Overview & Employment – Radiologic Technology

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A Radiologic Technology program prepares radiographers to take radiographs of all parts of the human body for the purpose of diagnosing medical problems. Radiographers position the patients, who either lie on a table, sit, or stand, so that the correct parts of the body can be radiographed. In addition, radiographers may take portable radiographs in areas of the hospital that include the emergency room, operating room, intensive care unit, and patient care units. Radiologic Technologists work with ionizing radiation and learn proper procedures to protect themselves and their patients from unnecessary radiation exposure. The radiographer must use sterile technique, maintain records, assist with special procedures, and administer opaque media via multiple routes, including intravenous routes. Transfer and positioning activities are integrated throughout the program. Radiographers must be reliable, have mechanical aptitude and possess good communication skills.

Entrance Requirements

The applicant must complete the application forms which can be found on the Mercy Medical Center–North Iowa website,, and the NIACC health professions counselor, located in the Student Development Office. Mercy’s application deadline is December 15 each year.

In order to apply, the following must be met:

    1. All applicants MUST be United States citizens or permanent residents.
    2. At least 18 years of age by the start date of the program.
    3. Graduation from an accredited high school or have passed a standard equivalent program.
    4. Completion of the following classes with a minimum grade of a C is MANDATORY:
      1. Biology (1 full year high school or 1 semester college)
      2. Chemistry OR Physics (1 full year high school or 1 semester college).
    5. Attendance at one of the information sessions held by Mercy.

Priority Consideration will be given to applicants who meet or exceed the following:

    1. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 for high school.
    2. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 for any college course.
    3. A minimum score of 18 on the ACT test.
    4. Have taken the following math or science courses with a minimum grade of C in either high school (full year) or college:
      • Geometry
      • Anatomy/Physiology
      • Other math or science courses.
    5. Health care experience.
    6. Have completed the required three college-level courses: Medical Terminology I (not considered part of the required general education courses, but is required for the program), math, and communication courses (developmental courses cannot be used to meet this requirement) with a minimum grade of C or higher.
    7. Have completed additional college-level general education courses.

Candidates for admission that meet minimum requirements will be granted an interview. For those individuals selected by Mercy, final acceptance is contingent upon successful completion of a physical exam, a drug screen, background check, and post-offer screen no sooner than 30 days prior to the start of Radiologic Technology classes at Mercy Medical Center–North Iowa. In addition, proof of CPR/BLS certification from either the American
Heart Association’s BLS: Healthcare Provider or the American Red Cross’s Professional Rescuer prior to program start date must be provided.

There is no waiting list. Applicants who are not accepted and wish to be considered for the following year must re-apply. This includes applicants chosen as alternate candidates who did not start the program in that year.

Program Completion: The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists requires radiologic technology graduates to have a minimum of an Associates Degree or higher prior to taking the
national certification exam. The degree does not need to be in Radiation Sciences and can be completed prior to or during the x-ray program. A Medical Terminology course must also be successfully completed if not part of the previous degree.

The NIACC A.A.S. Degree in Radiologic Technology requires a total of 16 hours of college-level general education courses (developmental courses DO NOT qualify) and 3 hours of Medical
Terminology. Students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.00 to satisfy NIACC degree requirements. It is recommended that you have as many as possible of the required
19 hours completed prior to beginning the Mercy x-ray program. Continuation in the Mercy program is dependent upon successful progression of the NIACC courses as listed on the next page. For applicants with significant non-NIACC college credits: even if previous courses transfer to NIACC, a minimum of 19 NIACC hours is required to fulfill the A.A.S. Radiologic Technology Degree.

Career Opportunities

Radiologic Technologists work for:

    • Hospitals and clinics
    • Privately-owned facilities
    • Physician’s offices that provide radiological services

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