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.
About the curriculum
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.
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 Effectiveness Data
Annual Program Effectiveness Data as reported to the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
Mission, Goals and Learning Outcomes
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
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.
View general transfer procedures via the College Catalog.
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
Notice of Conviction
Notice of Conviction via the College Catalog.
Radiography Advisory Committee
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.