Radiologic Technology

Program of Study

Radiologic Technology

Curriculum
Internship with Children’s Hospital, Direct to Work
Offered in the Classroom & 27% Online

Upcoming Virtual Radiologic Technology Information Sessions

You are invited to attend a radiologic technology program information and advising session hosted by Lorraine Yost, Chair of the Radiologic Technology program.

Meeting ID: 392 800 4314

Call-In Information: 346.248.7799

About the Program

In this program, you will learn to perform diagnostic x-ray procedures and become a part of a dynamic healthcare profession. Entry-level wages are approximately $24 per hour.

The program may be completed in five or six semesters of coursework, including classroom, laboratory, and clinical internship experience. Our program graduates will earn an Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Science, with additional options for certification in computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or mammography.      

Why Choose CCD

As the oldest and most well-established radiologic science program in the state, our program stands out because we offer our students clinical internships at leading Denver hospitals. There you will work directly with and be supervised by CCD clinical instructors. For the registered Radiologic Technologist, there are many future career paths. These include radiation therapy, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), mammography, interventional radiography, or radiologist assistant (RA).

The radiology program at CCD accepts transfer students from other programs on a case-by-case basis.

Students who are currently enrolled in a radiologic technology program (RTE) other than CCD, must be in good standing with that program. This program is subject to a prerequisite course completion, as well as a successful background check and drug screen. This is also subject to clinical site availability. Only students from an accredited school, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and the Joint Review Committee of Education of Radiologic Technologists (JRCERT), will be eligible for consideration.

CCD's JRCERT accredited Radiologic Technology Program surpasses the benchmarks for program effectiveness related to graduates, employment in the profession, and first-time credentialing exam pass rates through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

This PowerPoint details the academic requirements of the program, including
The RTE Program Handbook provides policies and procedures, including
  • prerequisites courses,
  • application process,
  • admissions process,
  • program details, and
  • employment outlook and advancement opportunities.
  • core program courses and sequence,
  • affiliate clinical sites,
  • classroom and internship policies,
  • dress code, and
  • professional expectations.

 

Accreditation

The program has been held to high standards through accreditation by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). This accreditation assures that you will be well prepared for future employment as a Radiologic Technologist as well as successful when taking the national registry examination administered by the ARRT at the completion of the program.

JRCERT can be contacted at JRCERT.org and in writing or by phone at:

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, Illinois 60606-3182
312.704.5300
mail@jrcert.org

The Radiologic Technology Program at CCD was awarded a five-year accreditation in 2016. The next review date is fall 2021. 

Available Online

The CCD RTE program is conducted at the Lowry campus and area clinical sites. Occasionally RTE 101 Introduction to Radiography is offered as a hybrid in some semesters. 

Your first step is to see if online learning is right for you. Online and hybrid environments offer much more flexibility but require more self-direction and self-discipline. Certain work habits, learning styles and skills contribute to a successful online or hybrid learning experience.

Course & Program Fees

Some programs and/or courses may require additional fees in addition to the base tuition and fees. High-cost course fees are used to support the maintenance and development of the course labs and are embedded within your general tuition.

Course Fees

The fees listed here are estimated and may change at any time. Please contact your advisor with any questions. The following courses have additional fees: 

Course Description Fee
RTE 101, RTE 111, RTE 121, RTE 122,
RTE 131, RTE 132, RTE 141, RTE 142,
RTE 181, RTE 182, RTE 183, RTE 221,
RTE 231, RTE 281, RTE 282, RTE 289
 
High-cost course fee $7.35 (per credit hour)
RTE 181 Malpractice Insurance Non-EMT $8.50 (flat)
RTE 181 Clinical Site Rotation Tracking $39.50 (flat)
RTE 181 Lab Fee $50.00 (flat)
RTE 181 OSHA Training Fee $10.00 (flat)
RTE 181, RTE 182, RTE 183,
RTE 281, RTE 282
Dosimetry Badge $19.00 (flat)
RTE 181, RTE 281 Mask Fit Test $40.00 (flat)

Online Course Fees

A separate fee is used to absorb the cost of any lab kits needed for lab-based online courses. This fee eliminates the need for students to purchase lab kits separately.

Course Description Fee
No online classes offered    

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for federal financial aid.

Your first step is to connect with the Financial Aid office to discover how you can afford college. Our dedicated staff and support services help you wade through all the legal language and get you past the first hurdle to completing your educational goals.

