Radiography Frequently Asked Questions
Radiologic Technologists are the health care professionals who use X-rays and other energies for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes in medicine. A Radiologic Technologist who specializes in the use of x-rays to create diagnostic images of a patient is called a radiographer. The radiographer performs a wide variety of X-ray procedures to produce images of bones, organs, and vessels under the direction of physicians called radiologists. For additional information, please visit www.arrt.org
To become a radiographer, an individual must complete training from an accredited radiography program and pass the national registry exam. Bucks County Community College offers a 24 month Radiography program leading to a diploma. Graduates are then eligible to sit for the national certification examination in Radiography as administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) exam. For additional information, please visit www.arrt.org
The field of radiologic technology is a rapidly expanding and rewarding career choice. The continued diversity of imaging and therapeutic technologies offers a bright future for the registered radiologic technologist. Examples include, but are not limited to CT, MRI, Mammography, Education, Sales, Veterinary and Research.
The program is 24 months in length and begins in May each year. Students are involved in a combination of classroom and clinical assignments approximately 32 to 38 hours a week, Monday through Friday during the day. Approximately 20% of the program‘s clinical experience is completed in the evening during the hours of 4-10 PM.
Classes are made up of a variety of adult students with ages ranging from 23 to 53. It is this variety that enhances the students and makes them proficient caregivers.
An application and the admission criteria, including required prerequisite college courses, are available by visiting our website at www.bucks.edu/healthcare/radiography.
Yes. It is accredited by: Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology www.jrcert.org with a 5 year award.
|Non-refundable acceptance fee||Payable at acceptance||$150|
|Tuition||Payments due on or before May 1, August 1, January 1 each year||$14,000|
|Malpractice/Liability Insurance||Payable April of Year I||$100|
|Radiation Badge Fee (with quarterly reading)||Payable April of Year I||$150|
|Books||Inclusive Package sold at School Bookstore||$1,400|
|Uniforms||Suppliled by Vivid||App. $35 each set|
|Technology Fee||Payable January of Year II||$100|
|Graduation Fee||Payable January of Year II||$100|
|ARRT Registration||Fee paid directly to ARRT||$200 as of 12/2009|
I just sent in my acceptance materials and my acceptance fee and see a $400 charge on my web advisor?
The $400 charge is as follows:
WRADT 1000 Intro to Radiology -- course cost $150
Liability Insurance -- $100
Radiation badge with quarterly readings fee -- $ 150
Tuition is due the on the first day of class.Your policy manual lists the amount for each trimester.
Yes, a grade of 80% is required to be maintained in all didactic courses and a grade 85% in
all clinical courses.
Comparisons of Average ARRT Credentialing Exam Scores
- Class of 2005
Bucks - 82
National - 84.8
- Class of 2006
Bucks - 85.6
National - 84.8
- Class of 2007
Bucks - 83.7
National - 84.7
- Class of 2008
Bucks - 87
National - 84.6
- Class of 2009
Bucks - 87.4
National - 84.8
- Class of 2010
Bucks - 85.3
National - 84.9
- Class of 2011
Bucks - 85.9
National - 85.1
ARRT Pass Rates (1st time takers only)
- 2005 - 75%
- 2006 - 92%
- 2007 - 93%
- 2008 - 100%
- 2009 - 100%
- 2010 - 85%
- 2011 - 100%
- 2012 - 92%
Course Completion Rate
- 2005 - 80 %
- 2006 - 100 %
- 2007 - 92 %
- 2008 - 88 %
- 2009 - 88 %
- 2010 - 88%
- 2011 - 76%
- 2012 - 88%