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Radiologic Sciences, Bachelor of Sciences

Clinical Health Professions

Overview

St. John’s University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences offers an undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Radiologic Sciences. This program is a rigorous course of study, combining didactic and laboratory-based academic instruction with clinical training at leading New York-area hospitals, medical centers, and private medical practices.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the national board examination in Radiography administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and upon successful completion are afforded a New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) license to practice as a Radiologic Technologist.  Graduates may advance into more specialized areas including but not limited to Computer Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), and Mammography.

The Radiologic Sciences program within the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is committed to a student-centered inclusive pedagogical model that supports student success, personal, and professional development. Our graduates are equipped with the tools to become leaders in their respective fields who work effectively in interprofessional collaborative environments.

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Mission Statement

The Radiologic Sciences Program of St. John’s University strives to educate and prepare each student for a career as a radiologic technologist.  The didactic and clinical curricula are designed to develop and enhance effective communication skills, technical skills, and professionalism while inspiring excellence in practice. The program will provide a balanced clinical education complemented with a didactic atmosphere conducive to fostering teamwork and self-development to provide a foundation for academic and career advancement.

Program Goals and Learning Outcomes

  1. The student will demonstrate clinical competency by mastering the program's didactic and clinical portions.
  • Students will effectively position patients.
  • Students will effectively protect patients and the healthcare team from radiation.
  • Students will utilize their technical knowledge to produce a quality image.
  • Students will provide quality patient care.
  1. The student will exhibit professionalism and ethical conduct.
  • Students will demonstrate ethical and professional work ethics.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the importance of participating in professional activities to ensure continued education development and growth.
  1. The student will effectively communicate in a professional manner.
  • Students will demonstrate effective oral communication skills.
  • Students will demonstrate effective written communication skills.
  • The student will demonstrate critical thinking skills to obtain quality diagnostic images while ensuring patient safety and comfort.
  • Students will accommodate non-routine and trauma patients.
  • Students will manipulate technical factors for non-routine examinations.
  • Students will effectively position trauma patients.
  1. Program Effective Measures: The program will effectively prepare the graduate for a career as an entry-level technologist.

 

Program Contact

Jennifer Chiu, Ed.D., MBA, R.T. (R) (CT) (ARRT)

Associate Professor and Program Director

[email protected]
718-990-8419

Program Effectiveness Data

The Program Effectiveness data includes the credentialing examination pass rate, job placement rate, and program completion rate reported annually over the last five years and as a five-year average.

 

100%

ARRT Pass Rate & Employment Rate

In 2021 the program credentialing examination first-time pass rate was 100%, and the five-year average first-time pass rate was 97.30%. The five-year job placement rate is 100%

6%

Workforce Projection

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, employment of Radiologic Technologists is projected to grow 6 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations.

For more information regarding program effectiveness data, visit the JRCERT website.

Unique Features and Qualities

Each student in the Radiologic Sciences program will attend eight clinical rotations throughout the professional phase of the program.  The number and variety of clinical rotations provide each student with a wealth of experience with different patient populations, cultural competency, in-patient and outpatient experiences, level 1 trauma hospitals, and many brands of imaging equipment.

The Radiologic Sciences program uses active learning and simulation software tools to enhance the learning experience.  Some technology and applications used are the Anatomage table and Complete Anatomy.

Courses

To earn their Bachelor of Science degree in Radiologic Sciences, students complete 128 credits, including core, major-sequence and elective requirements, as outlined below. For more information about courses, please see the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences section of our Undergraduate Bulletin.

Fall Semester 

CourseNumberTitleCredits
ENG1000CEnglish3
DNY1000CDiscover New York3
THE1000CTheology3
PHI1000CPhilosophy3
SPE1000CSpeech3

Spring Semester

CourseNumberTitleCredits
PAS3402 U.S. Health Care Delivery3
ENG1100CEnglish3
RAD1101Intro. To Radiological Science2
MTH1050Mathematics3
SOC. SCI. Social Sciences3
HIS1000CHistory3

 Fall Semester

CourseNumberTitleCredits
PHI2200 or 2240Philosophy3
Language I or LAC1000CLanguage3
THE2xxxTheo 2000 series3
RAD1110Rad Structure & Function I  3
PAS3401 Health Care Management3
PAS4201 Health Care Law3

Spring Semester

CourseNumberTitleCredits
THE3XXXTheology3
Language 2 or Fine Arts Language3
PHY Physics for Rad Sci3
PAS4202 Healthcare Finance3
PHI3000CPhilosophy3
RAD1111Rad Structure and Function II 3

 Fall Semester

CourseNumberTitleCredits
RAD1203Patient Care and Med Terms in Rad Sci4
RAD1206Radiographic Anatomy and Procedures with Lab I 4
RAD1114Radiation Physics and Imaging Equipment I3
RAD1127Clinical Education1

