Oct 16, 2019  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Radiologic Science, B.S.


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The candidate for the Bachelor of Science degree in Radiologic Science will complete requirements that lead to certification in Radiography through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. The radiography program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.

The mission of the Avila University Radiologic Science Program is to graduate students who possess competent skills for entry-level employment as registered technologists in a radiology department.

Admissions


Radiologic Science Major

Avila University and numerous Greater Kansas City area hospitals cooperatively offer a four-year integrated radiologic science program. Those who have been accepted into the major and have met requirements for the clinical portion of the program will begin the major during the spring semester of their sophomore year. 

Admission of Students to the Professional Portion of the Radiologic Science Major

  1. The student will first apply and receive acceptance to the university for general admission.
  2. A student who begins Avila University as a first-time, first-year student is given priority over transfer students for admission to the clinical portion of the major. If there are more first-year students than there are spaces in the major, acceptance will be determined by GPA ranking.
  3. A transfer student will not be considered for admission into the Radiography major until they have received acceptance to the major through the interview process. The major courses begin each January.
  4. Complete at least 45 hours of college credit including the following (must earn at least a “C” in all prerequisite and corequisite courses): BI 111 or BI 112, BI 220, PH 117, HE 124, MA 120, CH 115 or CH 131. The lab portion of any science course must be taken on a college campus.
  5. Students are accepted into the Radiologic Science major by decision of the department faculty based on the criteria for admission and the number of positions available after admission to the university.
  6. Complete health history, mandatory drug screening, criminal background check, and a physical examination with required immunizations. Students must also complete any requirements that the clinical sites have established for students. All students must provide evidence of health insurance.
  7. If a student does not successfully complete any semester of the program or they delay their continuance in the program at anytime, they are not guaranteed re-entry into the program. In order to ensure competency, if the student is allowed to re-enter the program, they will be required to repeat all RT courses in that semester, regardless of the grade received the first time.

Admission criteria are as follows

A. Full-time, first-time first year students

  1. Cumulative minimum GPA of 2.75 or above at the conclusion of the traditional freshman year
  2. Students with a GPA of 2.5-2.74 may submit a separate application and follow the same process as transfer students, but are not guaranteed acceptance into the major
  3. Students must have a GPA of 2.5 or above to begin the program
  4. Grade of “C” or better in all of the required prerequisite and corequisite courses for the major
  5. Required prerequisite courses may be only repeated once for a “C”

First-year students who meet the criteria will be admitted to the major. A separate application is not required.
First-year, first-time students who declare Radiologic Science as their major by May 1 of the current year, and who meet the criteria, will be admitted to the major according to the four-year plan. If there are more first-year students than there are spaces in the major, acceptance will be determined by GPA ranking. Students who began at Avila as first-year, first-time students but who change their major to Radiologic Science after May 1 of the current year will not be guaranteed a position in the program according to the four-year plan. These students may have to wait one year until the next class begins.

B. Transfer Students

  1. Completed Radiologic Science major application by deadline
  2. Cumulative minimum GPA of 2.5 or above
  3. Grade “C” or better in all required prerequisite and corequisite courses for the major
  4. Minimum of 45 anticipated credit hours prior to the start of the major
  5. Required prerequisite courses may be repeated only once for a “C” or better
  6. Required observation in Radiology Department documented by a one-page typed essay about experience with information about the hospital and the contact person

Additional considerations for transfer students:

  • Number of credit hours taken at Avila University
  • Number of prerequisite courses repeated for a “C” or better
  • On campus interview
  • GPA

Transfer students are not guaranteed automatic acceptance after meeting the criteria. The number of positions available is calculated after the first-time, full-time freshmen have been admitted to the major. ILCP students are considered transfer students.

Admission of Registered Radiographers to the Upward Mobility Program

Persons who have completed or are currently enrolled in Radiologic Science Programs elsewhere are eligible for admission to the upward mobility program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Radiologic Science. Formal acceptance into the degree completion program will not be given until the student has successfully passed the board examination given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

  1. Receive acceptance into Avila University by the Admissions Office.
  2. Evidence of Certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
  3. A student in the degree completion program is limited to taking only nine credit hours before evidence of certification by the A.R.R.T. is required. The student may not continue in the program unless they are registered technologists.

Core Requirements


All students must complete the Avila University Core Curriculum as a part of their degree programs. The Core consists of a minimum of 39 credit hours that meet the requirements listed below. Please go to Core Curriculum  for more information and to view all Core classes.

Core Foundations (9-11 credit hours)


Foundations requirements provide the basic skills essential for effective participation in other classes as well as the professional world.

