Radiologic Technology Program

The Mission of the Radiologic Technology Program at Volunteer State Community College is to produce entry-level graduates that are competent technologists, registry eligible, and demonstrate a professional concern for their patients.

Program Goal-Clinical Competency

Students will demonstrate competency in the skills required of entry level radiologic technologists.

Student Learning Outcome(s):

  1. Students will demonstrate proper patient positioning.
  2. Students will properly determine technical factors to be used for radiographic procedures.
  3. Students will apply knowledge of anatomy to accurately demonstrate desired anatomical structures on a patient diagnostic procedure.
Program Goal-Problem Solving and Critical Thinking

Students will demonstrate effective problem solving and critical thinking skills.

Student Learning Outcome(s):

  1. Students will be able to evaluate radiographic images.
  2. Students will be able to exercise judgment in the technical performance of medical imaging procedures.
  3. Students will be able to adapt to changes in clinical situations.
Program Goal-Professionalism

Students will exhibit professionalism for the patients by delivering high quality care with concern and compassion.

Student Learning Outcome(s):

  1. Students will demonstrate professionalism in the classroom and clinical setting.
  2. Students will practice desirable customer service skills.
  3. Students will show compassion and concern towards the patient.
Program Goal-Communication Skills

Students will establish effective communication skills.

Student Learning Outcome(s):

  1. Students will use acceptable verbal and non-verbal communication with patients and other professionals.
  2. Students will use effective oral and written communication.

Program Details

Informational Sessions

All informational sessions are on Thursday @ 3:00 pm in the radiology classroom, room 114, of the Wallace Health Science Building North. No appointment is necessary to attend.

  • March 6, 2014
  • April 3, 2014
  • May 1, 2014
  • June 5, 2014
  •  July 10, 2014
  •  August 7, 2014
Clinical Hours

Fall & Spring clinical hours alternate with the classroom schedule Monday through Friday

The summer between the first and second year clinical hours consist of:

  • 32 clinical hours per week to include days shifts plus
  • Ten (10) evening rotations 3 PM- 11 PM
  • AND two (2) Saturdays & Sundays 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Essential skills required to perform as a Radiographer:
  1. Ability to clearly communicate, both verbally and in writing with the patient, family, and co-workers to disseminate information relevant to patient care and work duties. Both speaking and hearing clearly are essential to quality patient care.
  2. Ability to make appropriate judgment decisions and implements critical-thinking skills in an emergency or where a situation is not clearly governed by specific guidelines.
  3. Ability to reach, manipulate and operate medical imaging equipment to include pushing heavy portable machines.
  4. Ability to move, lift, transfer, manipulate, and observe a patient for imaging exams.
  5. Ability to visually assess patients as needed for their comfort and safety.
  6. Ability to demonstrate emotional stability on a routine basis and function independently in routine and/or stress situations.
Enrollment Requirements

Student Background Check

Effective September 1, 2005, students seeking enrollment in designated Health Sciences programs requiring participation in clinical training in area hospitals and related clinics/agencies must provide evidence of a passing score on a background check prior to official acceptance/enrollment into the respective program. Either the failure to provide the required background check results by the due date established or the receipt of anything other than a passing score on the background check will make a student ineligible for enrollment in the respective program. Background checks are performed at the student’s expense. Find more detailed information about Student Background Checks.

Degree Information

An Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology is awarded upon completion followed by eligibility to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) national boards. VSCC’s Radiology Program is accredited by the:

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRC-ERT)
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL. 60606-3182
(314) 704 - 5300,

Program Annual Report List

What to Do Next

Program statistics

American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Annual Pass Rate Results(based on first time attempt)

96.52% Five year average


Results Based on
2013 100% 26 graduates passed on first attempt, 1 graduate did not take the boards
2012 96.3% 25 graduates passed on first attempt, 1 graduate passed on second attempt
2011 100% All 24 graduates passed on first attempt
2010 96.3% 27 graduates passed on first attempt, 1 graduate did not take the boards
2009 90% 30 graduates passed on first attempt, 2 graduates passed on second attempt
Job Placement (based on 12 months after graduation)

95.16% Five year average

Year Results Total # of Graduates # Employed in field # exempt # Unemployed
2013 92% 28 23 3 2
2012 96.6% 27 25 0 2
2011 95% 24 19 4 1
2010 95.65% 29 22 6 1
2009 96.55% 34 28 5 1

NOTE: The college offers an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Radiologic Tecnology for students who have completed their general education courses at VSCC but completed their radiology courses with a hospital based program.  The following numbers are applied towards the program's completion rate.

2013 1 student
2012 1 student
2011 n/a
2010 1 student
2009 2 students
Annual program completion rate

87.77% Five year average

Year Results: Retention Attrition # of students accepted # of graduates (successful completion)
2013 90% 10% 30 27
2012 86.66% 13.34% 30 26
2011 80% 20% 30 24
2010 93.33% 6.67% 30 28
2009 88.88% 11.12% 36 32
Graduate Satisfaction

4.694 five year average based on a 5.0 scale (93.88%)

Year Results
2013  4.79
2012  4.78
2011  4.62
2010  4.55
2009  4.73
Employer Satisfaction

91.81% Five year average

Year Results
2013 93%
2012 85.4%
2011 85%
2010 95.65%
2009 100%