Bachelor of Science
The purpose of the radiologic technology major is to provide students who wish to become radiologic technologists a broad liberal arts background which they can take advantage of throughout their professional careers. The B.S. in radiologic technology consists of two years of coursework at Briar Cliff University and two years of clinical work at an accredited school of radiologic technology.
The usual manner in which this program is followed is for the student to enroll in foundational coursework and courses which support application to the clinical portion of the program. If accepted into the clinical portion of the program, two clinical years follow, after which the second year of coursework on the Briar Cliff University campus is performed. The two clinical years are credited as two years of academic work at Briar Cliff University (62 semester hours). If application to the clinical portion of the program is unsuccessful during the first year, the second year of coursework may be undertaken in the sophomore year during which the reapplication process is undergone.
This program may also be completed by students who have already completed a two-year radiologic technology program and attained a passing grade on the American Registry Examination. As before, the clinical portion of the program is granted two years of academic work and is then followed by the completion of the foundational coursework and graduation requirements. The passing of the American Registry Examination is required for the awarding of the B.S. degree.
Representative radiologic courses in the years spent at the school of radiologic technology are: Radiographic Procedures, Radiologic Physics, Fundamentals of Radiology, Radiographic Imaging, Radiobiology/Radiation Protection, Quality Assurance, Film Critique and Radiographic Pathology.
Upon graduation, students majoring in Radiologic Technology will be able to use established standards in caring for the health needs of individuals and groups by producing diagnostic radiographs, demonstrate clinical competence, be certified in healthcare provider CPR, demonstrate vital sign assessment, demonstrate professionalism in the practice of radiologic technology within ethical and legal guidelines, administer oxygen, perform venipuncture, apply the principles of radiation protection to the patient, self and others, use problem-solving and critical thinking skills in clinical practice, establish effective communication with individuals and groups within the health care team, and successfully pass the certification examination.