Applied Health Studies: Radiography Concentration (BAR)

(Effective Fall 2017)

The Radiography major prepares the student to become a registered radiographer (radiologic technologist), serving a vital role as a highly skilled technical assistant to the radiologist. 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 diagnostic imaging 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' (AART) 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.

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Health Studies Concentration in Radiography is only for current Penn College selected into the radiography major and who express interest in continuing their education for a bachelor's degree while completing the radiography coursework. This bachelor's degree prepares future Radiographic Technicians to function in a dynamic health care environment and to build on in current practical knowledge and skills for personal and professional growth. To graduate from the Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Health Studies Concentration in Radiography, a student must present evidence that he or she is certified, licensed, or registered in his or her associate's degree concentration where such credentialing is required to perform in the field.

Career Opportunities

The Radiography major prepares the student to become a registered radiographer (radiologic technologist), serving a vital role as a highly skilled technical assistant to the radiologist. Clinical radiographers work in acute health care settings, physician/surgeon offices, specialty clinics, armed services.
Graduates of the Bachelor's Degree in Applied Health Studies Concentration in Radiography will be credentialed radiographic technicians. This degree can offer opportunities for radiographers to expand clinical roles and/or seek positions in management, administration, or education. Students may also complete this degree in order to apply for master's level degrees in fields such as (but not limited to) Health Care Administration, Education, Business, or Pre-Medical Studies.

Recommended High School Subjects

Two years of algebra. Physics and/or a general science survey course is also suggested.

Special Admissions Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Health Studies Concentration in Radiography, a student must first be selected into the radiography major. 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. These admission requirements are not considered an irrevocable contract between the pre-major student and the College; the requirements are subject to change at the College’s discretion.

Remediation Strategies

All entering students will be tested for English, math and reading deficiencies. Students are expected to remediate all deficiencies prior to being eligible for the admission ranking process.

Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College. Exceptions must be approved by the school dean. Students desiring transfer into these bachelor degree majors must work closely with an adviser to choose appropriate, transferable courses.
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 the School of Nursing & Health Sciences majors.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • demonstrate personal accountability for ethical and cultural concerns within the realm of healthcare practice.
  • apply effective managerial and leadership skills to solve problems in the healthcare setting.
  • evaluate the effectiveness of educational plans in a given allied health care setting.
  • compare health care spending, supply, utilization, prices, and health outcomes between the U.S. healthcare system and systems in other industrialized nations.
  • critique public and private funding of the U.S. healthcare system.
  • evaluate a given quality assurance program for effectiveness based upon established health care expected outcomes.
  • design a systematic investigative process to demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate the significance of a project, methods employed, and results.

Performance Standards

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. Students enrolled in this major must also earn a minimum final grade of 'C' in all of their Applied Health Studies (HTH coded) courses. Grading scale is A, B, C, F.

Curriculum

First Semester Credits
FYE101 First Year Experience 1.0  
BIO115 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4.0  
ENL111 English Composition I 3.0  
MTR100 Medical Terminology Survey 1.0  
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3.0  
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 2.0  
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3.0  
TOTAL CREDITS 17.0
Second Semester Credits
BIO125 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4.0  
PHS112 Introductory Physics 4.0  
SPC201 Interpersonal Communication 3.0  
SSE Social Science Elective 3.0  
HUM Humanities Elective 3.0  
or
SSE Social Science Elective 3.0  
or
ART Art Elective 3.0  
or
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3.0  
or
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3.0  
or
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3.0  
TOTAL CREDITS 17.0
Third Semester Credits
RAD101 Radiographic Anatomy and Positioning I 2.5  
RAD102 Principles of Radiographic Exposure I 3.0  
RAD103 Radiography Ethics and Orientation 1.5  
RAD105 Radiography Clinical Practicum I 1.0  
OEA Open Elective 3.0  
MTH Mathematics Elective 3.0  
TOTAL CREDITS 14.0
Fourth Semester Credits
RAD113 Radiographic Anatomy and Positioning II 2.5  
RAD114 Principles of Radiographic Exposure II 3.0  
RAD115 Radiographic Equipment and Maintenance 1.0  
RAD116 Radiographic Nursing Procedures 1.5  
RAD117 Contrast Media and Operating Room Procedures 1.0  
RAD118 Radiography Practicum II 1.0  
ENL121 English Composition II 3.0  
or
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3.0  
ART Art Elective 3.0  
TOTAL CREDITS 16.0
Summer Session Credits
RAD201 Practicum I 1.0  
TOTAL CREDITS 1.0
Fifth Semester Credits
RAD220 Radiographic Anatomy and Positioning III 2.5  
RAD221 Principles of Radiographic Exposure III 3.5  
RAD227 Radiation Protection 3.0  
RAD228 Digital Image Acquisition and Display 1.5  
RAD226 Pediatric and Trauma Radiography 1.0  
RAD225 Radiography Practicum III 1.0  
PHS222 Imaging Physics 4.0  
TOTAL CREDITS 16.5
Sixth Semester Credits
RAD254 Radiographic Anatomy and Positioning IV 1.5  
RAD247 Introduction to CT and MRI Imaging 3.0  
RAD248 Pathology 1.0  
RAD249 Cross Sectional Anatomy for Radiographers 1.0  
RAD252 Introduction to Mammography .5  
RAD223 Interventional Radiography .5  
RAD251 Radiography Practicum IV 1.0  
HTH310 Health Issues and Transitions 3.0  Writing Enriched Requirement &
Cultural Diversity Requirement &
Science, Technology and Society Requirement
HUM Humanities Elective 3.0  
TOTAL CREDITS 14.5
Summer Session Credits
RAD202 Practicum II 1.0  
TOTAL CREDITS 1.0
Seventh Semester Credits
HTH325 Health Care Delivery Systems 3.0  
HTH332 Quality Assurance for Healthcare Workers 3.0  
HUM Humanities Elective 3.0  
or
SSE Social Science Elective 3.0  
or
ART Art Elective 3.0  
or
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3.0  
or
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3.0  
or
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3.0  
HTH321 Application of Teaching and Learning Styles in the Allied Health Professions 3.0  
TOTAL CREDITS 12.0
Eighth Semester Credits
HTD Directed Applied Health Studies Electives 6.0  
HTH497 Senior Capstone 3.0  Writing Enriched Requirement
HTH311 Medical Practice Administration 3.0  
PPC Proven Professional Credential  
TOTAL CREDITS 12.0
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