Radiography

Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
Radiography student

About this program

Careers in the healthcare field are in-demand—and radiography is no exception. At Penn College, you’ll study how to harness the power of radiographic technology to improve patient care. An immersive hands-on experience, this fully-accredited program includes 1,500+ hours of training in clinical settings. Apply technical skills in our fully energized digital radiographic imaging suite and in guaranteed clinical rotations across three systems to ensure depth of experience. As a registered radiographer, you will join other allied health professionals educated and experienced in the latest technical procedures requiring the use of X-rays and other imaging modalities for the diagnosis of medical conditions.

Acceptance in this major is based upon additional requirements beyond College admission.

100%

Overall Placement

2,000+

Gain Experience by Performing 2,000+ Radiographic Exams

12%

Growth Expected in this High-Demand Occupation through 2028

Careers

  • Acute healthcare settings
  • Mobile imaging
  • Physician offices
  • Surgeon offices
  • Specialty clinics
Courses

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Radiographic Anatomy and Positioning I (RAD101)
  • Principles of Radiographic Exposure I (RAD102)
  • Radiography Ethics and Orientation (RAD103)
  • Radiography Clinical Practicum I (RAD105)
  • Medical Terminology Survey (MTR100)
  • Radiographic Anatomy and Positioning II (RAD113)
  • Principles of Radiographic Exposure II (RAD114)
  • Radiographic Equipment and Maintenance (RAD115)
  • Radiographic Nursing Procedures (RAD116)
  • Contrast Media and Operating Room Procedures (RAD117)
  • Radiography Practicum II (RAD118)
  • Practicum I (RAD201)
  • Radiographic Anatomy and Positioning III (RAD220)
  • Principles of Radiographic Exposure III (RAD221)
  • Radiation Protection (RAD227)
  • Digital Image Acquisition and Display (RAD228)
  • Pediatric and Trauma Radiography (RAD226)
  • Radiography Practicum III (RAD225)
  • Imaging Physics (PHS222)
  • Interventional Radiography (RAD223)
  • Introduction to CT and MRI Imaging (RAD247)
  • Pathology (RAD248)
  • Cross Sectional Anatomy for Radiographers (RAD249)
  • Radiography Practicum IV (RAD251)
  • Introduction to Mammography (RAD252)
  • Radiographic Anatomy and Positioning IV (RAD254)
  • Practicum II (RAD202)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective (FIT)
  • Humanities Elective (HUM) or
  • Social Science Elective (SSE) or
  • Art Elective (ART)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • First Year Experience (FYE101)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I (BIO115)
  • Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH124) or
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH180) or
  • Pre-Calculus (MTH190) or
  • Applied Calculus (MTH230) or
  • Calculus I (MTH240) or
  • Calculus II (MTH242)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology II (BIO125)
  • Introductory Physics (PHS112)
  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • Interpersonal Communication (SPC201)
Facilities

Modern, Fully Equipped Lab

Develop your skills in our state-of-the-art labs, featuring a fully energized digital radiographic imaging suite and a human phantom for true-to-life imaging experience.

Student Experience

“The Penn College radiography program equipped me with the knowledge and skills I need to succeed as a technologist. Working so closely with the instructors and clinical supervisors allowed me to gain confidence and prepared me to enter the workforce. I am very proud to be a Penn College alum!”

Kelly Hicks

Radiography

Industry Partners

Work with experts to become an expert

Penn College's strong partnerships impact every step of your journey – from your first day in the classroom and labs, to career placement (oftentimes before graduation) and beyond.

UPMC Susquehanna
Geisinger
Evangelical Community Hospital
Mount Nittany Medical Center
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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

Student Government Association (SGA)

Let your voice be heard! Attend the next meeting to learn what’s new or consider running for a senate seat. 

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.

News
09.11.2019

Penn College names director of radiography

Christine L. Eckenrod has been appointed to lead the radiography program at Pennsylvania College of Technology. Eckenrod began ...

09.05.2019

Student interaction among highlights of legislative visit

State Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster), the second-highest ranking member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, visited ...

03.21.2019

Penn College radiography program reaccredited

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s radiography program was granted another eight years of accreditation – the maximum duration ...

Study Abroad

Gain global experience

See the world via Williamsport. Take your education abroad and get hands-on experience learning about your industry on a global scale.

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Clinical Experience

Your knowledge in practice

With 1,500+ hours of experience in the clinical setting, you’ll be ready to hit the ground running upon graduation.

Dual Degree

Take two

Applied Health Studies

Students who have earned an associate’s degree from Penn College in radiography are eligible to pursue a bachelor’s degree in applied health studies: radiography concentration. Students may work with their adviser to declare this major as dual degree, taking both radiography courses and applied health courses simultaneously. Proof of the appropriate credential will be required to be eligible for graduation in the applied health studies major.

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Student Experience

The community as their classroom

Routine learning experience leads to remarkable history lesson

Jennifer Nicholson, a radiography student, finding common ground with a patient she met during a clinical experience at a local hospital, made a trip to New York City that she’ll likely never forget. Nor will the World War II veteran she accompanied.

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Accreditation

The Radiography major is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182, (312) 704-5300; www.jrcert.org ; email: mail@jrcert.org.

 

More Information

The Radiography major is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182, (312) 704-5300; www.jrcert.org; email: mail@jrcert.org

Acceptance into this competitive major is based on an admissions ranking process. View detailed information on acceptance criteria, testing requirements, performance expectations, and the admissions ranking system. Due to federal guidelines, students under the age of 18 will not be allowed to begin clinical education. 

