School of Radiologic Technology

The ACMH School of Radiologic Technology is a hospital-based program. The program provides education in a professional environment to prepare students for a career as a radiologic technologist.

The ACMH School of Radiologic Technology page was updated as of 10/27/2016.

About the School

This 24 month program requires approximately 800 didactic (academic) hours and 1,920 clinical hours of competency based instruction. All aspects of education are provided at ACMH Hospital with additional clinical assignments at Armstrong Orthopedic Associates, located directly off the hospital’s campus. Personalized instruction is possible due to low student/instructor ratio. Following successful completion of the program, students receive a certificate from the School of Radiologic Technology at ACMH.

Requirements for eligibility for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification and registration require that candidates are to have earned an associate (or more advanced) degree from an accrediting agency recognized by the ARRT. This degree need not be in the radiologic sciences. Avenues to meet the ARRT requirements include possessing the degree requirement on application to ACMH or obtaining the degree status through the program’s affiliations.

The school is affiliated with Clarion University of Pennsylvania, where a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Imaging Sciences is an option. The Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging Sciences (BSMIS) has an academic preparation of two years at the university and continues with a 24 month course of study at ACMH School of Radiology Technology. Acceptance of the student into the hospital’s radiologic technology program is at the discretion of the hospital’s admission committee.

For more information on the degree program through Clarion University, click here.

ACMH School of Radiologic Technology also has an affiliation with Butler County Community College (BC3). Potential applicants, who do not have an associate degree or higher, may benefit from a partnership with BC3. If accepted into the ACMH program, the student can apply to BC3 for the Technical Trades: Radiologic Technology, Associate in Applied Science degree where they will complete 31 credits of academic coursework. Upon completion of the ACMH certificate program, the student will be granted the associate degree allowing them to sit for the ARRT national certification examination. The ACMH School of Radiologic Technology certificate must be presented to BC3 for the remaining 30 credits and to receive the diploma from the community college.

For information on the program through Butler County Community College, click here.

The ACMH School of Radiologic Technology is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The JRCERT is dedicated to excellence in education and to the quality and safety of patient care through the accreditation of educational programs in the radiologic sciences. The JRCERT is the only agency recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) for the accreditation of traditional and distance delivery educational programs in radiography, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance, and medical dosimetry. The JRCERT awards accreditation to programs demonstrating substantial compliance with these STANDARDS.

Questions for the JRCERT? They can be reached at:

20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, Illinois  60606
(312) 704-5300
mail@jrcert.org

Mission, Goals & Outcomes

Consistent with the standards of ACMH Hospital, the School of Radiologic Technology is committed to improving the health of patients through compassion and clinical care.  It is the mission of the program to provide the essential knowledge and skills to become compassionate, entry-level radiographers.

In providing superior educational opportunities in the art and science of medical imaging, the goals and outcomes of the School of Radiologic Technology are:

  • Students will employ clinical skills of an entry-level radiographer
    Outcomes:
    - Students will employ proper radiation protection practices.
    - Students will utilize appropriate positioning skills.
    - Students will select appropriate technical factors.
  • Students will apply effective communication skills
    Outcomes:
    - Students will illustrate proper written communication.
    - Students will demonstrate appropriate oral communication skills.
    - Students will demonstrate effective interpersonal communication skills in the clinical setting.
  • Students demonstrate critical thinking skills
    Outcomes:
    - Students will modify routines to image a non-routine patient.
    - Students will revise routines for the trauma patient.
    - Students will evaluate information to draw sound conclusions.
  • Students will develop commitment to professional responsibility
    Outcomes:
    - Students will comprehend the importance of the professional organizations.
    - Students will employ professional behaviors.
    - Students will analyze the ARRT Code of Ethics.
  • The program will assure the effectiveness of its educational offerings to the student radiographers and the communities it serves
    Outcomes:
    - Students will pass the ARRT Registry examination on the first attempt within 6 months of graduation.
    - For those seeking employment, students will secure employment in medical imaging within 12 months of graduation.
    - Students will demonstrate to employers the qualities of an entry-level radiographer.
    - Students will evaluate their educational offerings to be effective in the development of an entry-level radiographer.
    - Students will complete the program within 150% of the stated program length of 24 months.

