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.
Clinical radiographer in acute health care settings, physician/surgeon offices, specialty clinics, armed services.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for radiologic technologists was $59,520 in May 2018. The top 10 percent earned more than $86,350.
Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|General Medical and Surgical Hospitals||121,310||$30.12||$62,650|
|Offices of Physicians||40,970||$26.92||$55,990|
|Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories||14,140||$29.71||$61,800|
|Outpatient Care Centers||13,200||$31.60||$65,740|
|Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)||5,570||$32.11||$66,790|
Statistics reported in May 2018
Accreditation & Industry Connections
The Radiography major is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182, (312) 704-5300; www.jrcert.org; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Requirements
Acceptance into this competitive major is based on an admissions ranking process. View detailed information on acceptance criteria, testing requirements, performance expectations, and the admissions ranking system. Due to federal guidelines, students under the age of 18 will not be allowed to begin clinical education. Candidates for the Radiography program must possess the Technical Standards required of the Registered Radiologic Technologist.
Students enrolled in this major must earn a minimum final grade of 'C' in each of their radiography courses. Failure to do so will result in termination from the major. Approximately 1,600 clinic practicum hours are included to qualify students for registry examinations.
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.
Students seeking to transfer to Penn College's Radiography Program from a radiography program at another institution will be evaluated by the Admissions Office and the program director based on earned credits (official transcripts must be provided to the Admissions Office), prior course content/sequencing, and radiographic clinic experience. Each case will be reviewed individually due to the variance between clinical requirements and radiography course structuring. Graduates of this major may be eligible to enter the College's Applied Health Studies (BAH) major. This major will subscribe to transfer standards established by the College. Refer to the Applied Health Studies major in the bachelor's degree section for more details.
International health credentials/licensure, sciences courses, and most math courses will not be accepted to satisfy requirements of this major. Please see additional information for international students applying to Health Sciences majors.
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
Child abuse clearance and criminal background checks are required by some agencies involved in fieldwork and/or capstones. Agencies can bar students from their sites if a criminal record exists or a positive drug test is noted. By virtue of contract for Penn College students to be at clinical sites, agencies have the right to ask for random drug testing. Inability to gain clinical or fieldwork or intern education experiences results in inability to meet program objectives and outcomes. For additional clarification, students can speak with their program director. Students must comply with the "Rules of Ethics" contained in the ARRT Standards of Ethics. The Rules of Ethics are standards of minimally acceptable professional conduct for all Registered Technologists and applicants. The Rules of Ethics are intended to promote the protection, safety and comfort of patients. Registered Technologists and applicants engaging in any of the conduct or activities noted in the Rules of Ethics, or who permit the occurrence of said conduct or activities with respect to them, have violated the Rules of Ethics and are subject to sanctions as described. One issue addressed by the Rules of Ethics is the conviction of a crime, including a felony, a gross misdemeanor, or a misdemeanor with the sole exception of speeding and parking violations. All alcohol- and/or drug-related violations must be reported. Conviction as used in this provision includes a criminal proceeding where a finding or verdict of guilt is made or returned but the adjudication of guilt is either withheld or not entered, or a criminal proceeding where the individual enters a plea of guilt or no contest. All potential violations must be investigated by the American Registry of Radiographic Technologists (ARRT) in order to determine eligibility. Registered technologists and applicants who violate the Rules of Ethics must provide the ARRT with a written explanation, including court documentation of the charges, with the application for examination. The court documentation must verify the nature of the conviction, the nature of the sentence imposed by the courts, and the current status of the sentence. If an applicant is convicted between the time of application and the exam administration date, it is the applicant's responsibility to inform the ARRT immediately and begin the review process. Additional information may be found in the ARRT Rules and Regulations (Appendix D) and in the ARRT Standards of Ethics (Appendix E). These can be obtained from ARRT. Individuals who have violated the Rules of Ethics may request a pre-application review of the violation in order to obtain a ruling of the impact on their eligibility for ARRT examination. The individual may submit a pre-application form at any time either before or after entry into an approved educational program. This review may enable the individual to avoid delays in processing the application for examination that is made at the time of graduation. The pre-application must be requested directly from the ARRT. Submission of a pre-application request form does not waive the application for examination, the examination fee, the application deadline or any other application procedures.
Radiography Advisory Committee
- John Becker, D.O., Physician, Susquehanna Imaging Associates, Inc.
- Mr. David C Chappell, R.T. (R) (MR), PACS Administrator/Assistant Director of Radiology, Evangelical Community Hospital
- Ms. Raymalee Frank, Technical Supervisor, Mount Nittany Medical Center
- Ms. Sheryl E Goss, M.S., R.T.(R), RDMS, RDCS, RVT, Program Director & Assistant Professor, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Misericordia University
- Ms. Amy Keefer, Operations Manager, Imaging Services, Evangelical Community Hospital
- Ms. Lori A Kepner, B.S., R.T.(R), '92, Resource Clinician/Radiographer Tech 2, Susquehanna Health System
- Mr. Dean Kresge, Radiology Information & Imaging Specialist, GE Healthcare Imaging Solutions
- Ms. Ellen Mull, A.A.S., R.T.(R)(M)(CDT), '88, CT Technologist, Evangelical Community Hospital
- Ms. Wendy A Rowan, Imaging Operations Manager, Evangelical Community Hospital
- Mr. Thomas C Schnars, R.T.(R), CRA, Administrative Director Imaging Services, Susquehanna Health
- Mr. Edward Sowul, B.S., R.T.(R), Administrative Director of Imaging, Jersey Shore Hospital
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.