A Radiology Technologist students in the x-ray lab

Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

If you are searching for an in-demand career in the medical field that combines science, technology and human interaction, Radiologic Technology may be the field for you.  Radiologic Technologists (Rad Techs) act as a vital member of the healthcare team in a variety of clinical settings.  As a Rad Tech, you will prepare patients for, and administer, X-rays and other radiological medical procedures. At City College, you will experience a high-tech education in a modern lab setting, with plenty of hands-on experience applying principals of radiation exposure, physics, biology and safety to produce medical diagnostic images.  You will also get real-world experience doing your clinical rotations in health care settings around the area.  Upon successful completion of this program, you will be eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Certification Exam. 

 

Check Application Deadlines

Prior to applying for the Radiologic Technology program, students must be admitted to City College, and have completed the necessary prerequisites. 

TERM DEADLINE STATUS
Fall 2021 May 21, 2021  
Fall 2022 May 2022  

 

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Estimated Program Cost

Radiologic Technology — Associate of Applied Science 

This program will cost about $11,733* based on current tuition and fees. 

*Estimate is in-state tuition for a Montana resident. Tuition and fees are subject to change and do not include books, housing, or supplies.

Detailed Cost Information 

Transportation Costs

Students are responsible for all geographically dispersed transportation and associated costs to and from City College at MSU Billings for didactic and laboratory classes, and for their off-site assigned clinical hours for the duration of the program. Clinical hours may be during he day, evening and/or weekend hours.

 

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Employment Data

Radiologic Technologist

Median Wage (MT)* $53,920  yearly
  $25.92 hour

Median Wage (US)* $58,440  yearly
 

$28.10  per hour

 
City College entry-level wages of graduates:
 $42,121  (2014-2017)
 

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Employment Projections; MT Dept. of Labor and Industry, Research and Analysis Bureau; (projections through 2024)

»»  Graduate Placement Data 

 

Career Opportunities

As a Radiologic Technologist, you will find employment in a variety of settings, such as:

  • Hospital Radiology Departments
  • Clinics’ Radiology Departments
  • Physicians’ Offices
  • Surgical Centers
  • Other Specialized Medical Facilities

 Examples of where recent City College graduates are working:

  • Billings Clinic, Billings, MT
  • St. Vincent Healthcare, Billings, MT
  • Advanced Care Hospital, Billings, MT
  • Stillwater Billings Clinic, Columbus, MT
  • Hardin Clinic, Hardin, MT
  • Legacy Health, Portland, OR
  • Yujib-Kuskokwin Health Corporation, Bethel, AK

Atriculation Agreements

College and Program Admission Requirements

ADMISSION TO CITY COLLEGE

  • First-time college students must have a high school diploma from an accredited high school, a GED/HiSET, or have passed the MSUB Readiness Exam offered through our university.
  • Transfer students will need to submit records from all regionally accredited institutions.

ADMISSION TO RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM 

After applying to City College and completing the necessary prerequisite courses, students may apply to the Radiologic Technology program.  Due to limited clinical/laboratory space, only 12-14 students per year will be selected to continue in the clinical part of the program.

Radiologic Technology Application and Directions

 

Program Effectiveness

The following is the most current program effectiveness data. Our programmatic accreditation agency, the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), defines and publishes this information. Go directly to the JRCERT webpage.

Credentialing Examination: The number of students who pass, on the first attempt, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination, or an unrestricted state licensing examination, compared with the number of graduates who take the examination within six months of graduation. The five-year average benchmark established by the JRCERT is 75%.

Credentialing Examination Rate number passed on 1st attempt divided by number attempted within 6 months of graduation
Year Results
Year 1 - 2016

11 of 11 - 100%

Year 2 - 2017 8 of 10 - 80%
Year 3 - 2018  9 of 14 - 64%
Year 4 - 2019 13 of 14 - 93%
Year 5 - 2020 12 of 13 - 92%
Program 5-Year Average 53 of 62 - 85.5%

 

Job Placement: The number of graduates employed in the radiologic sciences compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in the radiologic sciences within twelve months of graduating. The five-year average benchmark established by the JRCERT is 75%.

Credentialing Examination Rate number employed divided by number actively seeking employment within 12 months of graduation
Year Results
Year 1 - 2016

11 of 11 - 100%

Year 2 - 2017 10 of 10 - 100%
Year 3 - 2018  12 of 14 - 86%
Year 4 - 2019 14 of 14 - 100%
Year 5 - 2020 13 of 13 - 100%
Program 5-Year Average 60 of 62 - 96.8%

 

Program Completion: The number of students who complete the program within the stated program length. The annual benchmark established by the program is 75%.

