Radiography, also referred to as radiologic technology, is one of the fastest evolving professions in healthcare. A blend of medical and physical sciences, radiography deals with the use of radiation to produce images for the purpose of medical diagnosis. A radiographer (or radiologic technologist) provides patient care during diagnostic examinations and medical procedures, and utilizes sophisticated imaging equipment to create images of internal body structures. This person works closely with radiologists and other physicians in the treatment and diagnosis of patients. The radiographer must possess considerable knowledge of technology, anatomy, physiology, patient care, and pathology to carry out their work. With additional education, radiographers can specialize in various imaging modalities such as CT, MRI, nuclear medicine, and ultrasound.
The radiography program prepares students for entry level positions in radiography. The program encompasses both general education prerequisite courses and professional education courses. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to apply to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Examination.
General education prerequisite coursework must be completed to be eligible for admission to the professional program. Applicants may be in the process of meeting the general education prerequisite requirements when they apply for admission to the professional program. Algebra and Trigonometry I and Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II and Medical Terminology prerequisite courses must be completed within five years of admission to the professional program. Special circumstances will be evaluated by the Admissions Committee. Students must achieve a grade of C- or better in each prerequisite course and must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or better in all prerequisite course work. Students enrolled in the prerequisite courses at IPFW who intend to apply to the Radiography Program may be designated as pre-radiography students and should seek academic advisement from the College of Health and Human Services.
The professional education curriculum is a full-time, structured program. Professional education is a combination of classroom instruction and clinical experience. Students immediately utilize in clinical practice the theories and concepts that are presented in the professional courses. Under the supervision of radiologists and registered radiographers, students will progress from observing to assisting, and subsequently to completing radiographic examinations. The clinical experience is conducted in the diagnostic imaging departments of the Parkview Health System.
Admission to the professional portion of the program is competitive and is based on a composite score derived from the prerequisite GPA, submitted Estimate of Applicant Suitability forms, radiography preadmission testing, and a personal interview. Completion of course work alone does not ensure admission. Students must apply directly to the Radiography Program by March 1 for admission to the professional program.
The radiography program is accredited by the Joint Review Committe on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182; Phone: (312) 704-5300; Fax: (312) 704-5304; www.jrcert.org.
You may personally arrange to shadow a Radiologic Technologist in a hospital or clinic near your home. To shadow at Parkview Hospital, please call Student Services at 260-373-7222. Shadowing may also be done virtually through the ASRT website.
For more information about the program or questions regarding IPFW course requirements, contact:
Department of Radiography
College of Health and Human Services
Neff Hall B50
Wayne A. Williams, Pre-Radiography Advisor
College of Health and Human Services
Student Success Center
Neff Hall, Room 120B