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Radiologic Technology

Radiology Skelleton Family

Student Reviewing xray with instructor Students reviewing MRI with Instructor
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What is Radiography?

Radiologic Technology is a healthcare career that specializes in performing diagnostic exams that aid in the diagnosis and treatment of injury and disease. Radiographers are highly skilled professionals who typically work in a hospital or medical clinic and use x-ray equipment to acquire images of the human body. Employment opportunities also exist in private offices, industry, other imaging modalities, commercials sales, education, and management. The responsibilities of a radiographer include taking a medical history, answering questions about exams, positioning patients, manipulating x-ray equipment, practicing radiation protection and evaluating medical images for diagnostic quality. Radiographers work closely with physicians to provide basic nursing and medical care.

Radiographers can also further their education and become certified in other modalities such as CT, MRI, Ultrasound, Mammography, Radiation Therapy, Nuclear Medicine, Cardiac Interventional, and Vascular Interventional. Kaskaskia College offers certificate programs in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound), CT, Cardiac Interventional, and Vascular Interventional. Mammography courses are also available for continuing education.

Program Accreditation

At Kaskaskia College, students graduating from the Radiologic Technology Program will receive an Associate in Applied Science degree which will prepare students for careers in Radiography. Upon completion of the curriculum, the student will be eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Certification Examination. Graduates who pass this examination are known as registered technologists, RT(R).

The Radiologic Technology Program at Kaskaskia College is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (20 N. Wacker Dr. Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182)
JRCERT Contact Details
Phone Number: 312-704-5300
Fax: 312-704-5304

Program Admission and Application Worksheet

Applications for the following Fall semester will be available on the website from October 1st until May 31st. No student can apply to the radiology program from June 1st through September 30th. Accepted students can only start the radiology program each fall.

The following is a list of courses that the student can take to prepare for the application process:

Pre-requisites that must be completed before applying to the radiology program:

  • BIOLOGY: 2 semesters of High School biology within 5 years or 1 semester of college biology equal to Kaskaskia College’s Biology 101, 121, 122, 215 or X-Ray 145, 146.

    ***If a student wants to take X-Ray 145 & 146 before being accepted into the program, they can call the Radiology Program Director, Mimi Polczynski at 618-545-3363 to get approval to take these courses. If a student takes both Biology 121 & 122 courses before acceptance into the program, those courses along with two 2 credit cross-sectional independent courses offered once a student is accepted into the radiology program can be substituted for X-ray 145 & 146.
  • ALGEBRA: 2 semesters of High School algebra within 5 years or 1 semester of college algebra equal to Kaskaskia College’s MATH 101 or higher.
  • COMPUTER: 1 course of High School computers or 1 semester of college computers equal to Kaskaskia College’s CITA 110, 120, 130, 150.

Other components on the application that are considered for acceptance:

  • GPA: High School GPA within 5 years, or Kaskaskia College or other accredited college cumulative grade point average 2.0 or above (12 hours or more).
  • ACT composite score within 5 years or other college General Education courses: Points will be given to the highest section. If using the General Education section, points will only be awarded for the following 3 or more courses earned with a grade “B” or better:
    English 101 or higher; Math 101 or higher; Psychology 101, Speech 103, a Social Science Elective, Biology 121 & 122 or X-Ray 145 & 146

Program Review

Please review the site index on the left side of the homepage to review all the following aspects of the program:

  • Application Information/Program Worksheet
  • Career Opportunities
  • Clinical Sites
  • Faculty
  • Mission Statement & Goals
  • Newsletter
  • Professional Societies and Organizations
  • Program Effectiveness Data
  • Program Profile (Curriculum)
  • Radiology Program Handbook
  • Transfer and Course Substitution Information

For more information please submit your questions to the Program Coordinator

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