CSJ offers a degree for aspiring radiologists

The curriculum follows the guidelines of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists.

Students enter this program with the goal of obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences. Students must have an overall high school GPA of 3.0 to be admitted into the Health Science program. GPA in science and math courses will also be considered.

Students will complete 65 credits of General Education Core Requirements (59) and General Electives (6) with an overall GPA of at least 2.8 which includes the prerequisite for admission into the Radiologic Sciences Program.  Students must also receive a grade of at least “C” in all science, math and psychology courses. While completing the General Education Core credits CSJ students will apply to the CSJ Radiologic Sciences Program during the Spring semester of their sophomore year. The Radiologic Sciences Program has a competitive admission process and does not accept students directly into the program. Transfer students will have official transcripts reviewed by the Registrar and enroll as a student within Health Science prior to application submission to the Radiologic Sciences Program.

Transfer credits are accepted, however, program specific guidelines will not allow for a grade of “C-”. Course(s) will need to be repeated and passed with a grade of “C” or higher prior to application to the program. (Please note: most radiography programs will require students to have completed a Physics course in high school. While not a requirement, preference will be given to those students who have successfully completed a Physics course.) Once accepted into the Radiologic Sciences Program, and following completion of all CSJ requirements for the degree, students must then complete the Radiologic Sciences Program and pass the ARRT certification exam. College of St. Joseph will then award the student a Bachelor of Science degree in Radiologic Sciences.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences

CourseCreditsDescription

General Education Core Requirements

ENG103 College Composition I: Engaged Citizens3The course examines what it means to be an engaged citizen in 21-centry America. By exploring foundation documents such as the Declaration of Independence and early Greek democracies, along with modern interpretations of participatory citizenship, this class asks students to question what makes a person an engaged citizen. Students will write frequently in the course, culminating in a research paper. Students will also give multiple in-class presentations and work collaboratively.
ENG104 College Composition II: Engaged Citizens3This course uses poetry, drama and short fiction to explore what it means to be an engaged 21st century citizen. Students will read a variety of texts from early Greek drama to modern multicultural short stories as they examine what it means to participate in citizenship. Students will write frequently, culminating in a research paper. Students will also present and work collaboratively on projects
ACT111 First Year Experience – Part 11Through a variety of activities, students will be introduced to college resources and opportunities in the College community. Class activities will be directed toward helping students take responsibility for their own learning, career exploration and becoming engaged in college activities and activities of civic engagement. Course topics will include goal setting, academic advisement, study skills, note taking, time management and research. All transfer students with at least 24 credits and in good standing, and students who are 22 years or older are exempt from taking the course. Course cannot be repeated. Freshmen course.
ACT112 First Year Experience – Part 21Through a variety of activities and learning opportunities, students will explore career options and major choices, as well as participate in research writing and in-class presentations. Topics include focused career inventories, interviews with local non- profits and guided research projects, leading to a research paper and presentation. All transfer students with at least 24 credits and in good standing, and students who are 22 years or older are exempt from taking the course.
English Elective 3The Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences requires students to take one of the following:
ENG210 British Literature
ENG211 American Literature
ENG212 World Literature
Math Elective3The Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences requires students to take three math credits.
MAT202 Statistics3Applies statistical procedure to different areas of life. Course examines descriptive statistics, measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability, binomial and normal distributions, regression and correlation. Sophomore Standing.
