Associate Degree

Radiography prepares individuals for a career in diagnostic radiology (X-Ray) as a radiographer. The radiographer is a technologist who produces images of the human body to aid physicians in the diagnosis of injuries and diseases. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the entry-level certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiography Technologists (ARRT) and may obtain employment in the x-ray departments associated with hospitals, medical clinics, veterinary clinics, and private offices. Program curriculum focuses on theoretical and applied radiography and includes a clinical experience in a radiographic department. The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Students learn to use x-ray imaging machines to demonstrate body parts on x-ray films for diagnostic purposes, including diagnostic radiology, bedside and trauma procedures, pediatric radiography, and special procedures.

Program Outcomes

  • Carry out the production and evaluation of radiographic images
  • Apply computer skills in the radiographic clinical setting
  • Practice radiation safety principles
  • Provide quality patient care
  • Model professional and ethical behavior consistent with the A.R.R.T. Code of Ethics
  • Apply critical thinking and problem solving skills in the practice of diagnostic radiography

The methodology used to evaluate and assess the radiography outcomes is provided in detail to students during the new student orientation and is available to applicants of the program upon request.

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Plan of Study Grid
Courses taken before semester 1Credits
526-158 Introduction to Radiography 3
526-168 Radiography Clinical 1 2
801-195 Written Communication 3
806-177 General Anatomy and Physiology 4
Mathematical Reasoning
or Intermediate Algebra with Applications
Semester 1
526-149 Radiographic Procedures 1 5
526-159 Radiographic Imaging 1 3
526-192 Radiography Clinical 2 3
801-198 Speech 3
Semester 2
526-170 Radiographic Imaging 2 3
526-191 Radiographic Procedures 2 5
526-193 Radiography Clinical 3 3
809-198 Introduction to Psychology 3
Summer between year 1 and year 2
526-199 Radiography Clinical 4 3
Semester 3
526-190 Radiography Clinical 5 2
526-194 Imaging Equipment Operation 3
526-195 Radiographic Quality Analysis 2
526-196 Modalities 3
809-143 Microeconomics 3
Semester 4
526-174 ARRT Certification Seminar 2
526-189 Radiographic Pathology 1
526-197 Radiation Protection and Biology 3
526-198 Radiography Clinical 6 2
809-196 Introduction to Sociology 3
 Total Credits70

General Education Courses Within Program

801-195Written Communication3
806-177General Anatomy and Physiology4
804-134Mathematical Reasoning3
or 804-118 Intermediate Algebra with Applications
809-196Introduction to Sociology3
809-198Introduction to Psychology3

The Blackhawk Technical College Associate Degree Radiography program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), 20 Wacker Dr., Suite 20, Chicago, IL 60606-3182, (312) 704-5300.

Graduates of the BTC radiography are eligible to sit for the certification examination in radiography prepared by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologies (ARRT).

Program Mission

The mission of the Blackhawk Technical College Associate Degree Radiography program is to prepare the Student to Practice Entry-Level Diagnostic Medical Radiography.

Program Goals

  • Students Will Perform Competent Radiography
  • Students Will Communicate Effectively
  • Students Will Use Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills
  • Students Will Demonstrate Professionalism