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The Radiologic Technology program provides students the opportunity to learn the art and science of medical imaging. Education is provided through didactic, laboratory and clinical experiences.

School
School of Health Professions
Career
Radiologic Technologist
Program Contacts

History

The Radiologic Technology Program was established in 1993. The program prepares graduates to perform radiologic procedures as entry level radiologic technology practitioners. The radiologic technologist assists radiologists and other physicians in imaging parts of the body through the use of ionizing radiation and other forms of energy, specialized radiographic equipment and manipulating patient positions.

Purpose

The Radiologic Technology Program at Franciscan University provides students the opportunity to learn the art and science of medical imaging. We are committed to a high quality education by providing didactic courses, clinical internships, state-of-the-art facilities, and utilizing the most modern imaging techniques. Upon satisfactory completion of all school and program requirements, students will graduate and be eligible to sit for the A.R.R.T. certification exam. This will be achieved in accordance with the A.R.R.T. standards, ethics and the Franciscan values of: Humility, Joyfulness of Spirt, Reverence and Love for All Life, Justice, and Service.

Enrollment

Applications for the Associate of Science Degree in the Radiologic Technology Program are due on or before March 15th for the class beginning in August. A class of up to 28 may be accepted.

Requirements

Application Deadline: March 15th for class beginning in August

To be considered for admission to the Radiologic Technology Program, all applicants must complete the application process by March 15th and meet the minimum admissions criteria listed below. Admission to the program is a selective process and meeting the minimum requirements does not ensure admission to the program. Applicants who are not selected must re-apply the following year.

  1. Meet all University admission criteria at the time of application
  2. Minimum grade of C in all pre-requisite courses included in the Rad Tech Curriculum Plan:
    • ACSM 1110 Introduction to College Education - 1 credit hour
    • MATH 1315 College Algebra - 3 credit hours
    • BIOL 1110 Introduction to Medical Terminology - 1 credit hour
    • BIOL 2310 Human Anatomy & Physiology I - 3 credit hours; May have pre or co requisite course required for this class if taken at Franciscan University. Refer to University Catalog for course requirements
    • BIOL 2311 Human Anatomy & Physiology II - 3 credit hours
    • WRIT 1310 College Writing I - 3 credit hours
    • WRIT 1311 College Writing II - 3 credit hours
    • PSYC 1310 Introductory Psychology - 3 credit hours
    • RELS 1310 Introduction to Theology - 3 credit hours
    • PHSC 1310 Physical Science - 3 credit hours
  3. All pre-requisite courses must be completed or enrolled in by the application deadline of March 15th. An applicant may still apply in March with one course remaining in the Summer semester preceding the clinical phase.
  4. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 for all Rad Tech pre-requisite courses.
  5. Minimum composite ACT score of 20.
  6. Minimum age of 18 at time of enrollment.
  7. Documented completion of 50 volunteer service hours in the Radiology department of a hospital and/or work experience in a Radiology department of a hospital, clinic or imaging center. Click here for instructions, list of procedures, and an evaluation that should be turned in with your verification of volunteer hours. Students are encouraged to start their volunteer service as soon as possible, because the process to begin can be lengthy.
  8. Preference is given to applicants who have completed pre-requisite courses at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University.
  9. 3 letters of reference. Click here for recommendation form.
  10. Complete the online clinical application which includes a short narrative as to why you have chosen this career and program.

Applicants should be aware that admitted students are required to participate in certain clinical rotations that occur in the evenings.

The following documentation is due by March 15th  to the Admissions Office:

  1. Online clinical application with short narrative
  2. Documented 50 volunteer hours, procedures list, and evaluation
  3. 3 letters of reference
  4. ACT scores
  5. Completion or enrollment in Rad Tech pre-requisite courses

Completed applications will be reviewed during the month of May. The selection committee may request an interview before final decisions are made. Applicants will be notified of their program admission status by mid-June.  Accepted candidates will attend a mandatory Pre-Enrollment session in June and classes will begin in August.

The WIHP Option (Walk into Health Professions)

Students who exclusively take all prerequisite courses toward one of the health professions’ programs at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University, who have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on all prerequisite coursework, and who meet the minimum admissions requirements are guaranteed admission to the declared program. Please contact the Program Director for more information: Nicole.St.Germain@franu.edu Office Phone- (M-F) 225-214-1952

Length of Program

The Associate of Science Degree in Radiologic Technology consists of 80 total credit hours of which 26 hours are arts and science courses and 54 hours are Radiologic Technology courses. Upon enrollment, the program is designed to be completed in five semesters, in which the student enrolls full-time.

Tuition

See the undergraduate Tuition & Fee Schedule.

Financial Assistance

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University has financial aid counselors available to assist students with the financial aid process. All students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form available at www.fafsa.ed.gov. See Financial Aid for more details.

