Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology
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
Program Admission Second
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 2009-2013.
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.