Radiologic Technology

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BECOME A RADIOGRAPHER

As a radiologic technologist (radiographer), you'll use sophisticated imaging equipment and ionizing radiation to obtain medical images of the body. After completing your Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology from Mercy College of Health Sciences, you will perform imaging examinations to diagnose and treat illness and injury alongside physicians and other healthcare providers. Your work may take place in a hospital or clinic.

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$61,240

Median Wage1

89%

Licensure Exam Pass Rate (2014-2018)

100%

Employment Rate Within 6 Months of Passing the Licensure Exam

84%

Graduation Rate (2014-2018)

9%

Projected Job Growth from 2018 - 20281

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ABOUT OUR RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGY MAJOR

Our six-semester Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology has one start date in the summer and includes classroom instruction, practice in a skills lab, and clinical experiences in medical imaging. You’ll learn the art and science of medical imaging by studying liberal arts and science courses alongside your hospital and clinical-based professional education. Through this exceptional program, you'll acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to care for patients and safely use state-of-the-art X-ray equipment.

Application Deadline: January 1

Accreditation
ACCREDITED BY THE JOINT REVIEW COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION IN RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGY (JRCERT)
The associate degree in radiological technology at Mercy College of Health Sciences is accredited by Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).
Faculty

Our radiologic technology faculty team includes a full-time program chair and a clinical coordinator, as well as many medical professionals in clinical settings. Our full-time liberal arts and science faculty members are PhD-prepared and adept at integrating their subject matters into a comprehensive health science curriculum. As a student, you will receive an exceptional level of personalized instruction from experienced educators dedicated to your success.

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Students

English isn't my parents' first language, but everyone at Mercy College went above and beyond to make sure we understood the admissions and financial aid processes. The hands-on learning opportunities in my classes have been a huge help in preparing me for my licensure exams and setting me on my path to a successful career.

Irma S., Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Healthcare Administration Candidate, 2021

STEP ONE: COLLEGE ADMISSION 
To be considered for admission to the Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology major, you must first be admitted to Mercy College of Health Sciences. Learn more about admission to Mercy College. Complete our FREE online Mercy College application. Early application is encouraged. Once admitted to Mercy College of Health Sciences, you may enroll in Core requirements prior to your admission to any academic major. If you are transferring credits, please visit our transfer page to learn more.

STEP TWO: PROGRAM ADMISSION 
To be considered for admission to the Radiologic Technology major, you must meet the following requirements: 

First-Time College Students

  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.7 on high school transcripts
  • Minimum ACT composite score of 20 or higher
  • Demonstrate completion of one year of high school with a GPA of at least a 2.0 (C, not C-) on a 4.0 scale in: 
    • Algebra I
    • Algebra II
    • Biology

Transfer Students

  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher on a 4.0 scale in a minimum of nine (9) college credits from the last college attended

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The following courses are required to earn your Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology.

Semester 1 (Summer)
RAD 101 - Foundations of Radiologic Imaging (2 cr)
RAD 104 - Principles of Radiologic Imaging (2 cr)
RAD 110 - Applied Radiography I (3 cr)
 
Semester 2 (Fall)
BIO 180* - Human Anatomy w/Lab (4 cr)
ENG 101 - English Composition I (3 cr)
RAD 111 - Clinical Practicum I (2 cr)
RAD 114 - Principles of Radiologic Imaging II (2 cr)
RAD 120 - Applied Radiography II (3 cr)
SVL 285 - Servant Leadership (3 cr)
 
Semester 3 (Spring)
BIO 185* - Human Physiology w/Lab (4 cr)
ENG 102 - English Composition II (3 cr)
RAD 116 - Imaging Systems (3 cr)
RAD 121 - Clinical Practicum II (2 cr)
RAD 130 - Applied Radiography III (2 cr)
SOC 1xx - Social Science Elective (3 cr)
 
Semester 4 (Summer)
RAD 131 - Clinical Practicum III (5 cr)
SPE 105 - Small Group Communication (3 cr)
 
Semester 5 (Fall) 
RAD 202 - Pathology (2 cr)
RAD 203 - Advanced Pt. Care (3 cr)
RAD 205 - Radiation Physics (3 cr)
RAD 210 - Applied Radiography IV (2 cr)
RAD 211 - Clinical Practicum IV (3 cr)
 
Semester 6 (Spring)
RAD 215 - Radiation Biology (3 cr)
RAD 220 - Applied Radiography V (3 cr)
RAD 221 - Clinical Practicum V (3 cr)
 

*Can be completed ahead of time, in the recommended semester, or at a later time.

TOTAL: 78 CREDITS FOR ASSOCIATE DEGREE

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The Radiologic Technology major offers one start date per year in the summer. View our full academic calendar for exact semester start dates. Pre-requisites and Core requirements may be completed at Mercy College of Health Sciences year-round.

Outcomes

Graduation Rate Licensure Examination Pass Rate Employment rate within 1 year following graduation
84% (61/73 Students) 89% (54/61 Students) 100% (58 / 58 Students)
¹Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Radiologic and MRI Technologists.
†Outcomes are reported using a five-year average from 2014-2018. 
Licensure Examination Pass Rate defined as the number of student graduates who pass, on first attempt, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists(ARRT) certification examination or an unrestricted state licensing examination compared with the number of graduates who take the examination within six months of graduation.
Employment Rate Within One Year Following Graduation is defined as the number of graduates employed in the radiologic sciences compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in the radiologic sciences. The JRCERT has defined not actively seeking employment as: 1) graduate fails to communicate with program officials regarding employment status after multiple attempts, 2) graduate is unwilling to seek employment that requires relocation, 3) graduate is unwilling to accept employment due to salary or hours, 4) graduate is on active military duty, and/or 5) graduate is continuing education.

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