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Radiography Associate in Applied Science

City Colleges of Chicago Healthcare Programs Radiography

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

View the Semester Map for Radiography (AAS)
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 Requirements

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 121 and HeaPro 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. Download and view the semester map above.

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 their 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.
  • Visually critique a film.
  • Exhibit good hearing ability and is able to exercise good body mechanics.
  • Lift and carry various accessory equipment.
Application Period:
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.​​

Details: Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Career Pathway

Credit Hours (CH)

75

Program/Plan Number

246

Funding Options

Open For Enrollment

Yes

Also Offered At

 

Courses

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Prerequisites

 CH

General Education Requirements

17  CH

​Student must chose one of the following:

Biology 121 OR Biology 114 OR Biology 115

​Student must chose one of the following:
Health Professions 102 OR Biology 120

Biology
BIOLOGY 120
Terminology For Medical Careers 3
Basic medical vocabulary for allied health professionals and others with minimal background in anatomy and physiology; includes study of the human body systems. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
BIOLOGY 121
Biology I 5
Cellular and Molecular Biology. Introduction to biochemistry, molecular genetics, cell structure, function and processes. Laboratory required. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101, or ACT Reading Score range within (19-36), or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
BIOLOGY 226
Human Structure and Function I 4
Human anatomy and physiology. This laboratory course is recommended for those contemplating a career in the health professions and emphasizes the structure and function of the human body. Microscopic and gross anatomy are correlated with physiology. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Biology 121.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
BIOLOGY 227
Human Structure and Function II 4
Continuation of Biology 226. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Biology 226, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Computer Information Systems
CIS 120
Intro to Microcomputers 3
Fundamental concepts of computer information systems as applied to microcomputers in business and personal use; includes hands-on experience with a variety of microcomputer software. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course. Allowed Repeatable Course: Not more than three credit hours will be counted towards the CIS/IT degree requirements. Additional earned credit hours up to six will be counted towards elective credit and requires the Consent of Departments Chairperson.
Prerequisites:
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
English
ENGLISH 101
Composition 3
Development of critical and analytical skills in writing and reading of expository prose. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101, or ACT Reading Score range within (19-36), or Consent of Department Chairperson.
IAI Approved
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Health Professions
HEAPRO 102
Health Career Studies 3
This course introduces students to the integral knowledge and professional skills required to be successful in healthcare careers. It prepares students for the rigor of healthcare career programs. It emphasizes understanding of the professional culture, deep learning of key foundational skills, application of health information technology, and demonstrating cultural competence in interactions with others. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101.
Offered at: Malcolm X
Mathematics
MATH 118
General Education Math 4
Focuses on mathematical reasoning and solving real life problems, rather than on routine skills and appreciation. A maximum of four of the following topics is studied in depth: geometry, counting techniques and probability, graph theory, logic, game theory, linear programming and statistics. The use of calculators and computers is strongly encouraged. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Math 99 , or COMPASS placement test score range within PRE-ALGEBRA (17-99) and ALGEBRA (43-99) and College ALGEBRA (1-50), or ACT Math score range within (21-23), or Consent of Department Chairperson.
IAI Approved
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Psychology
PSYCH 201
General Psychology 3
Historical survey of psychology and a study of the sensory and perceptual processes: learning, thinking, remembering, emotional behavior, motivation, mechanism of adjustment, and the total personality. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101, or ACT Reading Score range within (19-36), or Consent of Department Chairperson.
IAI Approved
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Prerequisite: Biology 114 or Biology 115 or Biology 121, or Consent of Department Chairperson.​​   
Note: This program is exempt from the A.A.S. model since it was approved by ICCB prior to the development of this model effective with 2012-2014 CCC Academic Catalog. This exemption includes the State of Illinois Human Diversity requirement 

