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Radiologic Technology Program
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General Program Info

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The program is 21 consecutive months in length and consists of four academic semesters beginning in September with a 10-week summer clinical experience between the student's freshman year and sophomore year. Click here for specific Degree Program details. The courses taught within the program's curriculum and the nature of the work of the field of radiology require the student to have a basic aptitude in math, science, oral communication, and able to comprehend written and verbal orders.

Due to the structure of the Radiologic Technology program is structured, students will be putting in approximately 30 - 40 hours per  week, depending upon if they have or haven't already taken some of the Liberal Arts courses prior to their acceptance into the program (which is strongly recommended that they do). This does not include the time a student must spend for studying. Therefore, program officials encourage students not to work more than 20 hours per week.

The program is demanding of you and you will require a strong support system in place. If you are a parent you need to think about childcare and an additional back up if your childcare provider should become sick (especially for the 12 week summer clinical experience). The program's absenteeism policy is strict and abusing it may result in the student's dismissal from the program.

As a member of the healthcare team you must demonstrate high professional and ethical standards at all times. Students are guests of the clinical education centers and must abide by the policies, not only of the program, but also of the clinical education centers.

Program faculty members are eager and willing to work with you to help you succeed but it is you, the student, who must make the commitment to your education. If you are willing to commit yourself to the program, the program faculty will prepare you for a rewarding profession, one that will give you satisfaction in what you do.

The Massasoit Community College Radiology Technology Program Student Handbook is available for you at the college library or online at the Radiologic Technology Home Page.

A limited number of students are admitted into the program annually.  Class size is determined by the availability of clinical space.  Qualified applicants may submit their applications during the Spring Semester February 1st.

How To Apply
All items for Admissions must be submitted together to the admissions office. The Application Deadline date is February 1st of every year.
  • Submit a completed application form to the Admissions Office.
  • Submit official high school transcript (in a sealed envelope) certifying date of graduation or an official GED transcript.
  • Submit ALL official college transcripts (in a sealed envelope) from other institutions attended.
  • Meet the Biological Principles prerequisite.*
  • Submit 1 Letter of Reference. The letter can be written by a professor, your employer or someone who has known you for a long time (like a family friend or acquaintance).  There is no length requirement for this document. 
  • Submit 1 Letter of Intent.  This is written by the applicant stating why he/she would be a good candidate for the Radiologic Technology program. This letter should give those people who are reading it some insight as to who you are and what qualities you possess that will make you a good candidate for the program. You should also include why you want to pursue this career choice and any experiences, work or personal, that will help you become a good radiologic technologist.
  • Attend the Required Information Session (prior to the final application deadline February 1st) **
  • Priority consideration will be given to students who have successfully completed Biological Principles, Anatomy and Physiology I, and Anatomy and Physiology II, and Introduction of Statistics (MATH131) or Higher (MATH 203, MATH 217, MATH 221, MATH 222, MATH 223) Sociology or Psychology with a grade of B or better.  
All items must be submitted together to the Admissions Office before the deadline date of February 1st. Incomplete applications received in the mail or in person or applications received after the deadline date will not be reviewed and will be returned.
*The Biological Principles Prerequisite can be met by the following options:
-Successful completion of the 4 credit “Biological Principles” course.  
-Successful challenge of the Biological Principles Challenge Examination given by the Testing and Assessment Office. 
-Transferring in a 4 credit Anatomy and Physiology I course. Students who have transferred in Anatomy and Physiology I, will be required to take Biological Principles in the first semester in order to meet the prerequisite for Anatomy and Physiology II, which is taken in the second semester.
-Transferring  Anatomy and Physiology I AND Anatomy and Physiology II courses.This option will cancel the Biological Principles course requirement.
**Informational sessions are held in the Fall of every year. The session is approximately two (2) hours in length. Program officials will discuss with you how the program structure, additional costs of the program, and student clinical education site assignments.  The session will also include the program policies regarding absences, completion of course assignments, grading policies, continuing education in other imaging modalities after you receive your degree in radiology, employment opportunities, average salaries and how you can increase your chances of being accepted into this highly competitive program. An admissions counselor will discuss the completion of the necessary paperwork, course transfer policies, how to transfer from one program to another at Massasoit and will answer your questions about other college policies. Call 508-588-9100 x1411 to sign up for a mandatory information session.

