Graduates of the program are eligible to take the national certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and become registered. Registered radiologic technologists are eligible for licensing by the Hawai‘i Board of Radiologic Technology to practice radiologic technology in Hawai‘i.
The RAD Program
The Radiologic Technology (RAD) program at Kapi‘olani Community College is a two-year associate in science degree curriculum that combines classroom studies, hands-on exercises in well-equipped laboratories, and intensive supervised clinical practice in affiliated hospitals. Some prerequisite courses, including human anatomy and physiology, must be completed prior to admission. Applicants must attend at least one information session, and complete the Admissions Assessment (A2) with the minimum qualifying scores, within one year of the application deadline as part of the qualifications for admission to the RAD Program.
Clinical Obligations Information
Students will complete approximately 2000 clinical hours by the end of the program. During the first year in the program, students will spend 5 hours in the afternoons at the clinical sites, every day except Fridays. During the second year, students will spend 5 hours in the mornings at the clinical sites, every day except Tuesdays. Students may be placed at any one of the following clinical sites: Castle Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center, Pali Momi Medical Center, Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women and Children, Kuakini Medical Center, Queen’s Medical Center, Shriner’s Hospital for Children – Honolulu, Straub Clinic & Hospital, or Hawai‘i Diagnostic Radiology Services. Students will be responsible for their own transportation to and from the clinical sites. Students will also be responsible for obtaining criminal background checks or participating in drug testing, if required by the clinical site to which they are assigned.
The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Our educational program is also recognized by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) as an acceptable primary-pathway program.
Program Effectiveness Data
The following program statistics are for 2016:
- Program Completion Rate – 75% (12 graduates completed the program, out of 16 initially enrolled)
- Credentialing Examination Pass Rate – 100% (12 graduates passed, out of 12 graduates taking the exam for the first time)
- Job Placement Rate – 100% (12 graduates found employment, out of 12 graduates actively seeking employment)
The following program statistics are 5-year averages for years 2012 – 2016:
- Program Completion Rate – 84% (86 graduates, out of 103 initially enrolled)
- Credentialing Examination First-Time Pass Rate – 99% (84 graduates passed, out of 85 graduates taking the exam for the first time)
- Employment Rate – 93% (75 graduates found employment, out of 81 graduates actively seeking employment)
The mission of the Radiologic Technology Program at Kapi‘olani Community College is to provide graduates with the entry-level skills and knowledge necessary for performing the tasks of a radiologic technologist in imaging centers, hospitals, clinics, and radiologists’ offices and group practices. Further, as the only such program in Hawaii, it is the mission of this program to provide qualified radiologic technologists for the healthcare workforce in the state of Hawai‘i.
The goals of this program meet or exceed the guidelines of the Joint Review Committee for Education in Radiologic Technology. The program is designed to meet these goals through an intensive course of study and laboratory practice and supervised clinical practice in affiliated clinical hospitals. The goals of the Radiologic Technology Program are:
- Students will practice as entry-level radiologic technologists.
- Students will demonstrate effective teamwork, communication, and critical thinking skills.
- Students will reflect the value of professional growth and development.
- The program will meet workforce needs for radiographers in the state of Hawai‘i.
- Upon completion of the Radiologic Technology Program, graduates will be able to:
- Take diagnostically acceptable radiographs of any or all parts of the body.
- Practice appropriate radiation safety measures.
- Communicate and interact appropriately and effectively with patients, patients’ family and friends, peers, staff, and supervisors.
- Work effectively as a team member with students, staff, and radiologists.
- Maintain professional and ethical behavior as a healthcare provider.
- Adapt patient positioning, projections, and technical factors based on patient condition.
- Discuss the value of life-long learning and being an active member of a professional society.