Radiologic Sciences

(Bachelor of Science Degree)

Mission Statement

The Radiologic Sciences program at Southern Vermont College is committed to quality education and excellence in providing competent, entry-level Radiologic Technologists who function as productive members of the healthcare team. Through a competency-based program, graduates will demonstrate proficiency in the application of current and developing technologies, use effective verbal and written communication, think critically, apply appropriate radiation safety measures, and safely administer ionizing radiation to patients at hospitals, clinics, doctor’s offices, and other healthcare facilities. 

Program Goal(s):
1.  Students will demonstrate communications skills.
2.  Students will become clinically competent.
3.  Students will utilize critical-thinking skills.
4.  Students will display professionalism.

Program  Goal(s) Supported:
Communication, Clinical Competence, Critical Thinking, and Professional Development

Intended Educational (Student) Outcomes:
1.  Communication: Students will use proper communication skills during patient exams.                                
2.  Communication: Students will write effectively.
3.  Communication: Students will demonstrate proper oral communication skills.
4.  Clinical Competence: Students will use radiation safety techniques.
5.  Clinical Competence: Students will position patients accurately.
6.  Critical Thinking: Students will perform non-routine procedures.
7.  Critical Thinking: Students will select appropriate technical factors for variations in body habitus.   
8.  Critical Thinking: Students will be able to analyze images.
9.  Professionalism: Students will be knowledgeable of advanced imaging modalities.
10.  Professionalism: Students will display proper professionalism.
11.  Program Effectiveness Measures: Students will be prepared to be an entry-level technologists.
12.  Program Effectiveness Measures: Students will pass the registry exam the first time.

Program Description

Radiography is the art and science of using radiation as a diagnostic tool in performing radiographic examination. Radiologic Technologists apply the knowledge of anatomy, physiology, positioning, radiographic technique and radiation biology in performing medical x-ray examinations using established radiation protection standards in limiting radiation exposure to patients, themselves and others.

As essential members of the healthcare team, radiologic technologists must be able to communicate effectively with patients, other healthcare professionals and the public. Radiologic technologists must be compassionate, competent and use problem-solving and critical-thinking skills in meeting the needs of their patients.

Radiologic technologists are employed in various healthcare facilities, including hospitals, specialized imaging centers and private physicians' offices. They may also be employed as imaging department administrators or educators. The salaries and benefits are generally very competitive with other healthcare professionals and vary according to experience and geographic location.

The need for sophisticated imaging management and leadership to respond to the clinical, organizational and fiscal demands facing the healthcare industry supports the creation of advanced educational and skill development opportunities for imaging. Future changes to the profession include minimum degree requirements for Radiologic Sciences as well as Imaging Education and sub-specialty areas. The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) recently recognized the need for advanced degrees within the profession by adopting a new Bachelor of Science Radiologic Sciences (BSRS) curriculum.

The new BSRS curriculum is an expression of content that enhances entry-level education and supports multiple, post-primary specialty certifications as well as a transition to education and management in advanced clinical practice. The new BSRS curriculum emphasizes education in critical thinking, human diversity, sustainability, and written and oral communication. Students in the BSRS degree program will engage in topics with more depth and breadth, resulting in a broader knowledge base and skill set than the entry-level radiographer.

The Radiologic Sciences program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The JRCERT may be contacted by phone at 312-704-5300 or via the Internet at

Student Health Policy

Before beginning Rs210 (Introduction to Radiology and Patient Care), all radiology students are required to submit the following information: (1) results of a physical examination, (2) have a drug background check screening performed by a College-approved entity; (3) evidence of current immunizations, including but not limited to: a two-step tuberculin skin test (TST), Hep. B vaccination and annual flu vaccinations; and (4) CPR card for infant, child and adult.

First Year Course

All students who have fewer than 12 transfer credits are required to enroll in Fy100-Ns Quest for Success: The First Year Experience in their first semester.

Admission Process for Nonregistered (ARRT) Students

Students entering directly or as transfer students without a previous ARRT registration follow a curriculum that includes one to two years of general education and preparatory classes. In order for a student to be eligible to take any Rs course, the student must have completed all general education and preparatory classes with a cumulative GPA of 2.85. The following classes also require a grade of C+ or higher: Hc100, Hc105, Ma120, Ns235 and Ns236. A grade of C or higher is required in En101 and En102. Space in the Rs courses (junior year) is limited. Admission is determined by a point system which takes into account course grades, overall GPA and courses completed at SVC.

Admission Process for Registered (ARRT) Students (A.S. to B.S.R.S. completer degree)

Students who previously graduated from SVC with an associate's degree in Radiologic Technology and who have successfully passed the ARRT examination will be eligible to continue and receive a BSRS degree within one to one- and-a-half years depending on the classes previously taken.

Students who have already completed an associate's degree and who are presently registered with the ARRT in Radiography or other radiology subspecialty (Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy) will be awarded a maximum of 64 credits towards the BSRS degree. A student must complete all of the general education core courses not previously awarded as transfer credit to complete the BSRS degree. Usually the BSRS degree can be obtained within one and a half to two years. A minimum of 64 credits must be taken at Southern Vermont College.

Degree Progression and Readmission to the Program

A Radiologic Sciences student must maintain a grade of C+ or higher in each Radiologic Sciences major course, including Hc100, Hc105, Ma120, Ns235 and  Ns236, and a cumulative grade-point average of 2.3 overall to progress in the program.

A student who does not receive a C+ or higher in a Radiologic Sciences course or who does not maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.3 or higher will be dismissed from the program.  In order for the student to be eligible to reenter the program, he or she must reapply to the Radiologic Sciences program. To be readmitted the student must meet all prerequisite requirements including the minimum Southern Vermont College cumulative GPA of 2.85.  A seat in the program must also be available. A student may only be readmitted to the program one time. A student who is readmitted must repeat any Radiologic Sciences major course in which he or she has not received a grade of C+ or higher before being eligible to take the next course(s) in the degree sequence. A student may only retake courses in which he or she has not achieved a grade of C+ or higher.  Course repetition is allowed on a seat-available basis only.

Radiography Program Effectiveness data

Radiology Student Handbook 2015-2016

Program of Study Requirements Credit
General Core Requirements 48
Program Requirements
  • Hc100 Introduction to Healthcare I (4 cr)
  • Hc105 Introduction to Healthcare II (4 cr)
  • Rs210 Introduction to Radiologic Technology & Patient Care (4 cr)
  • Rs220 Radiographic Positioning I (4 cr)
  • Rs230 Radiographic Equipment (4 cr)
  • Rs260 Clinical Radiography I (4 cr)
  • Rs261 Clinical Radiography II (Summer) (6 cr)
  • Rs300 Digital Imaging and Processing (2 cr)
  • Rs320 Radiographic Positioning II (2 cr)
  • Rs330 Radiographic Exposures (4 cr)
  • Rs350 Radiation Protection & Biology (2 cr)
  • Rs360 Clinical Radiography III (4.5 cr)
  • Rs361 Clinical Radiography IV (4.5 cr)
  • Rs370 Radiographic Pathology (2 cr)
  • Rs420 Advanced Imaging & Pharmacology (4 cr)
  • Rs440 Radiographic Critique & Analysis (4 cr)
  • Rs480 Senior Seminar: Program Capstone (2 cr)
Two Upper Level Electives (300/400 level)    8     
Four General Electives   16
Total Credits 135

Please note that there are prerequisite courses for some of the program requirements. It is highly recommended that these are taken as part of the General Core/General Elective courses.

Prerequisites: Ma120, Mg170, Rs315 or Py315, Ns235, Ns236