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Contact Information:
Laurie Weaver
Program Director
(307) 268-2587
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Radiographers are experts in the art and science of diagnostic medical radiography and are valuable members of the healthcare team.

With the advent of computers and the increasing use of technology in the healthcare setting, radiographers are at the cutting edge of scientific technology, working with the latest advances in medical care. As an essential member of the healthcare team, radiographers, also known as radiologic technologists, use their knowledge of physics, radiation protection, human anatomy and physiology and a mastery of highly technical equipment to create medical images of organs, tissues, bones and vessels. Medical imaging examinations often are the first diagnostic tool doctors use to diagnose injuries and disease processes. Another intricate role of the radiographer is to be educated in pathological processes and provide quality patient care and education during imaging procedures.

Please return your application packet to Saunders Health Science Building, room 202
or mail to:

Casper College
Radiography Program
125 College Drive
Casper, WY 8260

Casper College Radiography Program Mission, Goals, Learning Outcomes

Program Mission
The Associates of Science Radiography Program at Casper College provides education to produce competent medical radiographers eligible for immediate employment or advanced education, by offering high quality educational and clinical experiences.

Casper College Radiography Program Goals and Outcomes:

  • Clinical Performance and Competence
    Students will produce high quality images by possessing the knowledge, clinical application, radiation safety practices and patient care skills needed to meet the needs of the radiography community as entry level radiographers.
    Outcomes:
    A.    Students will apply proper principles of radiation protection in regard to patient, self and others.
    B.    Students will utilize knowledge of anatomy, positioning, and physiology to demonstrate proper structures on the IR
    C.    Student will demonstrate a working knowledge of appropriate patient care skills for radiographic procedures.
  • Problem Solving and Critical Thinking
    Students will demonstrate sound problem solving and critical thinking skills necessary to function effectively in the clinical setting.
    Outcomes:
    A.    Student will demonstrate the ability to compensate for varying patient conditions
    B.    Student will be able to, while critiquing images identify and initiate changes needed to produce a quality image.
  • Communication
    Students will communicate effectively with patients, peers, and other members of the healthcare team.  Through effective communication students will function as a productive member of the healthcare team.
    Outcomes:
    A.    The student will provide effective patient education techniques for various imaging procedures through efficient communication skills. 
    B.    The student will communicate effectively with their peers and other health care professionals.
  • Professional Growth and Development
    Students will understand the purpose and importance of professional values, ethics, continuing education, leadership and lifelong learning.
    Outcomes:
    A.    The student will demonstrate an appropriate professional work ethic in the clinical setting.
    B.    The student will demonstrate continued professional growth after graduation.
  • Program Effectiveness
    Graduates will fulfill the needs of the health care community.  The program will provide the community with graduates who are able to function as an active memberof the health care team.
    Outcomes:
    A.    Students will complete the program.
    B.    Graduates will pass the ARRT examination on the 1st attempt.
    C.    Graduates who are seeking employment will find jobs within 6 months post graduation.
    D.    Graduates will indicate satisfaction that the program adequately prepared them for the profession as an entry level radiographer.
    E.    Employers will indicate satisfaction that graduates of the program where adequately prepared as entry level radiographers.

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Computed Tomography (CT) Technologists are advanced certified imaging technologists who are highly skilled professionals that use specialized equipment to produce cross sectional images that aid radiologists in diagnosing disease and disorders. CT technologists must be knowledgeable of anatomy, physiology, patient care, communication skills, physics, equipment operation, procedure protocol, radiation protection and patient safety.

The Computed Tomography program at Casper College spans approximately ten months of both academic and clinical education, at the completion of which the student is awarded a Certificate in Computed Tomography. The program will prepare technologists to take the advanced credentialing ARRT postprimary exam in CT.

The ten month Computed Tomography Certificate Program is designed to provide advanced technical skills to registered Radiologic Technologist (radiographer or radiation therapist): Registered Nuclear Medicine Technologist (ARRT or NMTCB); or those registry eligible. The program provides the advanced competency requirements needed to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) exam in Computed Tomography (CT).

Technologists can select to apply for the entire certificate program which includes clinical education or they can take individual online didactic courses only. If you select taking only online nonclinical courses you do not need to apply to the program but must meet the educational and certification requirements listed in this guide. All courses will count toward the ARRT required Continuing Education Units (CEU) to maintain certification.

This certificate program consists of hybrid (web-based) didactic courses as well as clinical education for the student. The program is designed to accommodate working technologists and allows them to continue in their full-time working positions while completing the course work. On campus lectures and testing will be held one weekend per month during the fall and spring semesters. The clinical component is designed to complete competency exams required to sit the ARRT CT post-primary certification exam.

The program begins in July and continues through the following May with breaks according to the college calendar. Please download and review the checklist below for admissions to the program and for more information on the application process.

