Radiography prepares individuals for a career in diagnostic radiology (x-ray) as a radiographer. The radiographer is a technologist who produces images of the human body to aid physicians in the diagnosis of injuries and diseases. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the entry-level certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiography Technologists (ARRT) and may obtain employment in x-ray departments associated with hospitals, medical clinics, veterinary clinics, and private offices.
Program curriculum focuses on theoretical and applied radiography and includes a clinical experience in a radiographic department. The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Students learn to use x-ray imaging machines to demonstrate body parts on x-ray films for diagnostic purposes, including diagnostic radiology, bedside and trauma procedures, pediatric radiography, and special procedures.
Admission to the Radiography Program is a two-step process:
1. Apply for admission to the college
2. Petition for entry into the Radiography Core Clinical Courses You must first be admitted to the college before you can petition. After admission to the college, students interested in beginning the core courses in the Radiography program must petition during specified petition dates. All students MUST attend a petition information meeting for the year petitioning. Students will not be eligible to petition unless they have attended a meeting. The meetings will highlight the new Radiography selection process and will be conducted by Radiography and Student Services staff.
The Mission of the Blackhawk Technical College Associate Degree Radiography Program is to prepare the Student to Practice Entry-Level Diagnostic Medical Radiography.
- Students Will Perform Competent Radiography
- Students Will Communicate Effectively
- Students Will Use Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills
- Students Will Demonstrate Professionalism
- Carry out the production and evaluation of radiographic images
- Apply computer skills in the radiographic clinical setting
- Practice radiation safety principles
- Provide quality patient care
- Model professional and ethical behavior consistent with the A.R.R.T. Code of Ethics
- Apply critical thinking and problem solving skills in the practice of diagnostic radiography
The methodology used to evaluate and assess the radiography outcomes is provided in detail to students during the New Student Orientation Session, and is available to applicants of the program upon request.
The Blackhawk Technical College Associate Degree Radiography Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), 20 N. Wacker Dr., Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182.
Graduates of the BTC radiography are eligible to sit for the certification examination in radiography prepared by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).
Should the student become pregnant during the course of the educational program, Blackhawk Technical College and the Associate Degree Radiography Program cannot guarantee normal graduation time. Specific details related of the radiography program student pregnancy policy are found in the program student handbook, and are available to program applicants upon request.
In accordance with Wisconsin Caregiver Background law, applicants with criminal history may be denied placements at clinical affiliates. Additionally, criminal history may impact eligibility of the student to sit for the certification examination in radiography prepared by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (AART). Applicants with criminal history are advised to meet with the radiography program director prior to program entry.
Program Pre-requisite Requirements
- Participate in clinical observation tour set by Radiography Clinical Coordinator
- Attend program orientation sessions
- Complete physical examination and program health requirements
- A Caregiver Background Check is required for the clinical portion of this program.
All Radiography Program Core Courses (prefix 526) require petitioning for entry. Please contact the Student Services department to ensure “program ready” status.
- Students must earn a passing grade (“C”; GPA 2.0) in all courses in the curriculum.
- Students will have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.
- Students will have completed all mandatory, elective, and continued clinical competency examinations as outlined in the clinical education and evaluation portion of this document.
- All outstanding bills related to the student’s education must be paid in full before graduation.
- Eligibility of students to take the ARRT examination is subject to successful completion and review by Program Faculty.