Become a Radiographer. A radiologic technologist (radiographer) uses sophisticated imaging equipment and ionizing radiation to obtain medical images of the body. As a radiographer, you will perform imaging examinations to diagnose and treat illness and injury along with physicians and other health care providers. Your work may be in a hospital, clinic, nursing home, medical laboratory or even private industry.
Our six-semester associate degree program will include classroom instruction, practice in skills lab and clinical experience in medical imaging. You’ll learn the art and science of medical imaging by studying liberal arts and sciences courses as well as hospital and clinical-based professional education. We help you acquire exceptional knowledge and the skills and attitudes needed to care for patients and safely use state-of-the-art X-ray equipment.
Our RT program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).
How to Apply
College Admission First
The first step in the admissions process is to apply using the Mercy College Application. Early application is encouraged. For a complete list of College and program application deadlines, click here. Students admitted to the College may enroll in Liberal Arts & Sciences (LAS) courses prior to admission to any academic program.
Program Admission Second
We accept 15 radiologic technology students beginning each summer semester. Following College admission, students will receive instructions to complete an Acadmic Program Application in order to begin the process. Once all requirements have been satisfied, the applicant’s file is considered complete and will be given to the program chair for consideration. It is the applicant’s responsibility to complete the professional program application process by the program application deadline.
The program chair will begin reviewing completed files by the program admission deadline. Admission to this professional program is limited and competitive. Selection is based on the most qualified applicants.
You will experience direct patient contact during your clinical experience (called practicums) at Mercy Medical Center. You will also be scheduled for practicums at Mercy affiliate locations and at many other leading health care organizations in central Iowa to gain hands-on learning throughout your course of study.
Students in the radiologic technology program will be required to complete trauma rotations, which are scheduled in the evenings and weekends. Trauma rotations enhance the student’s critical thinking and problem solving skills by experiencing patient conditions and traumas not normally seen during a typical week day shift. Student clinical rotations will be scheduled by the clinical coordinator to assure all students receive their clinical experiences in a fair and equitable manner.
Our radiologic technology faculty team includes a full-time program chair and a clinical coordinator in addition to many medical professionals in clinical settings. Our fulltime liberal arts and sciences faculty members are Ph.D.-prepared and adept at integrating their subject matter into a comprehensive health science curriculum. As a student, you will receive an exceptional level of personalized instruction.
Outcomes are reported using a five-year average from 2011-2015.
- Graduation rate: 83% (60/72 students)
Total # of students completing the program/graduating - 60/72-83%
- Licensure examination pass rate: 95% (56/59 students)
Credentialing examination pass rate is defined as the number of student graduates who pass, on first attempt, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists(ARRT) certification examination or an unrestricted state licensing examination compared with the number of graduates who take the examination within six months of graduation.
- Employment rate within 6 months of passing the licensure examination: 100% (49/49 students)
Job placement rate is defined as the number of graduates employed in the radiologic sciences compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in the radiologic sciences. The JRCERT has defined not actively seeking employment as: 1) graduate fails to communicate with program officials regarding employment status after multiple attempts, 2) graduate is unwilling to seek employment that requires relocation, 3) graduate is unwilling to accept employment due to salary or hours, 4) graduate is on active military duty, and/or 5) graduate is continuing education.
Once you have completed your Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology degree, you’ll have the knowledge and clinical experience needed to become a caring, ethical, and competent nationally certified radiographer. Jobs in the field are growing rapidly, and this growth is projected to continue as our population grows and ages. New technology in the radiologic technology field is rapidly advancing, providing exciting new options for the future. For more details and statistics about specific roles and job opportunities go to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics website.
Radiologic Technology 101
The American Society of Radiologic Technologists' "Radcademy" is the place to learn all about medical imaging and radiation therapy – how it works, what it’s used for and who performs the exams. Explore more videos and information at www.asrt.org/radcademy
Radcademy, Episode 4: Real Life Questions, Real World Answers from ASRT on Vimeo.