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Radiography (APRAD)

Associate in Applied Science Degree


This program prepares students for a career in diagnostic radiology as a radiographer. A radiographer is a technologist who produces images of the human body to aid physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of injuries and diseases. The program curriculum includes a series of courses offered in conjunction with individualized laboratory work and an extensive clinical experience in local hospitals. Upon completion of the program, the student will receive an Associate in Applied Science Degree*** in Radiography and is eligible to take the national registry examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Radiographers work in a variety of settings including hospitals, clinics, doctors' offices and industry.

The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-2901, (312)704-5300.

For more detailed information regarding the Radiography Program, please visit the radiography web page at


Davenport University, Bachelor degree;
Eastern Michigan University, several BS degrees;
University of Michigan-Flint, BS degree.

Copies can be obtained from the Counseling Office, a program advisor, or from the Curriculum and Assessment Office Web site: www.wccnet.edu/curriculum/articulation/levelone/colleges/.

Admissions Requirements

Washtenaw Community College uses a competitive admission process for high demand programs in health care. Each year, approximately 32 students are accepted to the program for a Spring/Summer semester start. There are multiple requirements that must be completed prior to submitting an application for admission. This is a full-time program; no part-time option is available. For detailed information regarding admission to this health care program, please visit our Health Care website at health.wccnet.edu.

Prerequisite and program requirements along with WCC's point system and scales are reviewed annually and subject to change. Students are expected to meet the prerequisite and program requirements of the catalog term for the semester in which they first begin the program. Details regarding WCC's Admission to High Demand Programs policy including priority levels are on WCC's Board of Trustees policy page: www.wccnet.edu/trustees/policies/2005/. Details regarding WCC's point scales that are used to calculate points are on WCC's Student Connection, Health and Second Tier Program, information page: www.wccnet.edu/studentconnection/admissions/health-second-program/ .

Requirements for application are:
1. Admission to WCC.
2. Program prerequisite courses:
a. MTH 125 or MTH 160 or MTH 176 (or MTH 167 or MTH 169 if passed Fall 2017 or earlier) or any Academic Math Level 4 or higher level course with a minimum grade of C+/2.3.
b. HSC 101 or HSC 124 with a minimum grade of B-/2.7.
c. BIO 109 or BIO 111 with a minimum grade of C+/2.3.
d. RAD 100 with a minimum grade of B-/2.7.
3. Minimum cumulative college GPA of 2.3 (total cumulative GPA of all schools that provide a required program prerequisite course will be included in the calculation).
4. Signed Abilities Statement (refer to the admission packet). WCC reserves the right to request, before and during the program, that students successfully demonstrate specific physical and cognitive abilities related to this program.
5. Residency verification.

Applying for Admission to the Program

A formal application and acceptance to the program is required. Application packets may be downloaded from WCC's Student Connection, Health and Second Tier Program, information page www.wccnet.edu/studentconnection/admissions/health-second-program/ . Completed and signed applications must be submitted during the dates indicated on the application to the Health and Second Tier Admissions Office in the Student Connection, located on the second floor of the Student Center Building.

Requirement After Acceptance
Upon notification of acceptance to the program, students must purchase an account for a college-designated vendor to obtain a criminal background check and to track their health records. The criminal background check and health records must be submitted to the designated vendor before attending the mandatory program orientation session. Specific information on the college-designated vendor will be included in the program acceptance letter.

Continuing Eligibility

1. Additional criminal background checks may be conducted at any time during the program. Students may be required to have drug testing as well as additional criminal background checks and/or fingerprinting prior to the start of a clinical sequence as requested by specific clinical facilities. Failure to receive an acceptable drug test and/or criminal background/fingerprinting check at any time, will result in dismissal from the program unless the student has documentation from ARRT of their eligibility to take the certification exam.
2. Students will be required to attend a hospital orientation session prior to starting their clinical rotation.
3. Students will be required to submit health records annually while in the program and must complete any other health requirements as designated by the clinical sites.
4. Students will be required to purchase special uniforms and supplies throughout the duration of the program.
5. Students are required to demonstrate that they have maintained competency in all skills taught throughout their progression through the program. Failure to demonstrate continued competency will result in dismissal from the program.
6. All Radiography (RAD) courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C-/1.7 and all support courses to the program must be completed with a minimum grade of C/2.0 unless otherwise specified.
7. Students must have reliable transportation to clinical education sites which may require a commute of up to one hour.
8. Students who are dismissed from the program may not be eligible to reapply to the program.

Contact Information

Health Sciences
Allied Health Department
William Nelson


(Items marked in orange are available online.)
Major/Area Requirements
Class Title Minimum Credits
BIO 109 or Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology *
BIO 111 Anatomy and Physiology - Normal Structure and Function * 4
HSC 101 or Healthcare Terminology *
HSC 124 Medical Terminology * 1
MTH 125 or Everyday College Math *
MTH 160 or Basic Statistics *
MTH 176 or College Algebra *
(MTH 167 or MTH 169 if passed Fall 2017 or earlier) or Any Math Level 4 or Higher Course * 3
RAD 100 Introduction to Diagnostic Imaging * 2
Total 10
Semester 1 (Spring/Summer)
Class Title Minimum Credits
ENG 111 Composition I ** 4
RAD 101 Methods in Patient Care 1
RAD 103 Medical Professionalism in Clinical Radiography 1
RAD 111 Fundamentals of Radiography 2
Total 8
Semester 2 (Fall)
Class Title Minimum Credits
COM 101 or Fundamentals of Speaking **
COM 102 Interpersonal Communication ** 3
RAD 110 Clinical Education 2
RAD 112 Radiographic Positioning I 2
RAD 124 Principles of Radiographic Exposure 2
RAD 125 Radiographic Procedures and Related Anatomy 3
Total 12
Semester 3 (Winter)
Class Title Minimum Credits
Social and Behavioral Science Elective (PSY 100 or SOC 100) ** 3
RAD 120 Clinical Education 2
RAD 123 Radiographic Positioning II 2
RAD 215 Radiography of the Skull 2
Total 9
Semester 4 (Spring/Summer)
Class Title Minimum Credits
RAD 150 Clinical Education 3
RAD 218 Radiation Biology and Protection 3
Total 6
Semester 5 (Fall)
Class Title Minimum Credits
RAD 190 Physical Foundations of Radiography 3
RAD 217 Clinical Education 3
RAD 222 Pharmacology in Diagnostic Imaging 2
RAD 235 Pathology for Radiographers 3
Total 11
Semester 6 (Winter)
Class Title Minimum Credits
PHL 244 Ethical and Legal Issues in Health Care 3
RAD 223 Sectional Anatomy 2
RAD 225 Clinical Education 3
RAD 232 Digital Imaging in Radiography 2
Total 10
Semester 7 (Spring/Summer)
Class Title Minimum Credits
RAD 240 Clinical Education 2
Total 2
Total Credits Required


*These courses must be taken before being admitted to the program.
**These courses may be taken before admissions to the Radiography program. (It is strongly advised that students complete the general education courses before entering the Radiography program.) Students can transfer or substitute equivalent general education courses required for the Radiography program. Contact the program advisor for approval.
***Students who are planning to transfer to a 4-year univeristy should follow the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA). See an academic advisor for more information.

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