Credentialing Examination Rate number graduated divided by number started the program
Year Results
Year 1 - 2020

13 of 13 - 100%

Annual Completion Rate 100.0%

 

Drug Screening Policies and Background Check

Read the program background checks and drug screening policy.

 

Attendance Policy

Read the attendance policy.

 

Certification/Accreditation

The Associate of Applied Science Degree Radiography Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). This is the only organization recognized by the United States Department of Education for accreditation of radiography programs.

The program was last site visited by the JRCERT in January 2020. That site visit and a JRCERT Board Review of a progress report in April 2021 resulted in a three-year initial accreditation. The next accreditation site visit is tentatively scheduled for the first quarter of 2023.

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, Illinois 60606-3182
312-704-5300
mail@jrcert.org

Review the standards and other pertinent accreditation information on the JCERT website.

Montana State University Billings is accredited by the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). 

Upon completion of this program, students are eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam.

 

Pathways

Associates of Applied Science (AAS)
Radiologic Technology  » »

Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) with Thematic Concentration in Radiologic Technology Management

 

Students who earn an AAS degree and want to further their education, and thus career, are able to go on for a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) Degree through MSU Billings. Students can focus on various thematic concentrations to earn the BAS degree, but one option is Radiologic Technology Management. Contact Advising & Career Services at 406-657-2240 for further details.

 

Student Handbook

Read the Student Handbook.

Effective February 10, 2020

All students in the City College MSUB Radiologic Technology program may take the Limited Radiologic Technologist [(i.e.: Limited X-Ray Operator (LXMO)] exam administered by the ARRT. Passage of this exam with a score of 70 or higher will allow students to apply, and if hired, work as Limited Radiographer at Advanced Care Hospital of Montana, Billings Clinic, St. Vincent’s Healthcare and/or other clinical sites while a City College/ MSUB Radiologic Technology student as long as Limited Radiologic Technologist Permit hours worked by the student do not conflict or interfere with required clinical hours required to graduate from the City College/MSUB Radiologic Technology Program.

 

Public Access

ARRT Limited Scope of Practice Examination

All students in the City College MSUB Radiologic Technology program may take the Limited Scope of Practice in Radiography Exam administered by the ARRT if they desire to, but it is not mandatory that they do so. Passage of this exam with a score of 70 or higher will allow students to apply, and if hired, work as Limited Radiographer at Advanced Care Hospital of Montana, Billings Clinic, St. Vincent's Healthcare and/or other clinical sites while a City College/ MSUB Radiologic Technology student as long as Limited Radiologic Technologist's hours worked by the student do not conflict or interfere with required clinical hours required to graduate from the City College/MSUB Radiologic Technology Program and to sit for the ARRT (R) examination.

 

Please view the information related to obtaining a Limited Permit in Radiography in the State of Montana, or see the information below.

State of Montana Board of Radiologic Technology Limited Permit X-Ray

The following outlines general licensing information. For specific information on filing an application, you will need to obtain the license application which includes a detailed listing of the requirements.

A.  Licensing Fees: All Fees are Non-Refundable

Application: $100.00

B.  Education Requirements:

The course shall be a minimum of 104 hours in length, approved by the board meeting the qualifications of examination for each specified procedure:

  • fundamentals of radiobiology;
  • imaging equipment;
  • fundamentals of radiation protection;
  • radiographic technique and principles of radiographic exposure;
  • darkroom procedures;
  • interrelationship of the radiographic chain (i.e. technique darkroom procedures);
  • adverse contrast reaction;
  • medical, legal and ethical - minimum four hours;
  • radiation safety - minimum eight hours; and
  • image production and evaluation - film critique - four

Additional courses and clinical competencies to include anatomy, physiology, positioning, pathology, x-ray technique, and proper handling of trauma patients, shall be required for the applicant to qualify for examination in each of the specified limited x-ray procedures. Course length and clinical competencies specified for each limited x-ray procedure are:

  • chest - minimum four hours, and passing competencies - ten actual;
  • extremities - minimum eight hours, and passing upper extremities competencies - five actual and passing lower extremities competencies - five actual;
  • spine - minimum eight hours, and passing competencies - ten actual;
  • skull - minimum eight hours, and passing competencies - ten, all of which may be simulated;
  • abdomen - minimum four hours, and passing competencies - ten actual;
  • GI tract and associated overhead films - eight hours, and passing competencies - ten, all of which may be simulated; and
  • positioning - minimum eight hours, and passing competencies - ten
  1. Examination Information: ARRT Examination Instructions:

After the application has been processed, you will be sent a letter from this office stating that you are eligible for the ARRT Limited Scope Exam with instructions to you regarding payment of the ARRT examination fee. The examination fee, to be paid directly to ARRT by an applicant, is $125.00 until December 31, 2019. Effective January 1, 2020 the examination fee will be $140.00.