Special Scholarship for Rad Tech Students

Radiologic Technology students have a special opportunity to apply for the Michaela Rossi Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is designed to help our hard-working students on their path to graduation, success in the field of radiography, and to instill the values that we hold firm: professionalism, ethical behavior, compassion, and the ability to ‘think outside the box” and lastly, learning to take a “joyful” approach in the care of your patients. Apply at CCD.edu/Scholarships.

Internships & Service Learning Opportunities

This full-time program consists of academic courses and internships that are taken concurrently throughout 22 months. You will work with state-of-the-art equipment in our two energized x-ray labs, which includes mobile x-ray and fluoroscopy units, anthropomorphic phantoms, while utilizing the latest imaging technology. 

Job Outlook & Salary Information

What Can I Do with My Major?

The radiologic technology program prepares you for entry-level positions as a radiographer in a variety of medical settings, including the hospital. After becoming a registered radiologic technologist, you can pursue advanced training in these medical imaging specialties.

  • Computed Tomography
  • Mammography
  • Radiation Therapy
  • MRI
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Cardiovascular Interventional
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Physician’ Assistant
  • PACS Administrator
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Education

Learn more about this career path by visiting CCD's Career and Transfer Center.

How Much Can I Expect to Earn?

Entry-level wages are approximately $24 per hour. The median annual wage for radiologic technologists was $60,510 in May 2019.

The information provided here is by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Current employers of CCD graduates in the Denver metropolitan area include:

  • Centura Health
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • SCL Health
  • HealthOne
  • Denver Health
  • Children's Hospital Colorado
  • University of Colorado

Program Outcomes

Mission Statement 

The Radiologic Technology Program at the Community College of Denver will provide the healthcare community with ethical, competent, and professional radiographers.

  1. Students will exhibit clinical competence.
    • Students will apply appropriate technical factors.
    • Students will demonstrate radiation safety principals through application of ALARA (as low as reasonably achievable dose), to achieve the best image quality.
  2. Students will demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
    • Students will analyze complex medical imaging procedures during trauma, surgical and portable rotations in the clinical setting.
    • Students will demonstrate proficiency in image analysis during film critique.
    • Students will demonstrate proper technical selection given multiple controlling and influencing factors.
  3. Students will implement appropriate communication skills
    • Students will apply AIDET principles
    • Students will work collaboratively in group projects 
    • Students will produce professional written essays 
  4. Students will exhibit professional growth and development.
    • Students will adhere to the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) Code of Ethics.
    • Students will participate in one professional development seminar.
    • Students will exhibit professionalism through dress, actions and communication.

Program Effectiveness for 5 Years 2016 - 2020

 2016-2020 RTE Program Effectiveness Data

The Radiologic Technology Program at CCD was awarded a five year accreditation in 2016. The next review date is fall 2021. 

The following is the most current program effectiveness data.  Our programmatic accreditation agency, the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), defines and publishes this information.  The infromation can be found directly on the JRCERT webpage.

 CCD Program Effectiveness Data JRCERT Link

Credentialing Examination: The number of students who pass, on the first attempt, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination, or an unrestricted state licensing examination, compared with the number of graduates who take the examination within six months of graduation.  The five-year average benchmark established by the JRCERT is 75%.

Credentialing Examination Rate Number passed on 1st attempt divided by number attempted within 6 months of graduation
Year Results
Year 1 - 2016 23 of 23 - 100%
Year 2 - 2017 19 of 20 - 95%
Year 3 - 2018 16 of 19 - 84%
Year 4 - 2019 20 of 24 - 83%
Year 5 - 2019 13 of 13 - 100%
Program 5-Year Average  91 of 99 - 91.9%
Job Placement: The number of graduates employed in the radiologic sciences compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in the radiologic sciences within twelve months of graduating. The five-year average bechmark established by the JRCERT is 75%.
Job Placement Rate Number employed divided by number actively seeking employment within 12 months of graduation
Year Results
Year 1 - 2016 19 of 19 - 100%
Year 2 - 2017 19 0f 19 - 100%
Year 3 - 2018 17 of 17 - 100%
Year 4 - 2019 17 of 17 - 100%
Year 5 - 2020 13 of 13 - 100%
Program 5-Year Average 85 of 85 - 100%
Program Completion: The number of students who complete the program within the stated program length. The annual benchmark established by the program is 80%.
Program Completion Rate Number graduated divided by number started the program 
Year Results
Year 1 - 2020 13 of 15
Annual Completion Rate 86.7%
Total of 2019 Graduates
Total Students Employed in their Field of Study
Total Students Who Have Transfered to 4-year Degree or Other Institution
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