School of Radiography
Learning how to deliver compassionate and quality patient care is also emphasized. In Northwestern Medicine's state-of-the-art facilities, students are taught with the most advanced technological and diagnostic equipment available.
The 21-month training begins in September and is limited to ten students per year. Students attend approximately 500 hours of didactic and laboratory instruction and approximately 1600 hours of clinical instruction to learn the technical skills required to effectively perform radiographic procedures.
This is a full-time program; students are expected to commit to program activities between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., plus on three-week evening rotation in the senior year, between 2 p.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Our experienced instructional staff includes:
Program Mission Statement
The Radiography Program at Northwestern Medicine will provide students with state-of-the-art imaging facilities and a learning environment that fosters the development of clinical and patient care skills which are necessary to competently function as entry-level radiographers. Graduates will understand and practice the Patients First philosophy of Northwestern Medicine. A competency-based curriculum will allow students to work collaboratively with other healthcare and imaging professionals and acquire problem-solving and critical thinking skills necessary for successful employment in the radiologic sciences.
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School of Radiography Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)
Program Goals & Student Learning Outcomes
In support of the program's mission statement, the following have been developed.
Upon completion of the radiography program our students / graduates will have successfully completed a number of goals and student learning outcomes.
Goal: Graduates will operate as entry-level radiographers Student Learning Outcomes:
Goal: Graduates will employ effective communication skills Student Learning Outcomes:
Goal: Graduates will utilize critical thinking and problem-solving skills Student Learning Outcomes:
Goal: Graduates will demonstrate high standards of patient care & professional practice Student Learning Outcomes:
Goal: The program will meet the needs of the community by producing qualified, competent radiographers Student Learning Outcomes:
Northwestern Memorial Hospital, our sponsor institution, has a guiding philosophy of being a regional hospital of choice that is recognized as having the most satisfied patients, best possible clinical quality and outcomes, and the best physicians and staff. We strive to improve the quality of the care in our community. Core values that are allowing us to achieve these goals, and support the mission are:
Program Effectiveness Data
Radiography ARRT Certification Examination, first-attempt pass rate:
Period Total # Grads Total #Testing Total #Passing 5-yr rate
2009-2013 35 34 33 97%
Class of 2013 10 10 10 100%
*within 6 months of program completion
Program Completion Rate:
In-field Employment Rate (within 12 months of program completion for those actively seeking)‡:
‡Job placement rate is defined as the number of graduates employed in the radiologic sciences compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in the radiologic sciences. The JRCERT has defined not actively seeking employment as: 1) graduate fails to communicate with program officials regarding employment status after multiple attempts, 2) graduate is unwilling to seek employment that requires relocation, 3) graduate is unwilling to accept employment due to salary or hours, 4) graduate is on active military duty, and/or 5) graduate is continuing education.
The Northwestern Medicine Radiography Program is accredited by the
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
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School of Radiography
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