The radiologic technologist is the technical assistant to the radiologist, (a physician who specializes in the use of x-rays and radioactive isotopes). Since x-rays are an important tool for the diagnosis of disease, radiologic technologists are valued members of the health team.
The applicant must meet the following requirements in addition to the general admission policies:
- High school diploma or equivalency and submission of all application materials including high school transcripts, immunization records, and college transcripts, if applicable, no later than the application deadline.
- Minimum of having completed, within the last 5 years, high school algebra II with a grade of "C" or better AND a placement or SAT/ACT score above intermediate algebra; MAT*H136 OR MAT*H137 or college level equivalent with a grade of "C"or better.
- Minimum of having completed high school or college level Biology with a lab, or equivalent, within the last five years with a grade of "C" or better. Completion of an additional high school or college level science course within the last five years with a grade of "C" or better.
- (NVCC A & P I requires BIO*H105 or BIO 115. The BIO*H105 requirement may be achieved by successful completion of CLEP or examination administered by the Math/Science Division.)
- Qualified achievement on College Placement Tests. Remedial courses must be completed before acceptance into the program.
- Application deadline is January 15 of each year. All application and program deadlines are strictly enforced. Failure to adhere to deadlines will disqualify a candidate for consideration for admission.
- Consideration for admission requires all minimally qualified applicants to attend a mandatory program information session. Applicants will be contacted to schedule attendance at a session. The deadline to register for an information session is strictly enforced.
- Medical examination report by a physician (within three months) which describes the physical and emotional health of the applicant. Completion and verification of all required immunizations before beginning classes.
- Demonstrated ability to perform the skills needed to be a radiographer as outlined in the program's Technical Standards.
- Submission of all application materials including high school transcripts, college records and radiology program records when applicable.
- Admitted students must provide proof of a Health Care Provider course in Basic Life Support (BLS) from the American Heart Association prior to beginning class. The Division of Continuing Education offers BLS courses throughout the summer.
- Selection of candidates for admission is based upon academic history of the applicant. Overall high school and/or college GPA, Math GPA, Science GPA, and successfully completed general education courses in the radiology curriculum are used to rank candidates. A minimum GPA of 2.50 is required by all applicants seeking admission into the Radiologic Technology Program
- The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) requirements concerning individuals with a previous criminal conviction may eliminate a student from sitting for the certification examination. A previous criminal record includes but may not be restricted to misdemeanor drug possession charges, DUI, felony convictions, military court martial, and proceedings where a plea of nolo contendere was entered. Individuals may contact the ARRT at (615) 687-0048 privately for clarification of their eligibility status. ARRT certification is required to obtain a radiographer’s license in Connecticut and many other states. Additional information may be found at www.arrt.org.
Additionally, all accepted students may be required to undergo a criminal background check prior to the start of the first-year fall semester. The student is responsible for the cost of the background check. Students who do not pass a criminal background check may be excluded from the clinical site and may not be able to meet the competencies required for the program. If you feel that this may apply to you, please consider your acceptance into the NVCC Radiologic Technology Program carefully. If you have any questions, please contact the program director at 203-575-8266.
An evening clinical track is available to four incoming students in the first year fall and spring semesters. Students attend radiology classes during the day. Prior to beginning the evening clinical, all students attend a four week program orientation session during the day. During the six week summer session, evening students attend clinical on Tuesday evening and on Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The evening students are matriculated into the day clinical track for the entire second year of the program. Students interested in the evening clinical track should contact the Program Director for further information. The evening clinical track is offered based upon instructor availability and funding.
Due to the extensive time requirements for classes, clinical, and studying, program faculty strongly recommend that radiology students work no more than 20 hours a week. Faculty strongly advise applicants to consider the time requirements for studying, attending class, attending clinical, as well as their personal obligations before accepting admission.
In order to meet the educational objectives of the program as well as ensure the safety of the patient and student, attendance policies are strictly enforced.
Readmission and Transfer
Candidates seeking readmission or transfer to the program should contact the Program Director for eligibility.
The Radiologic Technology Program is approved by the Board of Governors for Higher Education and the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, Il. 60606. (312) 704-5300. www.jrcert.org.
The curriculum is designed as a progression of increasing complexity. Therefore, all prescribed courses must be taken in sequence. Electives and core courses can be taken prior to the semester scheduled with the exception of the radiology courses. Clinical practicum is conducted in hospitals, offices, and imaging centers. It is necessary for the student to have adequate transportation. Students are required to purchase uniforms.
A minimum grade of “C” is required in all courses related to radiology and science courses. The faculty in the Radiologic Technology Program reserves the right to require withdrawal of a student from the Radiologic Technology Program whose clinical performance is unsatisfactory. Upon successful completion of all program requirements, students are eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist Registry Examination. A minimum of sixty-eight (68) semester hours is required for graduation. Courses must be taken in the sequence below. General education courses may taken prior to but cannot be taken after the semester the course is assigned.
General Education Core course listings and definitions appear on pages 5