May 23, 2024  
2023 - 2024 Catalog 
2023 - 2024 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Radiography - AAS

Program Code: AAS.20545

The following curriculum items are currently under review of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) and changes due to this review may occur.  The program will send out notices should such changes arise.

New courses: RAD 180 and RAD 180L (replacing old versions: RAD 150, RAD 150L, RAD 215 and RAD 215L); removal of RAD 210 and RAD 230 (these courses are not seen in this catalog as they will be removed pending the review).


Working under the supervision of a physician, Radiographers (also called Radiologic Technologists) assist in patient care and diagnosis through the use of xray equipment to take images of the internal structures of a patient's body. Radiographers position the patient; provide appropriate patient care; determine and set exposure factors; expose and process the required number of radiographs; prepare and help administer chemical mixtures called contrast media; assist in fluoroscopic examinations; and use radiation protection devices and techniques. Upon successfully completing this program, you are eligible to take the national certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. This program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) 20 N. Wacker Drive Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182; ph: 312-704-5300; fx: 312-704- 5304;

Fall First Year:

Total Semester Credits: 13

Winter First Year:

Total Semester Credits: 8

Total Semester Credits: 12.5

Total Semester Credits: 12.5

Total Semester Credits: 10.5

Total Semester Credits: 13

Total Semester Credits: 14

Total Credits: 83.5


  1. Students must complete the Validation Application and receive a “Semester and Year of Validation” to be eligible to enter the program. It is recommended that this application be submitted during the final semester of pre-requisite courses. Validation is a process that allows the Registrar’s Office to review and confirm that the student has completed the prerequisite courses and met the requirements of this program.
  2. Validation requirements: 1) BIO 140W  or equivalents and RAD 103  with minimum grade of “B” (3.0) within the past five years; 2) Students may not attempt RAD 103  more than twice; any record of the course on the academic transcript is condidered an attempt; 3) ENG 111 , ENG 112 , HSC 105 , POL 103W , PSY 101W  or equivalents with a minimum grade of “C” (2.0); 4) Math courses are to have been taken within the last five years; 5) Highschool GPA of 2.5 or higher witin 5 years, or MTH 119W  with a C or better within five years of validation, or Accuplacer score of QRAS 255-268; 6) During final semester of prerequisite courses students must submit the validation application to the Registrar’s Office.
  3. RAD 103  may include a required job shadow experience to become validated. This may require that students complete an online training session, have proof of a negative TB tine test, and other supporting documentation before gaining access to the agency. This course should be taken during the semester you plan to validate.
  4. If you are anticipating pursuing a Baccalaureate Degree BIO 152W  and BIO 153W  are required for most transfer programs.
  5. Students who complete BIO 152W  in place of BIO 140W  will be required to take BIO 153W  (recommended for winter first year). Students who complete BIO 240  in place of BIO 140W  will be required to take BIO 241  (recommended for winter first year).
  6. Once validated, students must waitlist themselves during each Special Clinical Registration Period for their clinical program track to be eligible to begin the program and to remain validated. Failure to complete the waitlist process will result in removal from the validation list. See the validation & clinical registration pages on the website for more information and dates.
  7. Following entry to the program via special clinical registration students are required to complete health requirements including, but not limited to: 1) physical exam documented on the provided physical form; 2) current American Heart Association BLS provider certification; 3) a successful ten (10) panel drug screen by the approved agency; 4) an annual TB skin test; 5) Immunization Records including MMR, Tdap, Varicella, and Hepatitis B or signed waiver; 6) an annual flu shot. These requirements will be discussed at the required orientation and will be provided to you along with submission instructions via an electronic storage and clinical placement system. All certifications and immunizations must be up-to-date and remain current throughout the program.
  8. All students are required to complete a Criminal Background Check following clinical entry registration. Background check results can effect clinical placement and eligibility for the ARRT examination and should be discussed prior to validation.
  9. Students must meet with the program coordinator prior to validation to inform them of any previous convictions, felony or misdemeanor, including traffic violations involving controlled substances. Agency contracts with health care institutions may prohibit students with felony or misdemeanors to enter the facility and thus possibly prohibit course completion and progression in the program. Graduates may be ineligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists national certifying examination.
  10. Students should be aware that the current ARRT application form requests that the following information be reported: Conviction of a felony or misdemeanor; Misdemeanor speeding convictions related to alcohol or drug use; Pleas of guilty; Plea of nolo contendere; Withheld adjudication; Suspended sentence; Military court-martial. Questions may be directed to the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, (651) 687-0048, or
  11. In addition to tuition, fees, and textbook costs students should plan for the following expenses following successful clinical entry: immunizations & BLS certification to meet health requirements, background check, drug screen, ACEMAPP registration, online clinical documentation registration fee, Registry Review Subscription, appropriate laboratory and clinic attire including lead markers, shoes, protective eyewear, and name tags. Program costs are published in the Radiography Student Handbook.
  12. You are responsible for paying the cost of any medical care that might be necessary if you are injured or become ill as a result of clinical practice activities. The College does not provide insurance coverage for such situations.
  13. Radiography Program courses are offered day and evening hours and must be taken together in the sequence shown. Clinical Education courses are conducted primarily during daytime hours; however, off-shifts (second and weekend shifts) will be assigned to meet course objectives. You are responsible for providing your own transportation to and from clinical sites and possible parking fees. You must have transportation available, as sites may not be in your community.
  14. You must achieve a minimum “C” (2.0) grade in each Radiography course to be eligible to continue in the program.
  15. The Radiography Student Handbook contains specific program policies, requirements, and information that you are required to comply with while enrolled in the program. All policies must be adhered to for progression in the program.
  16. Students who have a course failure or withdrawal in the first clinical semester must re-validate in order to reenter the program.
  17. For students who have a course failure or withdrawal within the second or subsequent semester of their clinical program, a request for reentry can be made by submitting the Request for Reentry form.
  18. The request for reentry should be made within one month of the course failed or withdrawn from or at the latest one month after the grade is transcripted. Reentry Guidelines are published in the Radiography Student Handbook.