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Radiography Program (Associate of Science)

The Radiography Associate of Science degree program at Indiana University School of Medicine provides students with hands-on learning and patient care experience starting within the first month of training. This 22-month program provides students with knowledge and communication skills to effectively perform radiographic procedures and evaluate images. In addition to clinical training, students pursue original research and can pursue a study abroad experience. Graduates of this program are qualified to work as entry-level radiologic technologists.

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Quick Facts

  • How many patient care hours do students log throughout this program?
    Students log over 1,300 patient care hours throughout the course of this program.
  • What is the board pass rate for students in this program?
    For the past two years, 100 percent of students have passed their boards after program completion.
  • Can I participate in an honor society during this program?
    Yes. The Lamda Nu National Honor Society for Radiologic and Imaging Sciences Chapter “Indiana Psi” was established in 2017 for students.
  • Mission Statement

    The Radiologic and Imaging Sciences programs at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) are aimed at the preparation of highly qualified individuals who are dedicated to the health and welfare of the patient through the practice of radiologic technology.

  • Program Values

    The Radiologic and Imaging Sciences program faculty support the following values:

    • Student learning through the effective use of available educational opportunities including
      • Entry-level professional programs, advanced level educational programs, and continuing education offerings.
      • Diverse patient populations.
      • Cultural competence
      • Broad spectrum of technology and health facilities.
    • Creative activity and research resulting from the collaboration of faculty and students.
    • Ethical behavior and professional integrity in addition to technical competence.
    • Civic engagement involved in collaborating with a variety of internal and external constituencies including health care facilities, professional organizations and IUPUI, School of Medicine and Health Professions Program departments.
  • Program Goals
    1. Graduates will be clinically competent
    2. Graduates will communicate effectively in the healthcare environment
    3. Graduates will think critically and apply problem-solving skills in the healthcare environment
    4. Graduates will have knowledge of the value of professional development and growth
    5. Students will graduate and will be qualified to work as entry-level radiologic technologists
  • Program Outcomes
    At appropriate points during the radiography program, the student will be able to:
    • demonstrate appropriate knowledge of radiographic procedures [goal 1]
    • demonstrate appropriate knowledge of radiographic principles [goal 1]
    • apply radiographic positioning skills effectively [goal 1]
    • determine appropriate technical factors [goal 1]
    • apply principles of radiation protection for patient, self, and others [goal 1]
    • demonstrate overall competence in performance of radiographic procedures [goal 1]
    • use effective oral communication skills [goal 2]
    • demonstrate effective written communication skills. [goal 2]
    • evaluate images and make appropriate adjustments [goal 3]
    • adapt procedures for complicated patients [goal 3]
    • determine the importance of continued professional development [goal 4]
    • attend professional meetings [goal 4]

    At the completion of the radiography program, the graduate will:

    • pass the ARRT national certification on the 1st attempt [goal 5]
    • be gainfully employed within 12 months post-graduation, if pursuing employment [goal 5]
    • complete the program within 22 months [goal 5]
    • be satisfied with their education [goal 5]

Teaching Faculty

The Radiography AS Program is one of three undergraduate offerings provided by faculty in the Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences.
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Testimonials

Those who earned undergraduate degrees in medical imaging, nuclear medicine or radiography are excelling in their careers.
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Program Details

  • Accreditation

    The associate degree program in radiography is fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182, (312) 704-5300, www.jrcert.org.

  • Clinical Experiences
    Students entering into the Radiography Program are required to document compliance in a physical health screening, background check, drug screen, TB test, fit testing, flu shot, and numerous other immunizations (Hepatitis B, Meningitis, MMR, Tdap, Td, Varicella) annually. Due to the length of the immunization process for Hepatitis B, a student may attend fall semester clinic (if at least 1 dose out of 3 has been given) but must show proof of completion of the Hepatitis B series by the beginning of the spring semester. The Health Professions Program (HPP), in conjunction with the Student Campus Health office, documents student compliance with all these policies. The HPP office can address any questions about paperwork or compliance with this policy. The HPP office is located on the IUPUI campus in the Van-Nuys Medical Science Building at 635 Barnhill Drive, Room 203, Indianapolis, IN 46202. Contact them at 317-278-4752 or https://medicine.iu.edu/education/undergraduate-health-professions /contacts. At the end of the spring semester of the first year, students will be required to meet the same compliance issues for the second year of the program. 

    Students must also be CPR certified. The BLS certification for Healthcare Providers CPR certification is required for the duration of the program. It is the student’s responsibility to renew their certification before it expires. No student will be allowed to attend clinic without proof of CPR certification.

    The Radiologic Sciences clinical faculty is responsible for determining appropriate clinical experience assignments for each student radiographer. Students are responsible for transportation to and from clinical rotations each semester. All clinical affiliates are located within a 60-mile radius of the University. Students will rotate to numerous sites of varying type and size throughout the two-year program. Students receive their clinical assignments and rotational schedules for the first year of the program during new student orientation. Weekly assignment schedules will be emailed to the students two-four weeks before the start of the semester as well as posted in the clinical setting. Clinical schedules are subject to change at any time during the program. If a change is made, new clinical schedules will be given to the students.

