Radiology technologists are involved in direct patient care. Radiographers position imaging equipment and adjust controls to produce diagnostic quality images and assist radiologists in performing specialized imaging procedures. Radiographers work in a variety of settings including hospitals, diagnostic centers, doctor's offices, clinics, and orthopedic practices. Certified radiology technologists may go on to be trained in other advanced imaging techniques, including Computed Axial Tomography (CAT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), and Positron Emission Tomography (PET), mammography, and interventional radiography. Advanced career options in education, administration and research are also possible.
This is a 2+2 program in which the first two years of course work is completed at Roosevelt University with the final two years completed at the clinical affiliate site located at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Roosevelt University is one of three universities, and the only university located in Chicago, affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Radiography clinical schools. Our downtown Chicago location allows students to continue to live on campus and have access to the RU support services and activities.
Radiography students complete a minimum of 72 semester hours of academic work, including the University Writing Requirement and the College of Arts and Sciences general education requirements, in addition to the radiography concentration requirements at Roosevelt University. Students must take their final 30 hours before clinical training at Roosevelt University. They complete their last 48 semester hours in a 21-month, full-time, daytime clinical training program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
Upon successful completion of the clinical program, students receive a Certificate in Radiography from the hospital, a BS in Allied Health-Radiography from Roosevelt University, and eligibility to sit for the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (AART) certification examination.
Certified Radiology Technologists may go on to be trained in other advanced imaging techniques, including Computed Axial Tomography (CAT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), and Positron Emission Tomography (PET), mammography, and interventional radiography. Advanced career options in education, administration and research are also possible.
For the last five years, graduates have had 100% pass rate on the Board of Certification Exam and 100% job placement upon graduation.
Transferring to Roosevelt University was one of the best experiences I have had in my long path to my career as an X-ray technologist. All of the science professors I have had have been very approachable and willing to take extra time to help me understand concepts. My advisor, Dr. Wentz-Hunter, has been more than helpful on guiding me, keeping me on track, and pointing me to the proper resources that the University has when I come to her with an issue that is far, far beyond her scope.
Admission into the ALH radiography major at Roosevelt University follows the basic admission criteria. However, admission to clinical training is at the discretion of the clinical affiliate, Northwestern Medicine. Students are not guaranteed admission. The minimum GPA for clinical application for this program is a 2.5 GPA overall and a 2.5 GPA in the prerequisite courses.