In this program, students obtain the knowledge and clinical skills to function as a radiographer using ionizing radiation to produce diagnostic images, which are interpreted by specialized physicians to detect disease or injury. Students are placed in a variety of clinical settings to develop their clinical skills and knowledge. They gain competence in properly using x-ray equipment, positioning the patient, selecting technical factors, and practicing safely, providing optimal patient care in various settings such as hospitals, clinics, ERs, and ORs. Students are taught to use prudent judgement and effective communication to care for patients and collaborate with patients and all members of the healthcare team.

Curriculum Abbreviations

  • CL – Number of lecture/classroom hours per week for the course
  • LAB – Number of simulation laboratory, laboratory or clinical hours per week for the course
  • CR – Number of credit hours for the course

First Year

Summer Semester
MATH 120CQuantitative Reasoning or higher-level math course404
RADT 103CRadiographic Positioning I1122
RADT 109CIntroduction to Healthcare in Radiologic Technology1101
RADT 180CRadiographic Physics1303
Fall Semester
BIOL 195CAnatomy and Physiology I324
RADT 116CRadiographic Imaging Technology1223
RADT 151CPatient Care for the Radiographer1202
RADT 159CRadiographic Positioning II and Clinical Procedures I1,23269
Spring Semester
BIOL 196CAnatomy and Physiology II324
RADT 164CRadiographic Positioning III and Clinical Procedures II1,23269
RADT 220CDigital Processing and Computed Tomography1223

Second Year

Summer Semester
ENGL 101CEnglish Composition404
RADT 165CRadiographic Clinical Procedures III1,20235
RADT 203CAdvanced Radiographic Procedures1303
Fall Semester
ENGL 120C/COMM 120CCommunication303
PSYC 105CIntroduction to Psychology303
RADT 123CRadiation Protection1303
RADT 294CRadiographic Clinical Procedures IV1,20164
Spring Semester    
PHIL 242CContemporary Ethical Issues303
RADT 209CPathology and Cross-Sectional Anatomy1303
RADT 295CRadiographic Clinical Procedures V1,20164
Total Credits   79

1Indicates major field courses.  

2All students enrolled in a clinical course will be charged a $500 per semester clinical surcharge. The following courses carry this charge: RADT 159C, RADT 164C, RADT 165C, RADT 294C and RADT 295C.

Preference will be given to applicants whose applications are complete (with the exception of the interview) and received by the Admissions Office no later than January 13, 2023 for the Summer 2023 semester.

  • High school or college biology with lab and chemistry with lab, both with C or higher
  • College prep Algebra I with a C or higher, or NHTI’s MATH 092C with a C or higher
  • Personal interview, arranged by the Admissions Office once file is complete
  • Course in CPR and Airway Obstruction Management for the Healthcare Provider/Professional Rescuer
    before program registration; this may be completed after acceptance.

Admission to the Radiologic Technology program is competitive. Selection is determined by a cumulative point system based on the high school prerequisite courses and grades, and college courses and grades, in addition to the interview. The best qualified candidates will be invited to interview; interviews are limited to approximately double program capacity.

Students who wish to enter this program and are currently enrolled in General Studies or another NHTI program must complete the Change of Program form prior to the application deadline and submit it to the Admissions Office at  

For additional information on the Radiologic Technology program, please visit our Canvas site.

Graduates are eligible to take the national certification exam administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and find employment in hospitals and private clinics.

NHTI is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The program was evaluated according to the Standards for an Accredited Educational Program in Radiography in 2014 and was awarded the maximum accreditation for a period of 8 years. An interim report was completed and accepted in 2018. The next site visit is scheduled for September 2022.

Contact information for JRCERT:
20 N. Wacker Drive Suite 2850
Chicago IL 60606-3182

The following is the most current program effectiveness data. Our programmatic accreditation agency, the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), defines and publishes this information. Click here to go directly to the JRCERT webpage.

Credentialing Examination: The number of students who pass, on the first attempt, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination, or an unrestricted state licensing examination, compared with the number of graduates who take the examination within six months of graduation. The five-year average benchmark established by the JRCERT is 75%.

Credentialing Examination RateNumber passed on first attempt divided by number of attempted within 6 months of graduation
Year 5: 202132 of 33—97%
Year 4: 202029 of 30—97%
Year 3: 201931 of 32—97%
Year 2: 201829 of 30—97%
Year 1: 201733 of 34—97%
Program 5-Year Average154 of 159—96.9%

Job Placement: The number of graduates employed in the radiologic sciences compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in the radiologic sciences within twelve months of graduating. The five-year average benchmark established by the JRCERT is 75%.

Job Placement RateNumber employed divided by number actively seeking employment within 12 months of graduation
Year 5: 2021 33 of 33—100%
Year 4: 202028 of 28—100%
Year 3: 201931 of 31—100%
Year 2: 201829 of 29—100%
Year 1: 201734 of 34—100%
Program 5-Year Average155 of 155—100%

Program Completion: The number of students who complete the program within the stated program length. The annual benchmark established by the program is 75%.

