Curriculum and Rotation
The 21-month program provides students with clinical education that includes instruction and experience in a variety of radiographic procedures, examinations and equipment operation. Students attend didactic, laboratory, and clinical instruction to learn the technical skills required to effectively perform radiographic procedures.
Didactic courses are divided into seven quarters. Clinical rotations are assigned in an equitable manner at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the program's clinical affiliate sites.
Fall Quarter, year 1
Introduction to Radiography & Medical Imaging
Patient Care in Medical Imaging
Radiographic Procedures I
Imaging Principles I
Radiography Clinical I
Winter Quarter, year 1
Radiographic Procedures II
Fluoroscopic Procedures I
Imaging Principles II
Radiography Clinical II
Spring Quarter, year 1
Radiographic Procedures III
Fluoroscopic Procedures II
Imaging Modalities & Equipment
Radiation Biology & Protection
Radiography Clinical III
Summer Quarter, year 1
Radiographic Procedures IV
Introduction to CT & Sectional Anatomy
Radiography Clinical IV
Fall Quarter, year 2
Radiographic Procedures V
Medical Law & Ethics
Operational Issues in the Healthcare Environment
Radiography Clinical V
Winter Quarter, year 2
ARRT Review (begins)
Radiography Clinical VI
Spring Quarter, year 2
ARRT Review (continues)
Radiography Clinical VII
Note: Final course sequence may be subject to change.
Program Grading Scale for all Didactic and Clinical Courses
The following grading scale is used:
F: below 65%
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
The Radiography program requires that all students maintain satisfactory academic progress throughout enrollment. A student maintains SAP if their cumulative (overall) and current (most recent term) grade point averages are 2.0 or better. A student must also maintain a minimum average score of 77% in all clinical and didactic courses and achieve a final course grade of 77% in all clinical and didactic courses. Students must also adhere to the clinical competency plan per the course syllabi, maintain satisfactory performance pace (completion of hours required), and comply with all institutional and program policies. Student performance against SAP standards will be monitored in an ongoing manner throughout clinical and didactic activities and a grade for each course will be issued at the end of the term.
The Radiography program utilizes a traditional, residential format.
This is a full time program with on-site attendance required at the Chicago campus and other clinical rotation sites. The program is scheduled for eight hours a day, five days per week. Students will be required to complete an evening clinical rotation (trauma radiography) during the second year of the program lasting approximately three weeks. Hours for this evening rotation will be from 2:00 pm to 10:30 pm. In accordance with Accreditation Standards of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), students are not permitted to invest more than 40 hours per week, or 10 hours per day, in total program activities (classes, labs, and clinical rotations).
Students will be off six regular holidays per year. Those are:
Students also have a total of 80 hours of personal time off (PTO). The program begins annually in September and ends 21 months later in June.
Clinical rotations begin the third week of the program and continue throughout enrollment. Students will rotate through Northwestern Memorial Hospital and affiliated institutions located on the downtown medical campus including Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Lurie Children’s Hospital, and NM Streeterville and River North Immediate Care Clinics. Students will also rotate through off-site locations including Central DuPage Hospital, Palos Health, Palos Health South, and Lakeview Immediate Care Clinic. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from clinical assignments.