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Radiography (X-ray)


Radiologic technologists use x-ray (ionizing radiation) to perform diagnostic imaging.


  • produce images of tissue, organs, and bones
  • understand the characteristics of radiation, its biological effects, and the methods of reducing patient and operator exposure while obtaining optimal diagnostic information


  • x-ray

Patient Interaction

  • direct patient contact
  • healthy and critically ill inpatients and outpatients
  • all ages from pediatrics to geriatrics
  • dispense oral and rectal contrast for studies of the GI tract

Work Conditions

  • stand and move from exam room to operator’s console
  • wear lead aprons during fluoroscopic procedures
  • lift and move patients on the exam table for accurate positioning
  • lift and/or move patients from exam table to and from waiting area


The Mission of the Radiography Program and the Department of Radiologic Sciences is to provide a comprehensive education preparing students for entry-level practice into medical imaging sciences and the radiologic and imaging sciences, as competent, caring professionals, cultivating professionalism, interprofessional practice and life-long learning. Through innovative pedagogy, critical thinking and problem-solving skills are developed and enhanced.

Program Goals & Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes:

1-A. Students will select appropriate technical factors.

1-B. Students will demonstrate accurate positioning skill.

1-C. Students will utilize safe radiation practice for patient, self and healthcare team.

1-D. Students will provide safe and quality patient care.

Student Learning Outcomes:

2-A. Students will adjust positioning and technical factors for non-routine procedures.

2-B. Students will critique images for diagnostic quality.

Student Learning Outcomes:

3-A. Students will demonstrate age-appropriate oral communication skills.

3-B. Students will demonstrate effective written communication skills.

3-C. Students will demonstrate appropriate communication skills with the interprofessional health care team.

Student Learning Outcomes:

4-A. Students will integrate professional ethics and behavior into clinical practice.

4-B. Students will function as part of the interprofessional healthcare team.

4-C. Students will participate in professional growth development.


Program Effectiveness Data

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Credentialing Examination Pass Rates

Academic Program 5 Year Average (2010-2014)
Number Pass Rates
Took Passed JCHP
Radiography 38 37 97%

Data from Program Director (updated annually). Data collected June 8, 2015.

Job Placement Rates

Academic Program 5 Year Average (2010 - 2014)
Number of Students Job Placement Rate
Seeking Job Employed in 1 year JCHP
Radiography 8 8 100%

JOB PLACEMENT rates are within ONE year post graduation re: revised 2014 JRCERT Standard.

Data from Program Director (updated annually). Data collected June 8, 2015.

Program Completion Rates

Academic Program 5 Year Average (2010 - 2014)
Number of Students Program Completion Rate
Entered Grad. JCHP
Radiography 78 65 83%

Data from Program Director (updated annually). Data collected June 8, 2015.


The Radiography program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). JRCERT can be contacted at 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182, (312) 704-5300, (312) 704-5304 (fax) or Visit for more information.

Certification Exams

Upon successful completion of the Radiography program, graduates are eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Radiography certification examination. Multicompetency students are not able to take the board exam until the degree is awarded at the completion of the 2-year program. Students who pass this examination receive national certification.

Visit the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) website for more information.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 28% increase in the number of jobs for Radiologic Technologists by 2020.

If you ...   then consider...
are in High School
  2+2 PACE program
or 3+1 Advanced Placement BS/BS with
Immaculata University
have 50 prerequisite credits   2-year Multicompetency BS*option
or 2+1 BS/MS*
have a baccalaureate degree
and 50 prerequisite credits
  1-year Advanced Placement BS option
or 1+1 BS/MS
or 2-year Multicompetency BS* or 2+1 BS/MS*
have certification in or graduated from an accredited program* in
Radiologic Sciences or allied health and have 50 prerequisite credits 
  1-year Advanced Placement BS option
or 1+1 BS/MS
or 2-year Multicompetency BS* or 2+1 BS/MS*

In most cases, Radiography should be the first-year modality. Exceptions should go through the department.

First Year Second Year
Radiography Computed Tomography
Radiography MRI
Radiography Ultrasound
Radiography Nuclear Medicine
Radiography Radiation Therapy
Radiography Radiation Therapy
Radiography ICVT

(Other modality combinations are possible. Students must consult an admissions counselor or a Radiologic Sciences faculty member when choosing modalities.)