Associate in Applied Science in Radiography

Division of Health Sciences — Curriculum Code 2105

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree
(Also see General Science A.S. Degree Program)
Why major in Radiography?

Radiography involves assisting in the diagnosis and management of human illness by producing diagnostic images (also called radiographs or x-rays) of the structures in the body. Students receive hands-on training in radiographic procedures and imaging modalities and in operating room and fluoroscopic procedures. Graduates of the program become eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Board examination for National Registration in addition to the New Jersey State licensure. Upon licensure, graduates will qualify to work with physicians in offices, clinics, and hospitals. As a radiographer, you can specialize in mammography, computed tomography (CT), digital vascular imaging (angiography), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Related jobs can be found in manufacturing firms and medical supply companies. The Radiography program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), 20 N Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, 60606 and by the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners.

If I major in Radiography, can I transfer to an upper-division college or university?

The Radiography degree program is job-oriented and not designed for transfer to a bachelor’s program. However, colleges and universities, including Thomas Edison State College and Rutgers University School of Health Related Professions, may apply most or all of the credits earned in this program towards a bachelor’s degree.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

All students – even transfer students – must first apply to the College (a General Science major-curriculum code: 0603 is recommended) before applying for admission to the Radiography Program. Admission into the professional component of the program is very competitive. Completion of prerequisites and the submission of an application do not automatically guarantee admission. Transcripts from other institutions must be evaluated by ECC Enrollment Services prior to review of the Radiography program application. The strict application deadline is April 30 for enrollment in the following fall semester. The following are the minimum standards for admission into the Radiography program:

  • Be at college level in reading, English, and mathematics, which may require the completion of developmental courses (e.g., RDG 096, ENG 096, and/or MTH 092) based on placement test scores.
  • Successfully complete the following program pre-requisite courses with a grade of “C” or better in each: BIO 121 Anatomy & Physiology I, ENG 101 College Composition I, MTH 100 Introduction to College Mathematics or any other college-level math, and HSC 109 Medical Terminology.
  • Have a college GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Perform satisfactorily – score at least 50 – on the ‘TEAS for AH’ (Test of Essential Academic Skills for Allied Health), which is scheduled annually in the spring. (All applicants will be notified by mail about the scheduled exam date and process for registration.)
How long will it take me to complete this degree?

If you do not need developmental coursework and have completed the pre-requisite courses for admission, you will complete the professional phase of the program in 22 months by following the recommended sequence of courses specified in the program schedule and by earning a grade of “C” or better in all RTC courses.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Division at (973) 877-3293.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
  • Demonstrate skill and competence of an entry-level radiographer;
  • Demonstrate effective and appropriate communication with diverse ethno-cultural patients and other health care professionals;
  • Demonstrate appropriate problem solving and critical thinking skills in the health care setting; and
  • Demonstrate appropriate behavior in providing quality patient care.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (22 - 23 credits)

Written & Oral Communication (6 credits)
ENG 101 (3 credits)
ENG 102 (3 credits)

Quantitative Knowledge & Skills (3 – 4 credits)
Choose one of the following math courses: MTH 100, MTH 101, MTH 103, MTH 109, MTH 113, MTH 114, MTH 119, MTH 120, MTH 121, MTH 122, MTH 127, MTH 136, MTH 221, MTH 222, or MTH 239 (one 3- or 4-credit course)

Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning (4 credits)
BIO 121 (4 credits)

Society & Human Behavior (6 credits)
PSY 101 (3 credits)
SOC 101 (3 credits)

Historical Perspective (3 credits)
Choose one of the following history courses: HST 101, HST 102, HST 111, HST 112, HST 121, HST 122, HST 131, HST 132, HST 134, HST 135, HST 136, HST 137, HST 161, or HST 162 (one 3-credit course)

MAJOR COURSE REQUIREMENTS (50 credits)

