RT Program Overview

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What is a Radiologic Technologist?

The radiologic technologist is a healthcare practitioner who plays an important role on the medical team. Technologists are usually employed in a department of radiology or medical imaging center performing a variety of radiographic procedures including basic x-ray procedures or advanced procedures such as computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging. Typical responsibilities of the radiologic technologist include interacting regularly with ill, injured, or suffering individuals, producing and processing quality diagnostic images, and communicating effectively with fellow technologists, physicians, and other healthcare team members.

RT Education Program Overview

The RT Education Program, sponsored by Penn Medicine – Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, is a two year entry-level full-time program offering students a challenging and rewarding curriculum taught by seasoned radiologic technology faculty with diverse professional backgrounds.

The curriculum is balanced between academic and clinical coursework. Students should expect to spend a maximum of 40 hours a week in didactic studies and clinical rotations Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Penn Medicine — Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania also offers six-month internships for MRI and CT technologists. These courses are full-time programs that combine didactic with either clinical MRI or CT experience.

For more program information, download the RT Education Brochure.

Program Mission Statement

The RT Education Program Mission supports the Penn Medicine Mission of creating the future of medicine through:

  • Patient Care and Service Excellence
  • Educational Pre-eminence
  • New Knowledge and Innovation
  • National and International Leadership

The RT Education Program seeks to cultivate professional competence in program graduates. The graduates shall be professionally responsible, and exercise good judgment and critical thinking skills while using ionizing radiation to contribute to the diagnosis of disease and injury. The program is designed to provide a healthcare team member whose collaboration will facilitate radiologic care for patients ranging from infancy to the geriatric adult, while providing support to patient families.

Program Goals and Outcomes

Graduate Goals:

  • Goal 1 (Clinical Competency): Graduates will be clinically competent
    • Outcome 1.1: Graduates will position patients and set technical factors for radiographic exams.
    • Outcome 1.2: Graduates will adapt positioning for non-routine examinations including technical factor adaptations.
    • Outcome 1.3: Graduates will provide appropriate radiation protection.
  • Goal 2 (Communication): Graduates will demonstrate effective communication skills
    • Outcome 2.1: Graduates will effectively orally communicate.
    • Outcome 2.2: Graduates will effectively communicate in writing.
  • Goal 3 (Critical Thinking): Graduates will effectively apply critical thinking skills
    • Outcome 3.1: Graduates will demonstrate skills required for a decision making process and the ability to analyze consequences
    • Outcome 3.2: Graduates will demonstrate ability to critique radiographs / images for image quality.
  • Goal 4 (Professionalism): Graduates will display professionalism
    • Outcome 4.1: Graduates will examine an area (modality) of personal interest.
    • Outcome 4.2: Graduates will employ professional practices by their actions.

Program Effectiveness Goals:

  • Goal 1: The Program will graduate entry-level technologists
    • Outcome 1: Graduates will be successful on the ARRT exam on the 1st attempt.
    • Outcome 2: Graduates seeking employment will be employed within 6 months of completion.
    • Outcome 3: Graduates will complete program within 24 months.
    • Outcome 4: Graduates will report satisfaction with their educational experience.
    • Outcome 5: Employers will report satisfaction with graduate performance.
  • Goal 2: The Program will regularly evaluate the assessment plan to achieve continuous quality improvement
    • Outcome 1: The program will use effective tools and procedures to assess the program.
    • Outcome 2: The program will provide state of the art learning resources.

Program Effectiveness Data