Radiography

Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
Students in radiography lab

About this program

Careers in the healthcare field are in-demand—and radiography is no exception. At Penn College, you’ll study how to harness the power of radiographic technology to improve patient care. An immersive hands-on experience, this fully-accredited program includes 1,500+ hours of training in clinical settings. Apply technical skills in our fully energized digital radiographic imaging suite and in guaranteed clinical rotations across three systems to ensure depth of experience. As a registered radiographer, you 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.

Acceptance in this major is based upon additional requirements beyond College admission.

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100%

Overall Placement

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2,000+

Gain Experience by Performing 2,000+ Radiographic Exams

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9%

Growth Expected in this High-Demand Occupation through 2028

Careers

  • Acute healthcare settings
  • Mobile imaging
  • Physician offices
  • Surgeon offices
  • Specialty clinics
Courses

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Radiographic Anatomy and Positioning I (RAD101)
  • Principles of Radiographic Exposure I (RAD102)
  • Radiography Ethics and Orientation (RAD103)
  • Radiography Clinical Practicum I (RAD105)
  • Radiographic Anatomy and Positioning II (RAD113)
  • Principles of Radiographic Exposure II (RAD114)
  • Radiographic Equipment and Maintenance (RAD115)
  • Radiographic Nursing Procedures (RAD116)
  • Contrast Media and Operating Room Procedures (RAD117)
  • Radiography Practicum II (RAD118)
  • Practicum I (RAD201)
  • Radiographic Anatomy and Positioning III (RAD220)
  • Principles of Radiographic Exposure III (RAD221)
  • Radiation Protection (RAD227)
  • Digital Image Acquisition and Display (RAD228)
  • Pediatric and Trauma Radiography (RAD226)
  • Radiography Practicum III (RAD225)
  • Interventional Radiography (RAD223)
  • Introduction to CT and MRI Imaging (RAD247)
  • Pathology (RAD248)
  • Cross Sectional Anatomy for Radiographers (RAD249)
  • Radiography Practicum IV (RAD251)
  • Introduction to Mammography (RAD252)
  • Radiographic Anatomy and Positioning IV (RAD254)
  • Practicum II (RAD202)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • First Year Experience (FYE101)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I (BIO115)
  • Medical Terminology Survey (MTR100)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology II (BIO125)
  • Introductory Physics (PHS112)
  • Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective (FIT)
  • Imaging Physics (PHS222)
  • Core Arts Perspective (ARP) or
  • Core Applied Arts Perspective (AAP) or
  • Core Global and Cultural Diversity Perspective (CDP) or
  • Core Historical Perspective (HIP) or
  • Core Social Science Perspective (SSP)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH124) or
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH180) or
  • Pre-Calculus (MTH190) or
  • Applied Calculus (MTH230) or
  • Calculus I (MTH240) or
  • Calculus II (MTH242)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • Interpersonal Communication (SPC201)
Facilities

Modern, Fully Equipped Lab

Develop your skills in our state-of-the-art labs, featuring a fully energized digital radiographic imaging suite and a human phantom for true-to-life imaging experience.

Student Experience

“The Penn College radiography program equipped me with the knowledge and skills I need to succeed as a technologist. Working so closely with the instructors and clinical supervisors allowed me to gain confidence and prepared me to enter the workforce. I am very proud to be a Penn College alum!”

Kelly Hicks

Radiography

Student Experience

"Pennsylvania College of Technology’s radiography program prepared me for a challenging and rewarding career in medical imaging. Since graduating, I have had the opportunity to train and work in diagnostic x-ray, mammography and MRI. I am forever grateful for the education I received at PCT and look forward to continuing to grow in this exciting and ever-evolving field."

Brette Hoffman

Radiography

Industry Partners

Work with experts to become an expert

Penn College's strong partnerships impact every step of your journey – from your first day in the classroom and labs, to career placement (oftentimes before graduation) and beyond.

UPMC Susquehanna
Geisinger
Evangelical Community Hospital
Mount Nittany Medical Center
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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

Medical Imaging Club

Enhance your college experience and professional knowledge through peer and public interaction. 

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.

News
06.08.2020

Penn College Career Services helps students adapt to new reality

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Radiography director elected to professional society’s board

Christine L. Eckenrod, radiography program director at Pennsylvania College of Technology, was recently elected to a two-year ...

