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2012-2013 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Radiologic Sciences (B.S.)


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The Radiologic Sciences curriculum is designed to prepare students for the health care profession as competent radiographers. The radiographer is an individual who utilizes ionizing radiation and other forms of energy to produce medical images. The Radiographer serves as a specialist in the application of knowledge in patient care, anatomy, physiology, positioning and radiographic techniques to accurately demonstrate anatomical structures on an image receptor.

The curriculum also offers advanced courses in mammography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, bone densitometry, vascular interventional technology, cardiac-interventional technology, and quality management. The student will select one advanced area beyond radiography. The curriculum integrates learning and clinical environments to promote advanced professional development.

The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, 20 Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-2901, (312) 704-5300, e-mail: mail@jrcert.org.

Upon completion of the program, the student will be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Science degree and apply for the primary certification examination in Radiography (R) offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). The graduates of the program may also achieve some or complete documentation of the ARRT clinical experience requirements for post-primary certification examinations in one of these advanced areas, such as Mammography (M), Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MR), Bone Densitometry (BD), Vascular-Intervential Technology (VI), Cardiac-Interventional Technology (CV), or Quality Management (QM).

The curriculum consists of two phases: preprofessional and professional. The preprofessional phase comprises the first three semesters of the program and consists of general academic requirements together with the basic physical and biological sciences. The final 21/2 years comprise the professional program. Acceptance into the professional phase is on a competetive basis. The admission requirements are provided following the curriculum4.

Students enrolled in the professional phase are rotated through several area hospitals and clinics serving as clinical education settings. Students will spend 15-25 hours a week at the clinic education setting in addition to other courses. Special placement is available to individuals who are registered technologists5.

There are certain physical and sensory skills related to successful performance in this occupation. Contact the Program Director of Radiologic Sciences before declaring Radiologic Sciences as your major.

Freshman Year


Total Hours: 32

Preprofessional Phase


Sophomore Year


Total Hours: 32

Professional Phase


(See note 4.)

Junior Year


Total Hours: 29

Professional Phase


(See note 5.)

Senior Year


Total Hours: 27

Professional Phase


(See note 5.)

Notes


1Course must be selected from section #9 from the General Education Requirements  section.
2Fulfills University Core Requirements for International Education.
3Fulfills Requirement of Capstone Course.
4Acceptance into the professional phase of the Radiologic Sciences program is on a selective basis due to the limited number of students approved for each clinical education setting. Students are admitted to the professional phase of the program once a year, the Spring Semester Sophomore year, and continue for 2 1/2 years. Application must be made no later than October 1st of the preceding Fall Semester. Applications for the professional phase are obtained from the Radiologic Sciences Program office. In cases where the number of qualified applicants for the professional phase exceeds the capacity, applicants will be accepted based on highest G.P.A. In order to be considered for admission to the professional curriculum, the student must:

  1. have earned a minimum grade point average of 2.5 or better in all courses outlined in the preprofessional phase;
  2. have earned a minimum grade point average of 2.5 or better and no grade lower than a “C” in all science courses of the preprofessional curriculum (BIOL 100, 225, 226; CHEM 101; MATH 170, 231; RADT 101);
  3. have repeated no more than 2 courses of the preprofessional curriculum due to failure;
  4. have completed or will have completed all the preprofessional courses by the starting date of the professional curriculum;
  5. submit completed application for professional phase of radiologic sciences program by October 1st;
  6. submit documentation verifying 20 hours of observation in a radiology department.
  7. After acceptance is granted to the professional phase, be aware of the following requirements for continuation in clincial radiography courses (requirements included, but not limited to):
    1. Clearance and verfication from a healthcare worker background check which includes: Criminal search, Social Security Number Verification, Maiden Name/AKA Name Search, Sexual Offender Registry/Predator Registry, National Wants & Warrants Submission, 13224 Terrorism Sanctions Regulations, U.S. Government Terrorist List Search, Investigative Application Review, Adverse Action Letter, Medicare/Medicaid Sanctioned. This background profile must be conducted by specified agency at a cost of $50, more details in acceptance letter and student handbook for professional phase.
    2. Negative results from a 15 Panel split study drug screening performed by a specified medical laboratory at a cost of $35-$75, more details in acceptance letter and student handbook professional phase.
    3. Assignments for clinical radiography courses are typically Monday-Friday daytime hours, with the exception of occasional evening rotation. Evening rotation during the summer session includes a Saturday assignment. More details included in the student handbook for professional phase.
    4. Travel to and from classsroom and clnical assignments is the responsibility of the student. In cases where the number of qualified applicants for the professional phase exceeds the capacity, applicants will be accepted based upon highest GPA.

5Post Certificate Standing. The Radiologic Sciences curriculum provides an opportunity for Registered Technologists to be added into the baccalaureate degree program. Technologists registered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technlogists will be awarded 53 credit hours to be applied to the professional curriculum. In addition to the courses of the preprofessional phase (except BIOL 100), the registered technologist must also complete the following courses in the professional portion of the program:

  • NURS 330, RADS 370, 462, 472, 470 or 471, select and complete 9 semester hours of approved RADS electives from RADS 367, 464, 466, 467, 468, 470 or 471 (with no grade lower than “C” in the radiologic technology and science courses).

Total Hours for Major: 86; Total Hours for Degree: 120


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