• Radiography Program

    Why choose our Radiography program?
    JRCERT logoRadiologic technologists, also known as radiographers, perform a wide range of radiographic examinations (x-rays) using a variety of highly-sophisticated, digital imaging and recording equipment. Most people know that when they break a bone, they need to have an x-ray. But did you know that an x-ray can be taken on virtually every organ or part of the body? The radiographer plays an important part in the health care team – they will work alongside of the physician to help diagnose each patient once they have administered the x-ray.

    Will I be successful?

    Program Mission: The radiography program provides the health care community with educated, professionally competent, entry level radiographers.

    JRCERT Program Effectiveness Data (PED) Summary – Class 2010 to Class 2014  


    Graduating Class Year # of Students Initially Enrolled + Transfers/Readmits Total Number of Graduates Program Completion Rate Credentialing Examination First Attempt Pass Rate Job Placement Rate* Graduate Satisfaction Employer Satisfaction
    2015 19 16 84% 13/15 (87%)
    15/15 (100%) 100% (n=9) Mean 3.7 100% (n=8) Mean 3.5
    2014 21 16 76% 13/16 (81%) 13/13 (100%) 100% (n=3) Mean 3.67 No responses
    2013 20 16 80% 13/15 (87%) 7/8 (88%) 89% (n=9) Mean 3.22
    No responses
    2012 19 10 53% 9/10 (90%) 6/6 (100%) 100% (n=10) Mean 3.7
    100% (n=3) Mean 4.0
    2011 21 15 71% 13/15 (87%) 12/13 (92%) 100% (n=10) Mean 3.7 100% (n=1) Mean 3.0
    Five year average 2011-2015  

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    *Per the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, job placement rate is based on those students “actively seeking employment” within twelve months of graduation.

    The JRCERT has defined “not actively seeking employment” as:
    1) Graduate fails to communicate with program officials regarding employment status after multiple attempts OR
    2) Graduate is unwilling to seek employment that requires relocation OR
    3) Graduate is unwilling to accept employment due to salary or hours OR
    4) Graduate is on active military duty OR
    5) Graduate is continuing education.
    What will I learn?
    At PA College, whether you are a full or part-time student, you will receive training in both the classroom and clinical setting from our highly-trained faculty and staff. While enrolled in this program, you will learn critical thinking skills, effective communication and the value of working together with other members of a health care team. Upon completion of the program, you will be eligible to take the registry exam. The Radiography Program is designed to educate and prepare students for a new career and lifetime of success.


    Goal #1: Function as competent, entry level professionals who meet the health care needs of the community.

    • Student Learning Outcome #1: Student is able to select appropriate technical factors.
    • Student Learning Outcome #2: Student will demonstrate positioning skills for a given examination.
    • Student Learning Outcome #3: Student is able to recognize imaging errors and describe corrective action.

    Goal # 2: Demonstrate a commitment to professional ethics, attitudes, and behaviors.

    • Student Learning Outcome #1: Students explain the importance of ethics in the Radiography profession.
    • Student Learning Outcome #2: Students model professional behaviors and attitudes when in the clinical setting.

    Goal # 3: Apply theoretical knowledge and critical thinking to clinical practice.

    • Student Learning Outcome #1: Students will apply critical thinking skills to classroom and lab application.
    • Student Learning Outcome #2: Students exhibit synthesis of coursework, clinical skills, and experiential learning to demonstrate proficiency in the health care setting.

    Goal # 4: Communicate effectively and respectfully with the patient and members of the healthcare team.

    • Student Learning Outcome #1: Students verbally communicate with patients and other members of the healthcare team.
    • Student Learning Outcome #2: Students will utilize written communication skills to communicate with patients and other members of the healthcare team.

    What is the job outlook?
    For more information regarding the average salary, working conditions and job availability for a career in this field, click here to view the PA Department of Labor & Industry’s occupation profile.


    What are the physical requirements?
    Applicants should be prepared to meet the physical and core performance standards for this field. All requirements are available in the Student Handbook.

    What is the cost of the program?
    Click here for current tuition rates.

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