Radiologic Technology (RTEC), AAS

At Dunwoody College of Technology, the Radiologic Technology program prepares graduates who oversee X-rays, CT scans, and other radiologic procedures. They also manage radiology support staff in hospitals, clinics, and specialized imaging centers.

Students learn to work directly with patients and physicians to create images of internal organs, bones, and tissues that are used to diagnose medical problems.

Working in both classroom and lab settings, students gain the skills to use the latest in imaging technologies, including digital X-rays and CT scans. They also complete rotations in clinical settings.

Arts & Sciences curriculum supports the technical coursework by enhancing the students’ communication, mathematics, and critical thinking skills.

Credential Earned: AAS
Length of Program: 2 years (4 semesters + 2 summer sessions)
Classes Offered: Day
Available Starts: Fall Semester; Spring Semester
Accreditation: Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
 
 
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills relating to verbal, nonverbal, and written medical communication.
  • Analyze patient situations to successfully operate medical imaging systems and perform the examination and procedures.
  • Operate medical imaging equipment and accessory devices.
  • Anticipate and provide basic patient care and comfort.
  • Provide appropriate patient education.
  • Practice radiation protection for the patient, self, and others.
  • Perform competently a full range of radiologic procedures on children and adults in the following categories: Head/neck, Musculoskeletal, Trauma, Chest and Breast, Bedside, Surgical, and Abdominal/Gastrointestinal/Genitourinary.
  • Exercise independent judgment in the technical performance of imaging procedures.
  • Determine radiographic exposure factors to obtain diagnostic quality radiographic images with minimum radiation exposures.
  • Evaluate medical images for technical quality.
  • Understand the safe limits of equipment operation and report malfunctions to the proper authorities.
  • Understand basic x-ray production and interactions.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of human structure, function, and pathology.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills relating to quality assurance.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills relating to medical image processing.
  • Demonstrate ethical responsibility, support the professions code of ethics and comply with the profession's scope of practice.
General Requirements
BIOL1230Anatomy4
BIOL1310Physiology I2
BIOL1320Physiology II2
BIOL1400Human Disease4
Communications3
Humanities3
Social Sciences3
Technical Requirements
RTEC1111Introduction to Radiography1
RTEC1121Patient Care1
RTEC1131Radiographic Procedures I2
RTEC1151Clinical I2
RTEC1200Radiographic Procedures1
RTEC1221Radiographic Procedures II2
RTEC1231Radiographic Procedures III2
RTEC1241Clinical II2
RTEC1251Clinical III2
RTEC1140Medical Terminology1
RTEC1210Radiologic Exposure1
RTEC1311Radiographic Procedures IV2
RTEC1321Clinical IV2
RTEC2110Radiologic Science1
RTEC2121Advanced Imaging1
RTEC2130Clinical V6
RTEC2200Radiographic Clinicals1
RTEC2221Radiologic Topics I3
RTEC2250Clinical VI3
RTEC2260Clinical VII3
RTEC2231Radiologic Topics II3
RTEC2320Clinical VIII3
Total Credits66

The following sample academic plan demonstrates how a student's schedule might look on a semester-by-semester basis, including elective courses. Your actual degree plan may differ from this sequence, depending on whether you start in the fall or spring semester, what transfer credits you may have (if any), and which Arts & Sciences courses and electives you take and when you take them.

The sample academic plan is for informational purposes only. To determine your academic plan, please meet with an academic advisor.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
RTEC1111 Introduction to Radiography 1
RTEC1121 Patient Care 1
RTEC1131 Radiographic Procedures I 2
RTEC1151 Clinical I 2
BIOL1230 Anatomy 4
BIOL1310 Physiology I 2
 Credits12
 Total Credits12
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
SpringCredits
Jterm  
RTEC1200 Radiographic Procedures 1
Spring Semester  
RTEC1221 Radiographic Procedures II 2
RTEC1231 Radiographic Procedures III 2
RTEC1241 Clinical II 2
RTEC1251 Clinical III 2
BIOL1320 Physiology II 2
BIOL1400 Human Disease 4
 Credits15
 Total Credits15
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
SummerCredits
RTEC1140 Medical Terminology 1
RTEC1210 Radiologic Exposure 1
RTEC1311 Radiographic Procedures IV 2
RTEC1321 Clinical IV 2
 Credits6
 Total Credits6
Plan of Study Grid
Second Year
FallCredits
RTEC2110 Radiologic Science 1
RTEC2121 Advanced Imaging 1
RTEC2130 Clinical V 6
Communications 3
 Credits11
 Total Credits11
Plan of Study Grid
Second Year
SpringCredits
Jterm  
RTEC2200 Radiographic Clinicals 1
Spring Semester  
RTEC2221 Radiologic Topics I 3
RTEC2250 Clinical VI 3
RTEC2260 Clinical VII 3
Humanities 3
Social Sciences 3
 Credits16
 Total Credits16
Plan of Study Grid
Second Year
SummerCredits
RTEC2231 Radiologic Topics II 3
RTEC2320 Clinical VIII 3
 Credits6
 Total Credits6

Descriptions

RTEC1111 | Introduction to Radiography | Lecture (1 Credit)

Introduction to the profession of radiologic technology. An overview of the structure of the healthcare environment, imaging equipment, radiation protection, and surgery.

RTEC1121 | Patient Care | Lecture (1 Credit)

Examine the basic concepts of patient care. Routine and emergency patient care procedures are explained, as well as infection control procedures utilizing standard precautions.

