Undergrad Catalog

Radiography (RAD)

Program Option: A.A.S.

As a St. Catherine University radiography student, you will develop your skills through professional courses and gain clinical experience throughout your educational program. Small class and lab sizes will ensure you get individualized attention to prepare you for your new career.

A degree from St. Kate's will give you the best possible professional preparation for a satisfying, rewarding and successful career in radiography. St. Kate's specializes in educating healthcare professionals - and has an outstanding reputation in the healthcare community as the metro area's leading healthcare educator, including an extensive clinical network where you will gain training in real-world conditions.

Being a radiographer means caring about people and helping them with their health problems. As a radiographer, you will take X-ray images of all parts of the human body to help physicians diagnose broken bones, disease and injury. You will obtain detailed images through skilled operation of high-tech equipment combined with patient-care methods and your knowledge of human anatomy.

As a radiographer, you will work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics and outpatient centers. You will acquire critical-thinking skills and an excellent understanding of human anatomy, interact with a variety of patients, gain experience in cutting-edge radiologic technology, and develop skills in safe radiologic procedures, body positions and patient care. You may specialize in many different areas immediately after graduation, such as computerized tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and vascular procedures. You could also continue your education in fields such as ultrasound, nuclear medicine and radiation therapy.

St. Kate's expertise ensures you master the skills you need. Our program prepares you to begin an exciting radiography career through a challenging blend of liberal arts studies, professional courses and clinical experiences. As a St. Kate's radiography student, you will spend about one-third of your time working and learning in a variety of hospital and clinical settings.

St. Kate's program prepares you to earn a two-year associate of applied science degree and to take the national certification exam offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). The radiography program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiology Technology located at 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL, 60606, (312) 704-5300.

The radiography program is two years in length.  Many students enter the radiography program through the pre-professional program.  Students in the pre-professional program take one year of liberal arts and science courses before starting the radiography program.

Major Requirements:

NOTE: The credit value of several courses is changing effective Summer 2014 (for new students entering the program). The course numbers assigned to the new courses are listed in parentheses. The overall credit value of the program remains unchanged.

RAD 1010 Introduction to Radiography
RAD 1020 Introduction to Patient Care
RAD 1110 (1115) Radiographic Procedures I
RAD 1120 Radiographic Procedures II
RAD 1130 Radiographic Procedures III
RAD 1210 (1215) Exposure I
RAD 1220 (1225) Exposure II
RAD 1310 (1315) Clinical Radiography I
RAD 1320 (1325)Clinical Radiography II
RAD 2010 Radiation Physics
RAD 2020 Radiation Protection/Biology
RAD 2130 Topics I
RAD 2140 Topics II
RAD 2150 Topics III
RAD 2330 (2335) Clinical Radiography III
RAD 2340 Clinical Radiography IV
RAD 2350 Clinical Radiography V

Supporting courses (minimum grade of C required):
BIOL 2400 General Anatomy & Physiology*
BIOL 2420 Human Disease*                                                        
ENGL 1100 Composition
HIMP 1020 Medical Terminology*
PHIL 2000 Ethical Problems in Healthcare
PSYC 1000 General Psychology
SSCS 1000 Power and Social Change

*These courses must have been completed no more than five years prior to entering the University to be considered for transfer.

Liberal arts and sciences and CIL requirements:
ART elective
ENGL literature elective
MATH elective
SSCS elective
THEO elective
One additional elective credit