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 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 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 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 Radiological Technology Courses, Curriculum and Accreditation

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

 

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

Pre-Radiologic Technology

  1. Admission to California University of Pennsylvania in Pre-Rad Tech: Major Code 7725 Concentration 7089
  2. Complete university placement testing. Testing information provided by contacting Claire Pizer, 724-938-5911 or email pizer@calu.edu. If necessary, complete developmental coursework.
  3. Transfer courses determined by the Articulation and Transfer office. Check “Degree Works” for course completion.
  4. Successful completion of prerequisite courses, HSC 110 Anatomy and Physiology I and HSC 120 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (both courses must be a minimum of “C” or better). 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. A sample SRT Selection Rubric will be located in your “RAD 7089” course shell.

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 NOT be considered until the following:

  1. They are in the correct major/concentration: Pre-Radiologic Technology: Major Code 7725 / Concentration 7089.
  1. Once the students is placed into the Pre-Rad Tech “7089” concentration they will be automatically 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
  1. Students will need to meet ALL requirements listed in Part “II.” These items will need to be uploaded into the RAD 7089 course shell.

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.

Due after April 1st to be eligible for program consideration:

  1. Only individual Word or PDF documents will be accepted. It’s recommended that students register for “OneDrive” to create PDFs of their documents. This can be done using their calu.edu email account, please contact UTech support (utechrequests@calu.edu or 724-938-5911). All documents should be saved in the students Cal U OneDrive for future reference.
  2. Rename each document with a title, “First name Last name.Name of document” Example “ Jane Doe.FBI Clearance” Note: If incorrect, they will not be accepted.
  3. Student submission of their four (4) hour radiographer shadow experience summary. Form provided in “RAD 7089” course shell.
  4. America Heart Association (AHA) Healthcare Provider Basic Life Support (BLS) training. The expiration date must be at least one year past the start of the program.
  5. Clearances must be obtained after January 1st in the year that you are starting the program: Submit a certificate not a link
    1. Child Abuse Clearance (“Individual 14 years of age or older holding a paid position as an employee with a program, activity, or service)
    2. PA Criminal Background Check (DO NOT use the Volunteer which is free)
    3. Pennsylvania Department of Human Service FBI Fingerprint-Based Background Check ~Service Code: 1KG756 and select your clinical location, i.e. WHS or Mon Health
  6. Completed “Medical Information Form” which is located at calu.edu .
      1. The physical exam must be within one year of the start of the program and the student must be free of communicable disease.
      2. Proof of immunization or positive titers: Check with University Health Center for vaccination opportunities
        • Rubella (German measles) - immunization or adequate titer
        • Rubeola (measles) - 2 vaccine doses to persons born after 1956 or adequate titer
        • Varicella (chickenpox) - immunity by disease, adequate titer, or immunization
        • Hepatitis B administration or evidence of post-vaccination immunity
        • 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.

 

Accreditation


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

Learn more about this accreditation.

Faculty

Kelli Alexander
Clinical Coordinator

alexander_k@calu.edu

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Lisa Finnegan
Program Director

finnegan@calu.edu

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