The Radiologic Technology Program prepares students for a career as a Radiologic Technologist or Radiographer. Radiographers are highly skilled professionals who perform x-ray procedures to assist in diagnosing and treating medical conditions.
A variety of employment opportunities exist for Radiographers in hospitals, surgery centers, private offices, imaging centers, urgent care centers, industry, other imaging modalities (CT, ultrasound, MRI, etc.), commercial sales, education, and management.
Our Program Mission
The Radiologic Technology Program at Louisiana State University Alexandria is designed to prepare graduates who are competent in the art and science of radiography. The graduates of the program will receive an Associate of Science Degree in Radiologic Technology and are prepared to complete the National Certification Examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
Goals and Student Learning Outcomes
The following are the goals of the Radiologic Technology Program at Louisiana State University Alexandria:
|Goals ||Outcomes |
|Students will be clinically competent. || |
- Graduates/Students will effectively apply knowledge of exposure factors.
- Graduates/Students will be prepared to demonstrate proper radiation safety practices.
- Graduates/Students will be prepared to perform routine radiographic studies.
|Students will communicate effectively. || |
- Graduates/Students will demonstrate effective written communication skills.
- Graduates/Students will communicate effectively with patients, peers, and other medical professionals.
|Students will use critical thinking and problem solving skills. || |
- Graduates/Students will demonstrate proficiency in radiographic procedures on each final category competency evaluation.
- Graduates/Students will identify diagnostic quality images and correct non-quality images accordingly.
- Graduates/Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills.
|Students will evaluate the importance of professional growth and development. || |
- Graduates/Student will demonstrate ethical treatment of patients.
- Graduates will agree that graduates demonstrate attitudes and behaviors that are representative of a competent healthcare professional.
How Effective is our Program
Program effectiveness data can be accessed from: Program Effectiveness Data. For more information regarding program effectiveness data visit JCERT's website https://portal.jrcertaccreditation.org/summary/programannualreportlist.aspx.
The Radiologic Technology Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The program has a full 8-year accreditation with the next review date in March 2018. LSUA is regionally accredited through SACS.
The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, Illinois 60606-3182
The health care facilities that provide clinical experiences for students in the program include
- Avoyelles Hospital
- CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital
- LaSalle General Hospital
- LSUHSC Huey P. Long Medical Center
- Mid-State Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center
- Oakdale Community Hospital
- Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Specialists
- Veterans Administration Medical Center
Students who wish to be admitted to the Radiologic Technology Degree Program must meet the following minimum requirements:
- Students must be unconditionally admitted to the university and declare Radiologic Technology as their major.
- Students must have achieved an overall GPA of at least 2.3 in college level courses.
- Students must submit a Radiologic Technology Program application to the Department of Allied Health by May 1.
- Students must submit all official grades from other universities by May 1 of the semester of application. Concurrent enrollment at other universities during the semester the application is submitted is prohibited.
- Students must have a minimum of 12 hours of course work completed at LSUA by the end of the semester of application.
- Students must pay for and take the HESI admissions assessment exam. Students must achieve a minimum score of 75% in each section of the exam (not just a composite score) to be considered for admission to the program.
***Achieving the minimum requirements for admission does not guarantee admission to the program.***
Once admitted, students are required to submit documentation of the following requirements prior to the first day of clinical assignment. If the documentation is not completed on time, students will not be permitted to go to clinic and may be forced to withdraw from the program.
A. Health Requirements: All radiologic technology students must submit evidence of good health by returning a completed Physical Examination form. Forms are given to the student upon acceptance into the program. All students must have a:
- Documented negative TB skin test and/or chest x-ray yearly. TB skin tests must be within three months of the start of clinic.
- Evidence of immunity for:
• Rubella (positive titer)
• Measles (positive titer)
• Mumps titer (positive titer)
• Tetanus/diphtheria booster within the past ten years.
B. Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) Requirements: All students must submit evidence of current BCLS certification (must include two-person CPR) for the healthcare professional. BCLS certification classes are offered by American Red Cross or the American Heart Association.
C. Criminal background checks and routine drug screens may be required by affiliate clinical sites as a condition of participation in clinical education. Students are responsible for the costs of these test(s). Based on the results of these tests, any affiliated clinical site may determine to not allow your presence at their facility. Denial of clinical access could result in your inability to successfully complete the clinical requirements of a specific course and the program. More information is available from the program director.
- Students must complete all of the requirements pertaining to associate degrees as specified on our Academic Requirements site.
- Students must earn a grade of "C" or higher in all courses required by the curriculum.
Admission into the clinical portion of the program will be on a selective basis and will occur each year. During the month of June, a selection committee composed of the Director of the Radiologic Technology Program and members of the faculty will review applications and make selection decisions based on a point system derived from the student’s composite HESI score, overall GPA, number of hours completed at LSUA, and course grades for MATH 1021, BIOL 1161, BIOL 1162, PSYC 2000, & RADT 1000.
If the number of applicants exceeds the availability of positions, those applicants with the highest number of points will be selected
Retention and Progression Requirements
- Students must maintain an overall grade point average of at least 2.0.
- Students must earn a grade of “C” or higher in all courses required by the curriculum.
- Students must maintain health clearance as documented on annual health forms.
- Students must attend an annual Infection Control Update.
- Students must maintain CPR for Health Care Providers certification.
- Students must comply with professional standards of the Department of Allied Health.
The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) has stringent rules regarding misconduct and eligibility to take the national registry exam. In order to meet ARRT certification requirements, you may complete the pre-application review process with the ARRT prior to program enrollment to avoid delays and uncertainty regarding certification eligibility if you have been:
- convicted of a crime, including a felony, a gross misdemeanor, or a misdemeanor with the sole exception of speeding and parking violations, or a similar offence in a military court-martial;
- any alcohol and/or drug related violations;
- had any license, registration, or certification denied, revoked, suspended, placed on probation, or subjected to discipline by a regulatory authority or certification board (other than ARRT);
- suspended, dismissed, or expelled from an educational program that you attended.
The pre-application review form is downloadable from the Ethics section of ARRT’s website at www.arrt.org or by phoning ARRT at (651) 687-0048, ext. 8580.
In the event that a student or graduate of the Radiologic Technology Program is concerned about ARRT eligibility, it is the sole responsibility of the student or graduate to certify eligibility with the ARRT.