The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Radiography prepares the student for an entry-level position as a radiographer, or radiologic technologist, in hospitals and other health care agencies. The radiographer administers radiation in the form of x-rays to create diagnostic images that aid the physician in the diagnosis and treatment of injury and disease. Responsibilities of the radiographer include adjusting equipment to the correct settings for each radiographic procedure, positioning the patient, manipulating equipment for proper imaging and providing radiation protection. The radiographer understands radiation and knows how to produce high quality diagnostic examinations safely. The radiographer must apply knowledge of physics, anatomy and physiology, patient care and other related radiographic principles. Individuals interested in a career as a radiographer need a strong science and math background and possess a genuine interest in providing direct patient care with professionalism, compassion and a high degree of accuracy. The curriculum consists of on-campus didactic and lab instruction as well as off-campus clinical rotations at affiliated healthcare institutions. The program admits twice yearly (fall and spring semesters) for the daytime track and once yearly (fall semester) for the evening/weekend track. While credit hours vary each semester, the time commitment required for student success demands the equivalent of a full-time commitment. Graduates of the program are eligible for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Certification Examination.

The Radiography Program is accredited by: 

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 N. Wacker Dr., Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
312-704-5300
www.jrcert.org

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Program Admission Requirements

Application may be submitted to the Health Careers Enrollment Center after meeting the following admission requirements:

  • High School Diploma/GED
  • Complete ENG-1010 College Composition I with a “C” or higher.
  • Complete MATH-1240 Contemporary Mathematics or higher with "C" or higher. MATH-1240 or higher is a program admission requirement effective fall 2016 semester. ​MATH-1270 or higher will be accepted as a substitute for MATH-1240 for students who completed their math prerequisite prior to the fall 2016 semester.
  • Complete all Program Admission Requirement courses (listed in semester sequence) with “C” or higher.
  • BIO-2331 Anatomy and Physiology I and BIO-2341 Anatomy and Physiology II, together will be accepted in place of BIO-1221 Anatomy and Physiology for Diagnostic Medical Imaging.
  • GPA required: 2.5 admissions requirements, 2.0 overall.
  • 2.50 in program admission requirement courses/2.00 overall. These GPA's reflect minimum admission requirements; students are strongly advised to strive for higher GPA's. Students achieving better grades in admission requirement courses are better prepared academically for the rigors of the program.
  • Admission requirements courses may be repeated only once to improve a grade below "C."

Other Information

  • 45-55 students accepted per year.
  • There is no time limit on program admission requirement courses. However, applicants are advised that they will be held accountable for the content of those courses when they begin the Radiography Program. Students are strongly advised to review math and skeletal anatomy prior to beginning the program.
  • Applicants are encouraged, but are not required, to obtain exposure to the healthcare environment prior to application to the program. This can be accomplished through volunteering or working at a healthcare facility. Radiography requires extensive, direct patient care and radiography students must be able to handle the physical, emotional, and psychological demands of this type of work.
  • The radiography program admits biannually (fall and spring semesters) for the daytime track and annually (fall semester) for the evening/weekend track. Refer to the application packet on www.tri-c.edu/radiography for detailed information about the program and for daytime and evening/weekend track schedules.
  • Non-native speakers of English are required to have completed the TOEFL (www.ets.org) with a minimum internet-based test score (iBT) of 24 required in the speaking component and a minimum iBT score of 22 in the listening component. This requirement is due to the program’s professional technical standards for written and verbal communication skills. Preparation for the test is highly recommended. The college offers a preparation course for the TOEFL. Preparation for, scheduling of and costs incurred for the TOEFL are the sole responsibility of the student.
  • Mandatory Radiography Program Information Session. Students are required to attend a Radiography Program Information Session prior to entering the program. Attendance at an information session does NOT need to be completed prior to applying but must be completed prior to program entry. Sessions are held once each semester and are posted on the program’s webpage: www.tri-c.edu/radiography. Students are encouraged to bring a support person. Students must sign in to document their attendance and attend the entire session.
  • Courses used as prerequisites, program admission requirements, as well as all radiography specialty courses, must have a traditional letter grade. The Pass/No Pass (P/NP) grading option for prerequisites, core and specialty courses will not be accepted to meet program graduation requirements.
  • Students who are accepted into the program as evidenced by a formal acceptance notification from the program in the fall 2016 semester and later will NOT be required to complete PHIL-2050 Bioethics but WILL need to complete ENG-1020 College Composition II.
  • Students accepted into the program prior to fall 2016 must complete PHIL-2050 and must select a 3 credit communications course to meet the AAS degree requirement. Students must select a course from the following areas: ENG, ASL, SPCH or foreign language. These students should meet with a counselor to confirm that their choice of course will meet the communications requirement.
  • BIO-2200 Radiobiology and PHYS-2250 Radiographic Physics and Quality Control are considered radiography program courses and must be taken after program acceptance and along with the RADT courses listed in the Program Sequence. They cannot be completed while a student is waiting to start the program.
  • A background check which includes fingerprinting and a court search will be required prior to final program admission. The results of the background check may prevent a student from being admitted into a healthcare program. The college's determination of acceptable background check results for the purposes of acceptance into the educational program does not guarantee a similar determination by other entities (i.e. clinical affiliates, future employers, and/or professional certifying organizations [i.e. American Registry of Radiologic Technologists]).
  • Documentation of good health, immunizations, CPR certification and health insurance is required prior to clinical assignment. Students accepted into the program will be notified by the program when they should begin collecting and submitting this documentation. Students will be dismissed from the program if significant limiting health conditions are present which prevent the student from performing the normal functions of a radiography student and/or constitute a hazard to the health or safety of patients.
  • Students in the radiography program must achieve a grade of "C" or better in all RADT courses as well as BIO-2200 and PHYS-2250 in order to remain in good academic standing and progress through the program.
  • All applicants must complete DMS-1351 Patient Care Skills. Direct patient care work experience and/or healthcare certification (e.g. nursing assistant, medical assistant, etc.) cannot substitute for this course. The program must document students’ completion of specific patient care competencies required for credentialing and this is accomplished through DMS-1351.
  • Non-native speakers of English are required to have completed the TOEFL (www.ets.org) with a minimum internet-based test score (iBT) of 24 required in the speaking component and a minimum iBT score of 22 in the listening component. This requirement is due to the program’s professional technical standards for written and verbal communication skills. Preparation for the test is highly recommended. The college offers a preparation course for the TOEFL. Preparation for, scheduling of, and costs incurred for the TOEFL are the sole responsibility of the student.

