Program Requirements

NOTE: Only students who do not need additional coursework and who take the number of credits or courses as listed each semester can complete the program in the time given. Others will take longer to complete.

Classes include both clinical application and classroom studies. During the Junior year students spend three days (M, W, F) participating in classroom studies and  the other two days (T, Th) in the clinical setting. Senior students spend three days (M, W, F) in the clinical setting and the other two days (T, Th) participating in classroom studies. The clinical rotations include evening and weekend hours; however, no student will be scheduled more than 10 hours per day and combined clinical/classroom hours will not exceed forty hours per week.

Specialty Courses                                                                  Credit Hours

BIO 101 General Biology 4
BIO 275 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
BIO 276 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
OFT 281 Medical Terminology 3
      Total 15


General Education

CMN 101 Intro to Speech I (preferred)  OR

CMN 104 Interpersonal Communication



CSC 106 Intro to Computers 3
ENG 101 Rhetoric & Comp I 3
ENG 102 Rhetoric & Comp II 3
FYE 101 Blazing Your Trail 1

MAT 109 Elementary Statistics OR

MAT 113 College Algebra (preferred)



PSY 101 Intro to Psychology


      Total 19


Credits from Blessing School of Radiologic Technology 31


Total Required for Degree (Minimum) 70


Radiologic Technology Courses (Blessing School of Radiologic Technology)

First Semester

Intro to Radiologic Science                                                                                        
Methods of Patient Care I                                                                               
Radiographic Anatomy I                                                                                          
Radiographic Procedures I                                                                              
Image Analysis I                                                                                              
Clinical I                                                                                                           
Radiographic Exposure I                                                                                  


Second Semester

Radiographic Exposure II                                                                                
Methods of Patient Care II                                                                               
Imaging Equipment                                                                                         
Image Analysis II                                                                                              
Radiographic Procedures & Anatomy II                                                          
Radiographic Procedures II                                                                             
Clinical II                                                                                                          


Third Semester

Physics for Radiographic Science I                                                                 
Radiation Protection                                                                                         
Radiographic Pathology I                                                                                 
Image Analysis III                                                                                             
Radiographic Procedures & Anatomy III                                                         
Radiographic Procedures III                                                                            
Clinical III                                                                                                          


Fourth Semester

Physics for Radiographic Science II                                                                
Radiation Biology                                                                                             
Radiographic Pathology II                                                                               
Image Analysis IV                                                                                            
Radiographic Registry Review                                                                         
Clinical IV                                                                                                        


The Blessing Hospital Radiology Department serves inpatients and outpatients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and offers a full range of services utilizing digital and computerized radiography equipment. Students enrolled in the Blessing Hospital School of Radiologic Technology will rotate through the following areas throughout the course of the program:

Orientation/First Semester

  • General
  • Diagnostic Center
  • Fluoroscopy
  • Transporting - Department & ED
  • Quincy Medical Group
  • Emergency Department
  • Bedside
  • Office
  • Surgery
  • Hannibal Regional Hospital

Second - Fourth Semesters 

  • General
  • Fluoroscopy/Urinary/Tomography
  • Bedside
  • Emergency Department
  • Nights (12:30 - 9:00)
  • Surgery
  • Diagnostic Center
  • Weekends (2 per semester)
  • Ultrasound
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Computed Tomography
  • Special Procedures
  • Heart Catheterization
  • Quincy Medical Group
  • Illini Community Hospital
  • Hannibal Regional Hospital
  • Mammography/DEXA (optional rotation)

The students are given a set of objectives for each assigned area. These objectives must be completed and turned in two weeks after rotating through each area.

Course Descriptions

Introduction to Radiologic Science

This course is designed to acquaint the incoming student with the hospital, the Radiology Department and the environment of health care. You receive information concerning hospital and departmental administration and policies directly related to them, and information regarding credentialing and licensure, professional organizations and the need for continuing education. This course will also introduce you to the technical aspects of Radiologic Technology. Very important pieces to this course include medical terminology and radiation protection directed to the students' personal protection, protection for the patients and for all other members of the hospital staff.

Radiographic Exposure I & II

Radiographic Exposure provides the necessary knowledge and understanding of factors that govern and influence the quality of the radiographic image. Radiographic Exposure I provides lectures, discussions and demonstrations if possible in the following areas: properties of x-ray, types of ionizing radiation, radiation concepts of matter and energy, the x-ray tube, distortion, filtration, scatter radiation and the prime factors and how each one affects the radiographic image. Students will also learn technique formulas to aid in exposure calculations/adjustments.

Radiographic Exposure II builds off of the information taught in Radiographic Exposure I. During this course the students are provided lectures, discussions and demonstrations if possible regarding: characteristics of radiographic film, radiographic density and contrast, exposure latitude, recorded detail, beam limitation devices, attenuation of the x-ray beam, grids, intensifying screens, processing solutions and procedures, and sensitometry. Students will learn more technique formulas to aid in exposure calculations/adjustments.

Clinical I, II, III & IV

The clinical component provides our students the opportunity to combine theoretical and practical knowledge with cognitive, psychomotor and affective skills to help them develop competence in the procedures set forth by our program.

Methods of Patient Care I & II

These courses are designed to provide the basic concepts of patient care including consideration for the physical, psychological, and educational needs of the patient and family and instill the necessary skills used in caring for routine and emergency patients during radiologic procedures. In Methods of Patient Care I the student is educated on: safety; patient transfers; patient positioning; infection control; surgical asepsis; medical ethics; professional roles, behaviors, attitudes and communication; vital signs; dealing with acute situations and/or special medical devices and how to perform mobile radiography in the special units.

