General Information

Radiologic Technology has developed into a highly technical and specialized sciences. The demands placed on the radiologic technologist today require that he/she be a competent specialist with a full understanding of the principles of the diagnostic uses of radiation.

Radiologic technologist are an integral part of the health team. They promote the prevention and cure of diseases through the use and correct application of radiant energy. By using X-Rays it is possible to study the living anatomy in its normal form or its deformation as a result of physiologic, pathologic, or structural changes.

The program is occupationally-oriented, whereby upon completion of the requirements for the Associate Degree in Radiologic Technology and upon licensure by the Puerto Rico Board of Examiners in X-Ray Technology, the student may be employed in hospitals, physicians’ offices, community health agencies, or in industrial settings where radiation is used for quality control.
The curriculum is a dynamic one in which the students fulfills academic requirements on Campus while participating in practical applications of X-Ray theory at affiliate hospitals. This a three-year program in which students complete 30 semester credits in general education at an accredited college or university during the first year. Professional courses include 65 semester credits taken at the Medical Sciences Campus during the two remaining years.

Mission

The Radiologic Technology Associate Degree Program is one of the offerings of the School of Health Professions, Medical Sciences Campus, of the University of Puerto Rico. It is the only program at the University of Puerto Rico higher education public system that prepares this entry level professional.

The program’s mission is to prepare high Radiologic Technologists compromised with the values and the ethical-humanistic principles to contribute to the diagnosis and treatment of health conditions, through the use of radiant energy for the achievement of special and routine procedures.  This is achieved through the offering of a three year length Associate Degree.

The competency based curriculum facilitates the development of knowledge, skills and dispositions through two components, the didactic and clinical component. These will effectively prepare ethical radiologic technologist for clinical competence that can work in interdisciplinary health teams, communicate effectively with diverse audiences and use advance technology. The students are exposed to a variety of educational experiences in order to reinforce educational role and critical thinking skills to solve problems. The selection of accredited clinical affiliations, qualified clinical preceptors and qualified program faculty also contribute to the development of the professional.

As part of its social responsibility, the program develops and promotes professional growth and lifelong learning offering educational activities, such as continued education. The faculty also provides professional consultation and participation in legislative matters related to the profession.

Program Goals and Outcomes

The following goals have been developed to accomplish the mission and philosophy of the Radiologic Technology Program.

Goal 1.0

Students /Graduates will be clinically competent with the knowledge, skills and attitudes that enables them to adequately meet the radiographer needs of the communities they serve.

Student Learning Outcomes:
1.1 Students will demonstrate positioning skills.
1.2       Students will be able to properly operate the radiographic equipment.
1.3 Students will apply radiation protection measures.

Goal 2.0

Students /Graduates will use critical thinking to problem solving.

Student Learning Outcomes:
2.1 Students will apply theory and practical knowledge to perform portable radiography to meet patient’s needs.
2.2 Students will adequately estimate the radiographic exposure factors.
2.3 Students will correctly evaluate the quality of the radiographic image.

Goal 3.0

Students/Graduates will communicate effectively with patients and other professionals in the interprofessional health care team.

Student Learning Outcomes:
3.1 Students will demonstrate satisfactory communication skills in clinical and didactic courses.
3.2 Students will demonstrate satisfactory written and oral communications skills.
3.3 Graduates will demonstrate satisfactory communications skills.

Goal 4.0

Students/Graduates will practice ethical principles to demonstrate human sensibility, ethical values, social consciences, professional growth and professionalism in all working endeavors.

Student Learning Outcomes:
4.1 Students will understand the importance of ethical and professional behavior
4.2 Graduates will pursue continued professional development and lifelong learning.
4.3 Students will be prepared for the employment interview process.

Admission Requirements

The applicant must have completed courses in the following areas with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher, in a 0-4 grade point scale. For specific courses within each subject, please contact the program.

Required Courses

CoursesCredits
English6 Semester Credit - Hours
Spanish6 Semester Credit - Hours
Humanities or Social Sciences6 Semester Credit - Hours
Biological Sciences6 Semester Credit - Hours
Mathematics3 Semester Credit - Hours
Electives3 Semester Credit - Hours
Total30 Semester Credit - Hours

Students who wish to be admitted to the program must also meet the following requirements:

  • Obtain a minimum grade point average of 2.00 in required courses
  • Obtain a minimum grade point average of 2.00 in specific courses (biological sciences and mathematics)
  • Attend an orientation session with faculty
  • Fluency in Spanish and knowledge and comprehension of English

Course Descriptions

(Please click here to access the Medical Sciences Campus Catalog and look for the Course Descriptions for this Program)

Informative Sheet

(Please click here to download the Informative Sheet of the Program)

Assessment Plan

Visit the following links to access the Program Outcomes Assessment Plan by year:

2014-2015

2015-2016

2016-2017

Program Effectiveness Data

JOB PLACEMENT RATE (document)

Passing Rate ARRT (document)

Passing Rate PR (document)

Program Completion Rate (document)

Student Handbook

(Please Click here to download the Student Handbook).

Radiation Safety Protection Policy

(Please click here to download the Radiation Safety Protection Policy)

MRI Safety Policy

(Please click here to download MRI Safety Policy)

Pregnancy Policy

(Please click here to download the Pregnancy Policy)

Repeated Imaging Policy

(Please click here to download the Repeated Imaging Policy)

Accreditation Information

The University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology Program (JRCERT). The program has full 8 year accreditation with next review date in November 2019. For more information:

JRCERT
20 N. Wacker Drive
Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606
312-704-5300
Fax: 312-704-5304
mail@jrcert.org
http://www.jrcert.org

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate, students should satisfactorily complete all didactic and clinical practice courses, as specified by the program. They also must have an overall academic index in the didactic courses and clinical experiences of at least 2.0.

Program Faculty

Juan Meléndez Sostre, Ed. D., RT
Professor, Director

Prof. Sol S. Fuentes Velez, MPH, RT
Assistant Professor

Prof. Edgardo L. Rosado Santiago, MPH, RT
Associate Professor, Clinical Coordinator

Physical Address

Medical Center Complex
Monacillo Area, Río Piedras, Puerto Rico
School of Health Professions Main Building, 6th Floor, Office #611

Telephones
Director: 787-751-4434
Secretary: 787-758-2525, ext. 4608
Fax – 787-764-1760; 787-759-3645

Professional Links

American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT)
http://www.asrt.org/

Federación de Tecnólogos Radiológicos Licenciados​ en Imágenes de Diagnóstico y Tratamiento de Puerto Rico

http://www.fedtecradpr.com/