Degree Programs

Health Studies: Radiologic Technology AAS


The primary mission of MVCC Radiologic Technology A.A.S. degree program is to educate diagnostic technologists who are professionally competent and certified to practice within the ARRT scope of practice, contribute to the imaging sciences; are committed to professional development through life-long learning, and meet the employment needs of the community. The program is committed to students’ success by providing a quality curriculum and a diverse learning environment through partnerships with the health care community. The competency-based program requires a minimum number of clinical competencies and completion of all academic course work prior to graduation. The required clinical internship involves learning the art and science of medical radiography through demonstrations, case studies, and supervised practice of routine diagnostic procedures using state-of-the-art equipment throughout the entire two years of education. Eligibility requirements for ARRT certification in Radiography will — effective January 1, 2015 — call for candidates to have earned an associate degree from an accrediting agency recognized by the ARRT. A student completing these requirements will qualify for graduation, meet the requirements of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists to sit for the board examination, and also prepare students for N.Y. State licensure. MVCC’s Radiologic Technology Program is fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. Prerequisites (minimum qualifications): High school average of 83 OR a current overall college grade point average (GPA) of 2.80. An SAT math score of 500 or higher OR an ACT math score of 19 or higher OR an appropriate math placement test score OR a grade of “C” or better in a MVCC MA090, MA091, MA110, MA108, MA115, or comparable mathematics course taken within seven years. High School Chemistry with a lab or equivalent with a final grade of 70 or higher taken within seven years OR a grade of “C” or better in CH111 & CH 112 or CH 131 or equivalent taken within seven years. High School Biology with a lab and a final grade of 70 or higher taken within seven years OR a grade of “C” or better in College Biology course with a lab taken within seven years. Developmental Courses if prerequisites are not met: MA045 or MA050; CH111 and CH112; BI141 and BI142.
Goals & Outcomes
Provide a quality education that facilitates the mastery of entry-level professional skills and attributes through diversified didactic, laboratory and clinical education.
  • Students will develop clinical competence in the performance of basic radiographic procedures.
  • Students will demonstrate communication skills.
  • Students will develop knowledge and comprehension required to successfully pass the national/NYS credentialing examination.
Address the employment needs of the community for diagnostic radiographers.
  • Student will continue their education following graduation or achieve employment in the community.
  • Students who enter the program will complete and be available for employment opportunities.
Instill commitment to life-long learning by encouraging professional development.
  • Upon graduation, students will value the professional aspect of being a member of the radiologic sciences community and life-long learning.
Provide an education that fosters problem solving/critical thinking.
  • Students will develop critical thinking skills.
First Semester
ED100 College Seminar
This course is an opportunity for students to develop the skills necessary to be successful in college. Students learn the importance of the faculty-student and advisor-advisee relationship, develop time management techniques, apply effective study skill techniques, recognize the implications of living in a diverse society, utilize college resources, and explore career and transfer requirements. Collaborative projects are included. Students matriculated in a degree program must take this course in their first term of study. See when this course is offered ...
BI216 Human Anatomy & Physiology 1
This course covers the structure and function of the human organism and the regulatory processes that operate within a living system. It introduces general anatomical, physiological, and chemical organization, and includes the integumentary (skin), skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. Laboratories involve vertebrate dissection, the use of prosected human cadavers and human skeletal materials, microscope work, non-invasive human experimentation, and possibly animal experimentation. Prerequisite: One year of high school chemistry or equivalent preparation, or permission from the Dean of Life and Health Sciences. High School Biology r its equivalent recommended. Students enrolled in Life and Health Sciences Center programs are recommended to complete this course before beginning their specialized program coursework. See when this course is offered ...
MA110 Elementary Statistics
This course introduces probability and statistics. Topics include graphs, tables, frequency distributions, measures of central tendency and dispersion, normal distribution, correlation and regression, probability, and inferential statistics. This course is available in two formats: lecture only, or lecture plus laboratory using technology. Prerequisite: An appropriate placement test result or MA045 Basic Math Skills or MA050 Introductory Mathematics. See when this course is offered ...
RT100 Patient Care I-Ethics
This course prepares the radiologic technology student to evaluate and meet the physical, cultural, and emotional needs of the patient. Topics include basic arrhythmia and basic life support. See when this course is offered ...
RT101 Fundamentals of Radiography
This course provides an introduction to the basic concepts of radiographic physics and exposure. Topics include detailed history of x-ray, radiographic tube construction, process of x-ray production, x-ray beam characteristics, and the photographic and geometric properties of the radiographic image. The foundations of radiography and the practicioners' role in the health care delivery system are discussed. See when this course is offered ...
