The course of study for a radiologic technologist is a two-year program, leading to an Associate of Applied Science degree. The program is offered at LSC-Montgomery and LSC-CyFair. Each college accepts one class each year into the radiologic technology program. The six-semester program includes two summer semesters, for a total of 63 credit hours.
The curriculum is a balance of general education and technical courses in the classroom and laboratory, as well as supervised clinical experiences at local hospitals and outpatient clinics. This combination provides the student an opportunity for educational development and assurance of competency in radiographic skills.
The program is designed to provide the student with the knowledge and skills to perform radiographic examinations, provide patient care and assist the radiologist during diagnostic procedures. Radiologic technologists are employed in medical centers, community hospitals, extended care facilities, physicians' offices, specialist clinics, and other health care institutions.
Computed Tomography is an advanced radiographic imaging modality that utilizes highly collimated fan- shaped x-ray beam and array of radiation detectors to produce cross-sectional images of human body structures and organs needed by physicians for diagnostic purposes. Computed tomographic images can be reconstructed in various anatomical orientations to demonstrate image details that allow for better visualization of pathology, diagnostic analysis, and radiologic interpretations.
The LSC-Montgomery Computed Tomography program curriculum consists of 5 courses totaling 16 credit hours, and these are offered in one semester. The didactic education courses (8 credit hours) are offered at the LSC-Montgomery campus in the evenings while the clinical education courses (8 credit hours) are provided at affiliated clinical sites. The curriculum is designed to enable students to acquire knowledge in computed tomography physics, equipment operation/methodology, cross-sectional anatomy, patient care, and develop CT imaging skills, which give Medical Radiologic Technology (MRT) graduates an employment edge and increased career mobility.
Prospective applicants seeking admission into the program must be graduates of a 2-year JRCERT accredited Radiography, Radiation Therapy, or Nuclear Medicine Programs and must hold current ARRT or equivalent certification.
The Computed Tomography Certificate program is housed in Building B with the current AAS degree program in Medical Radiologic Technology in the Division of Natural Sciences and Health Profession (NASH). The program plans to admit up to 15 students per cohort every Spring and Fall semester.
The Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) program is a 12-month post-associate degree program that provides didactic and clinical instruction to currently certified American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) or Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) and state licensed (as applicable) Radiation Therapy Technologists.
Magnetic resonance technologists use the resonant frequency properties of atoms within a magnetic field to image anatomic and/or physiologic conditions of the body to assist physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. MRI is an imaging modality that produces exceptionally detailed images of the tissues and organs of the body in a variety of imaging planes. This course of study focuses on the underlying scientific theory, sectional anatomy, pathology and clinical protocols. Emphasis is placed on patient care and safety, principles of magnetism and the physical and chemical interactions of living matter within magnetic fields.
This certification will prepare students to make an application to sit for the post-primary certification examination in Magnetic Resonance Imaging administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) pending review and approval by ARRT.
Prior to entering the Radiologic Technology AAS degree, students may take any of the general education core courses required in the program.
Radiologic technology students must earn a grade of "C" or better in each radiography (RADR) course and maintain an overall grade point average of at least 2.0 to graduate from the radiologic technology program. To help assure success on the ARRT examination, the Lone Star College (LSC) radiography programs utilize an elevated grading scale. The general education core will transfer to a variety of colleges and universities. For more specific information and the sequence of courses at each college, contact the program director or a college counselor.
In addition to the tuition and textbooks for the radiologic technology courses, there are additional fees and expenses. Students are required to purchase uniforms and accessories. Each student accepted into the program is required to purchase student liability insurance (subject to rates applicable at the time of registration), pay for a complete background check, as well as a drug screen, and obtain current immunizations as required by the Texas Department of State Health Services for healthcare providers. Regulations require that students complete the Hepatitis B immunization series that may take between 3-6 months prior to patient contact. Each student is also responsible for his/her own transportation to the clinical areas.
Graduates of the Radiologic Technology AAS degree are eligible to apply for the certification examination in radiologic technology given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT); arrt.org. Graduates are also required to apply for the Texas state MRT license through the Texas Medical Board at http://www.tmb.state.tx.us/page/licensing-full-medical-radiologic-technologist
Licensure - Employment in this field requires Texas licensure from the Texas Medical Board/ American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (State & National).