The Radiological Technology Program will accept 20
students every fall semester. The clinical training begins during the second
half of the first semester and the hours will be set by the clinical institution
in which the student is working. This may include days, evenings, nights
and/or weekend shifts. The student will attend clinical 8 hours a day for 10
weeks during the first semester. The clinical experience increases to two days
a week during the spring semester and to 3 days a week during the summer and
during the last year (fall and spring) of the curriculum.
Students are encouraged to take the academic support courses prior to
entering the program. The program is rigorous and completing the support
courses enables the student to complete the program successfully while
maintaining personal responsibilities such as work and family commitments.
The Radiological Technology student will employ cognitive, psychomotor, and
affective skills in acquisition of their degree. They will be expected to
perform as radiographic technologists who must lift and move patients as well as
push, pull, lift, and carry heavy equipment. Additionally, students will be
required to stoop, bend, and stand for long periods of time and will be required
to move quickly in emergency situations. Interpersonal skills are an integral
part of the profession and require that the student be able to function
appropriately in highly stressful situations.
NCTC will require that a pregnant student withdraw during the term of her
pregnancy. She will be readmitted upon completion of her pregnancy when
determined by her physician and depending on space available. Students who
must miss clinical experiences due to illness will be required to obtain a
written release from their physician before returning to the clinical setting.
A physical examination and proof of immunization
must be submitted prior to beginning the program. A physical examination will
be provided that documents a medical history and physical examination. Current
record of immunizations will include:
• Tuberculin skin test within
the last six months. (If positive, a chest x-ray is required within the last
• Tetanus/Diphtheria current
within 10 years.
• Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR)
two doses of measles immunization is required either separately or in
combination with MMR
• Varicella disclaimer (no
• Hepatitis B Series
• Health situations which may
prohibit the use of the Hepatitis B vaccine must be documented by a physician, and a waiver must be signed by the student.
Students must be certified in cardiopulmonary
resuscitation (CPR) at the Health Care Provider level as designated by the
American Heart Association. A copy of a current CPR card must be submitted to
the student's instructor prior to attending clinical.
Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen
Students are required to undergo a criminal background check and drug screen
prior to beginning clinical experiences. The criminal background check is
conducted once the student has been deemed eligible to enter the program but
prior to admission. Therefore, if a student does not pass the criminal
background check, the student will not be admitted to the program and will not
have incurred the expenses associated with enrollment.
The criminal background check
reviews a person's criminal history seven years previous to the date of
program application. The check will include all cities and counties of the
person's residency during that time period. The following histories will
disqualify an individual from consideration for a clinical rotation.
- Felony conviction
- Misdemeanor convictions or felony deferred adjudications involving crimes
against persons (physical or sexual abuse)
- Misdemeanor convictions related to moral turpitude (prostitution, public
- Felony deferred adjudications for the sale, possession, distribution, or
transfer of narcotics or controlled substances
- Registered sex offenders
The drug screen will be conducted after the student has been
accepted to the program. Results of these screenings will be reviewed and
verified to determine that a student is eligible to attend clinical rotations.
The student is responsible for all charges incurred for these screenings and
will pay this fee upon registration for the program.
The clinical agency reserves the right to remove a student from their
facility for suspicion of substance use or abuse including alcohol. The
clinical agency reserves the right to request that a student submit to a repeat
drug screening at the student's expense on the same day that the student is
removed from the clinical facility. Failure to comply will result in the
student's immediate expulsion from the clinical facility. Regardless of
testing or testing results, a clinical agency reserves the right to expel a
student form their facility.
Should a student who has been accepted to the program be prohibited from
attending a clinical rotation experience due to drug screening, the student will
be dismissed from the program.
The drug screen follows National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) guidelines
and screens for 10 substances as designated in the Substance Abuse Panel 10 (SAP
10). These substances are:
Amphetamines Cocaine Metabolites
Marijuana Metabolites Phencyclidine
SAP 10 test results which fall outside of any of the acceptable ranges are
considered positive test results and are automatically sent for a separate
confirmatory test by a Gas Chromotography MSS Spectometry (GCMS) method. If
these results remain positive, the test results are sent to a Medical Review
Officer (MRO) which will entail an additional cost of $25-$75 to the student.
The MRO will then contact the student to determine if there is a valid
prescription for the drug in question. If a valid prescription exists and is
verified, the test result will be deemed to be negative and acceptable.