Vermont State University, the first statewide, hybrid higher education institution in the United States, launched its unified brand identity and logo during a live virtual broadcast today. The unveiling is a major milestone in a transformation process unifying three institutions – Castleton University, Northern Vermont University, and Vermont Technical College. Sixteen months ago, the Vermont State Colleges System initiated a…
Radiologic technology is a career field that requires a skilled person, qualified by a medical and technical education to provide patient services at hospitals, physicians’ offices, and imaging centers. A radiologic technologist uses x-ray equipment to produce images of tissues, organs, bones and vessels of the body. A radiologic science degree requires that you pass a national registry examination. Successful completion of the exam allows the radiographer the opportunity to cross-train into CT, mammography, cardiac catheterization lab, angiography, bone densitometry, and quality assurance/control.
Not only are radiologic technologists involved in operating radiologic equipment, they also perform certain administrative tasks. Technologists prepare and maintain the patient’s records, keep track of patient images and analyze images for diagnostic quality. They may also maintain paper or electronic files, schedule appointments, prepare work schedules and, in general, manage radiology departments or facilities. Good health, emotional stability and a sincere desire to work with the ill and disabled are important qualifications for this profession. Radiographers may serve in other capacities such as:
- Technical advisors and application specialists
- Representatives for radiologic equipment and supply manufacturers
- Federal government and Armed Forces
- Public health, educational institutions and clinics
A student with an Associate of Science in Radiologic Science will be able to:
- Use algorithmic reasoning when determining exposure factors to obtain diagnostic quality radiographs with minimum radiation exposure
- Practice radiation protection for the patient, self, and others
- Position the patient and imaging system to perform optimum radiographic examinations on patients throughout the lifespan
- The successful student will use effective non-verbal, oral and written communication in patient care to anticipate and provide basic care and comfort, patient education as well as for professional relationships
- Exercise critical thinking and discretion in the technical performance of medical imaging procedures consistent with current standards of practice
- Support cultural and social awareness when providing medical imaging procedures
- Appraise patient information from multiple sources to perform medical imaging procedures consistent with the scope of practice
Each student receives hands-on experience in medical imaging in a variety of clinical settings. Students will experience a variety imaging modalities including general imaging, fluoroscopic imaging, trauma, orthopedics and surgical imaging. As students near completion of program requirements, opportunities exist to observe other areas of medical imaging including, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and mammography. The program builds a strong framework for further study.
Graduates of the program may apply for the ARRT licensure exam. The ARRT will determine eligibility based on Program Director verification of requirements set forth by the ARRT.
All BIO and RAD courses must be completed with a grade of C or better to continue in the program.
Vermont Tech nursing students work in the life-like simulation laboratory on both the Randolph Center and Williston campuses. Learn more in the links below. WCAX: Vt. health care students put to the test with lifelike simulators WCAX: How an unusual patient helps health care workers train for emergencies WPTZ: Health care students work together in Vermont Tech’s simulation lab
Vermont Tech’s online Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (BSN) program was ranked #5 out of 500 in the nation for Best Online RN to BSN Programs by RegisteredNursing.org, an organization of registered nurses based in Carlsbad, CA. RegisteredNursing.org recognized that Vermont Tech’s program features online courses with local capstone experiences, a 100% job placement rate, and the opportunity for…