The goals of the program were designed to maximize the learning experiences of each student. They were written with the idea of educating the best radiologic technologist possible.  Our curriculum assumes that the goals have been reached and possibly surpassed.  The mission statement, goals and outcomes will be revised as situations dictate.

The effectiveness of the ACMH School of Radiologic Technology program may be accessed through the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology website. From the Students link, click on Program Effectiveness Data to access this information.

Click here for the program’s outcome assessment plan, and here for the Program Effectiveness Data form.

Important Information

What are the program requirements?
All students enrolled in the ACMH School of Radiologic Technology must maintain an 80% scholastic average and an 85% clinical average to remain in the program. The grading scale for the program can be viewed here. Students are required to participate in all didactic and clinical phases of the education. A rotational schedule, including daylight and a minimal evening and weekend assignments, will be followed.  More details on the schedule can be accessed through Policy 16 (Clinical Rotation), Policy 17 (Personal Time) and Policy 18 (Daylight/Shift Differential/Holiday). A rotational clinical schedule includes daylight shifts and minimal weekend and evening assignments.

Four percent of the total clinical hours are performed during the evening and weekend rotations.

The clinical hours should not exceed more than 10 hours per day and the total didactic and clinical hours should not exceed 40 hours per week.

The specific clinical and classroom schedules are posted in advance. The clinical and didactic schedule for the first and second year students is as follows:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
1st year students – follow clinical schedule
2nd year students – class 10:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. till 3:30 p.m.
2nd year students – follow clinical schedule
1st year students – class 10:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. till 3:30 p.m.
1st year students – class 8:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m. and follow clinical schedule in p.m.
2nd year students – follow clinical schedule in a.m. and class 1:00 p.m. till 3:30 p.m.
1st year students – follow clinical schedule
2nd year students – class 10:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. till 3:30 p.m.
2nd year students – follow clinical schedule
1st year students – class 10:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. till 3:30 p.m.

Progress reports on each student’s scholastic (didactic) and clinical performances are maintained, kept current, and are available to the student. In order to graduate from the program (see Graduation Requirements) and be eligible to take the examination given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT):

  • All clinical objectives must be met
  • All clinical competencies completed with an 85% or better
  • All didactic classes completed with an 80% or better
  • Accepted term paper submitted
  • First and second year comprehensive tests successfully completed
  • Satisfactory attendance over the 24-month period, or complete the program within 150% of the stated program length of 24 months

What is the school calendar?
The program begins the beginning of July each year. The start date is located on the school calendar. Graduation is scheduled on the third Wednesday of June. The graduation date can also be located on the school calendar.

School calendar 2016-2017     School calendar 2017-2018

What is an overview of the academic calendar?
Click here

What are expenses associated with the program?

  • $5000/year – Lab Fee/Tuition
  • Fees are subject to adjustment with notification.  The student has the option to make scheduled payments of the lab fee in 1, 2, or 4 payments each year.  The first installment of the first year’s lab fee is due June 15; prior to the onset of education.  The tuition for the second year is due July 1; after successful completion of the first year comprehensive test. Click here for the Lab Fee/Tuition Policy.
  • $250 deposit – Holds position in class after acceptance notification.
  • Amount will be subtracted from first year’s tuition.
  • $600-800 – Books and supplies – purchased by the student
  • Uniforms must be supplied by the student.
  • Students must supply any necessary room and board.
  • Students must provide their own health care coverage.
  • The school is approved for Veteran’s benefits. The school does not participate in state (PHEAA) or federal grant or loan programs. Click here for Financial Aid Policy.
  • Students enrolled in the Clarion University program and participate in financial aid will continue to have their financial aid processed through the university.

