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Medical Radiologic Technology

51.0911

(Associate of Applied Science Degree)

This program prepares students for a profession as a Radiologic Technologist and is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182;
312-704-5300; www.jrcert.org.

The Medical Radiologic Technology program is designed to equip graduates with the necessary skills and knowledge to become competent healthcare professionals who perform diagnostic X-ray examinations in hospitals, clinics, and imaging centers.  Students of the program will learn to manipulate diagnostic X-ray equipment and the technical factors that affect X-ray images.  Students will participate in a minimum of 12 credit hours of clinical study at approved clinical sites.  To be successful, students need effective communication skills and a solid background in science and math.

Upon successful completion of this program, students are qualified to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam to become a registered radiologic technologist.  Employers, state licensing agencies, and federal regulators look at the ARRT credential as an indication that a person has met a recognized national standard in medical imaging. 

The State Technical College of Missouri Medical Radiologic Technology program is located at the Nichols Career Center facility, 605 Union Street, Jefferson City, MO 65101.

Enrollment in the Medical Radiologic Technology program is limited and students are selected for this program on a competitive basis.  Contact the Office of Admissions or www.statetechmo.edu/academic/mrt/index.php for the specific application requirements, forms, and deadline.

Students who are admitted to the Medical Radiologic Technology program should be aware that they will be subject to drug screening.  Criminal background checks will be required prior to clinical placement.  Per Missouri law, persons who have been convicted of or pled guilty to certain felony offenses may be prohibited from holding any direct patient care positions.  This could prevent placement in and completion of clinical education courses, which are required to complete the Medical Radiologic Technology Associate of Applied Science degree.

To remain enrolled in the Medical Radiologic Technology (MRT) program, a grade of “C” or better must be maintained in all MRT courses except Radiographic Procedures and Clinical Education courses in which a grade of “B” or better must be maintained.

Program Mission
The mission of the Medical Radiologic Technology program is to prepare graduates for a career in the healthcare industry as a radiologic technologist. 

Program Goals
The goals of the program are to provide the opportunity for students to develop:

  • Entry-level technical skills in radiologic technology.
  • Basic abilities, employability skills, and an appreciation for the value of lifelong learning.
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Knowledge required to take the National Certification Examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
  • Communication skills required for direct patient care.

Program Assessments

  • American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)
  • Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP)

CORE CURRICULUM

Credit Hours

MRT
100 Introduction to Radiography and Patient Care
3
MRT
110 Radiation Protection
2
MRT
120 Medical Terminology I
3
MRT
125 Medical Terminology II
3
MRT
130 Radiographic Procedures with Lab I
4
MRT
140 Clinical Education I
2
MRT
150 Radiation Exposures with Lab I
2
MRT
155 Radiation Exposures with Lab II
2
MRT
160 Radiographic Procedures with Lab II
4
MRT
170 Clinical Education II
2
MRT
180 Sectional Anatomy
2
MRT
190 Radiographic Procedures with Lab III
3
MRT
200 Clinical Education III
2
MRT
210 Radiation Physics
2
MRT
220 Digital Imaging and Quality Assurance
2
MRT
230 Radiographic Procedures with Lab IV
2
MRT
240 Clinical Education IV
3
MRT
250 Radiographic Pathology
3
MRT
260 Radiobiology
2
MRT
270 Radiographic Procedures with Lab V
2
MRT
280 Curriculum Review

1

MRT
290 Clinical Education V
3

SUB-TOTAL

54

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

General Education Requirements

19

Must Include:

 

ASC 104 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab I
4
May Not Include: 
ASC 106 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab II
4
NST 101 Network Fundamentals
3

SUB-TOTAL

19

PROGRAM REQUIREMENT

ASC

106

Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab II

4

SUB-TOTAL

4

   
GRADUATION REQUIREMENT  
COM 125 Job Search Strategies
1
    SUB-TOTAL
1

 

 

PROGRAM TOTAL

78

 

MRT 100 Introduction to Radiography and Patient Care.  This course teaches students what to expect from a career in radiologic technology and what will be required of them as practicing radiographers regarding patient care.  Topics include a historical overview of medicine and radiology, ethics, medicolegal considerations, sterile technique, effective communication, quality assurance, and radiation safety. 3 credit hours. 

MRT 110 Radiation Protection.  This course teaches students how to make informed decisions on how to protect patients and themselves from unnecessary ionizing radiation while achieving diagnostic information.  2 credit hours. 

MRT 120 Medical Terminology I.  This course provides fundamental instruction regarding the understanding and usage of medical terms to include pronunciations, word roots, clinical descriptions, abbreviations, and definitions in the radiologic technology field. The medical vocabulary learned in this course assists the radiologic technologist in communicating with physicians, co-workers, and patients.  3 credit hours.

MRT 125 Medical Terminology II.  This course provides advanced instruction regarding the understanding and usage of medical terms to include pronunciations, word roots, clinical descriptions, abbreviations, and definitions in the radiologic technology field. The medical vocabulary learned in this course assists the radiologic technologist in communicating with physicians, co-workers, and patients.  Prerequisite:  MRT 120 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours. 

MRT 130 Radiographic Procedures with Lab I.  This course teaches the proper steps in the completion of radiographic examinations.  Radiographic anatomy, radiation protection, image evaluation, and patient care skills are learned and reinforced.  Chest, abdomen, and extremity examinations are the focus of this course.  4 credit hours.

MRT 140 Clinical Education I.  This course provides students with their first opportunity for direct patient care.  Students practice the fundamental skills and knowledge learned in the classroom to date at a clinical education work site supervised by a licensed radiologic technologist.  Students have the opportunity to provide hands-on patient care by correctly positioning patients, manipulating diagnostic imaging equipment, and producing quality radiographs and images.  Students also develop professional behaviors related to the role of the radiologic technologist.  Corequisite:  MRT 130 with a grade of “B” or better.  2 credit hours. 

MRT 150  Radiation Exposures with Lab I.  This course introduces the fundamentals and production of X-radiation and how it affects radiographs.  Radiographic quality and how it is achieved will be introduced.  The X-ray tube and additional equipment used to improve the quality of the radiograph and reduce patient radiation exposure are discussed.  2 credit hours.

MRT 155  Radiation Exposures with Lab II.  This course expands upon the properties of radiologic exposures taught in Radiation Exposures with Lab I.  Topics include the production of X-radiation and how it affects radiographs.  Radiographic quality and how it is achieved will be explored in depth.  Additional equipment used to improve the quality of the radiograph and reduce patient radiation exposure is discussed.  Prerequisite:  MRT 150 with a grade of “C” or better.  2 credit hours. 

MRT 160 Radiographic Procedures with Lab II.  This course teaches the proper steps in the completion of radiographic examinations.  Radiographic anatomy, radiation protection, image evaluation, and patient care skills are learned and reinforced.  Spinal and lower extremity examinations are the focus of this course.  Prerequisite:  MRT 130 with a grade of “B” or better.  4 credit hours.

MRT 170 Clinical Education II.  Students practice the skills and knowledge learned in the classroom to date at a clinical education work site supervised by a licensed radiologic technologist strengthening the connection between theory and practice.  Students have the opportunity to provide hands-on patient care by correctly positioning patients, manipulating diagnostic imaging equipment, and producing quality radiographs and images.  Students also develop professional behaviors related to the role of the radiologic technologist.  Prerequisite:  MRT 140 with a grade of “B” or better.  Corequisite:  MRT 160 with a grade of “B” or better.  2 credit hours. 

MRT 180 Sectional Anatomy.  This course teaches the basic anatomy and structural relationships of the brain, chest, abdomen, and pelvis when viewed in a cross-section of the anatomy.  Radiographic, computed tomography, magnetic resonance, and ultrasound images are used to support the learning process.  Prerequisite:  ASC 106 with a grade of “C” or better.  2 credit hours.

MRT 190 Radiographic Procedures with Lab III.  This course teaches the proper steps in the completion of radiographic examinations.  Radiographic anatomy, radiation protection, image evaluation, and patient care skills are learned and reinforced.  Fluoroscopy and urography examinations are the focus of this course.  Prerequisite:  MRT 160 with a grade of “B” or better.  3 credit hours. 

