Radiographic Science Program and Career Information
A radiologic technologist performs a variety of duties throughout a normal work day. The duties include providing patient care, to performing diagnostic images to assisting a radiologist with a special procedure, and etc. Rad tech work can span throughout a hospital or clinic. The daily duties may lead a tech into the Emergency Room, the Surgery Suite, the Intensive Care Unit, or to the normal X-ray room within the Radiology Department. Where ever an image is needed is where a tech may be found.
For an in depth description, please review the information found at: https://www.arrt.org/Practice-Analysis/
More specifically, for radiologic technologists, effective in 2012: https://www.arrt.org/News/articles/misc/Certification-Updates-RAD.aspx
Radiologic technologists need good communication skills, strong computer skills, an ability to respond and perform in an emergent situation, be professional at all times, and retain strong ethical standards.
The program will instruct and enable a student to become an effective practitioner.
Physically, a tech must be able to work while standing for long periods of time, lift and move patient in a safe manner, and at times, perform proficiently with little rest.
Radiography refers to x-ray imaging only. Radiology refers to the study of Radiography, thereby, encompasses the entire diagnostic imaging arena including: x-ray, ultrasound, MRI, CT, Nuclear Medicine, PET, SPECT or any other modality that images all or parts of the human body for diagnostic purposes.
A Radiologic Technologist is the individual who performs the x-ray. Typically a rad tech has graduated from approximately 3 years of college with an Associates or Bachelor’s Degree and passed the National Registry provided by the ARRT.
A Radiologist is a medical doctor specializing in interpretation of diagnostic images (requiring approximately 12 years of college, including medical school, and internship).
There are regional differences in salaries for radiologic technologists. Locally, starting salaries for new graduates are approximately $20-22 per hour. For the most current national salary information, please refer to the Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/radiologic-technologists.htm#tab-5
For national information, Occupation Outlook is summarized on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website:
Any area that is fortunate enough to have a program in their vicinity often experiences a saturated job market. It becomes a very competitive market due to the output of new graduates each year.
No, but anyone graduating after Dec 31, 2014 will be required to have an AS degree. As stated on the American Registry for Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) website:
“Quality patient care relies on cognitive skills and knowledge developed through coursework included in the general education requirements of an associate degree program. Communication skills, sociological understanding, and psychological insights contribute greatly to an individual's ability to function within the profession.”
For more details, please visit the ARRT.org website: https://www.arrt.org/earn-arrt-credentials/requirements/primary-requirements/education-requirements-primary
Yes. Currently, the ARRT requires 24 credits of continuing education every two years. For more detail, see: https://www.arrt.org/pdfs/Governing-Documents/Continuing-Education-Requirements.pdf
Math and science based courses such as biology, anatomy and physiology, chemistry and physics will all help create a strong foundation for students preparing to enter almost any healthcare field including radiography. Courses structured on enhancing communication and computer skills are also important. Many high schools have made arrangements to allow for Certified Nurses’ Aide (CNA) training as well.
Research what the job entails online. Try to job shadow at a local medical facility for a day. Ask the school counselor or career advisor if your school offers career experience and/or mentoring possibilities.
Any misdemeanor or felony charges on a record may result in the inability to enter the Program or take the National Registry Exam or work as a Radiologic Technologist. If there are any concerns about this possibility, it is better to find out prior to beginning the pre-program education. A person is encouraged to visit the Nursing & Health Sciences website. Specifically, review the Pre-Program Handbook regarding the Background Check Policy to determine whether or not you can enter any of the Division’s programs.
Also, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) requires an Ethics Review Pre-Application for any of the following circumstances:
For details on the Ethics Pre-Application (forms and fees) visit: https://www.arrt.org/contact/frequent-questions/Category/ethics-public/
Please see Prerequisite Courses
All courses and grades will be considered when applying to the Radiographic Science program. An academic advisor can assist with the application process. If a person has a poor college performance, it is recommended that s/he complete an Internal Petition form to be submitted with the application. Explain the reasons for past low grades and include a discussion about changes made to ensure future success in the Radiographic Science program.
Neither the college nor the Radiographic Science program sets a limit on the “age” of past coursework. Students are cautioned to carefully evaluate their knowledge from older classes and contact an advisor for additional questions.
No. Once accepted into the Radiographic Science program, fulltime enrollment is required. If a person withdraws from the program for any reason, he or she must reapply. Re-entry procedures are delineated in the Pre-Program Information & Policies and the NHS Student Handbook found on the web site.
During the FIRST fall and spring semesters, the student will be fully engaged on campus on Mondays and Wednesdays – the student would be free to work any time during the rest of the week, and take other courses offered on a Tuesday/Thursday schedule, or online.
