Radiologic Technology

The university's mission of “empowering people to change the world” is reflected in the programs mission statement and in graduates that are competent and professional entry-level radiologic technologists. Through a competency based clinical education, students will demonstrate skills expected by employers. Graduates will communicate effectively, use critical thinking skills, demonstrate professional behavior, and will recognize the need for and formulate lifelong professional growth.

Degrees Offered See the program-specific requirements. (PDF)

Associate of Science in Health Science in Radiologic Technology
Newman University students in lab
“While this program was a challenge, it was one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. It has given a whole new ‘view’ to my life!” Kimberly Brandt

Prominent Careers

The Newman University Radiology Program educates students to become radiologic technologists (or radiographers) who specialize in the use of x-rays to aid the physician in diagnosis and treatment of diseases. As a radiographer, you will provide care to patients during radiographic procedures, position patients for accurate radiographic projections, determine the amount of radiation needed for proper diagnostic image and be knowledgeable of radiation safety practices. 

Many radiographers work in hospitals, which operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Students need to understand they are entering a career that will probably involve 2nd and 3rd shift coverage, call, and weekend work. Employees that cover shifts other than 1st, take call, and provide weekend coverage are well compensated monetarily for this work. 

Some radiographers work in clinics, physicians' offices, and with mobile companies, which may provide a stable 9 to 5 working environment but with less compensation.

The profession entails a great deal more than just taking x-rays of broken bones. You will develop skills including, but not limited to:

  • Patient care
  • Doctor and patient relations
  • Determining radiation exposure factors
  • Quality assurance
  • Decision-making skills
  • Professional ethics.

Graduates can advance to a variety of modalities once they have completed our two-year program. In addition to diagnostic radiography (x-ray), you may want to pursue a career in:

  • CT (computerized tomography)
  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)
  • Ultrasound (sonography)
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Vascular Imaging
  • Heart Catheterization
  • Bone Densitometry
  • Mammography
  • Sales
  • Management
  • Education
Program Outcome: Students will practice appropriate radiation protection techniques

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Instruction is 24 months long and includes lectures, demonstrations, conferences, laboratory exercises and clinical rotations through a variety of clinical facilities. You’ll learn theory and principles in the classroom and laboratories, and apply this knowledge in clinical settings.

Students learn the profession in the classroom and in clinical settings at affiliated hospitals and clinics. You are exposed to a variety of people and patients. The type of patients you see range from premature infants to the elderly; the reasonably well person to the dying; the diseased to the accident victim. You learn basic radiological examinations that include positioning patients on the table, providing the proper amount of radiation to acquire the image, and critiquing the finished radiographs. In addition, you learn patient care skills that include but no limited to performing intravenous injections, urinary catheterization, cardiac pulmonary resuscitation, and administering oxygen to name a few.

Before you start the program, consider what things can be minimized in your life to allow more time for the radiology curriculum. Students can easily overwhelm themselves, particularly in the first semester by trying to balance their family life, a full-time job or too many extra curricular activities.

At the conclusion of the two-year program, students must pass comprehensive examinations to graduate. After completing the associate degree requirements, graduates of the program are eligible to take the national registry provided by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Passing this examination and meeting the other requirements of the ARRT, graduates are considered Registered Technologists in Radiography, abbreviated as R.T. (R). Passing the ARRT examination is ultimate goal of students in this program. Many states including Kansas also have laws requiring radiographers pass a state examination or be ARRT registered for a license to practice in that state.

 

So, Why Radiologic Technology?

Training for technologists in radiology is demanding. Many positive aspects of the profession include:

  • Being part of a growing profession with many opportunities for advancement in different areas
  • Working with interesting people
  • Making a difference in the lives of others
  • Opportunities that provide various employment opportunities while meeting your personal needs and desires
  • Being proud of yourself and the profession
  • Employment security with good monetary income and benefits
  • A changing field- always learning something new

Accreditation

To assure Newman University’s radiologic technology program meets professional requirements, our program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL. 60606-3182. Website:  www.jrcert.org.  Phone: (313) 704-5300.  Document link for more

More Information

Information about Newman University tuition, fees, refund policies, and sources of financial aid including scholarships and grants that may reduce the cost of tuition. Information about financial aid can be found here: http://www.newmanu.edu/attend-nu/financial-aid

 Click on the icons at right view the following:

  • Application process: See admission policies, and what classes and requirements are necessary to apply to the program. A step by step procedure for applying to the program is given.
  • Performance requirements: explains the physical and mental requirements for a radiologic technologist to function on the job.
  • Program Documents: You will find the plan of study which lays out a academic calendar of didactic and clinical classes and their times each semester.  You will also find documents outlining our Mission, Goals and Educational Outcomes and our Program Effectiveness Data that gives specifics about ARRT Registry Pass Rate, job placement rate and completion rates.  You may also browse the Student and Clinical Handbooks for specific policy information about program fees, academic polices, clinical obligations, grading system, and graduation requirements.
  • Radiologic Technology Faculty: Contact faculty members here.
  • Other Links: These links will give you more information about our accrediting agancy (JRCert), local and national professional societies (KSRT and ASRT), and current employment numbers, salaries and employment forecasts (Bureau of Labor Statistics).