Transferability

See Transfer Equivalencies regarding transferability of courses taken at other regionally accredited colleges and universities.  A final grade of C or better must be earned in courses to be transferred. Credit earned through correspondence courses will not be accepted for transfer. Further information regarding transfer of credit can be obtained at the Office of Admissions. Credit for university level achievement may be awarded through the CLEP and/or ACT examination. Individuals with prior education in a Radiologic Technology program may contact the University for information concerning policies for admission with advanced standing and transferring course work from another institution.

Accreditations

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the status of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University. The Radiologic Technology Associate of Science Degree Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182) (312-704-5300, website: www.jrcert.org, email: mail@jrcert.org) and holds full approval from the Louisiana State Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners.

Program Effectiveness Data

Completion Rate - January 1st through December 31, 2016

The following is an annual measurement of the number of students that began the program divided by the number of students that actually completed the program.  The program's completion rate for 2016 was 82%.  Eighteen of the 22 students admitted successfully completed the program.

Credentialing Examination Pass Rate - 2012 through 2016

The following represents the number of students that pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination on the first attempt within six months of graduation from the program. The program's credentialing examination pass rate is stated as an average from the years 2012 through 2016 is 87%. The total number of students attempting the certification was 109 with 95 successfully passing within this five year span.

Job Placement Rate - 2012 through 2016

The following represents the number of students that gain employment in the radiologic sciences within twelve months of graduation versus the number that graduate and are actively seeking employment.  The program's job placement rate as an average from the years 2012 through 2016 is 99%. Within the five year span, 108 of the 109 graduating students that attempted to gain employment were successful.

Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

The goals for the Radiologic Technology Program are as follows:The student learning outcomes for the Radiologic Technology Program are as follows:
1. Students will demonstrate the skills to competently and safely perform radiographic procedures.

1.  Students will apply radiation protection principles in radiographic examinations.

2.  Students will competently perform positioning for radiographic examinations.

3.  Students will competently manipulate radiographic equipment.

2.  Students will demonstrate the use of effective communication skills.

4.  Students will utilize written communication skills.

5.  Students will provide age appropriate, oral communication.
3.  Students will apply critical thinking skills.

6.  Students will accurately adjust procedural factors for various examinations.

7.  Students will evaluate radiographic images for optimum quality.
4.  Students will model professionalism while promoting Franciscan values of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University.

8.  Students will demonstrate affective behaviors.

9.  Students will compare ethical and unethical values.


Health Requirements for Students Enrolling in Clinical Programs

After being accepted into a clinical program, new clinical students will receive a health packet detailing all health and safety requirements that must be met prior to the first clinical course. Failure to maintain compliance with the health and safety requirements each semester will result in the student's inability to attend the clinical portion of their program. The following is a summary of the requirements that are explained in more detail in the student health packets. The health packets also provide required forms and more contact information for the affiliates mentioned below. Also the Student Handbook contains more policy information regarding these requirements including, but not limited to:

  1. Every full-time student enrolled in clinical courses must have a physical examination performed by his/her personal physician at the time of enrollment.
  2. Proof of immunization for measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) and proof of tetanus and diphtheria vaccination within ten years prior to enrollment are mandatory for clinical students. In addition to the MMR, TD, and meningitis immunizations required when you first enroll at Franciscan University, some clinical sites require lab tests to prove immunity. Rubeola (measles), mumps, rubella (german measles), and varicella (chicken pox) titers are mandatory for the BSN, PA, RADT, RESP and CLSC programs.
  3. Meningitis vaccine is mandatory for students in the PA and CLSC programs.
  4. All students enrolled in clinical courses must provide evidence varicella (chicken pox) immunity. Acceptable evidence of varicella immunity includes either of the following: documentation of two doses of varicella vaccine; or serologic evidence (blood test) showing positive antibodies (immunity) to varicella. History of the disease is not acceptable. In addition, varicella titers are mandatory for students in the BSN, PA, RADT, RESP and CLSC programs.

Drug screening is required for all students prior to entering clinical degree/certification programs. Some clinical sites may require this to be completed within one week prior to the clinical assignment. Additionally, students enrolled in clinical programs are subject to random urine drug screening for the duration of the clinical program. Random drug screening will be done at the University's expense. Pre-enrollment drug screening costs will be included in the student's fees. All students, as a condition of enrollment in a clinical program, must abide by the University's Drug and Alcohol policies and consent, when asked, to submit to urine drug testing to determine compliance with the policy. Disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from the program or the University, may result when a student either 1) refuses to consent or cooperate in the administration of such testing or 2) is confirmed to have positive results for illegal drug usage or misuse of prescription drugs. *See policy below for “Students who fail a University mandated drug screen or criminal background check”.