In accordance with accreditation standards and terminology established by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, the radiography program has two types of outcomes:

  • Student Learning Outcomes
  • Program Outcomes (expressed as Program Effectiveness Data)

Student Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following student learning outcomes:

  1. Operates radiographic equipment to produce quality images.
  2. Practices patient care including radiation safety.
  3. Performs diagnostic imaging procedures for a diverse population of patients.
  4. Demonstrates the ability to make decisions and use independent judgement.
  5. Performs computer skills essential to the function of a radiology department.
  6. Displays effective verbal/written communication skills while providing patient care.
  7. Provides patient/public education related to radiographic procedures and radiation protection.
  8. Demonstrates professional ethical behavior as a radiographer.
  9. Prepares to enter the profession as a Registered Radiographer committed to professional development.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
Program Admissions Requirements SemesterCredit Hours
BIO-1221 Anatomy and Physiology for Diagnostic Medical Imaging 1 4
DMS-1351 Patient Care Skills 1
MA-1020 Medical Terminology I 3
MATH-1240 Contemporary Mathematics (or higher) 2 3
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I  
Honors College Composition I  
Select one of the following: 3
General Psychology  
Honors General Psychology  
 Credit Hours17
First Semester
BIO-2200 Radiobiology 2
RADT-1300 Fundamentals of Radiography 4
RADT-1400 Radiographic Positioning 3
 Credit Hours9
Second Semester
Select one of the following:  
Clinical Radiography I (Option A) 3  
Clinical Radiography I (Option B) 4  
Clinical Radiography I-A
and Clinical Radiography I- B (Option C)
 
 Credit Hours0
Summer Session
RADT-1351 Image Acquisition and Evaluation 3
RADT-1410 Intermediate Radiographic Positioning 3
RADT-2401 Imaging Systems 2
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition II 5  
Honors College Composition II  
 Credit Hours11
Third Semester
Select one of the following:  
Clinical Radiography II (Option A)  
Clinical Radiography II (Option B)  
Clinical Radiography II-A
and Clinical Radiography II-B (Option C)
 
 Credit Hours0
Fourth Semester
PHYS-2250 Radiographic Physics and Quality Control 4
RADT-2350 Radiographic Pathology 3
RADT-2362 Interventional/Pharmacology 1
 Credit Hours8
Summer Completion
Select one of the following:  
Clinical Radiography III (Option A)  
Clinical Radiography III (Option B)  
Clinical Radiography III (Option C)  
 Credit Hours0
 Total Credit Hours45

Options 

(A) Fall Start - Daytime Track

Students beginning the program in a fall semester (daytime track) will complete the following clinical courses: RADT-1911 Clinical Radiography I, RADT-2911 Clinical Radiography II and RADT-2921 Clinical Radiography III.

RADT-1911Clinical Radiography I7
RADT-2911Clinical Radiography II7
RADT-2921Clinical Radiography III5
Additional program courses45
Total Credit Hours64


(B) Spring Start - Daytime Track

Students beginning the program in a spring semester (daytime track) will complete the following clinical courses: RADT-191S Clinical Radiography I, RADT-291S Clinical Radiography II and RADT-292S Clinical Radiography III

RADT-191SClinical Radiography I5
RADT-291SClinical Radiography II7
RADT-292SClinical Radiography III7
Additional program courses45
Total Credit Hours64

(C) Fall Start - Evening/Weekend Track

Students beginning the program in a fall semester (evening/weekend track) will complete the following clinical courses: RADT-1911 Clinical Radiography I or RADT-191A Clinical Radiography I-A and RADT-191B Clinical Radiography I- B; RADT-291A Clinical Radiography II-A and RADT-291B Clinical Radiography II-B; and RADT-2921 Clinical Radiography III.

RADT-191A
RADT-191B
Clinical Radiography I-A
and Clinical Radiography I- B
7
RADT-291A
RADT-291B
Clinical Radiography II-A
and Clinical Radiography II-B
7
RADT-2921Clinical Radiography III5
Additional program courses45
Total Credit Hours64