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Radiologic Technology

Associate Degree Radiologic Technology Program Philosophy/Mission

The DACC Radiologic Technology Program has been in existence since 1978. The program is currently fully accredited by the Joint Review committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.

The Radiologic Technology Program of Doña Ana Community College is committed to the principle that higher education enables students to advance professionally as well as personally. The Radiologic Technology Program offers and delivers a high standard of radiologic, didactic, and clinical education for the student which develops their potential as effective future technologists. The Program recognizes, supports and complies with the educational philosophy and mission of Doña Ana Community College and New Mexico State University. The Program does not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status.

MISSION STATEMENT: The mission of the DACC Radiologic Technology Program is to provide the student with the academic knowledge and clinical skills necessary to attain eligibility for certification and meaningful employment in the diagnostic medical imaging profession.

Associate Degree Radiologic Technology Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes:

Fullfillment of the program mission is assessed by the degree to which the program achieves the following goals and learning outcomes:

Goal: Students will be clinically competent.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will maintain patient confidentiality/privacy as defined by HIPAA
  • Students will operate radiographic equipment to produce quality diagnostic radiographic images
  • Students will demonstrate radiation safety application through ALARA Principles

Goal Students will communicate effectively.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will display effective communication skills using verbal/written communication to provide patient care
  • Students will document/record data needed on patient charts, x-ray requisitions, RIS and PACS data banks

Goal: Students will use critical thinking and problem skills.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to make decisions and use independent judgment
  • Students will analyze radiographic images for technical and positioning accuracy and make modifications as needed

Goal: Students will demonstrate participation in professional growth and development activities.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will deomonstrate ethical and professional demeanor as outlined in the ARRT Code of Ethics
  • Students will identify the advantages of belonging to professional organizations

RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGISTS are an important part of the medical team as they perform various radiographic procedures and collect necessary technical data for optimal patient assessment while maintaining safe radiation exposures for both patients and healthcare personnel.

Students in the Radiologic Technology program receive training both in the classroom and in clinical settings, where they work alongside nurses, physicians, and other health-care professionals.  In the classroom, students learn about the anatomy and function of the human body, radiographic physics and equipment, radiographic procedures and safe radiation exposures. Laboratory activities are also implemented to achieve proper patient positioning skills.

Clinical work presents students with an opportunity for real life experience and introduces them to imaging modalities. Multiple clinic locations are offered in southern New Mexico including Las Cruces, Carlsbad, Alamogordo, Deming, Silver City, Artesia, Ruidoso and El Paso, TX.

General education and related classes are required prior to applying for the Radiologic Technology program.  Upon graduation and successful completion of the national registry exam, persons who enter this field find job opportunities in various healthcare facilities.

The Radiologic Technology Club is an active organization consisting of first and second year radiologic technology students.  Students participate in fund-raising projects to allow them to attend regional, state, and national medical conferences.

Special Admissions Criteria

Radiologic Technology is a limited-entry program.  The following items are among the criteria considered in the selection of program applicants:

  • Overall college GPA
  • Prerequisite GPA
  • Completion of prerequisites
  • County of residence
  • Advanced science or math courses
  • Successful interview
  • Background check, drug screen and FBI fingerprints

Physical Requirements

Radiologic Technology Assessment Plan

Program Effectiveness Data

Our Program Effectiveness Data (PDF) can be accessed using the link below or on the left side of this webpage.  For additional program information, see all links on the left side of this webpage, including Student Learning Outcomes, Selection Process and frequently asked questions. For more information regarding program effectiveness data, visit the JRCERT website.

Our Faculty

Annja Cox, MA, R.T. (R)(M); Program Director
Phone: 575-527-7581
Fax: 575-527-7765
Email: acox@nmsu.edu

Michael Stewart, BS, R.T. (R); Clinical Coordinator
Phone: 575-527-7582
Fax: 575-527-7765
Email: mstewart@nmsu.edu

Tammara Chaffee, M.Ed., R.T. (R)(M); Assistant Professor
Phone: 575-527-7772
Fax: 575-527-7765
Email: tammy1@nmsu.edu

Radiologic Technology Program Physical Address:
Dona Ana Community College
Central Campus
Health and Public Services Building
3400 S. Espina St.
Las Cruces, NM 88003

Radiologic Technology Program Mailing Address:
Radiologic Technology
DACC Central Campus
MSC 3DA P.O. Box 30001
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001

Revised 3-12-14