We are fortunate to have excellent clinical settings in Casper, Gillette, Sheridan, Douglas, Rawlins, and Lander for students to gain hands on experience. Students can select locations in Casper or in one of the outside communities to complete the clinical portion of their radiography education. You may also apply to complete your clinical education at another location not listed above. It is the student’s responsibility to complete the required clinical objectives.

Please review the information in the CT Program Admissions Guide through the link on this site. It will outline the necessary prerequisites and application process for program eligibility. If there is anything I might do to provide you more information or to answer any questions, please feel free to call me. We also extend an invitation for you to visit our campus. If you would like a tour, call the Admissions office at 1-800-442-2963 or 1-307-268-2491, and they will be happy to make arrangements. If you have the opportunity to visit our campus, please come by and see me.

Click here to download Computed Tomography (CT) Admission Guide 2012-2013

Contact Information:
Laurie Weaver
Program Director
(307) 268-2587
lweaver@caspercollege.edu

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technologists are highly skilled professionals who use specialized computerized equipment to produce cross sectional images that aid radiologists in diagnosing disease and disorders. MRI technologists must be knowledgeable of anatomy, physiology, patient care, communication skills, physics, equipment operation, procedure protocol and patient safety.

The Casper College MRI Program spans approximately ten months of both academic and clinical education, at the completion of which the student is awarded a Certificate in Magnetic Resonance Imaging. The program will prepare technologists to take the advanced credentialing ARRT postprimary exam in MRI.

The ten month Magnetic Resonance Imaging Certificate Program is designed to provide advanced technical skills to registered Radiologic Technologist (radiographer or radiation therapist): Registered Nuclear Medicine Technologist (ARRT or NMTCB); registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (ARRT or ARDMS); or those registry eligible. The program provides the advanced competency requirements needed to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) exam in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).

Technologists can select to apply for the entire certificate program which includes clinical education or they can take individual online didactic courses only. If you select taking only online nonclinical courses you do not need to apply to the program but must meet the educational and certification requirements listed in this guide. All courses will count toward the ARRT required Continuing Education Units (CEU) to maintain certification.

This certificate program consists of hybrid (web-based) didactic courses as well as clinical education for the student. The program is designed to accommodate working technologists and allows them to continue in their full-time working positions while completing the course work. On campus lectures and testing will be held one weekend per month during the fall and spring semester. The clinical component is designed to complete competency exams required to sit for the ARRT MRI post-primary certification exam.

The program begins in July and continues through the following May with breaks according to the college calendar. Please download and review the checklist below for admissions to the program and for more information on the application process.

We are fortunate to have excellent clinical settings in Casper, Gillette, Sheridan, Douglas, Rawlins, and Lander for students to gain hands-on experience. Students can select locations in Casper or in one of the outside communities to complete the clinical portion of their radiography education. You may also apply to complete your clinical education at another location not listed above. It is the student’s responsibility to complete the required clinical objectives.

Please review the information in the MRI Program Admissions Guide through the link provided on this page. It will outline the necessary prerequisites and application process for program eligibility. If there is anything I might do to provide you more information or to answer any questions, please feel free to call me. We also extend an invitation for you to visit our campus. If you would like a tour, call the Admissions office at 1-800-442-2963 or 1-307-268-2491, and they will be happy to make arrangements. If you have the opportunity to visit our campus, please come by and see me.

Click here to download Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Admission Guide 2012-2013

Contact Information:
Laurie Weaver
Program Director
(307) 268-2587
lweaver@caspercollege.edu

RDTK 1500 Introduction to Radiologic Technology (4L/week,1CR):
An orientation of the radiologic technology profession. Emphasis is on history, medical ethics, radiology administration, certification, and professional organizations. Prerequisite: selection into program.

RDTK 1530 Patient Care and Management (2L,2CR)*:
*Three week minimester session. Orienting student health professionals into patient care methodology in the clinical environment. Emphasis is placed on the illness process and specific nursing and radiologic patient care procedures.

RDTK 1580 Radiographic Positioning I (1L,2LB,2CR)*:
*Three week minimester session. Positioning skills of the chest and abdomen; hand and wrist; forearm, elbow and humerus are emphasized. Prerequisite: acceptance into the Radiography Program.

RDTK 1610 Radiographic Imaging I (2L,3LB,3CR):
Identifying and demonstrating essential operating principles of x-ray machines, and the factors and ancillary equipment that contribute to the production of optimum diagnostic quality radiographs. Prerequisite: MATH 1400.

RDTK 1640 Radiographic Imaging II (2L,3LB,3CR):
Skills that facilitate the production of quality radiographs. Analyzing different modes of imaging and intensification systems. Emphasis is placed on primary and secondary exposure factors, recording media, and special imaging techniques. Computed radiography and digital imaging will be covered in detail. Prerequisite: RDTK 1610.

