Radiologic Technology Entrance Exam

Tuesday, September 20

Radiologic Technology

Accredited by the

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology

2,080 Hours
Diploma Program
Day (16 months)

HEGIS Code 5207.00
Radiologic Technologies (X-Ray)

Levittown Campus Only

Hunter Business School’s Radiologic Technology training program provides the graduate with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to function as a radiologic technologist. The radiologic technologist uses radiation to produce images of various parts of the body to aid in the detection of injury or disease.

The X-Ray Technologist training program is 2,080 hours in length, built across four semesters, and takes 16 months to complete.

The X-Ray Technologist training program begins by introducing Hunter Business School students to the fundamentals of radiologic technology, anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, and radiographic procedures and includes an immediate introduction to the clinical arena that all set the foundation for the program. Patient care, radiation protection, image analysis, and pathology are incorporated into the overall educational experience.

As the X-Ray Technologist training program progresses, there are learning modules that expose students to the myriad of opportunities that they may pursue with their new profession.

This includes a course that highlights medical imaging pathways, as well as training courses in the principles and fundamentals of mammography and cross-sectional anatomy, as seen in MR (magnetic resonance) and CT (computed tomography) images, while primarily focusing on the identification of normal anatomy in two- and three-dimensional planes.

Comprehensive clinical experiences are offered to supplement classroom discussions. Ethics in the medical imaging profession are also explored.

Graduates of Hunter Business School’s Radiologic Technology program are eligible to sit for the national examination boards given by The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists® (ARRT). This examination satisfies New York State licensing requirements.

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Mission Statement

The mission of Hunter Business School’s Radiologic Technology training program is to provide a quality and comprehensive educational experience that program graduates qualified professionals who have acquired the knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors necessary to function successfully as entry-level radiographers certified by The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists® (ARRT) in New York State and provide quality radiographic care in the health care community.

Job Titles for Graduates of the Radiologic Technology Diploma Program

Short-term programs, lifelong results.

The following list includes, but is not limited to, many of the most common job titles for which this program prepares Hunter Business School students and requires the use of the skills learned as a predominant component of the job.

  • Chief Technologist
  • X-Ray Chief Technologist
  • Limited Radiology Technologist
  • Radiologic Technologist
  • Radiology Technologist
  • Radiology Tech
  • Registered Radiographer
  • X-Ray Technologist
  • X-Ray Tech

Program Goals and Graduate Competencies

The Radiologic Technology training program prepares qualified Hunter Business School graduates to successfully pass the national registry examination administered by The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists® (ARRT). The Radiologic Technology training program attains its mission through the success of its graduates who will achieve these program goals.

  1. Demonstrate clinical competence by performing a full range of radiologic procedures on all patient populations.
  2. Professionally utilize verbal, nonverbal, and written communication in patient care intervention and professional relationships.
  3. Demonstrate the use of critical thinking and problem-solving skills in the performance of radiographic procedures.
  4. Understand the importance of professional growth and development.

Radiologic Technology Program Graduates Are Prepared

to pass The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists® exam and become licensed in New York State

Radiologic Technology Program Student Learning Outcomes

The Radiologic Technology training program attains its goals through the success of its students who, by the end of the program, will have achieved these student learning outcomes and will be able to perform these functions.

  • Apply positioning skills
  • Select optimal technical factors required for the routine and non-routine patient
  • Practice radiation protection
  • Demonstrate written communication skills
  • Demonstrate written and oral communication skills
  • Perform competently procedures for the nonroutine patient
  • Critique images to determine diagnostic quality
  • Demonstrate professionalism and good work ethics
  • Provide quality patient care
  • Understand the value of lifelong learning

Semester I

Introduction to Radiography

RAD101 (45 hours)

This radiography course provides an overview of the field of radiologic technology, including the organization of medical practice and the unique place imaging holds in the medical field.

Hunter Business School students explore the history of the medical imaging field and the critical role medical imaging plays in the health care arena. Course topics include patient care—including physical and psychological needs of the patient and family—routine and emergency patient care procedures, safe patient transfer, immobilization techniques, and infection control. Corequisites: RAD102 through RAD106

Radiographic Procedures I

RAD102 (60 hours)

This X-Ray Technologist course offers an introduction to radiographic positioning terminology, manipulation of equipment, positioning and alignment of the anatomical structure and equipment, and evaluation of images for demonstration of basic anatomy. The course also focuses on radiographic procedures as they relate to the skeletal system.

