The Radiation Sciences Program prepares the student to be a radiographer: a skilled healthcare professional that uses radiation to produce images of the human body.

An Associate of Applied Science in Radiological Sciences degree will be awarded to students who have successfully completed 83 credit hours of coursework. This includes 32 hours of general education credits and 51 radiography credits. The degree program is designed to be completed in five semesters, 20 month time-frame of full-time study.

The AAS Radiological Sciences degree is a terminal degree. This means that it is the highest academic degree needed to secure employment in the field. The AAS Radiological Sciences degree does not guarantee full assimilation into a Bachelor of Science in Radiography, Health Sciences or a like field. Additional credits, outside of the AAS, may be required to meet the admission criteria of the receiving institution.

Graduates of the program are eligible to apply to take the American Registry of Radiographic Technologists’ National exam (ARRT) for certification and registration. Beginning in 2015, students who do not have an associate’s, bachelor’s or other degree must earn one prior to taking the ARRT. Graduates of the program are employed in hospitals, clinics, physician’s offices, medical laboratories, government agencies and industry.

Clinical Education Requirements

Students will be completing clinical experiences at several clinical sites within a 50 mile radius of Southside College of Health Sciences. Students are responsible for transportation to and from each site. Clinical hours can be scheduled for 6 to 10 hours a day, Monday through Friday between the hours of 7 am and 11 pm. Students that are geographically dispersed have an opportunity to attend clinical rotations in South Hill or Franklin, Virginia. Students will be required to submit health documents and records, CPR course completion, urine drug screen, and criminal background check. A full list of requirements is available here. * All information regarding clinical hours, locations or days are subject to change with notification.

Click here to learn more about careers in radiation sciences.

Curriculum Plan for AAS in Radiation Sciences

Semester ITotal Credit HoursTheory HoursLab HoursClinical Hours
RAD 120: Radiographic Anatomy & Procedures I445300
RAD 110: Introduction to Patient Care & Pharmacology34500
RAD 150: Clinical Radiography I300135
* Elective34500
Semester II
RAD 121: Radiographic Anatomy & Procedures II445300
RAD 160: Medical Imaging I34500
RAD 151: Clinical Radiography II400180
* Elective34500
Semester III
RAD 220: Radiographic Anatomy & Procedures III224120
RAD 270: Medical Imaging II23000
RAD 250: Clinical Radiography III500225
* Ethics34500
Semester IV
RAD 230: Radiographic Pathology23000
RAD 271: Medical Imaging III34500
RAD 251: Clinical Radiography IV500225
RAD 280: Independent Research Project11500
* Elective34500
Semester V
RAD 260: Radiation Biology & Protection23000
RAD 272: Medical Imaging IV34500
RAD 252: Clinical Radiography V500225
* Elective34500
Prerequisite Courses
Human Anatomy & Physiology I
Human Anatomy & Physiology II
College Algebra or Statistics
English I
General Psychology








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*Required co-requisite electives: English II, Social Sciences, History, Art, Music or Theater, Philosophy (Ethics)

Our Mission

To graduate students with the entry-level employment skills required of a radiologic technologist.

Our Goals

  • Students will demonstrate clinical competency.
  • Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills.
  • Students will communicate effectively.
  • Students will demonstrate professional growth and development.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will apply radiation protection in accordance with ALARA
  • Students will apply positioning skills in the clinical setting
  • Students will set technical factors and operate radiographic equipment in the clinical setting
  • Students will adapt positioning for trauma patients
  • Students will set appropriate exposure factors for non-routine procedures/positions
  • Students will demonstrate effective oral communication skills
  • Students will demonstrate effective written communication skills
  • Students will conduct themselves professionally in clinical settings
  • Students will demonstrate a desire for career advancement

Program Effectiveness Data

The following is the most current program effectiveness data. Our programmatic accreditation agency, the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), defines and publishes this information. Click here to go directly to the JRCERT webpage.

Credentialing Examination: The number of students who pass, on the first attempt, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination, or an unrestricted state licensing examination, compared with the number of graduates who take the examination within six months of graduation. The five-year average benchmark established by the JRCERT is 75%.

Job Placement: The number of graduates employed in the radiologic sciences compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in the radiologic sciences within twelve months of graduating. The five-year average benchmark established by the JRCERT is 75%.

*The number of graduates employed may differ from the number of graduates because graduates may not be actively seeking employment. The JRCERT has defined not actively seeking employment as: 1) graduate fails to communicate with program officials regarding employment status after multiple attempts, 2) graduate is unwilling to seek employment that requires relocation, 3) graduate is unwilling to accept employment due to salary or hours, 4) graduate is on active military duty, and/or 5) graduate is continuing education.

Program Completion: The number of students who complete the program within the stated program length. The annual benchmark established by the program is 75%.


The Southside College of Health Sciences School of Radiation Sciences program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The current accreditation award is for 8 years until 2025.

JRCERT Standards for an Accredited Educational Program in Radiography and the avenue to pursue allegations of noncompliance with the Standards can be found utilizing the following information.

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, Illinois 60606-3182

Radiation Sciences Disclosures

Southside College of Health Sciences Associate’s degree in Radiologic Technology/Science
Radiographer Program Length: 80 weeks

Students Graduating on Time

94% of Title IV students complete the program within 80 weeks

Program Costs*

$16,830 for tuition and fees
$1,000 – $1,500 for textbooks

Other Costs

Matriculation fee: $100
Screening fee: $80
Compliance Website fee: $135 (approximate) SOARS: $130

*The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change.

Students Borrowing Money

The typical graduate leaves with $6,156 in debt
The typical monthly loan payment is $63 per month in student loans with an interest rate of 4.45%.

Grading Scale

Letter GradeRAD CourseRAD Clinical

Graduates Who Got Jobs

100% of program graduates got jobs according to the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools job placement rate.

Program graduates are employed in the following fields:

Licensure Eligibility

Program meets licensure requirements in:

  • Virginia

Additional Information

No additional information provided

Date Created 6/18/2020
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For more information and course offerings and professional credentials, please call 804-765-5800.