The Radiography program at College of DuPage prepares students for entry-level positions after successfully completing the two-year program. Graduates earn national certification after successfully passing a national certification exam. Some states, such as Illinois, also may require licensure as a condition of employment.
In their work, radiographers apply their knowledge of human anatomy, X-ray positioning, X-ray physics and equipment, film critique, basic pathophysiology and patient care. Radiographers must be mentally alert and able to function in stressful situations. They must have excellent psychomotor ability and communication skills, follow directions, work cooperatively with other health care professionals, and have compassion for the sick and injured. Radiographers also must be in good mental and physical health and able to move radiographic equipment and patients.
Radiography is also the first step toward other medical imaging areas, such as interventional and special procedures, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine (NM), ultrasonography (US) and radiation therapy. With additional education and training, radiographers can advance into other areas such as management, education and sales.
Radiographers work in both clinical and hospital environments, primarily within the radiology department but also in other areas, such as the emergency room, surgery, nursery or patient rooms within the hospital.
Program graduates are prepared for employment in a variety of settings nationwide. Entry-level salaries average $35,000. Salaries for areas of advanced imaging are $40,000 or more.
The program is fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee in Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), 29 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182.
Degree and Certificate
Radiography, Associate in Applied Science
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“When I realized all the health and science programs COD had to offer and at an affordable price, I transferred and began classes that summer. College of DuPage and the Radiography faculty provided an amazing program that challenged me but prepared me for my career in radiology. Through the program, I was assigned a local hospital for clinicals for two years. After graduating, I was hired at a local hospital and still work there today.”Read Spotlight
“COD has the best Radiography program. It’s really hard to get into because it’s competitive and the students are held to a much greater standard. If you do well in your two years here in the program, most hospitals look for COD students because of this boot camp-like challenging program.”Read Spotlight
To fulfill the lower-division (first half) of the Radiologic and Imaging Sciences bachelor’s degree, you must complete an Associate in Science degree from a regionally accredited institution in one of the following areas.
Choose from Two A.S. Degrees:
A.S. in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Sonographers take images of patients’ soft tissue organs—like the liver, gallbladder, kidneys, thyroid, uterus or breast—using high frequency sound waves via ultrasound. They must analyze and present this diagnostic data for interpretation and diagnosis by a doctor.
A.S. in Radiography
Radiographers operate high-tech imaging equipment and perform diagnostic imaging examinations such as X-ray images, CAT scans, MRIs and mammograms that help doctors accurately diagnose and treat their patients for injury and disease.
(Valencia will also accept a completed A.S. degree in Radiation Therapy or Nuclear Medicine Technology, offered by some other institutions, for admission into the upper-division coursework.)
After completing a qualifying lower-division associate degree, you may move on to the upper-division (second half) of the Radiologic and Imaging Sciences bachelor’s degree.
Choose from Three Concentrations:
Computed Tomography (CT)
This patient-focused concentration enables you to develop skills to become a CT technologist. You will gain an understanding of the physical principles and instrumentation involved in CT, as well as quality management. This includes procedure protocols, evaluating equipment operation, ensuring accurate diagnosis and safe patient care.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
This patient-focused concentration enables you to develop skills to become an MRI technologist. You will gain an understanding of the basic concepts of magnetic resonance, including magnet types, the generation of magnetic resonance signal and magnet safety. You will also learn procedures covering anatomy, pathology and equipment applications for the various regions of the human body.
Quality Management (QM)
This concentration will broaden your knowledge of quality issues and enhance leadership potential. You will learn to develop and implement quality assurance programs to ensure accurate diagnosis and safe patient care, as well as quality control procedures to evaluate equipment operation and monitor procedure protocols. This concentration also focuses on the administrative structures and management of the radiology department.