Online Orientation Video

Video Transcript

Welcome to the online orientation session for the Dallas College Radiologic Sciences Program on the Brookhaven campus.

We hope this video will give you some insight into what it means to be a professional radiographer, what the job outlook holds in store, and will prepare you for the application process that will begin in January.

The radiologic sciences program is a 64-credit hour curriculum. Students accepted into the program will begin classes at the start of the summer semester. Classes typically begin at 8 or 9am with labs following until 4-5pm. Instruction consists of lecture, lab and clinical practicum

IF you haven't already done so, take a moment to print or download a copy of our information packet so that you can follow along as we move through the orientation.

This orientation video is available for you to view as often as you like. You are free to pause the video at any point but you must watch the video in its entirety in order to initiate the program application process.

Things to consider:  Participating in the Radiologic Technology program requires a significant time commitment. Thus, it can put a strain on interpersonal relationships as well as finances.

In the first semester, program students are on campus Monday – Thursday from 9am – 4pm and Monday – Wednesday from 9a-5p the second semester. Students are expected to spend a minimum of 8 hours per week in open lab if campus is open. Tutoring is available and students are encouraged to take advantage of that whenever it is available.

During semesters 3-5, time shifts from the campus to the hospital. Students will be on campus on Mondays from 9a – 4p and at the hospital Tuesday thru Friday, 8 hours a day with shifts varying by semester.

Students will find it difficult to work more than a few hours a week while in the program. Therefore, it is imperative that you prepare a budget and save as much money as possible prior to entry into the program to lessen the financial strain. Dallas College offers several resources to assist with financial planning.

Radiologic technologists are integral members of the healthcare team.  Good communication and listening skills are essential. We are trained to provide exceptional care to all of our patients throughout each step of the imaging process.

One of the great things about our profession is the flexibility of shifts and the variety of locations in which we can work. Hospitals are open 24/7/365 days a year and we cover all of those shifts. Imaging centers offer a more traditional 8-5, M-F type routine. Many radiographers return to school to seek additional certifications in Computed Tomography, Mammography, or Vascular Interventional Radiography to increase his/her marketability in the workforce.

Some of the duties you would be expected to perform as a radiologic technologist are:

  • Adjusting and maintaining imaging equipment
  • Protecting the patient from excess exposure​​        
  • Positioning the patient and equipment 
  • ​Operating equipment and computer systems
  • Evaluating images to ensure optimal quality
  • ​Precisely following physician's orders
  • Preparing patients for exams
  • Working with radiologists​
  • Maintaining detailed patient records​

Our work as radiologic technologists can be physically demanding. We are required to reach, stretch, and bend as we move equipment and patients. We must be able to read and evaluate orders received from physicians to ensure that the patient is receiving the correct exam.

Good communication skills are critical when describing the exam to the patient, obtaining a thorough medical history, and when sharing information with our radiologists. Writing skills are also important when documenting patient information into the medical history.

The job outlook continues to look positive for our profession.  According to the BLN, employment for our profession is expected to grow faster than average for all occupations, with an increase of 7% from 2019-2029.

The median pay in 2019, the time period for which we currently have data, was an average $62,280/year.

As of January 2015, the ARRT requires that all candidates for certification hold a minimum of an associate degree.

And, as mentioned earlier, those with training in multiple modalities may have a broader range of employment opportunities.

New graduates in the DFW market typically earn around $21/hr. This does not include the shift differential that is added for those radiographers that choose to work second, third or weekend shifts. 

Our program faculty brings with them years of experience as both educators and practicing technologists. We are passionate about the profession and about providing exceptional didactic and clinical experiences for our students. Feel free to contact any of us should you have questions about our profession or the program.

The application process actually begins when you are admitted to the college and begin taking your prerequisite courses. Once you have successfully completed the prerequisites you are now eligible to seek application to the program. You're taking that first step now by watching this orientation video. Upon completion of this video, you will be eligible to seek enrollment in the BHC Rad Science application community.  It is here in the community that you will upload the required supporting documents that are part of the application process. Instructions for this process will be available in the community at the beginning of the Spring semester when the application period opens. Acceptance into the program is a competitive process. At the end of the application period, earned points will be evaluated and the top 30* students will be notified of program acceptance.

Applicants must complete the 5 prerequisite courses that are required for application to the program with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.  A  B or higher is required for Biology 2401.  RADR 2209 is only offered on this campus.  All prerequisites must be completed before the end of the application period. Please note as of the spring semester 2019, the prerequisite courses have changed. The SCIT Anatomy and Physiology courses have been deleted from the program curriculum. HOWEVER, the SCIT courses will be accepted as substitutions for the June 2021 cohort. If you intend to apply for any cohort after 2021, you MUST take the BIOL 2401 and BIO 2402 Anatomy and Physiology course sequence. 

At the conclusion of this video, you will be required to send an email to indicate your interest in applying to the program.  You can expect to receive a confirmation e-mail from Sharon Watson regarding your enrollment in the eCampus community within 3 business days. 

In preparation for completing the online application form, you will need to have all of the information listed here.  Please note that the Online portion of the application will become available at the beginning of the spring semester and must be completed and submitted prior to April 5, 2019.

After submitting the online program application, you will need to gather all supporting documents applicable to your application.

Official transcripts MUST BE MAILED directly to Brookhaven Campus Admissions Office.

If you have prior military experience, a copy of your DD Form 214 must be submitted to the Rad Science program office via the eCampus community.

If you have previous healthcare experience, a letter must be sent from your employer on organization letterhead verifying your dates of employment. Employment duties and responsibilities should also be included in the letter along with contact information. This letter will be submitted to the Radiologic Science Program Office via the eCampus community.

You must also submit a current résumé. If you need assistance you can contact the BHC Career Development Center for an appointment.

If you plan to substitute any courses toward the AAS in Radiologic Science degree plan, you should contact an advisor for more information. Course substitution forms should be submitted NO LATER than March 12, 2021.

The filing period for the Radiologic Sciences program application begins on the first day of the spring semester and ends on the last day of the spring semester. See the College Calendar for the exact dates.

Please refer to the program information packet for specific applicant selection criteria.
Students accepted into the program will be required to complete a physical examination and the following immunizations after program acceptance.  There is no waiver for immunizations – students that do not have complete immunizations will not be allowed to participate in clinical courses.
Students accepted into the program are also required to submit to a random drug screen and criminal background check.  If an applicant has reason to believe that there will be any issues with criminal history, they are encouraged to visit the ARRT site to learn more about the ethics pre-approval process and the TMB site for the Criminal History Evaluation Letter

Once in the program, students will complete healthcare provider CPR. Prior to beginning the clinical rotations, students will also have to provide documentation of personal health insurance.

If you need academic advising as you work through the application process, contact Edeleu Florenda or Remington Koch

General program questions can be referred to Sharon Watson, application coordinator.

You have reached the end of the Brookhaven Campus Radiologic Sciences online information session. To verify that you have completed this video presentation, please send an email to bhcradtech@dcccd.edu

 The email must contain your full name listed with the college and your Dallas College student ID number and the year you intend to apply.  Once you send the email you can expect to receive a confirmation email from Sharon Watson within 3 business days.