Fine Arts Elective3The Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences requires students to take three Fine Arts credits.
History Elective3The Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences requires students to take one of the following:
HIS101World Civilization I
HIS102 World Civilization II
HIS103 US History I HIS104 US History II
REL206 Faith Traditions3This course provides students with the foundational concepts and beliefs of the major faith traditions with an emphasis on how these beliefs can be accommodated in the workplace and classroom. Students will read primary belief texts, write papers on ways these beliefs are embodied and perform in-class presentations.
PHI301 Ethics for the Professional3An examination of the most general goals, ideals, rules, and principles governing the individual and professional within the conceptual framework of responsibility to the client, the profession, and society. Students will be introduced to the subject matter of ethics and a variety of ethical theories. Special emphasis will be placed on the role of the professional, professional/client relationships, and issues such as confidentiality, informed consent, and deception. The course will utilize case studies from a broad variety of professions. Junior standing required.
BIO102 Biology II4This is an introductory Biology course covering basic biological concepts including scientific method, cells, genetics, animal development and animal form and function. This course is suitable for health science and radiography majors. Lab coat required. Prerequisite: BIO101. $125 lab fee.
BIO201 Medical Terminology**1This course requires students to explore specific aspects of their chosen career. For example, students will research educational requirements, professional licensure requirements, costs, employment opportunities and requirements, potential income, challenges and quality of life expectations. Students will also be required to write a resume and curriculum vita that is appropriate for health professionals. Sophomore standing.
BIO231 Anatomy & Physiology I4This course is designed as an introduction to anatomy and physiology of the human body. This course will cover chemical, cellular, tissue, organ and organ systems levels of organization. Homeostasis, the central, unifying concept of human physiology, is applied to the integument and to the skeletal, muscular and nervous systems. The anatomy and physiology of the integument and the skeletal, muscular and nervous systems will be examined, as will the special senses. Lab coat required. $125 lab fee.
BIO232 Anatomy & Physiology II* *4This course is designed as an introduction to anatomy and physiology of the human body. This course will cover chemical, cellular, tissue, organ and organ systems levels of organization. Homeostasis, the central unifying concept of human physiology, is applied to nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems. The anatomy and physiology of the nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems will be examined, as will metabolism, fluid electrolyte and acid-base balance and development and inheritance. Lab coat required. Prerequisite: BIO321. $125 lab fee.
PSY102 Introduction to Psychology**3This course provides an overview of the major areas of psychological study including biology and behavior, sensation and perception, learning, memory, intelligence, language, motivation, emotion, abnormal psychology, and therapy. Historical and current theoretical approaches to understanding human behavior will be reviewed and the student will be introduced to scientific methods of inquiry in psychology. This is a basic course intended for both Psychology majors and others interested in the field of psychology.
INT201 Conflict, Cooperation and Community 3This course provides students with frameworks to engage in healthy conflict resolution, as well as the tools to promote interpersonal cooperation. Students will engage in cross- cultural community building, research various strategies for the promotion of cooperation and present findings to their peers. Additionally, the course will require students to demonstrate what they have learned in class in a variety of out-of-classroom experiences.
ACT402 Unity Seminar3This seminar course asks students to look back on their time at the College and reflect on how courses and co-curricular activities informed their growth as people and students. Students will construct a portfolio demonstrating the core values of the college and present their findings to their peers.
General Electives8The Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences requires students to take eight General Elective credits.

