Associate in Radiologic Technology

Associate in Radiologic Technology Associate of Science (A.S.)

Radiologic Technology

Envision your future as a radiologic technologist.

Physicians and other healthcare professionals rely on diagnostic radiologic imaging procedures to help determine patient care.

Cal U’s associate in radiologic technology prepares you to join the healthcare team as a skilled radiologic technologist who can complete X-ray examinations.

Pennsylvania is among the top five states for employment in radiology, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. With an associate degree from Cal U, you will be prepared to enter the field as a radiologic technologist, radiographer or X-ray technologist — or to continue your education in related modalities such magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound or computed tomography (CT) scans.

Take radiography classes and labs at Washington Health System facilities.

Cal U’s full-time radiology program provides both the academic and clinical education required to enter this dynamic profession.

Students take radiography classes and hands-on labs at Washington Health System (WHS) facilities in Washington, Pa. They also gain clinical experience at several nearby locations. 

In the School of Radiologic Technology, you’ll learn a team approach to healthcare delivery while preparing for professional practice. In recent years, 100% of radiology degree graduates from the WHS program have found employment.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGY

Top Accreditation: Cal U’s radiologic tech associate degree program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. JRCERT is the only agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) for accrediting educational programs in radiography. 

Professional Facilities: Students in Cal U’s School of Radiologic Technology develop clinical skills by utilizing lab facilities at Washington Health System. The lab is equipped with X-ray producing equipment and a computed radiography (CR) reader, as well as “anthropomorphic phantoms” – lifelike X-ray mannequins that serve as teaching and training aids. This combination of skills prepares students to become a radiology technologist upon graduation.

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86 
Number of credits required to complete this two-year associate degree program.
$58K 
Average annual wage for radiologic technician, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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Degree Benefits

Clinical experiences are integrated throughout the 24-month radiography program, beginning with a student’s first term. In addition to developing clinical competence, students learn:

  • To communicate effectively in speech and in writing.
  • To use critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • To value professionalism and professional development.
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Graduate Outcomes

Program graduates are prepared to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists® (ARRT) national certification exam, which assesses fundamental knowledge and skills required for entry-level employment. In recent years, WHS program graduates have found jobs with employers such as UPMC, Washington Health System, MedExpress and Monongalia General Hospital, as well as surgical centers in the area.

 
Associate in Radiologic Technology
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Job Opportunities

An aging U.S. population increases the need for imaging as a tool for medical diagnosis – and for healthcare professionals trained to perform X-ray exams and use other medical imaging technologies. Employment of radiologic technologists is projected to grow 13% from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.

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Safety and Ethics

Because radiography uses X-rays, a powerful ionizing radiation, safety is an important consideration for technologists, patients, the public and the environment. Students in Cal U’s radiologic technology program learn procedures that promote health and safety. They also study the ethics of the radiography profession.

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Why Choose an Accredited Program?

JRCERT accreditation is your assurance that Cal U’s School of Radiologic Technology meets the highest academic and professional standards. And according to JRCERT, “Many states require that professional programs be accredited and require that individuals who sit for licensure examinations in various professions graduate from accredited programs.”

 

Associate in Radiological Technology Courses and Admission Requirements

The 86-credit associate radiology degree program includes comprehensive courses, hands-on lab work and clinical experience. Students are required to complete Anatomy & Physiology I and II (4 credits each) before being admitted; credits count toward the program’s General Education requirements.

