The mission of the Radiologic Technology Program at Nassau Community College is to provide an educational experience that prepares competent, entry level health care providers in the practice of radiologic technology.
The Radiologic Technology Program's mission is consistent with the College's mission in that it supports high quality, low-cost education and career preparation to meet the needs and interests of the community it serves.
- To provide a foundation for excellence by recruiting the most qualified applicants who possess motivation and a potential for success;
- To provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to competently perform radiographic procedures as entry level practitioners upon graduation;
- To provide clinical education experiences that are analogous with didactic instruction and the development of competent clinical practice skills;
- To enhance student commitment to the highest ethical conduct by promoting the values of compassion, respect, and dignity in providing care to patients during diagnostic imaging procedures;
- To facilitate the development of effective communication, critical thinking, and problem solving skills relative to a successful profession as a radiologic technologist;
- To encourage student motivation toward continued personal and professional growth.
Radiologic Technology (A.A.S.) - The Radiologic Technology program is a two-year (i.e., four semesters and three summer sessions) program leading to the Associate in Applied Science degree. The curriculum combines liberal arts studies and technical courses with clinical education at affiliated hospitals. The Radiologic Technology student is trained to work under the supervision of a physician in the diagnostic applications of x-rays. Responsibilities of the Radiologic Technologist include positioning of patients, handling of complex equipment and utilizing radiation protection devices. In addition to these technical skills, the technologist's duties require him/her to attend to the physical and emotional needs of patients who are often acutely ill or seriously injured.
This program is accredited under the Nassau Community College accreditation granted by The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and by the New York State Department of Health. Opportunities for professional advancement and continuing education at the B.S. degree level are available. Candidates who satisfy the following requirements may be eligible to receive advanced credit toward the A.A.S. degree in Radiologic Technology: (1) enrolled at Nassau Community College in either the day or evening division, (2) licensed by the New York State Health Department, Bureau of Radiologic Technology (L.R.T.), (3) certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists R.T. (R), (4) currently employed as a practicing radiologic technologist, (5) pass a proficiency examination, and (6) complete 33 credits in residence for graduation.
Radiologic technology is a highly technical and sophisticated science. The complexity of radiographic equipment, the diversity of procedures and the emphasis upon radiation safety and protection require competently trained personnel.
A radiographer works directly with physicians in hospitals, clinics, imaging centers and private offices performing x-ray examinations on patients in order to aid in the diagnosis of disease or injury. Responsibilities include positioning of the patient; handling of complex equipment; determining proper exposure factors; utilizing radiation protection devices; and processing films. In addition to these technical skills, the radiographer's duties require him/her to attend to the physical and emotional needs of patients who are often acutely ill or seriously injured.