a bed, examination table or from a wheelchair to another location.
Students must be able to observe a patient accurately, at a distance and close at hand, and observe and interpret non-verbal communication.
Students must communicate effectively and sensitively with other students, faculty, staff, patients, family and other professionals. He/she must be able to express their ideas and feelings clearly and demonstrate a willingness and ability to give and receive feedback. The student must be able to convey or exchange information at a level that allows development of a health history, identify problems presented, explain alternate solutions, and give directions orally and in writing. The student must have the ability to make correct judgment in seeking supervision and consultation in a timely manner.
Students must be able to measure, reason, analyze, integrate and synthesize in the context of their professional study. They must be able to quickly read and comprehend extensive written material, as well as evaluate and apply information and engage in critical thinking.
Students must possess the emotional health required for the exercise of good judgment, the prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to the care of patients and their families. In addition, they must be able to maintain mature, sensitive and effective relationships with patients, students, faculty, staff and other professionals under all circumstances including highly stressful situations. The student must have the emotional stability to function effectively under stress and to adapt to an environment that may change rapidly, without warning, or in unpredictable ways. The student must be willing to change his or her behavior when it interferes with productive individual or team relationships. The student must possess skills necessary for effective and harmonious relationships in diverse environments.
Students must have the ability to reason morally and practice healthcare in an ethical manner. They must be willing to abide by professional standards of practice. Students must be able to engage in patient care delivery in all settings and be able to deliver care in all populations. Students must demonstrate professional behavior and attitudes, such as the ability to collaborate with others, and to admit mistakes gracefully.
If an applicant is unable to perform the essential functions of a Radiologic technologist, requests for reasonable accommodations may be discussed with Disabled Student Services and the program coordinator.
All Radiologic Technology courses may be taken only in sequence or by special permission of the program coordinator. A grade of C (2.0) or better must be received in the courses required for the Associate of applied science degree in Radiologic Technology. Radiologic Sciences Course Curriculum with student contact hours.
- Candidate must meet general admission requirements of YVC.
- Applicants’ files must be complete by March 1.
- Completion of college courses with a 2.7 (B-) cumulative GPA.
- Completion of this program prerequisites with a grade of C (2.0) or better. It is acceptable to repeat a course to receive the required GPA; however, a student will not be eligible for selection if s/he failed to receive a C (2.0) on the second attempt or needed to repeat three or more prerequisites. A student has the option to submit a letter of appeal if extenuating circumstances influenced unsatisfactory grade(s).
The following may be taken and completed by Winter quarter during the first year of the program:
*Courses must have been taken within the past five years.
Selection and Process For Radiologic Technology
- Minimum college level G.P.A. of 2.7.
- Satisfactory completion of at least 4 program prerequisite courses by end of winter quarter.
- Candidate must meet general admission requirements of YVC.
- Candidates must be willing to complete a criminal background check and drug screen if accepted for program entrance. Background checks must prove to be satisfactory or participation in clinical education coursework will not be possible.
- Application files must be complete by March 1. If a student applies after March 1, they will only be considered if openings are available.
- College level GPA
- Program Interview
- Prerequisite Courses
- Points are awarded for prerequisite courses. A higher grade will receive a higher point value.
- Required – Essay
Describes why the applicant chose Radiologic Technology as a profession and states what characteristics the applicant has to make them qualified to become an R.T. The essay should be typed, double spaced; 1-3 pages in length. (applicant must submit 4 copies, one with name and 3 copies without any identifying information).
- Optional Selection Criteria
- Proof of 8 hours visitation in an Imaging Department – use Hospital Visitation Instructions/Form – Must be completed by March 1.
- Proof of 40 hours volunteer time, or work related experience, in a patient care area – must be done within the last two years; [Volunteer time will be scheduled by the student, at the patient care facility of their choice. Volunteering must involve direct patient contact]; use Volunteer Time Sheet Form. – Must be completed by March 1.
Qualified applicants will be notified for an interview appointment via email listed on the application page. Interviews will be held mid spring quarter.
Notification of selection is completed by May 30.
Points for academic classes will be calculated at the end of winter quarter. Any official transcripts not received by April 20 will not be calculated in total or used to assess points. Courses taken spring quarter of application year do not apply to selection process.
It is the student’s responsibility to ensure transcripts arrive to the RT department. It is suggested that the student email email@example.com an unofficial transcript at the end of winter quarter; and also make arrangements to have official transcript sent electronically to Yakima Valley College at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Selection and Process for Computed Tomography
- American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certified in radiology prior to September 1 of the year applying
- 3.2 minimum college level GPA (only the college level GPA at the end of winter quarter will be considered for students currently enrolled in classes)
- In good standing with ARRT credentials if currently ARRT registered.