Curriculum


Course Credits
First Semester (Summer Session 1) 4
HSC 110  Anatomy & Physiology I* 4
   
Second Semester (Summer Session 2) 4
HSC 120  Human Anatomy & Physiology II* 4
   
Third Semester 17
HSC 115  Current Health Issues 3
RAD 100  Radiography Theory and Lab I 5
RAD 110  Radiography Clinical I 6
Social Science or Psychology Elective 3
   
Fourth Semester 17
RAD 101  Radiography Theory and Lab II 5
RAD 120  Radiography Clinical II 6
Composition and Public Speaking General Education Course 3
Humanities or Fine Arts General Education Course 3
   
Fifth Semester (Summer Session 1) 4
RAD 130  Radiography Clinical III 4
   
Sixth Semester (Summer Session 2) 4
RAD 140  Radiography Clinical IV 4
   
Seventh Semester 17
MAT 181  College Algebra 3
RAD 200  Radiography Theory and Lab III 5
RAD 210  Radiography Clinical V 6
Technological Literacy General Education Course 3
   
Eighth Semester 12
RAD 201  Radiography Theory and Lab IV 5
RAD 220  Radiography Clinical VI 6
UNI 200  Career Readiness 1
   
Ninth Semester (Summer Session 1) 4
RAD 230  Radiography Clinical VII 4
   
Tenth Semester (Summer Session 2) 4
RAD 240  Radiography Clinical VIII 4
Total 87

* Required pre-requisite courses

Program Notes: This program has a handbook, which can be obtained from the department chair.
RAD courses are taught at Washington Hospital.

Admissions Requirements

 

Welcome to the next steps in your future career as a Radiologic Technologist!

Please review the information and reach out with any questions to finnegan@calu.edu

Pre-Radiologic Technology

  • Admission to California University of Pennsylvania. Please select the Pre-Radiologic Technology Program: Major Code 7725 Concentration 7089
  • Sit for University Placement tests. As required by the results, complete all developmental courses.
  • Schedule prerequisite courses, HSC 110 Anatomy and Physiology I and HSC 120 Human Anatomy and Physiology II. Note: HSC 110 & 120 must be completed before the fall program start. They are not required to be completed for program consideration, but they are part of the program selection rubric. HSC 110 Anatomy and Physiology I and HSC 120 Human Anatomy and Physiology II must be a minimum of “C” or better.

Students enrolled in the Pre-Rad Tech “7089” concentration will automatically be enrolled into the California University of Pennsylvania (Cal U) Desire to Learn (D2L) course named “RAD 7089”. This course is designed for the purpose of student communication and documentation upload. If a student does not see this in their course options OR if a student does NOT want to be considered for the current year selections please email finnegan@calu.edu. 

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Student selection will begin as of April 1st for the following fall start. Students will be taken on a first come first serve basis and will be considered after ALL requirements listed in “RAD 7089” course shell are met.

  1. Radiographer shadow for four hours, a completed typed summary of experiences (form provided)
  2. Technical standards in the Radiologic Technology program are to ensure that students can successfully complete the technical procedures or practices. Please the American College of Radiology (ACR) acr.org for more information.
  3. America Heart Association (AHA) Healthcare Provider Basic Life Support (BLS) training. The expiration date must be at least one year past the fall start of the program.
  4. Clearances must be obtained after January 1st in the year that you are applying for the program:

    • Child Abuse Clearance (“Individual 14 years of age or older holding a paid position as an employee with a program, activity, or service)
    • PA Criminal Background Check (DO NOT use the Volunteer which is free)
    • Pennsylvania Department of Human Service FBI Fingerprint-Based Background Check

~Service Code:  1KG756 and select your clinical location, i.e. WHS, Mon Health 

  1. Completed “Medical Information Form” which is located at calu.edu .
     
    • The physical exam must be within one year of the start of the program and the student must be free of communicable disease.
    • Proof of immunization and/or positive titers:

        • Rubella (German measles) - immunization or titer within 5 years
        • Rubeola (measles) - 2 vaccine doses to persons born after 1956 or titer within 5 years
        • Varicella (chickenpox) - immunity by disease, titer, or immunization within 5 years
        • Hepatitis B administration or evidence of post-vaccination immunity within 5 years
        • Tdap/DTap (tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid and acellular pertussis vaccine.
          Note: Tetanus/ diphtheria in last 7 years
        • Evidence of Tuberculin skin test (2-step PPD by mantoux method) or T-spot. Instructions may be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/tb/topic/testing/healthcareworkers.htm

          • Students must have one of the following:
             
            • Negative 2-step skin test (two injections and two readings)
            • Blood assay (T Spot)
            • If previously tested positive, completed TB questionnaire and a clear chest x-ray, if indicated.

