The A.A.S. degree program in Radiography is the study of the theory, technical skills, patient care, and techniques necessary to use radiation in the diagnosis of disease. Completion of the program can lead to employment as an X-ray technologist or radiographer in private and public hospitals, clinics, and laboratories. The A.A.S. degree in Radiography provides the necessary professional skills, progressive maturity, and the intellectual, social, and emotional values necessary for a graduate to be a trustworthy member of a healthcare team.
The program is offered at Malcolm X College and Wilbur Wright College. Malcolm X College’s program begins in the summer and Wilbur Wright College’s program begins in the fall.
Upon completion of the program of study, graduates become eligible to take the national certification exam offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). In addition, graduates may apply for a license from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency/Division of Nuclear Safety.
Admission is competitive. In order to be considered for Admission to the Radiography Associate Degree Program, a student must:
- Be at least 18 year of age.
- Have at least a 2.5 GPA.
- Provide a copy of a GED certificate if applicable.
- Provide a copy of college transcripts. Please send a copy to the college Admissions Office and a copy to the Radiography Office, or you may request a copy directly from the Registrar’s office.
- Complete the following prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better: Mathematics 118 or higher Biology 120 or Health Sciences 102
Note: Additional criteria for admission may be required. Please see your Academic Advisor on your campus to discuss all admissions requirements for the Associate in Applied Science Radiography degree program.
Physical Requirements Needed for Successful Performance in the Clinical Area
A person working in the field as a radiographer may be required to perform many extraneous and laborious tasks. Patient care in the clinical area requires excellent communication and language skills.
Therefore all students must be able to:
- Stand on feet for approximately 8 hours
- Push and/or pull patients with weights that may exceed 200 lbs.
- Communicate in English well enough so that you can be understood by others, and others can understand you.
- Execute both hand and pedal dexterity
- Give directions and respond to patient requests
- Operate portable equipment
- Critique visually a film
- Exhibit good hearing ability & is able to exercise good body mechanics
- Lift and carry various accessory equipment
Malcolm X College’s admission applications are accepted February 1 through April 1 of each year for admittance in the program the summer of the same year.
Wilbur Wright College’s admission applications are accepted through December 1st of each year for admittance in the program the following fall.