Radiography Program Overview
The University of Akron's Radiography program follows the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) Radiography Curriculum and is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).
Upon completion of our program, you will be eligible to apply for the radiography certification examination given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT).
Statement of Non-discrimination
Our radiography program's reputation depends on the contribution of our students. To maintain our high standards of performance, we recruit and select the highest qualified persons without regard to race, color, age, gender, national origin, religion, or disability.
Our admissions policy of non-discrimination pertains to conditions and privileges of education, advancements and terminations. Therefore, a student's educational experience is based on merit and qualifications. Questions regarding our equal opportunity policies and practices should be directed to the Radiography Program Director, Dave Whipple.
The University of Akron Radiography program has multiple clinical affiliates where the Radiography student develops their clinical skills with actual medical patients; Cleveland Clinic Foundation (Akron General Medical Center, Health & Wellness West, Health & Wellness North), Akron Children's Hospital (Children's Hospital Medical Center of Akron & Mahoning Valley Hospital), and Summa Health Systems (Akron City Hospital, Saint Thomas's Hospital, & Barberton Citizen's Hospital).
The University of Akron provides the core curriculum for the university’s Associate Degree in Radiologic Technology and they establish the criteria that is used to accept or deny a student’s request for transfer of college credit.
After completing the UA Radiography degree, the Radiography graduate may continue their education here at the UA campus or with one of multiple other advanced modality programs. Based on the quality of the UA graduates, our students have a high placement rate at these advanced degree programs.
University of Akron Information Meeting
Admission to the program is extremely competitive. General information meetings about admissions and the associate degree are held most Friday afternoons at the university. Meetings begin at 3 p.m. at the Allied Health office, which is located in the Polsky Building on Main Street in Room #265. Call 330-972-5280 for date confirmation.
- How the admissions process works
- How to make yourself a better candidate
- What happens when you get into the radiography program (i.e., time, costs, financial aid, etc.)
- What the projected employment prospects are for you after you graduate
A complete course description of the program, courses and policies is available for your review in the Student Handbook, located in the Program Director’s office in the UA Allied Health Office.
Radiography students are involved in their professional didactic education and clinical rotations approximately 40-hours per week. The program does follow the University of Akron academic calendar.
Students are also allowed a certain number of hours of vacation time they free-schedule each year. Students are assigned to specific clinical rotations designed to enhance their radiographic skills and meet the learning outcomes of the program.
Because this is a full-time, 40-hour/week program (not including study time), full-time employment outside of the program is strongly discouraged. However, most students are able to maintain part-time employment outside of school hours.
As a radiography student, you will deal with sick and injured patients of all ages and under a variety of conditions. Clinical rotations through all phases of radiography are required to meet the employment demands of a small office, an imaging center or a large hospital.
These clinical rotations include trauma (emergency) areas, surgical suites and intensive care units, at both adult and pediatric facilities. You must be able to handle yourself competently and professionally at all times in these high-stress areas.
While you will be assigned to clinical sites that are located relatively close to your home to experience unique educational opportunities, occasionally you may be required to travel to a distant clinical site (never more than 60 miles in any direction).
Radiography students must also possess non-academic skills. The following technical standards are consistent with the basic duties of the entry-level radiographer in a professional position.
The applicant must:
- have the ability to lift and transfer patients to and from an imaging table or receptor
- have the ability to move, adjust and manipulate radiographic equipment to perform imaging procedures
- have the ability to review and evaluate radiographic images to determine the quality of the image and make technical adjustments as required
- have the ability to communicate verbally and in writing with patients, physicians and other members of the healthcare team and be able to follow written and verbal directions
- have the ability to make proper decisions regarding the safety of the patient, their families and all members of the healthcare team
- be of a physical and emotional state to maintain his/her professional composure in a crisis situation
Students must adhere to a professional dress code and follow the program and hospital’s policies and procedures. Because you will rotate through several hospital settings, many personal items, including artificial nails, visible piercings, and tattoos, are either prohibited or must be covered from view.
To mold your behavior to the requirements of a medical setting, attendance requirements are much more stringent than the University of Akron’s policy and a failure to comply to the attendance requirements will result in your termination from the program.
In addition to academic evaluations, students are assessed at frequent intervals in the areas of teamwork, professionalism, appearance and patient management skills, with the desire to modify and enhance those behaviors.