Program Core Requirements

58  CH
Radiography
RADIOGR 101
Intro To Radiation Sciences 2
Fundamental concepts of medical imaging and the radiation sciences; includes origins of the profession, common terminology and chemicals; technical factors influencing development of the radiograph and technical factors which produce the image. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:
Offered at: Malcolm X Wilbur Wright
RADIOGR 102
Attitudes In Patient Care 2
Skills needed for proper patient care; includes physical and psychological skills necessary to cope with various situations. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission into the Radiography program/plan 246.
Offered at: Malcolm X Wilbur Wright
RADIOGR 105
Imaging Physics 3
Structure of matter, electric circuitry, especially the x-ray circuit, interactions between ionizing radiation and matter and principles necessary for production of radiographic image. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admissions into the Radiography program/plan 246 and Grade of C or better in Radiography 101.
Offered at: Malcolm X Wilbur Wright
RADIOGR 115
Basic Prins Of Image Produc 3
Analysis of various technical factors and accessories which affect radiographic image; includes basic qualitative factors of image production, and laboratory experiments. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admissions into the Radiography program/plan 246 and Grade of C or better in Radiography 101.
Offered at: Malcolm X Wilbur Wright
RADIOGR 124
Intro To Patient Care 2
Proper positioning and basic nursing procedures necessary for patient care; includes proper placement and manipulation of patient and equipment. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission into the Radiography program/plan 246.
Offered at: Malcolm X Wilbur Wright
RADIOGR 128
Image Evaluation 1
Analysis of image and quality of radiographs images submitted for interpretation; covers patients size, cooperation and pathological condition relative to and influencing accuracy and quality of resultant image. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission into the Radiography program/plan 246.
Offered at: Malcolm X Wilbur Wright
RADIOGR 131
Radiographic Procedures I 2
Proper positioning of patient for demonstration of suspect pathology of abdomen and its contents, correlated with course in anatomy and physiology, and routine and contrast media procedures. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission into the Radiography program/plan 246.
Offered at: Malcolm X Wilbur Wright
RADIOGR 140
Intro To Clinical Education 4
Physical and technical skills needed to apply ionizing radiation to human beings; clinical orientation and assessment to determine professional preparedness. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission into the Radiography program/plan 246.
Offered at: Malcolm X Wilbur Wright
RADIOGR 141
Radiography Clinical Education I 4
Orientation and initial skills development in basic radiographic procedures; visualization of abdomen and its contents stressed to prepare student for further study in major area of specialization; includes communication, operation of equipment, patient care and technical skills development. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission into the Radiography program/plan 246.
Offered at: Malcolm X Wilbur Wright
RADIOGR 200
Pathology 3
Covers disease process with radiographic manifestations; laboratory sessions include use of radiographs and images from other modalities to visualize various types of pathologic conditions. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission into the Radiography program/plan 246.
Offered at: Malcolm X Wilbur Wright
RADIOGR 202
Radiology Management 1
Administration, purchasing and personnel control; practical experience in department administration. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Advanced standing in the Radiography program/plan 246.
Offered at: Malcolm X Wilbur Wright
RADIOGR 205
Applied Radiographic Techniques 3
Practical applications of previously learned concepts; effects of technical factor selection, use of accessories and changes in patient type and condition. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Advanced standing in the Radiography program/plan 246.
Offered at: Malcolm X Wilbur Wright
RADIOGR 206
Imaging 2
The components of radiological imaging system chains; imaging systems will be explored, including current systems and new and emerging modalities. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission into the Radiography program/plan 246.
Offered at: Malcolm X Wilbur Wright
RADIOGR 208
Radiobiology 3
Effects of radiation on cells, organs, and organisms and implications on present and future populations, use of ionizing radiation in internal and external treatment of benign and malignant disease. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission into the Radiography program/plan 246.
Offered at: Malcolm X Wilbur Wright
RADIOGR 232
Radiographic Procedures II 4
Positioning and patient-care skills applied to additional body systems and correlated with clinical study; proper positioning of patient for demonstration of suspect pathology correlated with previous procedures; includes skeletal and urinary systems. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission into the Radiography program/plan 246.
Offered at: Malcolm X Wilbur Wright
RADIOGR 233
Radiographic Procedures III 4
Study of additional body systems; includes procedures less frequently performed and those requiring special skills or equipment; procedures covered will not normally require invasive techniques. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission into the Radiography program/plan 246.
Offered at: Malcolm X Wilbur Wright
RADIOGR 234
Special Radiographic Procedure 2
Procedures frequently performed in modern department but which employ surgical or other invasive techniques and injection of contrast media into circulatory system; covers emergency procedures and pertinent aspects of some pharmaceuticals. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Advanced standing in the Radiography program/plan 246.
Offered at: Malcolm X Wilbur Wright
RADIOGR 242
Radiography Clinical Ed II 4
Application of concepts learned in related radiography classes; emphasis on progression from role of observer to assistant, then to relative independence under supervision of qualified clinical instructors, radiographers and faculty. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission into the Radiography program/plan 246.
Offered at: Malcolm X Wilbur Wright
RADIOGR 243
Radiography Clinical Education III 4
Progression from role of assistant to greater independence under supervision of qualified clinical instructors. Quality and related aspects of special consent will be covered. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission into the Radiography program/plan 246.
Offered at: Malcolm X Wilbur Wright
RADIOGR 244
Radiography Clinical Education IV 5
Progression of student to full clinical independence, upon demonstrating clinical competency. Student can refine skills through independent practice. Includes field experiences in elective specialization. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission into the Radiography program/plan 246.
Offered at: Malcolm X Wilbur Wright

Additional Requirements

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Elective Program Requirements

 CH

Area of Focus

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Focus Electives

 CH

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Total Minimum Credit Hours
 

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