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.

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.

Articulation Agreements

The Radiography program has articulation agreements with Charter Oak State College and the University of Hartford so that students can pursue a bachelor’s degree after graduating from the program.

Program Effectiveness Data

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The Radiography program was transferred from Hartford Hospital, effective August 31, 2014.

Radiography program effectiveness data
Class of ARRT Exam
Pass Rate
(*first attempt)
(**second or third 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 N=12 92* 11/12 92 12/13 92
2018 N=13 100* 13/13 100 13/13 100
2019 N=11 82*/100** 11/11 100 11/12 92
2020 N=13 100* N/A N/A 13/14 93
5-Year Average N=59

90.4*

98.4 **

N/A N/A 59/62 95

Application to Program

Be sure to complete the following SIX steps prior to the application deadline of February 15, 2022.

  1. Attend a Radiologic Science virtual information session by February 15, 2022.
  2. Complete Radiography program prerequisites by the end of the spring 2022 semester. All candidates must have a minimum GPA of 2.5.
    • Radiography program prerequisites include the following MCC courses or their equivalent, if transferring:
      • BIO* 211 and 212: Anatomy and Physiology I and II (All science courses must be 4 credits, include a lab, completed with a “C” or better and taken in Spring 2017 or later.)
      • COM* 172: Interpersonal Communications or COM* 173: Effective Speaking
      • ENG* 101: English Composition
      • MAT* 172: College Algebra (All math courses must be completed with a “C” or better and taken in Spring 2017 or later.)
  3. Submit MCC General Application for Admission by February 15, 2022 and choose ‘General Studies: Allied Health’ as your major. [Please note: you will automatically be admitted to the college once required supplemental items are provided, but must apply for the Radiography Program separately (step 5 below).]
  4. Submit official copies of transcripts by February 15, 2022. Transcripts can be sent electronically to Susan Morison at smorison@manchestercc.edu or mailed to Manchester Community College, Attn: Radiography Program, Susan Morison, MS#17, PO Box 1046, Manchester, CT 064045-1046. Note: Current MCC students may submit unofficial transcripts to Susan Morison at smorison@manchestercc.edu.
  5. Submit the online Radiography Application by February 15, 2022. Note: The application requires an essay of 500 words or fewer describing your personal attributes and accomplishments that you believe will contribute to your effectiveness as a radiography professional.
  6. Complete clinical shadowing experience. (Will be arranged by program coordinator following application review.)

Questions: Email Susan Morison, M.Ed., RT, (R) (M), Radiography Program Coordinator, or call 860-512-2708.

Admission Process

Once prerequisites are met and applications are submitted, students will participate in a clinical shadow and an interview scheduled by the program coordinator.

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