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Radiologic Technology

Radiologic Technologists are those professionals educated in the field of medical imaging. They can be specialized in CT, MRI, Mammography, Interventional Radiography, Surgery, Trauma, Pediatrics, Sonography, Radiation Therapy, Nuclear Medicine, Education, or Management. Radiologic Technologists can be employed in hospitals, doctors’ clinics, VA hospitals, x-ray equipment and supply companies, mobile imaging companies, and colleges or universities.

Our JRCERT* accredited Radiologic Technology Program at North Arkansas College offers a 2-year Associate of Applied Science Degree that prepares entry-level radiographers. This preparation includes not only classroom study, but also hands-on clinical experience. Along with the required general education classes, students study anatomy and radiographic positioning, patient care, medical ethics, legal concerns, imaging techniques, quality control, equipment operation, radiation protection, pathology, computer science, and special imaging techniques. The students are prepared to take the ARRT Registry Exam upon graduation that certifies them as Registered Technologists in Radiography and RT(R) can be placed after their names.

The radiographer is an important member of the health care team, working closely with the radiologists and physicians and other health care team members. The patient is always our number one concern – Radiologic Technologists help the radiologists and physicians diagnose patient injury and disease. Radiography is a safe and satisfying career and always challenging as new technologies emerge.

*Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL  60606-3182. (312) 704-5300, www.jrcert.org.

Radiologic Technology Program Effectiveness Data

The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists 5-Year Average Pass Rate for First Time Takers (Must be above 75%):  5-Year Average 93%

200918 out of 20 students passed90%

201017 out of 17 students passed100%

2011 14 out of 14 students passed100%

201215 out of 18 students passed83%

201313 out of 14 students passed93%

Job Placement Rate 5-Year Average for Graduates Actively Seeking Employment (Must be above 75%):  5-Year Average 96%.

200915 out of 16 Graduates94%

201011 out of 13 Graduates85%

201110 out of 10 Graduates 100%

201215 out of 15 Graduates100%

201310 out of 10 Graduates100%

Radiologic Technology Program Completion Rate 5-Year Average:  5-Year Average:  85%

200920 out of 21 Students95%

201017 out of 20 Students85%

201113 out of 18 Students72%

201220 out of 21 Students95%

201314 out of 18 Students78%


     Welcome Letter/Checklist

The following forms must be completed by March 1 in order to be considered a candidate for the radiologic program:

  1. College Admission
  2. Radiologic Technology Program Application
  3. Reference Form (you will need to print two of these)
  4. Clinical Observation Form (Observation Process)
  5. Health-Related Work Form (mark "none" if not applicable)
  6. Pregnancy Policy Form for Females

Please click on the following links and read the information; it is an important part of the application process.

  1. Program Admission Policy
  2. Curriculum Information
  3. Hepatitis B Vaccine Information/Drug Screening Policy
  4. Program Description and Policy for Technical Standards
  5. Program Mission, Goals and Outcomes
  6. Cost Analysis
  7. Transcript Request Form (use this form to request transcripts from colleges attended, other than Northark).
  8. Tuition and Fees, Refund Policy, Academic Calendar, Academic Policies, College Graduation Requirements and Criteria for Transfer Credit
  9. Radiologic Technology Program Policies, Grading System, Graduation Requirements and Clinical Obligations

What to Expect as a Rad Tech Student:

After officially being accepted into the program, the students will be asked to attend two or possibly three mandatory meetings during the summer before starting the program in August.  During the first meeting in May, we order uniforms for the clinical practice.  In June, we meet to discuss clinical sites and review the Rad Tech Program Manual.  Students are also required to submit their Health Statement, immunizations, and current CPR card by the June meeting. 

2014-2015 Radiologic Technology Program Manual

2014-2015 Guidelines for Technologists

2014-2015 RT Clinical Instructor Handbook


When students start the fall semester in August, they will attend the following Rad Tech classes:

9:00 MW                    Introduction to Radiologic Technology  
10:30 MW                  Patient Care
11:30 MW                  Radiographic Procedures I
1:00-3:00 M               Radiographic Procedures Lab

Clinical sites are assigned by program faculty and begin in October.  Clinical days are Tuesdays and Thursdays for 6 ½ hours each day.

In the freshman spring semester, starting in January, the classes are as follows:

9:00 MW                    Radiographic Physics
10:30 MW                  Radiographic Imaging
12:00-2:00 M             Radiographic Imaging Lab
12:00-2:00 W            Radiographic Procedures II

Clinicals are again on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 ½ hours per day at the same clinical site as before.

The freshman summer is spent in clinicals only, Mondays through Thursdays, 8 ½ hours per day.  During July, the students rotate through special areas of the hospital such as Respiratory Therapy and EKG’s.



The schedule changes in the sophomore fall semester.  In August, sophomore classes are as follows on Tuesdays and Thursdays:

9:30 TTH                    Radiographic Pathology
11:00 TTH                  Radiation Protection
12:30 -2:00 TTH        Special Procedures

The clinical schedule changes also– the sophomore students are now at their same clinical sites on Mondays and Wednesdays for 8 ½ hours each day.  They will rotate through specialized areas such as surgery, portables, orthopedic clinic, health clinic, cath lab, emergency room, mammography, and clinical laboratory.

In the sophomores’ last spring semester, starting in January, the classes are as follows:

10:00  TTH                 Seminar in Radiologic Technology
11:00 TTH                  Radiographic Evaluation
12:00-1:30 TTH         Advanced Modalities

The clinical rotations continue on Mondays and Wednesdays for 8 ½ hours each day at the same clinical site.  The sophomore students will rotate through various modalities such as CT, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, Ultrasound, Oncology, and Bone Density.

Right before graduation, the sophomores and their families are honored at the Radiologic Technology Pinning Ceremony.  After graduation, the students are eligible to take the ARRT Registry Examination that enables them to put RT(R) behind their names.  This signifies that they are Registered Technologists in Radiography.

Professional development is encouraged and students may attend local and state seminars while in the program.  Rad Tech Club funds are used to help with travel expenses for out-of-town meetings.  Professional development is required after taking the ARRT exam to maintain Registry status.

Graduates find employment opportunities inside and outside the north Arkansas area.  At times they are hired for positions before they have graduated the program.  Graduates also have the opportunity to advance their education by continuing on for a BSRS degree at a nearby university or specializing in a particular imaging modality such as CT, MRI, etc.  The doors are open wide for those seeking career advancement.

If you have any questions concerning the application process, please call Sondra Richards at (870) 391-3318. 
Sondra Richards
 Sondra Richards MS, RT (R) (M)

 Program Director

Suzanne Woods
 Suzanne Woods MS, RT (R)

 Clinical Coordinator

Rebecca Hampton
 Rebecca Hampton AAS, RT (R) (CT)

 Clinical Instructor

Contact Us:

Radiologic Technology Program
North Arkansas College
1515 Pioneer Drive
Harrison, Arkansas 72601
(870) 391-3318 or (870) 391-3319