Radiologic Sciences

  • Believe It: 2015 graduates have a 100% pass rate on the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam on the first attempt.

    • Graduates of Gannon University's radiologic sciences program achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) national certification exam in 14 of the past 15 years. National certification by the ARRT is required for employment in the profession.
    • Graduates of the program include:MRI Supervisor, University of North Carolina Medical Center; Radiation Therapist, The Regional Cancer Center, Erie Pa.; Clinical Instructors, UPMC Hamot Medical Center, Saint Vincent Hospital, Saint Vincent Imaging Center, Meadville Medical Center; Vascular Ultrasound Technologist, Flagship CVTS, Erie Pa.; Cardiovascular Clinical Education Specialist, Phillips Healthcare; Cardiovascular Interventional Specialist, Austin, Texas; CT Technologist, UPMC Hamot Medical Center, Saint Vincent Hospital

    You Will Learn

    The radiologic sciences program prepares students to work closely with patients and to use advanced technology to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of injury and disease. Diagnostic imaging plays a vital role in healthcare by providing an inside look into the body to assist in diagnosis.

    Radiologic technologists work closely with radiologists, the physicians who interpret medical images. The radiologic sciences program can be completed in as few as 24 months and prepares students for entry-level placement in the field. Learning is accomplished through an integrated plan of classroom instruction, hands-on simulation in the radiology lab and supervised clinical practicum. Clinical education begins in the second semester and provides real-life opportunities to transfer theory into practice. Graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

    The Radiologic Sciences program is fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. The JRCERT is recognized by the United States Department of Education as the national accreditation agency of programs for the radiographer.

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    You Will Experience

    The program provides extensive clinical opportunities for students each semester in northwestern Pennsylvania's large and diverse health care economy, including tertiary-care hospitals, outpatient clinics and physician offices.

    Our students benefit from quality classroom instruction and diverse clinical education within affiliated health care facilities that have the newest digital technologies. Students in Gannon's radiologic sciences program are assigned to the following clinical affiliates on a rotational basis: Meadville Medical Center, Millcreek Community Hospital, Orthopedic and Sports Medicine of Erie, Saint Vincent Hospital, Saint Vincent Imaging Center, UPMC Hamot Medical Center, UPMC Hamot Imaging Center.

    You Will Achieve

    Graduates take a certification examination designed to demonstrate their qualifications to enter the profession. Upon successful completion of the examination, students will receive a license to practice in the field. Graduates can find a wide range of employment opportunities including:

    • hospitals  
    • outpatient clinics  
    • physician offices  
    • mobile services  


    With additional education or training,  graduates can also pursue the following career paths:

    • computed tomography (CT)
    • cardiovascular interventional imaging (CVI)
    • magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
    • radiation therapy, mammography and bone densitometry
    • sales
    • administration
    • education

    You will Study

    Radiologic science is an almost completely technology- driven field. Because of this, students have access to and learn to use highly sophisticated medical technology that simulates the environment students will encounter in a real-life clinical setting. Gannon's radiologic sciences program includes a 15-month professional component, which focuses on the application of classroom theory to clinical practice. Some of the courses students will take in this program include:

    RADS 119: Radiographic Exposure and Processing Lab

    An analysis of radiographic image quality will be studied in this course through lab experiments, image critique and critical thinking methodologies. Demonstrating the effect of various exposure principles and techniques are incorporated into the analytical process.

    RADS 206: Clinical Radiography 3

    This course is designed to develop performance skills necessary for competency exams through directly supervised clinical experience. Orientation to clinical education centers includes policies and procedures and OSHA requirements. The student will start to integrate the principles and theories learned in the classroom into the clinical setting, including aspects of the methodology of a radiographic procedure including but not limited to the RIS/HIS system, patient care, control panel set-up, room set-up, patient transfer, radiation protection, patient positioning, image evaluation, and patient discharge.

    RADS 271: Introduction to Radiographic Pathology

    A study of the common pathologies seen radiographically, this course integrates the student's previous clinical experience and class work with specific pathophysiology within the body systems. It is designed to offer the student basic foundations of disease or injury, including clinical, pathological and radiographic manifestations.

    Liberal Studies Core

    The Liberal Studies Core Curriculum is one reflection of Gannon University's commitment to its Catholic identity. The Core's design offers students a defined, integrated, shared experience as the foundation for their undergraduate program.

    You Will Earn

    Wages of radiologic technologists are competitive with other health professionals who have similar educational backgrounds. A 2013 survey by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists showed that annual salaries averaged about $43,155 for entry-level radiographers.