  1. Once the ARRT processes your fee, you will be mailed a packet directly from ARRT that includes the appropriate candidate handbook and your candidate status
  2. You will be scheduling  our examination appointment after you receive the Limited Scope Candidate Status Report from ARRT.
  3. Continuing Education Requirements: Six (6) contact hours of continuing education annually which are germane to the radiographic portion of permit holders

Clinical Education Items

Clinical Education

Students attend clinical education courses during the program. The ARRT requires mastery of specific skills that can only be gained through a hands-on education. A clinical rotation schedule for each clinical site will be provided to the student at the beginning of each tern. These schedules are designed to provide the student the best opportunity to learn in a hands-on clinical environment working with patients and certified radiologic technologists.

Clinical Schedule and Intersession Schedule

The clinical education will follow the regular MSU Billings City College vacation schedule. The start and finish of the intersession  (i.e.: November 30, 2020-January 4, 2021) between fall and spring semesters and summer courses may vary from the usual session dates in order to provide the student with the proper amount of clinical time.

The tentative 2022 Intersession dates are January 3, 2022-January 18, 2022.

Other than regularly scheduled school holidays and semester breaks, students are not allowed vacation time during spring and fall semester. However, each student may take one week vacation during summer sessions with the pre-approval of the program director and program clinical coordinators. Requests for vacation time must be made in writing to the clinical coordinators no less than 2 weeks in advance of the requested time off. All missed clinical attendance must be made up by the end of the summer session. See the attendance policy for further information.

The clinical rotation schedules between the hospital clinical sites are similar but will vary due to the different structure of each radiology department. Rotation schedules will vary with starting times and may include evening and weekend rotations. All students will rotate to each clinical site within the program.

Students are required to complete rotations as assigned within each clinical setting. Students are expected to meet the objectives of the clinical rotations. Students are responsible for furnishing their own transportation to clinical sites.

The program recognizes the hospitals and clinics may hire students to work as limited permit holders. The Radiologic Technology Program takes no responsibility for any student while he/she is working outside of the program. The student should be aware that the liability insurance provided by the college only covers them while they are participating as a student in the educational program and does not cover a student while employed by a facility or organization. MSU Billings name badges are not to be worn while a student is working as a limited permit technologist.

Students CANNOT be paid by a clinical site while performing their clinical education rotations for the MSU Billings City College Radiologic Technology Program. Failure to follow this policy will constitute fraud and falsification of attendance and will result in immediate dismissal from the program. The student clinical ID badge cannot be worn while working as a limited permit technologist.

Clinical education is graded just as other radiographic courses are. A grade of C or better must be maintained in clinical as in other radiography courses. A syllabus will be provided to all students prior to the start of the clinical assignment of each semester. The syllabus will outline the clinical requirements for each semester.

Attendance

Attendance at the clinical site is critical to your success in the Radiologic Technology program and therefore mandatory. Clinical time is scheduled between the hours of 6 am and 10 pm and will vary with the scheduled rotations. Shifts may include evenings or weekends as clinical skills progress.

Students are required to be punctual for all clinical assignments. If you are going to be late to your clinical assignment you must call the hospital clinical instructor (or designee) at the hospital AND the college clinical coordinators. Arriving 1 min ute after the start time of your clinical assignment is considered being late. You should be at your work-station at your start time, not just arriving at the lounge to hang up your coat or put away your back pack.

You are required to provide the college clinical coordinators with proof of your attendance. This will be signed by your clinical instructor at the hospital and will be turned in to the clinical coordinator at the end of the semester. You should keep a copy for your records.

Absences:

  1. If you will be absent, you must contact your hospital clinical instructor (or designee) AND the college clinical coordinators by phone each day of the absence. Emails and text messages are not acceptable forms of communicating that you will be
  2. Failure to call both places will affect your clinical
  3. Any and all absences must be made
  4. Absences must be made up before the end of the semester in which the illness occurred. The make-up time must be at a time must be approved by the clinical instructor at the
  5. Failure to make up missed clinical time by the end of the semester will result in a grade of incomplete in that clinical course. The incomplete will cause the letter grade for the course to be one letter grade LOWER than the earned grade. The student is cautioned that this may result in a failing grade. The incomplete grade must be changed to a letter grade for the course before the student can register for and/or attend any subsequent courses in the
  6. Emergency absences will be handled on an individual basis
  7. Students who are absent due to medical work restriction by a physician, nurse practitioner or. physician assistant must present a return to work release by the same physician, nurse practitioner or physician A copy must be given to both the clinical coordinator and the hospital clinical instructor.
  8. Excessivc·absence is defined as 4 days absence in the clinical setting. This does not have to be consecutive days. Excessive absences will require you to meet with the clinical coordinator and the program director to determine your ability to remain in the program. However, the clinical grade will be affected.
  9. Students may NOT take time off from regularly scheduled clinical time for other academic courses. All personal appointments must be scheduled outside of clinical time if at all
  10. Leaving the clinical assignment for any reason without notifying the clinical instructor and Clinical Coordinator will affect your clinical

