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Radiologic Technology Program

Bachelor of Science/Associate of Science — Program Overview

If you’ve ever broken a bone, you've probably met an x-ray technician. And chances are, that x-ray technician majored in radiologic technology!

Radiologic technologists need to be efficient at taking diagnostic images, but it’s just as important that they’re caring and compassionate professionals who can put nervous patients at ease. So if you have a knack for science, but you also excel at caring for others, radiologic technology may be right for you! 

One program, two degrees.

Someone with a two-year associate’s degree can take x-rays. Someone with a bachelor’s degree is qualified to supervise that person — or in some cases, an entire hospital department. In our program, you’ll get both — a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) from Briar Cliff, in addition to an Associate of Science degree in radiology from St. Luke's College in Sioux City. 

The St. Luke's College radiography program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Once you pass our cooperative program, you’ll be qualified — and prepared — to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Exam, which you must pass to become a certified x-ray technician! 

How does the cooperative program work?

You’ll take two years of coursework at Briar Cliff and two years at St. Luke’s, but not necessarily in that order:

  1. After your first year of foundational courses at BCU, you’ll apply to the clinical portion of the program (St. Luke’s).
  2. If accepted, you’ll have two years of hands-on clinical experience at St. Luke’s, followed by one final year at BCU.
  3. If you’re not accepted after the first year, you’ll be able to take a second year of coursework at BCU, then re-apply for the St. Luke’s portion of the program.

Already have an associate’s degree? 

If you have already completed a two-year radiologic technology program, and attained a passing grade on the American Registry Exam, you can enroll at BCU and get your Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in just two years. For more information, contact an admissions representative.

Core Radiologic Technology Program Courses

CSCI 100 - Introduction to Computers

An introduction to common computer applications. All sessions will be held in one of the university's computer labs. Students will become proficient with Windows, Word for Windows (word processor), Excel for Windows (spreadsheet), and use of the Internet. Read more »

MATH 111 - College Algebra

Functions and graphs, mathematical modeling, linear functions, average rate of change, exponential functions, relative rate of change, exponential growth and decay, logarithmic functions, quadratic functions, polynomial and rational functions, systems of linear equations, matrices. Prerequisite: Recommendation of the department chairperson based on mathematics assessment. Read more »

PHIL 210 - Ethics

Looks at several ethical theories that shape how people think ethically. Then examines various human behaviors, individual and social, from a moral viewpoint. Focuses on arguments for moral positions. Prerequisite: Sophomore status Read more »

PSYC 110 - Introduction to Psychology

This course is an introduction to fundamental psychological concepts which are derived from applying the scientific method to the study of behavior. Examples of selected topics include: personality development, abnormal behavior and therapy, physiology, motivation and emotions, human development, learning and memory, and social behavior. This course emphasizes theories and theorists as well as relevant applications to everyday living. An introduction to APA style of writing is included. Read more »

WRTG 109 - Introduction to College Writing

Introduction to College Writing offers students multiple opportunities to practice essay planning, writing, and revision on a variety of topics. Read more »

Additional Program Requirements

For additional information and requirements, download the University's latest academic catalog.