Radiography

Welcome! Radiography is the science of using radiation to provide diagnostic images of the tissues, organs, bones and vessels that comprise the human body.

Radiographers are the medical personnel who perform diagnostic imaging examinations on patients as directed by physicians qualified to order the procedures. They are responsible for exercising independent judgment in performing the technical aspects of medical imaging procedures by adapting the variable technical parameters of the procedure to the condition of the patient. As necessary, radiographers will also initiate life-saving first aid and basic life support procedures during medical emergencies.

Responsibilities of a Radiographer

  • Prepare radiographic equipment and supplies for various procedures involving the use of ionizing radiation.
  • Provide patient care including: assisting patients into appropriate positions for examinations; responding to patients’ physical and emotional needs; recognizing signs of emergency medical conditions; and effectively communicating with patients, their families and all medical staff.
  • Accurately position patients for radiographic imaging.
  • Possess a thorough understanding of radiation exposure factors and radiation safety measures.
  • Provide assistance to radiologists and other physicians during procedures that may include emergency and/or high stress situations.
  • Understand and follow verbal instructions in a variety of settings.
  • Act in a professional manner.
  • Process and evaluate radiographs, ensuring correct exposure and anatomy for an accurate diagnosis.

Learn more about Radiography

MCC offers a two-year, five-semester associate degree program in Radiologic Science with a Radiography option that is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology and is designed to prepare individuals for employment as a radiographer. The coursework provides the didactic and clinical education necessary to apply for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) registry exam. Once students have received certification from the ARRT and successfully completed the national exam, they will be eligible to work in any state. Many states require licensure prior to employment. Licensure information for each state can be accessed by contacting the state’s department of labor.

View the Program Curriculum

Find out about a career in Radiography

Graduation Criteria

All program students must complete the following to receive an associate degree from the program.

  • Complete all didactic curricula with a final grade of C or better.
  • Complete all clinical curricula with a final grade of C or better.
  • Successfully complete all competency exams.
  • Maintain all hospital and program standards as outlined in the radiography program handbook.

Program Effectiveness Data

The new MCC Radiography Program was transferred from Hartford Hospital, effective August 31, 2014.

Class of ARRT Exam
Pass Rate
(*first attempt) (**second attempt)
Job Placement Rate within 12 Months of Actively Seeking Employment Annual Program Completion Rate
  Total # % Pass # Employed
Total Graduates   
% Employed # Completed
# Started
% Completed
2016 N=10  80* /100**  9/10  90  10/10  100
2017            
2018            
2019            
2020            
5-Year Average            

Application to Program

In addition to completing the MCC Admission Application, students who are interested in pursuing a health career in radiography are required to attend an information session and submit a completed Radiography Application that includes an essay. For further information and to obtain an application, visit www.manchestercc.edu/health or contact the Health Careers Division Office  (LRC A237) at 860-512-2704.

Admission Process

The following is required for each admission:

Step 1: Attend a Health Careers Information Session.

Step 2: Complete the general Manchester Community College Admission Application.

Return completed application to the Admissions office or apply online at www.manchestercc.edu/admissions/apply.php

Step 3: Complete the MCC Health Careers Application with essay.

Return completed application to:

Health Careers Department, M.S. #17
Manchester Community College
Manchester, CT 06045-1046

Step 4: Send official transcripts.

Send all official college transcripts including those from Fall 2014 to the Health Careers Department.  (see above)

Step 5:   Once prerequisites are met and applications are submitted, students will participate in a clinical shadow to be scheduled by the program.

Step 6: Interview.

Step 7: Final acceptance is pending successful completion of clinical requirements.

This will include criminal background checks with fingerprinting, immunization documentation including hepatitis B vaccine, annual flu shots and TB testing, proof of insurance coverage, and physical exam. Some clinical sites may require substance abuse screening.  For a complete listing of clinical requirements, please contact the program coordinator.


Contact Information

Susan Morison, M. Ed., R.T. (R)(M)
Program Coordinator
Radiologic Sciences: Radiography Program
860-512-2708