In the event that a first time student withdraws within the first 30 weeks (960 hours), a prorated refund policy will be followed. The amount of the refund will be assessed to the amount of tuition paid and the number of weeks the student was enrolled in the program.

What will my official qualifications be upon graduation?
After successfully completing the 24 month program and passing the program’s final examination, the student is awarded a certificate from the ACMH Hospital and will be eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) examination. Upon passing the ARRT examination, the student will earn the title of Registered Technologist – Radiography (R.T.R.).

What are the ARRT Standards of Ethics?
Eligibility for certification by the ARRT includes requirements in ethics, education, and the examination. A candidate for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification must be an individual “of good moral character and must not have engaged in conduct that is inconsistent with the ARRT Rules of Ethics”.  The candidate must “agree to comply with the ARRT Rules and Regulations and the ARRT Standards of Ethics”.  The ARRT will investigate all potential violations in order to determine eligibility for the ARRT examination.  The Rules of Ethics addresses the issue of the conviction of a crime.  This includes:

  • Felony charges and convictions
  • Misdemeanor charges and convictions
  • Military court-martial
  • Criminal procedures resulting in a plea of guilty or no contest, a verdict of guilty, withheld or deferred adjudication, suspended stay of sentence, or pre-trial diversion.

Offenses that were committed as a juvenile and were processed through the juvenile court system do not need to be reported.  Do not report traffic violations unless drugs or alcohol were involved

Educational honor code violations and disciplinary action by a state or federal regulatory authority or certification board will also be questioned on application for the ARRT examination.

If a prospective student or a student applying to take the ARRT examination has concerns in regard to past history in this matter and ARRT examination eligibility, an ethics pre-application should be submitted to the ARRT.  This ethics review pre-application is reserved for those who:

  • Are not yet enrolled in an ARRT recognized educational program
  • Enrolled in an ARRT recognized educational program and are at least 6 months away from graduation.

Information in regard to ethics and eligibility determination can be found here under "Ethics."

The pre-application can be found on the ARRT website in the same location.

Click here for the ARRT Standard of Ethics (Code and Rules of Ethics).

What are the career opportunities for a radiologic technologist?
The services of a radiologic technologist are offered in various settings such as hospitals, health care facilities, physician offices, mobile imaging companies, industrial plants, research centers, government agencies, or commercial sales and marketing.  The radiologic technologist can specialize in diagnostic imaging or pursue careers as educators, researchers, consultants, or administrators.  Employment opportunities are available throughout the country and offer the radiologic technologist flexible work situations to accommodate various lifestyles and needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Radiologic Technology?
Radiologic technology is a science by which radiation is used to provide images of the human body’s internal anatomy and physiology.  The medical images produced are primarily utilized for the diagnosis and treatment of injuries and diseases.  Diagnostic medical imaging also includes the areas of nuclear medicine, diagnostic medical sonography, computed tomography (CT), mammography, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

What Does a Radiologic Technologist Do?
The radiologic technologist’s responsibilities in medical imaging are to accurately position the patient’s body and introduce the proper exposure factors for quality diagnostic images.  While utilizing these technical skills, the radiologic technologist incorporates appropriate interpersonal skills while providing compassionate care and physical comfort for the patients.  In order to adapt to the ever changing career demands, the radiologic technologist acknowledges that continuing education provides opportunities for growth in the profession.

With the growing technological advancements in radiology, the radiologic technologist has the opportunity to expand into other areas of expertise.  Therefore, the ACMH School of Radiologic Technology introduces the students to the fundamentals of nuclear medicine, diagnostic medical sonography, radiation oncology, CT, mammography, MRI, as well as radiation oncology. To access information on accredited programs, visit www.jrcert.org or write the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 900, Chicago, Illinois 60606-2901.  

