RADIOLOGIC HEALTH SCIENCES

Radiologic Health Science courses are part of the interdisciplinary curriculum designed to provide educational experiences which are common to the imaging and therapeutic modalities of radiology.

The Radiologic Health Sciences programs are divided into two categories: Associate Degree programs and Certificate programs. The Radiologic Health Sciences programs that lead to an Associate in Applied Science degree are in Nuclear Medicine Technology, Radiation Therapy Technology and Radiography. The Radiologic Health Science programs that lead to a certificate of completion are in Breast Imaging/Mammography, Computerized Tomography Technology, Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technology and Radiation Therapy. These are advanced programs that require credentials, such as certification or registry in a Radiologic field, as a prerequisite.

Students interested in Radiologic Health Sciences courses must meet individual program entry requirements. Entry requirements for the associate and certificate programs vary.

Admission Requirements

All prospective candidates who wish to be admitted to an associate degree program in the Radiologic Health Sciences should contact the Allied Health Advisor at (409) 944-1252.
Applicants must:

  1. Complete the requirements for admission to the College. Admission to the College does not guarantee admission to the Radiologic Health Sciences Programs.
  2. File a degree plan with the Allied Health Advisor that shows evidence of:
    1. THEA scores for THEA-eligible students or placement scores for THEA-exempt students which permit enrollment in college level courses. Official THEA scores must appear on a transcript to be sent directly to Galveston College.
    2. Satisfactory completion of an Intermediate Algebra course or a passing placement test score within five years of acceptance into the Radiologic Health Sciences Programs. MATH 1414-College Algebra is required for Radiation Therapy and MRI and is strongly recommended for Nuclear Medicine prior to program entrance.
    3. Satisfactory completion of BIOL 2401, Anatomy and Physiology I, within five years of acceptance into Radiologic Health Sciences programs. Due to the demanding classroom and clinical instruction in Radiography, Nuclear Medicine Technology and Radiation Therapy Technology programs, satisfactory completion of BIOL 2402-Anatomy and Physiology II, prior to starting the program is strongly recommended. Science courses must have been completed within five years of acceptance into Radiologic Health Sciences programs. Satisfactory completion of HPRS 1206, Essentials of Medical Terminology.
  3. Achieve a grade of “C“ or better in all prerequisite and general education courses. An overall G.P.A. of 2.5 is required to apply for the program. *Math and Science courses must have been completed within five years of acceptance into Radiologic Health Science programs.
  4. Complete the Hepatitis B immunization series including the Hepatitis B titer (takes seven months to complete). Be able to comply with the technical standards.
  5. Complete the Varicella (chicken pox) immunization or proof of illness is required by the program.
  6. Complete a background check though College at student's expense upon acceptance to program.
  7. Complete a clear drug screening test as directed by the program.
  8. Meet with the Program Coordinator upon request.

Program Application Requirements

Submit a formal application to the program beginning September 15 of each year to be considered for the next academic year. Applications that are submitted after the deadline will be reviewed at the discretion of the Selection Committee. Due to limited enrollment, we can not accept every applicant. An interview may be requested by the program director.

Applicants who are not admitted to the Radiologic Health Sciences program are not automatically considered for the next year’s class and must re-apply for each year.

All students requesting admission to a Radiologic Health Science program must have a degree plan on file in the Counseling Center. Only applicants who have completed all admission requirements will be considered for admission to the Radiologic Health Science programs.

Procedure After Admission

Successful applicants will:

  1. Be informed by mail of acceptance into the program.
  2. All entering students will be notified by mail of the scheduled departmental orientation session and will be required to attend.
  3. Submit a personal health history form furnished by the UTMB Office of Student Health. Physical examinations and required immunizations will be at student’s expense.
  4. Be certified in Basic Life Support (CPR – Professional Level) and maintain certification throughout the course of study.
  5. Complete background check through the College at students expense forms are provided by the Radiologic Health Sciences office.
  6. Complete a clear drug screening as requested by the program.

National Board Requirements

Students should be advised that permission to take the national certification examination is regulated by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Nuclear Medicine Technology students may also be eligible to take the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board Exam (NMTCB). Candidates must be of good moral character. Generally, the conviction of either (1) a felony, or (2) any offense, misdemeanor or felony involving moral turpitude indicates a lack of good moral character for Registry purposes. Those who have been convicted of a crime may be eligible for registration if they have served their entire sentence, including probation and parole, and have their civil rights restored. For further information, students may contact the A.R.R.T.

