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The ASRS curriculum sequence is completed in twenty (20) months and is available only on a full-time basis. The curriculum is designed to prepare the student for entry-level practice in diagnostic radiography. The curriculum includes liberal arts courses to fulfill University core requirements, professional concentration and concentration-related courses.
The ASRS Program admits students once per year to begin in the Fall semester. After an application has been reviewed by the Admissions Office and found to meet the University’s admission and Radiologic Science prerequisite requirements, the application is forwarded to the Radiologic Science Program Office. The Program Chair (or faculty designee) reviews the application. If the application satisfies prerequisite admission requirements, the applicant is offered a personal interview with the ASRS Program Admissions Committee. The Admissions Committee consists of the Radiologic Science Program Chair and faculty. Candidates are notified regarding acceptance decisions after all qualified applicants have been interviewed.
Prerequisite high school-level (or post-secondary equivalent) course requirements for the Radiologic Science Program require a minimum grade of C or (70%) and include:
Pre-Radiologic Science Track:
The Pre-Radiologic Science curriculum track provides a developmental/bridge curriculum for students to enter the Radiologic Science Program.
*A student whose cumulative GPA is below 2.5 at the completion of the Fall semester will have one (1) additional semester to obtain a cumulative GPA of 2.5. Students who do not achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.5 at the completion of the Spring semester forfeit admission to the ASRS Program.
Radiologic Science students begin clinical education courses in the Fall semester of the first year. Students must provide evidence of social security verification, national criminal background check, national sex offender search, PA, child abuse clearance and drug screening with negative results. Good health, up-to-date immunizations, CPR certification for health care providers and clinical site orientation are required prior to clinical placement. Students must maintain personal medical insurance throughout the program. Neither the University nor clinical agencies are responsible for payment of care rendered to students in case of illness or injury occurring in the clinical area (Policy Manual Volume VIII-C, Policy 8 C.3.3). Students gain experience in all routine radiographic procedures at either a Joint Commission accredited clinical agency, such as the radiology departments of Nazareth Hospital, Aria Health Torresdale Campus and outpatient office, Aria Health Frankford Campus, Jeanes Hospital, St. Mary Medical Center, Holy Redeemer Hospital, Lower Bucks Hospital, Alliance HealthCare Services and Roxborough Memorial Hospital, and Temple University Hospital – Episcopal Campus and Northeastern Ambulatory Care Center or agencies registered with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection such as MobilexUSA* and American Open MRI and CT Center. The number of clinical days per week varies by clinical course. Students can expect to spend eight hours per day in each clinical assignment. A minimum of one two-week evening (11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.) or early morning (7:15 am – 3:15 pm) clinical assignment per semester may be scheduled at some clinical agencies. Clinical education is competency-based. Supervised practice in laboratory simulations, and critical observation in the clinical environment by approved clinical preceptors, prepares the student to be evaluated and graded on the delivery of patient care and completion of radiographic procedures. Successful completion of clinical courses demands developing the precise skills required of the professional in practice (Policy Manual Volume VIII-C, Policy 8 C.3). An early release option from clinical education assignments is not supported.
*Times may vary from those normally scheduled.
Continuation in Program
Continued enrollment requires students to achieve a minimum:
*(See University Policy Manual Volume VIII-C, Policy 8 C.2.3 for additional details.)
Graduation from Program
Graduation requirements needed to fulfill the ASRS degree include:
Readmission to the ASRS Programs depends upon didactic and clinical space availability. Readmission is only permitted for a student who voluntarily withdraws in good academic standing. A student seeking readmission must submit a written request to the Program Chair and be able to complete the program within 32 months from the time she/he initially began the program. Readmission after 12 months will require reapplication and requires the student to repeat previously completed radiologic science courses (Policy Manual Vol. VIII-C, Policy 8C.2.5).
The ASRS Program does not admit students transferring from other radiologic science programs.
RT to ASRS Policy
The ASRS degree is awarded to a Radiologic Technologist certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in Radiography (or equivalent) and in compliance with continuing education (CE) requirements as follows:
The following requirements will apply to all RT to ASRS students:
*(See University Policy Manual Volume VIII-C, Policy 8C.2.3 for additional details.)
Transfer credit will be evaluated upon admission to the University and concentration course credits are approved by the Dean, School of Arts and Sciences and the Program Chair of Radiologic Science.