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Medical Imaging

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Medical imaging is a crucial tool for better diagnosis of patients and effective cures. It is, In fact, considered among the most important modern medical innovations by healthcare professionals worldwide. Imaging allows physicians to catch diseases earlier, decrease hospitalization, and replace invasive surgeries.

For career-seekers with no previous experience or education in this healthcare field, enroll in the radiography associate degree program. Those with a radiography education may enroll in advanced certificate programs: computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, or mammography. They are a great way to enhance your radiography credentials, qualify for higher wages, and speed up your career path.

Joint Agreements

Students who live outside ECC’s district may be able to enroll in these instructional programs at in-district tuition rates through a joint agreement. Be sure to visit elgin.edu/jointagreements for more information. More»

Criminal background checks and drug testing are required for all health professions programs. Students applying to the health professions programs must provide a valid social security number in order to complete the criminal background check required by clinical agencies and to take licensing/certification exams. Students demonstrating a positive background check or positive drug test will be denied admission to health professions programs. Students demonstrating a positive background check or positive drug test while enrolled in health professions programs will be dismissed from the program.

Radiography Program

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Radiographers or radiologic technologists are hands-on members of the health care team. Radiologic procedures are vital to the diagnosis of many injuries and medical conditions, and the responsibility for quality imaging lies greatly with the radiologic technologist. When a patient is having an x-ray or other diagnostic imaging procedure, the radiographer positions the patient, operates the equipment to record the image, and then provides the image to a radiologist for diagnosis. Program Details

Upon successful completion of this program, students are awarded an Associate of Applied Science in Radiography degree, graduates are eligible to take the national certifying examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and licensure by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency-Division of Nuclear Safety (IEMA DNS).

Program Mission

Elgin Community College's radiography program is a JRCERT-accredited associate degree program which provides accessible and relevant education in accordance with the highest professional standards. The program, in partnership with its clinical affiliates, will provide the healthcare community with competent radiographers that practice quality patient care.

Download the radiography program outcomes and effectiveness data

Entrance Requirements

All requirements below (except BIO 245) must be completed prior to the December 15th application deadline.

  • Score in the 25th percentile or better in each section of the PSB-HOA exam

Successful completion with a grade of C or better in five prerequisite courses:

  • BIO 110 or equivalent
  • HPE 112 or equivalent
  • College-level math (MTH 102 preferred) or equivalent
  • PSY 100 or equivalent
  • BIO 245 or equivalent (must be completed prior to summer enrollment in the program)

All applicants will be ranked based on these requirements and the top 16 qualified applicants will be selected for admission to the radiography program.

Admissions Procedures

Admission to the program is selective. PSB-HOA scores are valid for two years from the date the test is taken. The deadline for applying to the radiography program is December 15. After this date, applications will only be considered if space is available. Applicants will be notified of their status by mid February. New radiography classes begin in May. Candidates denied admission may appeal using the student appeal and complaint procedure.

Policies

All students applying to the radiography program must view the online information session or attend a face-to-face information session prior to applying to the program. To register for an information session go to elgin.edu/visitecc. Students admitted to the program will be required to attend an orientation meeting in March before radiography classes begin. Students admitted to the program will be required to attend an orientation meeting in March before radiography classes begin.

Program Requirements

Students must complete all required courses with grades of C or better and meet graduation requirements in order to be eligible to sit for the ARRT national certification exam in radiography offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and to be eligible for IEMA-DNS state licensure. Prior credits in biology must have been earned within the last 10 years. Students must provide their own uniforms and transportation to and from all clinical sites.

To view all the standards, policies, and procedures of the radiography program, download the radiography student handbook

ARRT Pre-Application Ethics Review

An individual who has been involved in a criminal proceeding or who has been charged with or convicted of a crime may file a request for pre-application review with the ARRT to obtain a ruling on the impact of the situation on their eligibility for certification and registration. A charge or conviction of, a plea of guilty to, or a plea of nolo contendere (no contest) to an offense that is classified as a misdemeanor or felony constitutes a conviction for ARRT purposes. This includes situations in which the result is deferred or withheld adjudication, or suspended or withheld sentence. Military court-martials must also be reported. This procedure may enable the individual who has been involved in a criminal proceeding or has criminal conviction to avoid any delays in processing an application for certification that is made at the time of graduation from an approved program. A formal application for certification must be made at the time of graduation.

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Advanced Certificates

All candidates for any of the three certificates must be registered in radiography by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and a graduate of a Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)-accredited radiography program. The MRI program of ECC will also accept candidates who are ARRT- or NMTCB-registered in nuclear medicine technology and a graduate of a JRCNMT-accredited nuclear medicine technology program.

Computed Tomography (CT) Program

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Computed tomography technologists use a rotating X-ray unit to obtain “slices” of anatomy at different levels within the body. A computer then stacks and assembles individual slices, creating a diagnostic image inside the body’s organs, a view not possible with general radiography. Program Details

Upon successful completion of this program, students are awarded a Basic Vocational Certificate in Computed Tomography, graduates are eligible to take the national certifying examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and licensure by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency-Division of Nuclear Safety (IEMA DNS).

Admissions Procedures

To view all the standards, policies, and procedures of the computed tomography program, download the medical imaging student handbook.


Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Program

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These technologists operate magnetic resonance equipment which exposes the atoms in a patient’s body to a strong magnetic field. The technologist applies a radiofrequency pulse to the field, which knocks the atoms out of alignment. When the technologist turns the pulse off, the atoms return to their original position. The process gives off signals that are measured by a computer and processed to create detailed images of the patient’s anatomy. Program Details

Upon successful completion of this program, students are awarded a Basic Vocational Certificate in Magnetic Resonance Imaging, graduates are eligible to take the national certifying examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and licensure by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency-Division of Nuclear Safety (IEMA DNS).

Admissions Procedures

To view all the standards, policies, and procedures of the magnetic resonance imagingy program, download the medical imaging student handbook.


Mammography Program

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Mammographers work with sophisticated low-dose X-ray equipment to produce both screening and diagnostic images of the breast to help identify masses and other abnormalities in and around the breast. They must be highly accurate in their positioning and exposure techniques to optimize the image and maintain radiation safety standards. Program Details

Upon successful completion of this program, students are awarded a Basic Vocational Certificate in Mammography, graduates are eligible to take the national certifying examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and licensure by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency-Division of Nuclear Safety (IEMA DNS).

Admissions Procedures

To view all the standards, policies, and procedures of the magnetic resonance imagingy program, download the medical imaging student handbook.


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