The Radiologic Technology program provides education and training to individuals interested in the field of medical imaging. A Radiologic Technologist is a scientific artist who works as part of the health care team. With this art, they contribute to the diagnostic treatment of the patient. They assist the radiologist and are responsible for the accurate demonstration of body structures on a radiograph or other image receptor. The Radiologic Technologist determines the proper exposure factors, manipulates medical imaging equipment, and evaluates the radiographic images for quality assurance. The Radiologic Technologist assures patient protection and comfort as well as patient education during imaging procedures.
Radiologic Technology Mission Statement: The mission of the Radiologic Technology Program at Kennebec Valley Community College is to educate and train competent entry-level Radiologic Technologists who will provide quality service for patients using safe radiation practices to produce the required images needed for medical diagnosis.
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This program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
The Radiologic Technology Program has specific admission requirements. Please refer to the following link for additional information:
Criminal Background Check
Applicants to certain programs should be aware that a criminal background check will be required while they are enrolled in the program or as a condition of employment in the field. Certain internship and/or practicum sites, such as health care facilities, may limit or deny clinical privileges to those who have a prior or current criminal record; and certain licensing boards may refuse to issue a license to practice based upon prior or current criminal offense(s). To learn more about whether the program or profession in which you are interested has such requirements or limitations, please see the Department Chair or Program Director.
Exposure to Infectious Disease & Latex
Applicants who consider a career in Nursing or any of the allied health professions should be aware that during the course of their education and subsequent employment, they will be working in situations where exposure to infectious diseases is probable. This is an occupational risk for all health care workers. Persons should not become health care workers unless they recognize and accept this risk. Proper education and strict adherence to well-established infection control guidelines, however, can reduce the risk to a minimum. Thorough education in infection control procedures is an integral part of each health care program.
Additionally, applicants should be aware that exposure to natural rubber latex (NRL) is possible. Individuals exposed to NRL products may develop allergic reactions such as skin rashes; hives; nasal, eyes, or sinus symptoms; and, rarely, shock.
The KVCC Radiologic Technology program is accredited by The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The JRCERT is the only agency recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), for the accreditation of traditional and distance delivery educational programs in radiography, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance, and medical dosimetry. JRCERT promotes excellence in education and elevates the quality and safety of patient care through the accreditation of educational programs in radiography. JRCERT has listed the Standards for an Accredited Educational Program in Radiography which may be viewed by going to the JRCERT website.
The most recent JRCERT site visit was June 2023. The KVCC Radiologic Technology Program was evaluated according to the JRCERT 2021 Standards for an Accredited Education Program in Radiography. The program was awarded accreditation for a period of eight years. The next site visit is tentatively scheduled for the second quarter of 2031.
The radiologic technology program coursework provides the didactic and clinical education necessary to apply for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) registry exam. Once students have successfully completed the national registry exam and received certification from the ARRT, they will be eligible to work as radiologic technologists. Many states require licensure prior to employment. Licensure information for the fifty (50) states can be accessed by contacting the state’s department of labor or by accessing the ASRT website for individual state licensure information via https://www.asrt.org/main/standards-and-regulations/legislation-regulations-and-advocacy/individual-state-licensure.
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes
1. Goal: Students will be clinically competent.
- Student Learning Outcome: Students will demonstrate appropriate positioning skills
- Student Learning Outcome: Students will select appropriate technical factors
- Student Learning Outcome: Students will practice radiation safety
2. Goal: Students will demonstrate communication skills.
- Student Learning Outcome: Students will demonstrate oral communication skills
- Student Learning Outcome: Students will demonstrate written communication skills
3. Goal: Students will develop critical thinking skills.
- Student Learning Outcome: Students adapt routine procedures for non-routine patients
- Student Learning Outcome: Students will critique images to determine diagnostic quality
4. Goal: Students will model professionalism.
- Student Learning Outcome: Students will consistently demonstrate professional behaviors
- Student Learning Outcome: Students will actively participate in learning experiences
Clinical Practicum is a vital aspect of the Radiologic Technology Program. Students can put into practice concepts learned in the classroom. The Radiologic Technology Program uses the medical sites listed below for clinical rotation. Students are scheduled for clinical practicum each semester by the Clinical Coordinator. Each student will be assigned five (5) clinical rotations in various Radiology Departments, ensuring a well-rounded clinical experience. It should be noted that these sites are located throughout the state.
Clinical hours are 8-hour shifts, and shifts can range from 6 am to 7 pm, site dependent. Clinical days will vary depending on the semester.
The clinical sites are as follows:
- MaineGeneral Health, Alfond Campus- Augusta
- MaineGeneral Health, Thayer Campus- Waterville
- MaineGeneral Orthopedics- Augusta
- MaineGeneral- Gardiner
- Togus VA Center- Augusta
- Northern Light Mayo Hospital- Dover-Foxcroft
- Penobscot Bay Medical Center- Rockport
- Redington-Fairview General Hospital- Skowhegan
- Northern Light Inland Hospital- Waterville
- Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital- Pittsfield
- Lincoln Health Miles Hospital- Damariscotta
- Waldo County General Hospital- Belfast
- ConvenientMD- Augusta
Program Effectiveness Data
In addition to the goals and student learning outcomes listed on the home page, the performance of this program is reported through program effectiveness data as defined by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Program effectiveness data documents program completion, credentialing examination pass rate and job placement rate. Questions regarding program effectiveness data should be directed to the Program Director. Information regarding program effectiveness data may also be found on the JRCERT website at www.jrcert.org.
Annual program completion rate (2022): Thirteen students enrolled in the program, 12 graduated, resulting in an annual completion rate of 92.3%.
Five-year average program completion rate (2018-2022): This is defined as the number of students who started the program divided by the number of students who completed the program. From 2018-2022, 75 students started the program, 69 students have graduated the program, resulting in a five-year average completion rate of 92%.
Five-year average national credentialing examination pass rate on first attempt (2018-2022): This is the number of graduates who passed the ARRT (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists) certification examination on the first attempt within six months of graduation. During the five-year period, 69 students graduated from the program, 64 took the ARRT examination, 60 successfully passed the ARRT examination on the first attempt within six months of graduation. One graduate passed on the second attempt, and one graduate passed on their third attempt. The five-year average national credentialing examination pass rate on first attempt is 94%.
Five-year average job placement rate (2018-2022): This is the number of graduates who are employed in the radiologic sciences within twelve months of graduation compared to the number of graduates who are actively seeking employment. From 2018-2022, approximately 57 graduates were seeking employment; 57 graduates obtained employment within 12 months of graduation, resulting in a job placement rate of 100%.
Those not actively seeking employment may be on active military duty, continuing their education, unwilling to relocate for employment, unwilling to accept hours or salary for position, or failed to communicate employment status to program officials.
To learn more about the KVCC radiologic technology program exam pass rates, job placement rates, and completion rates, view the Radiography Program Effectiveness Data handout below.
For more information, please contact:Enrollment Services (207)453-5822 Enrollment@kvcc.me.edu
Jennifer Rines, M.S.Ed., R.T.(R)(CT)
Radiologic Technology Program Director