Radiologic technologists are responsible for administering ionizing radiation to patients for diagnostic or research purposes. The primary responsibility of the radiologic technologist is to integrate advanced radiographic techniques and positioning with applied knowledge of anatomy and physiology for the imaging of internal structures. Practitioners of radiologic technology must possess qualities such as good communication and a desire to work directly with patients.
Students may apply for the Radiologic Technology program after completing the BDTS core curriculum – generally as a sophomore. Application is made during the winter semester of the sophomore year for the September start date.
Oakland University is affiliated with Beaumont Hospitals to provide the clinical portion of the program. Acceptance into the program is competitive and based on grade point average, personal interview, letters of recommendation and score on the Medical Terminology Entrance Exam administered to interviewed candidates. Desirable candidates possess qualities and abilities in communication, computer literacy, leadership, multitasking, problem solving and critical thinking. Direct patient contact experience, volunteering with patients and advanced course work are also considered in the admissions process.
A maximum of 16 students are accepted each year. The program is 24 months in duration. Students will spend 2 days each week in academic instruction at Oakland University during Fall and Winter semesters. One day of academic instruction is scheduled during Summer semester. Clinical education takes place 3 days each week (all semesters) in a variety of rotations at the Beaumont Hospitals in Royal Oak, Troy, and West Bloomfield. Additional clinical sites may be required.
Curriculum – Effective Fall 2015
Students in the radiologic technology specialization should complete RAD courses in the order outlined in the RAD plan of study. Please see the Radiologic Technology Plan of Study for a recommended year-by-year schedule of classes. For a complete description of courses, please review the Biomedical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences Program entry in the Undergraduate Catalog.
Students must be admitted to the Radiologic Technology program and have Radiologic Technology listed as their major in order to register for RAD courses.
All students applying to Radiologic Technology program must complete a graduation audit with their SHS academic adviser when applying to this program.
Consider this profession if you:
- want to make a difference in the lives of others
- enjoy subjects such as anatomy, biology, radiation safety, and physics
- enjoy using computers to acquire and manipulate images
- want to communicate with patients, doctors, nurses and other radiologic technologists
- enjoy solving problems
- want a hands-on practice in a clinical setting
- interested in opportunities to advance within the professional world
Radiologic Technology is one of the fastest growing career fields in the United States and is expected to continue to have higher than average job growth well into the future. In fact, the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates demand for Radiologic Technologists to increase by a total of 21% or 48,600 jobs between 2012 and 2022. Radiologic Technologists earn a median pay of $55,910 per year. There is an immediate demand for qualified Radiologic Technologists in settings such as hospitals, physician’s offices, and imaging clinics.