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:
Fulfillment of the program’s mission is assessed by the degree to which the program achieves the following goals:
- G1.0 Students will be clinically competent.
- G2.0 Students will communicate effectively.
- G3.0 Students will use critical thinking and problem solving skills.
- G4.0 Students will demonstrate participation in professional growth and development activities.
RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGISTS are an important part of the medical team. They take radiographs (x-rays), carry out diagnostic procedures, determine safe exposure limits, and collect technical data necessary to assess client status.
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, and radiographic procedures.
Laboratory activities teach the proper positioning of patients. Clinical work offers students training in diagnostic radiology and introduces the student to imaging modalities. The clinical work is offered in Las Cruces, Carlsbad, Alamogordo, Deming, Silver City, El Paso, Artesia, Ruidoso, and El Paso, TX. Students acquire skills in radiation protection for the patient and for the health professional.
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 health 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. Several fun activities occur annually.
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
Radiologic Technology Assessment Plan
Annja Cox, MA, R.T. (R)(M); Program Director
Michael Stewart, BS, R.T. (R); Clinical Coordinator
Tammara Chaffee, M.Ed., R.T. (R)(M); Assistant Professor
Dona Ana Community CollegeCentral CampusHealth and Public Services Building
3400 S. Espina St.
Las Cruces, NM 88003
Radiologic Technology Program Mailing Address:Radiologic TechnologyDACC Central CampusMSC 3DA P.O. Box 30001Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001