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Radiologic Technology (X-ray), A.A.S.


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Debra Herring, Program Coordinator/Instructor

Radiologic Technology (RGT) is a general education and clinical training program designed to prepare students for entry-level Radiography. General education and radiography courses are taught on campus with clinical instruction and experience provided in local and out of town affiliated radiology centers. Competency-based instruction is provided so that skills and proficiency are attained.

The program consists of five consecutive semesters of training and is nationally accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 900, Chicago, Illinois 60606-2901, (312) 704-5300. Graduates of the program are awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree in Radiologic Technology and are eligible to apply for admission to the certifying examination of The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. After successful completion of the national examination, the title “Registered Technologist, Radiography, American Registry of Radiologic Technologist” and its abbreviation “R.T. (ARRT)” may be used. The program is not designed for transfer to a senior college.

Radiographers are highly skilled professionals qualified by education to perform imaging examinations and accompanying responsibilities at the request of physicians who prescribe and/or perform radiologic procedures. Equipment emitting ionizing radiation is used to produce radiographic images of the internal structures of human anatomy. These radiographic images are utilized by the physician to diagnose disease processes. The radiographer is responsible for all functions in the Radiology Department to ensure consistent radiographic images and provide for personal and patient safety from radiation hazards. In addition to producing diagnostic images and primary patient care, other responsibilities may include administrative and educational functions.

Mississippi Law requires health care professionals or Career Technical Education students enrolled in programs whose primary purpose is to prepare professionals to render patient care services to submit to criminal background checks and fingerprinting prior to beginning any clinical rotation in a licensed health care entity. If such fingerprinting or criminal background checks of the student disclose a felony conviction, guilty plea or plea of nolo contendere to a felony of possession or sale of drugs, murder, manslaughter, armed robbery, rape, sexual battery, sex offense listed in Section 45-33-23 (g), child abuse, arson, grand larceny, burglary, gratification of lust, aggravated assault or felonious abuse and/or battery of a vulnerable adult which has not been reversed on appeal or for which a pardon has not been granted, the student shall not be eligible to be admitted to such health program of study, nor will he/she be eligible to participate in clinical training in a licensed entity.

If a student currently enrolled in Radiologic Technology is prohibited from participating in clinical experiences by any clinical affiliate of Meridian Community College (e.g., positive drug screen, gregarious behavior, violation of patient safety, non-compliance with the college’s “Student Behavior Code,” etc.), then the student will be dismissed from the program of study. The student is not eligible for program readmission unless the clinical restriction is removed.

In addition to the disqualifying events listed in Section 37-29-232 of the Mississippi Code of 1972 annotated, clinical affiliates may, at their discretion, refuse to provide clinical experiences to any student whom the clinical affiliates feel are not suitable for employment or for the clinical experience setting.

Any drug conviction; bodily harm, neglect or abuse, or felony DUI conviction within a year of starting date of class is cause for denial of the clinical experience setting. Any convictions more than a year beyond the starting date of class will be examined by the “Review Standards Committee” with a decision rendered if the student is allowed to participate in the clinical experience setting. Any charges pending a resolution will require documentation of disposition from the student.

Progression: To meet graduation requirements for this program, students must successfully complete the specified courses listed below with a “C” average (GPA of 2.00) or better. A grade of “C” or higher is required in each RGT course to progress in the program. All RGT coursework must be taken sequentially. In addition, students must establish clinical proficiency each semester.

Application: Apply by May 1 deadline.

Meet minimum admission requirements (in addition to general requirements):

Attain an 18 composite score on the ACT;

And

Complete Anatomy & Physiology I, with Lab, and College Algebra with a “C” or higher;

And

Have a cumulative grade point average (cGPA) of 2.00 (“C” average) on all previous college coursework;

And

Be at least 18 years of age prior to participation in energized labs or clinical rotations;

And

Participate in a mandatory RGT information session.

The RGT Admissions Committee will select each semester’s class from the pool of applicants who meet minimum admission requirements. Any application with incomplete records will not be considered for admission. The application deadline is May 1st.

The admission process is competitive, and completion of minimum requirements is not a guarantee of admission. Priority consideration for admission will be given as follows: 1) In-district students who complete program prerequisites and/or general education coursework at MCC; 2) Out-of-district students who complete program prerequisites and/or general education coursework at MCC; 3) Mississippi residents who complete program prerequisites and/or general education coursework elsewhere; 4) Out-of-state students.

Students who identify as Radiologic Technology majors will receive notice from the Registrar’s office about scheduling their information session. The mandatory information session will be scheduled on a weekday in spring semester for the prospective student only after all other requirements have been met.

After program admission and prior to attending clinical rotations, students must provide proof of immunization for MMR. Additionally, students are required to obtain two-year healthcare provider CPR training, TB skin test and submit to drug screening after enrollment. These services will be scheduled by MCC program faculty. The student is responsible for the costs of these services.

All students admitted into the Program are required to pay for fingerprinting and background checks, which are performed after admission and prior to clinical assignments. These fees are attached as registration fees. There are certain convictions that prevent an individual from being eligible to participate in clinical experiences. If a student is unable to participate in clinical experiences, he/she is dismissed from the program. For additional information, please contact the health education counselor or your advisor.

Students in the Radiologic Technology Program must attend MCC full-time (12 or more semester credit hours).

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Course of Study:


First Year


Second Year


Total Hours 82 (89 Including Prerequisite Courses)


College Level Examination Program (CLEP) testing, as well as any high school courses that result in College Credit, is acceptable by the program’s accrediting agency (JRCERT) provided the courses are within five years of program entry.

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