Students enrolled in this major must earn a minimum final grade of 'C' in each of their radiography courses. Failure to do so will result in termination from the major. Approximately 1,600 clinic practicum hours are included to qualify students for registry examinations.

Child abuse clearance and criminal background checks are required by some agencies involved in fieldwork and/or capstones. Agencies can bar students from their sites if a criminal record exists or a positive drug test is noted. By virtue of contract for Penn College students to be at clinical sites, agencies have the right to ask for random drug testing. Inability to gain clinical or fieldwork or intern education experiences results in inability to meet program objectives and outcomes. For additional clarification, students can speak with their program director. Students must comply with the "Rules of Ethics" contained in the ARRT Standards of Ethics. The Rules of Ethics are standards of minimally acceptable professional conduct for all Registered Technologists and applicants. The Rules of Ethics are intended to promote the protection, safety and comfort of patients. Registered Technologists and applicants engaging in any of the conduct or activities noted in the Rules of Ethics, or who permit the occurrence of said conduct or activities with respect to them, have violated the Rules of Ethics and are subject to sanctions as described. One issue addressed by the Rules of Ethics is the conviction of a crime, including a felony, a gross misdemeanor, or a misdemeanor with the sole exception of speeding and parking violations. All alcohol- and/or drug-related violations must be reported. Conviction as used in this provision includes a criminal proceeding where a finding or verdict of guilt is made or returned but the adjudication of guilt is either withheld or not entered, or a criminal proceeding where the individual enters a plea of guilt or no contest. All potential violations must be investigated by the American Registry of Radiographic Technologists (ARRT) in order to determine eligibility. Registered technologists and applicants who violate the Rules of Ethics must provide the ARRT with a written explanation, including court documentation of the charges, with the application for examination. The court documentation must verify the nature of the conviction, the nature of the sentence imposed by the courts, and the current status of the sentence. If an applicant is convicted between the time of application and the exam administration date, it is the applicant's responsibility to inform the ARRT immediately and begin the review process. Additional information may be found in the ARRT Rules and Regulations (Appendix D) and in the ARRT Standards of Ethics (Appendix E). These can be obtained from ARRT. Individuals who have violated the Rules of Ethics may request a pre-application review of the violation in order to obtain a ruling of the impact on their eligibility for ARRT examination. The individual may submit a pre-application form at any time either before or after entry into an approved educational program. This review may enable the individual to avoid delays in processing the application for examination that is made at the time of graduation. The pre-application must be requested directly from the ARRT. Submission of a pre-application request form does not waive the application for examination, the examination fee, the application deadline or any other application procedures.

Students seeking to transfer to Penn College's Radiography Program from a radiography program at another institution will be evaluated by the Admissions Office and the program director based on earned credits (official transcripts must be provided to the Admissions Office), prior course content/sequencing, and radiographic clinic experience. Each case will be reviewed individually due to the variance between clinical requirements and radiography course structuring. Graduates of this major may be eligible to enter the College's Applied Health Studies (BAH) major. This major will subscribe to transfer standards established by the College. Refer to the Applied Health Studies major in the bachelor's degree section for more details.

International health credentials/licensure, sciences courses, and most math courses will not be accepted to satisfy requirements of this major. Please see additional information for international students applying to Health Sciences majors.

View general transfer information

Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page for requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

The radiography program’s faculty and staff are committed to helping students succeed academically. Additionally, students requiring assistance have a number of resources and locations across campus to which they can turn:

Students accepted into the Radiography major will incur expenses for instruments, uniforms, malpractice insurance, clearances and certifications, etc. See the complete list.

ARRT Exam Pass Rates
The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) 5-year aggregate pass rate chart compares the pass rate of Penn College first-time takers (sat for the ARRT exam within one year of graduation) to the national average. Read more.

  • John Becker, D.O., Physician, Susquehanna Imaging Associates, Inc.
  • Mr. David C Chappell, R.T. (R) (MR), PACS Administrator/Assistant Director of Radiology, Evangelical Community Hospital
  • Ms. Raymalee Frank, Technical Supervisor, Mount Nittany Medical Center
  • Ms. Sheryl E Goss, M.S., R.T.(R), RDMS, RDCS, RVT, Program Director & Assistant Professor, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Misericordia University
  • Ms. Lori A Kepner, B.S., R.T.(R), '92, Resource Clinician/Radiographer Tech 2, Susquehanna Health System
  • Mr. Dean Kresge, Radiology Information & Imaging Specialist, GE Healthcare Imaging Solutions
  • Ms. Ellen Mull, A.A.S., R.T.(R)(M)(CDT), '88, CT Technologist, Evangelical Community Hospital
  • Ms. Amy O'Rourke, Operations Manager, Imaging Services, Evangelical Community Hospital
  • Ms. Wendy A Rowan, Imaging Operations Manager, Evangelical Community Hospital
  • Mr. Thomas C Schnars, R.T.(R), CRA, Administrative Director Imaging Services, Susquehanna Health
  • Mr. Allen R Smith, Radiological Technologist, Evangelical Community Hospital
  • Mr. Edward Sowul, B.S., R.T.(R), Administrative Director of Imaging, Jersey Shore Hospital
Contact

Admissions Counselor

Lorenzo Marefka

SASC, Rm. 1088
800.367.9222 ext. 7111
lmarefka@pct.edu