Please note: After the start of the program, mandatory annual 1-step Tuberculin skin tests are due August 15th & Influenza vaccination due October 15th.

ARRT Ethics Review: Students will be required to complete the FBI fingerprinting, state criminal background, and child abuse check prior to participation in clinical education, which begins in the first semester. Clinical sites and potential employers that accept our students may also require these clearances. It is outside the control of the School of Radiologic Technology if a student is unable to be placed due to a felony or misdemeanor criminal record.

Please see ARRT Ethics Review for further information www.ARRT.org. 

Accreditation, Mission and Goals

Accreditation

 

Cal U’s Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

JRCERT Standards

  • Standard One: The program demonstrates integrity in the following: Representations to communities of interest and the public, pursuit of fair and equitable academic practices, and treatment of, and respect for, students, faculty, and staff.
  • Standard Two: The program has sufficient resources to support the quality and effectiveness of the educational process.
  • Standard Three: The program’s curriculum and academic practices prepare students for professional practice.
  • Standard Four: The program’s policies and procedures promote the health and safety and optimal use of radiation for students, patients, and the general public.
  • Standard Five: The program develops and implements a system of planning and evaluation of student learning and program effectiveness outcomes in support of its mission.
  • Standard Six: The program complies with JRCERT policies, procedures, and STANDARDS to achieve and maintain specialized accreditation.

An overview of the JRCERT Standards is available at www.jrcert.org.

Students may submit any violation of standards grievances regarding the radiological technology program to:

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
20 North Wacker Drive
Suite 2850
Chicago, Illinois 60606-3182
(312) 704-5300
mail@jrcert.org
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Mission Statement

The mission of the Radiologic Technology Program is to promote the ethics, character, success, and career development of future professionals who will contribute to society by promoting, preserving, and improving the health and well-being of diverse populations, communities, and individuals.

Program Goals


The goals of the Radiologic Technology Program are to develop competent entry-level radiographers able to function within the healthcare community. 

The goals of the Radiographer program are:

  1. Students will be clinically competent.

    Student Learning Outcome(s):
    Students will demonstrate proficiency conducting radiographic procedures.

    Student will select appropriate technical factors.

 

  1. Students will communicate effectively.

    Student Learning Outcome(s):
    Students will use effective oral communication skills.

    Students will use effective written communication skills.

 

  1. Students will use critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

    Student Learning Outcome(s):
    Students will accurately identify and implement methods of radiation protection.

    Students will perform image analysis.

 

  1. Students will evaluate the importance of professionalism.

    Student Learning Outcomes(s):
    Students will determine the importance of continued professional development.

    Students will assess areas of opportunity for growth and development.

 

  1. The program will graduate entry-level technologists.

    Student Learning Outcome(s):
    Students will pass the ARRT national certification on the 1st attempt within 6 months post-graduation. Of those pursuing employment, students will be gainfully employed within 12 months post- graduation. Students will complete the program within 24 months. Students will be satisfied with their education. Employers will be satisfied with the graduate’s performance.
Student Handbook

 

Additional information may be found in the Radiologic Technology Student Handbook including clinical site locations. This handbook is intended as a guide to the Program’s policies that are in existence at the time of its writing. The Radiologic Technology program reserves the right to make changes in its education and clinical policies as are deemed advisable by the administration and the faculty for the progressive development of the program.

Download a copy of the student handbook.

Faculty

Kelli Alexander
Clinical Coordinator

alexander_k@calu.edu

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Lisa Finnegan
Program Director

finnegan@calu.edu

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