Radiography: FAQs

We hope to answer all your questions about the Radiography Program, but if we miss something, contact us!

Q. Can I take Radiography courses ahead of time?

A. No, radiography courses must be taken according the curriculum sequence outlined in the Academic Catalog. General education courses may be taken ahead of time as long as they do not conflict with the required Radiography courses for the trimester.

Q. Can I attend the Radiography program part time?

A. No; students must be enrolled in the prescribed courses for each trimester, taking the didactic and clinical courses concurrently. A student cannot be enrolled in the didactic portion and not be enrolled in the clinical portion. Exceptions will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Q. Do prerequisite courses need to be completed before I apply to the Radiography program?

A. College Algebra must be completed before the anticipated program start date in May. You may still apply to the program if you haven’t taken this course, but you need to complete them before the program begins. If a student has not met our prerequisites, he or she will not be permitted to continue in the Radiography program.

Q. Can I choose when and where I perform my clinical education?

A. Students are strictly assigned to their clinical sites by program faculty. We cannot make allowances based on the students’ address, work schedule, or personal obligations. Students may have to drive considerable distances to reach their clinical sites.

Q. When do I have to have all my health records?

A. All health records we request must be submitted and uploaded to Immunitrax, ADU’s health information repository, before beginning the program. Failure to do so may result in the inability to register for classes and the inability to move forward in the program. Requirements such as CPR certification, TB screening, FIT testing, immunization records, and proof of health insurance must be submitted prior to the start of clinical education. It is the students’ responsibility to stay aware of the annual renewal requirements.

Q. Can I work while attending the Radiography program?

A. The Radiography curriculum is rigorous, requiring time and dedication to master the concepts and skills. Students spend 16 to 20 hours per week performing clinical rotations on top of their class and lab commitments. Students choosing to work while in the program often do so on weekends. As students progress into the last trimesters of the program, they often reduce or eliminate work hours to focus more time and effort to their studies.

Q. Once I complete the program, am I certified and/or licensed as a radiographer?

A. Students successfully completing the A.S. Radiography Program are eligible to take the national certification examination in radiography offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Upon successful completion of this exam, the student will receive a certificate from the ARRT. Approximately two-thirds of the United States require radiographers to obtain a state license to practice in that state. Your state of practice will determine the need for obtaining a state license.