Radiation Sciences Programs

  • Radiologic Technology

    Career/Program Information

    The Radiation Sciences Radiologic Technology (RT) degree tracks consists of two professional programs; RT and either Cardiovascular Interventional (CVI), Computed Tomography (CT), or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).

    The Radiologic Technologist is a professional, qualified by education and clinical experience to provide radiological services using a variety of radiological procedures. The technologist operates and adjusts radiological equipment and determines proper exposure factors so that optimum radiographic quality is achieved with a minimum of radiation exposure to the patient. Radiographers are employed primarily in hospitals, clinics, and doctors' offices, where they work closely with the other members of the health care team.

    Radiologic Technology at UI Healthcare from the Student Technologists' Point-Of-View. 

    Visit the U.S. Department of Labor's O*NET web pages below for additional career information:

    29-2034 - Radiologic Technologists and Computed Tomography

    29-2031 - Cardiovascular Interventional

    29-2035 - Magnetic Resonance Imaging

    Bureau of Labor Statistics Outlook

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics occupational outlook reports good news for those interested in a career in Radiologic Technology through 2018. From 2008 through 2018 employment of Radiologic Technologist is expected to increase by 17%, faster than the average for all occupations and those interested in securing a second professional program, such as CT and MRI will have the best employment opportunities. From 2008 through 2018 employment of cardiovascular technologist is expected to increase by 24%.

    For statistics on salary expectations and additional information visit the Bureau of Labor and Statistics web pages below:

    Radiologic Technology

    Commitment to the Pursuit of Quality

    Radiologic Technology Education takes great care in its pursuit to select and educate top quality technologists. The items below provide verification of our commitment to this pursuit

    ARRT Certification Rate 

    Radiologic Technology Education has been educating technologists since 1925. During this time, the RT graduates have enjoyed outstanding achievement on The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists' (ARRT) Certification exam, consistently performing above the national and Iowa mean.

     Program 1st Attempt Passing Rate
    National 1st Attempt Passing Rate Program Mean Scaled Score National Mean Scaled Score
    Year Number taking Number passed Percent      
    2014 21 20 95.2% 88.9% 85 83.8
    2013 19 18 95% 90% 83.3 84.1
    2012 20 19 95% 92% 85.3 87.6
    2011 22 22 100% 93% 86.6 85.1
    2010 22 21 95% 92% 86.7 84.9
    5-Year Averages     97% 91% 85 85

    Program Completion Rate Information

    Graduating Year
    Number entering program
    Number graduating program
    Completion %
    2014 21 21 100%
    2013 21 19 90%
    2012 21 20 95%
    2011 22 22 100%
    2010 24 22 92%
    5-year average     95%

    Job Placement Rate:

    Job Placement Rate (most recent five-year average) - The number of graduates employed in radiography within twelve months of graduation, compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in the radiography.

    Graduating Year
    Number seeking employment
    Number who found employment
    Placement Rate
    0 0
    0 0
    1 1
    0 0
    1 1
    5-year average

    Program effectiveness criteria is defined by JCERT at: https://portal.jrcertaccreditation.org/accredited-educational-programs/search

    Mission Statement

     The mission of the Radiologic Technology Education at the University of Iowa is to recruit and provide quality individuals with an ambitious, extensive education that equips them with knowledge, skills, and abilities to provide high quality, compassionate medical imaging. The students will be adaptable to varied healthcare settings with diverse patient populations and effectively interact with other members of the healthcare team to provide the best possible patient care.  

    Goals, & Learning Outcomes

    Goal 1: Graduate clinically competent radiographers.

    •  Students demonstrate quality positioning skills.
    •  Students demonstrate quality technical skills.
    •  Students apply appropriate radiation safety practices.

    Goal 2: Students demonstrate effective communication skills.

    • Students demonstrate good written medical communication skills.
    • Students use effective communication to provide quality patient care.

    Goal 3: Students successfully apply critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. • Students demonstrate the ability to adjust technical factors for nonroutine situations.

    • Students demonstrate the ability to adjust positioning for nonroutine situations.

    Goal 4: Students understand and practice professionalism.

    • Students demonstrate an understanding of professionalism.
    • Students adapt to human diversity.

    Goal 5: Program is effective at graduating entry level technologists.

    • Students graduate from program.
    • Graduates attain ARRT radiography certification.
    • Graduates seeking radiography employment are employed.
    • Employers indicate they would employ another program graduate.
    • Alumni indicate they were adequately prepared to perform all of the required job tasks.