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Radiologic Technology Degree Program


If you would like to enter the health care industry, consider Northwestern College’s Radiology technician program in the Chicago, IL area. Radiologic technicians perform diagnostic imaging examinations, such as X-rays and CT scans, in order to assist in diagnosing patients.

Offered at our Bridgeview campus, the Radiography program at Northwestern College School of Health Sciences is committed to excellence in radiologic technology education and its administration. Consistent with the mission of Northwestern College to "provide a vital human resource for today's ever-changing society," the purpose of our program is to graduate competent and caring entry-level radiographers to meet the health care needs of our community.

Radiography Technician Program Goals

Upon completion of the radiologic technology program, students will:

  • Be clinically competent entry level radiographers.
  • Communicate effectively.
  • Use critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Possess evidence of professional responsibility, development, and lifelong learning.

Radiography Technology Program Outcomes

The expected characteristics of the graduate include being able to:

  • Apply positioning skills, practice radiation safety, and evaluate radiographic images as clinically competent entry level radiographers.
  • Communicate effectively in speaking and writing.
  • Select radiographic technical factors and perform non-routine radiographic procedures using critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrate professional behavior and prepare for initial employment and career advancement evidencing the importance of professional growth and development.

Radiography Career Opportunities

radiologic technologyThe Radiography program is designed to prepare students for potential employment in the following: (the occupation listed contains a link to information on the U.S. Department of Labor’s O*NET website).
29-2034.01 - Radiologic Technologists

Radiographers can find work in hospitals, imaging centers, outpatient clinics, and physicians’ offices. Graduates can choose to specialize in different clinical areas, such as prenatal care or orthopedics. An increasing aging population in the U.S. has led to a corresponding increase in medical conditions, such as bone fractures and other degenerative diseases, making radiologic technologists in demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment for radiologic technologists is set to grow by 28% through 2020. Those with multiple certifications have the best prospects in terms of employment and job growth.

Degree Requirements and Course Offerings

See the Northwestern College Catalog

Why Choose Us?

At Northwestern College, we pride ourselves on our experienced faculty and up-to-date curriculum. Our programs are accredited by reputed organizations, to ensure high academic standards.

Northwestern College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is also a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, www.ncahlc.org.

The Northwestern College School of Health Sciences Radiography Program in Chicago and Bridgeview is granted programmatic accreditation by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, www.jrcert.org.

Tuition, Loan Debt & Graduate Information

We are not required by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools or the Illinois Board of Higher Education to report placement rates.

For graduation rates and other important consumer information regarding this program, please click on the link below:

Program Disclosure

Program Effectiveness Data

  •  Five-year national credentialing examination pass rate on first attempt: 84%
  • Five-year average job placement rate within six-months of graduation: 92%
  • Annual program completion rate: 77%
  • The number of first time examinees taking the national certification examination within the most recent five-year period: 61
  • The number of first time examinees passing the national certification examination on the first attempt, within the most recent five-year period: 49
  • The number of graduates actively seeking employment, within the most recent five-year period: 38
  • The number of graduates finding employment, within the most recent five-year period: 35
  • The number of students initially enrolled in the most recent graduating class: 30
  • The number of graduates from that class:  23

Talk to Us

In order to get a better understanding of the Radiologic Technology program at Northwestern College, call or email us today. One of our educational advisors will be happy to help you choose the health care program that is best suited to meet your career goals. You can also schedule a visit to our Bridgeview campus and speak to our students and faculty in person.