Graduates of Vermont Technical College’s Practical Nursing (PN) certificate and Associate of Science in Nursing (ADN) have exceeded the national average for pass rates on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for the third year in a row. The nationwide examination has been in place in the United States since 1982. “At a time when Vermont is experiencing a nursing…
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.
As published in Seven Days by Colin Flanders Vermont has long needed more nurses than its colleges can train, and the gap has only widened during the pandemic as burned-out health care workers retire or quit faster than they can be replaced. Hospitals are filling hundreds of vacant nurse positions with expensive traveling workers, while the state has assembled its own…
August 11, 2021 Effective Friday, August 13 all faculty, staff, students, and visitors are required to wear a mask when indoors on campus at any Vermont Tech location. This is in accordance with the CDC’s latest recommendations. This decision follows our recent announcement to mandate a COVID-19 vaccine of all enrolled students. The latest research on the Delta variant shows…