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 two advanced areas 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: firstname.lastname@example.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 complete documentation of the ARRT clinical experience requirements for post-primary certification examinations in up to two 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 16-24 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.
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1Course must be selected from section #9 from the General Education Requirements section.
2Fulfills University Core Requirements for International Education.
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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:
- have earned a minimum grade point average of 2.5 or better in all courses outlined in the preprofessional phase;
- 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);
- have repeated no more than 2 courses of the preprofessional curriculum due to failure;
- have completed or will have completed all the preprofessional courses by the starting date of the professional curriculum;
- submit completed application by October 1st;
- submit documentation verifying 20 hours of observation in a radiology department.
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 60 credit hours to be applied to the professional curriculum. In addition to the courses of the preprofessional phase, the registered technologist must also complete the following courses in the professional portion of the program:
- RADT 370, 462, 466, 467, 468, 470 or 471, 472 and NURS 330, (with no grade lower than “C” in the radiologic technology and science courses).
Total Hours for Major: 86; Total Hours for Degree: 134