School of Radiologic Technology

Baton Rouge General's School of Radiologic Technology offers students the education and preparation needed to become a skilled radiologic technologist. Under the direction of highly skilled physicians, instructors and technologists in smaller class settings, students are educated on the latest diagnostic imaging systems and gain first-hand experience through clinical specialty rotation and clinical internships in areas such as CT, MRI, Heart Catheterization/Special Procedures and Radiation Therapy.

In recent years, pass rates of Baton Rouge General’s School of Radiologic Technology graduates on the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) exam have exceeded national averages. Employment rates of graduates have also exceeded national averages with graduates being employed in a wide variety of facilities across the region and being cross-trained in advanced technologies such as CT, MRI, Mammography and Heart Catheterization and Intervention.

Baton Rouge General's School of Radiologic Technology has been fully accredited since 1985 by the Louisiana State Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners, the State of Louisiana Department of Education and the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

The program has recently undergone a complete curriculum revision to ensure that instruction is the most current and of the best quality possible. The program was also recently awarded reaccreditation for eight years, which is the maximum award possible for programmatic accreditation by the JRCERT.

Mission Statement

To provide quality education to radiologic technology students so they will become competent radiologic technologists that will serve the community with excellence.

Goals

  • Students will be progressively competent to safely perform basic to complex clinical procedures by:
    • Applying positioning skills
    • Demonstrating competency in a wide variety of radiological procedures
    • Selecting appropriate technical factors
    • Understanding and providing basic care
    • Understanding and applying appropriate radiation protection practices

  • Students will demonstrate effective communication by:
    • Demonstrating oral communication skills
    • Practicing written communication skills

  • Students will demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills by:
    • Manipulating technical factors for non-routine examinations
    • being able to adapt positioning for trauma or critically ill patients

  • Students will understand the value of professional development and life-long learning by:
    • Determining the importance of continued professional development
    • Summarizing their professional obligations upon gaining their ARRT
    • Conducting themselves in an ethical, professional manner

The School of Radiologic Technology admits a new class every January. Selection for admission to the incoming class is based on GPA in the required college courses and scores on the entrance test. To be considered for selection, the applicant must have:

  • Minimum grade of C in each college course required by the School
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 in the specified general education courses required by the School
    • Note: The higher of the first 2 grades obtained in a repeated course will be used to compute GPA. If colleges awarded grades with a plus (+), the GPA will be computed according to the letter grade only.
  • Entrance test scores
  • Two acceptable performance appraisals (Interviews may be part of the selection process)

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications must be postmarked by the application deadline. The application deadline is August 31.

Admission Requirements

By August 31, submit:

By September 30, submit:

  • High school transcript, copy of high school diploma or GED scores
  • Official transcripts from all colleges previously attended or those courses “in progress” for completing prerequisite requirements
  • Two performance appraisals completed by recent employers or instructors – Click here to download form.
  • Entrance test scores (Completion of standardized entrance exam is required)  Click here for general information on entrance testing.


Prerequisites

Candidates applying for admission are required to complete 28 college credit hours as follows:

Semester 1  Hours Semester 2  Hours
English 1010 English 1020 
Math 1  Communication 1010 
Biology 2220, 2221 Biology 2230, 2231 
Psychology 1010  Allied Health 1020 
Orientation  Allied Health 2200 
Total 14  Total  14

English and math courses cannot be remedial courses.

Attention BRCC and RPCC Students:
Click here for the prerequisite equivalent courses that must be taken.

Acceptance 

Applicants who are accepted into the program will be notified by email and will have an identified time frame to accept the position in the class. Those declining the position will be requested to submit their response in writing. Those accepting admission to the radiologic technology program will receive further instructions by mail and will be required to submit the following:
  • Remit a nonrefundable administrative processing fee of $50 by the deadline stated in letter of acceptance.
  • Each student must submit to background checks prior to attending required observation hours in December.
  • Present a record of acceptable health and immunization status on the school supplied form prior to December. Provide evidence of TB testing and current immunization status (including hepatitis B), including various titers.
  • Each student must submit to drug testing upon admission and at any time while enrolled in the School of Radiologic Technology as determined by the proper authorities. Students will be notified of where and when to arrive for their initial admission drug screen performed by BR General Employee Health.
  • Complete 8 hours of clinical observation with Baton Rouge General (Mid City or Bluebonnet locations). Details given in acceptance letter. Clinical observation will be scheduled by the School of Radiologic Technology Clinical Coordinator.

Baton Rouge General’s School of Radiologic Technology reserves the right to change entrance requirements, curriculum, educational policies, performance standards (competencies), graduation requirements, tuition, fees, and any and all policies, in the best interest of the school. Contact the School of Radiologic Technology each year and check the Admission Requirements tab to be sure you are meeting requirements. The contents contained here are neither a contract nor an offer to contract.

