Apply to the Program
One new class is selected to enter the radiography program each fall. The program has limited space available due to the low student-to-faculty ratios required in the clinical setting by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Students interested in applying must satisfy the following minimum criteria by March 1 of the year they desire to enter the program:
- Demonstrated competency to enter the first semester of freshman English (ENGL 1010). Prior coursework, placement testing or the equivalent may be used to satisfy this requirement.
- Demonstrate a minimum of a 13th grade reading level (placement test).
- Completion of, or in the process of completing, all of the prerequisite courses for the program (see the curriculum) with a grade of C or better.
- Completion of an observation in a radiography department.
- Submission of a complete radiography program application by the deadline (March 1).
- Students are selected based on the completeness of the application, cumulative GPA of prior college coursework, satisfaction of minimum entrance criteria, observation evaluation, references, degree of program preparedness and date of receipt of application.
NOTE: Applicants who have been convicted of a felony, gross misdemeanor, misdemeanor or military court-martial (or have pleaded guilty or no contendre to the above) should request a copy of a letter concerning his/her eligibility status for licensure and certification from the Wyoming State Board of Radiographic Examiners and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. The Wyoming State Board of Radiologic Examiners can deny licensure if the board feels that such denial is in the public's interest. The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists can also deny certification for the same reason.
Drug Screening and Criminal Background Checks
All allied health students are required to submit a pre-clinical urine drug screen according to the policy of the Allied Health Programs at LCCC. The drug screen is completed at the student’s expense and must be paid for at the time of application via the American Data Bank website.
At their discretion, clinical sites may also require a drug screening and/or a criminal background check prior to allowing students into the clinical setting. (If required, any associated fees will be the responsibility of the student.) In addition, LCCC and the clinical sites may require random drug testing and/or drug testing for reasonable cause. Generally, the urine drug test screens for alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs or drugs that impair judgment while in the clinical agency. Testing positive on the screening, or evidence of tampering with a specimen will disqualify a student from participation in the clinical assignment.
In addition to drug screening, for the safety of patients and healthcare workers, allied health students must undergo a background check performed by American Data Bank at the student’s expense. A student's acceptance into an allied health program at LCCC won't be final until LCCC has received background check information from the reporting agencies, and the background check is clear of disqualifying offenses. For more information, students can see the complete Health Sciences and Wellness Division Policies for Allied Health students posted on the division website. Certain criminal activities, as evidenced by a criminal background check, may also disqualify a student from clinical participation.
Students are advised that the inability to gain clinical education experiences can result in the inability to meet program objectives and outcomes. These circumstances may prevent final acceptance into and/or progression through the program and ultimately result in dismissal from the program.
In keeping with the program’s due process policies, if a student disagrees with the accuracy of the information obtained, s/he may request a confirmatory test and/or a review of the accuracy of the background information within 10 working days. All requests must be made in writing to the dean, Health Science and Wellness, and must include relevant information and/or extenuating circumstances supporting the request. A designated committee will review the results and the request and will be responsible for making the final decision regarding the student’s request. The student will be notified in writing of the committee’s decision within 10 working days.
Graduates of this program, as entry-level radiographers, will be able to provide quality patient care and will be able to perform quality radiographic examinations with minimal radiation exposure to the patient and themselves in the full range of diagnostic procedures such as skull, chest, bone, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, bedside exams and surgical procedures. On occasion, the job may also require the ability to tolerate physically and mentally taxing workloads. The ability to adapt to changing environments, display flexibility and function effectively under stress and in uncertain conditions are also important job requirements.
To satisfy the requirements of the position and those of the program, certain essential functions must be performed in a satisfactory manner. These are outlined below.
The student must have the ability to:
- Analyze and comprehend medical and technical materials and instructions;
- Communicate effectively with patients and various members of the healthcare team, including the ability to perceive nonverbal communication;
- Set up and manipulate x-ray equipment in a safe, reliable and efficient manner;
- Practice and apply appropriate radiation protection and safety measures;
- Perceive the relationships of internal organs, the x-ray tube, and image receptor to obtain radiographs of diagnostic value;
- Adjust machine controls, and arrange and adjust various radiographic support devices;
- Handle radiographic cassettes and image plates, develop radiographic film and process digital radiographic images;
- Perform reaching, lifting and bending to assist or move patients and equipment in a safe, reliable and efficient manner, with or without assistance;
- Recognize and respond to adverse changes in patient condition, including those requiring emergency medical intervention;
- Evaluate radiographs to determine their acceptability for diagnostic purposes;
- Prepare and maintain radiologic reports and records;
- Respect the confidentiality of patients and demonstrate integrity, a motivation to serve and a concern for others.
If the applicant is unable to perform any of the designated tasks, upon request LCCC will make reasonable accommodations if these accommodations don't constitute an undue hardship on LCCC and that those accommodations do not interfere with the performance of any essential functions of a radiographer's duties.