Course topics include positioning, exposure factors, film evaluation, and related anatomy of the chest, abdomen, upper and lower extremities, and shoulder. Proper marker placement and collimation are emphasized. Corequisites: RAD101 and RAD103 through RAD106

Radiographic Procedures Lab I

RAD102A (15 hours)

This X-Ray Technologist course is a simulated hands-on class demonstrating and reinforcing anatomical positioning and its clinical applications related to Radiographic Procedures I. Proper marker placement, collimation, and radiation protection are emphasized. Corequisites: RAD101, RAD102, RAD104 through RAD106

Radiographic Physics and Principles

RAD103 (45 hours)

In this Radiologic Technology course, Hunter Business School students review electromagnetic radiation and electricity in order to operate radiographic equipment in a safe manner. Application of physics principles in the production of x-rays and the responsibility of producing quality radiographs with the lowest possible exposure to patients are emphasized. Corequisites: RAD101, RAD102, RAD104 through RAD106

Anatomy and Physiology I

RAD104A (45 hours)

This Radiologic Technology course provides an in-depth study of human anatomy and physiology. During this course, topics covered that relate to the human anatomy are the chemistry of life, the cell, and tissues. Systems covered in this class are the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and digestive, including nutrition. Each of the systems are introduced with a general overview and then broken down to examine how it works, beginning at the cellular level.

Practical exercises to demonstrate key concepts are utilized. Corequisites: RAD101 through RAD103, RAD105, RAD106

Medical Terminology

RAD105 (45 hours)

This medical training course introduces students to medical terminology through a combination of visually reinforced learning and lecture. Basic word structure, prefixes, suffixes, organization of the body, and body systems are discussed. Medical specialists and case reports are also examined. Corequisites: RAD101 through RAD104,
RAD106

Patient Care

RAD106 (45 hours)

This medical training course highlights the responsibilities of caring for patients who require medical imaging procedures. How to manage compromised patients, including mobile examinations, medical emergencies, as well as contrast exams, are also be covered.

The importance of sterility is discussed. Furthermore, information is presented about how to behave in an emergency or code situation.

Radiologic Technology students are expected to execute the skills learned, both responsibly and ethically, as student radiographers. Pharmacology and the principles of drug administration are reviewed. Corequisites: RAD101 through RAD104, RAD106

Clinical Practicum I

RAD107 (216 hours)

This medical training course is designed to introduce Radiologic Technology students to the clinical environment and provide them with the opportunity to interact with staff radiographers and radiologists to begin developing clinical skills.

During this course students begin developing critical thinking and problem solving skills in the clinical areas as they begin to perform examinations learned in the classroom and practiced in the laboratory setting.

Staff radiographers directly supervise students during this practicum. Staff radiographer evaluation of students’ cognitive, psychomotor, and affective behaviors in clinical is one method used to correlate classroom theory with clinical practice. Learning is achieved in direct patient care through instruction, demonstration, and direct supervision. Course Prerequisites: RAD101 through RAD105

Semester II

Principles of Exposure

RAD201 (45 hours)

This course introduces Radiologic Technology students to the basic principles of medical imaging and involves equipment design and function. The production of x-rays, their characteristics, and their role in the imaging process are discussed and demonstrated. The role of exposure factors and the effects on image quality are discussed and demonstrated. Course Prerequisites: RAD101, RAD103

Radiographic Procedures II

RAD202 (60 hours)

This progressive Radiologic Technology course focuses on radiographic procedures, positioning, exposure factors, film evaluation, and related anatomy and positioning of pediatric, geriatric, and trauma patients.

Procedures focusing on mobile and surgical radiography, bony thorax, SI joint, arthrography, long bone measurement, and the entire spinal column are also taught.

This course also includes the proper manipulation of equipment, positioning and alignment of the anatomical structure, evaluation of images for proper demonstration of advanced anatomy, and related pathology. Proper marker placement and collimation are emphasized. Course Prerequisites: RAD102, RAD102A

Radiographic Procedures Lab II

RAD202A (15 hours)

This Radiologic Technology course is a simulated hands-on class demonstrating and reinforcing anatomical positioning and its clinical applications related to Radiographic Procedures II. Proper marker placement, collimation, and radiation protection are emphasized. Course Prerequisites: RAD102, RAD102A

Ethics and Legal Implications in Radiologic Technology

RAD203 (45 hours)

This Radiologic Technology course covers the critical role that ethics plays in the medical imaging arena. Legal implications of working with patients and sensitive, protected information are also a focus.

