College of Health and Human Services
Schools & Divisions
Associate of Science in Radiography
About the A.S. in Radiography
Radiology is a science involving the medical use of X-rays, radium, and radioactive isotopes in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Radiographers are essential members of the health care team. They are experts in the performance of examinations requiring the use of X-rays and highly complex machinery to produce a quality X-ray image (radiograph) of the internal parts of the body for interpretation by a medical doctor (radiologist).
Radiographers find employment possibilities in various medical settings ranging from doctors' offices to large medical centers. In addition, some seek employment in industry or in the marketing and sales of X-ray products.
Length of the Program
24 months beginning in May. Professional course work begins each July (summer session II).
Structure of the Program
The Radiography Program is a full-time day program involving classroom and laboratory experiences on campus and clinical experiences at local hospitals.
Design of the Professional Curriculum
The curriculum follows a pattern designed to train the student to become adept in the performance of diagnostic radiologic procedures. Courses in radiologic principles, radiographic procedures, clinical application of theory, and general education are included in the curriculum.
The Associate Degree Radiography Program offered by Indiana University Northwest is designed to prepare students for professional careers as radiographers in the medical field. By providing pertinent learning experiences, the program faculty strives to develop students' interests in lifelong learning through the professional societies and continuing education. The curriculum is designed in accordance with the guidelines established by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists.
The Radiography Program has set forth the following goals:
1. To graduate radiographers who demonstrate
- a. Clinical competence;
- b. Effective communication skills;
- c. Critical thinking and problem solving skills; and
- d. Professional values.
2. To provide the medical community with individuals qualified to perform radiographic procedures.
3. To involve students in professional continuing education activities in an effort to instill a desire for life long learning.
4. To involve the student in the community we serve.
Opportunities for Students to Work
Students often seek employment in part-time positions outside the program. These positions cannot interfere with clinical and class schedules and must be balanced with necessary study time.
The Radiography Program offices and classrooms are located in the Dunes
Medical/ Professional Building at IU Northwest.
Location of Clinicals
Clinical experiences occur in local hospitals, including the Community Hospital in Munster; IU Health; LaPorte Hospital in LaPorte; Methodist Hospital of Gary, Inc., in Gary and Merrillville; Porter Hospital in Valparaiso; Franciscan St. Anthony Health in Crown Point; Franciscan St. Anthony Health in Michigan City; Franciscan St. Margaret Health in Hammond; and St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart.
In addition to regular university tuition and fees, students should expect to pay program-related expenses such as books, uniforms, physical examination, lead markers, and radiation monitoring.