Professional Description

Radiographers are highly skilled professionals qualified by education to perform x-ray procedures to assist in diagnosing and treating medical conditions. The responsibilities of a radiographer can include performing radiation safety and quality control procedures; preparing and administering contrast media; operating imaging equipment; positioning patients for procedures; evaluating radiographs for diagnostic quality; providing basic nursing and medical care; and preparing data for physician interpretation. In hospitals, radiographers can work in a radiology department, surgery, the emergency room, and at a patient's bedside using mobile equipment. Employment opportunities also exist in private offices, independent imaging centers, industry, and other imaging modalities (CT, ultrasound, MRI, etc.), commercial sales, education and management. Refer to the professional websites listed at the bottom of this page for further career information.

Program Overview

This associate degree program prepares students for careers in Radiography. The Ball State University Radiography program is offered in cooperation with IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. The program is divided into two phases and takes a minimum of 26 months to complete. The first, or prerequisite, phase of the program takes place on the Ball State campus and includes course work in the sciences and the University Core Curriculum program. The second, or professional concentration, phase of the program is offered in Indianapolis where medical, technical and clinical courses are taught at IU Health Methodist Hospital and other clinical education sites. Upon graduation, students receive the Associate in Science Degree in Radiography. Program graduates are eligible to apply for the national certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Individuals who pass the examination are known as registered technologists in radiography, R.T.(R).

Clinical Sites:

  • IU Health Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis
  • IU Health Methodist Medical Plaza East, Indianapolis
  • Hendricks Regional Health Hospital , Danville

If you are interested in this program, please download and read Radiography Program Policies, Procedures and Information (PDF). Use the Radiography Check Sheet (PDF), along with your BSU Student DegreeWorks record, to keep track of your progress. Links to the documents are located on this webpage.

General Information

  • Students may complete the required radiography prerequisite courses upon admission to the university. Admission to the professional concentration phase requires a separate application and is competitive. Admission to the university, satisfactory completion of the radiography prerequisite courses and fulfillment of program admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the professional concentration phase of the program. The Radiography Program designates the number of students admitted to the professional concentration phase each year.
  • All accepted students to the professional concentration phase of the program must provide documentation of CPR and required immunization/tests and successfully complete a background check and mandatory drug testing performed by IU Health.
  • In order to participate in the professional concentration phase of the program, no accepted student may appear on specific Federal exclusion lists.

Admission Requirements

In order to apply for admission to the professional concentration phase of the Radiography Program, students must:

  • Meet with the Nutrition and Health Science Primary Departmental Advisor.
  • Be a current Ball State student by December 1 of the year immediately prior to the professional concentration phase application deadline. All transfer credits must be evaluated and appear on the BSU Student DegreeWorks record and official BSU transcript.
  • Successfully complete 12 of the 24 credits of radiography prerequisite courses.
  • Earn a minimum of 2.5 overall GPA from the required radiography prerequisite courses.
  • Disclose any termination from a healthcare facility, ticket, citation, summons, arrest, charge, or conviction for a misdemeanor or felony. Individuals who have been charged or convicted of a misdemeanor or felony must pre-apply and receive clearance from the national certifying body by the professional concentration program application deadline. Refer to the Radiography Program Application Instructions document posted at www.bsu.edu/radiography for a complete explanation of disclosure of misdemeanors and felonies.
  • Meet the following requirements of the math/science courses ANAT 201, CHEM 100, MATH 125, PHYC 100, PHYS 215:
    • Complete 3 of the 5.
    • Complete within the past seven years or must be retaken.
    • Not repeat any math/science course more than one time.
      • Evidence suggests that students who repeat prerequisite radiography math/science courses more than once are unlikely to be successful in the radiography program.
    • Earn a grade of C or higher for all 5 math/science courses.
  • Earn a grade of C or higher for English (ENG 103).
  • Have read the most current Radiography Program Policies, Procedures, and Information and Radiography Check Sheet documents posted on the BSU website.
  • Be a minimum of 18 years of age by the first day of the professional concentration phase of the program due to occupational radiation exposure limits of minors and to meet legal clinical education setting policies.

 

Retention Requirements

In order to maintain admission and participate in the professional concentration phase of the Radiography Program, students must:

  • Successfully complete all 24 credits of the radiography prerequisite courses by the end of spring semester prior to beginning the professional concentration phase.
  • Earn a grade of C or higher in all professional concentration courses.

Application

Go online to www.bsu.edu/radiography to obtain the most current radiography program application and instructions. Links to the documents are located on this webpage. Only the most current application will be accepted. Complete the application, follow the instructions, and attach the required documentation. All information must be received in the Department of Nutrition and Health Science office (CL 325) no later than 5:00 p.m. local time (EST) on the first business day of February each year. Incomplete application packets may not be considered.

Selection

Applicants will be ranked using the following formula: (GPA of completed, required prerequisite courses x 8) + (GPA of completed, required prerequisite math/science courses x 17).

Program Effectiveness Data

Program mission, goals, student learning outcomes, accreditation information and program effectiveness data are located in the Radiography Program Effectiveness Data (PDF) document which can be accessed on this webpage. For more information regarding program effectiveness data visit the JRCERT website at www.jrcert.org.

Program Accreditation

Ball State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

For more information on the radiologic sciences, please go to the following:
American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
American Society of Radiologic Technologists
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Indiana Society of Radiologic Technologists
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology

Radiography Program Director, Donna Long, M.S.M., R.T.(R)(M)(QM)
Nutrition and Health Science Primary Departmental Advisor, Sarah Gremer, M.Ed