The information that is foundational for HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) and the reasons behind the creation of the laws intended to protect the rights of patients are discussed in depth. Course Prerequisite: RAD101

Radiation Biology and Patient Protection

RAD204 (60 hours)

This Radiologic Technology course covers the principles of cell response to radiation. Course topics covered include the development of radiation science, effects of whole body exposure, and radiation protection dosage guidelines. Course Prerequisites: RAD101, RAD103

Specialization in Radiologic Technology

RAD205 (45 hours)

This survey Radiologic Technology course is designed to introduce Radiologic Technology students to specializations that exist in the imaging field. Computed tomography, mammography, magnetic resonance imaging, cardiovascular technology, ultrasound, fluoroscopy, mobile radiography, radiographic tomography, bone densitometry, nuclear medicine, radiation therapy, dosimetry, and forensics are reviewed. Course Prerequisite: RAD101

Anatomy and Physiology II

RAD104B (45 hours)

This medical training course provides an in-depth study of human anatomy and physiology. During this didactic instruction, the systems covered in relation to the human anatomy are the cardiovascular, lymphatic, nervous, endocrine, respiratory, urinary, and reproductive. Course topics also include blood and growth and development.

Each of the systems are introduced with a general overview, and then broken down to examine how it works beginning at the cellular level. Practical exercises to demonstrate key concepts are utilized. Course Prerequisite: RAD104A

 

Clinical Practicum II

RAD206 (216 hours)

This course builds on RAD107 as students become active participants in their clinical settings. During this course, Radiologic Technology students continue to develop and demonstrate an increasing degree of competency in the clinical areas as they expand their positioning skills.

Staff radiographer evaluation of students’ cognitive, psychomotor, and affective behaviors in clinical are one method used to correlate classroom theory to clinical practice. Learning is achieved in direct patient care through instruction, demonstration, and direct supervision. Course Prerequisite: RAD107

Semester III

Digital Radiography

RAD301 (45 hours)

During this course, Radiologic Technology students gain deeper understanding of digital imaging systems, basic computer and networking information, PACS (picture archiving and communication systems), and digital quality control and assurance activities.

Students formulate techniques to optimize image quality, minimize patient exposure, and preserve equipment. They apply methods of image quality assurance and adapt technical variables to changing conditions. Course Prerequisite: RAD201

Radiographic Procedures III

RAD302 (60 hours)

This progressive course focuses on radiographic procedures, positioning, exposure factors, film evaluation, and related anatomy imaging as it relates to the advanced projections of the chest, abdomen, upper extremities, lower extremities, and pelvic region.

The Radiologic Technology course also includes the proper manipulation of equipment, positioning and alignment of the anatomical structure, and evaluation of images for proper demonstration of advanced anatomy and related pathology. Proper marker placement and collimation are emphasized. Course Prerequisites: RAD102, RAD102A, RAD202, RAD 202A

Radiographic Procedures Lab III

RAD302A (15 hours)

This Radiologic Technology course is a simulated hands-on class demonstrating and reinforcing anatomical positioning and its clinical applications related to Radiographic Procedures III. Proper marker placement, collimation, and radiation protection are emphasized. Course Prerequisites: RAD102, RAD102A, RAD202, RAD 202A

Pathology

RAD303 (45 hours)

This course introduces Radiologic Technology students to the basic terms related to pathology and manifestations of pathological conditions, including their relevance to radiologic procedures and the radiographic appearance of diseases.

During this course, Hunter Business School students are introduced to imaging procedures used in diagnosing diseases, the various systemic classifications of disease in terms of etiology and types, common sites, complications, and their prognoses. Course Prerequisites: RAD104A, RAD104B

Cross-Sectional Anatomy for CT/MR

RAD304 (45 hours)

This medical training course presents a review of gross anatomy of the entire body. A detailed study of anatomical structures is conducted for location, relationship to other structures, and function.

Anatomical structures are located and identified in axial, sagittal, coronal, and oblique planes. Illustrations and anatomical images are compared with MR (magnetic resonance) and CT (computed tomography) images in the same imaging planes and at the same level, when applicable. Course Prerequisites: RAD104A, RAD104B

Clinical Practicum III

RAD305 (280 hours)

This course builds on RAD206 as Hunter Business School students become active participants in their clinical settings. This course is designed to provide second year students with increasing independence, speed, and efficiency in their positioning skills. Critical thinking and problem solving abilities are reinforced.