BIO 122 Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credits)
HSC 109 Medical Terminology (3 credits)
RTC 100 Radiologic Technology I (2 credits)
RTC 101 Radiologic Positioning Principles I (4 credits)
RTC 103 Patient Care/Ethics (2 credits)
RTC 104 Radiation Protection (2 credits)
RTC 105 Radiologic Technology II (2 credits)
RTC 106 Radiologic Positioning Principles II (4 credits)
RTC 107 Contrast Media (Pharmacology) (2 credits)
RTC 108 Clinical Radiography I (1 credit)
RTC 109 Radiologic Positioning Principles III (2 credits)
RTC 110 Radiologic Advanced Positioning Principles IV (1 credit)
RTC 111 Clinical Radiography II (1 credit)
RTC 112 Clinical Radiography III (2 credits)
RTC 200 Radiographic Pathology (2 credits)
RTC 201 Radiation Biology (2 credits)
RTC 202 Clinical Radiography IV (2 credits)
RTC 203 Special Procedures (3 credits)
RTC 204 Pediatric/Geriatric Radiography (1 credit)
RTC 205 Clinical Radiography V (2 credits)
RTC 206 Clinical Radiography VI (2 credits)
RTC 207 Clinical Radiography VII (2 credits)
RTC 210 Radiography Seminar (2 credits)

Notes:
(1) The minimum passing grade for all courses designated BIO, HSC, MTH, and RTC is “C.” If you earn a grade below “C,” you need to repeat that course.
(2) BIO 121 and BIO 122 must be completed at the same institution within 5 years of application to the Radiography program.
(3) Students enrolled in the Radiography program will be subject to criminal background checks, health clearance, CPR certification, and possible drug screen at their own expense. Adverse results may disqualify students from clinical participation in which case the student will be unable to complete program requirements and, therefore, must withdraw from the Radiography Program.

RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE OF COURSES

Total Credits Required for Degree: 72 – 73

Pre-admission (Pre-requisite) Courses
ENG 101 College Composition I (3 credits)
BIO 121 Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits)
HSC 109 Medical Terminology (3 credits)
Quantitative Knowledge & Skills requirement (one 3– or 4-credit course)

Note: All pre-requisite courses must be completed by the end of the Spring semester if applying for admission to the program in the following Fall semester.

First Semester
RTC 100 Radiologic Technology I (2 credits)
RTC 101 Radiologic Positioning Principles I (4 credits)
RTC 103 Patient Care/Ethics (2 credits)
RTC 108 Clinical Radiography I (1 credit)
BIO 122 Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credits)

Second Semester
RTC 104 Radiation Protection (2 credits)
RTC 105 Radiologic Technology II (2 credits)
RTC 106 Radiologic Positioning Principles II (4 credits)
RTC 107 Contrast Media (Pharmacology) (2 credits)
RTC 111 Clinical Radiography II (1 credit)
PSY 101 General Psychology I: Personality & Social Aspects (3 credits)

Summer Session
RTC 109 Radiologic Positioning Principles III (2 credits)
RTC 110 Radiologic Advanced Positioning Principles IV (1 credit)
RTC 112 Clinical Radiography III (2 credits)
RTC 202 Clinical Radiography IV (2 credits)

Third Semester
RTC 200 Radiographic Pathology (2 credits)
RTC 201 Radiation Biology (2 credits)
RTC 205 Clinical Radiography V (2 credits)
ENG 102 College Composition II (3 credits)
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)

Fourth Semester
RTC 203 Special Procedures (3 credits)
RTC 204 Pediatric/Geriatric Radiography (1 credit)
RTC 206 Clinical Radiography VI (2 credits)
Historical Perspective requirement (one 3-credit course)

Summer Session
RTC 207 Clinical Radiography VII (2 credits)
RTC 210 Radiography Seminar (2 credits)


 

NOTES:
(1) The two General Education Integrated Course Goals, Ethical Reasoning & Action and Information Literacy, are both addressed by the required curriculum described above, regardless of specific choices made by the individual student.
(2) This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses in reading, English, and mathematics as well as other pre-requisites and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.

Radiography Student Handbook can be found at: http://www.essex.edu/academics/programs/stem/nah/radiography/

Radiography Program Mission Statement, Goals, Outcomes Assessment and Effectiveness Measures can be found at: http://www.essex.edu/academics/programs/stem/nah/radiography/

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