RDTK 1680 Radiographic Positioning II (1.5L,1.5LB,2CR):
Positioning skills and anatomy of the lower extremity, myelography, spine radiography and arthrography. Mobile and surgical radiographic procedures will be demonstrated when applicable. Prerequisite: RDTK 1580.

RDTK 1710 Clinical Education I (28LB/week,2CR):
This course involves a practical learning experience in the clinical radiographic environment. Students participate at pre-scheduled time periods and practice their radiographic skills for a total of 144 clinical eduction hours at various clinical locations. Students will be under the supervision of clinical instructors or registered radiographers during their experience. Basic skills necessary to perform entry level tasks in the clinical setting will be reviewed. Positioning skills of the chest, abdomen, hand, wrist, elbow and forearm will be covered. Radiation protection principles will be reviewed. See program policies for clinical clock hours vs credit hours description. Prerequisite: currently passing RDTK 1580.

RDTK 1810 Clinical Education II (13.5LB,3CR):
A continuation of RDTK 1710. This course involves a practical learning experience in the clinical radiographic environment. Students participate at pre-scheduled time periods and practice their radiographic skills for a total of 195 clinical education hours at various clinical locations. Students will be under the supervision of clinical instructors or registered radiographers during their experience. Skills necessary to perform entry level tasks in the clinical setting will be reviewed.  Positioning skills of the shoulder, humerus, clavicle, scapula, AC joints, and lower extremities including the pelvic girdle will be covered. See program policies for clinical clock hours vs credit hours description. Prerequisite: RDTK 1710.

RDTK 1830 Pharmacology for Radiographers (1L,1CR):
This course is designed to introduce the radiography student to common drugs the radiographer should be familiar with and those stocked for emergency use. The course will also include an overview of the laws governing drug administration. Venipuncture procedures and skill will be reviewed. Prerequisite: current enrollment in the radiography program.

RDTK 1910 Clinical Education III (13.5LB,3CR):
A continuation of RDTK 1810. This course involves a practical learning experience in the clinical radiographic environment. Students participate at pre-scheduled time periods and practice their radiographic skills for a total of 195 clinical education hours at various clinical locations. Students will be under the supervision of clinical instructors or registered radiographers during their experience. Skills necessary to perform entry level tasks in the clinical setting will be reviewed. Positioning skills of the spine and contrast studies will be covered. See program policies for clinical clock hours vs credit hours description. Prerequisite: RDTK 1610 and 1810.

RDTK 2580 Radiographic Positioning III (1.5LB,1.5LB,2CR):
Positioning skills of the cranium, sella turcica; petrous pyramids; facial bones; zygomatic arches; nasal bones; mandible; temporomandibular joints; temporal bone; optic foramen; coccyx, bony thorax, digestive, urinary systems including a study of contract media and fluoroscopy. Pediatric studies will also be included. Prerequisite: RDTK 1680.

RDTK 2630 Radiographic Pathology (2L,2CR):
General principles of pathology as well as disease processes and radiographic manifestations of specific body systems will be covered. A portion of the course will be devoted to the study of cancer and its radiographic appearance for the various systems. Prerequisite: ZOO 2040, 2041, 2110, and RDTK 2810. (Fall semester.)

RDTK 2640 Radiation Biology and Protection (2L,2CR):
The effects of ionizing radiation on biological systems and essential radiation protection guidelines to minimize radiation exposure to the radiographer, the patient, and the public. Prerequisite: RDTK 1610, 2710, and ZOO 2040, and 2041.

RDTK 2710 Clinical Education IV (28LB/week,2CR):
A continuation of RDTK 1910. This course involves a practical learning experience in the clinical radiographic environment. Students participate at pre-scheduled time periods and practice their radiographic skills for a total of 144 clinical education hours at various clinical locations. Students will be under the supervision of clinical instructors or registered radiographers during their experience. Skills necessary to perform entry level tasks in the clinical setting will be reviewed. Contrast studies, mammography, computerized tomography, myelography and arthrography will be emphasized. Students will also be scheduled in rotations through specialty imaging and therapeutic modalities.  See program policies for clinical clock hours vs credit hours description. Prerequisite: RDTK 1910

RDTK 2810 Clinical Education V (22.5LB,5CR):
A continuation of RDTK 2710. This course involves a practical learning experience in the clinical radiographic environment. Students participate at pre-scheduled time periods and practice their radiographic skills for a total of 330 clinical education hours at various clinical locations. Students will be under the supervision of clinical instructors or registered radiographers during their experience. Skills necessary to perform entry level tasks in the clinical setting will be reviewed. Skull, facial bones, CT, pediatric, contrast studies, trauma, surgical and mobile procedures will be reviewed. Students will also be scheduled in rotations through specialty imaging and therapeutic modalities.  See program policies for clinical clock hours vs credit hours description. Prerequisite: RDTK 2710.

