Medical imaging uses radiation to provide images of various body parts (bones, vessels, organs) and various body functions (digestion, circulation) to facilitate diagnosis and treatment of certain injuries and illnesses.
Radiographers are health professionals qualified to perform radiographic examinations ordered by licensed practitioners such as physicians and chiropractors. Radiographers are responsible for the creation of medical x-ray images, the operation of radiologic equipment and the care of patients. They must also be prepared to recognize emergency patient conditions and initiate lifesaving first aid. The radiographer is ultimately responsible for providing the highest quality images with the lowest radiation exposure to the patient.
Graduates are highly successful on the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) examination (94% average in the past five years), and have a high employment rate (98% average in the past five years).
Interested in a career in radiography? Learn more about our region’s employment outlook and career opportunities you can pursue in this field of study.
Take X-rays or administer nonradioactive materials into patient's blood stream for diagnostic purposes. Includes technologists who specialize in other scanning modalities.
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About Delta's Program
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Education for radiographers is rigorous and includes classroom, laboratory and clinical experience. The program and the profession are physically and mentally demanding. The clinical and classroom experiences require approximately 40 hours of participation per week. This experience is primarily during the day; however, some evening experience is also required.
Radiographers are health professionals who work in hospitals, imaging centers, urgent care centers, physician offices and industrial sites. Radiographers can also obtain extra training, either on the job or via an educational program, to advance into specialty imaging areas such as computed tomography (CT), cardiovascular interventional imaging, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or mammography.
The Radiography Program at Delta College is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. To learn more concerning accreditation please go to their website at www.jrcert.org.
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 N. Wacker Drive Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Phone: (312) 704-5300
Getting your degree in the health field is unique compared to other programs. You must first take your prerequisite core courses, then you will apply for validation.
The Registrar's Office validates your prerequisite courses to confirm you are eligible to begin the clinical portion of your program.
- Declare the Radiography program.
- Meet with your advisor regularly. Stay on track with what you need to do to apply.
- Apply for validation with the Registrar's Office once you've started your final semester of prerequisite courses. (Portal login required.)
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It is the usual practice to deliver the following courses as a blended course, delivery both face to face and online:
- RAD 120
- RAD 230
It is the usual practice to deliver the following courses as a fully online course:
- RAD 122
- RAD 205
- RAD 210
- RAD 212
- RAD 264
All other courses within the Radiography Program will be offered in a face to face or clinical format.
The program reserves the right to change these course offering formats in the event of unforeseen personnel and/or schedule changes. Students will be notified as soon as possible should this occur.
In the previous five years, 88 students have started the radiography program. Of those, 54 successfully completed for an overall 5 year completion rate of 61%. It is important to note that this includes personal withdrawals, medical withdrawals, disciplinary dismissals and academic failures.
In the previous five years, 54 graduates have taken the credentialing examination for the first time. Of those, 51 were successful on their first attempt for a 94.4% pass rate.
In the previous five-years, 54 graduates have actively sought employment. Of those, 52 have found jobs in radiography within six-months of graduation, for an average employment rate of 96.3%.
We begin with 18 students each fall. Our program completion rates for the previous five years are as follows:
- 2014 10/18 graduating for 56% completion rate
- 2015 12/18 graduating for 67% completion rate
- 2016 13/18 graduating for 72% completion rate
- 2017 11/17 graduating for 64.7% completion rate
(one withdrawal in week 2)
- 2018 8/17 graduating for a 47% completion rate (one withdrawal in week 2)
American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Exam Pass Rate
- 2014 70%
- 2015 100%
- 2016 100%
- 2017 100%
- 2018 100%
- 2014 90%
- 2015 100%
- 2016 100%
- 2017 100%
- 2018 100%
The mission of the Delta College Radiography program is to educate students to become competent Radiologic Technology professionals.
- Students will be clinically competent.
- Students will demonstrate appropriate interpersonal communication skills.
- Students will demonstrate appropriate problem-solving skills.
- Students will exhibit professionalism.
- Graduates will perform as competent entry-leve radiographers.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Students will apply correct positioning skills.
- Students will formulate appropriate technical factors.
- Students will practice radiation protection.
- Students will analyze radiographic images for proper radiographic quality.
- Students will demonstrate appropriate interactions with others.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to present information.
- Graduates will be adequately prepared to think critically in order to meet patient care needs.
- Student will evaluate the radiographic image for proper demonstration of anatomy.
- Students will recognize the importance of involvement in professional organizations.
- Students will demonstrate professionalism in the clinical setting.
- Graduates will pass the ARRT certifying examination.
- Students will complete the program within 30 months.
- Graduates will become employed as radiographers within 12 months of graduation.
- Employers will indicate satisfaction with preparation of graduates.
- Graduates will indicate satisfaction with their preparation.
Why you should choose Delta
Students enrolled in the radiography program at Delta College gain valuable real-life experience through more than 1,500 hours of clinical internship.
Because our program utilizes only area hospitals for clinical experiences, students are able to commute from home.
Small class sizes allow for more one-on-one interaction with faculty in our state-of-the-art labs.
Before becoming full time educators program faculty, Cindy Kramer and Lisa Wall, worked for many years as radiographers and continue to be involved in leadership within the profession.
One of the very best things about Delta College is your ability to start here and go on. And, in the process, save thousands (and thousands) of dollars. It's a smart choice!
In fact, if you're interested in earning a bachelor's degree, you have several options by coming to Delta first, and then transferring. Delta has signed transfer agreements to continue your radiography studies with:
- Ferris State University - Allied Health Sciences
- University of Michigan - Flint - Radiation Therapy
Facts & Figures
100% of recent grads passed their ARRT exam.
100% employment of students who graduated in the last two years.
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