The General’s School of Radiologic Technology assures equal opportunity for all qualified persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, marital status or veteran status in the admission to or participation in it programs and activities. The School of Radiologic Technology adheres to requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Any student requiring special accommodations to complete the program must submit documentation of the accommodations and follow school policy for consideration of accommodations.

Contact Us

If you have any additional questions or would like to make an appointment for our staff to review prior transcripts or help with requirements, please call Susan Butler, Registrar, at (225) 387-7024 or Susan.Butler@brgeneral.org.

Curriculum Objectives

To access the School of Radiologic Technology Curriculum Objectives and Graduate Competencies, click here.

OutcomeS Assessment Plan

To access the School of Radiologic Technology Outcomes Assessment Plan, click here.


Program of Study

Level I Hours 
Spring Semester   
RADS 101: Introduction to Radiography 
RADS 104: Patient Care and Pharmacology
3
RADS 105: Patient Care Lab
1
RADS 110: Radiographic Positioning
4
RADS 120: Clinical Radiography
3
RADS 111: Seminar I
1
Total 15 
Summer Semester   
RADS 120S: Clinical Radiography  
Total 3
Level II  Hours 
Fall Semester   
RADS 204: Radiation Physics
RADS 210: Radiographic Positioning II
4
RADS 220: Clinical Radiography II
4
RADS 211: Seminar II
1
Total 12
Level III  Hours 
Spring Semester
RADS 302: Radiographic Pathology
3
RADS 304: Imaging Technique
3
RADS 304L: Imaging Technique Lab
1
RADS 320: Clinical Radiography III
5
RADS 311: Seminar III
1
Total 13
Summer Semester  
RADS 320S: Clinical Radiography IIIS
4
RADS 310: Advanced Radiographic Procedures
2
Total 6
Level IV  Hours
Fall Semester   
RADS 402: Radiation Protection and Biology
RADS 404: Darkroom to Digital and QA
2
RADS 410: Advanced Practices in Radiography
2
RADS 411: Seminar IV
1
RADS 420: Clinical Radiography IV
5
Total 12
Total Credit Hours 89
Total Radiologic Technology Hours  61
General Education Hours 28
Click here for more information about Northwestern State University and Baton Rouge General School of Radiologic Technology articulation requirements.

Certification

Beginning with the January 2013 admission class, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) requires documentation of successful completion of an Associate Degree, in addition to documentation of successful completion of our Certificate in order to be eligible for National ARRT Registry/Certification testing.

Baton Rouge General School of Radiologic Technology has an articulation agreement in place with Northwestern State University to aid students in completing this requirement. Please contact Dr. Laura Aaron at Northwestern State University at (318) 677-3072 or carwilel@nsula.edu and the Baton Rouge General School of Radiologic Technology Program Director at (225) 387-7157 for more information.

Tuition & Expenses

Tuition, fees, and expenses are based on current and/or projected rates and are subject to change. The listed expenses do not include tuition, fees and expenses incurred while enrolled in prerequisite college courses. For the tuition for college courses, see the catalog from the desired college. 

Tuition, Fees & Expenses  
Fees  
Application fee  $50
Entrance test fee $100
Admission fee $50
   
Tuition (calculated at $315/credit hour)  
Level I  $5,670 (Spring, $4,725; Summer, $945)
Level II $3,780
Level III $5,985 (Spring, $4,095; Summer, $1,890)
Level IV $3,780
Fees average $700/semester  $2,800
Total estimated fees & tuition $22,215
   
Estimated additional expenses* 
$2,675

*Textbooks, lead markers with initials, uniforms, shoes, LSRT membership, graduation expenses

All tuition and fees are due and payable at the beginning of each semester and summer term. Food, lodging, and transportation are the responsibility of the student. 

 

Financial Assistance

To be eligible for financial assistance, the student must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The form may be completed on the internet at www.fafsa.gov.

The School participates in three Title IV programs:

  • Federal Pell Grant: a grant awarded on the basis of financial need; but, not available to students who have already received a bachelor or professional degree.
  • Federal Stafford Loans: Stafford loans are either subsidized or unsubsidized.
  • Parent PLUS Loans: Loans enabling parents with good credit histories to borrow for the education expenses of each child who is a dependent undergraduate student enrolled at least half time.

Veterans Benefits:
The Veterans Administration provides a wide range of benefits which include education and training. To apply for benefits, go to
www.GIBILL.VA.gov.

Vocational Rehabilitation:
Students seeking benefits through vocational rehabilitation should contact State of Louisiana, Dept. of Health and Human Resources, Office of Human Development, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Students currently receiving federal financial aid should recognize that award amounts might be reduced upon initial enrollment at the Baton Rouge General School of Radiologic Technology. The determination of award amount is based on class standing and all students enter the program at the “freshman” level.

For more information, contact the Financial Aid Administrator at
FinancialAidComm@brgeneral.org.

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Program Effectiveness

To access the School of Radiologic Technology Program Effectiveness, click here.