Radiologic Science Degree Programs
Radiologic technologists apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology, radiographic positioning, radiographic exposure and radiation biology and protection in the performance of their responsibilities. Radiographers, as they are called, use radiation-producing equipment to image tissues, organs, bones and vessels of the body, as prescribed by physicians, to assist in the diagnosis of disease or injury. Radiographers performing imaging examinations are responsible for accurately positioning patients and ensuring that a quality diagnostic image is produced. They work closely with radiologists, the physicians who interpret medical images to either diagnose or rule out disease or injury. Every imaging examination must be performed properly by the radiographer for the images to be interpreted correctly by the radiologist. Radiographers are responsible for limiting radiation exposure to patients, themselves, and others. Radiographers use critical-thinking skills to modify technical parameters of imaging examinations in order to create diagnostic images based on variable patient conditions. Radiographers must be able to communicate effectively with patients, other members of the healthcare team and physicians. The radiographer must display competence and compassion in meeting the special needs of each patient.
Radiographers are employed in health care facilities—including hospitals, specialized imaging centers, urgent care clinics, and private physician offices and as educators or imaging department administrators. Thirty-nine states require licensure as a condition of practice. Additional responsibilities may include evaluating the performance of radiologic equipment, conducting a radiographic quality assurance program, providing patient education and managing a medical imaging department. Career advancement opportunities are available to qualified individuals as educators or as imaging department administrators. To receive information about the Radiologic Science Program, please contact Susan Rogers at 215-637-7700, ext. 3360, 267-341-3360, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com.
The Radiologic Science Program of Holy Family University is committed to the
formation of integrated persons who possess knowledge and awareness of their
responsibilities to God, humanity, and self.
The Program seeks to cultivate professional competence in graduates who will be actively responsible in society in service to the human family. The Program is designed to provide the radiologic health team with a member who, under the supervision of a radiologist, uses ionizing radiation in an investigative function, contributing to the diagnosis of disease and injury.
The Associate of Science in Radiologic Science (ASRS) degree program includes a 20-month allied health curriculum designed to prepare the student for practice as a diagnostic radiologic technologist. The Programís goals (and corresponding student learning outcomes) are as follows:
Goal: Develop knowledge and skills required to practice in entry-level radiographer positions.
Student learning outcomes.
Demonstrate clinical competence at the entry-level radiographer position.
Perform safe and comprehensive patient care.
Demonstrate safe practice of radiation protection/hygiene with self and other.
Goal: Develop communication skills required for competent clinical practice.
Student learning outcomes.
Demonstrate effective oral communication strategies with patients and family
members, the public and members of the healthcare team.
Demonstrate effective written communication strategies with patients and family members, the public, and members of the healthcare team.
Complete a written research/critical analysis paper and give an oral presentation on a clinical pathology condition.
Goal: Develop problem solving and critical thinking skills required for competent clinical practice.
Student learning outcomes.
Apply critical thinking skills to guide decisions regarding radiography
practice for patients and family members, the public, and members of the
Utilize clinical education experiences that develop and assess cognitive psychomotor, communication, problem solving, and critical thinking skills.
Demonstrate ability to adapt to different clinical education environments and learning experiences, completing clinical assignments in a variety of clinical settings.
Demonstrate problem solving in professional practice.
Goal: Develop student behaviors that promote professional development and growth.
Student learning outcomes.
Participate in personal and professional growth opportunities.
Recognize the value of self and others’ personal and academic achievements.
Maintain active membership in a professional society.
Pursue additional education advancement.
Goal: Educate students to provide health care that meets the needs of diverse populations.
Student learning outcomes.
Preparedness to perform cross-cultural patient care.
- Small student-to-faculty ratios
- Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
- Revised curriculum to include emerging technologies
- Associate of Science in Radiologic Science (ASRS) degree leading to professional practice, Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Science (BSRS) degree completion also available, including post-primary certification tracks in CT, MR, and Mammography.
- Fully energized x-ray Lab including Computed Radiography (CR) Imaging; hands-on laboratory experiences
- 95% first-time pass rate on ARRT Examination in Radiography over past five years
- On-campus shadow day available by appointment
Field of Radiography:
- Requires compassion and desire to work with people
- Variety of employment opportunities and settings
- Cutting edge of healthcare advancement
- Upward and lateral employment opportunities
- Integrates traditional sciences (e.g., human anatomy and physiology) and computer technology
- Extremely dynamic profession
The radiography program is fully accredited by the Pennsylvania Department
of Education and by theJoint Review Committee on Education in
Radiographic Technology (JRCERT), 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago,
IL 60606-3182; 312-704-5300; www.jrcert.org.