Program Completion RateNumber graduated by number started the program
Year 1: 202133 of 36
Program 5-Year Average91.7%


In conjunction with NHTI’s Mission Statement, the Radiologic Technology Program provides the highest standards of theoretical and clinical experiences for its’ students, thereby empowering them to improve the public’s health by ensuring access to quality Radiologic health care. Through a process of continuous improvement, we will exceed expectations in educating our students.

Students will be clinically competent.

  • Students will obtain diagnostic quality images.
  • Students will practice effective patient care including radiation safety.

Students will communicate effectively.

  • Students will practice effective oral communication skills.
  • Students will use clear and concise written communication.

Students will demonstrate critical thinking.

  • Students will make corrections for positioning and/or technique.
  • Students will adapt to new procedures and situations.

Students will demonstrate professionalism.

  • Students will be respectful and tactful in all interactions 
  • Students will display ethical behavior when interacting with patients and all members of the healthcare team. 

Essential functions have been established as a guidance tool for use in realistically informing the student of the minimum standards needed to satisfactorily function in the program and, ultimately, the profession.  Applicants who feel they may not meet one or more of the essential functions listed below should contact program officials to discuss. If any of the below essential functions pose an issue, both a licensed physician directly caring for the student and NHTI Health Services clearance are necessary for participation in the clinic. 

The student must have sufficient strength and motor coordination required to perform the following physical activities:

  • Standing and walking constantly during the clinical day to accomplish tasks. Days can be up to 10 hours.
  • Frequent reaching and manual dexterity in handling accessory equipment for diagnostic imaging purposes including typing on computer terminals
  • Frequent bending and twisting
  • Frequent overhead reaching, above shoulder level, to utilize radiologic equipment
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds with frequent lifting/and or carrying objects up to 25 pounds
  • Sufficient upper and lower body strength to assist patients; including transfer of patients from a wheelchair or stretcher to and from a chair or examination table. Patient transfer requires the ability to push/pull up to 200 (equipment and or patient).
  • Manual dexterity to manipulate diagnostic imaging equipment, patient care equipment and computers frequently.

In addition, the student must have:

  • No medical restrictions concerning the operation of diagnostic imaging equipment
  • Sufficient hearing to distinguish different audio signals from equipment as well as assess patient needs
  • Sufficient eyesight to observe patients, manipulate equipment and evaluate radiographic quality. Visual acuity sufficient to work with analyzing data and figures, small print, working with computer terminals, extensive reading, visual inspection involving small defects, small parts, and operation of machines. Vision must be maintained within dim lighting.
  • Sufficient writing skills to communicate needs promptly and effectively. Ability to express or exchange ideas by means of the spoken word. Primary function includes activities in which the student must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to patients, physicians, families, and other employees, accurately, loudly or quickly.
  • Ability to work with frequent interruptions and respond appropriately to unexpected situations
  • Ability to work with wide variations in workload and stress levels
  • Approval of the clinical facility if there is any question of meeting essential functions

The clinical coordinator will assign students two clinical sites: one for the first-year for Fall, Spring, and first half of senior Summer semester; and a second for the remainder of their education. Clinical hours are day time only and do not include nights/weekends.

Each student is required to provide their own transportation to and from the clinic. Students may be required to drive long distances to accommodate their clinic scheduling. Students must complete all orientation processes as assigned by their respective hospitals and are responsible for all costs. This includes health requirements for allied health clinical clearance, criminal background check, and drug and alcohol testing. 

  • Criminal background checks are required prior to attending clinical placement and again prior to the second year. Checks are completed through NHTI’s approved vendor. Background checks from previous employers or other vendors are not accepted. No student is exempt. Students will be instructed as to when these checks are to be completed.
  • Complete drug and alcohol testing may be required by the clinical site. These tests are completed through NHTI’s approved vendor. Students will be instructed as to when these tests are to be completed

NHTI maintains a list of hospitals that have, through formal affiliation agreements, agreed to act as the clinical agencies through which NHTI students in this program complete the required clinical education. These agencies must also be approved by JRCERT. It is for this reason that only these hospitals may be used in conjunction with the Radiologic Technology program. Click here for a list of approved clinical sites.

The semester clinical grade comprises multiple assessment tools as listed in the course syllabus. A student must receive a 70 or greater for the clinical component to pass the course. If a student does not complete the requirements, they will be issued a no pass (NP). If a student is dismissed from the clinical semester because of performance or behavioral issues, they will be issued an AF. Any student receiving a failing grade in a clinical course will be dismissed from the program and is not eligible to reapply. Clinical practice is the essence of the profession and a failure in the clinical environment indicates that the student is not competent to continue in the program.

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