Radiologic Technology Degree

Radiologic Technology at Harper College

Become an in-demand health-care imaging specialist 

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  • Radiologic Technologist

Prepare for a career in radiologic technology with this full-time, two-year degree program. You’ll develop the skills and knowledge needed to qualify for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) exam and become a registered radiologic technologist. You may also apply for licensure with the Illinois Department of Nuclear Safety (IDNS) as a requirement for employment in the state.

After completing the program and successfully passing your qualifying exam, you can explore career opportunities in radiologic technology in several health-care settings, such as hospitals, clinics, and specialized imaging centers. As a graduate technologist, you can also apply for licensure with the Illinois Department of Nuclear Safety (IDNS).

This is a limited-enrollment program. Please review this program's admission criteria and process (see below).

Certificate program requirements

This 72 credit-hour full-time curriculum prepares radiographers to produce radiographic images of parts of the human body for use in diagnosing medical problems. Additional duties may include processing and evaluating images, evaluating radiology equipment, and providing relevant patient care and education. The program provides both classroom and clinical instruction in anatomy and physiology, radiobiology, pathology, medical imaging and processing, radiation physics, positioning of patients, patient care procedures, radiation protection, and medical ethics.

Radiographers are employed in health care facilities including hospitals and clinics, specialized imaging centers, urgent care clinics, physician offices and government offices. Some radiographers are employed in educational institutions and in industry.

Because of the nature of clinical experiences and individualized instruction in this program, and specialized technology and the equipment necessary to offer this program, a higher tuition rate is assessed for career specific courses. These include courses with the RAD prefix. Tuition for these courses in this program is 200 percent of the standard tuition rate.

Admission Requirements:

Radiologic Technology is a limited enrollment program. For admission requirements, please contact the Admissions Outreach Office at 847.925.6700 or visit harpercollege.edu

Students who apply for this limited enrollment program are obligated to meet current admission requirements and follow program curriculum as defined at the time of acceptance to the program.

PREREQUISITES:

A grade of C or better in all coursework is required for all students.

Number Course Title Credits Category
BIO 160 1 4 Natural Science

Description: Introduces the anatomy of the human body; the following systems studied either regionally or systemically: integumentary, skeletal, articular, muscular, circulatory, lymphatic, nervous, respiratory, digestive, excretory, endocrine and reproductive. Includes some introductory histology. Specially designed for students in health careers, biology, and physical education. Strongly recommended preparation: One year of high school biology with a grade of C or better taken within the last five years, or BIO 110. (NOTE: Lab science credit.)

Prerequisite: Placement into ENG 101. ENG_Placement_Grid.pdf

BIO 161 1 4 Natural Science

Description: Emphasizes physiological principles at the molecular, cellular, tissue, organ and system level, as they pertain to the human organism. The following systems are studied in detail: skeletal, muscular, circulatory, nervous, digestive, respiratory, urinary, reproductive and endocrine. In this course, special applications will be made to meet the needs of students in health careers, biology and physical education.(NOTE: Lab science credit.)

Prerequisite: BIO 160 with a grade of C or better, or consent of instructor.

ENG 101 3 Communications

Description: Emphasizes the writing of expository prose. Introduction to the critical reading of nonfiction prose. IAI C1 900

Prerequisite: ENG 100 with a grade of C or better. Other placement options. ENG_Placement_Grid.pdf ESL students need one of the following options: ESL 073 and ESL 074 with grades of B or better; ESL 073 and ESL 086 with grades of B or better; ESL 073 and ESL 099 with grades of B or better; ESL 073 with required writing placement test score; or ESL 074 with required reading placement test score.

Mathematics2 3 Mathematics

FIRST SEMESTER:

A grade of C or better in all coursework is required for all students.

Number Course Title Credits Category
HSC 112 2 Program Requirement

Description: Emphasizes the origin and the basic structure of medical words, including prefixes, suffixes, word roots, combining forms and plurals. Offers pronunciation, spelling, and definition of medical terms based on the body systems approach. Emphasis on rendering a professional vocabulary required for work in the health care field.

RAD 101 3 Program Requirement

Description: Provides an introduction to the field of radiologic technology, health care delivery systems, issues related to the health care environment, importance of effective communication, team building, professionalism, and diversity in the health care center. The student will develop basic skills in radiography and patient care essential for providing quality health care. Professional development and lifelong learning will also be emphasized by introducing the students to various organizations and agencies within radiography and other health care systems. NOTE: Students must be admitted into the Radiologic Technology program to register for this course.

RAD 102 3 3 Program Requirement

Description: Examines radiologic anatomy and examination procedures for the upper appendicular skeleton, the chest and the abdomen. The basic concepts of radiologic positioning are presented. Students are taught techniques and procedures related to reading various types of technique charts and are able to program X-ray units for correct exposure for designated examination. NOTE: Students must be admitted into the Radiologic Technology program to register for this course.

