Associate of Science in Radiography (ASR)

The highly-respected two-year Radiography program at Allen College develops the skills and competencies necessary for entry level radiographer positions. Radiographers use knowledge of science, human anatomy, and physiology to create medical images. Hands-on clinical experiences allow practical application of knowledge. Hospitals, imaging facilities, urgent care clinics, private physicians' offices, and other health care facilities provide employment opportunities. Graduates are fully prepared for a professional career.

Successful completion of the Radiography program at Allen College awards an Associate degree. A degree granting program fosters continued education. Credits from a certificate or associates degree in radiography can transfer to a Bachelors degree in Health Science.

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Program Mission

The mission of Allen College's Associate of Science in Radiography (ASR) Program is to provide a premiere educational program to men and women seeking careers in the Radiologic Sciences. The program is dedicated to providing educational opportunities and services for radiographers and the community.

Goal 1: Students will demonstrate clinical competence.

Student Learning Outcomes: Students will

  • practice proper radiation protection
  • apply correct positioning skills

Goal 2: Students will exhibit effective communication skills.

Student Learning Outcomes: Students will

  • demonstrate effective communication skills in the clinical setting
  • practice written communication skills
  • demonstrate oral communication skills

Goal 3: Students will use critical thinking skills.

Student Learning Outcomes: Students will

  • appropriately critique radiographic images
  • demonstrate ability to practice critical thinking
  • be able to critically think in the clinical setting

Goal 4: Students will establish and develop professionalism.

Student Learning Outcomes: Students will

  • integrate leadership skills and construct professional practices.
  • practice professionalism.

Program Philosophy

The faculty of the ASR program believes in the dignity and worth of a holistic being. As a unique individual with basic human needs, man interacts with family, community, and society while striving for equilibrium and dynamic stability along the health-illness continuum.

Radiography is an art and applied science, the purpose of which is to promote, preserve, and restore the wellbeing of the individual, family, community, and society. The practice of professional radiography integrates ethical and legal principles into the radiography process for the provision of bio-psychosocial and spiritual care.

Education is a progressive, systematic process that fosters the development of individual ethical, moral, intellectual, and psychomotor potentials. Learning within the educational process is the continuous and cumulative acquisition of knowledge and skills, which results in a change of behavior. Learning is an active process that is dependent upon student readiness, motivation and prior experiences within the guidelines of mutually determined goals.

The purpose of the ASR program is to develop qualified radiographers, responsive to and involved in society. Radiography correlates academic and clinical experiences by incorporation of early, continuous meaningful involvement in actual health care settings. The responsibility of the faculty in these settings is to provide direction, goals, and experiences suitable to the learning needs of the student, governed by the policies of the program.

Each student is a unique individual who learns best in a cooperative student-faculty environment where the student assumes the primary responsibility for learning. We further believe that it is the responsibility of the faculty to create and maintain an environment conducive to holistic student development including attitude, values, skills, and habits needed to live and contribute as citizens in our changing society.

Our ASR program provides the community with a graduate prepared to function as a professional radiographer in health care facilities. The faculty and students have a responsibility to be aware of the health care needs of the community and to assist in meeting these needs.

To this end, the program, including faculty, students, and administrative personnel, hold a commitment to progressive, personal, and professional involvement in society.

The Allen College - UnityPoint Health Associate of Science in Radiography Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology

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Chicago, Illinois 60606-3182
(319) 704-5304 

American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Certification

Graduates earning an associate degree in Radiography may apply to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist Certification exam. Eligibility for certification requires that the applicant be of good moral character. Conviction of a misdemeanor or felony may indicate a lack of good moral character for the ARRT purposes. The ARRT conducts a thorough review of all convictions determining eligibility. Documentation for a review includes: a written personal explanation and court records verifying the conviction, the sentence and completion of the sentence.

Anything less than complete and total disclosure of any and all convictions will be considered as having provided false or misleading information to the ARRT. This is grounds for permanent denial of eligibility for certification. The ARRT may conduct criminal background searches whenever appropriate. Disciplinary action may be taken at any time upon discovery that disclosure was not complete.

Individuals considering enrollment in an educational program, or already enrolled, may submit a pre-application form to have the impact of convictions on eligibility evaluated. Pre-Application Review Forms may be requested from the Department of Regulatory services at the ARRT office.

The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
1255 Northland Drive
St. Paul, MN  51120-1155
(651) 687-0048