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Radiography (APRAD)

Associate in Applied Science Degree


This program prepares students for an entry-level position as a radiographer who operates medical imaging equipment and plays a vital role in healthcare delivery. This full-time, two-year program offers a diverse curriculum that includes comprehensive classroom instruction in conjunction with individualized laboratory work and 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). Employment opportunities exist in hospitals, medical clinics, doctor's offices and industries. 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 health care programs at WCC, please visit our "Welcome to Health Care" home page at www4.wccnet.edu/departments/health


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

A limited number of students are admitted to the Radiography Program each year. A formal application to the program is required. Application packets may be downloaded from the WCC Web site. Download the Radiography program application packet: www4.wccnet.edu/departments/health/pdfs/radiography_application_packet.pdf
Completed and signed applications must be delivered to the Health Admissions Technician at the Student Connection, located on the second floor of the Student Center Building. Applicants will be screened based on the following criteria:

- Completion of an application for admission to the Radiography program
- Residency status: Students who meet the WCC residency policy are admitted from Washtenaw County and surrounding counties in which the program has established clinical affiliates. Contact the Program Director for a current listing of the program clinical affiliates.

- Date of application to the Radiography Program

Note: It is the policy of Washtenaw Community College to screen its students applying to the radiography program for prior criminal convictions as a condition for admission. Individuals who have been convicted of a felony or have an abuse record may not be permitted to take the national registry examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Students with questions should contact the ARRT, (651) 687-0048, to inquire about eligibility to take the ARRT examination prior to applying for the Radiography Program.

Applicants must complete the following high school courses or equivalent WCC courses with a grade of "C" or better:

- One year of high school biology or BIO 101: Concepts of Biology
- MTH 160, MTH 167, MTH 169 or any math level 4 or higher course with a minimum grade of C+
- Completion of BIO 109 or an equivalent college-level anatomy and physiology course with a minimum grade of C+
- Completion of RAD 100, Introduction to Diagnostic Imaging with a minimum grade of B-
- Completion of HSC 101, Healthcare Terminology with a minimum grade of B-
- Applicants must have a minimum cumulative 2.3 GPA for college courses
- Admission to the Radiography program is contingent upon students declaring that they have specific physical and cognitive abilities. These requirements are detailed in the Radiography program admission packet. WCC reserves the right to request that students successfully demonstrate the specific cognitive and physical abilities related to the Radiography Program.

Post Admission Requirements:
One class is admitted each year in the spring/summer semester. Upon official notification of admission to the Radiography program, students are required to:

- Attend a mandatory Radiography Orientation Session
- Submit evidence of medical insurance
- Submit a current certification in CPR for the Professional Rescuer
- Submit documentation of a physical examination by a licensed physician or nurse practitioner
- Submit immunization records
- Undergo a current criminal background check. Students whose background check reveals a criminal conviction or current criminal charge will be denied admission to the program unless the student has documentation from the AART of their eligibility to take the certification exam.

Students who fail to comply with the post admission requirements will not be permitted to register for classes and will forfeit their seat in the program.

Continuing Eligibility

- Students must pass a physical examination, taken at their own expense, not more than three months before enrolling in the first clinical education course.
- Students must maintain personal health coverage.
- Students must be certified in CPR for the Professional Rescuer to be eligible to enroll in clinical education courses which begin in the fall semester. If they have not received certification through another agency, they can obtain it by completing HSC 131, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid.
- Program courses are sequential and complemented with appropriate support courses. Students must complete all Radiography (RAD) courses with a grade of "C-" or above.
- Students must complete all general education and support courses with a grade of "C" or better.
- All students must demonstrate proficiency in the English language prior to placement in clinical courses. Please refer to the application packet for further details.

Contact Information

Math, Science & Health
Allied Health Department
Connie Foster
William Nelson


(Items marked in orange are available online.)
Major/Area Requirements
Class Title Minimum Credits
BIO 109 Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology * 4
HSC 101 Healthcare Terminology * 1
MTH 169 Intermediate Algebra * 4
RAD 100 Introduction to Diagnostic Imaging * 2
Total 11
First Semester
Class Title Minimum Credits
ENG 111 Composition I ** 4
RAD 101 Methods in Patient Care 2
RAD 111 Fundamentals of Radiography 2
Total 8
Second Semester
Class Title Minimum Credits
COM 101 Fundamentals of Speaking ** 3
RAD 110 Clinical Education 2
RAD 112 Radiographic Positioning I 3
RAD 124 Principles of Radiographic Exposure 3
Total 11
Third Semester
Class Title Minimum Credits
Elective(s) Social and Behavioral Science Select PSY 100 or SOC 100** 3
RAD 120 Clinical Education 2
RAD 123 Radiographic Positioning II 3
RAD 125 Radiographic Procedures and Related Anatomy 3
Total 11
Fourth Semester
Class Title Minimum Credits
RAD 150 Clinical Education 3
RAD 218 Radiation Biology and Protection 3
Total 6
Fifth Semester
Class Title Minimum Credits
PHL 244 Ethical and Legal Issues in Health Care ** 3
RAD 215 Radiography of the Skull 2
RAD 217 Clinical Education 3
RAD 235 Pathology for Radiographers 3
Total 11
Sixth Semester
Class Title Minimum Credits
RAD 190 Physical Foundations of Radiography 3
RAD 222 Pharmacology in Diagnostic Imaging 2
RAD 223 Sectional Anatomy 2
RAD 225 Clinical Education 3
RAD 226 Radiographic Quality Assurance 2
Total 12
Seventh Semester
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.

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