Spring Semester

CourseNumberTitleCredits
RAD1207Radiographic Anatomy and Procedures with Lab II4
RAD1115Radiation Physics and Imaging Equipment II3
RAD1208Med Imaging: Principles of Rad Exposure and Digital Imaging 4
RAD1128Clinical Education II3

Summer Semester

CourseNumberTitleCredits
RAD1129Clinical Education III4

 Fall Semester

CourseNumberTitleCredits
RAD2105Advanced Radiation Protection and Radiation Biology3
RAD2208Radiographic Anatomy and Procedures with Lab  III4
RAD2207

Radiographic Sectional Anatomy

3
RAD2124Introduction to Quality Assurance1
RAD2127Clinical Education IV3

Spring Semester

CourseNumberTitleCredits
RAD2109Radiographic Anatomy & Procedures IV4
RAD2123Pathophysiology with Film Review4
RAD2132Registry Review3
RADXXXX*Profesional Elective 2
RAD2128Clinical Education V3

*RAD 2211 – Intro to Computed Tomography (2 credits)
*RAD 2213 – Fundamentals of Mammography (2 credits)

The program makes allowances for students who become pregnant during their studies. Please refer to our Pregnancy Policy (PDF).

Clinical

All Radiologic Sciences students must meet certain requirements to proceed to all levels of the professional phase and clinical education. An outline of the requirements is provided below.

NOTE: Students who do not comply with all applicable preparation requirements cannot proceed to clinical placement; this may delay the student’s progression through the curriculum and delay graduation. 

  1. Medical Clearance (Word)
  2. Influenza Vaccination (Word)
  3. Health Insurance (PDF)
  4. Criminal Background Check (Word)
  5. Drug Screening (Word)
  6. Professional Liability Insurance (Word)
  7. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) orientation (PDF)
  8. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) (PDF)
  9. Clinical Dress Code (Word)
  10. Trajecys (Word)
  11. Projected Expenses (Word)
  12. Full Printable Version (Word)

In addition, some clinical education sites may require students to undergo additional drug testing and/or additional background checks. Failure to meet the clinical education site requirements may prohibit students from attending clinical rotations, which are necessary for successful program completion.

Clinical rotation days vary according to the clinical course.  The days of rotation are:

RAD 1127 – Mondays and Thursdays

RAD 1128 – Students will attend rotations Monday through Friday when the University reopens after the December Holiday break.  At the start of the academic semester, students will resume clinical rotations on Mondays and Thursdays.

RAD 1129 – Monday - Friday

RAD 2127 & RAD 2128 – Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

LHR  - Bay Ridge
6740 3rd Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11220
(718) 491-5822
Hours of Rotation:
9:00am – 5:00pm
 

LHR - Bensonhurst
2215 79th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11214
(718) 331-7000
Hours of Rotation:
8:00am – 4:00pm

LHR – Bond Street
9 Bond Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 222-3000
Hours of Rotation:
8:00am – 4:00pm

LHR – Brooklyn Avenue
1014 Brooklyn Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11203
(718) 282-7000
Hours of Rotation:
8:00am – 4:00pm

LHR – Fordham
410 East 189th Street
Bronx, NY 10458
(718) 220-2500
Hours of Rotation:
9:00am – 5:00pm

LHR - Flushing
43-55 147th Street
Flushing, NY 11355
(718) 762-7132
Hours of Rotation:
9:00am – 5:00pm

LHR – Jackson Heights
37-17 76th Street
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
(718) 424-1400
Hours of Rotation:
9:00am – 5:00pm

LHR - Hewlett
1137 Broadway
Hewlett, NY 11557
(516) 569-8885
Hours of Rotation:
9:00am – 5:00pm

LHR – Mill Basin
2475 Ralph Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11234
(718) 444-3777
Hours of Rotation: 8:00am – 4:00pm

LHR – Kew Gardens
80-02 Kew Gardens Road, #L1
Kew Gardens, NY 11415
(718) 544-5151
Hours of Rotation:
9:00am – 5:00pm

LHR – Washington Heights
4120 Broadway
New York, NY 10033
(212) 543-1800
Hours of Rotation:
9:00am – 5:00pm

LHR – Pelham Bay
3250 Westchester Avenue
Bronx, NY 10461
(718) 892-2230
Hours of Rotation: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Main Street Radiology – Downtown Flushing Office
135-25 37th Avenue
Flushing, NY 11355
(718) 428-1500 x322/334\
Hours of Rotation: 8:00am – 4:00pm

Main Street Radiology – Bayside Office
44-01 Francis Lewis Blvd
Bayside, NY 11361
(718) 428-1500 ext.208
Hours of Rotation: 8:00am – 4:00pm

Main Street Radiology – Jackson Heights Office
72-06 Northern Blvd
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
(718) 428-1500 ext. 429
Hours of Rotation: 8:00am – 4:00pm
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
1275 York Avenue
New York, NY 10065
(212) 639-7298
Hours of Rotation: 8:00am – 4:00pm

