Professor Colleen Donahue, Program Director/Chairperson/Assistant Professor
Office: Decker 217B
This program prepares you to be a radiographer, generally in a health care setting. As a radiographer, you will produce images used in the diagnosis of disease and injury, operating x-ray equipment and providing patient care as you do so. A radiographer may continue education in areas such as sonography, nuclear medicine, cardiovascular-interventional techniques, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET), fusion technology (PETCT), PACS Administrator, quality management, bone densitometry, research, education, registered radiologist assistant and radiation therapy. Your clinical education will take place in cooperating area hospitals.
All clinical sites are within 1 hour driving distance from campus. Students are responsible for his/her own transportation to and from clinic, classes, and labs. SUNY Broome’s Radiologic Technology Program consists of two years of combined academic and clinical education, the equivalent of 21 calendar months. The program consists of a clinic and 1 fully online course during the first summer term of the program. Upon completion of the academic and clinical competencies required for the program, the graduate is eligible to sit for the examination of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. All graduates must pass the ARRT examination to attain New York State Licensure in order to work in New York State.
The program is fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850 Chicago, IL 60606-2901(3182).
Academic Prerequisite Requirements for Radiologic Technology Program
Applicants to the Health Science programs must have specific academic background in math and sciences, either from high school or at the college level, to be considered for admission. Degree programs have minimum grades required for admission consideration. Prerequisite courses “in progress” will not be considered when admission decisions are made.
The Prerequisite Requirements for the Radiologic Technology Program:
- Mathematics Level 3 (Algebra & Trigonometry) or Applied Math
- Regents Biology (or BIO 090)
- Regents Physics (or PHY 090 with a lab) or Applied Science as defined by Tech Prep
- (Minimum grade 74 in all mathematics and science courses)
- (Must pass Regents Math, Biology, and Physics with a 65)
- 50 Hours – volunteer or service learning work in a hospital or clinical setting where radiologic technology is practiced (Must be met prior to enrolling in RAD classes. Can be met up to 2 years prior, however typically accomplished between first advisement and fall classes once a student is accepted into the program. Student must have documented proof of hours/location). Good health and physical condition necessary to meet job demands. This will enable you to make an informed decision about your career choice.
ALL GRADES ARE FINAL CLASS AVERAGES, NOT REGENTS EXAM GRADES STUDENTS MUST PASS REGENTS EXAMS.
STUDENTS NOT COMPLETING THE RECOMMENDED HIGH SCHOOL COURSES MAY TAKE LONGER THAN 2 YEARS TO COMPLETE THE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS.
*High School students interested in our Radiologic Technology Program should take Physics during the eleventh grade to acquire a course grade. If taken during 12th grade, the student will not have completed the course prior to the “Competitive Process” when students are chosen for the following fall semester.
- SUNY Broome has a developmental program that enables students lacking the proper academic preparation for professional level courses to enroll in appropriate credit or non-credit courses that will qualify them. They can take these courses at SUNY Broome or elsewhere preceding their admission. Applicants who elect to take these courses during the spring and fall semesters would need more than two years to complete the curriculum.
- If prerequisite courses are taken at SUNY Broome, a grade of 2.0 or better is required.
- AM is Applied Math and AS is Applied Science as defined by Tech Prep. PT is Principles of Technology. ABC is Applied Biology & Chemistry.
- Equivalent course substitutions may be determined by the Department Chairperson or Dean.
Competitive Admission Process
A competitive admissions process is used to select applicants to this program of study. The Competitive Admissions process compares the academic strength of applicants with respect to the academic preparation required for a specific Health Science program. An Admissions Committee assesses each applicant’s academic performance in the math and science background required for the Health Science program to which they have applied. Offers of admission are made based on an applicant’s academic strength (grades in prerequisite subjects and high school average or college GPA) compared to other applicants and the number of seats available in a particular program. Meeting the minimum math level and science course background does not guarantee admission.
The Admissions Office begins taking applications to the fall semesters on September 15 of the year preceding entry. For first consideration to the competitive programs beginning in the Fall semester, an application form and all official academic records (transcripts) required by the College must be received in the Admissions Office by March 1. (Incomplete applications will not be considered.) The Admissions Office will begin making early offers of admission to a select number of highly qualified applicants in mid-February. Remaining admission decisions will be made after the March 1 deadline. Applications received or completed after March 1 will be considered if a specific program remains open. The Radiologic Technology Program accepts a new cohort every fall semester.
