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 affiliated 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. Application to the clinical portion of the program is made in the Winter term of the student’s first year. 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 BCU (18 term courses and six IRs). 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.
Although no specific courses on the Briar Cliff campus are required for graduation, application to the clinical program is strengthened by a program which is enriched in sciences and mathematics. First-year students should complete the following: BIOL 102 or 111; MATH 111 or 200; CSCI 100; and WRTG 109. Depending on the student’s background, other courses that may be recommended include CHEM 108 or 109, 110 and BIOL 221, 222.
Representative radiologic courses in the years spent at the school of radiologic technology are: Foundations of Radiologic Imaging, Principles of Radiographic Exposure and Quality Control, Applied Radiography, Imaging Systems, Radiographic Pathology, Advanced Patient Care, Radiation Physics, and Radiation Biology.