What Are the Career Opportunities for a Radiologic Technologist?
The services of a radiologic technologist are offered in various settings such as hospitals, health care facilities, physician offices, mobile imaging companies, industrial plants, research centers, government agencies, or commercial sales and marketing. The radiologic technologist can specialize in diagnostic imaging or pursue careers as educators, researchers, consultants, or administrators. Employment opportunities are available throughout the country and offer the radiologic technologist flexible work situations to accommodate various lifestyles and needs.

What are the duties of a radiologic technology student?
The duties of a radiologic technology student requires above average intelligence, mechanical ability, and a strong sense of responsibility. The student must use their technical skill and critical thinking ability to provide professional service for patients who are often seriously ill or injured, as well as frightened. This requires a responsive attitude, which may not necessarily be related to grades, although scholastic ability is important. The student will learn to accurately position the patient’s body and introduce the least amount of radiation for a quality diagnostic image. Imaging may be performed in the radiology department, on the nursing units, and at times during surgical procedures.

How do I apply to the ACMH School of Radiologic Technology?
An application may be obtained by:

  • Contact Glenna Kanish, M.A.Ed., R.T.R.M., Educational Coordinator, at 724-543-8206 or at kanishg@acmh.org
  • Contact Jenny Sturgeon, B.S., R.T.R., Clinical Coordinator, at 724-543-8206 or at sturgeonj@acmh.org
  • In writing to ACMH School of Radiologic Technology, One Nolte Drive, Kittanning, Pennsylvania 16201-7111
  • Download and complete the application form

Along with the application, the following must be submitted to the ACMH School of Radiologic Technology to the above address by January 31.

  • A nonrefundable $25.00 application fee. This check or money order is to be made payable to ACMH.
  • Official grade transcripts from high school and colleges attended.
  • Three letters of reference.
  • A short essay (no longer than 600 words) explaining why radiologic technology has been chosen as a career.

All applications are reviewed and eligible applicants are interviewed in the months of February and March. At the end of the interview process, a maximum of eight students may be selected and admitted annually to the program (clinical capacity determined by JRCERT). The selection is made without regard to race, color, nationality, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, or any other prohibited status.

What are the admission requirements?

  • Applicant must be at least 18 years of age at the onset of their education in the program.
  • Must be of high moral character.
  • Demonstrate a willingness to interact with sick and disabled persons, be accurate, thorough, sympathetic, and courteous.
  • Overall grade point average of 2.5. This average includes high school and college scores.
  • Effective January 1, 2015, requirements for eligibility for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification and registration examination require that candidates are to have earned an associate (or more advanced) degree from an accrediting agency recognized by the ARRT. The degree need not be in the radiologic sciences. In order for an applicant to meet this degree requirement, the following options are available.
    1. Hold an associate degree or higher on application. Documentation of this degree is required. Strong math and science background will be noted.
    2. Applications are accepted from those enrolled in the Bachelor of Science of Medical Imaging at Clarion University of Pennsylvania and are eligible to apply to a clinical site. An official transcript is required from the university.
    3. Potential applicants who do not have an associate degree or higher may enroll in Butler County Community College (BC3) in the Technical Trades: Radiologic Technology curriculum. Concurrent classes are taken at BC3 and ACMH to obtain an associate degree in Radiologic Technology.
  • Must possess good physical and mental health.
  • Accepted students are required to successfully complete:

- A physical examination by a physician of their choice

- ACT 33 (Child Abuse) Clearance

- ACT 34 (Criminal Background Check) Clearance

- ACT 73 (FBI Fingerprinting) Clearance

- A drug screen conducted by ACMH staff

  • A job shadow experience in a radiology department is not required, but may be beneficial to the applicant. To schedule a job shadow at ACMH Hospital, call ACMH Human Resources at 724-543-8411.
  • Must satisfy the program’s technical standards with or without accommodations.
  • Must be able to speak, write and understand English fluently.