Radiologic Technology

Radiologic Technology is designed to prepare students for employment in entry-level radiography. The program trains students in a host of skills from exposure technique, radiation protection and safety, to patient assessment and patient care. An Associate of Applied Science degree is earned upon successful completion of the program.

Progression: To meet graduation requirements for this program, students must successfully complete the specified courses listed below with a “C” average (GPA of 2.00) or better. A grade of “C” or higher is required in each RGT course to progress in the program. All RGT coursework must be taken sequentially. In addition, students must establish clinical proficiency each semester.

Application: Apply by April 1 deadline (The program begins summer semester.).

Minimum admission requirements (in addition to general admission requirements):

  • Attain an 18 composite score on the ACT;
    and
  • Complete Anatomy & Physiology I, with Lab, and College Algebra with a “C” or higher; and
    Have a cumulative grade point average (cGPA) of 2.00 (“C” average) on all previous college coursework;
    and
  • Be at least 18 years of age prior to clinical placement;
    and
  • Participate in a mandatory RGT information session during the spring semester of application. The mandatory information session will be scheduled for the prospective student only after all other requirements have been met. Students will receive notice from the registrar’s office about scheduling their information session.

The RGT Admissions Committee will select each semester’s class from the pool of applicants who meet minimum admission requirements. Any application with incomplete records will not be considered for admission.

The admission process is competitive and completion of minimum requirements is not a guarantee of admission. 

Priority consideration for admission will be given as follows:

  1. In-district students who complete program prerequisites and/or general education coursework at MCC;
  2. Out-of-district students who complete program prerequisites and/or general education coursework at MCC;
  3. Mississippi residents who complete program prerequisites and/or general education coursework elsewhere;
  4. Out-of-state students. 

 

After program admission and prior to attending clinical rotations, students must provide proof of immunization for MMR. Additionally, students are required to obtain two year healthcare provider CPR training, TB skin test and submit to drug screening after enrollment. These services will be scheduled by MCC program faculty. The student is responsible for the costs of these services.

All students admitted into the Program are required to pay for fingerprinting and background checks, which are performed after admission and prior to clinical assignments.  These fees are attached as registration fees.  There are certain convictions that prevent an individual from being eligible to participate in clinical experiences.  If a student is unable to participate in clinical experiences, he/she is dismissed from the program.  For additional information, please contact the health education counselor or your advisor.

Students in the Radiologic Technology Program must attend MCC full-time (15 or more semester credit hours).

FIRST SEMESTER (summer 10 week term)
Course Number Course Description Hours
ENG 1113 English Composition 3
BIO 2524 Anatomy and Physiology II w/ Lab 4
AHT 1313 Medical Vocabulary 3
  Semester Hours 10
SECOND SEMESTER
Course Number Course Description Hours
RGT 1212 Fundamentals of Radiography 2
RGT 1513 Radiographic Procedures I 3
RGT 1312 Principles of Radiation Protection 2
RGT 1613 Physics of Imaging Equipment 3
RGT 1114 Clinical Education I 4
PSY 1513 General Psychology 3
  Semester Hours 17
THIRD SEMESTER (spring)
Course Number Course Description Hours
RGT 1222 Patient Care and Radiography 2
RGT 1323 Principles of Exposure & Image Production 3
RGT 1523 Radiographic Procedures II 3
RGT 1124 Clinical Education II 4
  Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
  Semester Hours 15
FORTH SEMESTER (summer 10-week term)
Course Number Course Description Hours
RGT 1135 Clinical Education III 5
  Semester Hours 5
FIFTH SEMESTER (fall)
Course Number Course Description Hours
RGT 1333 Digital Image Acquisition & Display 3
RGT 2147 Clinical Education IV 7
RGT 2132 Ethical & Legal Responsibilities 2
RGT 2533 Radiographic Procedures III 3
RGT 2911 Radiation Biology 1
SPT 1113 Public Speaking 3
  Semester Hours 19
SIXTH SEMESTER
Course Number Course Description Hours
RGT 2542 Radiographic Procedures IV 2
RGT 2157 Clinical Education V 7
RGT 2922 Radiographic Pathology 2
RGT 2933 Certification of Fundamentals 3
  Semester Hours 14
Total Semester Hours
(including pre-requisites courses)
80
87

The program is nationally accredited by the Joint Review Committee outbound link on Education in Radiologic Technology.

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850 Chicago, Illinois 60606-3182 312-704-5300 mail@jrcert.org

The mission of the Meridian Community College Radiologic Technology Program is to serve patients and employers by graduating competent, entry-level radiographers able to function both independently and as team members within the healthcare community.

 GOAL ONE:
Produce clinically competent students/graduates.

Outcome Objectives:
I. Students/Graduates will apply proper positioning skills
II. Students/Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of technical concepts.
III. Students/Graduates will apply ALARA radiation safety principles on patients, self and

GOAL TWO:     
Produce students/graduates who demonstrate proper communication skills

Outcome Objectives:
I.  Students/Graduates will demonstrate effective communication with patients, staff and others

GOAL THREE:
Produce students/graduates who apply critical thinking skills.

Outcome Objectives:  
I.  Students will adapt standard procedures for non-routine patients
II. Students/graduates will critique images to determine diagnostic quality

GOAL FOUR:     
Produce students who exhibit ethical principles

Outcome objectives:
I.  Students/graduates will demonstrate proper professional ethics       
II.  Students/graduates maintain HIPAA/patient confidentiality.

MCC’s Radiologic Technology program is a program that meets the education requirements for a Radiologic Technologist in MS and qualifies graduates to take the certifying examination of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. The Radiology Technology program at MCC has not made a determination on whether the degree meets the state education requirements for other US States, Territories, or the District of Columbia. Additional information regarding state requirements can be found here https://www.arrt.org/about-the-profession/state-licensingoutbound link

 

  • Radiographic Procedures
  • Principles of Radiation Protection
  • Imaging Principles
  • Digital Imaging
  • $34,860 (local): Salary Range
  • $47,930 (state): Salary Range
  • $52,000 (regionally): Salary Range
  • $40,089 (local):Salary Range after five years
  • $55,195 (state):Salary Range after five years
  • $59,800 (regionally):Salary Range after five years

 

For more informationFor more information:
Debra Herring, MAT, R.T. (R) (M) (ARRT)
coordinator
dherring@meridiancc.edu
601.484.8757
For more informationFor more information:
Anna Hall, advisor
ahall4@meridiancc.edu
601.484.8629