The Radiologic Technology program offers a two-year curriculum leading to an Associate of Science degree. Radiologic Technology is the field of study which utilizes radiation to provide images of tissues, organs, bones and vessels of the human body in the diagnosis of disease and injury. The radiographer performs diversified radiologic procedures utilizing highly technical equipment. Effective radiographers apply principles of radiation protection as they determine exposure factors during the performance of examinations. The radiographer is the person responsible for providing basic patient care while producing radiographic images of optimum quality. This healthcare professional works in close association with the radiologist, a physician specializing in this science.
The University of Saint Francis' Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology Degree Program consists of four semesters and two eight-week summer sessions. It is based upon the curriculum recommended by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists which is incorporated into the Standards for an Accredited Educational Program in Radiologic Sciences.
Students receive classroom instruction at the University of Saint Francis and clinical experience in various hospital and clinical radiology areas. Progression through the competency-based program is accomplished by means of didactic instruction, laboratory demonstration and practice, and clinical experience.
The Radiologic Technology Program conducts the majority of classes during the daytime hours. Students will be required to complete some clinical assignments in the evening.
Various options exist to complete the two-year sequence of classes. Accepted students will develop their individualized plan of completion under the direction of a faculty advisor based upon their placement test scores and their previous academic background. Clinical enrollment is limited. Acceptance into the radiography program does not guarantee an automatic placement into a clinical course.
Once students enter the clinical course sequence they are considered full-time radiography students and must complete the curriculum as outlined. Policies exist concerning attendance, standards of conduct, withdrawal, academic standards, clinical education, etc., and are published in the Department's Student Handbook. The student will receive the Student Handbook at orientation.