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This program is designed to prepare students for careers in Radiologic Technology. The curriculum includes instruction in the operation of radiographic equipment, the study of human anatomy and clinical experience.

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The Associate in Applied Science Degree program is 21 months in length and can be entered only during the fall semester. Space is limited and the program is competitive, so register early. Admission requirements for Radiologic Technology are available in the official RLC Catalog. Students officially accepted into the program will be required to acquire Hepatitis B immunizations, a TB test, CPR certification and health physical at their own expense.

Students pursuing studies in Radiologic Technology may find they are unable to hold a job while in school due to the highly structured scheduling necessary for directed practice at clinical sites. Some RAD clinical rotations include attendance on weekends ... a 3-11 p.m. shift, and an 11 p.m.- 7 a.m. shift.

Upon completion of the program, students will take the national certification examination. Students who have been convicted of a felony charge may not be eligible to apply for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Certification examination. If there is a concern, the student may have the ARRT Ethics Committee evaluate a pre-application.

For those who hold an AAS Degree in Radiologic Technology and are AART registered, an online occupational certificate in Computed Tomography is available. The certificate consists of four classes.

The registered radiologic technologist plays an important role on the medical team by providing quality radiographs for a physician or radiologist (a physician who has specialized in interpretation of diagnostic radiographic images). As a professional assistant, the radiologic technologist functions to aid in the diagnosis of various abnormalities including fractures, tumors, and malfunctioning body systems.

Responsibilities of the radiologic technologist include adjusting radiographic equipment for specific examinations, placing the patient into the correct position, making the required exposure, and processing the images. In some cases mobile radiographic equipment must be used in the emergency room, in surgery, or at the patient’s bedside. Responsibilities may also include performing quality assurance procedures, record keeping, ordering supplies, and maintaining equipment.

The major responsibility of the radiologic technologist, however, is compassionate care of the patient. In a profession driven by technical advances, caring for the needs of the patient remains the primary objective. Compassionate care includes proficiency in communication, respecting individual rights, and maintaining safety.

The radiologic technologist receives the social prestige that accompanies a professional career. As part of the medical team professional colleagues might include nurses, lab technicians, physicians, therapists, and other scientific people dedicated to the medical profession. The knowledge and skills of a radiologic technologist serve an integral part of the medical community in the treatment and well being of the patient.

A profession in radiology provides a variety of career opportunities. The registered technologist (RT) is qualified to work in a hospital, a doctor’s office, a public health facility, a veteran or military hospital, or an industrial medical clinic. Radiologic technology is a dynamic field with more technological advances expected in the future. This field affords many opportunities for professional growth. An Associate of Applied Science degree in Radiologic Technology serves as a stepping stone for advancement into magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computerized tomography (CT), nuclear medicine (NM), mammography (M), cardiovascular interventional technology (CIT), ultrasound imaging (US), angiography and interventional procedures, radiation oncology, and the field of education.


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AAS in Radiologic Technology ▼

This program is designed to prepare students for careers in Radiologic Technology. The curriculum includes instruction in the operation of radiographic equipment, study of human anatomy and clinical experience. Each course in the Radiologic Technology curriculum must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. A criminal history background check is required. This program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.

Find program requirements and classes HERE. Choose AAS/Radiologic Tech. 
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Certificate in Computed Tomography ▼

Prerequisites: Successful completion of AAS in Radiologic Technology or must be ARRT registered. 

This program is designed to help equip a radiologic technologist with the knowledge, skills, and competence necessary to perform CT examinations in the workplace. This program includes topics on CT physics, CT applications, CT clinical training and cross-sectional anatomy. The program also is designed to assist the student in preparing for the ARRT's CT registry exam.

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Find program requirements and classes HERE. Choose Cert/Computed Tomography. 
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Certificate in Magnetic Resonance Imaging ▼

The Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Certificate prepares radiographers to work in medical facilities as MRI technologists. Graduates of the program are equipped with the appropriate knowledge to take the national MRI certification examination given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

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Find program requirements and classes HERE. Choose Cert/MRI Certificate. 
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Faculty & Staff

Radiologic Technology Director / Academic Advisor
Holly Heisner | 618.437-5321 Ext. 1778 |    | ATC 198




Joint Review committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, 
20 N Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago IL 60606-3182 
PH 312-704-5300 Fax 312-704-5304

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Rend Lake College has established affiliation with the following institutions in order to enable students to further their education by pursing a baccalaureate degree:

Southern Illinois University – Carbondale

-Students may pursue a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Radiologic Sciences (RADS), Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Computer Tomography Option, Radiation Therapy Option, or Education and Management Option 
For more information about SIUCs program contact: 
Robert A. Broomfield, Academic Advisor 
School of Allied Health 
Southern Illinois University 
Office: 618-453-7287 or 


Allied Health Division
Phone: (618) 437-5321 Ext. 1251
Address: 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 Attn: Allied Health
Fax Number: (618) 437-5677 Attn: Allied Health