Associate Degree in Radiography

Develop expertise in a high-demand healthcare field.

Join the fast-growing field of radiography and serve an essential role in diagnosing patients. As a radiographer, you will perform diagnostic imaging, such as X-rays, to aid doctors in properly treating patients. Radiographers must be highly trained in the technical administration of radiation and imaging equipment, as well as skilled in patient care. Radiographers have a range of job opportunities in acute, ambulatory, long-term healthcare settings, and physicians’ offices, with patients of all ages and medical needs.

About the Program

Program Length: 2-3 years
Courses: 72 credits
Degree: Associate of Science in Radiography

The associate degree in radiography at St. Vincent’s College at Sacred Heart University equips you with the foundational skills and knowledge for a career in radiography. Combining sciences with the humanities, our curriculum not only readies you for entry-level work in the medical field, it also prepares you for lifelong learning. Program coursework covers a range of topics in the radiologic sciences, including:

  • Basic equipment operation
  • Quality control
  • Radiation protection
  • X-ray circuits
  • Digital imaging
  • Specialized modality imaging

Mission

The mission of the Program in Radiography is derived from the mission of St. Vincent’s College at Sacred Heart University. It has as its focus the education of radiographers who provide diagnostic services for the sick and sick poor. It provides a sound and stable educational environment where a diverse student population has the freedom to learn and grow intellectually, as well as develop competencies in clinical skills. Faculty members are qualified and caring teachers and radiography educators who are dedicated to excellence in radiography education, healthcare, life-long learning and the mission of the College. The Program in Radiography establishes a technical educational foundation upon which students of radiography may continue to build their professional careers. The radiography curriculum is built upon a foundation drawn from the biological, physical and social sciences, as well as the humanities.

Radiography courses include classroom, college laboratory, and clinical experiences. Graduates must successfully complete a minimum of 72 credits for the radiography major.

Upon successful completion of the program, the student receives an Associate in Science Degree with a major in radiography and is eligible to take the ARRT examination for registration and licensure.  All students are expected to take the review course for the registry examination, arranged by the radiography program, prior to sitting for the exam. Section 19A-14 of the Connecticut General Statutes authorizes the Department of Public Health and Addiction Services to deny licensure to applicants who may be addicted to drugs or alcohol or who have been disciplined in other states or who have been convicted of a felony. Candidates for licensure in Connecticut will be asked questions pertaining to these matters during the licensure application process. Graduates of the program, after receiving professional licensure, are qualified to assume entry-level positions in acute, ambulatory healthcare settings, mobile radiography services and physicians’ offices.

Admission to the radiography major is based on the successful fulfillment of the College admission requirements.  Admission requirement for the radiography major is high school chemistry and biology or the equivalent within the past five years with a grade of “C+” or better. Students must successfully complete the following coursework prior to entering the radiography sequence: BIO 206 & 208 A&P I, BIO 207 & 209 A & P II, MA 106 College Algebra, and FS 103 English Composition.

Clinical Experience

Ample clinical experience in local healthcare facilities and on-site skills laboratory work allow you to apply what you learn in the classroom to a real-world setting. Clinical experiences are provided at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Griffin Hospital, Stamford Hospital, and at healthcare facilities throughout the Bridgeport and Stamford-area communities.

Program Objectives

The Program Objectives of the associate in science with a major in radiography are as follows:

The graduates of the radiography program will:

  1. Demonstrate charity and respect for the human dignity and rights of all individuals.*(G4)
  2. Function as beginning technologists in the health care delivery system.*(G 1, 3 & 5)
  3. Provide diagnostic services with related teaching in structured health care settings.
  4. Demonstrate accountability for legal and ethical practice.*(G1)
  5. Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for personal and professional behavior.*(G4)
  6. Participate in professional activities and continuing education, consistent with the standards of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.*(G4)

*Student Learning Outcome Goals

Review detailed Student Learning Outcome Goals and the Program Assessment Plan.

“As a Radiologic Technologist, you are using your skills to help patients get the diagnoses they need to successfully be treated for their illnesses or injuries. There is no better feeling than knowing you contributed to a person’s well-being and possibly saving a life.” – Gina Petrillo, A.S. in Radiography 2018

Curriculum

The classes completed and time for completing the program varies by student, based on transfer credits and other unique factors. The program plan below is an example to help you envision your schedule in the radiography program.

View the Undergraduate Catalog for course descriptions.

Fall Term I Spring Term I Fall Term II Spring Term II Summer Session Fall Term III Spring Term III
Anatomy & Physiology I Anatomy & Physiology II Radiography 101 Radiography 112 Radiography 200 Radiography 221 Radiography 232
English Composition Ethics Religion Information Systems Physics Humanities Elective
College Algebra Sociology
Psychology

Accreditation

The A.S. in Radiography program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606–3182.(312-704-5300)