The Casper College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program offers three specialized health-related certificates that can be earned in one semester.
Radiographers are experts in the art and science of diagnostic medical radiography and are valuable members of the healthcare team.
With the advent of computers and the increasing use of technology in the healthcare setting, radiographers are at the cutting edge of scientific technology, working with the latest advances in medical care.
As an essential member of the healthcare team, radiographers, also known as radiologic technologists, use their knowledge of physics, radiation protection, human anatomy and physiology and a mastery of highly technical equipment to create medical images of organs, tissues, bones and vessels. Medical imaging examinations often are the first diagnostic tool doctors use to diagnose injuries and disease processes. Another intricate role of the radiographer is to be educated in pathological processes and provide quality patient care and education during imaging procedures.
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For info about applying to the program, read our program admissions guide.
- Casper College is large enough to provide high level instruction, yet small enough that the student receives individualized attention.
- We have excellent clinical settings in Casper, Douglas, Gillette, and Sheridan for students to gain hands-on experience.
- Students can select locations in Casper or in one of the outside communities to complete the clinical portion of their education.
- Our graduates consistently score above the national average on the ARRT certification exam.
- After completion of the two-year degree, graduates may choose to specialize in several areas such as ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, CT, nuclear medicine, mammography, radiation therapy, management, education or cardiovascular/interventional imaging.
- Casper College Radiography Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. For more information contact JRCERT, 20 N. Wacker Dr., Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182 or www.jrcert.org. Phone: 312-704-5300.
- Casper College offers also Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and Mammography certificate programs.
- Program Effectiveness Data: In addition to the program mission, goals and learning outcomes listed on this site, the performance of the program is reflected through program effectiveness data as defined by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.
- Radiography program admissions guide (PDF)
- Radiography program policy guidelines (PDF)
- Checklist on what you need to do to apply (PDF)
- Application form (PDF)
- Observation guidelines (PDF)
- Observation form (PDF)
Please return your application packet to Saunders Health Science Building, room 202, or mail to: Casper College, Radiography Program, 125 College Drive, Casper, WY 82601
The Associates of Science Radiography Program at Casper College provides education to produce competent medical radiographers eligible for immediate employment or advanced education, by offering high quality educational and clinical experiences.
Program Goals and Outcomes
Clinical Performance and Competence
Students will produce high quality images by possessing the knowledge, clinical application, radiation safety practices and patient care skills needed to meet the needs of the radiography community as entry level radiographers.
A. Students will apply proper principles of radiation protection in regard to patient, self and others.
B. Students will utilize knowledge of anatomy, positioning, and physiology to demonstrate proper structures on the IR
C. Student will demonstrate a working knowledge of appropriate patient care skills for radiographic procedures.
Problem Solving and Critical Thinking
Students will demonstrate sound problem solving and critical thinking skills necessary to function effectively in the clinical setting.
A. Student will demonstrate the ability to compensate for varying patient conditions
B. Student will be able to, while critiquing images identify and initiate changes needed to produce a quality image.
Students will communicate effectively with patients, peers, and other members of the healthcare team. Through effective communication students will function as a productive member of the healthcare team.
A. The student will provide effective patient education techniques for various imaging procedures through efficient communication skills.
B. The student will communicate effectively with their peers and other health care professionals.
Professional Growth and Development
Students will understand the purpose and importance of professional values, ethics, continuing education, leadership and lifelong learning.
A. The student will demonstrate an appropriate professional work ethic in the clinical setting.
B. The student will demonstrate continued professional growth after graduation.
Graduates will fulfill the needs of the health care community. The program will provide the community with graduates who are able to function as an active memberof the health care team.
A. Students will complete the program.
B. Graduates will pass the ARRT examination on the 1st attempt.
C. Graduates who are seeking employment will find jobs within 6 months post graduation.
D. Graduates will indicate satisfaction that the program adequately prepared them for the profession as an entry level radiographer.
E. Employers will indicate satisfaction that graduates of the program where adequately prepared as entry level radiographers.
Frequently Asked Questions
What do radiographers do?
Radiographers play a vital role in the health care team. Using knowledge of physics, radiation protection, human anatomy & physiology and the latest high tech equipment, they create medical images of organs, tissues and bones. Radiography is often one of the first tools that doctors use to diagnose their clients' ailment. Radiographers also use their knowledge to provide quality patient education and care during imaging procedures.
Where do they work?
Graduates of our program work in a variety of settings including hospitals, private clinics, mobile imaging and research centers. In addition, there are many opportunities for further education in specialty areas such as ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine, mammography, radiation therapy, education, and cardiovascular/interventional imaging.
What kind of opportunities and salary could I expect to earn as a rad tech?
According to the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of radiologic technologist is expected to increase by about 15% faster than the average for all occupations from 2006 to 2016. That means that radiography is a great career choice. Our graduates receive numerous job offers every year. The national mean salary is approximately $50,000 per year. Salaries will vary by location and job.
How do I obtain the Admission Guide to the radiology program?
Call Lupe at 307-268-2235 and she will send you the admission guide.
How long is the Radiography program?
Once accepted into the program you will begin in April with Introduction to Radiologic Technology, which is an on-line course. Classes on campus begin in mid-May and span 24 months of continuous education (including summer semesters).
What are the prerequisites for the program?
ENGL 1010 English Composition I
MATH 1400 Pre-Calculus Algebra
ZOO 2040/2041 Human Anatomy / Lab or
ZOO 2110 Human Physiology
HLTK 1625 Basic Life Support
HLTK 1200 Medical Terminology
Students must have completed these courses or be enrolled at the time of application. Midterm grades will be used in the application ranking process if the student has not completed the course by February 15th of the year applying.
What do I need to do to apply to the program?
Apply to Casper College as a degree seeking student.
Have taken or be enrolled in the courses listed above.
Have a cumulative GPA of 2.3 or better.
Have observed in a radiology department for a minimum of 8 hours and completed the program observation form and questions.
Must have a current CPR card for Healthcare Providers.
Complete and return the Radiography Program application for admission along with the observation form and questions by Feb.15th.
Include two letters of recommendation with the letter of application.
Send transcripts from college coursework to the Program Director.
How many students are admitted into the program?
A maximum of 20 students are admitted each year.
Why is JRCERT accreditation important to students?
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) educational standards are developed and accepted by professionals in the radiologic sciences.
JRCERT is the only organization recognized by the US Department of Education to evaluate and accredit education programs in radiography and radiation therapy, which includes magnetic resonance and medical dosimetry.
JRCERT accreditation demonstrates that a program adheres to the national educational standards that will provide you with the knowledge, skills, and attributes through didactic and clinical education you need for entry into your chosen profession and to practice your profession anywhere in the United States.
Graduation from a JRCERT accredited program assures that you will be eligible to practice in all 50 states.
In some states, only graduates of JRCERT-accredited programs are eligible for licensure or certification. Graduation from a JRCERT-accredited program assures that you will be eligible to practice in all 50 states.
Enrollment in a program accredited by the JRCERT can enhance your eligibility for scholarships and other funding from government and private agencies.
For more information on the JRCERT go to JRCERT.org.