Medical Radiography, Associate of Applied Science

Program Overview

The Medical Radiography program offers potential candidates the opportunity to complete an Associate of Applied Science degree in Medical Radiography. This program serves as a means to address the need for Registered Technologists in Radiography, R.T. (R) in the surrounding area, nationally and internationally to meet society‘s need for increased numbers of highly skilled and knowledgeable Radiographer professionals.

Program Outcomes

  • Upon completion of the program, students will be clinically competent.
  • Upon completion of the program, the student will demonstrate effective communication skills
  • Upon completion of the program, the student will develop basic critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Upon completion of the program, the student will demonstrate professional growth and development.
  • Upon completion of the program, the student will possess sufficient knowledge, skills, and abilities to meet the needs of the healthcare community.
  • The program will provide students with quality didactic and clinical education, and the community with quality and competent professionals of radiologic technology, through a curriculum that promotes the current practice, guidelines, and standards.

For additional information about the program outcomes, please see the Student Consumer Information (link to: http://www.ecpi.edu/medical/program/radiography-associate-degree/ ) which provides additional information on the future careers, success, cost, and financing for this program. For information on the University Completion and Graduation Rates, please see Information About the University on the ECPI website (link to: http://www.ecpi.edu/services/about-ecpi-university/ )

In 1.5 years, through our year-round schedule, you can earn an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Radiography.

About the Medical Radiography

Radiography is a “high touch” profession requiring the technologist to position patients for x-ray examinations. About half of all Radiographers work in hospitals, and the other half work in outpatient facilities. In addition to x-ray equipment, they may, with additional on the job training and/or education, use other advanced imaging modalities such as CT, MRI, Mammography, Bone Densitometry, Cardiac & Vascular Radiography, and others. Graduates of the A.A.S. program in Medical Radiography may also pursue advanced degrees such as the B.S., M.S., and R.R.A. (Registered Radiologist Assistant). Certificate programs are available in Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy, Sonography (ultrasound), and others. Radiographers may work in various employment conditions, such as doing portable exams in emergency situations, operating rooms, patient rooms, and others.

Background checks, drug screening, a physical examination, current immunizations, and security clearances may be required of graduates seeking employment as a Radiographer.

Radiography can be a physically demanding profession. Radiographers must have the physical capacity to position patients to obtain clear medical images. This activity may require standing, bending, squatting, lifting and moving patients, moving portable x-ray equipment, and overhead x-ray tubes. Radiographers must have the visual acuity to discern the quality of a medical image and analyze the technical results. They must be able to hear well enough to engage in conversation with their patients.

Radiographers are needed in many different healthcare businesses including hospitals, outpatient facilities, clinics, and orthopedic facilities.

Recommended Certifications

Certifications are not required for completion of this program; however, ECPI encourages student to obtain all appropriate certifications to increase potential job opportunities. ECPI provides students in this program with vouchers which allow the student to take certification exams at a greatly reduced cost. Available certifications for this program include R. T. (R), ARRT (Registered Technologist in Radiography of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist; and state license as Radiologic Technologist. Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification is required.

Program Outline

To receive the Associate of Applied Science in Medical Radiography, the student must earn 82 semester credit hours. The program requires a minimum of five semesters/18 months/75 weeks of instruction. The program requirements are as follows:

Program Requirements

Core Curriculum

55 Semester credit hours

MED104Medical Terminology

3

RAD100Fundamentals of Radiologic Sciences & Healthcare

1

RAD105Patient Care and Ethics in Radiologic Sciences

2

RAD110Introduction to Radiographic Positioning & Technique

1

RAD115Radiographic Procedures 1

2

RAD120Introduction to Radiography Clinical Practice

1

RAD125Radiographic Procedures 2

2

RAD135Radiographic Procedures 3

2

RAD145Radiographic Imaging & Processing

2

RAD156Radiation Production, Characteristics & Imaging Equipment

3

RAD165Radiological Pharmacology & Drug Administration

1

RAD175Radiographic Image Analysis

2

RAD205Radiographer Research & Exhibits

1

RAD215Computers In Radiologic Sciences

1

RAD225Radiographic Pathology

2

RAD235Radiation Biology & Protection

2

RAD245Radiologic Advanced Imaging Modalities

2

RAD255Radiography A.R.R.T. Exam Preparation

2

RAD132Radiography Clinical Education 1

1.5

RAD142Radiography Clinical Education 2

1.5

RAD152Radiography Clinical Education 3

1.5

RAD162Radiography Clinical Education 4

1.5

RAD172Radiography Clinical Education 5

1.5

RAD182Radiography Clinical Education 6

1.5

RAD202Radiography Clinical Education 7

2.5

RAD212Radiography Clinical Education 8

2.5

RAD222Radiography Clinical Education 9

2.5

RAD232Radiography Clinical Education 10

2.5

RAD242Radiography Clinical Education 11

2.5

RAD252Radiography Clinical Education 12

2.5

Arts and Sciences

21 semester credit hours

BIO101Human Anatomy & Physiology I

3

BIO104Human Anatomy & Physiology II

3

COM115Principles of Communication

3

ENG110English Composition

3

HUM205Culture and Diversity

3

MTH120College Mathematics

3

PSY105Introduction to Psychology

3

Self Integration and Computer Literacy

6 semester credit hours

COR191Career Orientation

1

CSA128Computer Applications I

2

FOR110Essentials for Success

3

Program consists of 2,130 contact hours