2568 BIO Radiologic Technology Brochure
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The Foothill College Radiologic Technology Program is dedicated to the integration of clinical didactic and laboratory objectives to successfully develop the student’s cognitive, psychomotor and affective domains necessary for the quality and safety of patient care in the radiation and imaging sciences.
The Foothill College Main Campus is located off Interstate 280. Exit El Monte Road and travel west to the campus entrance. To travel to the Foothill College Middlefield Campus, exit U.S. 101 at San Antonio Road; turn right on Middlefield Road; and travel north to the campus entrance. For map and parking information, access www.foothill.edu. Both campuses are also accessible by public bus transportation. VTA Bus Routes 23 and 52 serve the Main Campus; VTA Bus Routes 23 and 35 serve the Middlefield Campus. For bus routes, schedules and fares, access www.511.org.
Program Goals 1. To graduate competent entry-level, board-eligible radiologic technologists in accordance with the criteria set by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. 2. To develop the student’s communication and criticalthinking skills required to function as a competent and active member of the health-care team. 3. To ensure the student’s abilities to secure proper radiation safety for patient, self and others. 4. To graduate radiologic technologists who respect patients’ rights while administering care in an ethical, comforting and competent manner. 5. To instill in the student an understanding of the importance and need for professional development and lifelong learning.
RADIOLOGIC Technology Program
About Foothill College Located in Los Altos Hills, Foothill College rests on 122 acres of rolling hills and is 40 miles south of San Francisco and 20 miles north of San Jose in California’s Silicon Valley. The Foothill College Middlefield Campus is located minutes from Highway 101 at 4000 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto. Since opening in 1958, Foothill College has been recognized as one of the nation’s outstanding community colleges. Each 12-week quarter, Foothill offers more than 1,000 course sections to more than 18,000 day, evening and online students. The Foothill College student population is ethnically diverse, culturally rich and includes students from many counties. In keeping with its philosophy of educational opportunity for all, Foothill College offers university transfer, career training and basic skills instruction as well as support services such as counseling, tutoring and financial aid. For more information or to register for classes, access www.foothill.edu or call (650) 949-7325.
Foothill-De Anza Community College District Board of Trustees Joan Barram; Betsy Bechtel; Pearl Cheng; Laura Casas Frier; Bruce Swenson; Erica Anderson, Foothill Student Trustee; Isabelle Barrientos Vargas, De Anza Student Trustee Non-Discrimination Statement Foothill College does not discriminate against any person in the provision of its educational programs and services, and personnel practices on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, physical disability or mental disability. Coordination of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibiting sex discrimination; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 governing accessibility is the responsibility of Vice President of Instruction & Student Development Rose Myers, (650) 949-7228. Limited English Policy Prospective students are advised that a lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission to, or participation in vocational education programs at Foothill College as long as other, if any, program admission standards are met. This notice is a requirement of the Guidelines for Elimination of Discrimination & Denial of Services on the Basis of Race, Color, National Origin, Sex & Handicap (Federal Register; Vol. 44, No. 56). Reglamento sobre Limitaciones en el Idioma Inglés—Se les aconseja a posibles estudiantes que la carencia del idioma Inglés no será una barrera para la admisión, o participación en programas de educación vocacional en Foothill College, siempre y cuando todos los otros, si existieran, criterios de admisión del programa sean completados. Esta nota es un requisito de la Guía para la Eliminación de la Decscriminación y Rechazo de Servicios en Base a la Raza, Color, Nacionalidad de Origen, Sexo e Impedimento (Registro Federal; Vol. 44, No. 56). Printed by the Marketing Office • 2568 BIO Radiologic Technology Brochure 12.09
Biological & Health Sciences Division
R a d i o l o g i c Te ch n o l o g y P ro g ra m
2568 BIO Radiologic Technology Brochure
Career Opportunities As a licensed radiographer, you can work in the radiology departments of hospitals, clinics or offices. Starting annual salaries for entry-level professionals with the right training begin at approximately $75,000–90,000. Imaging specialties within radiology include computerized tomography, digital radiography, vascular angiography, magnetic resonance imaging and mammography. As a radiologic technologist, you will: • Work with doctors to provide quality radiographs in the radiology department, surgery, emergency room, hospital room, outpatient clinic or imagining center; • Deliver the least amount of radiation dose; • Provide physical and mental comfort; and • Work with state-of-the-art imaging equipment.
