Radiologic Technology Program

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The Radiologic Technology Program is approved by ICCB and the Illinois Board of Higher Education. In addition, the program is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). This full-time accredited program prepares men and women to function effectively as entry level staff radiographers. The program includes both theoretical and practical courses as well as clinical education experiences in hospitals assigned by the program coordinator.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Radiologic Technology Program at South Suburban College is to provide a comprehensive education in order to prepare students to become entry-level radiographers. The program is designed to provide an environment that promotes stimulating intellectual discovery both didactically and clinically.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

  • Apply basic mathematical methods to solve problems in Radiological procedures.
  • Differentiate the units of measurement used in general and Radiographic procedures such as Radiation dose and exposure factors.
  • Prepare students to perform Radiology Procedures using the lowest possible Radiation exposure to patients and staff.
  • Prepare students to obtain high quality images for use patient care decision making.
  • Prepare students to work in healthcare environment by teaching skills in infection control and other necessary aspects of patient care.
  • To provide a structured curriculum that has the expanse and depth for the preparation of the entry-level radiographer.
  • To enhance problem solving and critical thinking skills of the student.
  • To prepare students for National Credentialing Exam and obtain a Radiology Technology license.
  • To empower students/graduates to continuously improve professionally and seek various educational advancements.

Admission to Program

  1. Submit an SSC Application/Registration form and forward all high school as well as other college transcripts directly to the Office of Admissions and Evaluation no later than March 1.
  2. Submit the Radiologic Technology Program Application form to the Program by mail or in person (Room 4453) no later than March 1 prior to the Summer semester wishing admission.
  3. A photocopy of the student’s current health care insurance must be submitted to each respective program coordinator in order to participate at any clinical education site. Failure to maintain comprehensive health care insurance will result in the student being immediately withdrawn from the clinical site and thereby receiving a failing grade in the clinical education class. Furthermore, the student will be financially responsible to pay all medical bills and co-payments as a result of injuries or health issues that arise from participation of clinical education programs.

Admission to the College does not guarantee acceptance to the Radiologic Technology Program.

Admission to the program will be determined by a ranking of the grade point average (GPA) based on the program prerequisite courses only. Priority is given to in-district students and cooperative program students from other Illinois community colleges.

Prerequisites MUST be completed prior to the start of the Radiologic Technology program. Physics and Biology should not be more than five years old, but with appropriate documentation this may be reviewed.

Prior to enrolling in the Radiologic Technology program, students are advised to review the applicable licensure/certification procedures and requirements and state laws of the profession to ensure that they are eligible to receive a license/certification following completion of the Radiologic Technology program at South Suburban College. Eligibility for licensure may be limited by the results of a criminal background investigation.

All students must be certified in CPR and hold a current card throughout the entire program.

Admission to the College does not guarantee acceptance to the Radiologic Technology Program. Students admitted to the program must maintain a minimum grade of “C” or better in all of the general education and professional courses.

Prior to enrolling in the Radiologic Technology Program, students are advised to review the applicable licensure procedures and requirements and state laws of the profession to ensure that they are eligible to receive a license following completion of the Radiologic Technology Program at South Suburban College. Eligibility for licensure may be limited by the results of a criminal background investigation.

Students must finish all prerequisite courses by December prior to the summer semester of the year you are seeking admission.

NOTE: The Radiologic Technology Program is only a full-time program.

Current Program Affiliates

  • Ingalls Memorial Hospital, One Ingalls Drive, Harvey, IL 60426
  • Ingalls Care Centers located in: Calumet City, IL Flossmoor, IL Tinley Park, IL
  • Roseland Community Hospital 45 W 111th St, Chicago, IL 60628
  • St. Catherine Hospital, 4321 Fir Street, East Chicago, IN 46312
  • St. James Hospital Medical Center, Chicago Road at Lincoln Hwy, Chicago Heights, IL 60411
  • St. James/Olympia Fields Osteopathic Medical Center, 20201 Crawford Ave., Olympia Fields, IL 60461

