Radiologic Technology: AAS

Radiologic Technology: AAS

Associate in Applied Science | 73 credit hours minimum

Area of Interest: Health Professions

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Program Description:

The Radiologic Technology program prepares students for entry-level positions as radiographers (X-ray technologists). Student must attend full-time and satisfy both the didactic and clinical components to successfully complete the program.

The program is accredited by the

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL, 60606-3182
Phone number: 312-704-5300

Students learn to use complex X-ray and image processing equipment designed to record images which aid radiologists in diagnosing various health problems.

Persons interested in this program should be comfortable working with and caring for people from diverse backgrounds. They should be able to meet the academic and physical demands of the program that require a commitment of time, effort and motivation.

Students are required to complete a health history, immunization record, physical exam, essential functions acknowledgment form and drug and criminal background check prior to the first day of class. Students not passing the criminal background check and/or drug screen may be prohibited from participating in clinical education. This will prevent the student from being able to complete all program requirements for graduation.

Completion of college level medical terminology course (HIM 101 Medical Terminology and Language or equivalent) is highly recommended.

To graduate a grade of C or better is required for all math and science courses and all courses in the area of concentration.

Graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Employment is available in hospital radiology departments, clinics, imaging centers, outpatient surgery centers and physician offices.

Locations. This program is offered in its entirety at Forest Park. 

Cost of Attendance.  For more information on cost of attendance visit MoSCORES

Program Career and Salary Information.  Pursuant to Missouri HB 1606 (2018), information regarding the number of credit hours, program length, employment rate, wage data, and graduates employed in careers related to their program of study at St. Louis Community College can be found at the following URL: https://scorecard.mo.gov/scorecard/. Search using School / Program “St. Louis Community College” and choose the degree or credential type of interest. 

The following limitations to the data apply: Information provided is based on the most recent cohorts available. Typically, most recent cohorts for wage and completion data are six years prior to the current academic year. Time to complete a program of study varies depending on the number of credit hours students earn per semester.

Interested in this program? Start the enrollment process by visiting the Apply to STLCC page.   

At the completion of the program, students are expected to:

  1. evaluate images for appropriate positioning and image quality.
  2. demonstrate the ability to adapt to difficult and trauma exams.
  3. position the patient and imaging system to perform acceptable radiographic examinations and procedures.
  4. maintain a safe environment.
  5. provide quality patient care.
  6. demonstrate ethical and professional values.
  7. exhibit professional traits expected of radiologic technologists.
  8. demonstrate effective written communication.
  9. demonstrate effective oral communication.

Missouri Civics Examination.  Students entering college for the very first time in fall 2019 and who intend to complete an associate’s degree must successfully complete a civics examination. Information on who is eligible for a waiver can be found on the STLCC website.

Program of Study

General Education
ENG 101College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)3
COM 101Oral Communication I (MOTR COMM 100)3
MTH 140Intermediate Algebra (or MTH 140S or higher) 13
BIO 207Anatomy and Physiology I (MOTR LIFS 150LAP) 24
BIO 208Anatomy and Physiology II4
PSY 200General Psychology (MOTR PSYC 100)3
XXX xxxSocial & Behavioral Sciences: Civics Requirement3
Program Requirements
XRT 101Radiographic Procedures I4
XRT 102Radiographic Procedures II3
XRT 103Radiographic Procedures III3
XRT 104Principles of Radiographic Exposure I3
XRT 105Principles of Radiographic Exposure II3
XRT 107Radiologic Physics I2
XRT 108Radiologic Physics II2
XRT 111Clinical Education I2
XRT 112Clinical Education II2
XRT 116Clinical Education III3
XRT 121Radiographic Image Evaluation I2
XRT 122Radiographic Image Evaluation II2
XRT 207Radiologic Pathology2
XRT 208Advanced Imaging Modalities2
XRT 209Radiobiology2
XRT 211Radiologic Technology Review3
XRT 212Professional Development in Radiography2
XRT 213Clinical Education IV3
XRT 214Clinical Education V3
XRT 215Clinical Education VI2
Total Credit Hours73
1

Except MTH 161, MTH 165, MTH 166, MTH 180

2

BIO 207 is a prerequisite for XRT 101 and must be completed with a grade C or better before starting the Area of Concentration courses. 

Program Admission Requirements

  1. All applicants must be admitted to St. Louis Community College.
  2. All applicants must complete the following requirements before completing a Radiologic Technology program application.
    • BIO 111 Introduction to Biology I (or higher) or  CHM 101 Fundamentals of Chemistry I (or higher) with a grade of "C" or better within five calendar years of applying to the program.
    • Minimum Math and Science cumulative GPA: 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all math and science courses completed at the 100-level or above.
    • Minimum cumulative GPA: Student must have and maintain a 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale GPA for all college work regardless of the number of college credits earned.
    • Must provide documentation of a minimum of 8 hours of job shadowing in a hospital-based, general radiology (x-ray) department. Job shadowing must be completed prior to application to the program. Follow the link below to access the job shadowing form.
  3. Completion of BIO 207 is required before enrollment into the Radiologic Technology (XRT) concentration courses.
  4. Completion of BIO 208, MTH 140 (or MTH 140S or higher) (except MTH 161, MTH 165, MTH 166, or MTH 180), COM 101, ENG 101, PSY 200,  prior to beginning the program is highly recommended, but not required. If incomplete at the time of program admission, the courses must be taken concurrently with concentration courses to complete the program in a timely manner.
  5. All applicants must complete a criminal background check and drug screen through a college-approved background screening company prior to the beginning of the fall semester of admission. The student will be responsible for the cost of the background check and drug screen. Students not passing the criminal background check and/or drug screen may be prohibited from participating in clinical education. This will prevent the student from being able to complete all program requirements for graduation. This process will begin after the program orientation meeting in May. 