Transfer Policies

Those applicants who are transferring course credits from another associate degree program will be evaluated on an individual basis by the respective program director and Galveston College. Transfer courses are evaluated on a course-by-course basis. Transfer grades below a “C” are not accepted for credit. Transfer students from other Radiologic Health Sciences programs will be admitted on a space-available basis.

The student desiring transfer credit must:

  1. Complete admission requirements for Galveston College as well as the program admission criteria.
  2. Currently hold a G.P.A. of 2.5 on transfer course work. 
  3. Submit course syllabi for review, if requested by program director.
  4. Agree to complete a disclosure of information form.

The director of each respective program evaluates the documents and determines which courses may be applicable to the program. The Director of Admissions at Galveston College evaluates general academic credit courses.

Academic Progression Requirements

The student is required to:

  1. Achieve a grade of 75 or better in all Radiologic Health Sciences courses in order to progress in the program. Failure to achieve a “C” or better in any RHS course may result in dismissal from the program. Students must complete all concurrent courses within a semester to progress to the next semester.
  2. Achieve a grade of 70 or better in all Nuclear Medicine Program specific courses. (A grade of 75 or better is required in NMTT 1311, Nuclear Medicine Patient Care.)
  3. Achieve a grade of “C” or better in all general education courses required in each respective Radiologic Health Sciences Program in order to progress in program.
  4. Students are subject to failure or dismissal at any time for documented incidents of unsatisfactory/ unsafe clinical performance.

Re-Admission Policy

Students who fail a Radiologic Health Sciences Program may apply for readmission. The student must:

  1. Submit a written request to the coordinator of the respective program.
  2. Complete and pass a clinical competency exam on basic skills prior to readmission.
  3. Pass a comprehensive written exam.
  4. Satisfactorily complete re-admission requirements identified at the time of exit.
  5. Currently hold a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.5.

The Radiologic Health Sciences Review Committee will review all students who wish to re-enter the program. Students may be considered for re-admission one time to the program pending the availability of space. If the number of students applying exceeds the number of vacancies, the selection will be determined by cumulative G.P.A. at Galveston College.

As part of the exit interview, the program director will identify in writing the exact courses that the student must complete with a grade of “C” or better to be considered for re-admission. Upon successful completion of the specified courses, the student will follow the procedure for re-admission.

Liability Insurance

All students enrolled in Radiologic Health Sciences will be required to purchase liability insurance. Students will be assessed an automatic charge at the time of registration for insurance coverage. Liability insurance fees are non-refundable. Students are covered by the insurance policy, not by the coverage or license of the faculty.

Radiologic Health Sciences Organizations

All students enrolled in the Radiologic Health Sciences programs are encouraged to seek membership in College, local, state, and national Radiologic Health Sciences organizations.

Pregnancy Policy

The disclosure of a pregnancy is completely voluntary and it is the exclusive right of the student to declare her self as pregnant.

If the student does choose to voluntarily inform program officials of her pregnancy, she must do so in writing. If pregnancy is documented, one of the following options may be exercised by the student radiographer:

  1. The student may elect to withdraw from the program. The “Re-Admission Policy” is outlined in the Galveston College Catalog.
  2. The student may elect to continue in the program. The following criteria apply to those students who voluntarily declare their pregnancy in writing and choose to complete the program.
    1. The student will decide if she will participate in radiographic examinations in which she is not shielded behind the control booth, e.g.: fluoroscopic examinations, portable radiography in the OR, crash rooms, etc.
    2. The student will be required to wear a “belly badge” to monitor the fetal dose.
    3. Should fluoroscopic and or portable examinations be part of the required performance objectives, they may be simulated without using radiation.

Curriculum

Classroom instruction originates from Galveston College and The University of Texas Medical Branch, while clinical training is conducted at UTMB hospitals and a number of affiliated health care institutions. Upon completion of requirements, the graduate receives the Associate of Applied Science Degree from Galveston College while the Certificate students receive a certificate of completion from Galveston College. The graduate qualifies to apply for the national certification/licensure examination.

Updated 7/11/2007 - Content Author ajolly