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Rochester, MI 48309-4452
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School of Health Sciences

Academic Advising
3070 Human Health Building
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 370-2369
shs@oakland.edu

Dean's Office
Human Health Building
(248) 370-3562
inhealth@oakland.edu

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Radiologic Technology

Within the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences, the Bachelor of Science in Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences with a specialization in Radiologic Technology (RAD) prepares students to integrate advanced radiographic techniques and positioning with applied knowledge of anatomy and physiology for the imaging of internal structures.Radiologic technologists are responsible for administering ionizing radiation to patients for diagnostic or research purposes.

The Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), 20 N. Wacker Drive Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182; telephone: (312) 704-5300; fax: (312) 704-5304; e-mail: mail@jrcert.org; website: www.jrcert.org.


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Sara Rivard
Special Instructor and Director
Radiologic Technology
3166 Human Health Building
sararivard@oakland.edu

Nancy Demo
Executive Secretary
3115 Human Health Building
demo@oakland.edu
(248) 364-8673

Curriculum

The Radiologic Technology program is a full time program for admitted students. The program is 24 months in duration with either classes or clinical scheduled 5 days a week during Fall and Winter semesters, and 4 days a week during Summer semester. Students will spend 2 days each week in academic instruction at Oakland University during Fall and Winter semesters. One day of academic instruction is scheduled during Summer semester. Academic instruction will be moved to a classroom at Beaumont Health in Royal Oak on rare occasions for lab purposes. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, much of our academic instruction is currently being delivered in a virtual format.   

Students must be admitted to the Radiologic Technology program and have Radiologic Technology listed as their major in order to register for RAD courses. For a recommended year-by-year schedule of classes, students may consult the degree plan. For a complete description of courses, please review the Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences Program entry in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Clinical Internship

Oakland University is affiliated with Beaumont Health to provide the clinical portion of the program.

Clinical education takes place 3 days each week (all semesters, for 24 months) in a variety of rotations at the Beaumont Hospitals in Grosse Pointe, Royal Oak, Troy, and West Bloomfield. Additional clinical sites may be required. Students spend time in a variety of locations within the radiology departments of these locations. Students are also expected to complete rotations on a variety of shifts (start and end times vary). Clinical schedules are determined by the Radiologic Technology Clinical Coordinator prior to the start of each semester, and are subject to change when necessary. 

Admission Information

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

As of September, 2020, our application and letter of recommendation documents are available to fill out and submit online. Applicants may provide the link to the letter of recommendation to anyone they need to fill out that form and it will be submitted directly to the radiologic technology program email address. Please find these documents under our Resources tab.

INFORMATION SESSIONS


In-person information sessions have been suspended due to COVID-19. Join us at one of the virtual information sessions listed below to learn more about the program and Radiologic Technologist profession. 

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 10 a.m.
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 12 p.m. 

If you would like to attend, please email sararivard@oakland.edu.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Students may apply for the Radiologic Technology program after completing the CDS core curriculum, usually as a sophomore. Application is made during the winter semester of the sophomore year for the September start date. Please be advised that chemistry courses are no longer required as of 2021.

Currently, up to 17 students are accepted each year, which may vary based on clinical site availability. Acceptance into the program is competitive and based on Math/Science GPA, personal interview, letters of recommendation and score on the Medical Terminology Entrance Exam administered to interviewed candidates. Desirable candidates possess qualities and abilities in communication, computer literacy, leadership, multitasking, problem solving and critical thinking. Direct patient contact experience, volunteering with patients and advanced course work are also considered in the admissions process. 

When applying to this program, all students must complete a graduation audit with their SHS academic adviser.

Career Information

Job Outlook
Radiologic Technology is one of the fastest growing career fields in the United States and is expected to continue to have higher than average job growth well into the future. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates demand for radiologic technologists will increase by a total of 9 percent between 2018 and 2028.

Average Salary
According to BLS, radiologic technologists earn a median pay of $62,280 per year. There is an immediate demand for qualified radiologic technologists in settings such as hospitals, physician’s offices, and imaging clinics.