Clinical Education Requirements
Prior to entrance into clinical education, our Clinical Affiliates, SUNY Broome, and the Radiologic Technology Program require that you have the following:
- Meet the pre-requisite for RAD 100: 50 Volunteer/Service Learning Hours requirement (information regarding this requirement is given once student is accepted and advised into the program).
- Purchase Trajecsys (information given once student is accepted and advised into the program). This is an electronic clinical record system.
- Annual physical examination
- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certificate (CPR)
- Inoculations for a variety of illnesses including MMR and HBV
- Students are responsible for their own transportation to campus and clinical sites. Clinical sites are within an (1) hour drive from the college campus.
- During the last 6 months of the program, students are expected to perform a minimum of 40 hour evening rotation.
NOTE: Physical exam and CPR must be completed and submitted to the program by the first Friday in August, prior to the first day of fall classes.
Essential Functions/Technical Standards
These describe the abilities necessary to function in the field of radiologic technology. These standards are not conditions for admission into the Radiologic Technology Program.
Radiologic Technologists require the capabilities to demonstrate the following technical standards:
- Help in lifting patients
- Lift, move, and push heavy equipment
- Hear faint sounds from a distance of 15 feet
- React quickly to emergency situations
- Determine differences in gradual changes in blacks, grays, and whites for purposes of judging images fir technical and diagnostic quality
- Communicating orally and in writing instructions and directions to patients and other healthcare personnel
- Manual dexterity, good motor skills, eye/hand coordination skills, and sensory function in at least one upper limb
- Dexterity of the fine motor skills
- Relate to colleagues, staff, and patients with honesty, integrity, non-discrimination, self-sacrifice, and dedication
Is this the right career for you?
Most full-time radiologic technologists work about 40 hours a week; they may have evening, weekend, or on-call hours. Opportunities for part-time and shift work are also available.
Because technologists are on their feet for long periods and may lift or turn disabled patients, physical stamina is important. Technologists work at diagnostic machines but may also do some procedures at patients’ bedsides. Some travel to patients in large vans equipped with sophisticated diagnostic equipment.
Although potential radiation hazards exist in this occupation, they are minimized by the use of lead aprons, gloves, and other shielding devices, as well as by instruments monitoring radiation exposure. Technologists wear badges measuring radiation levels in the radiation area, and detailed records are kept on their cumulative lifetime dose.
Additional Program Specific Expenses
- ARRT Exam: $200.00
- New York State Licensure: $120.00
- RAD TECH KIT: (2-sets of x-ray lead markers, name badge reel-clip) +/- $50.00
- Textbooks: +/- $1,050.00
- Uniforms and shoes: +/- $300.00
- CPR: (Online only is not accepted) +/- $115.00
- Annual Physical Examinations: +/- $280.00
- Hepatitis Immunizations (Variable Cost) **: +/- $150.00
- Trajecsys Clinical Record System: +/- $150.00
- TB (TST): +/- $10.00
- Vaccinations: (MMR) +/- $60.00
- Annual Flu Shot: +/- $30.00
- Transportation: ~ +/- $2900.00
- Radiation Monitoring Devices***: +/- $515.00
- (lab dosimeter: +/- $135.00/1st year and +/- $135.00/2nd year: due by July 1st each year. Clinical dosimeter: +/- $115.00/1st year, due by mid-October and +/- $90.00/2nd year, due by mid-September –fees are based upon rates charged by the dosimetry provider and may change without notice)
- Total approximate additional expenses:+/- $6000.00 (These fees are as of January 1, 2019)
* These fees are in addition to tuition and college fees. For information on college fees, please refer to the college online catalog.
** Hepatitis immunizations may be provided at a lower cost at Broome County Health Department, Front Street, Binghamton, NY
*** Pregnancy Policy – additional fee charged per dosimeter for required fetal dosimeter badge (1 for clinic and 1 for lab)
*** Additional fee charged for replacement if student loses dosimetry monitor.
Note: costs are also incurred with various student fundraising activities (SUNY Broome X-ray Club, Apparel/T-Shirt sales, chocolate sales, and miscellaneous other fundraisers which support student activities while in the Radiologic Technology Program)