Associate of Applied Science
Start your career in the fast-paced world of healthcare with an associate degree in radiography.
The Associate of Applied Science degree in radiography prepares students to function in the health care community as a professional and competent entry-level radiographer. Students learn basic and advanced skills in radiographic procedures, clinical education, and medical terminology. Courses assist in developing diagnostic radiographic examinations using technical knowledge and clinical skills while demonstrating quality patient care indicative of high ethical standards and professional growth and development. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the national certification examination in radiologic technology administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Admission into the radiography program is highly selective. Accepted students receive their professional education through class work and clinical practice. While the class work portion of the professional education is conducted on the UAFS campus, clinical education takes place in area hospitals & clinics.
Bachelor of Science in Imaging Sciences - Diagnostic Medical Sonography
This program is designed as a completion program for registered radiographers and prepares highly competent imaging practitioners for professional careers in a dynamic health care environment. Graduates are prepared to sit for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers examination through a variety of classroom instruction and hands-on practice.
Once a radiography student has passed the national certification examination, practice may occur in:
- acute care hospitals
- physicians' offices
- outpatient surgery centers
- medical clinics
- mobile radiography services
- industrial radiography
- sales and service
- traveling technology businesses
- specialization in CT, MRI, diagnostic medical sonography, radiation therapy, nuclear medicine, mammography, special procedures, or any number of other areas such as cardiac cath lab are other employment options.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the annual median wage for radiologic and MRI technologists in 2022 was $67,180.
- Students will use critical thinking skills to include:
- problem-solving skills to modify standard procedures to accommodate patient conditions and other variables
- critiquing images for diagnostic quality and make appropriate improvements
- Student will demonstrate:
- communication skills
- effective written and oral communication skills
- Students will model professionalism by:
- demonstrating professional and ethical behaviors in the clinical practice
- participating in personal and professional growth opportunities
- Students will have knowledge and skills required to be clinically competent in all
radiographic tasks necessary for an entry level radiographer, including:
- applying positioning skills
- selecting proper technical factors for radiographic procedures
- applying the principles of radiation protection for patients, self, and others
- anticipating and providing appropriate patient care, safety, and comfort
The Associate of Applied Science in radiography is accredited by the national accrediting agency; the Joint Review Commission on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). You may contact JRCERT at 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182. You may also reach them at 312-704-5300 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The program was awarded full accreditation for a period of 8 years in December 2018. The next scheduled review is August 2026.