Radiologic Technology

The Radiologic Technologist ( Radiographer ) is a skilled health care professional with such responsibilities as patient care, performance of various radiographic procedures and assisting the Radiologist (M.D.) by providing  radiographic images of the body  to  help diagnose diseases, fractures, and other injuries.  The Radiographer's duties  may be performed not only in the  hospital's Radiology Department but also in the emergency department, operating room, specialty areas and at the patient's bedside.  Radiographers may also gain employment in other healthcare  facilities such as Physician offices and Outpatient Imaging Centers.  The working hours are usually very flexible depending on the needs and type of facility.  Some prefer to work part-time or become temporary traveling technologists.

Mission Statement

The Florence-Darlington Technical College Program of Radiologic Technology is a two year Associate of Science Degree program designed to provide entry-level Radiographers capable of delivering quality health care through a competency based clinical and didactic education. The education provided to the students will develop communication and critical thinking skills while instilling the need for a commitment to life long learning.

Program Goals

  1. Students will possess problem-solving and critical thinking skills necessary to function in a changing healthcare environment.

    Student Learning Outcomes:
    • Students will demonstrate the ability to implement alternative procedures when routine radiographic positioning is not possible.
    • Students will assess patient needs and adapt as required.
    • Students will critique images to determine diagnostic quality.
  2. Students will be able to communicate effectively with patients, other health professionals and the public.

    Student learning outcomes:
    • Students will demonstrate oral communication skills at the collegiate level.
    • Students will demonstrate written communication skills at the collegiate level.
  3. Prepare graduates who exhibit professionalism and value life-long learning opportunities

    Student learning outcomes:
    • Students will demonstrate professionalism during their clinical experience.
    • Students will integrate a commitment to life-long learning into their professional practice of radiologic technology. 
  4. Graduates will be able to function as entry-level Radiographers.
    • Students will pass ARRT national certification on 1st attempt
    • Employers will be satisfied with the graduate's performance

    Student learning outcomes:
    • Students will correctly utilize equipment to produce quality images.
    • Students will practice principles of radiation protection

The Radiography Program is designed to prepare students for their future roles in the healthcare field as Radiographers.  The learning opportunities are organized through didactic (classroom) and clinical ("hands-on") experiences to develop the intellectual, interpersonal, and psychomotor skills of the students.

Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the official registry exam given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (A.R.R.T.).  Upon passing this exam, they are entitled to use the abbreviation R.T. ( R ) (A.R.R.T.), which means Registered Radiographer, following their name.

JRCERT Information

Florence-Darlington Technical College's Program of Radiologic Technology is accredited by
The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850,
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
(312) 704-5300
mail@jrcert.org
For more information please visit: www.jrcert.org.

The Radiographer's average annual salary ranges from about $17.00 - $18.00 per hour.  With additional education, Radiologic Technology can be a stepping stone for careers in the related allied health professions, such a Radiation Oncology, Nuclear Medicine, Ultrasound, Education, Management, Special Procedures, Computed Radiography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

Program Effectiveness

ARRT Exam & Pass Rates:

YearFirst AttemptNumber PassingPercent Passing First AttemptFive (5) Year Average Pass Rate
2009151387%91%
2010211676%
20111515100%
20121919100%
2013141393%

Job Placement Rates:

YearNumber of GraduatesPlacement RateFive (5) Year Average Job Placement Rate
200914100%100%
201021100%
201115100%
201219100%
201314100%

Completion Rates:

YearNumber Starting ProgramNumber Completing ProgramPercent CompletionProgram Five (5) Year Completion Rate
2009211567%78%
2010232191%
2011201575%
2012221986%
2013211467%

Requirements

Classes begin in the Fall Semester only.  You will need to complete an application for admission, have an official copy of your transcripts (high school and college) sent to the Admissions Office along with you test scores (SAT or ACT).  If you have not taken the SAT or ACT you can take an entrance test at FDTC.  Contact the Assessment Center for additional information.  See entrance requirements.

Contact Information

For information about the Radiologic Technology program, and what FDTC can do for you, please contact one of our instructors:

Yancy Wells, M.A., R.T. (R)
Program Director
843.676.8529
yancy.wells@fdtc.edu

Dian G. Davis, B.S., R.T. (R)
Didactic / Clinical Instructor
843.676.8528
dian.davis@fdtc.edu

Herbert D. Reynolds, R.T. (R)
Clinical Coordinator
843.661.8329
herbert.reynolds@fdtc.edu