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Radiography

Want to learn how to produce images of the body using x-rays? Take the first steps to become a Radiologic Technologist with a degree in Radiography, which will prepare you for work in hospitals, clinics, and physician’s offices.

Update for Fall 2023

The PSB company ceased to offer its test products effective August 31, 2022. Therefore, the CFCC health science/nursing faculty and Student Services units rolled out new testing guidelines for health science and nursing applicants. The TEAS test (by ATI; versions 6 and 7) will be used in place of the PSB.

Summary of the changes for 2023
  • Students must have the TEAS test(s) completed and meet the cut-off score and all other minimum requirements prior to filing an Intent (specific for each program).
  • The 9-digit TEAS student number and test date will be required on the Intent form. An official score report must be on file at (or accessible to) CFCC before filing the Intent AND before the end of the application period.
  • Applicants may test numerous times (no limits) and should use the highest test as part of their Intent (the form has been changed to require this information; only one set of scores should be submitted)
  • There is only one TEAS test that will be used by the nursing and health science majors.
  • See application deadlines below.
  • Students may test in various ways as this test is not “by invitation only”. They may visit the CFCC Testing Services website and schedule a test to be taken at CFCC ($85.00), test remotely ($115.00), use a PSI testing site ($115.00), or test at another college or university (costs vary).
  • Information packets and Point Count Sheets for 2023 are forthcoming.

The CFCC Radiography Program is a five-semester, full-time program beginning in the Fall Semester of each year. Radiologic Technologists use x-rays to produce images of the human body for diagnosing and treating pathology.

The curriculum includes instruction in radiographic procedures, patient care, radiation protection, and imaging technique through an integration of classroom, laboratory, and clinical education. Radiographers are generally employed in hospitals, clinics, and physician’s offices. With more specialized education, a qualified Radiographer may advance into the areas of Radiation Therapy, Nuclear Medicine, Mammography, Ultrasonography, Computerized Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), education, or administration.

18 years with 100% ARRT pass rate on the first attempt. “All 330 graduates since the program’s inception in 1995 have passed the ARRT exam. Class average test results are consistently 3-5% higher than the national average.”

Selective Admission Process

The radiography program has a selective admission process that includes an application time frame, point count ranking, and a skills assessment course. See the information packet for more information.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE EACH ACADEMIC YEAR

The program has the maximum of 8 years accreditation by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology through 2023.

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
312-704-5300
jrcert.org

Quick information

Application Period
January 17, 2023 – April 17, 2023
Virtual Information Sessions
Information sessions are being held virtually. No appointment is needed.

Mon Oct. 17, 2022 2:00 – 3:00 pm Access the Info Session
Thu Jan. 12, 2023 2:00 – 3:00 pm Access the Info Session
Wed March 29, 2023 2:00 – 3:00 pm Access the Info Session

Program Effectiveness Outcomes

The following is the most current program effectiveness data. Our programmatic accreditation agency, the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), defines and publishes this information. Click here to go directly to the JRCERT webpage.

Credentialing Examination: The number of students who pass, on the first attempt, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination, or an unrestricted state licensing examination, compared with the number of graduates who take the examination within six months of graduation. The five-year average benchmark established by the JRCERT is 75%.

Credentialing Examination Rate Number Passed on 1st Attempt Divided by Number
Attempted within 6 Months of Graduation
Year Results
Year 1 – 2017 16 of 16 – 100%
Year 2 – 2018 14 of 14 – 100%
Year 3 – 2019 16 of 16 – 100%
Year 4 – 2020 16 of 16 – 100%
Year 5 – 2021 19 of 19 – 100%
Program 5-Year Average 81 of 81 – 100%

Job Placement: The number of graduates employed in the radiologic sciences compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in the radiologic sciences within twelve months of graduating. The five-year average benchmark established by the JRCERT is 75%.

Job Placement Rate Number Employed Divided by Number Actively Seeking Employment within 12 Months of Graduation
Year Results
Year 1 – 2017 11 of 11 – 100%
Year 2 – 2018 12 of 12 – 100%
Year 3 – 2019 13 of 13 – 100%
Year 4 – 2020 15 of 15 – 100%
Year 5 – 2021 14 of 14 – 100%
Program 5-Year Average 65 of 65 – 100%

Program Completion: The number of students who complete the program within the stated program length. The annual benchmark established by the program is 75%.

Program Completion Rate Number Graduated Divided by Number Started the Program
Year Results
Year 2022 12 of 13
Annual Completion Rate 92%

*These numbers do not include non-academic withdrawals.

Mission, Goals, and Student Learning Outcomes

Mission Statement

The program’s mission is to prepare graduates to be competent radiographers.

Goals and Student Learning Outcomes in Support of the Program’s Mission

Program Goal #1
The program graduates will demonstrate competence in skills basic to the Radiography Profession.

Student Learning Outcomes in support of goal 1:
1.1 The student/graduate will competently perform routine radiographic procedures.
1.2 The student/graduate will provide proper patient care and management.
1.3 The student/graduate will demonstrate proper radiation safety practices to patients, self and others.
1.4 The student/graduate will be clinically competent by rotating through excellent clinical sites provided by the program.

Program Goal #2
The graduates of the program will be able to effectively utilize problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

Student Learning Outcomes in support of goal 2:
2.1 The student/graduate will demonstrate competence in non-routine examinations.
2.2 Students will apply critical thinking skills in the practice of diagnostic radiography.

Program Goal #3
The graduates of the program will communicate effectively with patients and healthcare teams.

Student Learning Outcomes in support of goal 3:
3.1 The student/graduate will demonstrate effective oral communication skills.
3.2 The student/graduate will demonstrate effective written communication skills

Program Outcomes:
The program meets the needs of the community by providing qualified radiographers.

  • Students will complete the program.
  • Graduates of the program will indicate satisfaction with their preparation for employment.
  • Employers will indicate satisfaction with graduates’ quality of work.
  • Graduates will pass the ARRT exam on the first attempt.
  • Graduates will gain employment in radiography or enter advanced education programs.
Radiography, A.A.S. Course Information
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