Students are required to complete a health history, immunization record, physical exam, essential functions acknowledgment form, criminal background check, drug screen and American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers CPR certification prior to the first day of class. Completing these requirements should begin immediately following the mandatory program orientation meeting in May.

Missouri Civics Examination.  Students entering college for the very first time in fall 2019 and who intend to complete an associate’s degree must successfully complete a civics examination. Information on who is eligible for a waiver can be found on the STLCC website.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you originally enrolled at STLCC prior to Spring 2024, you may need to view an archived catalog for your correct program requirements.  Please speak with an advisor or the program coordinator for more information.

Program Prerequisites (to be completed prior to applying to the program)

BIO 111Introductory Biology I (MOTR BIOL 100L)4
or CHM 101 Fundamentals of Chemistry I (MOTR CHEM 100L)
Total Credit Hours4

Full-Time Academic Plan

Completion of all general education courses is encouraged prior to beginning program required courses. 

New PlanGrids
First Year
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
BIO 207 Anatomy and Physiology I (MOTR LIFS 150LAP)4BIO 111 or BIO 140 or CHM 101 with a minimum grade of "C", or college-level course equivalent, and Reading ProficiencyMust be completed with a minimum grade of C before enrolling in XRT 101
BIO 208 Anatomy and Physiology II4BIO 207 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency
MTH 140 Intermediate Algebra (or higher)3Satisfactory placement and Reading ProficiencyExcept MTH 161, MTH 165, MTH 166, or MTH 180
ENG 101 College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)3Placement score or ENG 030 or ENG 070 with a grade of "C" or better or recommendation of department and Reading Proficiency or concurrent enrollment in RDG 079
COM 101 Oral Communication I (MOTR COMM 100)3Concurrent enrollment in ENG 070 or Reading Proficiency
PSY 200 General Psychology (MOTR PSYC 100)3Reading Proficiency or concurrent enrollment in RDG 079
XXX xxxSocial & Behavioral Sciences: Civics Requirement3  
Credit Hours23
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
XRT 101 Radiographic Procedures I4Current enrollment in the Radiologic Technology program and Reading Proficiency
XRT 111 Clinical Education I2Current enrollment in Radiologic Technology program and Reading Proficiency
XRT 104 Principles of Radiographic Exposure I3Reading Proficiency
Credit Hours9
Second Year
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
XRT 102 Radiographic Procedures II3XRT 101 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency
XRT 105 Principles of Radiographic Exposure II3XRT 104 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency
XRT 107 Radiologic Physics I2XRT 104 and XRT 111 with minimum grades of "C" and Reading Proficiency
XRT 112 Clinical Education II2XRT 111 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency
Credit Hours10
Summer Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
XRT 121 Radiographic Image Evaluation I2XRT 102 and XRT 112 with minimum grades of "C" and Reading Proficiency
XRT 116 Clinical Education III3XRT 112 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency
Credit Hours5
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
XRT 213 Clinical Education IV3XRT 116 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency
XRT 103 Radiographic Procedures III3Current enrollment in the Radiologic Technology program, XRT 102 and XRT 116 with minimum grades of "C", and Reading Proficiency
XRT 108 Radiologic Physics II2XRT 105, XRT 107, and XRT 116 with minimum grades of "C" and Reading Proficiency
XRT 122 Radiographic Image Evaluation II2XRT 121 and XRT 116 with minimum grades of "C" and Reading Proficiency
Credit Hours10
Third Year
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
XRT 207 Radiologic Pathology2XRT 103, XRT 122, and XRT 213 with minimum grades of "C" and Reading ProficiencyApply for graduation
XRT 208 Advanced Imaging Modalities2XRT 105 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency
XRT 209 Radiobiology2XRT 103 and XRT 108 with minimum grades of "C" and Reading Proficiency
XRT 214 Clinical Education V3XRT 213 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency
Credit Hours9
Summer Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
XRT 211 Radiologic Technology Review3XRT 207, XRT 208, XRT 209, and XRT 214 with minimum grades of "C" and Reading Proficiency
XRT 212 Professional Development in Radiography2XRT 207, XRT 208, XRT 209, and XRT 214 with minimum grades of "C", and Reading Proficiency
XRT 215 Clinical Education VI2XRT 214 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency
Credit Hours7
Total Credit Hours73

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