FDTC radiology students practice reading x-rays

Radiologic Technology

Program Type: Associate In Applied Science

Program Level: UG

Division: Nursing & Allied Health

Program Duration: 28 months

Program Contact: Susan Williams

Credit Requirement: 82

Program overview

Radiology students will learn to use radiation equipment to produce images of the tissue, organs, bones, and vessels of the body, as prescribed by physicians, to assist in the diagnosis of disease or injury. Radiology students will learn to use problem-solving and critical thinking skills to perform medical imaging procedures. They must be able to communicate effectively with patients, other health professionals and the public. The radiology student will learn to be competent and compassionate in meeting the special needs of the patient. Radiology students will also learn the importance of evaluating radiologic equipment, providing patient education, and managing a medical imaging department.

Courses Required


Anatomy And Physiology I

Course Code: BIO-210

This is the first in a sequence of courses, including an intensive coverage of the body as an integrated whole. All body systems are studied. Body systems included are integumentary, skeletal muscular, and nervous. Other topics include anatomical terms, biochemistry, cellular structure, cellular division, tissues and tissue inflammation.

Anatomy And Physiology II

Course Code: BIO-211

This is a continuation of a sequence of courses, including intensive coverage of the body as an integrated whole. All body systems are studied. Body systems included are cardiovascular, respiratory, lymphatic, endocrine, digestive, urinary, and reproductive. Other topics include fluid and electrolyte balance, genetics, and embryology.

College Algebra

Course Code: MAT-110

This course includes the following topics: polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and exponential functions; inequalities; systems of equations and inequalities; matrices; determinants; and solutions of higher degree polynomials.

Semester 1

Patient Care Procedures

Course Code: AHS-110

This course provides a study of the procedures and techniques used in the general care of the patient.

Medical Terminology Review

Course Code: AHS-164

This course is designed as a review of medical terms, including roots, prefixes, suffixes, with emphasis on spelling, definition and pronunciation.

Technical Communications

Course Code: ENG-160

This course is a study of various technical communications such as definitions, processes, instructions, descriptions, and technical reports.

General Psychology

Course Code: PSY-201

This course includes the following topics and concepts in the science of behavior: scientific method, biological bases for behavior, perception, motivation, learning memory, development, personality, abnormal behavior, therapeutic techniques, and social psychology.

Introduction to Radiography

Course Code: RAD-101

This course provides an introduction to Radiologic Technology with emphasis on orientation to the radiology department, ethics, and basic radiation protection.

Applied Radiography I

Course Code: RAD-153

This course introduces the clinical environment of the hospital by providing basic use of radiographic equipment and routine radiographic procedures.

Semester 2

Radiographic Imaging I

Course Code: RAD-110

This course provides a detailed study of the parameters controlling radiation quality and quantity for radiographic tube operation and image production.

Radiographic Physics

Course Code: RAD-121

This course introduces the principles of radiographic physics, incorporating theory and application of basic principles underlying the operation and maintenance of x-ray equipment.

Radiographic Procedures I

Course Code: RAD-130

This course provides an introduction to radiographic procedures. Positioning of the chest, abdomen, and extremities are included.

Applied Radiography II

Course Code: RAD-165

This course includes the use of radiographic equipment and performance of radiographic procedures within the clinical environment of the hospital.

Semester 3

Radiographic Imaging II

Course Code: RAD-115

This course continues a detailed study of primary and secondary influencing factors and accessory equipment related to imaging.

Radiographic Procedures II

Course Code: RAD-136

This course is a study of radiographic procedures for visualization of the structures of the body.

Applied Radiography III

Course Code: RAD-175

This course includes clinical education needed for building competence in performing radiographic procedures within the clinical environment.

Radiation Biology

Course Code: RAD-201

This course is a study of the principles of radiobiology and protection. It emphasizes procedures that keep radiation exposure to patients, personnel, and the population at large to a minimum.

Semester 4

Radiographic Pathology

Course Code: RAD-205

This course provides a survey of disease processes significant to the radiographer, including etiology, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment.

Radiographic Imaging III

Course Code: RAD-210

This course provides a detailed study of advanced methods and concepts of imaging.

Radiographic Procedures III

Course Code: RAD-230

This course is a study of special radiographic procedures.

Advanced Radiography I

Course Code: RAD-257

This course includes independently performing routine procedures in a radiology department, including involvement in advanced radiographic procedures.

Semester 5

Selected Imaging Topics

Course Code: RAD-220

This course is a study of advanced topics unique to the radiological sciences.

Radiography Seminar II

Course Code: RAD-236

Advanced Radiography II

Course Code: RAD-266

This course includes routine radiographic examinations, as well as advanced procedures, while continuing to build self-confidence in the clinical atmosphere.

Entry Requirements

To see a list of entrance requirements for this program, please check the FDTC Course Catalog.

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Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Acquire critical thinking skills in order to problem solve effectively in a changing healthcare environment.
  • Acquire appropriate communication skills among patients and all members of the health care team and patients.
  • Model professional skills.
  • Become knowledgeable, clinically competent radiographers while demonstrating radiation safety practices. 

Open Application Dates for Competitive Health Sciences Programs

Applications for the FDTC Health Sciences Programs will be accepted Monday, April 1, 2024 through Wednesday, May 15, 2024 for the FALL 2024 semester.

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Program Accreditations & Resources


The Radiologic Technology program is accredited by:

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiological Technology (JRCERT)
20 North Wacker Drive
Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606

Maintenance of Accreditation for a Period of Eight Years, next review scheduled for Fourth Quarter of 2024.