Associate of Applied Science 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
  • 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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All students enrolled in the Blackhawk Technical College Associate Degree Radiography Program must progress through the radiography program curriculum (e.g. all courses starting with the prefix 526) in the sequence prescribed by the program, without exception.

Plan of Study Grid
Courses Taken Prior to Program EntryCredits
801-136 English Composition 1 3
806-177 General Anatomy and Physiology 4
Semester 1 (Summer)
526-158 Introduction to Radiography 3
526-168 Radiography Clinical 1 2
Semester 2 (Fall Year 1)
526-149 Radiographic Procedures 1 5
526-159 Radiographic Imaging 3
526-192 Radiography Clinical 2 3
Semester 3 (Spring Year 1)
526-191 Radiographic Procedures 2 5
526-230 Advanced Radiographic Imaging 2
526-193 Radiography Clinical 3 3
801-198 Speech 3
Semester 4 (Summer)
526-199 Radiography Clinical 4 3
Semester 5 (Fall Year 2)
526-194 Imaging Equipment Operation 3
526-231 Imaging Modalities 2
526-195 Radiographic Image Analysis 2
526-190 Radiography Clinical 5 2
809-196 Introduction to Sociology 3
Semester 6 (Spring Year 2)
526-189 Radiographic Pathology 1
526-197 Radiation Protection and Biology 3
526-174 ARRT Certification Seminar 2
526-198 Radiography Clinical 6 2
809-198 Introduction to Psychology 3
 Total Credits62

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