University of Charleston

University of Charleston

Beckley Rad Tech

Radiologic Technology

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    2 Years

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  • location


Program Overview

This program offers you the opportunity to become part of a fast-growing and exciting profession. You will develop technical expertise and skills, such as effective communication, critical thinking, clinical competence, and professionalism. It incorporates both instructional and clinical education components.

Rad Tech

Freshman applicants with a 2.5 or higher high school GPA and transfer students with a 2.0 or higher cumulative college GPA meet our general admissions requirements, but must complete the program-specific requirements for admission into the program.


Admission to the program is selective. Acceptance to University of Charleston and meeting program admission requirements do not guarantee admission to the program. The program accepts one class a year for spring semester entry, with a maximum of 25 students admitted.

Applications received by August 15 will receive full consideration. Applications received after that date will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis if and until the spring cohort is full.

Criteria for admission are as follows:

  • High school graduate or equivalent
  • General admission to the University
  • Completion of all prerequisite coursework with a minimum grade of C in each course
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 in all college-level study, preference will be given to students with the highest GPA
  • Although it is not required for program admission, students are encouraged to complete an ACT or SAT. In cases of a full class, preference will be given to students with the highest ACT/SAT scores.

Please note: In cases where qualified applicants exceed the program’s capacity, a score card will be used for the selection process. Only the top scoring students will be admitted. The score card is available here.

The final phase of admission requires a technical standards evaluation:

Students must be able to articulate that they are physically able to perform the following tasks to function competently in the field of radiologic technology:

  • Manipulate the x-ray tube in all directions
  • Insert and remove a cassette from the bucky tray
  • Lift 25 pounds of weight from the floor and carry to the exam table
  • Assist a simulated patient in moving from a wheelchair and stretcher to the exam table
  • Read a doctor’s order/clinical requisition with accuracy
  • Observe a patient’s respiration from a distance of 10 feet
  • Hear a patient’s verbal request within an exam room


Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with the proper documentation of a disabling condition.

Program Highlights

  • Program is fully accredited and selective – one class per year is accepted for spring semester entry

  • You will be able to practice most radiographic procedures in our lab (similar to that found in hospital settings) and take part in direct patient contact during the clinical components of the program.

  • Faculty members and students attend the annual West Virginia Society of Radiologic Technologists (WVSRT) Conference, participate in the Student Bowl, and are part of an organization called the Student Radiologic Technologist Association.

Program Outcomes

  • Specializations

    Most radiologic technologists work in hospitals, doctors’ offices and in medical and diagnostic laboratories. You can also specialize in a particular examination technique, such as mammography or bone density.

  • Eligible to Take ARRT Exam

    Upon meeting program completion requirements, you will be eligible to apply for the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) examination.

Additional Information

The Associate Degree of Radiologic Technology program at the University of Charleston is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The program is accredited with an eight year award.

JRCERT contact information is:

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

Phone: 312-704-5300

View our accredited program details.

The mission of the Radiologic Technology Program at University of Charleston-Beckley is to prepare graduates for productive work in radiographic imaging, a life-long commitment to professional and intellectual growth, and service to their profession and community as an involved citizen.


The following policies and documents are available online for prospective students and the general public. Select the title to view:

Academic Policy

Clinical Education

Program Effectiveness Data

Clinical Handbook

Student Handbook

Goal One:  Students will practice effective communication skills.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Students will demonstrate effective verbal communication skills.
Students will demonstrate appropriate written communication skills.

Goal Two: Students/graduates will employ critical thinking skills.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Students will assess patient needs and adapt as required.
Students will identify anatomy and appropriate levels of quality on medical images.

Goal Three: Students/graduates will demonstrate entry level clinical competence.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Students will correctly utilize equipment to produce quality images.
Students will utilize appropriate radiographic procedures.
Students will practice principles of radiation protection.

Goal Four: Students will demonstrate professionalism.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Students will conduct themselves in a professional and ethical manner.
Students will understand the importance of professional development activities.

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