Consider this profession if you:
  • want to make a difference in the lives of others
  • enjoy subjects such as anatomy, biology, radiation safety, and physics
  • enjoy using computers to acquire and manipulate images
  • want to communicate with patients, doctors, nurses and other radiologic technologists
  • enjoy solving problems
  • want a hands-on practice in a clinical setting
  • interested in opportunities to advance within the professional world
General Program Information

Mission Statement

The Oakland University Radiologic Technology Program is dedicated to excellence in baccalaureate level radiography education. Throughout the clinical and didactic components, we will promote professionalism as well as competence and proficiency in current academic and technical skills. This is achieved by providing a program of instruction in the theory and ethical practice of Radiography, which will reflect the high standards of patient care expected by professionals in Radiologic Technology.

Radiologic Technology Program Graduate Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

1.  Students will be clinically competent.

  • Students will correctly perform radiographic exams.
  • Students will set proper exposure factors for all radiographic examinations.
  • Students will demonstrate excellent patient care skills.

2.  Students will demonstrate appropriate critical thinking.

  • Students will correctly assess patient and exam.
  • Students will successfully complete trauma radiography.

3.  Students will communicate effectively.

  • Students will use effective written communication.
  • Students will use effective verbal communication.

4.  Students will exhibit professional behavior.

  • Students will demonstrate professional clinical behaviors.
  • Students will demonstrate commitment to the radiology community. 
Program Effectiveness Data

Credentialing examination pass rate is defined as the number of graduates who pass, on the first attempt, the credentialing examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) compared to the number of graduates that take the examination within 6 months of program completion.

Exam pass rate:
2019: 16/16 = 100%
2018: 10/10 = 100%
2017: 14/14 = 100%
2016: 11/13 = 85%
2015: 13/13 = 100%
5 year average: 64/66 = 97%

Job placement rate is defined as the number of graduates employed in the radiologic sciences compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in the radiologic sciences. “Not actively seeking employment” includes graduates who fail to communicate employment status after multiple attempts, graduates unwilling to accept employment for relocation, salary, or scheduling reasons, graduates on active military duty or graduates continuing their education.

Job placement rate within 12 months of graduation:
2019: 16/16 = 100%
2018: 10/10 = 100%
2017: 14/14 = 100%
2016: 13/13 = 100%
2015: 13/13 = 100%
5 year average: 66/66 = 100%

Program completion rate is defined as the number of students who complete the program within 150% of the program length. It is calculated by dividing the number of students who completed the program within a cohort by the number who enrolled in the cohort initially and subsequently. Students leaving the program before the official drop date are not considered in this data.

Program completion rate:
2019: 16/16 = 100%
2018: 10/14 = 71%
2017: 14/16 = 87%
2016: 13/14 = 93%
2015: 13/14 = 93%
5 year average: 58/66 = 88%

Complete JRCERT Program Effectiveness Data is available at jrcert.org.

CT, MRI & Mammography Courses

The Radiologic Technology program at Oakland University offers courses designed to expand on the existing knowledge of current ARRT registered imaging technologists in the areas of Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), and Mammography, in affiliation with Beaumont Health. Each course is approximately one semester (15-17 weeks) in length. The MRI course includes approximately 32 hours of clinical and one 3 hour class day per week. The CT and Mammography courses include approximately 24 hours of clinical and one 3 hour class day per week. Clinical hours take place in the morning and afternoon shifts at various Beaumont clinical locations. Other clinical sites, locations and hours of attendance may be required. Clinical shifts vary based on the clinical rotation schedule, as assigned. With permission, additional clinical time may be allowed.  

Extensive clinical participation is required throughout these courses to meet the ARRT credentialing requirements in the course modality. These advanced modality courses demand a high level of student professionalism, personal commitment and academic focus. Students that are unable to maintain this degree of performance will not be allowed to continue in the course.

The MRI course is offered for 7 credits, and the CT and Mammography courses are offered for 6 credits each. Tuition is assessed based on the School of Health Sciences upper division rates. Tuition rates are adjusted each year by the University. Please be aware of the differential tuition rates specific to the School of Health Sciences. Some employers might provide tuition reimbursement for these courses. Please check with your department administrator for details.