Prerequisite: Prior or concurrent enrollment in HSC 112 with a grade of C or better.

Corequisite: RAD 101 and RAD 103.

RAD 103 3 Program Requirement

Description: Introduces students to the principles of radiography and factors controlling radiologic production and radiation protection. Radiation production, prime factors, radiographic film, intensifying screens, picture archived communication system/computerized radiography, laser printers, and film processing are presented. NOTE: Students must be admitted into the Radiologic Technology program to register for this course.

Prerequisite: Prior or concurrent enrollment in HSC 112 with a grade of C or better.

Corequisite: RAD 101 and RAD 102.

SPE 101 3 Communications

Description: Theory and practice of oral communications. Development of poise, confidence and skill in speech organization and delivery. Emphasis on frequent speaking, development of standards of criticism and selection and organization of material. IAI C2 900

SECOND SEMESTER:

A grade of C or better in all coursework is required for all students.

Number Course Title Credits Category
HSC 165 1 Program Requirement

Description: Examines the mechanism of action of the major medication groups as they relate to the physiology and pathology of disease. Identifies examples in each major pharmacological category in order to understand pharmacological activity within each group. Addresses areas of drug action, clinical application, and adverse events for each medication discussed. Considers needs of patients undergoing drug therapy and the role of the allied health provider.

Prerequisite: Prior or concurrent enrollment in BIO 135, BIO 160 or HSC 112 with a grade of C or better.

HSC 213 2 Program Requirement

Description: Introduces the legal and ethical issues that pertain to various health care delivery settings. Discusses how these issues impact the health care practitioner in a diverse culture. Practices and standards are discussed as they relate to professional behavior and ethical decision-making.

RAD 105 3 3 Program Requirement

Description: Examines the radiologic anatomy and examination procedures for the lower extremity and bony thorax. Students are taught to read various types of technique charts and program X-ray units for correct exposure for these examinations.

Prerequisite: RAD 102 and RAD 103 with grades of C or better.

Corequisite: RAD 106 and RAD 107.

RAD 106 3 Program Requirement

Description: Provides supervised environment to develop the necessary skills needed to evaluate the radiologic image and provide appropriate recommendations for improving the diagnostic quality of the radiograph.

Prerequisite: RAD 103 with a grade of C or better.

Corequisite: RAD 105 and RAD 107.

RAD 107 2 Program Requirement

Description: Applies principles of radiologic positioning under the supervision of qualified registered American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) technologist. Emphasizes appendicular and axial skeleton. Includes principles of exposure, image quality and other associated professional skills. Placement of clinical assignment by program coordinator. NOTE: American Heart Association Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification must be completed prior to placement in a clinical rotation.

Prerequisite: RAD 102 and RAD 103 with grades of C or better.

Corequisite: RAD 105 and RAD 106.

Humanities or Social and Behavioral Science+ 3 Humanities or Social and Behavioral Science

SUMMER SESSION:

A grade of C or better in all coursework is required for all students.

Number Course Title Credits Category
RAD 201 2 Program Requirement

Description: Applies principles of radiologic positioning under the supervision of qualified registered American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) technologist. Continued emphasis on contrasted procedures, appendicular and axial skeleton, the chest and bony thorax, and other radiologic skills. Placement of clinical assignment and seminar by program coordinator.

Prerequisite: HSC 112, HSC 165, HSC 213 and RAD 107 with grades of C or better.

RAD 202 1 Program Requirement

Description: Covers the radiologic anatomy and examination procedures for the digestive, urinary, and hepatobiliary systems. Students are taught to read various types of technique charts and program X-ray units for correct exposure for these examinations.

Prerequisite: RAD 102 and RAD 105 with grades of C or better.

Corequisite: RAD 201.

THIRD SEMESTER:

A grade of C or better in all coursework is required for all students.

Number Course Title Credits Category
RAD 222 3 3 Program Requirement

Description: Covers the radiologic anatomy and examination procedures for the vertebral column, the cranium, paranasal sinuses and facial bones. Includes instruction on how to read various types of technique charts and program X-ray units for correct exposure for these examinations.

Prerequisite: RAD 102, RAD 105 and RAD 202 with grades of C or better.

Corequisite: RAD 225.

RAD 223 2 Program Requirement

Description: Provides a continuation of topics covered in RAD 106 such as the principles involved in diagnostic X-ray production and radiographic and fluoroscopic equipment. Topics include X-ray production, electromagnetic interactions with matter, X-ray devices, equipment circuitry, targets and filtration. Covers the application of physical concepts as related to X-ray image production.