10.29.2019

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Penn College programs went pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. On Oct. 9, radiography students dressed in pink. Potential ...

Study Abroad

Gain global experience

See the world via Williamsport. Take your education abroad and get hands-on experience learning about your industry on a global scale.

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Clinical Experience

Your knowledge in practice

With 1,500+ hours of experience in the clinical setting, you’ll be ready to hit the ground running upon graduation.

Dual Degree

Take two

Applied Health Studies

Students who have earned an associate’s degree from Penn College in radiography are eligible to pursue a bachelor’s degree in applied health studies: radiography concentration. Students may work with their adviser to declare this major as dual degree, taking both radiography courses and applied health courses simultaneously. Proof of the appropriate credential will be required to be eligible for graduation in the applied health studies major.

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Student Experience

The community as their classroom

Routine learning experience leads to remarkable history lesson

Jennifer Nicholson, a radiography student, finding common ground with a patient she met during a clinical experience at a local hospital, made a trip to New York City that she’ll likely never forget. Nor will the World War II veteran she accompanied.

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Accreditation

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: mail@jrcert.org.

 

More Information

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: mail@jrcert.org

Accrediting Documentation: JRCERT Standards

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

View the Radiography Program Mission Statement, Assessment Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

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.

Anyone desiring entrance into this major must first gain admission to Penn College. Acceptance into this selective admission major is based upon additional requirements beyond College admission. Details are available on the Special Admissions Criteria and Process webpage. Due to federal guidelines, students under the age of 18 will not be allowed to begin clinical education. 

All students are required to maintain a cumulative graduation GPA of 2.0 or higher to remain in the major. In addition, all students must earn a “C” (2.0) or higher in all RAD, MTH, and BIO courses. If a lower grade is earned in any of these courses, the course must be repeated. The following grading system is applied to all radiography (RAD) courses in this major. There is no rounding of grades:

A = 90-100
B = 80-89.99
C = 75-79.99
F = 74.99 and below

Child abuse clearances and criminal background checks are required for this major as established by clinical affiliation agreements. Agencies can prohibit students from participating in clinical experiences at their sites if a criminal record exists or a positive drug test is noted. By virtue of contract for Pennsylvania College of Technology students to be at clinical sites, agencies have the right to ask for random drug testing. Inability to complete clinical, fieldwork, or intern educational experiences will result in the inability to meet course and program outcomes. For additional clarification, students can speak with their program director.
PLEASE NOTE: The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (A.R.R.T.), the organization through which certification is obtained upon completion of the Radiography program at Pennsylvania College of Technology, reserves the right to refuse registration/licensure to those individuals who have been charged or convicted of certain types of crimes. The ARRT may deny a person who has previously passed a criminal background check required at this school for clinical purposes. If you have ever been charged or convicted of a crime, even if adjudicated, it is strongly recommended that you contact ARRT to have your situation evaluated, prior to starting your education to ensure you will be permitted to sit for the registry. Students can contact their program director, or contact ARRT at: American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, 1255 Northland Drive, St. Paul, MN 55120-1155, (615) 687-0048, www.arrt.org

View general transfer information

Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page for requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

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:

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

  • Job shadowing experience is part of the admissions ranking system and can be done prior to admission to the college. Information about some of the opportunities can be found here, but students can obtain this experience in any radiology setting. 

  • Program Review Executive Summary: Radiography/Medical Imaging

  • Students must meet Essential Functions for the Radiographer established by the Radiography Program, as well as health and safety requirements including, but not limited to, immunizations (MMR, hepatitis B, varicella, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, annual influenza vaccination, PPD), medical examination, 10 panel drug screen, CPR certification, and background clearances as established by clinical affiliation agreements.
  • 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. Nicholl Ciecierski, MHA, CNMT, PET, Radiology Director, Geisinger Health System
  • 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. Tracy L Gray, '00, '03, Radiology Supervisor, Mount Nittany Medical Center
  • 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. Christine L Mattiuz, Radiology Manager, Geisinger Medical Center
  • Ms. Ellen Mull, A.A.S., R.T.(R)(M)(CDT), '88, CT Technologist, Evangelical Community Hospital
  • Ms. Amy O'Rourke, Operations Manager, Imaging Services, 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. Allen R Smith, Radiological Technologist, Evangelical Community Hospital