Core Pillars & Levels (30 credit hours)


Pillars and Levels requirements address the breadth of knowledge expected of a liberal arts education and challenges students to integrate prior knowledge and create new ideas through higher levels of coursework.

Cross-Application Note: All courses that meet a Pillar also meet a Level and may meet a Designation requirement. Some courses taken for major and/or minor requirements may also meet Core requirements.

CORE CURRICULUM OBJECTIVES
    Social Justice & Civic Life Pillar 
(6 credit hours required)

Creativity & Culture Pillar
(6 credit hours required)

Belief & Reason Pillar
(6 credit hours required)
Explorations of Nature Pillar 
(6 credit hours required)

24 credit hours required 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACQUIRE LEVEL        
TRANSFORM LEVEL        
6 credit hours required CONTRIBUTE LEVEL

 

 

     

Core Designations


Core Component Designations requirements incorporate assignments and experiences focused on developing and deepening student understanding to prepare students for responsible lifelong contributions to the global community.

CORE Designations

Interdisciplinary Studies (IS)

(9 credit hours)

Global Studies (GS)    

(9 credit hours)     

Community Engagement (CE)    

(3 credit hours) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transfer Students


The Core Component Designations requirement for transfer students is determined by the number of credit hours transferred to Avila University. Please see the Transfer Students  page within this catalog.

Cross-Application


As noted above, courses can have multiple designations and thus meet multiple requirements at once.

Example: BI 215 - Humans & the Environment (3)  meets all of the following requirements:

  • Belief & Reason Nature Pillar
  • Transform Level
  • Global Studies (GS) Designation
  • Major Requirement

Program Requirements


The candidate for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Radiologic Science (radiography track) must complete academic work with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5, complete the general degree requirements as stated under the academic policies and procedures, and maintain a “C” or above in all Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Health, and Radiologic Science courses. These courses may be repeated only once to obtain the minimum grade of “C.” Students who do not earn a “C” or better in two or more courses in the Radiologic Science major during the same semester will not be allowed to continue in the program.

Radiologic Science Prerequisites


Mathematics


Medical Terminology


Additional Information for the Upward Mobility Program


Registered Radiographers in the degree completion program receive a total of 40 credit hours upon satisfactory completion of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists examination in lieu of taking: RT 451 , RT 452 , RT 453 , RT 460 , RT 461 RT 462 , RT 463 , RT 464 , RT 465 , RT 467 , and RT 488 .

Upon satisfactory completion of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists examination in Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy, or Diagnostic Medical Sonography Registry in Physics and one other section (i.e. Abdomen, OB/GYN, Vascular, Neurosonography or Echocardiography), the requirements in the following courses may be met by challenge examination: RT 454 , RT 455 , RT 457 , and RT 458 

Upon satisfactory completion of the ARRT exam in MRI, CT, or CVT the student may take in place of RT 456  and RT 469 , five credit hours or more in upper-division coursework, 300-level or higher, as approved by the advisor.

Technology Requirement


The computer literacy requirement for the major may be met by one of the following courses.

Outcomes


Radiologic Science Goals

The goals of the Avila University Radiologic Science Program are:

  1. Students will master clinical competency.
  2. Students will apply appropriate critical-thinking skills.
  3. Students will demonstrate professionalism.
  4. Students will demonstrate effective communication skills.

Radiologic Science Outcomes

1. Students will master clinical competency.

Outcomes:

  1. Students will demonstrate appropriate understanding and use of radiation protection.
  2. Students will address the patient’s needs.
  3. Students will use proper technical factors for optimal images.

2. Students will apply appropriate critical-thinking skills.

Outcomes:

  1. Students will modify all necessary elements to adapt to non-routine procedures.
  2. Students will demonstrate their knowledge of appropriate images based on image evaluation criteria.

3. Students will demonstrate professionalism.

Outcomes:

  1. Students will demonstrate effective and appropriate communication skills with patients.
  2. Students will demonstrate an appropriate understanding of HIPAA.

4. Students will demonstrate effective communication skills.

Outcomes:

  1. Students will demonstrate effective and appropriate communication skills with patients.
  2. Students will demonstrate effective communication skills through writing.

Assessment


The outcomes for the Radiologic Science major are assessed through a variety of methods. These include oral, written, and performance examinations. Students are also assessed through attitudinal evaluations and procedures competency evaluations at the assigned clinical sites. The development of a life-long learning plan is required in the Capstone course for the major in addition to the creation of a final project or research paper and resume.

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