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Radiologic Sciences

Radiologic Science Program Mission

The El Centro College Radiologic Sciences Program prepares our graduates through an accredited educational experience to enter the workforce as professional radiologic technologists committed to high standards of practice and social responsibility.

Goal #1: Students will develop specialized knowledge and skills necessary to competently and safely enter the workforce as professional radiographers.

  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in radiographic positioning
  • Students will select appropriate technical factors for radiographic procedures.
  • Students will employ competence in radiographic equipment utilization.

 Goal #2: Students will apply effective inter-personal communication skills, which will result in positive interactions with patients, the clinical staff, college faculty and fellow students.

  • Students will illustrate professional written communication skills
  • Students will articulate effective, oral communication skills.
  • Students will demonstrate active listening skills and recognize the importance of using this is the clinical environment.

Goal #3: Students will apply critical thinking and problem- solving skills to lab scenarios and clinical practice.

  • Students will perform non-routine radiographic procedures to accommodate for the patient’s condition
  • Students will identify methods to improve image quality.
  • Students will demonstrate critical thinking when adapting procedures to body habitus.

Goal #4: Through meaningful community service activities, students will discover the value of social responsibility and citizenship skills.

  • Students will demonstrate concern for the dignity and welfare of patients in the clinical environment.
  • Students will communicate with patients by demonstrating their ability to accommodate for their needs and emotions.
  • Students will value participating in a professional organization that promotes research and investigation in the field of radiologic sciences.
  • Students will demonstrate appreciation for technologists that work with them in the clinical setting during National Radiologic Technology Week.
  • Program Effectiveness Data

Program Effectiveness Data Chart

The JRCERT records the five-year average credentialing examination pass rate, five-year average job placement rate, and program completion rate data for accredited programs.
Program Effectiveness Data 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 5 yr. average
Job Placement Rates within 1 year of graduation 85% 91% 93% 100% 91% 93%
Students employed/ Students actively seeking employment 11/13 21/23 14/15 27/27 20/22 -
ARRT Pass Rates 100% 92% 100% 85% 95% 94%
Students passing the ARRT exam / Students taking the ARRT exam 18/18 23/25 16/16 23/27 21/22 -
Program Completion Rate 74% 92% 84% 100% 88% 88%
Students graduating / Students in the original cohort 17/23 24/26 16/19 28/28 22/25 -

El Centro College has an affiliation agreement with Midwestern State University for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Radiologic Science.

College Facilities

The Radiography program is equipped with three on-campus energized x-ray rooms, a computed radiography system, PACS system and a darkroom with a Kodak automatic processor. There is a comprehensive array of instructional tools, accessories, instruments, computers and instructional software. The Radiography program supports a collaborative learning environment that will allow the students as many hands-on activities as possible. Radiographic science students will spend time in the surgical laboratory along with the simulation lab learning portable x-ray technology and developing critical thinking skills. These activities assist the students in mastering radiographic procedures and x-ray equipment operation that will prepare them for a successful career in radiologic sciences.

Clinical Site Policy

A criminal background check and/or drug testing will be required prior to participation in the Radiography clinical component by the clinical site. Applicants, please be advised, the criminal check and/or drug testing is a requirement of the college or radiography program. The reason for this is students’ progress towards graduation would be limited by the inability to complete the clinical portion of the program, so students obtaining a non-clear background check or a positive drug screen may be dismissed from the Radiologic Science Program. Concerns regarding background checks and drug screens should be consulted with the program coordinator Kimberley Hiott prior to submitting a program application. Programmatic hours are from 7 Am to 9 PM with possible clinical hours during days, evenings and weekends.

The El Centro College Radiologic Sciences Program is accredited by:

20 N. Wacker Drive
Suite 2850
Chicago, Illinois 60606
Phone: (312) 704-5300
Fax: (312) 704-5304

If you have general questions regarding the Radiologic Sciences program, its entry requirements, or the admissions process, please contact the Health Occupations Admissions via email or phone (972.860.5016) and one of our staff members will assist you.

Information Packet

  1. The information packet may be download on this page.
  2. Applications will be accepted January 1- May 31 of each year.
  3. Online, Mandatory information sessions will be available soon.

The El Centro Radiologic Science Program does NOT accept transfer students. Prospective students, who have completed a Radiologic technology program at another institution, but failed to pass the national certification examination by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists will be required to apply to the program as all other prospective students and complete both the clinical and didactic Radiologic Science courses at El Centro College to be eligible by the El Centro College Radiologic Science Program to sit for the ARRT exam again.

For details about graduation rates, program costs and other important information, view the gainful employment disclosure.