Radiologic Technology Program


Degree Type: Bachelor of Science/Associate of Science — Program Overview

If you’ve ever broken a bone, you’ve probably met a radiologic technologist (radiographer). 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, radiology technology may be right for you!

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 or another approved affiliated rad tech program. For more information, contact us.

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 radiologic technologist!

How does the cooperative program work?

You’ll take your first two years of coursework at Briar Cliff and two years at the rad tech program of your choice..

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.

Radiologic Technology Program Courses


BIOL 102 - Human Biology

An introduction to human structure and function. Topics include the scientific method, cell structure and function, and human inheritance, as well as other selected systems. Three lectures. Read more »

BIOL 221 - Human Anatomy

A study of the structure of the human body at the four structural levels (cells, tissues, organs and systems) and the relationship of its parts. Three lectures, one lab per week. Read more »

BIOL 222 - Human Physiology

A study of the functions of the cells and organ systems of the human body. Three lectures, one lab per week. Read more »

CHEM 109 - Chemistry for the Health Sciences I

A study of the principles of general chemistry with emphasis on those topics of interest to students of the health sciences. The course includes a lab component with experiments that complement topics covered in lecture. This course is not a preparation for higher level courses in chemistry, other than CHEM 110. Read more »

CORE 100 - Franciscan Life

CORE 100 introduces incoming students to the cultural and historical foundations of Briar Cliff University through an exploration of the Franciscan tradition. The course will also serve to familiarize students with the academic infrastructure of the University and to acculturate them to the expectations, skills, and demands of life as a university student. Read more »

CORE 120M - Freshman Seminar

This course will serve to familiarize students with the academic infrastructure of the University; to acculturate them to the expectations, skills, and demands of life as a university student; and to begin establishing basic skills in communication, time-management, and an array of proven learning strategies. Read more »

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 »

LIBA 410 - Global Society

An interdisciplinary study of contemporary global realities focusing on the increasingly interdependent economic, ecological, political, social, technological, religious, cultural and peace relationships that are developing within the human community. 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 »

PHYS 121 - Basic Physics I

An introductory physics course for students of moderate mathematical ability. Topics include vectors, motion, force, energy, momentum, mechanical waves, oscillations, fluids and thermal physics. Recommended for pre-medics, pre-dental, biology majors, psychology majors, medical technologists and liberal arts students interested in science. An elementary understanding of algebra and trigonometry is required. Three lectures, one lab. Read more »

PHYS 122 - Basic Physics II

A continuation of PHYS 121. Topics include electricity, magnetism, circuits, optics, relativity, quantum physics, atomic physics and nuclear physics. Three lectures, one lab. Prerequisite: PHYS 121 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 »

Additional Program Requirements


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

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