Program graduates are awarded an Associate of Science in Radiologic Science
degree by Holy Family University and are eligible to apply for the national
certifying examination in Radiography, administered by the American Registry
of Radiologic Technologies.
We also offer a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Science (BSRS), which is a completion program for the practicing radiologic science professional.
Director of Radiologic Science Program
CYRUS WHALEY, EdD, MPH, RT(R)
Office: Room 114, Holy Family Hall, NEP
To receive information about the Radiologic Science Program, please contact Susan Rogers at 215-637-7700, ext. 3360 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Go to Undergraduate Admissions to apply online or receive information on admission requirements.
Students are admitted once per year in the fall semester, and the curriculum is balanced between professional concentration and liberal arts (core) course requirements.
- Patient Care in Radiologic Science
- Radiographic Procedures I, II and III
- Radiographic Imaging I and II
- Image Evaluation: Radiographs
- Introduction to Computed Tomography
- Advanced Imaging I
- Imaging Physics I: X-ray Physics
- Radiographic Pathology
- Radiation Health Physics
- Sophomore Seminar
- Clinical Education Courses I, II, III, IV and V
- Anatomy & Physiology I and II
- Core (Reading/Writing) (2)
- Core (Quantitative) (1)
- Core (Natural Science) (2)
- Core (Religious Studies) (1)
Clinical Credentials Policy
Radiography students at Holy Family begin clinical courses shortly after entering
the program. Before beginning clinical courses, students must provide evidence
of good health, proper immunizations, results of criminal record check, current
CPR (for health-care provider) competency, and other materials specified in
the health-information packet obtained from the Radiologic Science office.
Students must carry their own medical and hospitalization insurance. Students
gain experience in all routine radiologic procedures at select clinical education
centers in radiology/medical imaging departments of JCAHO-accredited facilities.
Clinical education in radiography is competency-based; that is, students must demonstrate competence by actually performing radiographic procedures. Supervised practice in laboratory simulations and direct observation during clinical practice prepare the student to be evaluated and graded on procedures completed in the clinical setting. Successful completion of clinical courses depends on developing the precise skills required for mastery of specific competency examinations.
Advanced Placement for Radiologic Science
Recognizing that many radiographers in Northeast Philadelphia and the surrounding area are graduates of certificate programs who want to obtain academic credentials, Holy Family University provides advanced placement in the degree program to those ARRT-registered radiographers who (1) meet Holy Family's general admissions requirements and (2) are currently employed in the field. Associate- and baccalaureate-level programs are available. The BSRS program, available on a full- or part-time basis, seeks to develop the professional radiographer in clinical roles needed to meet the challenges of a changing health care environment.Clinical education in radiography is competency-based; that is, students must demonstrate competence by actually performing radiographic procedures. Supervised practice in laboratory simulations and direct observation during clinical practice prepare the student to be evaluated and graded on procedures completed in the clinical setting. Successful completion of clinical courses depends on developing the precise skills required for mastery of specific competency examinations.
|American Open MRI & CT Center*
100 North Presidential Blvd.
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
|Holy Redeemer Hospital
1648 Huntingdon Pike
Meadowbrook, PA 19007
† 1 – 9 pm rotation
|Temple University Hospital- Episcopal Campus
100 E. Lehigh Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19125
101 Rock Road
Horsham , PA 19044
Frankford Avenue & Wakeling Street
Philadelphia, PA 19124
7600 Central Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111
Knights & Red Lion Roads
Philadelphia, PA 19114
† Aria Outpatient Facility
9501 Frankford Avenue
2601 Holme Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19152
|Lower Bucks Hospital
501 Bath Road
Bristol, PA 19007
†7:30 am – 3:30 pm OR rotation
|St. Mary Medical Center
Langhorne, PA 19047
|Roxborough Memorial Hospital
5800 Ridge Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19128
|University of PA Medical Center*
3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
- It is the student’s responsibility to secure transportation to and from clinical education settings.
- Radiologic Science faculty determine students’ clinical education assignments. Clinical assignments are not made to correspond to students’ geographic locations.
- All students rotate to a minimum of three (3) clinical education settings.
- Students are assigned to the same clinical setting for Clinical Education I & II (Fall & Spring 100-level).
- Students’ clinical assignments routinely change before Clinical Education III (Summer I) and again before Clinical Education IV (Fall 200-level).
- A standard clinical day is 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.
* Clinical assignments are only available for 200-level students to complete
elective rotations during the final spring semester.
** One (1) two-week clinical assignment is required to satisfy graduation requirements.
† One (1) two-week rotation may be required at designated settings.
Clinical education settings may be added or deleted as necessary.