Radiologic Technology Degree
Radiologic Technology Degree
Available at these Campuses: Bridgeview
For a real insider’s look at the medical imaging 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 and marketable member of the health care team. Our program is committed to professionalism, patient care, safety, and caring for our patients with empathy and compassion.
You will focus your studies on performing diagnostic imaging exams, learning how to take x-rays and working as a liaison between patients and their physicians. The result is an associate of applied science degree that sets you apart in the medical community and puts you on a firm path to success.
Program Mission Statement
The radiography program of Northwestern College is committed to excellence in radiologic technology education and its administration. Consistent with the mission of Northwestern College to “provide employers with well-prepared graduates,” the purpose of the program is to graduate competent and caring entry-level radiographers to meet the health care needs of our community.
The Northwestern College Approach
At Northwestern College, we offer flexible class times, adult-focused education, and an environment that’s committed to your success. In addition to a quality education, we focus on students from all walks of life. If your goal is to be a dynamic, competent, well-paid radiographer that places you alongside other medical experts, we’ll do what it takes to get you there.
Our program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (www.JRCERT.org). Our students learn in an interactive environment that’s designed to emulate the working world, and on the same equipment currently in use in top medical facilities.
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.
Program Goals and Outcomes
Consistent with its mission statement, the goals of the program are that graduates/students will:
- Be clinically competent entry level radiographers.
- Communicate effectively.
- Use critical thinking and problem solving skills.
- Evidence the importance of professional responsibility, development and lifelong learning.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:
- Apply positioning skills, practice radiation safety, and evaluate radiographic images as clinically competent entry level radiographers.
- Use of effective oral communication skills and practice effective writing skills, in both the laboratory and classroom setting.
- Select radiographic technical factors and perform non-routine radiographic procedures using critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
- Demonstrate professional behavior and prepare for initial employment and career advancement evidencing the importance of professional growth and development.
The program provides didactic, laboratory, and clinical practicum instruction. Radiography curriculum includes courses such as: anatomy and positioning, patient care, radiation protection, radiation physics, digital imaging critique and evaluation, medical terminology, medical ethics, radiobiology, pathology, registry review and professional development.
Program Effectiveness Data
Radiologic Technology Associate of Applied Science Degree Program
Data from 2016 Annual Report to JRCERT
Reporting period 2012 – 2016
National Certification Exam Pass Rate
- 110 graduates from the Radiologic Technology program took the national certification exam for the first time
- 86 of the 110 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
- 77 graduates in the period from 2012 – 2016 actively sought employment within 12-months of finishing the program
- 61 of the 77 graduates found employment
- This represents a five-year average employment rate of 79%
2016 Graduating Class
- 24 students initially enrolled in the 2016 graduating class
- 22 students from the 2016 class graduated31 students initially enrolled
- 92% of the students initially enrolled in the 2016 graduating class completed the program
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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