Radiography
Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)

The Radiography major prepares the student to become a registered medical radiographer. Students receive their training on campus and in the radiology departments of affiliate hospitals. The departments of radiology are equipped with state-of-the-art radiographic equipment. On campus, students practice their newly acquired skills in a modern radiographic laboratory and learning center under the direct supervision of qualified staff. Course work prepares the student to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists' (ARRT) examination.

As a registered radiographer, the graduate will join other allied health professionals educated and experienced in the latest technical procedures requiring the use of X-rays and other imaging modalities for the diagnosis of medical conditions. Radiographers serve a vitally important role as a "hands-on" technical assistant to the radiologist, a physician who specializes in applications of all forms of ionizing radiation.

Program Specs

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Myopic radiographic skeleton used to help students prepare for positioning of phantom patient in the on-campus x ray laboratory.
A former graduate prepares an MRI scan protocol for a pediatric patient.
CT Scans of the skull and brain provide the physician with vital information for proper neurological diagnosis.

About the curriculum

Classes

View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.

ARRT Exam Pass Rates

The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) 5-year aggregate pass rate chart compares the pass rate of Penn College first-time takers (sat for the ARRT exam within one year of graduation) to the national average. Read more.

After graduation

List of jobs via the College Catalog.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for radiologic technologists was $54,620 in May 2012. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $37,060, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $77,160.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 16,430 $30.94 $64,360
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 6,500 $32.07 $66,690
Offices of Physicians 4,620 $32.67 $67,960
Outpatient Care Centers 430 $33.05 $68,740
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 400 $32.21 $67,000

*Statistics reported in May 2012

Accreditation & Industry Connections

Program accreditation.

Program Effectiveness Data

Annual Program Effectiveness Data as reported to the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)

Mission, Goals and Learning Outcomes

Radiography Program Mission Statement, Assessment Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Accrediting Documentation

JRCERT Standards

Program Resources

The radiography program’s faculty and staff are committed to helping students succeed academically. Additionally, students requiring assistance have a number of resources and locations across campus to which they can turn:

Special Admissions Requirement

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Performance Standards

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The College uses a 4.0 grading system. The radiography major, however, uses a grading scale of A (93-100), B (85-92), C (75-84), and F (below 75). Grades of ‘D’ are not considered passing and will be recorded as an ‘F’ on the student’s transcript for all core courses.

Transfer Procedures

View general transfer procedures via the College Catalog.

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Estimate of Expenses

Students accepted into the Radiography major will incur expenses for instruments, uniforms, malpractice insurance, clearances and certifications, etc. See the complete list.

Clubs & Activities

The Medical Imaging Club

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Notice of Conviction

Notice of Conviction via the College Catalog.

Radiography Advisory Committee

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Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.

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