What is Medical Diagnostics?
Radiography uses radiation to produce images whereas sonography uses ultrasound technology to produce images. Radiography consists of x-rays, mammography, MRI, CT and other imaging methods. Sonography and ultrasound are most often associated with medical imaging experienced by pregnant women who get to "see" their baby while still in the womb. In other circumstances, diagnostic medical sonographers use sonography to create images of the body for proper diagnosis of medical conditions by a physician.
Medical diagnostics includes any of the following career paths.
- Radiology Technician - AAS offered at PPCC.
- Diagnostic Medical Sonographers/Ultrasound), Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians and Vascular Technologists - Explore these careers through the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics web site.
- Radiologist (M.D.) - See Pre-Med page.
Explore more through the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics.
At PPCC we only offer the Radiology Technician degree. All other Medical Diagnostics degrees would require transferring to particular colleges or universities. Colorado has a limited number of public institutions that offer these programs of study. Meet with an academic advisor to explore how to prepare for transferring from PPCC.
About PPCC's Program
With this degree a graduate would be equipped to assist patients in the imaging process and assure that the images were correct. It is the lowest level of pay in medical diagnostics and does not include diagnosis or treatment. Read the PPCC Rad Tech Department webpages. After reviewing the program requirements, you need to understand the following.
PPCC offers this degree in collaboration with Memorial Hospital School of Radiologic Technology.
- Be sure to read the Memorial Hospital School's admissions requirements carefully.
- Attend an information session at Memorial Hospital.
- Seek PPCC advising as you take prerequisite courses and prepare to apply.
- 25 people are accepted into the program each year.
- Students must to be able to do a 16-week clinical rotation in Colorado Springs and Denver.
- Accepted students will be notified by May 1.
- Courses at UCH Memorial Hospital begin in July.
- Once accepted into the program at Memorial Hospital, the program operates as a 3/4 to full-time job. There are no part-time options.
Five very important things to understand about our program.
- RTE 111-RTE 289 are not Financial Aid Eligible.
- Some VA Funding can cover the cost of RTE 111-RTE 289.
- PPCC's program does not provide a direct step to Sonography or Ultrasound programs.
- If the student has the following coursework: ENG 121, MAT 121 or MAT 107 over 10 years old and/or PSY 101 over 15 years old the student must
- Retake the Accuplacer assessment test and
- Test into the college level course. The student will not have to retake the class(es). Only then will the older credits be accepted by the Radiology School.
- Pikes Peak Community College may require an appeal process for any class over 15 years.
- Anatomy & Physiology classes must include an in-person lab and may not exceed 7 years with the application submission.
Students should start out in the Associate of General Studies (AGS) Pre-Radiology Tech. This is a placeholder major and is not designed to be completed before applying to Memorial’s Rad Tech program. This will allow students who are using Financial Aid and VA benefits to take recommended elective courses beyond the general education prerequisites. These also can help them gain points in the application process until and if they are accepted into Memorial’s program.
Be sure to sit down with your A&T Medical Sciences Program Advisor and Faculty Advisor to plan out how to best meet the prerequisites for our program.