Curriculum and Rotation
The 21-month clinical-based internship curriculum provides students with clinical education that includes instruction and experience in a variety of radiographic procedures, examinations and equipment operation. 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.
Didactic courses are divided into seven quarters. Distance and hybrid courses are included in the curriculum. 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 CT & Cross-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.
*Hybrid format (online and classroom)
Program Grading Scale for all Didactic and Clinical Courses
The following grading scale is used:
F: below 65%
To be considered in good standing in the School of Radiography, students must maintain a cumulative course grade average of at least a C/2.0 in all didactic and clinical courses. Students will be dismissed from the Radiography Program for failure to maintain a final course grade of a C/2.0 or better in didactic and clinical course work.
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. All students will rotate through various imaging areas at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern Medicine River North Immediate Care Clinic, Northwestern Medicine Lakeview Immediate Care Clinic, Northwestern Medicine Streeterville Immediate Care Clinic, Comer Children’s Hospital at the University of Chicago Medical Center, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Lurie Outpatient Center (Lincoln Park), and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from clinical assignments.