Associate of Applied Science
Radiographers are an important liaison between patients, radiologists and other members of the health care team. They must remain sensitive to the physical and emotional needs of the patient through clear communication, patient assessment, monitoring and patient care skills. Radiographers must demonstrate an understanding of human anatomy, physiology, pathology, medical terminology, exposure technique, radiation protection and safety while maintaining a high degree of accuracy in radiographic positioning. Radiographers use professional and ethical judgment and critical thinking when performing their duties. Radiographers also prepare for and assist the radiologist in the completion of the intricate radiographic examinations. They prepare and administer contrast media and medications within state and federal regulations. After earning the primary certification in radiography students are eligible, through additional education and clinical experience, to earn post-primary certification in computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, mammography, quality management, bone densitometry, cardiac interventional, vascular interventional, and sonography. Offered on the Toledo-area campus, the Radiography Technology program offers students a combination of didactic instruction with practical application in clinical education affiliates. Graduates must take and pass a national certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Licensure is also required in most states.