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Radiologic Technology — Miles Community College

Program Overview

The Highlands College of Montana Tech Radiologic Technology Program is a collaborative program between Highlands College and Miles Community College.

Radiologic Technologists are medical professionals with a primary responsibility to create images of patient’s bodies using medical equipment, helping doctors diagnose and treat diseases and injuries; all while promoting radiation safety and providing quality patient care.  Students in this program learn to master the required technology and become vital members of the patient care team, with time spent in clinical settings and classroom settings.  After successful completion of the requirements for the associates degree are met, the student must sit for the national certification exam administered through The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, and become a Registered Technologist RT (R), before entering the workforce.  

A career in radiologic technology can lead in many directions, and there is strong demand for work across the country. Work settings after graduation can vary widely from hospitals, to clinics, physician offices, mobile units, education, management, research, public health, and sales or service of radiographic equipment.  There also are many opportunities after becoming a registered technologist to specialize and gain certification in additional radiology modalities, including: MRI, computed tomography (CT), radiation therapy, mammography, nuclear medicine, interventional cardiac or vascular radiography, and sonography.

The Radiologic Technology Program includes studies in:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Radiographic Procedures
  • Radiation Safety
  • Radiographic Image Production
  • Radiologic Sciences – Physics and Biology
  • Patient Care
  • Medical Law & Ethics

Admission

Admission to Miles Community College and Highlands College does not guarantee acceptance into the Radiologic Technology Program. Students entering with the intent to become a Radiologic Technologist are accepted into the program through a formal selection process.

Students planning to study radiologic technology need a strong educational health core and must be competent in computer skills. The plan of study includes 18 credits that make up the basis for selecting students into the program.  The minimum selective GPA for consideration into the RT program is 2.75, however the selective GPA from the pre-requisite courses is a large part of the selection process so a higher GPA will increase chances of admittance to the program.

A limited number of students are admitted spring semester of each year. Students apply for the Butte site or the Miles City site. If the number of qualified applicants exceeds the available space, not all qualified applicants will be accepted. Since the competitive selection is based mainly on GPA, students with higher GPAs are most likely to be accepted.

A limited number of students are admitted to start spring semester of each year, due to limited clinical space available. If the number of qualified applicants exceeds the available clinical space, not all qualified applicants will be accepted.

For more information, about Montana Tech's academic programs, view the Montana Tech Catalog.

Additional Program Admission Requirements

When a student has completed or is enrolled in all program pre-requisite courses during fall semester they may submit an application to the program.   Students apply separately to either the Butte or Miles City area.  Applications for the Radiologic Technology program have additional requirements that must be met in order to be considered for placement into the program.  These include but are not limited to –

  • Job shadow / work experience – applicants must provide proof of a job shadow experience with a registered technologist, additional information and verification forms can be obtained from tharp@mtech.edu
  • Letters of reference – applicants may submit up to 3 letters of recommendation with their application
  • Vaccination records – proof of MMR and 3 dose-series of Hepatitis B vaccine, often varicella (chicken pox) and flu vaccines are additionally required depending on clinical site placement
  • Annual proof of freedom from TB
  • Current CPR certification – BLS for Healthcare Providers/Professional Rescuer and first aid training
  • Background check – directions to obtain this handed out with application at advising meeting
  • Attending an advising meeting – applications are handed out at this meeting, this meeting is offered during the month of September at MCC, time and date will be announced during Intro to Diagnostic Imaging course at the start of fall semester, or contact tharp@mtech.edu at the beginning of September for meeting information
  • Proof of computer proficiency – passing grade in CAPP 120 (or similar course), successful challenge of the course or verification from employer of computer skills

**Applications are available during the month of September at the advising meeting

**Applications are due the third Thursday in November

Additional Program Costs and Travel Requirements

  • Due to limited clinical space available in the Miles City area, students may be required to travel to their assigned clinical site. Travel arrangements and associated costs are the student’s responsibility.
  • Current clinical sites include: Miles City, Glendive, and Sidney; students cannot be guaranteed their preferred site
  • Students are responsible for purchasing scrub uniforms
  • Students are responsible for the cost of the background check submitted with the program application
  • Associated lab fees cover costs of malpractice insurance, lab supplies and other cost

Placement