University of Charleston

Radiologic Science

two female radiology students in scrubs being instructed by female professor
  • duration

    3 or 4 Years (two tracks available)

  • format

    In-Seat

  • location

    Charleston

Program Overview

This program will help you become a compassionate, responsible, and multi-competent radiology professional. You will have opportunities for advanced education and multi-credentialing in specializations, including MRI, CT, CV, US, and mammography.

The program covers topics including basic anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, radiation protection, radiographic positioning, imaging equipment, and more. You will be exposed to nearly 1250 hours of clinical experience, assuring that you have the skills to step into a professional setting confidently.

two female radiology students in scrubs looking at x-ray image on computer while professor points to image

Program Highlights

  • A highly selective, fully accredited program that offers personal attention and low student/faculty ratio.

  • Two activated classroom laboratories and a CR digitizer on-site.

  • Clinical rotations through seven unique healthcare settings, including a level I trauma center, cardiac center, and children’s hospital.

  • Opportunities for advanced education and multi-credentialing in specialized imaging modalities.

  • The program consists of 125 credits, including 69 credits of Radiologic Science, 13 credits of Health Science core, 15 credits of Science and Mathematics, and 39 credits of Liberal Learning Outcomes. You will also complete approximately 1200 hours of clinical experiences.

Program Outcomes

  • Post-Graduate Employers

    Graduates have worked in various settings, including:

    • Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC)
    • Thomas Health Systems
    • St. Francis Hospital
    • Presbyterian Hospital – Albuquerque, NM
    • Georgetown University Hospital – Washington, D.C.
  • Post-Graduate Schools/Programs

    Our graduates attend numerous graduate programs, including:

    • University of Charleston School of Pharmacy
    • University of Charleston PA Program
    • Alderson Broaddus PA Program
    • Marshall University
    • WVU
  • Internships

    Internship opportunities are available in the modality chosen by the student during junior and senior years.

Meet the Faculty

Students must first gain general admission to the University of Charleston before acceptance into the Radiologic Science Program. The quota of applicants accepted and enrolled in the Radiologic Science Program is limited by the clinical facilities available.

Applicants to the B.S. Radiologic Science Program must complete a minimum of 90% (30 credits) of the freshman year courses of the Radiologic Science Program. Students must achieve a grade of “C” or higher in RADI 101 Introduction to Radiologic Science and RADI 102 Radiation Physics. If a transfer student is accepted into the program, they must complete RADI 101 & RADI 102 with a “C” or higher. Failure to receive a “C” or higher in either course as a transfer or sophomore student will result in termination from the program.

Download the Course Catalog for complete details

Download our quality points and grade point average calculations

Additional Information

How Much Will It Cost?

View our Tuition & Fees page for more detailed information on cost.

Curriculum and Course Catalog

Radiologic Science Club & Handbook

Students join the Radiology Club and enjoy membership that involves community service and fundraising for participation at annual conferences/seminars.

Download the Radiologic Student Handbook.

The Bachelor of Science Radiography program at the University of Charleston is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The program’s current length of accreditation is eight years, the most recent review occurred in 2018, and the next site visit will be in 2026.

JRCERT contact information is:

20 North Wacker Drive
Suite 2850
Chicago, Illinois 60606-3182

Phone: 312-704-5300
Email: mail@jrcert.org
Web: www.jrcert.org

View our accredited program details.

Mission Statement

The primary mission/purpose of the Radiologic Science program is to provide challenging academic and clinical education for the development of the student as a compassionate, responsible, and multi-competent radiology professional. The faculty is committed to educating students in a liberal learning environment for a life of productive work as a practicing radiographer, guiding students on their journey to becoming lifelong learners by modeling continued education, and demonstrating the importance of service to the greater Charleston community.

Goals & Student Learning Outcomes

Goal #1- Students/Graduates will demonstrate competence as an entry-level radiographer

Student Learning Outcomes:

1.1 – Students will provide optimal patient care and assessment techniques

1.2 – Students will apply positioning & technique skills to obtain diagnostic images

1.3 – Students will practice radiation safety principles

Goal #2- Students will demonstrate effective communication skills

Student Learning Outcomes:

2.1- Students will demonstrate written communication skills

2.2- Students will demonstrate effective oral communication skills

Goal #3- Students/Graduates will employ critical thinking skills in professional practice

Student Learning Outcomes:

3.1- Students will identify non-routine patients and adapt standard procedures.

3.2- Students will critique images including identifying anatomy to determine diagnostic quality.

Goal #4-Student will model professionalism

Student Learning Outcomes:

4.1-Students will practice according to legal and ethical principles

4.2-Students will engage in professional development activities

Review the program effectiveness data on the Joint Review Committee on Education in the Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) website and visit the JRCERT website for more information.

Program Completion Rate 

Program completion rate is the number of students who complete the program within 150% of the stated program length. The program must establish a benchmark for its program completion rate. The program specifies the entry point (e.g., required orientation date, final drop/add date, final date to drop with 100% tuition refund, official class roster date, etc.) used in calculating program’s completion rate.

Year # of students admitted to the program # of graduates Program Completion Percentage
2019 13 9 69%*
2018 14 12 85.7%
2017 16 10 62.50%
2016 18 15 83.30%
2015 20 9 45%**
2014 15 10* 66%
2013 11 8* 72%
5 Year Average 69.1%

*Two of the students who did not complete the program went to medical school.
**Low due to the transition of the MSU teach out students / 64% 9 out of 14 UC actual new.
Benchmark – 60% of students accepted into the program will graduate with a BSRT degree.

Credentialing Examination Pass Rate

Credentialing examination pass rate is the number of student graduates who pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination or an unrestricted state licensing examination on the first attempt, compared with the number of graduates who take the exam within six months of graduation. For Medical Dosimetry programs, graduates sit for the Medical Dosimetry Certification Board (MDCB) examination and must report results within twelve months of graduation.

Year # of students attempting the registry # of students passing the registry 1st Attempt Exam Passage Rate
2019 9 8 88.8%
2018 12 12 100%
2017 10 10 100%
2016 15 14 93.3%
2015 9 9 100%
2014 9 9 100%
2013 7 7 100%
5 Year Average 96.42%

*International graduate – not seeking ARRT registry examination.
Benchmark – Five-year average credentialing examination (ARRT) pass rate must be 75% or higher.

6 Month Job Placement Rate 

Job placement rate is the number of graduates employed in the discipline (i.e., radiologic sciences, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance, or medical dosimetry) compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in the discipline. 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 find employment that requires relocation, 3) graduate is reluctant to accept employment due to salary or hours, 4) graduate is on active military duty, and/or 5) graduate is continuing education.

Year # of Students Seeking Employment Students Gaining Employment within 6 Months of Graduation Job Placement 6-Month Post-Graduation
2019 9 9 100%
2018 12 12 100%
2017 10 10 100%
2016 15 15 100%
2015 9 9 100%
2014 9 9 100%
2013 7 7 100%
5 Year Average 100%

Benchmark – 75% of graduates seeking employment will gain a position within six months of graduation.