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School of Health Sciences

Academic Advising
3070 Human Health Building
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
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(248) 370-2369
shs@oakland.edu

Dean's Office
Human Health Building
(248) 370-3562
shs@oakland.edu

School of Health Sciences

Academic Advising
3070 Human Health Building
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 370-2369
shs@oakland.edu

Dean's Office
Human Health Building
(248) 370-3562
shs@oakland.edu

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Radiologic Technology

Radiologic technologists are responsible for administering ionizing radiation to patients for diagnostic or research purposes.  The primary responsibility of the radiologic technologist is to integrate advanced radiographic techniques and positioning with applied knowledge of anatomy and physiology for the imaging of internal structures.  Practitioners of radiologic technology must possess qualities such as good communication and a desire to work directly with patients.


Program Overview Advising

INFORMATION SESSIONS

Contact Director Sara Rivard to learn about the degree and profession of a Radiologic Technologist or join us for one of the information sessions listed below!  Sessions will be held in room 5015 of the Human Health Building.   

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. 

Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences B.S.

A Bachelor of Science in Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences with a specialization in radiologic technology (RAD) prepares students to integrate complex knowledge of anatomy, physiology, positioning and radiographic techniques and advanced technical skills in the imaging of internal structures.

Students may apply for the Radiologic Technology program after completing the CDS core curriculum – generally as a sophomore. Application is made during the winter semester of the sophomore year for the September start date.

Oakland University is affiliated with Beaumont Hospitals to provide the clinical portion of the program.  Acceptance into the program is competitive and based on Math/Science GPA, personal interview, letters of recommendation and score on the Medical Terminology Entrance Exam administered to interviewed candidates.  Desirable candidates possess qualities and abilities in communication, computer literacy, leadership, multitasking, problem solving and critical thinking.  Direct patient contact experience, volunteering with patients and advanced course work are also considered in the admissions process. 

Currently, up to 17 students are accepted each year, which may vary based on clinical site availability.  The program is 24 months in duration.  Students will spend 2 days each week in academic instruction at Oakland University during Fall and Winter semesters.  One day of academic instruction is scheduled during Summer semester.  Clinical education takes place 3 days each week (all semesters) in a variety of rotations at the Beaumont Hospitals in Grosse Pointe, Royal Oak, Troy, and West Bloomfield.  Additional clinical sites may be required.

The Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

Consider this profession if you:
  • want to make a difference in the lives of others
  • enjoy subjects such as anatomy, biology, radiation safety, and physics
  • enjoy using computers to acquire and manipulate images
  • want to communicate with patients, doctors, nurses and other radiologic technologists
  • enjoy solving problems
  • want a hands-on practice in a clinical setting
  • interested in opportunities to advance within the professional world
Career Outlook
Radiologic Technology is one of the fastest growing career fields in the United States and is expected to continue to have higher than average job growth well into the future.  In fact, the  United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics  estimates demand for Radiologic Technologists to increase by a total of 12% or 30,200 jobs between 2016 and 2026.  Radiologic Technologists earn a median pay of $58,960 per year.  There is an immediate demand for qualified Radiologic Technologists in settings such as hospitals, physician’s offices, and imaging clinics.
Curriculum

Students in the Radiologic Technology specialization should complete RAD courses in the order outlined in the RAD plan of study. Please see the Radiologic Technology Plan of Study for a recommended year-by-year schedule of classes. For a complete description of courses, please review the Biomedical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences Program entry in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Students must be admitted to the Radiologic Technology program and have Radiologic Technology listed as their major in order to register for RAD courses.

All students applying to Radiologic Technology program must complete a graduation audit with their SHS academic adviser when applying to this program.

Oakland University is affiliated with Beaumont Hospitals to provide the clinical portion of the program. Acceptance into the program is competitive and based on grade point average, personal interview, letters of recommendation and score on the Medical Terminology Entrance Exam administered to interviewed candidates. Desirable candidates possess qualities and abilities in communication, computer literacy, leadership, multitasking, problem solving and critical thinking. Direct patient contact experience, volunteering with patients and advanced course work are also considered in the admissions process.

A maximum of 17 students are accepted each year. The program is 24 months in duration.  Students will spend 2 days each week in academic instruction at Oakland University during Fall and Winter semesters. One day of academic instruction is scheduled during Summer semester.  Clinical education takes place 3 days each week (all semesters) in a variety of rotations at the Beaumont Hospitals in Grosse Pointe, Royal Oak, Troy, and West Bloomfield. Additional clinical sites may be required.

 

CT, MRI & Mammography Courses

CT, MRI, and Mammography Courses for Imaging Technologists

The Radiologic Technology program at Oakland University offers courses designed to expand on the existing knowledge of current ARRT registered imaging technologists in the areas of Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), and Mammography, in affiliation with Beaumont Health. Each course is approximately one semester (15 - 17 weeks) in length. The MRI course includes approximately 32 hours of clinical and one 3 hour class day per week. The CT and Mammography courses include approximately 24 hours of clinical and one 3 hour class day per week. Clinical hours take place in the morning and afternoon shifts at various Beaumont clinical locations. Other clinical sites, locations and hours of attendance may be required. Clinical shifts vary based on the clinical rotation schedule, as assigned. With permission, additional clinical time may be allowed.  

Extensive clinical participation is required throughout these courses to meet the ARRT credentialing requirements in the course modality. These advanced modality courses demand a high level of student professionalism, personal commitment and academic focus.  Students that are unable to maintain this degree of performance will not be allowed to continue in the course.

The MRI course is offered for 7 credits, and the CT and Mammography courses are offered for 6 credits each.  Tuition is assessed based on the School of Health Sciences upper division rates. Tuition rates are adjusted each year by the University.   Please be aware of the differential tuition rates specific to the School of Health Sciences. Some employers might provide tuition reimbursement for these courses.  Please check with your department administrator for details.

Students may apply for admission to the modality courses through the Radiologic Technology program application process.  Applicants are required to hold current ARRT registration or become registered with the ARRT within two weeks after the modality course start date; and they must also hold current CPR (“Healthcare Provider”) certification through the American Heart Association.  Applications are accepted year round and the courses may be scheduled any semester based on the number of applicants. Acceptance into a modality course is based on previous math and science grade point average, personal interview, and letters of recommendation. 

For specific course offerings in each semester, contact:

Sara Rivard – sararivard@oakland.edu

William Van Dyke – wvandyke@oakland.edu

For more information and applicant instructions, click here.