The radiologic technologist, or radiographer, performs sophisticated diagnostic x-ray tests to uncover a wide range of medical conditions. Radiologic technology is offered through an affiliation with the Ohio Valley General Hospital School of Radiography (Kennedy Township, PA). Students successfully completing this program are awarded an Associate in Health Science degree and are then eligible to sit for the national certification examination given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
The radiologic technology program consists of a total of 66 required credits. Basic science and Core Curriculum courses (totaling 40 credits) are taught at La Roche College, while professional courses in radiologic technology and clinical training (totaling 26 credits) are conducted at Ohio Valley General Hospital. Ohio Valley General Hospital School of Radiography is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT ~ 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 900 | Chicago, Illinois 60606-2901 | Phone:312-704-5300 | Website: www.jrcert.org)
Ohio Valley General Hospital/La Roche College Radiography Program Mission Statement:
The Ohio Valley General Hospital/La Roche College Radiography Program will meet the needs of the communities we serve by offering a radiologic technology program that provides an environment for the development of competent and professional future radiologic technologists by offering a solid clinical and theoretical background in the Radiologic Sciences.
- To provide a quality education in the radiologic sciences in
accordance with the JRCERT Standards
- To provide a curriculum that enables students to successfully
meet all Core Clinical Competency requirements established by the ARRT
- To prepare students for the ARRT’s national certification
examination in radiography
- To equip students with entry-level diagnostic technologist
Admissions Criteria and Guidelines:
-18 years of age by October 1st of first fall semester
-High school graduate or general equivalency diploma
-Minimum GPA of 2.5 in high school or in 12 credits from post-secondary institution
-Algebra II and Biology (high school or post-secondary) with a minimal grade of C
-Math and English proficiency as demonstrated by placing into MATH1010/1010A and ENGL1011
-Completion of 4 hours documented career shadowing with a registered radiologic technologist in a hospital setting
-Attendance records from high school or recent employer
-Two letters of recommendation from teachers or recent employers
-Completion of Technical Standards*
-Satisfactory results of a screening for illegal drug use**
-Willingness to submit to a criminal background check**
This is a specialized program. As such, merit scholarships previously awarded to students are not transferable to this program. Previously awarded La Roche Merit Scholarships are void upon acceptance to the Rad Tech Program.
-Nine students are accepted to the radiography program each year. Interviews for acceptance begin in January and continue until all nine positions are filled. Interested candidates are therefore encouraged to apply early.
-Interested candidates can apply to the radiography program by completing a La Roche College admission application. You can click here to download an application in PDF format.
-Career Shadowing appointments are conducted at Ohio Valley General Hospital Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. until approximately 11:30 a.m. Appointments may be scheduled by calling Ohio Valley General Hospital School of Radiography at 412-777-6210.
-COMPASS testing appointments may be made by contacting La Roche College's Academic Enrichment Office at 412-546-1231. A five-dollar testing fee will apply.
* Technical Standards testing ensures that applicants have the ability to perform the basic physical tasks required for the profession of Radiologic Technology
** Drug screenings and background checks are conducted by Ohio Valley General Hospital at summer orientation before the first fall semester. Students who test positive for illegal drugs or refuse to grant permission for the criminal background check will forfeit their position in the radiography program and will lose their deposit.
The required course work consists of: