The Radiologic Technology program of Southern University offers an Associate of Applied Science, which prepares students for careers in Radiography. Dedicated to excellence in Radiography Education, the program promotes an environment which fosters the development of critical thinking, creativity, problem solving and cooperative learning through a wide range of instructional methods. The Program’s offerings include learning experiences from a variety of disciplines to provide a diverse foundation for science and radiography. Using the classroom and clinical setting as the main thrust for enhancing the learning process, students are prepared to function as qualified radiographers in hospitals, clinics, and physicians’ offices.
Goal 1- Students will demonstrate clinical competence.
Goal 2- Students will develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Goal 3- Students will demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills
Goal 4- Students to display professionalism in the work place
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Radiologic Technology Program, students will able to:
Demonstrate effective patient care skills.
Effectively demonstrate oral and written communication skills.
Utilize critical thinking and problem solving skills by formulating and applying correct technical factors to produce diagnostic images.
Utilize critical thinking and problem solving to produce diagnostic images based on patient and equipment variables
Demonstrate proficiency in radiographic positioning.
Demonstrate knowledge of the importance of professional organizations.
Display professional behavior in the clinical environment
Act as ethical and responsible members of the health care team.
The radiography curriculum consists of general and clinical education. General education is concerned with instruction in the humanities, basic sciences, mathematics, and computer technology. The clinical course work in radiography utilizes a competency-based system and provides students with instruction in professional radiography to prepare them for an active role in the profession. The program is accredited by Joint Review Committee on Education for Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).
Program Entrance Requirements
- Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and be in sufficient mental and physical health to meet the minimum clinical performance standards. The standards are listed in the Admissions Packet.
- Students accepted into the program must be able to pass a physician’s physical examination and drug screening, present evidence of Hepatitis vaccination TB screening and must be current on all other immunizations prior to entering the clinical setting.
- Students must have at least twelve (12) hours of study at Southern University at Shreveport prior to admission to the clinical program.
- Applicants must be willing to work with low levels of radiation exposure and with sick and disabled patients.
- Applicants who have been arrested, charged with, convicted of, pled guilty of nolo contender for any felony or misdemeanor other than a minor traffic citations must seek clarification of eligibility to sit for the ARRT Registry Exam prior to enrollment in this course of study. The ARRT maintains standards of conduct and a felony conviction may exclude an applicant. As mandated by the program’s clinical affiliates all clinical students are subject to criminal background checks.
In addition, applicants must:
- Complete an application for admission to the Radiologic Technology program.
- Complete at least twenty four (24) hours of observation in Radiology
- Submit an official transcript from all colleges/universities attended attached to application.
- Submit a copy of ACT scores
- Achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5.
- Possess a high school diploma or equivalent
- Have completed twelve (12) hours at SUSLA
- Have a score on the ACT or the University Placement Test sufficient to place the student in college level courses
- Possess a strong education background in Biology/Science
- Have a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher. It is recommended that students enroll in and successfully complete as many general education courses that are a part of the curriculum, prior to enrollment in the clinical portion of the program
- Students must take RADT 103, ENGL 110, BIOL 220, BIOL 220L, BIOL 222, BIOL 222L, MATH 133, and PHYS 100 prior to gaining admission to the Radiologic Technology
Admission to the clinical phase of the program is competitive and limited by the number of clinical slots that are available at local affiliated hospitals. Students must have the approval of the admissions committee in order to enroll in any clinical portion of the program. Prior to obtaining this approval, the student is strongly encouraged to pursue studies in the general education portion of the program. Application packets are available in the Program Director’s Office
Please see your advisor or University Catalog for more information