Radiographer

Radiographers are medical personnel who perform diagnostic imaging examinations using x-rays. They are educated in anatomy, patient positioning, examination techniques, equipment protocols, radiation safety, radiation protection and basic patient care. They may specialize in a specific imaging technique, such as bone densitometry, cardiovascular-interventional technology, computed tomography, mammography, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine, or sonography. The radiologic technologists who specialize in radiation therapy, which is the delivery of high doses of radiation to treat cancer and other diseases, are radiation therapists and medical dosimetrists. This six-semester program instructs healthcare professionals in diagnostic x-ray techniques. Graduates are prepared to perform a variety of functions in medical imaging departments of hospitials, clinics, and other health care facilities.

To pursue this career, you must enjoy math and science, be a caring, compassionate person, be very precise about your work and be able to communicate effectively. Coursework is taken on the ICC campuses with extensive clinical experience provided at Unity Point – Methodist, Unity Point – Proctor, and Pekin Hospital, under qualified supervision. During the 23-month educational period, students will participate in 1,600-1,700 clock hours of clinical experience including evenings and weekends.

Radiographers must complete at least two years of formal education in an accredited program and must pass a national certification examination. To remain registered, they must earn continuing education credits and to maintain certification, they are required to demonstrate continued qualifications every 10 years.

Program Handbook

Please download and review our handbook specifically created for ICC Radiographer Program students.

Observation Hours

Individuals interested in applying to the Radiographer Program are required to complete 4 hours of observation in one of our affiliate clinical facilities. Please download these documents covering the observation hours requirement as well as the observation questionnaire.

Degree

Associate in Applied Science (Career Program)
Total Credit Hours: 71

Program Requirements

Select a course number below to see a course description.

Required General Education Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
ENGL 110 COMPOSITION I ** 3
COMM 110 INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION: PRESENTATION AND THEORY ** 3
PSY 110 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY ** 3
MATH 115 COLLEGE ALGEBRA ** 4
BIOL 140 HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY ** 4
HUMANITIES * 3

Required Program Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
HLTH 121 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY ** 2
RADTK 110 FUNDAMENTALS OF RADIOGRAPHY I  6
RADTK 112 FUNDAMENTALS OF RADIOGRAPHY, DIRECTED PRACTICE ORIENTATION  1
RADTK 120 FUNDAMENTALS OF RADIOGRAPHY II  6
RADTK 121 FUNDAMENTALS OF RADIOGRAPHY, DIRECTED PRACTICE I  3
RADTK 200 RADIOGRAPHY I  3
RADTK 201 FUNDAMENTALS OF RADIOGRAPHY, DIRECTED PRACTICE II  2
RADTK 210 RADIOGRAPHY II  6
RADTK 211 RADIOGRAPHY, DIRECTED PRACTICE III  3
RADTK 220 RADIOGRAPHY III  3
RADTK 221 RADIOGRAPHY, DIRECTED PRACTICE IV  3
RADTK 230 RADIOGRAPHY IV  2
RADTK 231 RADIOGRAPHY, DIRECTED PRACTICE V  2
RADTK 260 SECTIONAL ANATOMY FOR DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING  3
RADTK 270 PATHOLOGY AND PHARMACOLOGY FOR THE IMAGING PROFESSIONAL  3
RADTK 280 COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY PRINCIPLES, INSTRUMENTATION AND IMAGING PROCEDURES  3

* PHIL 113 is recommended.
** Underlined classes can be taken prior to acceptance into the program.

A registered radiographer who has previously graduated from a JRCERT accredited hospital-based radiography program may complete an Associate in Applied Science degree.  Admission requirements include:  (1) certification by and current registration with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT); (2) graduation from JRCERT accredited hospital-based radiography program; (3) eligibility for college admission.  To receive the degree, the student must complete  twenty-nine (29) credit hours of courses.  Courses listed below are in addition to those underlined. A maximum of forty-four (44) credit hours will be awarded for approved radiography courses.  HEOCC 200  Disease Processes in Man - 3;  HEOCC 220  Legal Issues in Health Care - 1;  HLTH 121  Medical Terminology or HLTH 120  First Aid - 2; HEOCC 230  Health Care Organization and Resources - 1. 

Recommended Course Sequence

Semester Courses
Fall Semester 1BIOL 140; HLTH 121; MATH 115; RADTK 110; RADTK 112
Spring Semester 1ENGL 110; PSY 110; RADTK 120; RADTK 121
Summer Semester RADTK 200; RADTK 201
Fall Semester 2RADTK 210; RADTK 211; COMM 110; RADTK 260
Spring Semester 2RADTK 220; RADTK 221; RADTK 270; RADTK 280
Summer SemesterRADTK 230; RADTK 231; Humanities

Program Contact Information

Health Careers Department

Peoria Campus, Cedar 105


(309) 690-7530

Illinois Career Cluster

Health Science

Career Pathway:
Diagnostics Services

Accreditation

The Radiography program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) 20 N Wacker Dr, Suite 2850 Chicago, IL 60606 (312) 704-5300 jrcert.org

National Certification Examination

Graduates are eligible to apply to take the National Certification Examination in diagnostic radiography through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Salaries for entry level radiographers are competitive with other health professionals with similar education backgrounds.

Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Goal Outcome
Students will be clinically competent Students will apply radiographic positioning skills; Students will demonstrate principles of radiation protection; Students will select appropriate technical factor
Students will demonstrate communication skills Students will use effective oral communication skills; Students will practice written communication skills
Students will develop critical thinking skills Students will demonstrate sound decision making; Students will appropriately evaluate images; Students will adapt positioning for non-routine procedures
Students will model professionalism Students will demonstrate professional qualities; Students will understand professional ethics

Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Radiographer Program is to prepare competent entry-level radiographers able to function within the health care community.

Program Effectiveness

National Credentialing Exam (ARRT) Pass Rate

National 5-year pass rate average = 90.5%

5-year average 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
Number of Examinees 13 14 17 15 17
Number of First Time Examinees passing the exam on the first attempt 13 14 16 15 17
Percent Passing 99% 100% 100% 94% 100% 100%
Mean Scaled Score 87% 88% 85% 88% 86% 86%

Job Placement Rate

Job placement rate 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.

5-year average 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
Percentage of Graduates employed or attaining advanced education within 6 months of graduation 92% 100% 100% 86% 85% 90%
Number of Graduates actively seeking employment 14 17 15 13 10
Number of Graduates finding employment 14 17 13 11 9

Program Completion Rate

5-year average 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
Number of students beginning program 18 18 20 20 20
Number of students withdrawing or failing 5 4 4 5 4
Number of students re-entering program 0 0 1 0 1
Number of graduates 13 14 17 15 17
Percentage of students completing the program 78.2% 72% 78% 81% 75% 85%

For more information regarding general program effectiveness data visit the JRCERT website

Essential Skills and Abilities

Radiography is a practice discipline with cognitive, sensory, affective, and psychomotor performance requirements. Based on these requirements the following list of “Core Performance Standards” has been developed. Each standard has examples of activities, which a student will be required to perform while enrolled in the Radiography Program. These standards are a part of each Radiography course and of the professional role expectation of a Radiographer. The Performance Standards should be used to assist in determining whether accommodations or modifications are necessary for a student to meet program requirements. A student who identifies potential difficulties with meeting the Performance Standards should communicate his/her concerns to the Program Director. The student has the responsibility to identify and document any disability and to request reasonable and appropriate accommodations as needed. All students must be otherwise qualified and able to perform independently in all areas. Determination is made on an individual basis as to whether any accommodations or modifications can be reasonably made.

A. Critical Thinking

Critical thinking ability sufficient for safe clinical judgment

  • Identify cause-effect relationships in clinical situations
  • Evaluate radiographic images to ascertain that they contain proper identification and are of diagnostic value
  • Select exposure factors and accessory devices for all radiographic procedures with consideration of patient size, age, and extent of disease
  • Assess patient’s condition and needs from a distance of at least 20 feet
  • Initiate proper emergency care protocols, including CPR, based on assessment data

B. Interpersonal Behavioral and Social Skills

Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds

  • Establish rapport with patients, families, and colleagues
  • Allow mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with patients and fellow workers (interpersonal skills)
  • Function effectively under stress
  • Adapt to changing environments (flexible schedules, emergency conditions)
  • Display compassion, professionalism, empathy, integrity, and concern for others
  • Maintain patient confidentiality and abide by guidelines set forth in the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act
  • Accept criticism and reflect upon provided feedback to improve performance and practice
  • Adhere to the policies and procedures required by academic and clinical settings

C. Communication

Communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form

  • Communicate in English to patients of all age levels in order to: converse, give instructions, relieve anxiety, gain their cooperation during procedures, understand the patient when communicating symptoms of a medical emergency
  • Read the patient’s medical chart and/or physician’s orders
  • Legibly write patient history
  • Documents own actions and patient responses as indicated

D. Mobility

Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces

  • Assist all patients, according to individual needs and abilities, in moving, turning, transferring from transportation devices to the x-ray table, etc
  • Be able to lift and carry 50 pounds
  • Exert up to 100 pounds force or push/pull
  • Push a stretcher, wheelchair or other transportation device without injury to self, patient, or others
  • Push a portable x-ray machine from one location to another, including turning corners, getting on and off of an elevator, and manipulating it in a patient’s room

E. Motor Skills

Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective care

  • Manually move the x-ray tube and position the tube at various angles at heights up to 7 feet
  • Accurately draw up sterile contrast media and other solutions without contaminating the syringe and/or needle, etc
  • Place image receptors in Bucky trays and spot film devices and properly manipulate all locks
  • Physically be able to administer emergency care including performing CPR
  • Be able to stand for a minimum of 2 hours wearing lead protection and to walk a distance of up to 5 miles during a normal work day

F. Hearing

Auditory abilities sufficient to monitor and assess patient needs, and to provide a safe environment

  • Demonstrate auditory acuity (with correction if needed) that includes hearing muffled voices (through surgical mask) with extraneous background noise
  • Hear a patient talk in a normal tone from a distance of 20 feet
  • Hear monitor alarm, emergency signals, and cries for help
  • Discern soft sounds, such as those associated with taking a blood pressure

G. Visual

Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in the operation of equipment and care of patients

  • Observe the patient in order to assess the patient’s condition and/or needs from a distance of, at least, 20 feet
  • Can see numbers, letters, calibrations, etc. of varying sizes located on equipment utilized by a radiographer

H. Tactile

Tactile ability sufficient for patient assessment and operation of equipment

  • Perform palpation, tactile assessment, and manipulation of body parts to insure proper body placement and alignment
  • Manipulate dials, buttons, and switches