Mission and Goals

The mission of the Radiologic Technology Program at Presentation College is to develop medical imaging practitioners who are competent in radiography and computed tomography delivering compassionate patient care and limiting radiation exposure.


1. Students will be clinically competent.

Student Learning Outcomes:
1.1 Students will apply positioning skills in the clinical setting.
1.2 Students will follow radiation protection principles.
1.3 Students will provide appropriate patient care.

2.  Students will communicate effectively as an active member of the health care team.

Student Learning Outcomes:
2.1 Students will demonstrate oral communication skills.
2.2 Students will demonstrate written communication skills.

3.  Students will apply critical thinking.

Student Learning Outcomes:
3.1 Students will critique images to determine diagnostic quality.
3.2 Students will perform non-routine procedures.

4.  Students will demonstrate professionalism.

Student Learning Outcomes:
4.1 Students will understand professional growth.
4.2 Students will demonstrate professional behavior.


Presentation College’s Bachelor’s Radiology Technology Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. Information about the accreditation of radiologic technology programs and Presentation College’s Radiologic Technology Program pass rates, job placement rates, and program completion rates can be accessed at www.jrcert.org or by writing:

20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182


Upon graduation from Presentation College’s Radiology Technology program, students will be ready to take the professional certification examination given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

Completion of this exam provides students with a nationally recognized credential to practice radiography.  To find out more information about this exam please visit www.arrt.org.

For more information about clinical obligations or for information on student learning outcomes please contact Carrie Mestas, Radiologic Technology Program Director, at carrie.mestas@presentation.edu or 605-229-8482.

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Program Effectiveness Data

The information presented below reflects the radiography program’s 2014 annual report to the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

Program Completion Rate

Program Completion Rate is calculated by dividing the number of students who complete the program with the cohort by the number who enrolled in the cohort initially and subsequently (for example, transfer students or re-admits). The total number of graduates from all cohorts during the January 1 – December 31, 2015 reporting period was 94%. There were 15 graduates of the 16 that were expected to complete the program in 2015.

Credentialing Examination Pass Rate

Credentialing examination pass rate is defined as the number of graduates who pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) credentialing examination compared to the number of graduates who take the examination. Consistent with JRCERT STANDARDS, programs must document a five-year credentialing examination pass rate average of not less than 75% at first attempt, within six months of graduation. The program’s credentialing examination pass rate stated as an average for the reporting period of January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2015 was 78%. 52 of the 67 graduates of this program taking the ARRT certification examination within six months of graduation passed on first attempt.

Job Placement Rate

Job placement rate is defined as the number of graduates employed in the radiologic sciences compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in the radiologic sciences. Consistent with JRCERT STANDARDS, programs must document a five-year average job placement rate of not less than 75% within 12 months of graduation. Considering only graduates during the period January 1, 2011 – December 31, 2015 who actively sought employment, our reported job placement rate is 88%. 59 of the 67 graduates obtained employment in the radiologic sciences field within one year of graduation.

Course Descriptions

RT133 Fundamentals of Radiologic Science

3 credits

This course will provide an overview of the foundations of radiography and the practitioner’s role in the health care delivery system. The course includes an introduction to medical terminology related to radiology, imaging equipment, medical ethics, patient care, radiation protection, and career opportunities.


RT253 Radiologic Science Procedures I

3 credits

Positioning terminology, basic principles of imaging, and radiation protection practices are introduced. Anatomy, positioning and critique of chest, abdomen, upper GI, upper limb, shoulder girdle, lower limb, proximal femur and pelvic girdle are covered.

Prerequisite: BI162 (or concurrent).


RT263 Radiologic Science Clinical I

3 credits

Orientation to radiographic, fluoroscopic, and processing equipment will take place. Students will be evaluated on clinical objectives for each assigned area. Routine and optional radiographic positioning will be demonstrated and evaluated for chest, abdomen, extremities, pelvis, and hip. 288 hours of clinical practicum.


RT273 Radiologic Science Procedures II

3 credits

Anatomy, positioning, and critique of cervical, thoracic, lumbar spines, sacrum, coccyx, ribs, sternum, LGI, urinary, cranial and facial bones, trauma, mobile, and surgical procedures are studied.


RT276 Radiologic Science Clinical II

3 credits

Routine and optional radiographic positioning will be demonstrated and evaluated for the spinal column, bony thorax, LGI, urinary, and skull. Use of mobile radiographic and fluoroscopic equipment will be demonstrated and evaluated. Evening and/or weekend rotations may be required. 16 clinical hours practicum per week. Prerequisite: RT263.


RT293 Radiologic Science Ethics and Patient Care

3 credits

Ethical and legal responsibilities of radiographers are discussed. The importance of professional relationships and communication with other health care providers, patients, and family members is emphasized. General and emergency patient care considerations are studied.


RT294 Radiation Physics

3 credits

Atomic structure, electricity, magnetism, forms of energy, algebraic equations, and units of measurement are studied. Production of xrays and their interaction with matter is an essential part of this course. X-ray generating equipment, circuitry, and x-ray beam characteristics are examined. Physical principles of the fluoroscopic imaging chain are included.


