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Department of Radiologic Sciences

Department of Radiologic Sciences

Associate of Science - Radiography

Associate of Science - 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 student to become adept in the performance of diagnostic procedures.  Courses in radiologic principles, radiographic procedures, clinical application of theory and general education are included in the curriculum.

Program Mission, Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

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 and student learning outcomes:

Goal 1: Students will demonstrate clinical competence.
Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate continued competence in positioning skills.
  • Students will demonstrate proper positioning skills.
  • Students will select appropriate technical factors.
  • Students will demonstrate continued competence in selecting appropriate technical factors.
  • Students will evaluate radiographic images for quality factors.
  • Students will practice radiation protection.

Goal 2: Students will demonstrate effective communication skills.
Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate written communication skills.
  • Students will demonstrate oral communication skills.

Goal 3: Students will demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will detail procedural and technical adaptations for a trauma patient.
  • Students will evaluate radiographic images for quality factors.

Goal 4: Students will demonstrate professional values.
Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate appropriate professional values in the clinical setting.
  • Students will detail the ethical obligations described in the ARRT Code of Ethics.

Goal 5: Students will be involved in professional continuing education activities to instill a desire for lifelong learning.
Student Learning Outcome:

  • Students will participate in professional continuing education.

Goal 6: Students will be involved in the community we serve.
Student Learning Outcome:

  • Student will participate in community service activities.

Goal 7: The program will provide the medical community with individuals qualified to perform radiographic procedures. (Program Effectiveness Measures)

  • Graduates will pass the ARRT certification examination on the 1st attempt.
    Graduates will successfuly complete the program in a three year time frame.
    Employers will express confidence in the overall quality of graduates' skills.
    Graduates will express confidence in the overall quality of their skills.
    Of those pursuing employment, students will be gainfully employed within 6 months post-graduation.

Assessment data for the Radiography Program Effective Measures described in Goal #7 are available for review. Program Effectiveness Data for all JRCERT accredited Radiography Programs can be found at https://portal.jrcertaccreditation.org/summary/programannualreportlist.aspx.

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.

Program Facilities

The Radiography Program offices and classrooms are located in the Dunes
Medical/ Professional Building at IU Northwest.

Location of Clinicals

Clinical experience occur in local hospitals, including the Community Hospitals in Munster, IU Health LaPorte Hospital in LaPorte, Methodist Hospital of Gary Inc., in Gary and Merrillville, Porter Hospital in Valparaiso, Franciscan Saint Anthony Health: Crown Point, Franciscan Saint Anthony Health: Michigan City, Franciscan Saint Margaret Health in Hammond, and St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart

Additional Costs

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.

Accreditation

The Radiography Program is fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606­-3182; phone: (312) 704-5300; mail@jrcert.org; www.jrcert.org.

*Core course: A grade of C (2.0) or higher is needed before enrolling in subsequent core courses and before graduation. A description of these courses can be found in the Indiana University Northwest Bulletin.

General education courses (those without the RADS designation) can be taken before being admitted to the program.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENT:

Apply and be admitted to Indiana University Northwest.

After being admitted to the University, apply to the Radiography Program by completing an application online by January 15.

Phone: (219) 980-6540

Admissions Policies and Procedures

Curriculum

Year 1  
Summer Session I

MATH  M100/119  College Level Mathematics *  3/4
ENG  W131  Elementary Composition*  3


Total 6/7
Summer Session II

RADS  R100  Orientation to Radiologic Technology*  2
RADS  R103  Introduction to Clinical Radiography*  2
RADS  R181  Clinical Experience I*  1
RADS  R185  Medical Terminology*  1


Total 6
Fall Semester

RADS  R101  Radiographic Procedures I*  3
RADS  R102  Principles of Radiography I*  3
RADS  R182  Clinical Experience in Radiography II*  4
PHSL  P261  Human Anatomy & Physiology I  4


Total 14
Spring Semester

RADS  R201  Radiographic Procedures II*  3
RADS  R202  Principles of Radiography II*  3
RADS  R281  Clinical Experience in Radiography III*  4
PHSL  P262  Human Anatomy & Physiology II  4


Total 14


Year Total 40/41
Year 2  
Summer Session

RADS  R282  Clinical Experience in Radiography IV*  4




Fall Semester

RADS  R205  Radiographic Procedures III*  3
RADS  R222  Principles of Radiography III*  3
RADS  R250  Physics Applied to Radiography*  3
RADS  R283  Clinical Experience in Radiography V*  4
CSCI  A106  Introduction to Computing  3


Total 16
Spring Semester

RADS  R260  Radiation Biology & Protection in Diagnostic Radiology*  2
RADS  R200  Pathology*   3
RADS  R290  Comprehensive Experience*  4
PSY  P101  Introductory Psychology I  3
SPCH  S121  Public Speaking
3


Total 15


Year Total 31