The Radiologic Technology associate degree program is a sequence of courses that prepares students for positions in radiology departments and related businesses and industries. Learning opportunities develop academic, technical, and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasizes a combination of didactic and clinical instruction necessary for successful employment. Program graduates receive an associate of applied science degree, have the qualifications of a radiographer, and are eligible to sit for a national certification examination for radiographers.
The Atlanta Technical College Radiologic Technology Program is accredited by the Joint Review Commission on Education in Radiologic Technology. www.jrcert.orgMission Statement, Goals and Learning Outcomes
"Consistent with the vision and mission statements of Atlanta Technical College, the Radiologic Technology Program will be a leader in workforce development by providing an educational experience that prepares graduates with the necessary skills and proficiency required of a competent entry-level technologist, while reinforcing a strong work ethic."
Goal #1 Students will be clinically competent
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Students/graduates will apply proper positioning skills
- Students/graduates will select proper technical factors
- Students/graduates will properly utilize radiation protection techniques (ALARA)
Goal #2 Students will communicate effectively
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Students/graduates will demonstrate good written communication skills.
- Students/graduates will demonstrate good age specific oral communication skills.
Goal#3 Students will demonstrate good critical thinking and problem solving skills
Student Learning Outcome:
- Students will adjust technical factors based on patient conditions.
- Students/graduates will adapt standard procedures for non-routine patients
- Students/graduates will critique images to determine diagnostic quality
- Goal #4 Students will behave in a compassionate, ethical and professional manner
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Students/graduates will demonstrate proper work ethics
- Students will summarize the value of life-long learning
Program Effectiveness Data
Credentialing Examination (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists)
Based on first attempt within 6 months of graduation
Year Passing Percentage Number of Students
2014 50% on first attempt 3 of 6 students passed on 1st attempt
Job Placement Rate
Based upon those actively seeking employment within 12 months of graduation
Year Job Placement Percentage Number of students
2014 100% 6 of 6 employed
Program Completion Rate
Year # completed program Number of students
2014 6 8 enrolled / 2 withdrew
Students must meet all admission requirements of the college including official high school or GED transcript is required to apply, achievement of minimum program admission scores in Reading, Language, and Math, transfer of previous post-secondary credits will be determined by the registrar and have reached the age of 18. Students who intend to apply for the Radiography program must enroll in the Health Sciences Certificate program to complete the associate degree level pre-requisite courses. The completion of the pre-requisite courses does not guarantee admission into the Radiography program. Admission into the Radiography program is competitive, and the program does not maintain a waiting list.
The program admits students once per year during summer semester for fall semester.
Applicants must be in good academic standing at the time of selection to receive consideration as candidates for admission. Applicants not selected for the program may reapply during subsequent admission intake periods. Applicants must complete the application process for each attempt at program entry. Radiologic Technology is a limited enrollment-competitive program. Submit Radiologic Technology Admission Packet to the Radiologic Technology program office after completing the following steps:
- Complete core courses (general education coursework) prior to making application to the Radiologic Technology program. This would include all general education courses required for graduation with an Associate of Applied Science degree from the state of Georgia. This includes the following courses specific to the Radiologic Technology program:
- English 1101 Composition & Rhetoric
- Speech 1101 Public Speaking
- Psychology 1101 Introduction to Psychology
- Humanities Elective (any) (3 credit hours)
- Health Science 1090 Medical Terminology "B" or better
- Math 1111 College Algebra "B" or better
- Biology 2113 Anatomy & Physiology I and its lab component "B" or better
- Biology 2114 Anatomy & Physiology II and its lab component "B" or better
- Program Information Sessions are offered throughout the school year. Prospective students must attend at least once. The Program hosts these information sessions to provide detailed information about the profession and the program itself. Prospective students will gain useful information regarding program costs, program requirements, program course information etc. The dates for information sessions will be posted.
- Submit scores for the HESI-2 assessment examination. We encourage you to take this assessment when you have completed or nearly completed BIOL 2114 and ALHS 1090. Dates for testing will be emailed to all known prospective students.
- Submit an application to the ATC Radiologic Technology program. This form is included inside the Radiologic Technology application packet (distributed during the information session).
- Provide unofficial copies of college transcripts with the Radiologic Technology Program Application. Keep one copy of every transcript for your personal records.
No applications will be accepted beyond application deadline.
The application will be considered incomplete if all documentation and transcripts are not attached. Because there are more applicants than space available, once basic criteria are met, program admission is based on a points system. For further information please contact the Radiologic Technology Program.
*Satisfying the required criteria for application into the Radiologic Technology program is the responsibility of the student. Students should use their resources, plan accordingly and be cognitive of meeting requirements with their best ability as the program is a competitive admissions program and is not able to admit all students despite best efforts of all parties involved.Blood and Airborne Pathogens: Students enrolled in Category I and II programs at Atlanta Technical College will be performing tasks in which there is a normal occurrence for exposure to blood, other potentially infectious body materials, and airborne pathogens. These tasks will be performed in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical activities for each occupational training program/course. Students will be required to present documentation of Hepatitis B and Tuberculosis immunizations as a result of potential occupational exposure. Students should contact their program directors for more information.
Content of this course is designed to establish a basic knowledge of atomic structure and terminology.Other topics include the
nature andcharacteristics of x-radiation; ionizing and non-ionizing radiation; x-ray production;the properties of x-rays and the
fundamentals of x-rayphoton interaction with matter.
The content of this course introduces factors that govern and influence the production of the radiographic image using analog
and digitalradiographic equipment found in diagnostic radiology. Emphasis will be placed on knowledge and techniques required
to produce high qualitydiagnostic radiographic images. Topics include: Image quality (radiographic density; radiographic contrast;
recorded detail; distortion; grids;image receptors and holders (analog and digital); processing considerations (analog and digital);
image acquisition (analog, digital, andPACS); image analysis; image artifacts (analog and digital); Guidelines for selecting
exposure factors and evaluating images within a digitalsystem will assist students to bridge between film-based and digital
imaging systems. Factors that impact image acquisition, display, archivingand retrieval are discussed. Laboratory experiences
will demonstrate applications of theoretical principles and concepts.
Content establishes a knowledge base in radiographic, fluoroscopic and mobile equipment requirements and design.
The content alsoprovides a basic knowledge of Automatic Exposure Control (AEC) devices, beam restriction, filtration,
quality control, and quality managementprinciples of analog and digital systems. Laboratory experiences will demonstrate
applications of theoretical principles and concepts.