(Effective Fall 2019)

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, 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.

Career Opportunities

Clinical radiographer in acute health care settings, physician/surgeon offices, specialty clinics, armed services.

Recommended High School Subjects

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

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. 

Remediation Strategies

All developmental needs must be cleared before admission to this major will be considered. It is strongly recommended that students attempt to remediate math deficiencies in the summer session prior to the first semester in the major. This will allow for proper course sequencing in the fall and spring. Failure to remediate math will delay admissions review.

Transfer Procedures

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.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • demonstrate knowledge and skills to be clinically competent.
  • use effective communication skills.
  • become employable radiographers to meet the needs of the community.
  • demonstrate problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
  • demonstrate professional growth through continuing education as required by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

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.


First Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
FYE101 First Year Experience 1.0 .50 1.50 S REQ
RAD101 Radiographic Anatomy and Positioning I 2.5 2 1.50 M REQ
RAD102 Principles of Radiographic Exposure I 3.0 3 M REQ
RAD103 Radiography Ethics and Orientation 1.5 1.50 M REQ
RAD105 Radiography Clinical Practicum I 1.0 M REQ
BIO115 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4.0 3 3 S REQ
MTH124 Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I 3.0 3 S REQ
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3.0 3 S REQ
MTH190 Pre-Calculus 4.0 4 S REQ
MTH230 Applied Calculus 3.0 3 S REQ
MTH240 Calculus I 4.0 4 S REQ
MTH242 Calculus II 4.0 4 S REQ
MTR100 Medical Terminology Survey 1.0 1 M REQ
ENL111 English Composition I 3.0 3 S REQ
Second Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
RAD113 Radiographic Anatomy and Positioning II 2.5 2 1.50 M REQ
RAD114 Principles of Radiographic Exposure II 3.0 3 M REQ
RAD115 Radiographic Equipment and Maintenance 1.0 1 M REQ
RAD116 Radiographic Nursing Procedures 1.5 1.50 M REQ
RAD117 Contrast Media and Operating Room Procedures 1.0 1 M REQ
RAD118 Radiography Practicum II 1.0 M REQ
BIO125 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4.0 3 3 S REQ
PHS112 Introductory Physics 4.0 3 3 S REQ
Summer Session Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
RAD201 Practicum I 1.0 M REQ
Third Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
RAD220 Radiographic Anatomy and Positioning III 2.5 2 1.50 M REQ
RAD221 Principles of Radiographic Exposure III 3.5 3.50 M REQ
RAD227 Radiation Protection 3.0 3 M REQ
RAD228 Digital Image Acquisition and Display 1.5 1.50 M REQ
RAD226 Pediatric and Trauma Radiography 1.0 1 M REQ
RAD225 Radiography Practicum III 1.0 M REQ
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1.0   S FIT
PHS222 Imaging Physics 4.0 3 3 M REQ
Fourth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
RAD223 Interventional Radiography .5 .50 M REQ
RAD247 Introduction to CT and MRI Imaging 3.0 3 M REQ
RAD248 Pathology 1.0 1 M REQ
RAD249 Cross Sectional Anatomy for Radiographers 1.0 1 M REQ
RAD251 Radiography Practicum IV 1.0 M REQ
RAD252 Introduction to Mammography .5 .50 M REQ
RAD254 Radiographic Anatomy and Positioning IV 1.5 1.50 M REQ
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3.0 3 S REQ
SPC201 Interpersonal Communication 3.0 3 S REQ
HUM Humanities Elective 3.0   S HUM
SSE Social Science Elective 3.0   S SSE
ART Art Elective 3.0   S ART
Summer Session Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
RAD202 Practicum II 1.0 M REQ

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.


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