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Consider a career in Radiologic Sciences

Consider a career in Radiologic Sciences

Radiologic Sciences is a health-care profession which combines technological equipment and human compassion for a very rewarding career.  Radiologic Sciences incorporates the use of ionizing radiation and other forms of energy to provide diagnostic images and therapeutic applications for diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injuries.  With the advancement of a career in Radiologic Sciences, there is a constant need for caring and qualified individuals to become part of this healthcare profession.

Radiography is a discipline of the Radiologic Sciences in which the healthcare professional serves as a specialist in the application of knowledge in anatomy, physiology, positioning, and radiographic techniques to accurately demonstrate anatomical structures on an image receptor.  Radiographers also determine the appropriate technical factors to achieve optimum quality images with minimum radiation to the patient and personnel.  Radiographers must also be responsible for providing patient care and in some situations initiating basic life support.

The Radiologic sciences program offered at McNeese State University is designed to prepare students for the health care profession as competent radiographers.  The radiographer is an individual who utilizes ionizing radiation and other forms of energy to produce medical images. The Radiographer serves as a specialist in the application of knowledge in patient care, anatomy, physiology, positioning and radiographic techniques to accurately demonstrate anatomical structures on an image receptor.

The curriculum also offers advanced courses in mammography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, bone densitometry, vascular interventional technology, cardiac-interventional technology, and quality management.  The student will select one advanced areas beyond radiography.  The curriculum integrates learning and clinical environments to promote advanced professional development. The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, 20 Wacker Drive, Suite 2850 Chicago, IL 60606-2901 (312) 704-5300, e-mail: mail@jrcert.org.

Upon completion of the program, the student will be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Science degree and eligible to apply for the primary certification examination in Radiography (R) offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).  The graduates of the program may also achieve some or complete documentation of the ARRT clinical experience requirements for post-primary certification examinations in one of these advanced areas, such as Mammography (M), Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MR), Bone densitometry (BD), Vascular-Interventional Technology (VI), Cardiac-Interventional Technology, (CV), or Quality Management (QM).

The curriculum consists of two phases: pre-professional and professional.  The pre-professional phase comprises the first three semesters of the program and consists of general academic requirements together with the basic physical and biological sciences. The final 2 ½ years comprise the professional program. Acceptance into the professional phase is on a competitive basis. The admission requirements are provided on the admission criteria link provided.

Students enrolled in the professional phase are rotated through several area hospitals and clinics serving as clinical education settings. Students will spend 15 - 25 hours a week at the clinical education setting in addition to other courses. Special placement is available to individuals who are registered technologists (see post certificate standing under the admission criteria link).

There are certain physical and sensory skills related to successful performance in this occupation. Contact the Program Director of Radiologic Sciences before declaring Radiologic Sciences as your major.