Radiologic Technology

Odessa College, in cooperation with local medical facilities, offers a radiologic technology program designed to provide understanding, proficiency and skill. The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182, Phone: (312) 704- 5300, Fax: (312) 704-5304, e-mail: mail@jrcert.org. Upon successful completion of the program, students are granted an associate in applied science degree, are eligible to apply for the certification examination given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in diagnostic radiologic (x-ray) technology, and are eligible for temporary state certification as a Medical Radiologic Technologist (MRT).

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The curriculum balances general education and radiologic technology courses with supervised practicums at local JRCERT recognized clinical facilities. These combined experiences provide students with an opportunity for educational development as well as occupational competence during the 24-month program.

Available practicum space limits enrollment; therefore, students are admitted on a selective basis. To be considered for admission to the program, a prospective student must:

  1. Be a high school graduate or equivalent.
  2. Achieve a satisfactory score on the department specified pre-admission test.
  3. Have character references. (Please obtain a program packet for the necessary forms)
  4. Complete the requirements for the college’s Success Initiative Plan, which usually includes passing scores on the TSI exam unless an exemption has been earned.
  5. Immunizations are required. A complete immunization record must be on file in the program directors’ office prior to the application deadline. Hepatitis B vaccines take a minimum of 4 to 6 months to complete.
  6. Earn a grade of “C” or better in all course work applied toward the degree.
  7. Be approved by the program selection committee.

Acceptance into the program is determined by a point system based on:

  • Admission exam score
  • Academic record (number of general education classes completed and anatomy and physiology grades and math grades)
  • 3 reference forms (on website)
  • Interview (selection for interview is based on preliminary point totals)

BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I and BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II are prerequisites to beginning the radiologic technology program courses. These courses must be completed within the last five years (any exceptions must be approved by the department chair). Prior to entering the practicum portion of the program, students are required to complete a physical examination to include a urine drug screen. Criminal background checks are required for the various hospitals, the ARRT, and the MRT. A positive background check or urine drug screen may preclude the student from participating in the practicum experience; therefore, the student would be unable to complete the program. Please visit the program website for additional information (www.odessa.edu/dept/radiology). Applicants or other interested persons seeking additional information should contact the radiologic technology program faculty, visit the program website or the Odessa College Help Center. Prospective students should submit their completed application packets for possible admission by April 30, for review by the program faculty and the selection committee. Note: After admission to the program, all students are required to maintain a policy of health and accident insurance. Liability insurance is also required and is included in regular college fees for each clinical or practicum. 

Links

Radiologic Technology Courses

Course of Study for Associate in Applied Science Degree – Radiologic Technology

American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT)

The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists® (ARRT)

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)

Contact

Carrie Nanson
Department Chair & Associate Professor II
Office: Health Sciences Building (HSB) 113
Phone: 432-335-6469
Email: cnanson@odessa.edu

Catherine Everett
Associate Professor I of Radiology
Office: Health Sciences Building (HSB) 114
Phone: 432-335-6449
Email: cleverett@odessa.edu

Vicki Hughes, RT(R)
Clinical Instructor
Office: Health Sciences Building (HSB) 115
Phone: 432-335-6822
Email: vhughes@odessa.edu