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Radiologic Technology
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions

1. When can I begin taking courses?

General education courses required for the A.A.S. Degree in Radiologic Technology may be taken before admission to the RDT Program.  These courses are listed in the current college catalog under Radiologic Technology.  Humanities and Social Sciences courses fulfilling the general education requirements are also listed on specific pages in the catalog.  The catalog can be accessed on the main RSCC web page.  No professional courses can be taken without first being accepted into the program.

A minimum of 9 credit hours of the general education courses must be completed prior to the May 15th application deadline of the year you apply for the Radiologic Technology Program.  Courses completed at a college(s) other than RSCC will only be considered if the official college transcript is submitted to the RSCC Admissions and Records Office AND evaluated before the published application deadline. Courses completed and transcripts submitted after the published application deadline will NOT be considered for admission.

2. What are the physical qualifications essential for success in clinical coursework for the RDT program?

Applicants should self-assess to determine if they can meet the following general standards: 

  • hear and see clearly (to ensure patient safety)
  • have normal visual and audio acuity
  • lift, move and push bulky and very heavy equipment
  • move equipment such as overhead tubes, wheelchairs and stretchers
  • bend or stoop to lift radiographic cassettes
  • be able to stand up for hours during surgical procedures
  • possess interpersonal skills necessary for working with a diverse population of patients

3. When will I know if I have been accepted into the Radiologic Technology Program?

Prospective students will receive an e-mail from Health Sciences Admissions to the RaiderNet account by July to inform them of their admission status.  If informed that they have been accepted, the student must respond to the e-mail within 5 business days from when it was sent. 

4. When can I register for RDT courses?

After you receive notification that you are admitted into the Rad Tech Program then you will attend a MANDATORY program orientation session.

5. Where will I be assigned for my clinical coursework?

The program makes every effort to assign you to a hospital setting closest to your residence.  However, assignments are made based on available space and cannot be guaranteed.  Oftentimes, students must make a commitment to drive varying distances once accepted into the program.

The clinical affiliates used by the RSCC Rad Tec Program are:

  • Athens Regional Medical Center
  • Blount Memorial Hospital
  • Cookeville Regional Medical Center
  • Cumberland Medical Center
  • East Tennessee Children's Hospital 
  • Fort Loudoun Medical Center
  • Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center
  • Jamestown Regional Medical Center
  • LaFollette Medical Center
  • LeConte Medical Center
  • Methodist Medical Center
  • North Knoxville Medical Center
  • Parkwest Medical Center
  • Physicians Regional Medical Center
  • Roane Medical Center
  • Sweetwater Hospital
  • Turkey Creek Medical Center

6. How many hours a week will I be in class?

First year students will be enrolled in RDT didactic classes anytime between 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on M, W, and F. There are no evening or weekend RDT classes.  Clinical hours are T and R from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at most clinical sites.
Second year students will be enrolled in RDT didactic classes anytime between 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on T and R.  There are no didactic RDT evening or weekend classes.  Clinical hours are M. W. and F. from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at most clinical sites.  There are at least four weeks of evening clinicals required and there are NO WEEKEND clinicals.

In no event will a student be required to spend more than 40 hours a week in the classroom or clinic.  If a student needs to make-up time missed, other than tardy time which must be made up on the same day the tardy event occurred, the make-up time can be made up during finals week at the end of the semester.  However, if the student chooses, the student can make up time during the regular week after clinical time is over. 

7. What can I do to enhance my chances of being accepted into the RDT program?

Since points are awarded for high GPA and for grades of A and B in Math and Science, chances of being accepted are enhanced if a student attains a high GPA and achieves A's and/or B's in Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Intro to Rad Tech, and Math.  Since most students must have completed 9 credit hours of college coursework before being eligible for admission to the program, students may possibly enhance their chance of acceptance by first enrolling and successfully completing Intro to Rad Tech, College Algebra (or other acceptable math), A&P I, and II with grades of B or better. 

8. What are the GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS for the AAS degree in Radiologic Technology?

The general education requirements for the Radiologic Technology degree may be taken prior to being accepted into the Program.  These are requirements for the AAS degree in Radiologic Technology; they are NOT prerequisites.  The only prerequisite is completing at least 9 hours of college credits required for the RDT degree with a 2.5 GPA or higher as stated on the Allied Health Sciences Application form.

****Higher level Math course may be substituted.  If you plan to get a Bachelor's Degree, please be aware that College Algebra may not transfer as a core math requirement.  ETSU, for example, requires Math 1530 (Probability and Statistics). 

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