Radiological Sciences, A.S.

Program Code: 2RSUC_AS

Entrance to Major

Students must request a Dean's Review to change to this Associate degree after admission to the University.

Additional Information

Radiologic Science students are required to submit criminal background records, must have a complete physical, including documentation of required immunizations, Hepatitis B vaccine, current Tuberculosis (TB) screening test, routine drug testing and other medical tests as required by clinical facilities. Students are required to purchase liability insurance.

Degree Requirements

For the Associate in Science degree in Radiological Sciences, a minimum of 68 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 21
Requirements for the Major 62

15 of the 21 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 3 credits of GH courses; 6 credits of GN courses; 3 credits of GS; 3 credits of GWS courses.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 3 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 3 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 3 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 3 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 3 credits

Foundations or Knowledge Domains

  • A General Education course selected from GWS, GQ, GN, GA, GH, or GS, and may include Integrative Studies (Inter-domain or Linked) courses: 3 credits

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

University Degree Requirements

Cultures Requirement   

3 credits of United States (US) or International (IL) cultures coursework are required and may satisfy other requirements

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 60 degree credits must be earned for a associates degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 60 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Requirements for the Major

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the major. To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn at least a C grade in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
BIOL 161Human Anatomy and Physiology I - Lecture Keystone/General Education Course3
BIOL 162Human Anatomy and Physiology I - Laboratory Keystone/General Education Course1
BIOL 163Human Anatomy and Physiology II - Lecture Keystone/General Education Course3
BIOL 164Human Anatomy and Physiology II - Laboratory Keystone/General Education Course1
ENGL 15Rhetoric and Composition Keystone/General Education Course3
IST 110Information, People and Technology Keystone/General Education Course3
PHIL 103Ethics Keystone/General Education Course3
RADSC 101Radiographic Introduction and Procedures/Lab I4
RADSC 102Radiographic Procedures/Lab II4
RADSC 103Radiographic Procedures/Lab III3
RADSC 110Patient Care in Radiologic Sciences3
RADSC 204Radiographic Exposure I3
RADSC 205Radiographic Exposure II3
RADSC 206Advanced Radiographic Procedures3
RADSC 207Registry Review4
RADSC 2103
RADSC 220Radiation Biology and Protection3
RADSC 230Radiographic Physics3
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
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Radiologic Science Clinical Internship I
Radiological Sciences Clinical Internship II
Radiological Sciences Clinical Internship III
Radiologic Science Clinical Internship IV
Radiologic Science Clinical Internship V
Radiologic Science Clinical Internship VI

Program Learning Objectives

New Kensington Campus

Practice as Entry Level Technologists

  1. The student will provide proper radiation protection.
  2. The student will demonstrate proper positioning skills.
  3. The student will evaluate diagnostic images.

Effectively Communicate in the Healthcare Environment

  1. The student will demonstrate effective written communication skills.
  2. The student will provide effective oral communication skills.
  3. The student will treat patients with compassion.

Think Critically and Apply Problem Solving Skills in the Healthcare Environment

  1. The student will manipulate technical factors to produce diagnostic images.
  2. The student will modify procedures to meet patient needs.

Understand and Promote the Importance of Professional Growth and Development

  1. The student will demonstrate professional behavior and participate in professional organizations.
  2. The student will develop a career portfolio and plan for compliance within the profession.

Schuylkill Campus

Students will communicate effectively in the clinical setting

  1. Students will use effective oral communication skills
  2. Students will practice written communication skills

Students will demonstrate clinical competence consistent with an entry level radiographer

  1. Students will apply radiographic positioning skills
  2. Students will select appropriate technical factors
  3. Students will demonstrate radiation protection

Students will gain an awareness of the importance of professional growth and development

  1. Students will demonstrate knowledge of professional societies.
  2. Students will research and present advancements in medical imaging.

