Division: Natural and Health Science
Academic Dept: Radiologic Technology
Curriculum Chair: Barbara Wilson Chakmakjian
The Westchester Community College Radiologic Technology Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) and licensed by New York State Department of Health (NYSDH).
Radiologic technology is the art and science of using radiation to produce images of the tissue, organs, bones and vessels of the body. The images may be recorded on film or may be displayed on a video monitor. Treatment of a patient depends on accurate and precise radiographic examinations. The radiographer is an essential member of the health care team. Responsibilities include accurate positioning of the patient, producing quality diagnostic images, and performing good patient care.
The Radiologic Technology Program is a selective curriculum and is two years in length. It is offered day only and consists of four semesters, and two 12-week summer clinical semester courses of study. It offers a well-balanced academic and clinical education curriculum. The program runs from September to August. The integration of didactic and clinical learning provides an atmosphere that promotes problem solving and critical thought needed to prepare students for completion of the program.
The minimal standard for acceptance is that candidates need to be college-ready in the following areas:
- Written English - as evidenced by readiness for Composition and Literature I
- College-Level Reading - as evidenced by passing the college’s assessment exam or the course Analytical Reading
- Mathematics - as evidenced by readiness to take College-Level Algebra
- Science background which would suggest success in Anatomy and Physiology.
The Westchester Radiologic Technology Program prepares individuals to become competent, caring radiologic technologists (radiographers) who can provide health care to patients of all ages. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible for the national certifying examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). These students are eligible to receive the NYSDH license if the ARRT exam is passed. Students will also receive an Associate Degree in Applied Science from the college.
Specialty areas include mammography, cardiovascular-interventional technology, computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR). The radiologic science profession offers a promising future. Wages are competitive with other health professionals with similar educational backgrounds. Your career can branch into education, research, administration, commercial applications, or sales and marketing within the imaging industry. Settings for your new career include hospitals, clinics, industrial laboratories, colleges/universities, and corporations.
“Radiologic science professionals are riding a wave of tremendous change that will alter the role of technologists and the profession. Yet change is a challenge and an opportunity to reshape the profession as a vital link for all health care.” (ASRT)
Clinical education facilities include Northern Westchester Medical Hospital, Westchester Medical Center, Phelps Memorial Hospital, Lawrence Hospital, Sound Shore Medical Center, St. John’s Riverside Hospital, White Plains Hospital Center, Mt. Vernon Hospital, Hudson Valley Medical Center, and Nyack Hospital.
Note: Students must pass all radiologic technology courses, including Anatomy and Physiology I & II, Radiation Biology, and Cross Sectional Anatomy with a minimum grade of “C” in order to continue in the program. Radiation Biology is limited to students who have completed Radiographic Technique III. Cross Sectional Anatomy is limited to students who have completed Clinical Education IV.
Prior to entering clinical rotation in the first semester, each freshman student must pass a written examination in Radiation Protection.
Annually, all students must have a complete medical examination, and receive medical clearance prior to clinical rotation assignment.
Related Pages: Clinical Facilities Map