Medical Radiography

College of Health Sciences

Medical Radiography

Medical radiographers or radiologic technologists are allied health professionals who use their patient care and technical skills to perform diagnostic procedures using ionizing radiation. Procedures include exams of the gastrointestinal, skeletal, respiratory, and urinary systems and may be performed in the Radiology Department, Emergency Department or the surgical suite.

Professional competence requires a radiographer to apply their knowledge in anatomy, pathology, patient positioning, radiation protection, image production and evaluation. Employment opportunities include hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, outpatient imaging centers, government agencies and industry. In addition, registered radiographers may pursue additional education in advanced modalities such as sonography, nuclear medicine, interventional radiography, radiologist assistant, radiation therapy, CT, MRI and mammography.

Applicants will be admitted into the program without discrimination as to age, sex, creed, ethnic origin or marital status and must be able to demonstrate physical abilities sufficient to pass each course.

Mission Statement

The Medical Radiography Program is committed to providing an excellent and comprehensive educational experience that prepares the student to enter the field of radiography with the knowledge, skills and values to be a successful member of the healthcare team.

Goals

  • Goal 1 – Students will develop competence in clinical performance.Student Learning Outcomes – Students will produce quality diagnostic images for routine radiographic exams.
    Students will practice radiation protection.
  • Goal 2 – Students will acquire critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Student Learning Outcomes -Students will be able to modify standard procedures.
    Students will be able to critique radiographic images.
  • Goal 3 – Students will determine the importance of professional and ethical conduct. Student Learning Outcomes – Students will practice patient confidentiality.
    Students will perform procedures with compassion to all.
  • Goal 4 – Students will develop effective communication skills. Student Learning Outcomes – Students will demonstrate effective oral communication.
    Students will demonstrate written communication skills.

The Program will provide the community with a skilled entry-level radiologic technology graduate.

Philosophy of the Medical Radiography Program

It is the program’s philosophy that to develop professional, competent and compassionate medical radiographers requires a quality education founded on a well-rounded curriculum which includes technical skills, critical thinking, and ethical and responsible behavior.

Accreditation

The program is accredited through the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology located at 20 N. Wacker Dr. Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182, (312) 704-5300, mail@jrcert.org. This is the national accrediting agency for radiography programs and assures that programs follow standards to maintain academic excellence.