Beginning in the summer, and continuing through the remainder of the program, it is unlikely that schedules will enable work full time, unless a person has a very flexible employer. This is due to the number of hours required in clinicals; the distance to be traveled to the assigned site that usually changes each semester; and the probability of rotating schedules at those sites.
Clinical experience takes precedence over any non-programmatic classes.
The clinical sites arrange the schedule around dates and times the instructors provide for program class dates. Any other course work will need to be online.
The Program is currently contracted with many clinical sites around the region including hospitals in Colfax, Pullman, Moscow, Clarkston, Lewiston, Orofino, Cottonwood, Grangeville and Enterprise, OR and a clinic in Sandpoint is sometimes used.
Yes. A large percentage of our graduates can be found at our clinical sites. Highly motivated, friendly, team-players are most likely to be offered jobs when there are openings.
First, go to your WarriorWeb account, select the View Degree Audit Report, then ‘What if I changed my program of study?’ and select Radiographic Science from the drop down menu. Print the subsequent report. This will illustrate what courses are still needed to be eligible to apply to the program.
Then, make an appointment with your current advisor, or contact the Nursing & Health Sciences Division for referral to an available Radiographic Science advisor.
Information on college fees can be found on the tuition and fees website. Special course fees for laboratory supplies, radiation exposure monitoring, and assessment testing are attached to Radiographic Science courses. Additionally, students are required to purchase an iPad for the program. Every effort is made to use texts that are available electronically, and faculty negotiates with publishers for competitive pricing.
Yes. LCSC achieved JRCERT Accreditation in spring, 2013. Although not required, accreditation by the Joint Review Committee on Education (JRCERT) is a clear indication that the Program adheres to the highest possible educational standards.
All application instructions can be found on our website, but generally speaking, the application window is March 15th to April 1st each year. If April 1st falls on the weekend, the window is extended to the following Monday.
Yes. Please mark the course as “IP” or “In Progress” on the application. If the course being taken is from an institution other than LCSC, an official transcript must be sent to the Office of Admissions.
On average, successful applicants’ cumulative GPAs range from 3.46 to 3.64. To be clear, an application demonstrating an overall GPA of 2.5 and a science & math GPA of 2.50 is eligible for committee review but is not competitive.
For all Nursing & Health Sciences Division programs students are allowed to repeat specific courses (BIOL 252, 253, and CHEM 105) once. Note that a ‘W’ counts as one attempt. See Pre-Program Progression in the Pre-Program Handbook for details.
On average, we receive about 25 to 30 applicants each year. We accept 18 students.
Earn the highest grades you can in your science and math courses, as these are the best predictors of the success you are likely to experience in the radiographic science program. Job Shadow in a radiology department at a hospital near you. Include any healthcare experience you have in your Application Cover Letter.
For details visit our HESI A2 Admission Assessment website.
Most students prefer to study for this test. There are study guides available at our LCSC library, or you can purchase your own study guide, available online through Elsevier. Additionally, you can Google resources for practice test questions and/or publications for purchase.
A student cannot take this test more than once in a calendar year, so it is recommended to take the HP HESI A2 no later than March 1st. In the event the student is not accepted the first time and reapplies to the program, the student will have time for a second attempt prior to the next application window. NOTE: The most recently earned score will be used (not necessarily the highest score).
The HESI HP A2 exam may be taken at the LCSC Testing Center in Lewiston and the results will be sent directly to the Nursing & Health Sciences Division. Transfer students may choose to take the exam at a distance testing site. Please visit our HESI A2 Admission Assessment website for instructions regarding distance testing.
Decisions are not made until after spring semester grades are received in May. When there are transfer student applicants taking courses on the quarter system, arrangements are made to obtain the last quarter grades as soon as possible after final class date.
These items are not needed until after you are accepted into the program. Written instructions will be sent with the acceptance letter.
A student must first apply to Lewis-Clark State College as a pre-radiographic science major. Detailed instruction and college admission requirements can be found on the Admissions webpage.
The Nursing & Health Sciences Division has published some guides estimating how math and science courses will transfer for regional Idaho and Washington schools: Transfer Guides
See our Transfer Equivalency Guide for help
Please note: Official transcript equvalencies will be determined by the Registrar's office once transcripts have been received.
Of course! However, the requirements for foreign students entering U.S. colleges are sometimes difficult to meet. Please speak directly with the International Programs Office firstname.lastname@example.org; phone: (208) 792-2321. The iBT or IETLS test of language competency is required for admission to the Radiographic Science program (for all students for whom English is not the native and first language). See details regarding the TOEFL or IETLS test in the Pre-Program Handbook.