You must be able to comply with the program’s technical standards, some of which include, but are not limited to, the following: • Clearly explain radiologic procedures and direct patients during those procedures; • Hear, understand and react quickly to verbal instructions and patient needs; and • View recorded images or radiographs for the purpose of identifying proper patient positioning, accurate procedural sequencing, proper radiographic exposure, and other pertinent technical qualities.
Program Costs Besides enrollment fees, additional costs include textbooks, supplies and uniforms. Also, reliable transportation is necessary since travel is required from the campus to hospitals.
What Is Radiologic Technology? Radiologic technology is a science combining advanced technology and human compassion. Radiologic technologists use their knowledge of physics, human anatomy and physiology to create permanent medical images for the diagnosis of disease.
Radiologic Technology Program Profile The Foothill College Radiologic Technology Program began in 1961 and has earned an excellent reputation within the community and throughout California for providing wellqualified radiographers. The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, CDPH-Radiation Health Branch, and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The program is also accredited by the state as a school of mammography and fluoroscopy. After completing 22 consecutive months of rigorous instruction, which include lectures, real-time experiments in the on-campus lab and supervised hands-on experience in an affiliated hospital, you will earn the Foothill College Associate in Science Degree in Radiologic Technology, and qualify to take the California State Licensing Exam and National Registry Exam.
Prerequisites must be completed prior to the program deadline. Prerequisites include: • Grade point average of 2.5 or higher; • Completion of high-school algebra or MATH 220, or equivalent college-level course with a grade of C or better within the past three years, or completion of a higher level math course, or placement into MATH 105 on the Foothill College placement test. Note: The MATH 105 or higher course does not need to have been completed within the past three years; • Completion of high-school chemistry or CHEM 30A, CHEM 25, CHEM 10 or any equivalent college-level chemistry course that includes a lab with a grade of C or better. • Completion of BIOL 40A, 40B and 40C or a semester of anatomy and a semester of physiology. Anatomy and physiology studied in a language other than English will not be considered; • Completion of AHS 200 or medical terminology of two units or more with a grade of C or better; • Completion of RT 200L or equivalent with a grade of C or better; and • Eligibility for ESL 26 or ENGL 1A.
Recommendations We strongly recommend that you schedule a consultation with a Foothill College counselor to develop your educational plan for completing prerequisites and support courses. Be aware that this program offers selective admission, therefore, we strongly recommend that you complete all general education requirements prior to submitting your application for this program.
Enrollment fees as of Fall Quarter (subject to change) Additional program expenses for the two years are approximated as follows: Radiation Monitoring $100 Uniform/shoes $200 Student Fees $120 Registry Applications $350 Textbooks $900 For current enrollment fees, access www.foothill.edu/reg/fees.html. Financial aid is available for Foothill College students. To review numerous financial aid options, access www.foothill.edu/aid, call (650) 949-7245 or visit the Financial Aid Office in Room 8212.
How to Apply To be considered for this program, you must submit the completed Radiological Technology Program Application Form. The application form is available Aug. 1. Program information, admission criteria details and application are online at www.foothill.edu/bio/programs/radtech or by calling the Biological & Health Sciences Division Office at (650) 949-7538. For current deadline, refer to the program application which can be found at the above Web address. Send completed application form and two official copies of all transcripts to: Radiologic Technology Program Foothill College 12345 El Monte Road Los Altos Hills, CA 94022-4599 (continued on reverse)