Methods of Patient Care II builds off of the information taught in Methods of Patient Care I. During this course the students will be educated on patient care considerations for pediatric and geriatric patients; contrast media and patient care during urinary, biliary and gastrointestinal procedures; pharmacology for radiographers; medication administration; theory and practice of IV cannulation (venipuncture); basic electrocardiogram monitoring and will also learn about interventional procedures as well as patient care considerations for other imaging modalities.

Imaging Equipment

This course establishes basic knowledge of equipment routinely utilized to produce diagnostic images to include: fluoroscopic, digital (CR & DR), tomographic, CT and MRI equipment. You will be introduced to the fundamentals of computer technology and computer applications in the radiologic sciences related to image capture, display, storage and distribution.  Lectures related to  MRI, digital radiography and quality assurance are also incorporated into this course. The Imaging Equipment course also includes a lecture and demonstration related to CT. CT imaging of the abdomen and brain and review of CT images are also integrated into the lecture.

Image Analysis I & II

This course is designed to provide a basis for analyzing radiographic images. Image Analysis I includes quizzes for evaluation of parameters for acceptability of chest, skeletal and abdominal images.

Image Analysis II is a continuation of Image Analysis I and is designed to provide continued experience for analyzing radiographic images. Image Analysis II includes quizzes and tests for evaluation of the parameters of acceptability for chest, skeletal, abdominal (to include urinary and gastrointestinal images), spine and pelvis imaging.

In both Image Analysis I & II discussions regarding problem-solving techniques and factors controlling image characteristics will be held. Actual images are incorporated into the curriculum for analysis.

Image Analysis III & IV

These courses are a continuation of Image Analysis I & II. They are designed to provide continued experience for analyzing radiographic images. Image Analysis III includes quizzes and tests for evaluation of the parameters of acceptability for all chest and bony thorax, skeletal, abdominal (to include urinary and gastrointestinal images), spine, pelvis and cranial imaging.

Image Analysis IV is a continuation of Image Analysis III and is designed to provide continued experience for analyzing radiographic images. Included are quizzes and tests for the evaluation of the parameters of acceptability for all diagnostic imaging.

In both Image Analysis III & IV discussions regarding problem-solving techniques and factors controlling image characteristics will be held. Actual images are incorporated into the curriculum for analysis.

Radiation Protection

This course provides the knowledge of radiation, how radiation interacts with matter as well as the concepts regarding protection practices for the worker, patients and the general public. The latest information concerning regulations and guidelines from advisory agencies is also discussed.

Radiographic Procedures  I, II & III

These courses provide a basis for analyzing radiographic images and cover imaging standards and problem-solving techniques. All factors affecting image quality are discussed and actual images are included for analysis. Students practice all procedures in the simulated lab and complete a return demonstration prior to performing examinations on patients under the supervision of a registered Radiologic Technologist.

Radiographic Procedures I begins with an explanation of the basic rules and terminology used in radiographic positioning. In this course demonstrations regarding procedures related to the chest, abdomen, and upper extremity is provided. Students also begin to receive instruction regarding the lower extremity near the end of the course.

Radiographic Procedures II resumes with students continuing to learn how to perform procedures related to the lower extremity. Additionally, demonstrations regarding procedures related to the urinary system, gastrointestinal system, and vertebral column are taught during this course. Near the end of the course students are introduced to imaging procedures of the bony thorax.

Radiographic Procedures III begins with the students learning the rest of the procedures related to the bony thorax as well as procedures related to the female reproductive system. Demonstrations covering all cranial procedures to include the skull, facial bones, and sinuses is also included in this course.

Radiographic Anatomy I & II & III

These courses provide students with in depth knowledge of the various systems of the body by discussing how each one works and the different structures within each system. Actual bones and models of anatomical parts are used as visual aids throughout all three of these courses to enhance student learning.

Radiographic  Anatomy I begins with an explanation of the skeletal system and joints. In this course, lectures regarding the anatomy related to the chest, abdomen and upper extremity is provided. Students also begin to receive information regarding the lower extremity near the end of the course.

Radiographic Anatomy II resumes lectures concerning the lower extremity. The anatomy related to the urinary system, gastrointestinal system, bony thorax and vertebral column is also taught during this course.

Radiographic  Anatomy III  provides lectures covering all cranial anatomy.  Additionally, lectures pertaining to mammography, the male and female reproductive systems, cardiovascular system and the circulatory system are also provided.


Radiation Biology

In this course, students are provided with an overview of the cell and cell division. In addition to this, the principles of cell-radiation interaction, the effects of radiation on the cells and the factors affecting cell response are presented. Acute and chronic effects of radiation are also reviewed.

Radiographic Pathology I & II

These courses are designed to provide an introduction to the concepts of disease. Pathology and disease as it relates to the various anatomical systems and radiographic procedures are discussed.

Physics for Radiographic Science I & II

This course will describe the basic structure of matter. We will discuss the atom, electromagnetic energy and identify the properties of x-rays. It will include the study of electrostatics, electrodynamics and electromagnetism.

Physics for Radiographic Science II - This course will discuss the x-ray machine, details of the x-ray tube and the process of x-ray production. X-ray interactions with matter are also included.

Radiography Registry Review

This course will provide the student of radiologic technology the opportunity to review all information that has been taught to him/her during his/her training at Blessing Hospital. It will include: registry review assignments, mock registry tests, review games and directions in filling out the applications needed in order to sit for the registry and apply for state licensure. The student will also research and present information regarding professional organizations and continuing education requirements for a radiologic technologist.

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