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nova 2011-2012 college catalog: Programs of Study

Associate of Applied Science Degree MEC

Purpose: The curriculum is designed to prepare students to produce diagnostic images of the human body through safe application of x-radiation. The radiographer is a central member of the health care team and assists the radiologist, a physician specialized in body image interpretation. Upon successful completion of degree requirements, the student will be eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) examination leading to certification as a Registered Technologist in Radiography: A.S., R.T. (R).

Transfer Information:  Transfer is not the primary purpose of an A.A.S. program, but NOVA has articulation agreements that facilitate the transfer of this and other career-oriented programs to selected senior institutions. Students interested in transfer should contact a counselor or their faculty advisor early in their program.

Admission Requirements: 

Students must:

  • Comply with all General Admission Requirements for Allied Health Programs.
  • Review competitive admission and deadline for applications on the radiography website.
  • Qualify for MTH 151.
  • Have completed BIO 141 and BIO 142 with a grade of “B” or higher.
  • Have completed ENG 111 with a “B” or higher.
  • Have completed SDV 101 Orientation to Healthcare with a “B” or higher.
  • Have completed RAD 100 with a “B” or higher.
  • Have completed a clinical observation.
  • Special Program Requirements: The American Registry of Radiologic Technology requires an applicant to be of good moral character. "Generally, the conviction of either (a) felony or (b) any offense, misdemeanor or felony involving moral turpitude indicates a lack of good moral character for registry purposes. Those who have been convicted of a crime may be eligible for registration if they have served their entire sentence, including probation and parole, and have had their civil rights restored." For further information contact the assistant dean.

All incomplete grades (I) must be resolved prior to taking the next course in the sequence.

*BIO 141 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
*BIO 142 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
RAD 100 Intro to Radiology & Protection 2
SDV 101 Orientation to Healthcare 1
Total   14
Two Years Credits
1st Semester
1PED 116 Lifetime Fitness & Wellness 1
RAD 121 Radiographic Procedures I 4
RAD 125 Patient Care Procedures 3
RAD 141 Principles of Radiation Quality I 4
RAD 196 On-Site Training 2
Total   15
2nd Semester
2___ ___    Social Science Elective 3
RAD 131 Elem. Clinical Procedures I 3
RAD 142 Principles of Radiation Quality I 4
RAD 221 Radiographic Procedures II 4
Total   14
3rd Semester
3RAD 135 Elem. Clinical Procedures II 5
Total   5
4th Semester
RAD 205 Radiation Protection & Radiobiology 3
RAD 231 Adv. Clinical Procedures I 5
RAD 255 Radiographic Equipment 3
Total   11
5th Semester
4___ ___    Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
MDL 195 Infusion Therapy 1
RAD 232 Adv. Clinical Procedures II 5
RAD 240 Radiographic Pathology 3
RAD 246 Special Procedures 1
Total   13
Total credits for the Radiography A.A.S.=72 (includes 14 prerequisite credits)

* NAS 161-162 may be substituted but is not recommended for students who might wish to transfer to a baccalaureate program.

1 The PED requirement may be met by one of the following options: PED 116, 2 cr.; PED 220, 2 cr.; PED 116, 1 cr. plus a PED activities course, 1 cr.; or PED 116, 1 cr. plus RPK activities course. PED 116 is offered as both a 1-credit and a 2-credit course. PED 116, 2 cr., is strongly recommended.

2 The social science elective may be selected from the social/behavioral sciences courses listed under General Education Electives.

3 RAD 135 meets for 40 hours a week for ten weeks.

4 Humanities/fine arts elective may be selected from the humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives.