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Radiologic Sciences

Bachelor of Science Degree Program

Mission Statement

The Radiologic Sciences program at Southern Vermont College is committed to quality education and
excellence in providing competent entry‐level Radiologic Technologists who function as productive
members of the healthcare team.

Through a competency‐based program, graduates will demonstrate proficiency in the application of
current and developing technologies, use effective verbal and written communication, think critically,
apply appropriate radiation safety measures, and safely administer ionizing radiation to patients at
hospitals, clinics, doctor’s offices, and other healthcare facilities.

Program Goal(s):
1.  Students will demonstrate communications skills;
2.  Students will become clinically competent;
3.  Students will utilize critical-thinking skills; and
4.  Students will display professionalism.

Program  Goal(s) Supported:
Communication, Clinical Competence, Critical Thinking, and Professional Development

Intended Educational (Student) Outcomes:
1.  Communication: Students will learn to communicate effectively with diverse populations;
2.  Communication: Students will write effectively;
3.  Communication: Students will demonstrate proper oral communication skills;
4.  Clinical Competence: Students will use radiation safety techniques;
5.  Clinical Competence: Students will position patients accurately;
6.  Critical Thinking: Students will perform non-routine procedures;
7.  Critical Thinking: Students will select appropriate technical factors for variations in body habitus;
8.  Critical Thinking: Students will be able to analyze images;
9.  Professionalism: Students will be knowledgeable of advanced imaging modalities;
10. Professionalism: Students will display proper professionalism;
11. Program Effectiveness Measures: Students will be prepared to be an entry-level technologists; and
12. Program Effectiveness Measures: Students will pass the registry exam the first time.

Program Description

Radiography is the art and science of using radiation as a diagnostic tool in performing radiographic
examination. Radiologic Technologists apply the knowledge of anatomy, physiology, positioning,
radiographic technique, and radiation biology in performing medical x‐ray examinations using
established radiation protection standards in limiting radiation exposure to patients, themselves,
and others.

As essential members of the healthcare team, radiologic technologists must be able to communicate
effectively with patients, other healthcare professionals, and the public. Radiologic technologists must be
compassionate, competent, and use problem‐solving and critical‐thinking skills in meeting the needs of
their patients.

Radiologic technologists are employed in various healthcare facilities, including hospitals, specialized
imaging centers, and private physicians’ offices. They may also be employed as imaging department
administrators or educators. The salaries and benefits are generally very competitive with other
healthcare professionals and vary according to experience and geographic location.

The need for sophisticated imaging management and leadership to respond to the clinical, organizational,
and fiscal demands facing the healthcare industry supports the creation of advanced educational and
skill development opportunities for imaging. Future changes to the profession include minimum degree
requirements for Radiologic Sciences as well as Imaging Education and sub‐specialty areas. The
American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) recently recognized the need for advanced degrees
within the profession by adopting a new Bachelor of Science Radiologic Sciences (BSRS) curriculum.

The BSRS curriculum is an expression of content that enhances entry‐level education and supports
multiple, post‐primary specialty certifications as well as a transition to education and management in
advanced clinical practice. The new BSRS curriculum emphasizes education in critical thinking, human
diversity, sustainability, and written and oral communication. Students in the BSRS degree program will
engage in topics with more depth and breadth, resulting in a broader knowledge base and skill set than
the entry‐level radiographer.

The Radiologic Sciences program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The JRCERT may be contacted by phone at 312-704-5300 or via the Internet at

Student Health Policy

Before beginning Rs210 (Introduction to Radiology and Patient Care), all radiology students are required
to submit the following information: (1) results of a physical examination, (2) results of a drug
background check screening performed by a College‐approved entity; (3) evidence of current
immunizations, including but not limited to: a two‐step tuberculin skin test (TST), Hep. B vaccination and
annual flu vaccinations; and (4) CPR card for infant, child, and adult.

First-Year Course

All students who have fewer than 12 transfer credits are required to enroll in Fy100 Quest for Success: The First Year Experience in their first semester.

Admission Process for Nonregistered (ARRT) Students

Students entering directly or as transfer students without a previous ARRT registration follow a
curriculum that includes one to two years of general education and preparatory classes. In order for a
student to be eligible to take any Rs course, the student must have completed all general education and
preparatory classes with a cumulative GPA of 2.85. The following classes also require a grade of C+ or
higher: Hc100, Hc105, Ma120, Ns235, and Ns236. A grade of C or higher is required in En101 and En102.
Space in the RS courses (junior year) is limited. Admission is determined by a point system which takes
into account course grades, overall GPA, and courses completed at SVC.

Degree Progression and Readmission to the Program

A Radiologic Sciences student must maintain a grade of C+ or higher in each Radiologic Sciences major
course, including Hc100, Hc105, Ma120, Ns235, and Ns236, and a cumulative grade‐point average of 2.3
overall to progress in the program.

A student who does not receive a C+ or higher in a Radiologic Sciences course or who does not maintain
a cumulative GPA of 2.3 or higher will be dismissed from the program. In order for the student to be
eligible to reenter the program, they must reapply to the Radiologic Sciences program. To be readmitted
the student must meet all prerequisite requirements including the minimum Southern Vermont College
cumulative GPA of 2.85. A seat in the program must also be available. A student may only be readmitted
to the program one time. A student who is readmitted must repeat any Radiologic Sciences major course
in which they have not received a grade of C+ or higher before being eligible to take the next course(s) in
the degree sequence. A student may only retake courses in which they have not achieved a grade of C+ or
higher. Course repetition is allowed on a seat‐available basis only.

Admission Process for Registered (ARRT) Students

Students who previously graduated from SVC with an associate degree in Radiologic Technology
and who have successfully passed the ARRT examination will be eligible to continue and receive a
BSRS degree within one‐ to one‐and‐a‐half years depending on the classes previously taken.

Students who have completed an associate degree from another institution and who are presently
registered with the ARRT in Radiography or other radiology subspecialty (Nuclear Medicine, Radiation
Therapy) will be awarded a maximum of 64 credits towards the BSRS degree. A student must complete
all of the general education core courses not previously awarded as transfer credit to complete the BSRS
degree. Usually the BSRS degree can be obtained within one and a half to two years. A minimum of 64
credits must be taken at Southern Vermont College.

Radiography Program Effectiveness Data

Radiology Student Handbook 2017-2018

Program of StudyRequirementsCredit
General Core Requirements48
Program Requirements
  • Hc100 Introduction to Healthcare I (4 cr)
  • Hc105 Introduction to Healthcare II (4 cr)
  • Rs210 Introduction to Radiologic Technology & Patient Care (4 cr)
  • Rs220 Radiographic Positioning I (4 cr)
  • Rs230 Radiographic Equipment (4 cr)
  • Rs260 Clinical Radiography I (4 cr)
  • Rs261 Clinical Radiography II (Summer) (6 cr)
  • Rs300 Digital Imaging and Processing (2 cr)
  • Rs320 Radiographic Positioning II (2 cr)
  • Rs330 Radiographic Exposures (4 cr)
  • Rs350 Radiation Protection & Biology (2 cr)
  • Rs360 Clinical Radiography III (4.5 cr)
  • Rs361 Clinical Radiography IV (4.5 cr)
  • Rs370 Radiographic Pathology (2 cr)
  • Rs420 Advanced Imaging & Pharmacology (4 cr)
  • Rs440 Radiographic Critique & Analysis (4 cr)
  • Rs480 Senior Seminar: Program Capstone (2 cr)
Two Upper Level Electives (300/400 level)   8
Four General Electives  16
Total Credits135

Please note that there are prerequisite courses for some of the program requirements. It is highly
recommended that these are taken as part of the General Core/General Elective courses.
Prerequisites: Ma120, Mg170, Rs315, or Py315, Ns235, Ns236

Computed Tomography (Certificate)

Computed Tomography (CT) is a division of diagnostic imaging that utilizes specialized radiographic
equipment to produce cross‐sectional 3‐D images of the human body. CT technologists work effectively
with patients and healthcare professionals in order to produce diagnostic images that can be used to
evaluate many different types of disease processes and injuries. The CT technologist can be employed in
a number of healthcare settings that include trauma centers, hospitals, clinics, urgent care centers, and/or
imaging centers.

The sixteen‐credit, CT certificate program provides formal specialized training in CT imaging preparing
an individual to become a competent, technically proficient, entry‐level CT technologist. The certificate
program is open to registered Technologists in the areas of Radiography, Nuclear Medicine, and/or
Radiation Therapy as well as SVC senior students in the Radiological Sciences major who have completed
all general education requirements and who have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. This one‐year
program consists of an online component as well as a flexible individualized clinical schedule that is
designed to meet the schedule of the working technologist. Note: Non‐ARRT (American Registry of
Radiologic Technologists) registered students are only allowed to do observation clinical until they have successfully passed their initial ARRT primary examination.

Upon successful completion of the three‐course set (Rs461 Principles of Computed Tomography I, Rs462
Principles of Computed Tomography II, and Rs463 Principles of Computed Tomography III), students
who hold an ARRT primary registry may be eligible to make application to the ARRT to take the postprimary
advanced certification examination in CT.

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