Jamaica Medical Center
89th Ave. & Van Wyck Expressway
Jamaica, NY 11418
(718) 206-6000 ext. 4231
Hours of Rotation:
8:00am – 4:00pm

New York Presbyterian -  Queens
56-45 Main Street
Flushing, NY 11355
(718) 670-1050
Hours of Rotation:
8:00am – 4:00pm
 

 

NYU Winthrop Hospital
259 First Street
Mineola, NY 11501
(516) 663-4774
Hours of Rotation:
8:00am – 4:00pm

Montefiore Medical Center – Westchester Square.
2475 Saint Raymond Avenue
Bronx, NY 10461
(718) 430-7300
Hours of Rotation:
8:00am – 4:00pm

Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center
585 Schenectady Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11203
(718) 604-5000
Hours of Rotation:
8:00am – 4:00pm

Additional Information

These requirements are necessary for admission to the program.  Situations such as pulling, pushing, lifting, bending, and twisting are common everyday activities of a radiologic technologist.

On a regular basis, the following activities are basic clinical education functions.  Students must be able to perform these activities for progression to the professional phase of the program.

Have sufficient strength, motor coordination, and manual dexterity to:

1.    Move, manipulate, and adjust a variety of x-ray equipment, including mobile and other accessory equipment, in order to align the patient, x-ray equipment, and image receptor.

2.   Carry image receptors and photostimulable phosphor plates (approximately 25 pounds) from the patient care area to the image processor.

3.   Lift, move, and transport patients from wheelchairs or stretcher to the x-ray table or the patient’s bed.

4.   Assist weak ambulatory patients to the restroom, dressing room, or exam room.

  1. Communicate effectively with patients and their families in all aspects of their care.  Communicate effectively, verbally, and in writing, with physicians, staff members, and instructors.

Be capable of:

1.   Standing and walking a majority of the time during assigned hours.

2.   Providing physical and emotional support to the patient during radiographic procedures.  Recognizing emergency situations and providing emergency care until the physician arrives.

3.   Adapting to stressful situations related to technical and procedural standards and patient care situations.

Have the mental, visual, and intellectual capacity to:

1.   Evaluate and critique images to identify proper patient identification, positioning, exposure factors, and technical quality.

2.   Select, calculate, and manipulate exposure factors adapting to the requirements of the procedure and patient’s needs with sufficient speed and accuracy.

A student radiographer should voluntarily declare that she is pregnant in writing to the Program Director.

It is the woman’s choice to declare her pregnancy. If she chooses to do so, it must be in writing to the Program Director and must indicate the expected date of delivery.

In the absence of this voluntary, written disclosure, a student cannot be considered pregnant, and restrictions and options for appropriate radiation protection cannot be made available to the student.

The student will be given the following options:

  1. The student has the right to withdraw completely from the program/university.                                                                                    
  2. The student can withdraw from the program/university with the option to return at a later time by following the proper procedure of obtaining medical leave.
  3. The student may continue in the program without modification.
  4. The student may continue in the program with modification which may delay progression and/or graduation until all competencies have been achieved.     
  5. The student has the option for written withdrawal of the declaration of pregnancy.                                 

If a student decides not to continue, she will need to obtain a leave of absence with the Office of Wellness.

If a student decides to remain in the program, she may remain as long as she is able to fulfill the responsibilities of a student radiographer.

The student must inform the Program Director of their preference in writing and may withdraw their option, in writing, at any time.

Professional licensure and certification requirements often vary from state to state. St. John’s University has not determined requirements for individual states beyond New York. If you reside or plan to reside outside New York you are strongly encouraged to contact the appropriate state licensing agency in that state to seek information and guidance before beginning the program.

Admission

Please visit Undergraduate Admission online for more information about admission to this and other acclaimed undergraduate programs at St. John’s University. Or contact us directly at the campus of your choice:

Admission Office - Queens Campus
718-990-2000
[email protected]

Students must maintain a 2.30 overall GPA in the pre-professional courses to progress within their major. The 2.30 overall GPA is required for a student to progress into the professional phase of the Radiologic Sciences program. Students will be interviewed prior to entering the professional year as part of their progression process. All pre-professional courses must be completed prior to entering the professional phase of the program.

Within the professional phase, students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.30, earn a letter grade of C+ or greater in each didactic and clinical course, and adhere to the attendance policy to progress from semester to semester.

Students must repeat a course when it is next offered if a C+ is not achieved. If a student unsuccessfully completes the repeated course or is unsuccessful in achieving a C+ in more than one course, the student will be recommended for program dismissal.

All prospective and current students interested in applying and attending St. John's program should visit the Office of Student Financial Services for additional details. The Office of Student Financial Services is committed to providing students and their families with the information they need to navigate and understand the financial aid and payment process. 

Office of Student Financial Services
718-990-2000
[email protected]