Staff radiographer evaluation of students’ cognitive, psychomotor, and affective behaviors in clinic are continued and used to correlate classroom theory to clinical practice. Learning is achieved in direct patient care through instruction, demonstration, and direct and indirect supervision. Course Prerequisites: RAD107, RAD206

Semester IV

Radiographic Image Analysis

RAD401 (45 hours)

This Radiologic Technology course provides a basis for analyzing radiographic images. Included are the importance of imaging standards, discussions of problem solving techniques in relation to image evaluation, and the factors that can affect image quality.

Actual images are incorporated for image analysis. Hunter Business School students are able to differentiate between acceptable and unacceptable quality of radiographic images and make adjustments in positioning for optimal images. Students also gain a base knowledge for image evaluation criteria for various projections. Course Prerequisites: RAD101, RAD201

Radiographic Procedures IV

RAD402 (60 hours)

The final course in the series focuses on discussing and demonstrating radiographic procedures, positioning, exposure factors, film evaluation, and related anatomy, including upper and lower gastrointestinal procedures and positioning, general and advanced procedures of the skull, nasal bones, sinuses, and zygomatic arches.

Also covered are the proper manipulation of equipment, positioning and alignment of the anatomical structure, and evaluation of images for proper demonstration of advanced anatomy and related pathology. Proper marker placement and collimation are emphasized. Course Prerequisites: RAD102, RAD102A, RAD202, RAD202A, RAD302, RAD302A

Radiographic Procedures Lab IV

RAD402A (15 hours)

This Radiologic Technology course is also a simulated hands-on class demonstrating and reinforcing anatomical positioning and its clinical applications related to Radiographic Procedures IV. Proper marker placement, collimation, and radiation protection are emphasized. Course Prerequisites: RAD102, RAD102A, RAD202, RAD202A, RAD302, RAD302A

Principles and Fundamentals of Mammography

RAD403 (45 hours)

This Radiologic Technology course provides an overview of the field of mammography, including the history of this imaging modality and the unique place mammography holds in the medical field.

The course prepares student radiographers to be members of a breast imaging team that provides patient education regarding breast cancer and early detection. Cultural competency is explained. Safety and legal responsibilities of interacting with patients are a focus of study.

The course also teaches Hunter Business School students to operate and utilize digital and conventional mammography equipment to produce images of patients’ breast tissue, patient care, and radiation protection. Course Prerequisite: RAD101

Principles and Fundamentals of CT

RAD404 (45 hours)

This Radiologic Technology course demonstrates the fundamentals of computed tomography (CT) imaging. The course provides formal specialized teaching in CT whole body imaging.

Course topics included in this course are history of computed tomography, fundamentals of computers, patient interaction, scanning methods, digital imaging, image formation, and image archiving, quality control, and radiation protection. Course Prerequisite: RAD101, RAD304

  • Clinical Practicum IV

    RAD405 (288 hours)

    Students in this semester complete their program’s final clinical performance evaluation and prepare for graduation. For a Hunter Business School student to graduate, all clinical performance evaluations, as well as all other clinical requirements, must be satisfactorily completed. Students who fail to complete the clinical requirements will have their program length extended until these are satisfactorily completed. Course Prerequisites: RAD107, RAD206, RAD305

Registry Review

RAD406 (45 hours)

This course includes lectures and demonstrations of all topic areas learned. It is an in-depth review of all in-class and clinical site areas of study throughout the program.

The intent is to prepare Radiologic Technology students to be successful in passing the national registry and become a registered radiologic technologist (RT). There will also be a strong focus on career planning and avenues that are available in the medical imaging field beyond the basic certification. Course Prerequisites: All prior courses

Program Schedule

The Radiologic Technology program accepts students on an annual basis.

The most recently graduated class began on February 5, 2021 and has a graduation date of July 2022 .

The current junior class, which started February 2022, and has a projected graduation date of July 2023, is currently in its second semester, which began June 11, 2022. The class will complete its second semester and transition to senior status on October 14, 2022.

The upcoming junior class will start September 27, 2022, and has a projected graduation date of March 2024.

Hunter Business School reserves the right to change or modify, but not limited to, school schedules, calendars, and programs when warranted.

Additional Information

Student Handbook

For a complete description of the Radiologic Technology program, an overview, and further detailed information, please go to Radiologic Technology Student Handbook. Addenda to the Student Handbook

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and for the foreseeable future, three addenda have been added to the Student Handbook.

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