Students will demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills

  1. Students will adequately provide age appropriate patient care
  2. Students will exercise independent judgment and discretion in the technical performance of medical imaging procedures
  3. Students will successfully complete trauma and multi-case competencies

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

New Kensington

Debra Majetic
Lecturer
3550 Seventh Street Rd.
New Kensington, PA 15068
724-334-6738
dak25@psu.edu

Schuylkill

Thomas Sandridge
Program Coordinator, Radiological Sciences
C-104A 200 University Drive
Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972
570-385-6108
tgs60@psu.edu

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2020-21 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

Radiological Sciences, A.S. at New Kensington Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
RADSC 101*4BIOL 163*†3RADSC 103*3
RADSC 110*3BIOL 164*1RADSC 295C*2
RADSC 295A*1.5RADSC 102*4RADSC 210*3
BIOL 161*†3RADSC 220*3 
BIOL 162*1RADSC 295B*1 
ENGL 15‡†3MATH (GQ)‡†3 
 15.5 15 8
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
RADSC 204*3RADSC 205*3RADSC 207*4
RADSC 295D*1RADSC 206*3RADSC 295F*2
RADSC 230*3RADSC 295E*1.5 
IST 1103Music 9 preferred (GA) (IL,US)3 
PHIL 103*†3  
 13 10.5 6
Total Credits 68

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GN, GA, GH, and GS). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Radiological Sciences, A.S. at Schuylkill Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
RADSC 101*4BIOL 163*†3RADSC 103*3
RADSC 110*3BIOL 164*1RADSC 295C*2
RADSC 295A*1.5RADSC 102*4RADSC 220*3
BIOL 161*†3RADSC 230*3 
BIOL 162*1RADSC 295B*1 
 MATH (GQ)‡†3 
 12.5 15 8
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
RADSC 204*3RADSC 205*3RADSC 207*4
RADSC 295D*1RADSC 210*3RADSC 295F*2
ENGL 15† ‡3RADSC 295E*1.5 
IST 1103Arts (GA)3 
PHIL 1033RADSC 206*3 
 13 13.5 6
Total Credits 68

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GN, GA, GH, and GS). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Career Paths

Students graduating from this program may apply their credits earned toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Health Studies at the Pennsylvania College of Technology, which will help further their careers in management or education.

Penn State also offers degree opportunities for students wishing to complete a baccalaureate degree including Health Policy and Administration.

Upon program completion, graduates meeting all eligibility and ethics requirements will be eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists certification examination in radiography. Registered radiologic technologists may pursue various career options or complete advanced training to perform radiography, and advanced modalities including MRI, CT, Mammography, Interventional Radiography, and Cardiac Catheterization.

Careers

Radiologic technologists are needed in a variety of professional settings, including hospitals, healthcare facilities, physician offices, and research centers. Radiologic technologists may also pursue career opportunities in equipment sales and education. Careers in radiography offer flexible work schedules that accommodate various lifestyles and employment needs. Opportunities exist to pursue advanced degrees. Program coordinators often assist students in their quest to identify potential schools and programs to continue their studies and further their professional development.

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

Students graduating from this program may apply their credits earned toward a bachelor’s of science degree in Applied Health Studies at the Pennsylvania College of Technology, which will help further their careers in management or education.

Professional Resources

Accreditation

Penn State recognizes the need for continuous program assessment. The Radiologic Sciences program at both New Kensington and Schuylkill are fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The JRCERT provides programmatic accreditation and ensures the Radiological Sciences Program follows established standards. The JRCERT is the only agency recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), for the accreditation of traditional and distance delivery educational programs in radiography, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance, and medical dosimetry.

The JRCERT can be contacted at:

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850 Chicago, IL 60606-3182, Phone: 312-704-5300, www.jrcert.org.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE JOINT REVIEW COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION IN RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGY

Professional Licensure/Certification

Many U.S. states and territories require professional licensure/certification to be employed. If you plan to pursue employment in a licensed profession after completing this program, please visit the Professional Licensure/Certification Disclosures by State interactive map.

Contact

New Kensington

3550 Seventh Street Rd.
New Kensington, PA 15068
724-334-6738
dak25@psu.edu

http://newkensington.psu.edu/2-year-radiological-sciences

Schuylkill

ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
C104A 200 University Drive
Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972
570-385-6108
tgs60@psu.edu

http://www.schuylkill.psu.edu/radsc