Undergraduate Catalog: 2019-20

Radiologic Technology AS

University of Saint Francis’ Radiologic Technology program consists of four semesters and two summer sessions. It is based upon the curriculum recommended by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, which is recognized in the Standards for an Accredited Educational program in Radiologic Sciences.

Students receive classroom instruction at the university and clinical experience in various hospital and clinical radiology areas. Progression through the competency-based program is accomplished by means of didactic instruction, laboratory demonstration and practice, and clinical experience. The Radiologic Technology program conducts the majority of classes during the daytime hours. Students will be required to complete some clinical assignments on evenings.

Various options exist to complete the two-year sequence of classes.  Accepted students will develop their individualized plan of completion under the direction of a faculty advisor based upon their placement test scores and their previous academic background.  Clinical enrollment is limited. Acceptance into the radiography program does not guarantee an automatic placement into a clinical course. Once students enter the clinical course sequence they are considered full-time radiography students and must complete the curriculum as outlined. Policies exist concerning attendance, standards of conduct, withdrawal, academic standards, clinical policies, etc., and are published in the Student Handbook. The student will receive the Student Handbook at orientation.

Program Goals

  • Prepare individuals for entry level radiologic technology practice as radiographers with knowledge and experience in the specialized areas of radiology.
  • Deliver a competency-based curriculum and instructional delivery system, which stresses the application of theory to the realities of the clinical setting.
  • Develop habits of critical thinking and scholarship that leads to effective practice.
  • Provide the foundational knowledge and experience in various healthcare settings for the development of effective communication skills.
  • Assist students in internalizing the values, attitudes and professional behaviors necessary to promote the standards of the profession.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Associate of Science degree program in Radiologic Technology will:

  • Be prepared for their first position in the field.
  • Be skilled practitioners, producing diagnostic images with regard to patient care and radiation protection practices.
  • Be able to improve their practice through a process of discovery, analysis and application.
  • Be capable of communicating effectively in personal and professional interactions.
  • Possess professional behaviors that contribute to professional excellence.

Licensure/Certification

Graduates of the program are eligible to take the national exam offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Approval to sit for the national boards will not be granted until the student has completed all of the requirements for graduation. Successful completion of the examination entitles the graduate to practice as a registered radiologic technologist radiographer.

In the state of Indiana, legislation prohibits the operation of X-ray equipment by unqualified personnel. Students in the program must apply for and be issued a permit through the Indiana State Department of Health in order to complete the program’s clinical requirements.  In addition, Indiana’s licensure law states that students of radiography programs are not to be employed in positions performing radiographic examinations.

Certification through the Indiana State Department of Health is required for technologists who seek employment in this state. A radiologic technologist who passes the ARRT examination automatically qualifies for state certification upon submission of an application and payment of the licensing fee.

Degree Requirements

The AS in Radiologic Technology requires 72 credit hours. At least 55 percent of the total credit hour requirement for the degree must be completed at the University of Saint Francis. In addition, each student must demonstrate completion of the program’s clinical outline and meet all university associate degree requirements.

Program of Studies

  • Departmental Core, 48 hours:  RAD 164, 166, 167, 168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 265, 274, 275, 276, 266, 267, 278, 279
  • General Education: 21 hours with directed courses including: BIOL 221 and 222, ENGL 101, PSYCH 121, MATH 133, 3 cr. hrs. in THEO 105, and 3 cr. hrs. of a general elective.

Admission Requirements

The University of Saint Francis accepts a limited number of students each year into this academically competitive program. Candidates will be considered for admission to the program who:

  1. Have three years of college preparatory math in high school including two years of algebra or an equivalent college level course in algebra.
  2. Follow a college preparatory curriculum including four years of English, three years of mathematics, two years of social sciences, and three years of a laboratory science.
  3. Submit a candidate’s statement.
  4. Submit all previous academic transcripts of attempted coursework and upon review:
    • Demonstrates that no course in the required general education has been repeated more than once for successful completion in the last two years.
    • Displays only one semester of academic credit that is between 2.0 and 2.7 on a 4.0 scale in the last two years of course work.
  5. Meet one of the following criteria for admission:
    • SAT exam scores for admission are 1080 or higher.
    • ACT composite score of 19 or higher.
    • Students who have not taken the SAT or ACT will be required to take the Psychological Services Bureau’s Health Occupations Aptitude Examination. A fee is assessed for the standardized testing of applicants.
    • Attain a GPA of 3.2 or higher while taking a minimum of 12 semester hours of coursework at USF.
  6. Meet one of the following:
    • Graduate from an accredited high school with a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or above. Students who did not graduate from high school must have completed the General Education Development (GED) tests, with a composite score of at least 2,500 and no subscore below 500.
    • Earn 12 or more credit hours, in applicable college subjects, as either a pre-radiologic technology student or a transfer student with cumulative   GPA of 2.7 or above. At least three credits must be from a biological or physical science course with a lab component.
    • Possess an associate or higher level degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher.
  7. Demonstrate good moral and ethical character.

The determination of acceptance to the Radiologic Technology program will be made after the individual review of each applicant’s file. Additional information may be requested of the individual applicant prior to a decision being made. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to admit a student on a one-semester probationary status. Any students enrolled in the current semester will be admitted conditionally, until the receipt of semester grades.

Students who meet only one of the above radiologic technology admission criterion may be admitted as a pre-radiologic technology student.  Applicants to the program will be considered only once after an initial denial has been issued.

Prior to enrollment in the first clinical course, the accepted student must submit proof of a physical exam, required immunizations and ability to meet technical standards required of healthcare students.  In addition, proof of certification in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation is required and a current Criminal Background History must be completed.  Negative information found in the criminal background check could result in the affiliating agencies withholding the clinical experience.  If this were to happen, the student cannot complete all aspects of the program and would be dismissed from the program.

Enrollment in the Radiologic Technology program is based on available resources. Students who are attending the university and meet program requirements for acceptance will have the first opportunity to register for clinical courses. It is never a guarantee that an accepted student automatically has a place in the clinical course. Placement in RAD 168, Clinical Education I, occurs after the issuance of spring semester grades and is based upon the following: date of acceptance to the program, GPA and number of required general education hours completed, either at the university or transferred.

Progression Requirements 

To be in good academic standing, students must maintain a GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, a grade of 85 percent or higher in all professional courses, a “C” or higher in general education courses and achieve all clinical competencies required in each semester or summer session to advance in the program.

Graduation Requirements

All students will complete required credits indicated in the program’s curriculum plan with a cumulative GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale for eligibility to graduate.

Misdemeanor or Felony Convictions 

Eligibility for examination to become certified in radiology requires that the candidate be of good moral character. Conviction of a misdemeanor or felony may indicate lack of good moral character for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists’ (ARRT) purposes. Pre-application review procedures are in place to allow individuals who are not yet enrolled in an educational program to determine if a conviction would interfere with exam eligibility. Pre-Application Review forms may be requested from the Department of Regulatory Services at the ARRT office or can be obtained online at http://www.arrt.org. 

Completion Track 

Radiologic Technologists who are graduates of accredited certificate programs may complete requirements of the Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology degree at the University of Saint Francis. Applicants for this completion option must meet both the university and program admissions requirements. Applicants must be registered and in good standing with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Individuals who are registry eligible will be examined on an individual basis. Accepted candidates into this option will be awarded 46 credit hours for their certification status and must complete the core of general education courses. Fifty-five percent of the general education courses must be completed at the University of Saint Francis.