Academic courses will be assigned in the order applications are received until class capacity is full as long as applicant requirements are met. Applications are due by 4 pm on March 1 of the year applying.
Clinic assignments are reserved for students enrolled in all academic courses. Due to the limited number of clinic sites available, placement in clinical practicum will be based on points earned for the following criteria as long as all other applicant requirements are met:
- ARRT certified in radiography prior to March 1 of the year applying
- Letter of recommendation that outlines strengths of the applicant as a student radiographer or employed radiographer and discusses why they should be chosen for clinic site placement
- College level GPA at the end of winter quarter
- Essay outlining what attributes the applicant has that will make them a successful CT technologist (typed, double spaced, approximately 1-2 pages in length). Submit 3 copies without applicant’s name and submit 1 copy with applicant’s name.
**If more applications are received than there are spots available for clinical practicum or academic courses, students will be placed on a wait list in case a spot opens up. The wait list will remain active until September 1.**
If applicant applies to the CT program, but fails to achieve minimum qualifications by program start date, they will not be allowed to begin the CT program and the nonrefundable fee will be forfeited.
Final acceptance is subject to information received from the Criminal History/Drug Screening.
- It is the student’s responsibility to ensure transcripts arrive to the RT department. It is suggested that the student email to ensure that official transcripts have been sent to the Radiologic Sciences Program at Yakima Valley College; PO Box 22520; Yakima, WA 98907-2520.
Hazards and Risks
All occupations have inherent risks that prospective students should be aware of. The purpose of this Warning of Hazards & Risks is to bring students’ (parents’) attention to the existence of potential dangers in Radiologic Technology, and to aid them in making an informed decision concerning participation in the YVC RT Program, and in signing the Informed Acknowledgement of and Consent to Hazards and Risks Form.
Occupational hazards for the field of radiology include, but are not limited to:
- exposure to infectious disease which may lead to side effects or death
- exposure to hazardous processing chemicals or substances
- accidental injury in the clinical setting or in route to or from a clinical site
- injury or illness that can affect one’s personal health or the health of an unborn child
- exposure to radiation that may negatively affect one’s health or the health of an unborn child
An injury or illness can impair one’s general physical and/or mental health and may hinder one’s future ability to earn a living, engage in business, social, or recreational activities, or generally impair one’s ability to enjoy life. There may also be risk of injury, illness, or death resulting from causes not specified in the warning and notifications of hazards and risks.
In addition to acknowledging hazards and risks, the applicant must take responsibility regarding matters of safety involving self and others. After receiving instruction, students will be expected to demonstrate safety practices designed for radiology. Students must inform appropriate faculty of any relevant personal medical condition which might be hazardous or risky to self or others. A student may be required to submit permission from his/her personal physician to participate in radiology education activities.
Upon entering YVC’S Radiologic Sciences, the student will be required to sign an Informed Acknowledgement and Consent to Hazards & Risks form.
Estimated Costs – by quarter
|Summer Quarter||Fall Quarter||Winter Quarter||Spring Quarter|
|Tuition *||$ 703.02
|Books/Supplies||$100.00||$ 400.00||$ 150.00||$100.00|
|Lab Fees *||$ 50.00||$ 15.00||$15.00|
|Non-refundable fee *||$150.00|
|Malpractice Insurance||$ 15.00|
|Liability Insurance||$ 3.00|
|Background & Drug Screen||$ 88.00|
|eLearning Fees *||$ 12.00||$ 15.00||$ 12.00||$36.00|
|Books/Supplies||$ 150.00||$ 100.00||$ 100.00|
|Lab Fees *|
|Malpractice Insurance||$ 15.00|
|Liability Insurance||$ 3.00|
|Degree Application||$ 10.00|
|ARRT Board/App. Fee||$ 200.00|
|eLearning Fees *||$ 39.00||$ 27.00||$ 21.00||$ 48.00|
Approximate cost of the 24 month program: $13,603.14 Possibility of an increase in tuition; unknown at time of printing. Updated Spring 2018.
Tuition, Fees & Lab Fees
*’Tuition’, ‘Fees’ & ‘Lab Fees’ amounts are based upon current rates at time of print and are subject to change.
Because of the academic responsibilities and the necessity of practical experience during a variety of clinical shifts, the faculty discourages outside employment for Radiologic sciences students. Clinical assignments will not be adjusted to meet outside employment schedules. Students who need financial aid assistance should consult with radiologic sciences faculty or personnel in the financial aid office.
The Radiologic Sciences Program Student Policy Manual outlines performance expectations.
The Radiologic Sciences Program is accredited by:
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
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