Radiologic Technology

Radiologic Technology is a health care profession involving the use of ionizing radiation to generate diagnostic images in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. The radiographer is a critical member of the health care team who is called upon to render compassionate patient care, insure safe radiation protection practices and apply technical knowledge in the operation of specialized imaging equipment. An imaging professional must be, above all, a caring individual who possesses the ability to work independently, exercise sound judgment and employ critical thinking skills. The field offers high growth opportunities and is constantly evolving through the application of computers and emerging technologies.

Mission Statement

To provide an intellectually stimulating and challenging environment where competency based education in radiography is focused on the needs of the patient and intended to produce competent and progressive imaging professionals of the highest caliber.

Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Goal: Graduates will be clinically competent.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Students will demonstrate competency in radiographic positioning

Students will demonstrate competency in radiation protection

Students will demonstrate appropriate patient care

Goal: Graduates will communicate in an effective manner.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Students will demonstrate effective written communication skills

Students will demonstrate effective oral communication skills

Students will demonstrate effective communication skills with patients

Goal: Graduates will apply critical thinking skills.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Students will demonstrate appropriate image analysis competency

Students will adapt to changing workloads and complete assignments on time

Students will demonstrate an ability to perform non-routine procedures

Goal: Graduates will demonstrate professionalism.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Students will present a professional appearance in the clinical education settings

Students will accept constructive criticism and guidance in a manner to aid their professional growth

Employers will indicate that graduates conduct themselves in an ethical and professional manner

Program Description

The associate of applied science degree in radiologic technology is a two-year (six sequential trimesters including summers) program that prepares students for entry-level positions as radiographers. The program starts once per year in the Spring Trimester. Students must complete 24 credits of general education requirements and 55 credits of major core courses. The curriculum is designed in accordance with the Radiography Curriculum established by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. Academic courses include radiographic positioning, radiation physics, principles of radiographic exposure, and other specialized topics. The program is designed around a model of classroom and laboratory instruction integrated with hands-on experience in a clinical setting that provides a thorough educational foundation and professional preparation to enter the workforce as an independent practitioner upon graduation. Students are required by Arizona state statute to complete 1800 practicum hours within the 2 years. The Radiologic Technology course of study is a demanding experience and involves a full-time commitment of up to 40 hours per week plus homework. Clinical obligations include the burden of travel. Although the program maintains clinical affiliations throughout the region and makes every effort to place students in clinical education settings located within a reasonable driving distance the potential exists that students may have to travel long distances to complete clinical assignments. Students must maintain a minimum of a C average to remain in the program. Students must be adequately prepared to meet the challenge and establish priorities prior to the start of classes.


The Radiologic Technology Program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities. The program is also accredited with the:

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology

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Graduates of the program are eligible to:

  1. Receive an AAS degree in Radiologic Technology

  2. Sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists examination (ARRT)

  3. Apply for an Arizona license to practice radiography – CRT (Certified Radiologic Technologist)


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