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Frequently Asked Questions

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1. Is the DACC Radiologic Technology Program a viable and accredited program?
The DACC Radiologic Technology Program has been in existence since 1978. The Program is fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.
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2. Are there an adequate number of faculty?
The Program has three full time faculty, several part-time instructors and numerous clinical instructors.

3. Where is the Program located?

Faculty offices, classrooms and labs are located in the DACC Health & Public Services Building in Las Cruces, NM. Clinical Education Centers include:

  • Mountain View Regional Medical Center in Las Cruces, NM;
  • Imaging Center of Las Cruces in Las Cruces, NM;
  • Las Cruces Orthopedic Associates in Las Cruces, NM;
  • Carlsbad Medical Center in Carlsbad, NM;
  • Gila Regional Medical Center in Silver City, NM;
  • Mimbres Memorial Hospital in Deming, NM;
  • Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center in Alamogordo, NM;
  • Artesia General Hospital in Artesia, NM;
  • Lincoln County Medical Center in Ruidoso, NM;
  • University Medical Center in El Paso, TX.;
  • El Paso Children's Hospital in El Paso, TX.;
  • Southwest X-ray in El Paso, TX.

4. Are there any prerequisites?
Yes, prior to being admitted into the Program, the student must complete the prerequisites (17 credit hours) and the application process. (See the Degree Plan, Admission Process, Required Prerequisites and Selection Process links.)

5. How long is the Program and when does it start?
The Program is (full time) 21 continuous months and starts in the Fall Semester of each year.

6. What do I have to do to get into the program?
Follow the steps outlined on the Admission Process and Selection Criteria sheet, i.e.:
1) Begin taking the required prerequisite courses.
2) Attend a Radiologic Technology Orientation lecture
3) Submit an application packet by deadline date (April 1st of each year for subsequent fall start date)

Completing the application process does not constitute admission into the Program. Based on the limited clinical sites, approximately 20 students are selected into the program each year (from an average of 75-80 applicants).

7. How are students selected into the Program?
Students are selected into the program based on a point system. Please refer to the Student Selection Process.

8. How many hours are required each week and what is a typical week like?
The first two semesters (FA & SP) are spent here at DACC. The student is in classes, clinic and labs approximately 25 hours each week.

The program is fast-paced and very intense. Most students spend many extra hours each week studying and doing lab practice.

The remaining 4 semesters are spent at the student's clinical site. The student spends 36-40 hours each week in a hospital Radiology Department. Clinical Education classes are a little different in that the student receives a lot of hands-on experience. A large portion of the student's clinical grade is from competency evaluations. The student attends classes at DACC approximately once a month (sometimes twice a month).

9. What is the job outlook for Radiographers?
Job prospects in the Las Cruces/El Paso area are occasionally limited, but nationwide there is faster-than-average job growth with many opportunities for persons seeking entry-level positions.

10. What type of job opportunities are there for Radiographers?
Radiologic technologists (radiographers) typically find employment in such settings as hospitals, imaging centers, clinics, and physician's offices.
Radiographers often have opportunities to specialize in specific areas of medical imaging, including mammography, computed tomography (CT scans), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Radiographers also work as application specialists, and in such areas as quality assurance, education, management, and even sales.

11. What is the entry-level salary range for Radiographers?

Median hourly earnings for entry-level positions in New Mexico range between $13 and $18 per hour, depending on job responsibilities and geographic location.

 

 

Revised 3-12-14

Annja Cox, Program Director
3400 South Espina St.
Las Cruces, NM 88003

Phone: 575-527-7581
Fax: 575-527-7765
Email: acox@nmsu.edu