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. Students practice their newly acquired diagnostic imaging skills in a modern radiographic laboratory and learning center under the direct supervision of qualified staff. Coursework prepares the student to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists' 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.
Effective Fall 2022
Clinical radiographer in acute healthcare settings, physician/surgeon offices, specialty clinics, armed services and medical imaging centers.
Recommended High School Subjects
Two years of algebra. Physics and/or a general science survey course is also suggested.
Special Admissions Requirements
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 Selective Admission Criteria and Process webpage. Due to federal guidelines, students under the age of 18 will not be allowed to begin clinical education.
Special Equipment Needs
Students in this major are expected to purchase uniforms, malpractice insurance, medical insurance, clearances, software, certifications, and various smaller instructional items. Refer to the estimated expenses and equipment list for a complete listing of estimated costs.
Computer required -
- Windows 10 or higher, macOS 11 or higher (recommended).
- Intel Core i5 or i7 (generation 10 or higher) processor (recommended).
- 8+ GB RAM (recommended).
- 250+ GB Solid State Drive (SSD) drive (recommended).
- Laptop must include a webcam and microphone (required).
- Laptop must include a wireless network card (required).
- Broadband Internet connection when working off campus (required).
- Additional plug-ins for software may be required (Information Technology Services Service Desk available for assistance).
- Chromebooks and other devices running Chrome OS are prohibited.
All incoming students must meet placement requirements in math. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in the College Catalog (see http://www.pct.edu/catalog/TransferringCredits).
This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College (see http://www.pct.edu/catalog/TransferringCredits).
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 GoalsA graduate of this major should be able to:
- demonstrate knowledge and skills to be a clinically competent radiographer.
- apply critical-thinking skills in the classroom and in the clinical setting.
- demonstrate professional attitudes and behaviors in the classroom and in the clinical setting.
- communicate professionally and effectively with patients and other members of the healthcare team.
- display leadership and collaborative qualities.
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 and PHS222. 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
|FYE101||First Year Experience||1.0||.50||1.50||S||REQ|
|RAD109||Radiographic Anatomy & Positioning I||3.5||3||1.50||M||REQ|
|RAD108||Introduction to Medical Imaging||3.0||3||M||REQ|
|RAD105||Radiography Practicum I||1.0||M||REQ|
|ENL111||English Composition I||3.0||3||S||REQ|
|FIT||Fitness & Wellness Elective||1.0||S||FIT|
|MTH123||Technical Algebra & Trigonometry I||3.0||2.50||1.50||S||REQ|
|MTH181||College Algebra & Trigonometry I||3.0||2.50||1.50||S||REQ|
|MTR104||Basics of Medical Terminology||3.0||3||S||REQ|
|BIO103||Human Anatomy & Physiology Survey||4.0||3||3||S||REQ|
|RAD126||Radiographic Anatomy & Positioning II||3.5||3||1.50||M||REQ|
|RAD119||Principles of Radiographic Exposure I||3.0||3||M||REQ|
|RAD124||Radiation Protection & Biology||3.0||3||M||REQ|
|RAD118||Radiography Practicum II||1.0||M||REQ|
|CSC124||Information, Technology & Society||3.0||3||S||REQ|
|RAD198||Summer Practicum I||2.0||M||REQ|
|RAD220||Radiographic Anatomy & Positioning III||2.5||2||1.50||M||REQ|
|RAD219||Principles of Radiographic Exposure II||3.0||3||M||REQ|
|RAD212||Radiographic Equipment & Maintenance||3.0||3||M||REQ|
|RAD225||Radiography Practicum III||1.0||M||REQ|
|RAD234||Advanced Imaging Modalities||3.0||3||M||REQ|
|RAD236||Radiographic Anatomy & Positioning IV||1.5||1.50||M||REQ|
|RAD249||Cross Sectional Anatomy for Radiographers||1.0||1||M||REQ|
|RAD255||Professional Seminar Review||1.0||1||M||REQ|
|RAD251||Radiography Practicum IV||1.0||M||REQ|
|SOC111||Introduction to Sociology||3.0||3||S||REQ|
|RAD298||Summer Practicum II||2.0||M||REQ|
Notice of Conviction
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
Penn College complies with the federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989.