Radiologic Science at Oregon Tech
Oregon Tech's radiologic science major begin in 1952 as an associate's degree program. In 1975, under the direction of Charles Jacobi, the university introduced the first bachelor's degree in radiologic science in the United States. In 1994, Oregon Tech dropped the associate's option and began offering the bachelor's program exclusively.
Radiologic science students are required to take courses in four modalities, and may elect to take all five, as well as Quality Assurance. Courses include laboratory exercises using energized x-ray machines, two automatic film processing darkrooms, use of a variety of test equipment, and rotations through the radiography department at Merle West Medical Center, which is across the street from the campus.
Bachelor's degree students receive extensive training in communication skills and business practices, which are important for career-track professional development.
Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the radiography examination, administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Technologists who are ARRT registered are qualified to work in any of the modalities.
In addition to the entry-level radiography examination, the ARRT offers advanced registration in the other four imaging modalities, as well as quality assurance. Although it is not yet necessary to hold additional registries to work in the special modalities, it is not uncommon for employers to require it after a technologist has had sufficient supervised experience in that modality.