RTEC1131 | Radiographic Procedures I | Lecture (2 Credits)

Develop the knowledge required to perform radiographic procedures. Topics include: anatomy, routine projections of the abdomen, upper and lower extremities, and the shoulder girdle.

RTEC1151 | Clinical I | Clinical (2 Credits)

Provides opportunities to apply basic theoretical principles of radiography and patient care to practical experience in an imaging department. Observe and participate in radiographic procedures in a hospital or clinical setting . Execution of radiographic procedures is conducted under direct and indirect supervision of experienced registered technologists.

RTEC1200 | Radiographic Procedures | Lecture (1 Credit)

Develop the knowledge required to perform radiographic procedures.

RTEC1221 | Radiographic Procedures II | Lecture (2 Credits)

Develop the knowledge required to perform radiographic procedures. Topics include: anatomy, routine projections of the pelvis and femur, as well as fluoroscopic procedures.

RTEC1231 | Radiographic Procedures III | Lecture (2 Credits)

Develop the knowledge required to perform radiographic procedures. Topics include: anatomy, and routine projections of the spine and the bony thorax.

RTEC1241 | Clinical II | Clinical (2 Credits)

Continue development of skills required to become a radiologic technologist. Participate in routine radiographic procedures and observe in many of the specialty areas of a radiology department. Execution of radiographic procedures is conducted under direct and indirect supervision of experienced registered technologists.

RTEC1251 | Clinical III | Clinical (2 Credits)

Continue development of skills required to become a radiologic technologist. Participate in routine radiographic procedures and observe in many of the specialty areas of a radiology department. Execution of radiographic procedures is conducted under direct and indirect supervision of experienced registered technologists.

RTEC1140 | Medical Terminology | Lecture (1 Credit)

Develop a medical vocabulary. Skills in spelling, pronunciation, and defining medical terms is emphasized.

RTEC1210 | Radiologic Exposure | Lecture (1 Credit)

Examine the factors that govern and influence the production of the radiographic image, includes exposure calculations.

RTEC1311 | Radiographic Procedures IV | Lecture (2 Credits)

Develop the knowledge required to perform radiographic procedures. Topics include: anatomy, and routine projections of the cranium, facial bones, sinuses and the genitourinary. Venipuncture is introduced.

RTEC1321 | Clinical IV | Clinical (2 Credits)

Continue development of skills required to become a radiologic technologist. Participate in routine radiographic procedures and observe in many of the specialty areas of a radiology department. Execution of radiographic procedures is conducted under direct and indirect supervision of experienced registered technologists.

RTEC2110 | Radiologic Science | Lecture (1 Credit)

Concepts of basic radiographic physics and the basics of x-ray generating equipment.

Prerequisite(s): RTEC1210

RTEC2121 | Advanced Imaging | Lecture (1 Credit)

Equipment routinely utilized to produce diagnostic images, as well as various recording media and techniques. Topics include: Venipuncture; Image production in CT, MRI, IR, and other imaging modalities; special imaging considerations for geriatric, pediatric, trauma, and mobile imaging procedures; and sectional anatomy of the head, thorax, and abdomen.

Prerequisite(s): RTEC1310

RTEC2130 | Clinical V | Clinical (6 Credits)

Continues student learning experiences in the clinic or hospital setting; build on skills learned and competencies achieved in the previous semester. Topics include: common fluoroscopic, surgery, and portable radiography procedures. Execution of radiographic procedures will be conducted under direct and indirect supervision of experienced registered technologists.

RTEC2200 | Radiographic Clinicals | Clinical (1 Credit)

Apply the concepts learned in the classroom/lab in a radiology department. Execution of radiographic procedures is conducted under direct and indirect supervision of experienced registered technologists.

RTEC2221 | Radiologic Topics I | Lecture (3 Credits)

Prepare for the national certification examination with a review of basic knowledge from previous courses. Examine a variety of topics and practice for the registry exam with frequent testing.

RTEC2250 | Clinical VI | Clinical (3 Credits)

Continues student learning experiences in the clinic or hospital setting; build on skills learned and competencies achieved in the previous semester. Topics include: advanced radiographic anatomy; equipment utilization; exposure techniques; sterile techniques; participation in and/or observation of angiographic, interventional and specialty rotations including MRI and CT. Execution of radiographic procedures will be conducted under direct and indirect supervision of experienced registered technologists.

RTEC2260 | Clinical VII | Clinical (3 Credits)

Continues student learning experiences in the clinic or hospital setting; build on skills learned and competencies achieved in the previous semester. Topics include: advanced radiographic anatomy; equipment utilization; exposure techniques; sterile techniques; participation in and/or observation of angiographic, interventional and specialty rotations including MRI and CT. Execution of radiographic procedures will be conducted under direct and indirect supervision of experienced registered technologists.

RTEC2231 | Radiologic Topics II | Lecture (3 Credits)

Prepare for the national certification examination with a review of basic knowledge from previous courses. Examine a variety of topics and practice for the registry exam with frequent testing.

RTEC2320 | Clinical VIII | Clinical (3 Credits)

Continues student learning experiences in the clinic or hospital setting; build on skills learned and competencies achieved in the previous semester. Includes participation in and/or observation of routine and special radiographic procedures. Execution of radiographic procedures will be conducted under direct and indirect supervision of experienced registered technologists.