  1. Annually, all clinical students must submit to the Office of Health and Safety the results of appropriate screening for tuberculosis. Some clinical sites may require this to be completed within six weeks prior to the clinical assignment.
  2. All clinical students in programs providing direct patient care must have current influenza vaccine. The flu vaccine must be updated annually.
  3. All clinical students must maintain current health professional cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification. CPR certification and recertification may be completed at any institution/agency of each student's choice provided it is one of the accepted types listed. The only two types of CPR certification accepted to meet this requirement are the American Heart Association healthcare provider or the American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer.
  4. The hepatitis vaccine series is mandatory for all clinical students unless contraindicated for medical reasons.** The series may be obtained through a private physician, public clinic, or through the Total Occupational Medicine Clinic (see the Franciscan University clinical student health packet for details).
  5. Franciscan University highly recommends that all students enrolled in clinical degree/certification programs maintain personal health insurance.
  6. The University provides an accidental injury policy for each student enrolled in a clinical program or wet lab course.
  7. Prior to enrolling in clinical courses, clinical students will be required to submit to a criminal background check to meet clinical agency requirements. This process is designed to insure the accuracy of students’ self-reports.  Cases where students have not answered the background question on the application accurately will be dealt with severely and, at a minimum, result in the student being placed on administrative probation.Nursing students will have background checks conducted by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing. Students in other clinical programs programs  (and some pre-clinical courses) will have criminal background checks conducted by ERS-Services. Students will receive in the student health packet information on the procedure for completing the criminal background check. *See policy below for “Students who fail a University mandated drug screen or criminal background check”.
  8. **Clinical students may request waiver of immunization requirements for medical or religious reasons by completing a request for exemption form available from the Office of Health & Safety. Requests for exemption will be considered on a case by case basis and will require student to 1) provide supporting documentation for the request and 2) meet with a University President designee. The President’s designee will make a recommendation to the President to approve or deny the request and the President’s decision is final. Students should understand that if the exemption is approved, clinical placement may not be guaranteed.

Pregnancy Policy

It is the responsibility of pregnant students to voluntarily declare their pregnancy in writing to the Program Director or Clinical Coordinator as soon after conception as practical.  The student must provide the expected date of delivery. The student will be counseled in regard to radiation safety and protection practices and use, the risks of prenatal exposure to ionizing radiation, an equivalent dose limit for the embryo/fetus and a copy of the US NRC Regulatory Commission Appendix to the Regulatory guide 8.13 "Instruction Concerning Prenatal Radiation Exposure."  The program's radiation safety and protection guidelines are reviewed with the student.  The opportunity for further discussion of the written instructions is given to the student.  Following counseling, the student may choose one of the following options:

1)         Choose to continue in the program without modification;

2)         Choose to resign from the program; student may re-apply for the next class.

3)         Choose a modified clinical rotation schedule (This option would allow the student to continue in the program without having rotate through fluoroscopic procedures not limited to i.e., Diagnostic Imaging fluoroscopic procedures, Surgery, Pain Management, C.V. /I.R., Radiation Therapy, ERCP, Nuc. Med. Once the student is no longer pregnant they will be required to make up these rotations as well as any time lost during pregnancy.)

A student choosing to continue in the program will be given a second "Special Purpose" personnel monitoring device, an optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dosimeter to monitor exposure to the unborn embryo. The OSL dosimeter is to be worn at waist level.  During fluoroscopy, OSL dosimeter is to be worn underneath the protective lead apron at waist level.  The student must not confuse the designated location of the two monitors. Incorrect placement of the dosimeter will result in incorrect monitoring results. The maximum equivalent dose limit during the gestational period shall not exceed 500mrem (State Radiation and Nuclear Regulatory Commission).

The pregnant student is advised on the importance of radiation safety during clinical assignments. The student assumes responsibility of proper radiation protection during clinical assignments. Neither Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University, the Radiologic Technology Program nor the Clinical Education Settings will be responsible for radiation injury to the student or embryo/fetus should the student choose to continue in the program.

A student may decide to withdraw their previous notification of pregnancy at any time.  The decision must be submitted in writing to the Clinical Coordinator.

A student who is unable to complete the semester may initiate a request for authorization of an incomplete "I" grade(s).  The request must be signed by the student and instructor and approved by the director.  The student must resolve the "I" grade(s) by the first day of class of the next semester (refer to the University Catalog - Policy on Incomplete Grades).

Should a student choose to resign from the program, the "Withdrawal from Courses" and/or "Resignation from the University" guidelines in the University Catalog must be followed.

Once enrollment is interrupted, the student is not allowed to progress through the Radiologic Technology program with the class to which she was admitted.  A position will be held in the next class admitted (fall semester) for a student desiring to re-enter the program provided that the student was academically in good standing and that the withdrawal/resignation guidelines in the University Catalog have been followed.  The student must submit an Application for Readmission to the Office of Admissions and Records and a written request to the Program Director by March 15 for re-entry in the fall semester (refer to the University Catalog for policy on Readmission to the University).

Resources

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Document Title: Core Performance StandardsType: pdfFile Size: 60.36 KBDownload
Document Title: Rad Tech 2017 Program HandbookType: pdfFile Size: 535.55 KBDownload