    Clinical course hours for weekday assignments are 8:00 am-3:30 pm but vary by hospital and by area within the radiology department. Clinical assignments in some areas may begin as early as 6:00 a.m. A clinic day is 7 hours, not including lunch. A half clinic day is 3.5 hours. A 30-minute lunch break is assigned at each hospital to coincide with the flow of patients. Clinical hours for all hospitals and rotations can be found on the rotation schedule handed out during orientation. 

    Students in the first year of the Radiography program attend clinic on Tuesday and Thursday during the fall and spring semesters. First year students will also be assigned Saturday rotations. Students in the second year of the Radiography program attend clinic on Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the fall and spring semesters. During the full 12-week Summer Session, second year students attend clinic Monday through Thursday with Friday off. Second year students will rotate through all areas of the Radiology Department.

    Due to the varied workdays and shifts required in the A.S. Radiography program, there are no opportunities for changes to published course schedules for 22 months, students will be assigned day shifts, evening shifts and/or Saturday hours.

  • Grievance Policy

    All student complaints regarding activities or decisions made in one of the Radiologic and Imaging Sciences Programs (RISP) will be handled in the following manner:

    The student will submit the complaint in writing with appropriate documentation.  A complaint may be filed at any time.

    If the complaint regards a RISP policy, decision or, a RISP faculty member, the written complaint should be submitted to the RISP director. The complaint review procedure is as follows:

    1. The complaint will be reviewed by the RISP director who has the following options:

    a.  Work out a reasonable solution with the student complainant

    b.  Appoint a committee of non-involved individuals within 5 business days, excluding holidays, of the receipt of the complaint. The composition will include representation from the RISP faculty (one of which will be appointed as chairman) and may include an HPP faculty member not in RISP. Other appropriate persons may be added, as needed, to address the specific situation.

    ·      The committee will review the complaint, gather additional documentation, and make a recommendation on both the validity of the complaint and possible resolutions to the complaint.  The recommendation will be made within 15 business days of the appointment of the committee.

    ·      The RISP director will review the committee recommendation, consult with department or school administration, if needed, and provide a written decision within 5 business days, excluding holiday, of receiving the committee's recommendation.

    ·      The RISP director is responsible for implementing changes, if any result from the resolution of the complaint.

    2. The complaining party will be informed of the result of the review process no later than 5 business days, excluding holidays, after a decision has been made.

    3. If the complaint is not resolved at the RISP level, the complaining party may appeal the decision through the HPP appeal policy.

    If the complaint regards the RISP director or an HPP policy, it should be submitted to the Director of the Health Professions Programs. These complaints will be reviewed according to HPP policy.

    For complaints related to alleged Radiologic and Imaging Sciences Programs non-compliance with the Standards of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology students are encouraged to first exhaust all program, school, and University polices to resolve the complaint. If this process does not result in satisfactory resolution of the complaint, the student is encouraged to contact the appropriate Joint Review Committee directly. The process for filing an allegation is available on the JRCERT website at: http://www.jrcert.org/. The JRCERT mailing address is: Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182. 

  • RISP Calendar

    Vacation time is allocated for use at the specific times that coincide with the IUPUI breaks, but may not be the exact same dates as those of IUPUI. Specific dates will be provided. Vacation time may not be accumulated for use at a later time and cannot be used to eliminate excess clinical absences. Radiology and Imaging Sciences students receive vacation during the following times:

    IUPUI Semester Break between SS & Fall

    IUPUI Labor Day Holiday

    RISP Fall Break (as designated by RISP faculty) – RADI courses only

    RISP Veteran’s Day – RADI Clinic Courses only

    IUPUI Thanksgiving Break

    IUPUI Semester Break between Fall & Spring

    IUPUI MLK Day

    IUPUI Spring Break Week

    RISP President’s Day – RADI Clinic Courses only

    RISP Break between Spring & SS (as designated by RISP faculty) – RADI courses only

    IUPUI Memorial Day Holiday

    IUPUI Fourth of July Holiday

    View the IUPUI long term calendar.

  • RISP Grading System

    A          100.00-94%

    B            93.99-87%

    C            86.99-80%

    D           79.99-73%

    F            <73%

    • Students must pass all courses (except electives) with a grade of "C" or better.The grade of "C-" is less than a "C" and not considered a passing grade.

    • Students receiving less than a "C" in any required program course will be placed on academic probation and are required to repeat the course prior to graduation.It is likely that the student will not be able to continue in the program until the failed course is repeated the following year, since all program courses are sequential and only offered once a year.

    • Students receiving two course grades of less than a "C" will be dismissed from the Radiography program due to lack of academic progress.

Program Leadership

Kellie S. Cranfill

Assistant Professor of Clinical Radiologic & Imaging Sciences

Emily Scaggs M.S.Ed RT(R)

Assistant Professor of Clinical Radiologic & Imaging Sciences

Deborah L. LeMay

Assistant Professor of Clinical Radiologic & Imaging Sciences

Ashley L. Marshall, MA

Assistant Professor of Clinical Radiologic & Imaging Sciences

Rebecca L. Stout

Assistant Professor of Clinical Radiologic & Imaging Sciences

Megan E. Bybee

Acting Lecturer in Clinical Radiologic & Imaging Sciences