Make-up Time

  1. Make up of clinical education time st be scheduled in advance and with the approval of the clinical instructor at the clinical education site.
  2. The student must submit to the clinical coordinator a signed "Intent to Make up Clinical Time Statement" within 5 days of the
  3. Within 5 days of the completion of make-up time, the student must submit to the clinical coordinator the signed "Completion of Make-up Clinical Time Statement".
  4. A minimum of 2 hours must be made up at a time. The makeup time must be under the proper supervision of a registered
  5. Makeup time can be scheduled at any time between the hours of 6 am and 6 pm from the second day of the semester through the last day of finals
  6. The makeup time will be completed in the rotation in which the absence
  7. Make-up time cannot be made up on holidays or during college breaks without the written pre­ approval of the program
  8. Failure to make up time by the end of the current semester final examinations may result in an incomplete grade for the course, program probation or suspension from the program. Makeup time not completed will affect the clinical grade that may result in a failing grade in the course.

City College Montana State University Billings Radiologic Technology Program Student Grievance Procedure

These procedures are designed to provide the student a specific avenue of grievance regarding the decisions or actions of the City College Montana State University Billings Radiologic Technology Program Officials and serve to address any problem or concern that the student believes is in need of address and/or review.

Grievance Definition

A grievance shall be defined, as any concern, complaint, or dissatisfaction with any aspects of the Program that a student believes is not resoluble by normal informal means of communications.

The following represents the process for formal grievance:

  • First, attempt to resolve the problem with the Course Instructor or the MSUB Student Resolution Officer (SRO) within 5 business days after the event being grieved has
  • If there is a problem with the Course Instructor or SRO and it is a Clinical Course, the student should attempt a resolution with the hospital based Clinical Instructor within 5 business days after the event being grieved has
  • The next level of Communication is with the City College Clinical Coordinator(s) within 5 business days after communication about the event being grieved with the Clinical Course Instructor has
  • The next level of Communication is with the Program Director within 5 business days after communication about the event being grieved has occurred with the Course Instructor if it is a Non-Clinical Course or the Clinical Coordinator(s) if it is a clinical course.
  • The next level of Communication is with the Nursing, Health and Public Safety Chairperson within 5 business days after communication about the event being grieved has occurred with the Program
  • The next level of Communication is with the City College Dean within 5 business days after communication with the Nursing, Health and Public Safety Chairperson has
  • The final level of Communication is with the Vice-Provost of Student Affairs after they have been contacted about the event being grieved by the student or the City College Nursing, Public Health and Safety The Vice-Provost Grievance Process/Procedures/fimelines supersede the City College Radiologic Technology

Please consult the Program Grievance Policy/Procedures/fimelines page.

JRCERT Report of Non-Compliance

If the individual is unable to resolve the complaint with program/institution officials or believes that the concerns have not been properly addressed, he or she may submit allegations of non-compliance to the JRCERT: Chief Executive Officer Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850 Chicago, IL 60606- 3182 Phone: (312) 704-5300 Fax: (312) 704-5304 e-mail: mail@jrcert.org.

Radiologic Technology Program Contact List

Program Director

Victor White, PhD, RT (R) victor.white@msubillings.edu

406-247-3086

 

Clinical Coordinator(s)

 

Jenna Andujar, BAS, RT (R) jenna.andujar@msub illings.edu

 

406-856-5957

 

Melanie Schmidt, BA, RT (R)

406-856-5957

 

melanie.schmidt@msubillings.edu

 

 

Clinical Education Settings

Billings Clinic

 

 

Tech Area

 

 

406-237-1310

 

Clinic

406-238-2724

 

Ortho & Sports Medicine

406-238-5244

 

Michelle Walker

406-237-1385

 

St. Vincent's

 

Hospital Radiology Department

 

406-237-4358

 

Yellowstone Imaging Center

406-237-4267

 

Aubrey Brennemann

406-237-4358

City College Montana State University Radiologic Technology Program Information 2020- 2021

Policy Publications - Policies related to admission policies, tuition and fees, refund policies, academic calendars, clinical obligations, grading system, graduation requirements, and the criteria to transfer credit are made known to the general public in the 2020-2021 Montana State University General Bulletin and the following City College MSUB websites.

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