Radiologic Technology: A Career with Room to Grow

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SFCC’s Radiologic Technology program provides students with a pathway to success in a high-demand health care field.

The program, a two-year course of study, leads to an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. It enables students to seek entry-level positions in diagnostic radiology and includes additional training in specialty imaging areas.

“Because of the projected need for certified technologists skilled in the use of diagnostic equipment, SFCC is expanding training programs to meet the demand and to increase graduates’ marketability,” says Ruth Ann Pfremmer, program director. “When technologists can function proficiently in various areas within a radiology department, it makes them more valuable and highly desirable employees.”

“We’re excited to offer Advanced Placement Radiography training at SFCC because there is no other training like this offered in the United States …” — Ruth Ann Pfremmer, Program Director

In addition to the AAS degree, SFCC offers online Advanced Placement Radiography training. Advanced Placement is intended to provide a pathway to American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification eligibility for individuals who have previously completed an educational program not accredited by a mechanism recognized by ARRT, or who have completed an accredited program but are no longer eligible for certification due to unsuccessful examination attempts or expiration of their eligibility time period.

“We’re excited to offer Advanced Placement Radiography training at SFCC because there is no other training like this offered in the United States, and it fulfills a training void for this group of technologists,” says Pfremmer. “The curriculum is newly developed and will cater to each individual student’s needs.”

The online training allows students to study at times convenient for them and to complete required clinical time and competencies at a facility close to them. The next tentative start date for Advanced Placement Radiography is January 2015.

Other radiology courses and training at SFCC include Computed Tomography (CT), Mammography and Quality Management (QM). Tuition assistance from MoHealthWINs* may be available to eligible students for a limited time for these courses.

CT courses are offered online in eight-week sessions to meet the needs of second-year radiology students and busy technologists. Find an application and eligibility form at www.sfccmo.edu/applications.

QM training will be offered as a workshop on the Sedalia campus. Tentative dates are June 20-21. Technologists working in QM are responsible for the quality and processes of systems within radiology departments. They perform quality control, assess film density, monitor accuracy, and identify and solve issues associated with producing medical images. Demand for this training continues to grow as state and federal regulations are enacted. Tentative application for 14 ASRT continuing education hours will be submitted. Seating is limited. For more information, call (660) 530-5822.

Mammography training will be offered as a workshop July 30 through Aug. 2 on the Sedalia campus. This four-day comprehensive workshop provides initial training necessary to fulfill the requirements set forth by the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) and is an excellent resource for technologists intending to take the ARRT Mammography registry exam. It is both for newer and experienced technologists. The eight-hour Digital Mammography Course mandated by the MQSA is included. Application for 30 ASRT continuing education hours will be submitted. Seating is limited. To learn more and register, visit
www.sfccmo.edu/mammography or call (660) 530-5822.

SFCC’s program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology and meets or exceeds licensure requirements throughout the nation. Graduates are eligible to take the national certifying exam given by the ARRT. The program coursework is designed to articulate with all Missouri institutions granting bachelor’s degrees in Radiologic Technology, including the University of Missouri-Columbia, Missouri State University and Avila College.

For more information and admissions requirements, contact Pfremmer at (660) 596-7405 or [email protected]

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