Radiography

Radiography Associate Degree

In our radiography degree program, you will use a variety of sophisticated digital imaging technology to obtain a clear picture that leads to better patient outcomes.

Digital radiography has become the standard in diagnostic imaging. This makes the radiographers who operate this equipment an essential part of health care teams. Develop both your technical and critical thinking skills, and become a well-rounded health care professional with our radiography college courses.

In addition to radiography classes, you’ll receive specialized instruction and vast clinical experience in this program. You’re guaranteed clinical placement to ensure graduate success in a variety of fields.

Mission Statement

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

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PA College cannot guarantee clinical rotations for students who have not received the COVID-19 vaccine.

Required Clearances

Prior to the student’s first semester, a child abuse clearance and criminal history background check must be completed:

  • Pennsylvania Access to Criminal History ($20)
  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance ($13)
  • FBI Background Check ($50)

Uniform Requirements

The following items are required for each academic clinical program:

1. V-Neck Top (2 items are recommended)
2. Drawstring Pants (2 items are recommended)

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Radiography Degree Goals

Goal 1

To prepare competent, entry-level radiographers in the cognitive (knowledge) and psychomotor (skills) learning domain.

  • Student Learning Outcome #1: Student is able to apply knowledge in anatomical technique selection and EI evaluation.
  • 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: Student explains the importance of ethics in the Radiography profession.
  • Student Learning Outcome #2: Student models professional ethics, behaviors and attitudes when in the lab and clinical setting.

Goal 3

Apply theoretical knowledge and critical thinking to clinical practice.

  • Student Learning Outcome #1: Student will apply critical thinking skills to classroom and lab application.
  • Student Learning Outcome #2: Student exhibits 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: Student will effectively utilize oral communication with patients and other members of the healthcare team in the lab and clinical setting.
  • Student Learning Outcome #2: Student will utilize effective written communication.

Accreditation

Our radiography degree is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. See more accreditation information.

Our program was awarded the maximum eight-year accreditation award in 2019 and is due for reaccreditation in 2027.

Curriculum

First Year: Associate in Applied Science Degree Total Credits: 34

Year 1Fall SemesterCredits
BIO 175Human Anatomy & Physiology I4
CSS 101College Studies Seminar3
HSC 100Medical Term1
HSC 101Methods of Patient Care1
RAD 101Radiographic Procedures I4
RAD 122Clinical Practice I3
RAD 131Radiologic Science I 2
Total18
Year 1Spring SemesterCredits
ENG 100English Composition3
BIO 176Human Anatomy & Physiology II4
RAD 123Radiographic Procedures II4
RAD 104Clinical Practice II3
RAD 132Radiologic Science II3
Total17
Total Combined Credits34

Second Year: Associate in Applied Science Degree Total Credits: 35

Year 2Fall SemesterCredits
MAT 160College Algebra3
PSY 100General Psychology3
RAD 221Advanced Radiographic Procedures I4
RAD 222Clinical Practice III5
RAD 233Radiologic Science III1
Total16
Year 2Spring SemesterCredits
PHI 210Ethical and Legal Dimensions in the Health Sciences1
SOC 200Cultural Diversity3
XXXElective3
HSC 195Cross-Sectional Anatomy1
RAD 223Advanced Radiographic Procedures II4
RAD 224Clinical Practice IV5
RAD 240Radiation Biology1
Total18
Total Combined Credits69

Clinical Locations

LocationCityStateZipMileageEst. Travel Time from College
Lancaster General Hospital and Downtown Pavilion LancasterPA176045.513 minutes
Lancaster General Health Crooked Oak LancasterPA176013.810 minutes
Lancaster General Health Kissel Hill LititzPA175437.219 minutes
Lancaster General Health Parkesburg ParkesburgPA1936520.434 minutes
Lancaster General Health Suburban PavilionLancasterPA176047.713 minutes
Lancaster General Health Willow LakesWillow StreetPA175846.814 minutes
Lancaster General Health NorlancoElizabethtownPA1752219.923 minutes
Orthopedic Associates of LancasterLancasterPA176013.97 minutes
Orthopedic Associates of Lancaster – Spooky NookManheimPA175841218 minutes
Orthopedic Associates of Lancaster – Willow StreetWillow StreetPA175846.915 minutes
Chester County HospitalWest ChesterPA1938030.151 minutes
Fern Hill Medical CenterWest ChesterPA1938041.51 hour 2 minutes
Kennett Medical CampusKennett SquartPA1934838.158 minutes
Penn Medicine Southern Chester CountyWest GrovePA1939029.950 minutes
WellSpan Good Samaritan HospitalLebanonPA1704227.047 minutes
WellSpan Imaging – Helen DriveLebanonPA1704224.840 minutes
WellSpan Imaging – MyerstownMyerstownPA1706727.546 minutes
WellSpan Imaging – PalmyraPalmyraPA1707831.438 minutes

Program Effectiveness Data

The following is the most current program effectiveness data. Our programmatic accreditation agency, the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), defines and publishes this information. Click here to go directly to the JRCERT webpage.

Credentialing Examination

The number of students who pass, on the 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. The five-year average benchmark established by the JRCERT is 75%.

Credentialing Examination Ratenumber passed on 1st attempt divided by number attempted within 6 months of graduation
YearResults
Year 1 - 201615 of 18 - 83%
Year 2 - 201715 of 16 - 94%
Year 3 - 201814 of 18 - 78%
Year 4- 201916 of 20 - 80%
Year 5 - 202014 of 16 - 88%
Program 5-Year Average74 of 88 - 84.1%

Job Placement

The number of graduates employed in the radiologic sciences compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in the radiologic sciences within twelve months of graduating. The five-year average benchmark established by the JRCERT is 75%.

Job Placement Ratenumber employed divided by number actively seeking employment within 12 months of graduation
YearResults
Year 1 - 201614 of 14 - 100%
Year 2 - 201717 of 17 - 100%
Year 3 - 201817 of 17 - 100%
Year 4 - 201916 of 16 - 100%
Year 5 - 202024 of 24 - 100%
Program 5-Year Average88 of 88 - 100.0%

Program Completion

The number of students who complete the program within the stated program length. The annual benchmark established by the program is 75%.

Program Completion Ratenumber graduated divided by number started the program
Year
YearResults
Year 1 - 202024 of 27
Annual Completion Rate88.9%

Meet Your Faculty

Ashley Redinger

Ashley Redinger, BS, RT(R)

Faculty - Clinical Coordinator

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Marcia LaRusso

Marcia LaRusso, MS Ed, RT(R)

Department Chair Health Science Associates and Certificate programs, Faculty - Radiography Program

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Melanie Seneca

Melanie Seneca M.Ed., RT(R)(M)

Program Director, Radiography Program

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