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.
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.
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:
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.
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.