Again, you must submit all of your admissions application materials TOGETHER. The admission committee will review only files of candidates for admission that are complete.
Question:
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an i increase my chances to be chosen for acceptance into the program?

Answer:
Yes, you can!

There are many ways that students can look more impressive on paper.

How?
On Paper
Your letter of intent should include some of the previously suggestions. It should also demonstrate good writing skills. It should be typed and after you have typed it have someone look it over for correct spelling and punctuation.

While you are waiting to be accepted into a class for the next September semester, take all of the prerequisites needed for Radiology. If you have completed all prerequisites, take more Liberal Arts classes that may be beneficial to your application. For example (language, sciences).

If you have done poorly in a math or any of the science courses, you might want to consider retaking the course. A poor grade (C or lower) may not be your academic norm and personal reasons could have played havoc on your grade. Math and the science courses are areas in which applicants must be strong to be considered for the program.

I've NOT Been Accepted!  Now What?
You are welcome to reapply to the program the following year. Look at your grades and see if you can improve the overall score.
I've Been Accepted!  Now What?
Health
Students are required to complete a health evaluation, including the Hepatitis B immunization series.
Students are responsible for the cost of the physical exam and the Hepatitis immunization series.

Students accepted into the program will receive a packet from the program director that contains material that must be completed
and /or returned by July 1st for the September date of the beginning of classes:
CPR certification
Physical examination by their physician
The Allied Health Division's Health Form
Verification of Hepatitis B Immunization series or positive testing for Hepatitis B antibodies

Technical Standards
Radiography involves the provision of direct care for individuals and is characterized by the application of verified knowledge in the skillful performance of radiological technical functions.  Therefore, all applicants should possess:
1. Sufficient visual acuity, such as is needed in the accurate preparation and administration of contrast media and for the observation necessary for patient assessment and nursing care;
2. Sufficient auditory perception to receive verbal communication from patients and members of the health team and to assess health needs of people through the use of monitoring devices such as cardiac monitors, stethoscopes, intravenous infusion pumps, fire alarms, etc;
3. Sufficient gross and fine motor coordination to respond promptly and to implement the skills, including the manipulation of heavy motorized equipment, positioning and lifting patients required in meeting health needs related to radiologic technology.
4. Sufficient communication skills (speech, reading, writing) to interact with individuals and to communicate their needs promptly and effectively, as may be necessary in the patient’s/client’s interest;
5. Sufficient intellectual and emotional functions to plan and implement care for individuals

CPR
Students are required to be CPR Certified at the Health Care Provider/ Professional Rescuer level prior to the start of clinical courses.

CORI/SORI:
Students interested in participation in this academic program may be required to undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check, and Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check and is performed through the Criminal Systems History Board according to EEOH guidelines. With some sites may implementing drug screening.
Additional Costs
In addition to the college tuition and fees cost, the Radiologic Technology Program requirements additional costs a student must bear
while in the program.  They are the following:

Prior to start of Program

CPR:  $20.00 to $40.00
Immunizations: Fees vary depending on the immunization needed and the student’s insurance coverage

During Program

Health Insurance: Cost vary depending on the insurance company and coverage selected
Malpractice Insurance: $14.00/academic year
Books/e-books: approximately $1200.00
Uniforms + Accessories: $250.00/academic year
Clinical Record-Keeping – TRAJECSYS: $150.00

After Graduation

National/State Examination Fees: ARRT: $200.00
State License application and State Licensing Fee: $75.00 + $150.00 for total of $225.00
Society Dues/Conference: $150.00

Additional Cost information will be found in the packet sent by the program director upon acceptance.
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