The radiation sciences program prepares the student to be a radiographer: a health care professional that uses radiation to produce images of the human body. Graduates of the program are employed in hospitals, clinics, physician’s offices, medical laboratories, government agencies and industry.

Coursework in the Associate of Applied Science in Radiation Sciences degree program includes:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Clinical rotations to area healthcare facilities
  • Pathology, physics
  • Patient care and management
  • Quality assurance
  • Radiographic procedures
  • Radiographic exposure
  • Radiation protection
  • Radiobiology

Graduates of the program are eligible to apply to take the American Registry of Radiographic Technologists’ National exam (ARRT) for certification and registration. Beginning in 2015, students who do not have an associate’s, bachelor’s or other degree must earn one prior to taking the ARRT.

Learn more about careers in radiation technology.

Our Mission

To graduate students with the entry-level employment skills required of a radiologic technologist.

Our Goals

  • Students will demonstrate clinical competency.
  • Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills.
  • Students will communicate effectively.
  • Students will demonstrate professional growth and development.

Student Outcomes

  • Students will apply radiation protection in accordance with ALARA
  • Students will apply positioning skills in the clinical setting
  • Students will set technical factors and operate radiographic equipment in the clinical setting
  • Students will adapt positioning for trauma patients
  • Students will set appropriate exposure factors for non-routine procedures/positions
  • Students will demonstrate effective oral communication skills
  • Students will demonstrate effective written communication skills
  • Students will conduct themselves professionally in clinical settings
  • Students will demonstrate a desire for career advancement

Resources

Learn about JRCERT accreditation at:

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, Illinois 60606-3182
(312) 704.5300
mail@jrcert.org
www.jrcert.org

For more information and course offerings and professional credentials, please call 804-765-5800.

Radiation Sciences Examination Pass Rates

The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) is the world's largest credentialing organization that seeks to ensure high quality patient care in radiologic technology. The organization tests and certifies technologist and administers continuing education and ethics requirements for their annual registration.

The purpose of the ARRT Examination in Radiography is to assess the knowledge and cognitive skills underlying the intelligent performance of tasks typically required of the staff technologist at entry into the profession.

  • 2018 - 88%
  • 2017 - 100% 
  • 2016 - 100% 
  • 2015 - 100%
  • 2014 - 100%

Radiation Sciences Disclosures

Clinical Education Requirements

Students will be completing clinical experiences at several clinical sites and are responsible for transportation to and from each site. Clinical hours are scheduled for 6 to 8 hours per day, Monday thru Friday between 8 am and 11 pm.

Program Effectiveness Data

YearARRT Pass RateARRT Pass Rate 5 Year AverageJob Placement Rate AnnualJob Placement Rate 5 Year AverageProgram Completion Rate
201814/16 88%14/16 97%16/16 100%16/16 95%16/17 94%
201712/12 100%12/12 100%10/12 83%10/12 95%12/18 67%
201618/18 100%18/18 99%16/16 100%16/16 96%18/18 100%
201510/10 100%10/10 99%9/10 90%9/10 92%12/18 67%
201414/14 100%14/14 98%12/12 100%12/12 96%14/18 78%

*The JRCERT has defined not actively seeking employment as: 1) graduate fails to communicate with program officials regarding employment status after multiple attempts, 2) graduate is unwilling to seek employment that requires relocation, 3) graduate is unwilling to accept employment due to salary or hours, 4) graduate is on active military duty, and/or 5) graduate is continuing education.

Southside College of Health Sciences Associate's degree in Radiologic Technology/Science
Radiographer Program Length: 72 weeks

Students Graduating on Time

94% of Title IV students complete the program within 72 weeks

Program Costs*

$15,810 for tuition and fees
$1,700 for books and supplies

Other Costs

Registration fee: $100
Screening fee: $80
CastleBanch: $94.50
SOARS: $130
Graduation fee: $450

*The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change.

Students Borrowing Money

The typical graduate leaves with $6,156 in debt
The typical monthly loan payment is $63 per month in student loans with an interest rate of 4.45%.

Graduates Who Got Jobs

100% of program graduates got jobs according to the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools job placement rate.

Program graduates are employed in the following fields:

Licensure Requirements

Program meets licensure requirements in:

  • Virginia

Additional Information

No additional information provided

Date Created 4/3/2018
These disclosures are required by the U.S. Department of Education

Resources

Learn about JRCERT accreditation at:

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, Illinois 60606-3182
312.704.5300
mail@jrcert.org
www.jrcert.org

For more information and course offerings and professional credentials, please call 804-765-5800.