Radiologic Technology Degree
Radiologic Technology Degree
Available at these Campuses: Bridgeview
For a real insider’s look at the medical community, there’s no better option than to enroll in a radiologic technology program.
One of the biggest indicators of success in the medical field today is having specialized, industry-specific training that makes you a valuable part of the health care team. General skills typically only take you as far as the front desk—if you want to go behind the scenes and up the ladder, you’ll need specialty skills that matter.
Earning a radiologic technology degree is a perfect example of this. For two years, you can focus your studies on performing diagnostic imaging exams, learning how to take x-rays and CT scans, and working as a liaison between patients and their physicians. The result is an associate in applied science degree that sets you apart in the medical community and puts you on a firm path to success.
The Northwestern College Approach
At Northwestern College, we offer flexible class times, adult-focused education, and an environment that’s committed to your success. That’s because in addition to a quality education, we focus on students from all walks of life. If your goal is a dynamic, well-paid career that places you alongside other medical experts, we’ll do what it takes to get you there.
We start by providing a solid curriculum that has been accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Students are trained in an interactive environment that’s designed to emulate the working world, and on the same equipment currently in use in top medical facilities around the world.
From there, it’s all about specialization. Once you’ve acquired your radiologic technology degree, you can go on to do more intensive training to acquire skills in:
- Magnetic resonance imaging
- Radiation therapy
- Nuclear medicine
- Cardiac catheterization
- Medical sonography
- Computed tomography
And because graduates of our radiologic technology program are eligible to sit for the national certifying exam administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), we see many of our alumni go on to enjoy lucrative careers they can be proud of.
Seeing Through to the Future
Take the first step in your radiologic technology training by contacting our administrative team today. We’ll walk you through the program requirements and expectations, introducing you to the field of radiology and all it has to offer.
Specialized training, comprehensive support, and a future you can look forward to—all of it is possible, and all of it is much closer than you realize.
Upon completion of the program, it is expected that students will be able to:
- Be clinically competent entry-level radiographers
- Communicate effectively
- Use critical thinking and problem-solving skills
- Evidence professional responsibility, development, and lifelong learning
As a radiography student, you will enjoy classes such as:
This course introduces the beginning student to the anatomical planes of the body and positioning terminology. Radiographic anatomy, the principles of radiographic positioning, procedural steps, and radiographic image evaluation for the following anatomical areas are covered: visceral thorax, abdomen, and upper extremities. Mobile, pediatric, and geriatric radiography are also topics that are covered in this course.
Students are introduced to the principles of, and the reasons for, radiation protection. The responsibilities of the radiographer and protective measures for patients, personnel, and the public are studied. Also covered is discussion of the sources of radiation, the units of radiation measurement, and federal and state radiation health and safety regulations.
Students will study the classification, origin, symptoms, and radiographic manifestation of diseases. There is an emphasis on body conditions as they relate to radiographic examination of the patient and the selection of appropriate exposure factors.
Program Effectiveness Data
National Certification Exam Pass Rate
Within the most recent five-year period of (2010 – 2015)
- 109 graduates from the Radiologic Technology program took the national certification exam for the first time
- 85 of the 109 graduates passed the national certification examination on their first attempt
- This represents a five-year average pass rate of 78% for graduates taking the national certification exam for the first time
Within the most recent five-year period (2010 – 2015)
- 85 graduates actively sought employment within 12-months of finishing the program
- 71 of the 85 graduates found employment
- This represents a five-year average job rate of 84%
In the most recent graduating class (2015)
- 31 students initially enrolled
- 26 students graduated
- This represents an 84% program completion rate
Accreditations and Approvals
Northwestern College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, 230 S. LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604, (312) 263-0456, www.hlcommission.org.
The Radiologic Technology Associate in Applied Science Degree is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) www.jrcert.org.
Northwestern College is approved for veterans training under the G.I. Bill for Veterans Educational Assistance.
Making College Affordable
At Northwestern College, we help our students understand their college costs and how to pay for them. We also, understand that applying for financial aid can seem a little confusing and overwhelming, and want to make the process of applying for financial aid as easy as possible. That’s why our Financial Assistance Representatives are available to meet with you to help you understand financial aid and help you navigate through the application process.
Northwestern College participates in several different types of financial aid programs to enable our Financial Assistant Department to offer you the best possible combination of aid awards. We participate in both the Federal Student Aid Programs and Illinois State MAP Program, along with other miscellaneous financial aid programs from various sources (including Veterans Programs).
Most of our students receive some form of financial assistance. We work hard to help you find the money you need to finance your education, guiding you through the financial aid process and helping you explore different financial aid options. Grants, loans, scholarships, and work-study will assist you in paying for a college education. Read on to learn more about these opportunities.
Remember, you can always contact the Financial Assistant Department at any time and speak with one of our Financial Assistance Representatives if you have any questions regarding the financial aid process. We look forward to helping you!
Grants are need-based awards funded by the federal or state government. Grants are funds that do not require repayment.
For many students and parents, loans represents an important resource to help finance educational expenses. Northwestern College participates in the federal student loan program which allows students and their parents to borrow money to help meet their educational costs. A loan is a borrowed money that is expected to be paid back with interest. When you take out a student loan, you are making a legal obligation to repay the loan, so carefully consider the amount you borrow. Be a responsible borrower and borrow only what you need.
Northwestern College offers a variety of scholarships to students. The internal scholarships and tuition discounts that we offer are sums of money that do not require repayment. See which ones you qualify for.
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