Bachelor of Science in Imaging Technology (Radiography)
The Saint Francis School of Radiography (SFSOR) offers the only Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiography (JRCERT) bachelor’s degree program in the Chicagoland area. Our Radiography Program is for students who are interested in pursuing a career in the rapidly growing field of Medical Imaging.
In September of 2021, JRCERT awarded the program with the maximum 8-year maintenance of accreditation previously granted.
Classes for the BS in Imaging Technology (Radiography) are held only at the Oak Brook campus.
In addition to General Radiography, Fluoroscopy, Surgery, and Portable Bedside Exams, you will have the opportunity to experience specialized imaging including:
- CAT Scan,
- Interventional Radiography/Cath Lab,
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging,
- Ultrasound (USD), and
- Nuclear Medicine/PET Scan.
The Saint Francis School of Radiography is committed to excellence in education. We provide the healthcare community with competent, entry-level professionals in the field of Medical Imaging. Our graduates acquire the knowledge and clinical experience necessary to qualify for The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) National Certification Examination.
Your Career as a Radiologic Technologist
Successful completion of our degree allows eligibility to sit for the National Certification Examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
In your role as a Registered Radiologic Technologist, you will take medical images or radiographs that practitioners rely on to diagnose and treat their patients. The field and its technologies are evolving rapidly, and you will have the opportunity to build your career at the forefront of the latest advances in Diagnostic Imaging.
Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes
In support of the program’s mission statement, the program has developed the following core competencies:
1. Students will demonstrate effective communication skills.
- Students will demonstrate effective communication skills on the clinical floor.
- Students will demonstrate effective written communication in the classroom setting.
- Students will be able to verbally evaluate radiographs.
2. Students will develop critical thinking skills for application in the clinical setting.
- Students will adapt standard protocols for non-routine examinations.
- Students will critique images for diagnostic quality and devise necessary factors for quality improvement.
3. Students of the program will be clinically competent.
- Students will demonstrate accuracy in positioning skills.
- Students will select appropriate technical factors.
- Students will demonstrate proper radiation protection practices.
4. Students will model professionalism.
- Students will demonstrate high ethical standards.
- Students will summarize their professional development career plan.
Our curriculum follows the guidelines specified by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists.
Students have patient contact throughout the program beginning with the completion of the Introduction to Radiography course.
- Introduction to Radiography
- Principles of Radiation Protection
- Ethical, Legal and Physical Methods of Patient Care
- Radiographic Procedures I
- Anatomy and Physiology – Skeletal
- Clinical Education I
- Total Credits: 16.5
- Principles of Radiographic Exposure I
- Radiographic Image Processing
- Cross Sectional Anatomy
- Radiographic Procedures II
- Clinical Education II
- Total Credits: 16.5
- Radiographic Procedures III
- Principles of Radiographic Exposure II
- Radiographic Physics
- Radiographic Imaging
- Clinical Education III
- Total Credits: 15
- Radiographic Procedures IV
- Introduction to Quality Assurance
- Radiation Biology
- Image Presentation and Evaluation
- Computer Applications in Radiography
- Clinical Education IV
- Total Credits: 15.5
- Radiographic Procedure V
- Clinical Education V
- Registry Review
- Total Credits: 7
*Please note, Semester 5 courses are charged per credit (7 credits total).
The Saint Francis School of Radiography Program Handbook highlights specific policies which are unique to the Program. General policies of the University can be found in the University Academic Catalog.