As a radiographer, you’ll provide physicians and other caregivers with a literal window into a patient’s health, revealing everything from common bone fractures and pneumonia to the presence of COPD and various cancers. You’ll leverage practical knowledge of radiology and radiation safety, as well as physics, anatomy and pathology. Through a combination of classroom, lab and clinical experiences, our program builds this knowledge as we teach you to become efficient and qualified entry-level technologists.
Our program, accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, blends a classroom and lab approach. This enables you to apply your developing knowledge and skills to the care of real patients in clinical settings under the supervision of qualified technologists. The expertise you’ll gain prepares you for employment upon graduation as a radiographer in hospitals, specialty clinics and private practices.
Students in the BS in Radiologic Science program are admitted to the 3-year program. In your final year, you'll be eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists certification exam, a necessity for licensure in Connecticut and most states. Once licensed, your options are open for starting your career or applying to a graduate program. Quinnipiac offers an MHS in Radiologist Assistant and an MHS in Advanced Medical Imaging and Leadership if you wish to pursue a more advanced degree, giving you a competitive edge in the health care industry.MHS in Advanced Medical Imaging and Leadership MHS in Radiologist Assistant
Images of the past
A trip to an archeological site proved to a group of radiological sciences students that their skills are in high demand in places other than a hospital’s x-ray lab.
The trip paired Quinnipiac students with Irish radiography students from University College Dublin as they took X-rays of coffins and human remains dating as far back as the early 1700s. Using state-of-the-art imaging equipment, they were able to determine age, cause of death and exactly when the deceased was buried.
The team will present their findings before lead researchers and field experts at the Society for American Archaeology next year.
“It isn't often that we get to play around with our modality like this,” said radiologic sciences major Emily Paul ’18. “I hope to continue immersing myself in this type of imaging.”Read the full story
Curriculum and Requirements
BS in Radiologic Sciences Curriculum
The designated Radiologic Sciences course curriculum is subject to modification as deemed necessary to maintain a high-quality educational experience. The Academic Standing and Progression Committee recommendations regarding student progression, discipline or dismissal will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
|General Biology I
and General Biology I Lab 1
|EN 101||Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing 2||3|
|FYS 101||First-Year Seminar||3|
|MA 275||Biostatistics 2||3|
or PHY 101
|Fundamentals of General, Organic and Biological Chemistry I 3
or Elements of Physics
or PHY 101L
|Fundamentals of General, Organic and Biological Chemistry I Lab
or Elements of Physics Lab
|RS 100||Fundamentals of Diagnostic Imaging||1|
|General Biology II
and General Biology Lab II 1
|UC Elective 4||3|
|EN 102||Academic Writing and Research 2||3|
|RS 101||Introduction to Diagnostic Imaging||3|
|Online or on campus:|
|Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab I
|Radiographic Image Production and Evaluation
and Radiographic Image Production and Evaluation Lab I
|Radiographic Procedures I
and Laboratory Practicum I
|Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
|Radiographic Procedures II
and Laboratory Practicum II
|Radiographic Image Production and Evaluation II
and Radiological Processing and Exposure Lab
|RS 250||Radiologic Clinical Education I||2|
|Methods of Patient Care
and Methods of Patient Care Lab
|RS 253||Radiologic Clinical Education II||4|
|RS 201||Human Anatomy Imaging I||1|
|RS 260||Radiographic Physics and Instrumentation||3|
|Radiographic Procedures III
and Laboratory Practicum III
|RS 254||Radiologic Clinical Education IV||3|
|RS 318||Pathology for Imaging Sciences||3|
|RS 414||Research: Analysis and Critique (DMS 414)||3|
|RS 336||Pharmacology for the Radiographer||2|
|RS 202||Human Anatomy Imaging II||1|
|RS 215||Radiation Safety and Protection||3|
|RS 255||Radiologic Clinical Education||3|
|Advanced Radiographic Procedures IV
and Laboratory Practicum
|RS 499||Capstone (DMS 499)||3|
BIO 101– BIO 102 are required courses for the Radiologic Sciences program and may be used to meet the university core sciences requirement.
Initial placement in the English and mathematics courses is determined by placement examination and an evaluation of high school units presented. The minimum mathematics requirement is MA 275 or its equivalent.
Associated lab is required for both Chemistry and Physics. CHE 110 or PHY 110 with lab are acceptable to fulfill the requirement. Students may take the lab in the fall or spring of their first year.
If taking Chemistry or Physics in the spring, this UC elective should be taken in the fall semester.
All radiologic sciences course requirements must be completed in the appropriate semester as indicated above.
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Student and Program Outcomes
2017 Student Outcomes
- ARRT Credentialing Examination first-time pass rate - 100% (26/26)
- Job placement rate – 100% (18/18)
- Program completion – 96% (26/27)
- The 5-year ARRT credentialing examination pass rate from 2013-2017 is 96% for first-time examinees (146 students passed of 152 students on their first attempt).
- The 5-year job placement rate from May 2013-May 2017 is 92% (59 of 64 students actively seeking employment obtained jobs). Prior to May 2015, this was based on those seeking employment after earning a certificate and did not include those students continuing at the university to complete their bachelor’s degree as full-time students.
- Due to an update to the ARRT eligibility requirements effective January 2015, students must earn their degree to be board eligible. Upon graduation, students will have met the bachelor degree requirements and may actively seek employment. This statistic does not include those students pursuing graduate degrees as full-time students.
- The ARRT defines “not actively seeking employment” as a graduate who fails to communicate with the program regarding employment status after multiple attempts, a graduate unwilling to seek employment that requires relocation, a graduate unwilling to accept employment due to salary or hours, a graduate on active military duty, or a graduate continuing their education.
Qualifications and Requirements
The BS in Radiologic Sciences is a rigorous program that places specific demands on its students. As stated in the mission of the program, graduates of the program will meet the needs of the community as efficient and highly qualified professionals.
The technical qualifications set forth by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists combined with the Program’s views provides a guide to the essential qualities necessary to pursue a career in Radiologic Sciences as well as meet the expectations of the programs accrediting body (Joint Review Committee on Education of Radiologic Technologists (JRCERT).
Students in the program will be required to verify their understanding and compliance with the technical standards, or their belief that with reasonable accommodations these standards can be met, through reading, signing and returning the form to the Program Director.
In addition students are made aware of the program’s progression policy, health requirements to attend clinical internships and fees incurred. More detailed information can be found by downloading the PDF below.