RDTK 2910 Clinical Education VI (22.5LB,5CR):
A continuation of RDTK 2810. This course involves a practical learning experience in the clinical radiographic environment. Students participate at pre-scheduled time periods and practice their radiographic skills for a total of 330 clinical education hours at various clinical locations. Students will be under the supervision of clinical instructors or registered radiographers during their experience. Skills necessary to perform entry level tasks in the clinical setting will be reviewed. Review sessions will cover all imaging procedures in preparation for graduation and the national ARRT examination. Students will also be scheduled in rotations through specialty imaging and therapeutic modalities. See program policies for clinical clock hours vs credit hours description. Prerequisite: RDTK 2810.

RDTK 2930 Transition from Student to Radiographer (2L,2CR):
Provides the advanced student technologist an opportunity to review previously learned radiologic material and effectively prepare for the national certification examination. Résumé preparation, interviewing skills and professional organization participation will be included. Continuing personal and professional growth will be emphasized in this course. Prerequisite: RDTK 2910.

RDTK 2990 Special Topics in Radiography: (Subtitle) (1-3L,1-3CR):
Will be molded to meet the needs in the radiographic community. Topics identified by the group will be discussed in seminar format. Any group with specific concerns should consult the director of the radiologic technology program. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or graduate technologist.

  • What do radiographers do?

Radiographers play a vital role in the health care team. Using knowledge of physics, radiation protection, human anatomy & physiology and the latest high tech equipment, they create medical images of organs, tissues and bones. Radiography is often one of the first tools that doctors use to diagnose their clients' ailment. Radiographers also use their knowledge to provide quality patient education and care during imaging procedures.

  • Where do they work?

    Graduates of our program work in a variety of settings including hospitals, private clinics, mobile imaging and research centers. In addition, there are many opportunities for further education in speciality areas such as ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine, mammography, radiation therapy, education, and cardiovascular/interventional imaging.

  • What kind of opportunities and salary could I expect to earn as a rad tech?

According to the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of radiologic techologist is expected to increase by about 15% faster than the average for all occupations from 2006 to 2016. That means that radiography is a great career choice. Our graduates receive numerous job offers every year. The national mean salary is approximately $50,000 per year. Salaries will vary by location and job.

  • How do I obtain the Admission Guide to the radiology program?

Call Darian at 307-268-2235 and he will send you the admission guide.

  • How long is the Radiography program?

Once accepted into the program you will begin in April with Introduction to Radiologic Technology, which is an on-line course. Classes on campus begin in mid-May and span 24 months of continuous education (including summer semesters).

  • What are the prerequisites for the program?

ENGL 1010             English Composition I
MATH 1400             Pre-Calculus Algerbra
ZOO 2040/2041     Human Anatomy / Lab or 
ZOO 2110               Human Physiology
HLTK 0950             Basic Life Support
HLTK 1200             Medical Terminology 

Students must have completed these courses or be enrolled at the time of application.  Midterm grades will be used in the application ranking process if the student has not completed the course by February 15th of the year applying.

  • What do I need to do to apply to the program?
  • Apply to Casper College as a degree seeking student.
  • Have taken or be enrolled in the courses listed above.
  • Have a cummulative GPA of 2.3 or better.
  • Have observed in a radiology department for a minimum of 8 hours and completed the program observation form and questions.
  • Must have a current CPR card for Healthcare Providers.
  • Complete and return the Radiography Program application for addmission along with the observation form and questions by Feb.15th.
  • Include two letters of recommendation with the letter of application.
  • Send transcripts from college coursework to the Program Director.
  • How many students are admitted into the program?

A maximum of 20 students are admitted each year.

  • Why is JRCERT accreditation important to students? 

JRCERT educational standards are developed and accepted by professionals in the radiologic sciences.

JRCERT is the only organization recognized by the US Deparntment of Education to evaluate and accredit education programs in radiography and radiation therapy, which includes magnetic resonance and medical dosimetry.

JRCERT accreditation demonstrates that a program adheres to the national educational standards that will provide you with the knowledge, skills, and attributes through didactic and clinical education you need for entry into your chosen profession and to practice your profession anywhere in the United States.

Graduation from a JRCERT accredited program assures that you will be eligible to practice in all 50 states.

In some states, only graduates of JRCERT-accredited programs are eligible for licensure or certification.  Graduation from a JRCERT-accredited program assures that you will be eligible to practice in all 50 states.

Enrollment in a program accredited by the JRCERT can enhance your eligibility for scholarships and other funding from government and private agencies.

Contact: Laurie Weaver
Program Director
307-268-2587
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