Radiologic Technology Program
Our Mission Statement
Providing healthcare excellence by educating caring, competent radiologic technologists.
The Radiologic Technology Program offered at Winchester Medical Center is a certificate program. Our graduates are eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) national registry exam. Once the ARRT exam is passed the graduate becomes a registered radiologic technologist.
The curriculum provides a combination of clinical and didactic learning within the hospital setting for the radiology students. Students receive instruction in patient care, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, positioning, physics, radiobiology, radiation protection, and radiographic exposure.
About the program
Winchester Medical Center’s School of Radiologic Technology is a full-time (40hr/week) four-semester (2 year) program. Program hours are Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Students will begin evening shift rotations sometime during their second semester.
At the completion of the program the graduate shall be able to:
1. Anticipate and provide basic patient care and comfort, recognize emergency patient conditions, and initiate first aid and basic life support.
2. Operate radiographic equipment, positioning the patient to perform radiographic examinations and procedures, while practicing radiation protection for patient, self, and others.
3. Determine exposure factors to obtain diagnostic quality radiographs with minimum radiation exposure.
4. Utilize critical thinking skills to modify standard procedures to accommodate for patient condition and other variables.
5. Demonstrate knowledge and skills when evaluating radiographic images for appropriate positioning and quality.
How do I become a registered radiologic technologist?
Radiologic technologists are qualified to perform diagnostic imaging exams. Registered radiologic technologists RT(R), must complete a 2 year formal education through a community college program or an accredited hospital-based program, and pass the ARRT national certification examination. They must earn continuing education credits to stay active in the radiology field.
RT(R)’s may specialize in a specific modality, such as computed tomography, mammography, magnetic resonance imaging, bone densitometry, or special procedures.
Note: Ultrasound and nuclear medicine technologists require additional formal training after graduating and passing the ARRT exam for radiologic technology.