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Associate of Science: Radiologic Science Major

The Associate Degree Program in Radiologic Science (ASRS) is a 20-month allied health curriculum designed to prepare the student for practice in the health specialty of radiography.

Mission Statement (re-evaluated 1/2020)

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 are actively responsible in society for service to the human family. The program is designed to provide the radiologic science profession with a member who uses ionizing radiation in a diagnostic function to create images of the human body that are used to diagnose disease and injury.

What Can You Do With This Major?

Radiographers operate x-ray equipment to create images of tissues, bones, organs, and blood vessels within the human body. The images created by the radiographer are then interpreted, and a diagnosis is made by a radiologist, a physician who specializes in interpreting and diagnosing radiographic images.

Our graduates have high success rates passing the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Examination in Radiography. With ASRS degrees and certifications by ARRT, our graduates can work in many health care settings throughout the entire United States as licensed radiographers. Qualified radiographers are needed in hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, public-health facilities, mobile x-ray companies, and industry.

Program Contact Information:

Admission Information

Individuals interested in the Radiologic Science program may request information from either Holy Family University's Office of Admissions or the Radiologic Science Program Office.

Those interested in applying for admission should follow the application procedure described in the University's Undergraduate Catalog.

Once a completed application is reviewed by the Admissions Office and determined to meet the University’s admission requirements and Radiologic Science prerequisite requirements, application materials are forwarded to the Radiologic Science Program Office. The Program’s Admission’s Coordinator then affirms applicant prerequisite requirements and validates qualifications. If the application satisfies program prerequisite qualifications, the applicant is contacted to arrange a personal interview with members of the Program’s Admissions Committee. The Admissions Committee consists of the Radiologic Science Program Director, Admission’s Coordinator and faculty. After interviewing all qualified applicants, candidates are notified in writing regarding acceptance decisions. Qualified first-time students are required to complete the University's composition and quantitative placement testing prior to acceptance.

Prerequisite high school-level course requirements for the Radiologic Science program require a minimum grade of C (70%) and include:

  1. Algebra I
  2. Algebra II
  3. Geometry
  4. Biology
  5. Chemistry
  6. Physics (recommended, but not required)
  7. Minimum SAT scores: Old SAT--400 Critical Reading and 450 Math; New SAT--22 Reading Test Score and 490 Math Section Score
  8. Minimum post-secondary GPA of 2.5 (both internal and external transfers)
  9. Applicants must comply with the program’s Functional Abilities, Activities, and Attributes.

Additional admission criteria include:

All applicants must attend a Radiologic Science Program Information Session, held bimonthly throughout the academic year.

Major Coursework

As a Radiologic Science major, your education will be broadened and enriched by our University’s liberal-arts tradition. You’ll follow a core curriculum of philosophy, religious studies, humanities, and social and natural sciences, and you’ll learn about patient care from a spiritual, ethical, and moral perspective. In addition to patient care issues, you’ll study human anatomy and physiology, biology, physics, and other behavioral sciences.

Specialized courses in radiography include:

  • 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

Program Options

  • Associate of Science in Radiologic Science Degree
  • General Track
  • Vascular Interventional (VI) Track
  • Computed Tomography (CT) Track
  • Magnetic Resonance (MR) Imaging Track

Real-World Experience

Clinical courses, which begin in the first semester, complement classroom learning and help students prepare for entry-level practice. Your clinical experience will include rotations in community hospitals, medical centers, mobile x-ray companies, and other health care facilities, allowing you to develop clinical skills in a wide variety of health care settings that meet the needs of diverse populations.

Facilities

In addition to classroom instruction, you’ll benefit from our on-campus energized x-ray lab (including a state-of-the-art computed radiography system).

Accreditation and Membership

Holy Family is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the Joint Review Committee of Education in Radiologic Technology (20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182; 312-704-5300; (www.jrcert.org).

Accreditation Status: Accredited

Current Length of Accreditation Award: 8 years

JRCERT

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) promotes excellence in education and elevates quality and safety of patient care through the accreditation of educational programs in radiography, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance, and medical dosimetry. The JRCERT is the only agency recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), for the accreditation of traditional and distance delivery educational programs in radiography, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance, and medical dosimetry.

Mission & Goals

Holy Family University Radiologic Science Program mission and Goals are provided in the Holy Family University Policy Manual Vol. VIIIC Student Handbook Associate of Science in Radiologic Science Handbook, August 2020.

For additional Program information, please contact the Program:

Mission Statement

The Holy Family University's Radiologic Science Program 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.

Program Goals & Student Learning Outcomes

The Associate of Science in Radiologic Science (ASRS) degree program includes a 20-month allied health curriculum designed to prepare students for practice as diagnostic radiologic technologists. The Program's goals (and corresponding student learning outcomes) are as follows:

Goal 1: Develop knowledge and skills necessary for competent clinical practice.

  • Student Learning Outcomes:
    • Demonstrate clinical competence at the entry-level radiographer position, to include measurement tools related to:
      • Patient care
      • Positioning and procedures skills
      • Radiation protection/hygiene with self and others

Goal 2: Develop effective 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

Goal 3: Apply problem solving and critical thinking skills.

  • Student Learning Outcomes:
    • Utilize critical thinking skills to make appropriate adjustments to non-routine situations

Goal 4: Engage in behaviors that promote professional growth and development.

  • Student Learning Outcomes:
    • Participate in personal and professional* growth opportunities


*The Program requires students to obtain (and maintain) ASRT student membership.

 

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