Area of Study: Radiography
Degree/Certificate: Associate of Applied Science Degree in Radiography
If you are not an active Tri-C student, you must first apply to the college. If you are interested in more than one health career program, you must submit a separate health careers application for each program. You may only apply to three programs at one time.
What is Radiography?
A radiographer, or radiologic technologist, is a healthcare professional who provides an essential service for the diagnosis and treatment of injury and disease. A radiographer administers radiation in the form of x-rays to create images (radiographs) of the human body for use in diagnosing medical conditions.
Responsibilities of the radiographer include adjusting equipment to the correct settings for each radiographic procedure, positioning the patient, manipulating equipment for proper imaging, and providing radiation protection. Radiation, when administered by untrained persons, can be dangerous. The professionally trained and credentialed radiographer understands radiation principles and how to safely produce quality diagnostic examinations while protecting both the patient and the radiographer.
In carrying out these responsibilities, the radiographer must apply knowledge of physics, anatomy and physiology, patient care and other related radiographic principles that are included in the program curriculum.
Individuals interested in a career as a radiographer need a strong science and math background. Radiography requires extensive, direct patient care and individuals must be able to handle the physical, emotional and psychological demands of this type of work. They must act with professionalism, compassion, accuracy and discernment. They must be able to apply the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom and lab to the unpredictable and ever-changing hospital environment.
Graduates of the program are eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Certification Examination.
This program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (20 N. Wacker Dr., Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182, 312-704-5300).