The Roane State Associate of Applied Science Degree Program in Radiologic Technology (A.A.S. in RDT) consists of five semesters of full-time study which includes supervised clinical coursework in a diagnostic radiology department. There are no evening or weekend didactic classes. However, in the second year of the program, students are required to complete four weeks of evening shift clinicals. The program is affiliated with 17 area hospitals. Students may be assigned to various clinical sites during their 22 months of clinical coursework.
The radiographer is a healthcare professional that performs radiographic procedures that provide information to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of the patient. The radiographer also assumes professional responsibility for minimizing the public's exposure to ionizing radiation, thereby observing the ASRT Code of Ethics.
As the population grows and ages, it will increase the demand for imaging science professionals. At this time the number of applications for acceptance into radiologic technology programs greatly exceeds available space in these programs and is therefore very competitive.
Radiologic Technology Program didactic courses are held between 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Oak Ridge Branch Campus.
In addition to the goals and student learning outcomes listed elsewhere on this site, the performance of the program is reflected through program effectiveness data as defined by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) (20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182, 312-704-5300, www.jrcert.org). Program effectiveness data includes the program completion rate, credentialing examination pass rate and job placement rate. Explanations of these measures and program data that correspond with the annual report most recently submitted to the JRCERT are noted below. This information can also be obtained at www.jrcert.org/resources/program-effectiveness-data. Questions about program effectiveness data should be directed to the Program Director.
The radiography program's 2013 annual report to the JRCERT reflected the following:
Completion Rate - January 1 through December 31, 2013
This is an annual measurement of the number of students that began the program divided by the number of students that actually completed the program. The program's completion rate for 2013 was 82%. 27 of the 33 students expected to complete the program in 2013 went on to complete it in that year.
Credentialing Examination Pass Rate - 2009 through 2013
This is the number of students that pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination on the first attempt within six months of graduation from the program. The figure reflects an average over a five-year span. The program's credentialing examination pass rate stated as an average from the years 2009 through 2013 is 92%. 131 of the 142 graduates of this program taking the ARRT certification examination within six months of graduation passed on the first attempt in the last five years.
Job Placement Rate - 2009 through 2013
This is the number of students that gain employment in the radiologic sciences within six months of graduation versus the number that graduate and are actively seeking employment. The figure reflects an average over a five-year span. The program's job placement rate as an average from the years 2009 through 2013 is 96%. 119 of the 123 graduates actively seeking employment obtained a position in the radiologic sciences within twelve months of graduation.
The Radiologic Technology Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182; (312) 704-5300; www.jrcert.org.
Roane State Tuition & Fees
All tuition and fees are subject to change by the Tennessee Board of Regents.
* Program courses that are taken in an online format are subject to a distance education fee. A Specialized Allied Health Science Fee of $25 per credit hour will be applied to all Allied Health Science courses. See Tuition and Fees link above.
Books, Supplies and Additional Program Expenses
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Textbooks average approximately $450 a semester
Gray uniform and black leather shoes.
Clinical Liability Insurance: $15 per year.
Clinical costs: students assume the cost of transportation, parking, meals and medical coverage for injury or illness Physical exam and immunizations (mandatory prior to 1st day of clinical rotation)
Clinical supplies: $50-75
Hepatitis B vaccination (highly recommended and required by some affiliates).
TB skin test every year.
Background Check and Drug Screen: $100
Private health insurance (Highly recommended).
See the current catalog for out-of-state tuition and fees and residency requirement rules.