AAS in Radiologic Technology

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We know that you want more than a degree; you want to excel in a professional healthcare career. 

Cleveland University-Kansas City (CUKC) provides a solid education that leads to job opportunities in radiologic technology. A radiologic technologist, unlike a technician, is a certified medical professional, registered to perform diagnostic imaging examinations, such as X-rays for physicians to assist in diagnosing a disease or trauma. With additional training, you could also perform CT scans, and MRIs. 

Our program is accredited for Radiography by the Joint Review Committee in Education for Radiologic Technology. JRCERT, the only national accreditor for radiography, is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) for the accreditation of traditional and distance delivery educational programs in radiography. 

Get ready for an exciting healthcare career at CUKC 

At CUKC, you can complete your Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Radiologic Technology degree in as little as two years. Focused 8-week evening courses on campus are designed to immerse you in your class subjects, and the eight general education courses are typically offered online. Upper level courses include clinical education at partner sites throughout the Kansas City metro area. 

Our faculty work in the field in which they teach, so they can offer you real-world experience. You’ll also receive hands-on training and gain experience on campus in our two functional radiologic equipment rooms and two demonstration suites. You’ll use anatomically correct human body replicas. 

“I loved how small the classes were and how the coursework was hands-on.”  

-Elizabeth Brake, AASRT Grad 2023

Career Options with an A.A.S. in Radiologic Technology 

More than half of all radiologic technologists work in hospitals, while others work in diagnostic clinics, physician group practices, mobile imaging facilities, and surgery centers. Projections show that as the population ages and new imaging technologies emerge, there will be an increased need for diagnostic imaging. 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of radiologic technologists is anticipated to grow 6% through 2032, a faster rate than the average for all occupations.

The average salary for all radiologic technologists in the workforce rose by 11.2% over the past three years, according to results from the American Society of Radiologic Technologists Wage and Salary Survey 2022. The salary range nationally is $63,000-$77,000, according to a salary survey completed by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists.

A.A.S. in Radiologic Technology Degree Information 

The Radiologic Technology program at CUKC has two start dates per year. During the 24-month program, you will complete eight general education courses and then spend 16 months receiving instruction in a classroom setting and in a clinical training environment. You work with X- ray equipment and radiograph anatomical phantoms for experiential learning. 

A “scrub ceremony” is held twice a year to present students that are heading into clinicals with CUKC scrubs. Students that have already participated in clinicals are guest speakers to offer words of encouragement. It’s a milestone celebrated by students and program administrators. 

Clinical training occurs at affiliated medical and imaging facilities in the surrounding communities. Clinical education schedules vary by assignment and may include traditional daytime hours, evenings, and/or weekends. 

We also offer financial aid to make your education affordable. In addition to institutional grants and scholarships, Kansas residents are eligible for the Kansas Promise Act scholarship.  

CUKC Radiologic Technology Mission Statement

Cleveland University-Kansas City’s Associate of Applied Science degree with a major in Radiologic Technology provides students with both the academic and technical foundations to competently and safely perform radiologic procedures, to prepare qualified imaging technologists who will ethically respond to the needs of patients with technical competence and compassion, and to assume a vital professional role as a medical team member.

Goal 1: Students will be clinically competent.

  • Students will understand patient positioning.
  • Students will practice radiation safety.

Goal 2: Students will apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

  • Students will adapt to non- routine conditions.
  • Students will perform image critique and take corrective action.

Goal 3: Students will demonstrate professionalism.

  • Students will demonstrate teamwork.
  • Students will understand healthcare ethics.

Goal 4: Students will communicate.

  • Students will demonstrate oral communication skills.
  • Students will demonstrate written communication skills.

Certification and Accreditation for the A.A.S.
in Radiologic Technology 

Upon completion of the degree program, you will have met the educational eligibility requirements needed to take the national certifying exam to become registered and certified as a Radiographer. 

Once you are registered and certified as a medical imaging professional, you will need to renew your certification and registration annually as well as meet continuing education requirements. Licensure varies by state. 

Kansas recognizes the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) registration and certification in radiography as part of the requirements needed for licensure. Currently, Missouri does not require licensing, but may at any time. Most facilities only employ nationally registered radiologic technologists. 

Cleveland University-Kansas City (CUKC) radiologic technology program accreditation

In 2017, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) recognized the Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology at CUKC as an HLC-accredited program. CUKC and its Radiologic Technology program continue to be recognized and accredited by HLC as an approved educational program for certification in radiography. 

The CUKC radiography program is accredited by the
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Email: mail@jrcert.org

The program’s current award is (3) years. General program accreditation information and the current accreditation award letter can be found here.

Program effectiveness data that includes program completion and job placement rates are available here and on the CUKC Consumer Information webpage.

Admission Requirements for the A.A.S. in Radiologic Technology

We strive to select candidates who not only have a passion for a healthcare career but who are also academically ready for the rigor of our A.A.S. in Radiologic Technology degree program. The number of students admitted into this program is restricted by the availability of clinical experiences at affiliated clinical education centers. 

Admission to the radiologic technology program is competitive. Candidates will be ranked based on GPA in required general education courses, the number of those courses completed at CUKC, and Wonderlic score. In the event of a tie, the following factors will be used to further rank candidates: on the alternate list the previous year, were referred by a CUKC alumni, staff, or faculty member, attended an open house or campus tour at CUKC, all eight (8) required general education courses completed, and has failed a required general education course within the last year. Completion of general education courses, and meeting program requirements, does not guarantee enrollment for a specific term.

Upon notification of acceptance for a specific enrollment term, students will be advised of additional tasks and documentation they must complete prior to the start of professional radiologic technology courses. Failure to complete all program requirements prior to the first day of professional radiologic technology courses will result in retraction of enrollment, and an alternate will be offered the vacant seat.

Physical requirements for the A.A.S. in Radiologic Technology

A radiologic technologist has a physically demanding job. Program participants must be able to demonstrate the ability to meet the technical standards required to deliver services in a safe, effective manner with or without reasonable accommodations. 

Associate of Applied Science Application Requirements

  • Complete a formal online application to the program along with the non-refundable application fee. 
  • Submit your official high school transcript showing a graduation date and a minimum grade point average of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale. (A GED credential certification or verification from an accredited appropriate home-school agency will also satisfy this requirement.) If you are currently in high school, you may submit your transcript for the first term of your junior year. A final official transcript must be submitted after graduation but before starting at CUKC. 
  • Submit official post-secondary transcript(s) if you have completed college credits. If you have more than 24 college credits you are not required to submit high school transcripts. Your cumulative college grade point average should be a minimum of 2.0. 
  • A non-refundable tuition deposit, which is credited to the first trimester’s tuition, is required within 60 days after being accepted into the program. 

Prior to starting the professional part of the program (RDTC classes), the following are required: 

  • Complete 24 credit hours of designated general education coursework. Must complete math and science courses with a “B” or better and all general education courses with a “C” or better. 
  • Submit completed A.A.S. in Radiologic Technology Disclosure Packet. (Version: 2.29.24)
  • Successfully complete entrance assessments. 
  • Participate in an information session. 
  • Register with the University’s document management system. 
  • Register with the State of Missouri DHSS Family Care Safety Registry. 
  • Complete required drug screenings and background checks. 
  • Complete all academic program documents that require signatures. 
  • Attend a program orientation.

Get Started on Your A.A.S. in Radiologic Technology

If you are ready to start your journey towards becoming a certified medical professional, don’t wait! Apply today. We admit students to our A.A.S. in Radiologic Technology program twice a year.   

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