Specific Requirements

Sequence as prescribed
Fall Junior Year
RAD110 Radiographic Procedures I3This is the first course in a series of three of the instruction of radiographic anatomy and positioning. The students will learn to use appropriate medical terminology as well as how to perform radiographic exams and analyze radiographs critically. We begin lab positioning immediately, which will include procedures of the upper and lower extremities, chest and abdomen. A Competency Based Curriculum is utilized, requiring students to prove competency on procedures in the lab prior to performing them in the hospital. Students must achieve a 25/28 on a laboratory competency test for each exam studied in order to pass this course. Lab uniform required. $125 lab fee.
RAD112 Radiographic Science 3This course is designed to give the student a working knowledge of the technical factors essential for the production of a quality radiograph. The student will learn the methods of controlling the quantity and quality of x-rays as well as the many other factors in producing acceptable images for the different exams, such as patient sizes and pathological conditions. The student will also learn about applications of computers, computerized imaging, computed tomography, and picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) within the Radiology Department.
RAD150 Clinical Education I4The student is introduced and becomes familiar with the clinical settings at the affiliates. The student will begin their participation in radiography in a limited capacity, as their initial clinical experiences will primarily involve observation of procedures and tasks. Following successful completion of didactic material and laboratory evaluations within RAD 110, the student will gradually begin to perform some exams and duties under the direct supervision of a licensed Radiologic Technologist. This progressive approach is a necessary feature of developing competency based clinical education. Lab uniform required. $150 lab fee.
RAD120 Film Critique I3This course is designed to help the student evaluate the quality of her/his radiographs. The student will learn from radiographs how to improve their skills in the performance of exams. Also the student will evaluate and present radiographs of interesting pathological cases, technical and/or position examples.
Spring Junior Year
RAD210 Radiographic Procedures II3This is the second course in a series of three, with standard radiographic positioning and related medical terminology of the bony thorax, pelvic girdle, upper femora, and vertebral column. This course involves laboratory simulation and evaluation. Students must achieve a 25/28 on a Laboratory competency test for each exam studied in order to pass this course. Students acquire clinical experiences at affiliate facilities sufficient to demonstrate competency in a specified number and variety of radiographic procedures beyond those demonstrated the previous semester. Lab uniform required. $125 lab fee. Prerequisite: RAD110.
RAD212 Radiographic Science II3The student will gain a working knowledge of the technical factors essential for the production of a quality radiograph. The student will learn the methods of controlling the quantity and quality of x-rays as well as the many other factors in producing acceptable images for the different exams, patient sizes and pathological conditions to name a few. The student will also learn about applications of computers, computerized imaging, Computed Tomography, and picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) within the Radiology Department. Prerequisite: RAD112.
RAD220 Film Critique II3This course is designed to help the student evaluate the quality of her/his radiographs. The student will learn from radiographs how to improve their skills in the performance of exams. Also the students will evaluate and present radiographs of interesting pathological cases, technical and/or position examples. Prerequisite: RAD120.
RAD250 Clinical Education II4In this course the student is now expected to demonstrate a higher level of participation in the clinical experience through the routine performance of procedures and tasks. Following successful completion of didactic material and laboratory evaluation, the student begins to perform difficult exams under direct supervision of a licensed Radiologic Technologist. The student will also begin clinical competency testing to establish proficiency for certain procedures. This progressive approach is a necessary feature of developing competency based clinical education. Following successful completion of a clinical competency evaluation for an exam, the student may begin to perform these procedures with indirect supervision of a licensed Radiologic Technologist. Lab uniform required. $150 lab fee. Prerequisite: RAD150.
Summer Prior to Fall of Senior Year
RAD275 Clinical Education Summer I5In this course the student is expected to demonstrate a more advanced level of participation in the Radiology Department. The student continues the clinical competency evaluation process to enable performance of many procedures under indirect supervision of a licensed Radiologic Technologist. Lab uniform required. $150 lab fee. Prerequisite: RAD250.
RAD375 Clinical Education Summer II5The student will begin to develop independent decision making skills to prepare him or her for the role of a Radiologic Technologist. The student continues the clinical competency evaluation process and should now be performing many procedures under indirect supervision. Lab uniform required. $150 lab fee. Prerequisite: RAD275.
Fall of Senior Year
RAD310 Radiographic Procedures III3This is the third course in a series of three with standard radiographic positioning and related medical terminology of the bony thorax, pelvic girdle, upper femora, and vertebral column. This course involves laboratory simulation and evaluation. Students must achieve a 25/28 on a Laboratory competency test for each exam studied in order to pass this course. Students acquire clinical experiences at affiliate facilities sufficient to demonstrate competency in a specified number and variety of radiographic procedures beyond those demonstrated the previous semester. Prerequisite: RAD210
RAD330 Radiographic Pathology2This course is designed to provide students a survey of the disease process and pathological conditions. An in-depth study of diseases commonly demonstrated radiographically is presented.
RAD350 Clinical Education III5The student continues establishing and developing their decision making skills to a high level. The student will be performing most exams with indirect supervision and develop a degree of independence. Lab uniform required. $150 lab fee. Prerequisite: RAD375.
PSY424 Health Psychology3This course will examine the interrelationships between physical health and psychological factors. Research regarding the influence of biological contributions and life experiences in health maintenance and the onset of medical illness and psychological disorders will be covered. Roles and relationships of various medical and allied health providers as well as various diagnostic and treatment techniques will be discussed. Opportunities for field research will be provided.
Spring of Senior Year
RAD405 Radiation Biology3This course will explore the principles of radiation biology and radiation protection, including the production of x-rays, the interaction of radiation and matter, radiation units, and methods to protect the radiographer and patient.
RAD415 Specialized Imaging2This course will concentrate on the principles of fluoroscopy and tomography with an overview of special radiographic procedures and advanced imaging techniques including computerized tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
RAD425 Registry Board Review3This course is designed to prepare the student for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist examination. Passing of the exam enables the student to earn his or her degree as well as allow for entry into the work force as a licensed Radiologic Technologist.
RAD450 Clinical Education IV5This is the final section of clinical education. The student will complete the clinical competency evaluation process, all required clinical competency exams and the terminal competency process. The student will continue to develop the skills needed to prepare for entry in the work force as an entry-level Radiologic Technologist. Lab uniform required. $150 lab fee. Prerequisite: RAD350.
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