School of Radiologic Technology Curriculum
All student educational requirements are scheduled within a 40 hour week of academic classes and clinical education. Any time in excess of the 40 hour week is voluntary. Generally, first semester schedule is Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. During first semester, students may begin a rotational evening and weekend schedule to allow sufficient clinical experience in trauma and emergency cases. Travel to different clinical education sites is a requirement of program completion and will be at the student’s expense.
The academic program consists of four semesters. Academic and clinical education progress reports/evaluations will occur at midterm and at the end of each semester. The student must maintain an overall 2.8 GPA throughout the program. The student is required to receive a 75% or better in each course (except Clinical Education) regardless if the overall GPA is 2.8 or better. A first-year student must maintain an 85% average per quarter in Clinical Education I. Students in Clinical Education II must maintain an 88% average per quarter. A second-year student must maintain a 90% and 92% average per quarter in Clinical Education III & IV respectively.
In order to graduate, students must complete the course requirements/academic curriculum and clinical competencies as required by ARRT, and all clinical rotations, in addition to returning all books to the school library, returning all film and identification badges to the school office, and paying all fees and tuition before graduation exercises.
Clinical education consists of rotation through various rooms within the Radiology Departments of Immanuel and Bergan Mercy Medical Centers in Omaha and Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Various rooms/areas perform different procedures. Equipment is state-of-the-art at all facilities.
Clinical Education begins by assisting a practicing radiographer in the performance of duties. This participation moves from a passive mode of observation to a more active role of assisting the RT in radiographic procedures. After class lecture and laboratory practice, the student may perform procedures under the direct supervision of an RT. When the student feels capable of proper procedure performance, he/she will be evaluated for accuracy, patient care skills, and technical adjustments. Several evaluations are due within specific time frames.