Students may apply for admission to the modality courses through the Radiologic Technology program application process. Applicants are required to hold current ARRT registration or become registered with the ARRT within two weeks after the modality course start date; and they must also hold current CPR (“Healthcare Provider”) certification through the American Heart Association. Applications are accepted year round and the courses may be scheduled any semester based on the number of applicants. Acceptance into a modality course is based on previous math and science grade point average, personal interview, and letters of recommendation. 

For specific course offerings in each semester, contact:

Sara Rivard – sararivard@oakland.edu

William Van Dyke – wvandyke@oakland.edu

For more information and applicant instructions, please review the Modality Course Applicant Information 2020.

Modality Course Applicant Information
Application Process
  1. Applications are accepted year-round. Please submit all application materials to:

    William Van Dyke BS, RT(R)
    Oakland University
    3162 Human Health Building
    433 Meadow Brook Rd.
    Rochester, MI   48309  (Application)

  2. A completed application must include:
    1. 1 academic letter of recommendation and 1 employer letter of recommendation (recommendation form)
    2. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities other than Oakland University
    3. Personal Statement with Resume
    4. *Proof of primary certification and current registration with ARRT or equivalent credentials.

      *Applicants must be certified and registered in the ARRT appropriate supporting discipline. Newly graduated applicants must meet this requirement by the second course week.
  3. Applicants accepted for interview will be contacted for specific interview date/time.
  4. Interviews will be conducted during the semester before the course begins.
  5. Selection is based upon:
    1. Science/Math GPA
    2. Letters of Recommendation
    3. Interview scores
  6. The Admissions Committee will make final determination of candidate’s status.
  7. The course will be offered during any semester (Fall, Winter. Spring/Summer) when university enrollment requirements are met.

Admission Policies

The Admissions Committee is responsible for reviewing application and interview materials, and selecting students for the course.

If accepted, the student must successfully complete the following at their own expense:

  • Criminal background and sexual offender check, as directed by the program.
  • Physical exam (including drug screen, urinalysis, blood testing, etc.).
  • Immunization record or titer results demonstrating immunity for each of the following: Tdap, rubeola, rubella, mumps, pertussis, varicella zoster, hepatitis B, annual flu vaccine (when available) and TB test.
  • CPR – ONLY American Heart Association BLS Provideris accepted. A CPR class for accepted candidates may be available through OU School of Health Sciences.
  • Students enrolled in the program must document personal health care insurance coverage throughout the entire course.

Application Timeline 

Application deadlines:

  • June 1 for Fall semester
  • October 1 for Winter semester
  • February 1 for Summer semester

Interviews Completed: 2-3 months prior to course start date

Accepted students are notified: 1-2 months prior to course start date

Student health forms are due: 1 month prior to course start date

Mandatory Program Orientation: about 1-2 weeks prior to course start date

Technical Program Standards

Those persons wishing to enter, or those students who expect to continue in a Radiologic Technology Modality Course must be able to perform the Technical Performance Standards identified below. Oakland University reserves the right to require the applicant or student to physically demonstrate any or all of the following skills prior to acceptance into a Modality Course or while enrolled:

  • Use fine manual dexterity to manipulate radiographic and venipuncture equipment and other patient care apparatus.
  • Reach equipment up to a height of 75" with the aid of a step.
  • Assist or participate in a two-person lifting technique with a non-ambulatory or semi ambulatory patient, in transferring from a wheelchair or stretcher to a radiographic table, and then back to a wheelchair or stretcher.
  • Propel the wheelchair or stretcher in and out of radiographic room.
  • Observe any situation, which may be potentially hazardous to the patient or other personnel.
  • Listen and hear for indicative signs of a medical emergency: choking, shortness of breath, patient complaints of pain, etc.
  • Position the patient on the radiographic table in required positions for all procedures using tactile sense by palpating appropriate anatomic structures.
  • Push the mobile radiographic unit from the department to the patient room.
  • Mentally assess medical emergencies and respond quickly to summon qualified medical personnel.
  • Visually differentiate shades of black, gray and white on a radiographic image.
  • Verbally communicate with patients and staff to provide procedure information and patient instructions.
  • Perform clinical exams within established time frames and without additional resources or assistance.
  • Operate various computerized equipment.

Students who are not able to accept these technical standards should speak to the Program Director before proceeding with the Modality Course Application.

For more information, please contact Sara Rivard, program director, at sararivard@oakland.edu.