MRT 200 Clinical Education III.  Students practice the skills and knowledge learned in the classroom to date at a clinical education work site supervised by a licensed radiologic technologist strengthening the connection between theory and practice.  Students have the opportunity to provide hands-on patient care by correctly positioning patients, manipulating diagnostic imaging equipment, and producing quality radiographs and images.  Students also develop professional behaviors related to the role of the radiologic technologist.  Prerequisite:  MRT 170 with a grade of “B” or better.  Corequisite:  MRT 190 with a grade of “B” or better.  2 credit hours.

MRT 210 Radiation Physics.  This course is designed to teach radiologic technology students to understand the mechanics and principles of X-radiation.  Atomic structure, the production and interaction of X-rays, magnetism, electricity, and the circuitry of the X-ray unit are studied.  2 credit hours. 

MRT 220  Digital Imaging and Quality Assurance.  This course is a study of diagnostic imaging equipment and quality control practices.  Students will develop an understanding of the components, principles, and operation of digital imaging systems found in diagnostic radiology.  Factors that impact image acquisition, display, archiving, and retrieval are discussed.  Principles of digital system quality assurance and maintenance are presented.  2 credit hours. 

MRT 230 Radiographic Procedures with Lab IV.  This course teaches the proper steps in the completion of radiographic examinations.  Radiographic anatomy, radiation protection, image evaluation, and patient care skills are learned and reinforced.  Mobile radiography, bony thorax, and neurological examinations are the focus of this course.  Prerequisite:  MRT 190 with a grade of “B” or better.  2 credit hours.

MRT 240 Clinical Education IV.  Students practice the skills and knowledge learned in the classroom to date at a clinical education work site supervised by a licensed radiologic technologist strengthening the connection between theory and practice.  Students have the opportunity to provide hands-on patient care by correctly positioning patients, manipulating diagnostic imaging equipment, and producing quality radiographs and images.  Students also develop professional behaviors related to the role of the radiologic technologist.  Prerequisite:  MRT 200 with a grade of “B” or better.  Corequisite:   MRT 230 with a grade of “B” or better.  3 credit hours.

MRT 250 Radiographic Pathology.  This course teaches the various pathological conditions of the body and their impact on the radiographic process.  3 credit hours. 

MRT 260 Radiobiology.  This course teaches the student radiographer the effects of ionizing radiation in living cells and matter.  Cell survival, genetic effects, somatic effects, and radiation syndromes are discussed in detail and correlated to radiation safety practices and protection standards.  2 credit hours. 

MRT 270 Radiographic Procedures with Lab V.  This course teaches the proper steps in the completion of radiographic examinations.  Radiographic anatomy, radiation protection, image evaluation, and patient care skills are learned and reinforced.  Neurological exams and specialty fluoroscopic examinations are the focus of this course.  Prerequisite:  MRT 230 with a grade of “B” or better.  2 credit hours. 

MRT 280 Curriculum Review.  This is a preparatory course for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Examination.  Practice tests and test question analysis will be completed for each subject taught in the program.  Prerequisites:  MRT 100, MRT 110, MRT 125, MRT 155, MRT 180, MRT 210, MRT 220, and ASC 106 with a grade of “C” or better.  Corequisites:  MRT 250 and  MRT 260 with a grade of “C” or better and MRT 270 and MRT 290 with a grade of “B” or better.  1 credit hour. 

MRT 290 Clinical Education V.  Students practice the skills and knowledge learned in the classroom to date at a clinical education work site supervised by a licensed radiologic technologist strengthening the connection between theory and practice.  Students have the opportunity to provide hands-on patient care by correctly positioning patients, manipulating diagnostic imaging equipment, and producing quality radiographs and images.  Students also develop professional behaviors related to the role of the radiologic technologist.  Prerequisite:  MRT 240 with a grade of “B” or better.  Corequisite:  MRT 270 with a grade of “B” or better.  3 credit hours.






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