RT102 Radiogrphc Prcdrs-Pathology I
This course introduces basic terminology, principles of radiographic procedures, and directional terms in relation to the human body. Students practice under simulated conditions in a laboratory setting before actually performing on patients in a clinical setting. Topics include proper use of radiographic equipment and patient safety issues. See when this course is offered ...
RT103 Clinical Educ Fundamentals
The course provides the first clinical experience in radiologic technology. Course content includes an overview of radiography and its role in health care delivery including specific guidelines, responsibilities, and policies. See when this course is offered ...
Second Semester
BI217 Human Anatomy & Physiology 2
This course, which is a continuation of BI216 Human Anatomy & Physiology 1, involves the study of structure, function, and regulation in the human organism. Topics include blood, peripheral nerves, the cardiovascular system, lymphatics, the respiratory system, the excretory system, the endocrine system, the reproductive systems, the digestive system, and metabolism. Laboratories involve vertebrate dissection, the use of prosected human cadavers and human skeletal materials, microscope work, non-invasive human experimentation, and possibly animal experimentation. Prerequisite: BI216 Human Anatomy & Physiology 1, permission from the Dean of Life and Health Sciences.. Students enrolled in Life and Health Sciences Center programs are recommended to complete this course before beginning their specialized program coursework. Students with transfer credit for BI216 Anatomy and Physiology 1 must complete a three-hour orientation to the use of prosected human cadavers before participating in the BI217 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 laboratory. Transfer students must meet with the Dean of Life and Health Sciences thirty days before beginning this course. See when this course is offered ...
RT104 Ptnt Care II-Phrm & IV Therapy
RT105 Image Prod & Evaluation I
RT106 Radiogrphc Prcdrs-Pathology II
RT107 Clinical Ed Intermediate I
Third Semester
RT108 Clinical Ed Intermediate II
Fourth Semester
EN101 English 1:Composition
This course focuses on several kinds of writing-self-expressive, informative, and argumentative/persuasive, and others. A minimum of five essay compositions are required. The course emphasizes the composition of clear, correct, and effective prose required in a variety of professions and occupations.Prerequisites: The required developmental reading (DS050 Developmental Reading, DS051 Essential Reading & Study Skills, or DS080 Study Reading), or SL115 ESL4: Advanced Reading, and/or writing courses (EN099 Introduction to College English or SL116 ESL4: Advanced Composition) or permission of the instructor or designee. See when this course is offered ...
PY101 Intro General Psychology
This course introduces the many and varied facets of psychology. Emphasis is on interactions of individuals in their cultural, social, and economic environments as determined by their cognitive, behavioral, and emotional experiences and training. See when this course is offered ...
RT109 Radiation Biology I
This course is the first in a two semester sequence in Radiation Biology. Topics include an introduction to basic concepts of physics that relate to radiation absorption and scatter, analysis of ionizing and nonionizing radiation, the elctromagnetic spectrum, the process of interaction between radiation and matter, sources of radiation both natural and artificial, and units of measure. Basic concepts of molecular and cell biology in the context of the sequence of events that occur after absorption of energy from ionizing radiation and consequences on living systems are discussed. See when this course is offered ...
RT200 Adv Prcdrs-Secional Anatomy
This course introduces advanced procedures that require the use of contrast media and the pathologies indicated for these exams. Topics include general and specialized procedures involving the use of contrast agents of the reproductive tracts as well as the spinal column; basic anatomy of the brain, chest, abdomen, and pelvis as viewed in a cross section of the anatomy. Patient and equipment safety, proper room set-up, supervised lab practices, and film evaluation sessions are demonstrated and practiced. Phantoms are used to help asses the student's ability to perform proper positioning of the skull and facial bones. See when this course is offered ...
RT201 Image Prod & Evaluation II
This course provides a knowledge base in factors that govern and influence producing and recording radiological images. Film and electronic imaging with related accessories are emphasized. Theory application and accessory / equipment quality measurements are demonstrated. See when this course is offered ...
RT202 Clinical Ed Advanced
This course provides advanced clinical experience in day-to-day real life situations in health care which are essential to foster a professional demeanor, compassionate behavior, desirable work ethic, and the skills necessary to perform radiographic procedures and produce radiographic images for diagnosis. Students develope clnincal skills which complement the clinical competencies learned. See when this course is offered ...
Fifth Semester
EN102 English 2:Idea&Values Lit
This course encourages a deeper understanding of human nature and the human condition through the study of ideas and values expressed in imaginative literature. Emphasis is placed on the use and development of critical thinking and language skills. Library-oriented research is required. Prerequisite: EN101 English 1: Composition or EN106 English 1: Composition and Reading. See when this course is offered ...
RT203 Radiographic Physics
RT204 Radiation Biology II
RT205 Adv Imgng Pro-Pathology
RT207 Clinical Ed Mastery

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