A degree in Radiography will prepare the student for a professional career as a radiographer. Radiographers are health care providers who use ionizing radiation to produce quality diagnostic images. There are many general staff radiography employment opportunities, as well as advanced positions based on education and training. Employment and specialization includes: hospitals, outpatient settings, educational and administrative positions. Upon successful completion of the program and the registry examination** for Radiography, the individual is certified as a radiographer.
Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science degree in Radiography spend two years at York College followed by two clinical years at WellSpan Hospital System within the Radiography program. Admission to York College does not guarantee admission to the hospital clinical years. Students follow the prescribed courses of study for the first two years at the College. The student must earn a minimum of 2.0 in each of the required and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher is recommended in order to be competitive when applying for clinical. At the end of the fall semester of the sophomore year, the student applies for the clinical years through application to the WellSpan Radiography Program. The Radiography program at WellSpan decides which students will be accepted into clinical years. It is a common trend in healthcare that employees will not be allowed to use tobacco and must remain tobacco free. Since the applicants to this program work within the guidelines of various healthcare facilities, applicants must be aware of the requirement to be “tobacco-free”. These guidelines are determined by the clinical site, not the College, and the student will be expected to follow said guidelines to be successful in their clinical rotation.
After completing these two years of core requirements, students must then complete two years of clinical experience in a hospital-based certificate program accredited by the JRCERT. Credits for individual courses may vary with program. A maximum of 59 credits will be awarded towards the bachelor’s degree. Students must be awarded the program’s certificate of completion before receiving their bachelor’s degree. Graduates must receive their bachelor’s degree before being eligible to sit for the national registry exam.**
The clinical years begin in August and continue for five consecutive semesters, including the summer of the junior year. A course average of 85% in each of the clinical courses is required to remain in the clinical rotation. Failure to do so will result in an excusal from the clinical rotation.
**American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)
Requirements for Graduation:
To be eligible for graduation, students majoring in Radiography must complete a minimum of 131 credits, achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0, satisfy the College’s residency requirements, and complete the General Education Requirements of the College. A minimum grade of 2.0 is required for First Year Seminar and all courses taken as part of Foundations. Courses used to complete General Education Requirements may not be taken on a pass/fail basis. In addition, students majoring in Radiography must earn a minimum grade of 2.0 in all major requirements with an overall cumulative GPA over 3.0 is highly recommended to be competitive for clinical slots. The College cannot guarantee the student a position at a hospital for the clinical years.