RT320 Radiologic Science Procedures III

3 credits

Procedures in additional diagnostic and therapeutic modalities are studied in this course. Nonvascular interventional procedures are introduced. Students will learn basics of mammography, bone densitometry, and EKG studies. Pediatric considerations are examined. The circulatory system anatomy is included. Prerequisite: RT253, RT273.


RT324 Radiologic Science Clinical III

3 credits

Students will achieve competence in previously studied procedures by practicing principles of radiographic exposure, radiation protection, and positioning. Evening and/or weekend rotations may be required. 16 clinical hours practicum per week. Prerequisite: RT276.


RT330 Radiobiology and Radiation Protection

3 credits

Discussion of radiation protection of patients, operators, and the public takes place. Devices used to detect and measure radiation are studied, as well as dose equivalent limits. Fundamental principles of radiobiology are introduced. Biologic effects of radiation on cells and radio sensitivity of cells, tissues, and organs are discussed. Early and late effects of radiation are studied.


RT340 Image Formation, Processing and Display

3 credits

Traditional and digital imaging acquisition, processing, and display methods are studied. Rules for proper film handling and storage, artifact identification, and processor quality control procedures are part of this course.


RT350 Radiologic Science Procedures IV

3 credits

Vascular diagnostic and interventional procedures are studied. Students will research and write a scientific paper, prepare a visual display, and present their findings to peers and instructors. Prerequisite: RT253, RT273.


RT353 Cross-Sectional Anatomy

3 credits

A study of human anatomy as viewed in cross-section. Anatomical cross-sections of the human head, thorax, neck, abdomen, pelvis and extremities will be presented using advanced modalities such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. Structures illustrated in the cross-section are labeled. Students practice and assess the anatomy through several different exercises.


RT360 Radiologic Science Clinical IV

3 credits

Students will achieve competence in previously studied procedures and will maintain competence while exploring additional modalities. Weekend and/or evening rotations may be required. 288 hours of clinical practicum.


RT363 Educational Methods

3 credits

This course develops skills in teaching radiologic methods by providing instruction in curriculum development, methods of instruction and psychology of learning. Learn how to develop performance objectives, organize lesson plans, and effectively present a lecture.


RT373 Quality/Risk Management

3 credits

This course is designed to develop an understanding of the tasks and protocols making up the quality/risk management activities of a radiology department. The roles of the personnel contributing to the quality/risk program will be presented. Tools, procedures, and evaluation criteria used in the performance assessment of imaging modalities and processing will be discussed. Formulate a riskmanagement plan and gather data to assess risk in the patient care setting.


RT383 Pathophysiology

3 credits

This course will focus on the characteristics and symptoms of disease caused by alterations or injury to the structure of function of the body. Normal function and structure as well as common disease conditions are studied and then followed by in-depth descriptions of pathological processes. Etiology, pathogenesis, prognosis and therapies will be discussed for each pathology as well as image correlation.


RT395 Computers in Radiology

3 credits

Introduce knowledge in computing and information processing in the areas of computed radiography, digital radiography and picture archiving and communication systems. Computer applications in radiology related to image capture, display, storage and distribution are presented.


RT413 Image Analysis and Quality Improvement

3 credits

Students evaluate images for radiographic quality, radiation protection, and accurate positioning showing structures of interest, proper identification and image artifacts. Students must be able to distinguish between acceptable diagnostic quality and poor radiographic quality images. Quality control in medical imaging is studied by discussion of quality control instruments, measurements, and frequency of testing. An individual quality improvement project is a requirement of this course.


RT423 Physical Principles of CT

3 credits

This course is designed to provide entry-level radiography students with the principles related to CT imaging. The physical principles discussed in the course will support the foundational CT positioning skills learned in the clinical setting.


RT443 RT Senior Seminar

3 credits

Students will be guided to develop and carry out a project in their designated concentration. The completed project will be presented at the end of the semester to all the Radiologic Technology students and faculty. These senior students will also be guided in a review of the Radiologic Technology curriculum in preparation to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist’s exam. Students are required to take monthly exams as well as simulated registry exams as part of this course. Meet as assigned.


RT453 Radiographic Pathology

3 credits

Pathologic conditions in each body system and their relevance to radiologic procedures are studied in this course. Students study and present a pathology report demonstrated by some medical imaging technique. Prerequisite: BI173 and BI183 (or equivalents).


RT463 Radiologic Science Clinical V

3 credits

Students will apply knowledge of procedures, radiographic exposure, and radiation protection as they become proficient in areas assigned. This course provides the student the opportunity to function more independently in all areas. Students will be evaluated on professional skills as they prepare for application for positions in their chosen field. Weekend and/or evening rotations may be required. 16 clinical hours practicum per week. Prerequisite: RT360.


RT473 Radiologic Science Clinical VI

3 credits

Students who have achieved competency in radiography will have the opportunity to pursue their interest in an area of specialization in a given modality, quality management, or education. Weekend and/or evening rotations may be required. 16 hours of clinical practicum per week. Prerequisite: RT463.