Prerequisite: RAD 106 with a grade of C or better.

Corequisite: RAD 222, RAD 224, and RAD 225.

RAD 224 2 Program Requirement

Description: Provides an in-depth study of radiation biology, radiation regulations and radiation measurements. Somatic and genetic effects of ionizing radiation is presented. Radiation safety practices for staff and patients/clients are covered.

Prerequisite: RAD 106 with a grade of C or better.

Corequisite: RAD 222, RAD 223 and RAD 225.

RAD 225 3 Program Requirement

Description: Provides a continuation of radiologic experiences with emphasis on radiographic positioning of the cranial and facial bones; trauma; surgery and mobile procedures; and observation of radiologic interpretation. Placement of clinical assignment by program coordinator.

Prerequisite: RAD 201 with a grade of C or better.

Corequisite: RAD 222, RAD 223, and RAD 224.

RAD 228 2 Program Requirement

Description: Provides an in-depth investigation of digital medical imaging including digital radiography systems, image acquisition, exposure principles, image processing and post-processing, image display and quality control, and picture archiving communication systems. The student will gain a comprehensive understanding of computer system components and function, digital imaging systems (including comparison with film/screen systems), radiation safety principles, cassette-based compared with cassetteless systems, exposure factor and processing selections, quality assurance and acceptance standards.

Prerequisite: RAD 106 with a grade of C or better.

FOURTH SEMESTER:

A grade of C or better in all coursework is required for all students.

Number Course Title Credits Category
RAD 236 3 Program Requirement

Description: Examines the etiology and processes of trauma and disease. Emphasis placed on radiologic pathology of body systems.

Prerequisite: RAD 222 and RAD 224 with grades of C or better.

Corequisite: RAD 240.

RAD 238 2 Program Requirement

Description: Studies human anatomical structures in multiple imaging planes. Reviews images created by MRI and Computed Tomography as well as gross anatomical images. Focuses primarily on identification of normal anatomy, but also includes some pathological conditions. Discusses the role of MRI and CT in physiological imaging.

Prerequisite: BIO 161 with a grade of C or better.

RAD 239 3 Program Requirement

Description: Emphasizes routine special procedures including cardiovascular imaging, neuroradiography, reproductive system radiography and special studies of the viscera. The course details portable and surgical radiography, pediatric and geriatric radiography and related imaging modalities such as mammography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasonography and neuroradiography. Includes interventional radiology procedures such as stent-coil placement and venous access placement. The student will be able to participate and function in each of these different special procedures.

Prerequisite: RAD 222 with a grade of C or better.

Corequisite: RAD 236 and RAD 240.

RAD 240 3 Program Requirement

Description: Covers advanced clinical experiences with guided practice of special procedures. Experience with mobile units at bedside and in the operating room and emergency room. Placement of clinical assignment by the program coordinator.

Prerequisite: RAD 225 with a grade of C or better.

Corequisite: RAD 236 and RAD 239.

SUMMER SESSION:

A grade of C or better in all coursework is required for all students.

Number Course Title Credits Category
RAD 251 3 Program Requirement

Description: Provides a continuation of advanced clinical experiences with guided practice of special procedures. Experience with mobile units at bedside, in the operating room and in the emergency room. Placement of clinical assignment by the program coordinator.

Prerequisite: RAD 239 and RAD 240 with grades of C or better.

RAD 258 1 Program Requirement

Description: Provides a review and discussion of radiologic principles, techniques and methods, and film critique. Emphasis is placed on the interdependence of theory and principles in preparation for the American Registry for Radiologic Technology (ARRT) examination and resume writing and job search skills.

Prerequisite: RAD 236 and RAD 240 with grades of C or better.

1 - Must be completed no earlier than five years prior to beginning the Radiologic Technology program.

2 - MTH 101, MTH 103 or higher with a grade of C or better.

3 - Radiography lab requires a minimum of 4 hours per month radiography lab practice.

+ - Students need to choose a course to meet this requirement that also fulfills the World Cultures and Diversity graduation requirement. See full list of AAS General Education Electives.

Admission criteria and process

This program has selective admission requirements. Information provided on this page is subject to change.

Status Start Term Application Window
Closed Fall 2018 October 1, 2017–February 15, 2018

Steps to prepare for application to this limited enrollment program:

  1. Attend the mandatory Health Care Careers Information Meeting
  2. Review program and policy information
  3. Learn about admission requirements
  4. Apply

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Please note: Certificate programs are open to those who have completed the AAS program in Radiologic Technology or are Registered Radiologic Technologists.

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Next steps

For more information about the radiological technology courses available at Harper College, contact Admission Outreach at 847.925.6700, or submit a request information form. You can also apply online.