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 technology 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 technician upon graduation.

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86 
Number of credits required to complete this two-year asociate degree program.
$58K 
Average annual wage for radiologic technologist, 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 technicians, 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 Rediological Technology Courses, Curriculum and Accreditation

The 86-credit associate 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.

Example Courses
  • Composition OR Oral Communication
  • College Algebra
  • Current Health Issues
  • Introduction to Psychology OR Sociology
  • Radiography Theory and Lab (I-IV)
  • Radiography Clinical (I-VIII)

 

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Accreditation


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

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Faculty

Kelli Alexander
Clinical Coordinator

alexander_k@calu.edu

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Lisa Finnegan
Program Director

finnegan@calu.edu

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