Additional Costs

In addition to tuition and student fees, additional expenses include the following (all costs are approximate):

  • Rad Tech textbooks $900
  • Uniforms $100
  • Markers $15
  • Identification Tags $5
  • Lab Fees $250
  • Malpractice Fees $100
  • HESI Exam $45

Overview for College Success

Overview for College Success (OCS 121) is a course is designed to assist students in the navigation of becoming successful in college and life. Major topics include setting academic, career and personal goals; effective communication strategies; study skills; critical thinking; self-discovery; and learning styles. In addition, this course delves into topics such as stress management, diversity and other well-being topics. Students will develop educational and career plans, learn to utilize college resources and receive extensive help in course planning. OCS 121 credit is not calculated in the course minimum credit totals listed in this section. Students must take OCS 121 if they meet one or more of the following:
  • First time degree seeking students.
  • Transfer student with less than 12 credit hours and no evidence of similar course on transcript.
  • Registering for 6 or more credits.
  • Test into 2 or more developmental classes.
  • Currently does not have OCS credit or registered for OCS.

Radiologic Technology Associate in Applied Science Degree (RAD.AAS)

Overview for College Success CREDITS
OCS 121 Overview for College Success 1
Program Prerequisites
ENG 101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
BIO 185 Human Anatomy & Physiology I Prerequisite to BIO 185 is either BIO 102 or 105. 4
FAD 205 Emergency Care and Safety OR CPR Certification 2
PHY 115 Topics of Applied Physics Prerequisite to PHY 115 is MTH 100. 3
HIT 102 Fundamentals of Medical Terminology 1
Summer Semester
RAD 100 Foundations of Radiology Technology 1
Fall Semester
RAD 101 Radiographic Fundamentals 3
RAD 104 Radiographic Procedures 1 3
RAD 106 Radiographic Principles 1 3
RAD 125 Introduction to Clinical Practice 2
BIO 186 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
Spring Semester
RAD 105 Radiographic Procedures 2 3
RAD 107 Radiographic Principles 2 3
RAD 126 Clinical Education 1 3
SPE 108 Oral Communication 3
Summer Semester
RAD 127 Clinical Education 2 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
Fall Semester
RAD 204 Radiographic Procedures 3 3
RAD 205 Radiographic Physics 3
RAD 207 Radiobiology 3
RAD 225 Clinical Education 3 4
Spring Semester
RAD 226 Clinical Education 4 4
RAD 235 Radiographic Seminar 3
GROUP II Select from Humanities Elective Students earning an Associate degree must meet the requirement for coursework on improving human relations as defined in Public Act 87-581. 3
Total Credit Hours (including prerequisites): 72

Radiologic Technology Recommended Electives

ECG 210 PACS 3
MIS 101 Computer Literacy & Applications 3

Course Equivalents

For students participating in Cooperative Agreements with Joliet Junior College (JJC), Kankakee Community College (KCC), Moraine Valley Community College (MVCC) and Prairie State College (PSC) the general education requirements are the following.

BIO 102/105 BIO 104/151 BIOL 1514 BIO 102/111 BIOL 100/115
BIO 185 BIO 250 BIOL 2644 BIO 180 BIOL 221
BIO 186 BIO 251 BIOL 2654 BIO 181 BIOL 222
ENG 101 ENG 101 ENGL 1613 COM 101 ENG 101
FAD 205 HPR 207 PHED 1942 PEH 170 FRESP 101 S1
HIT 102 Not Offered HLTH 1312
(HIT 103)
MRT 110
(HIT 103)
Not Offered
MTH 095 MATH 094 MATH 1414 MTH 095 MATH 090
MTH 100 MATH 098 MATH 1424 MTH 098 MATH 095
PHY 115 PHYS 103 PHYS 1514 PHY 101 PHYSI 101
PSY 101 PSYC 101 PSYC 1813 PSY 101 PSYCH 101
SPE 108 SPCH 101 SPCH 1553 COM 103 COMM 101

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