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A radiographer is a medical professional who applies doses of ionizing radiation to patients to create medical images of the human anatomy to aid radiologists and doctors in diagnosing and treating illness and injury. These valuable professionals work in hospitals, clinics, medical laboratories, nursing homes, and in private practice.

Columbus State offers two programs designed to meet accreditation, certification, and licensing needs for medical imaging.

The Radiography Associate Degree graduate is eligible for accreditation through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. This accreditation is recognized for licensure in all 50 states. The practice of Radiography includes the following modalities (or specialties):

Diagnostic Radiography which “looks at” internal organs, bones, cavities and foreign objects; DR includes cardiovascular imaging and interventional radiography.

  • Fluoroscopy, which is live-motion radiography (constant radiation) usually used to visualize the digestive system, monitor the administration of contrast agents to highlight vessels and organs, or to help position devices within the body (such as pacemakers, guide wires, stents, etc.).
  • CT (computed tomography), which provides cross-sectional views (slices) of the body and can reconstruct additional images from those taken to provide more information in either 2D or 3D.
  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), which builds a 2D or 3D map of different tissue types within the body.
  • Mammography, which uses e-ray to image breast tissues.
  • Vascular, Interventional Radiography, which is a medical imaging technique used to visualize blood vessels and organs of the body with particular interest in the arteries, veins, and chambers of the heart.

The GXMO Radiography Certificate is the only plan of study with no clinical practice. This program is designed to prepare students for limited licensure in Ohio only, with no professional accreditation. Students who complete this plan of study cannot practice in any of the advanced modalities, portable, or mobile radiography, and cannot administer contrast media.

Radiographers employ a wide range of sophisticated equipment to produce medical images with the least amount of radiation to the patient, so that doctors and other medical professionals may better diagnose and treat injury or disease. Radiologic technologists use their expertise and knowledge of physics, anatomy, physiology and pathology to assess the patient, develop optimal radiographic technique and evaluate resulting radiographic images to determine if additional procedures are warranted. They care for the patient even when acutely ill or traumatized.
Technology classes begin Autumn Semester. Admission to the program is competitive with completed applications received annually. Because students and health care workers in the field may be exposed to infectious materials and communicable diseases, the program emphasizes safety and prevention.

Program Mission and Goals

The mission of the Columbus State Community College Radiography program is to provide a quality educational program that meets the lifelong learning needs of its community. This is achieved by preparing graduates for entry-level employment as radiography science professionals. This mission is consistent with the college’s mission statement.

Program Mission Statement

The program holds as its primary objectives the education and training of qualified applicants to become competent radiographers. The program endeavors to instill in students, and subsequently graduates, the following goals:

1. Recognition of the need for lifelong learning in their chosen profession
2. The ability to behave in a compassionate, ethical, and professional manner
3. Completion of all program requirements, competence to meet entry-level expectations of employers, and successfully completion of the ARRT national certification exam
4. The ability to apply skills in communication, critical thinking, and problem solving in the practice of the radiography profession.

Specific Admissions Information for Program

Prospective students are required to attend a mandatory information session to learn detailed program requirements and career opportunities. These sessions are held several times each semester and are very helpful in answering student questions. Information session dates are available on our website:

Information Dates.

Information can also be found on the department webpage: or by contacting Shawndeia Thomas at 614-287-5215.

Applications are available only by attending one of the mandatory information sessions located under the ADMISSIONS tap, at the top of the page on the right.

Listed below are additional requirements for admission to the Radiography degree program:

  • High school graduate, GED, or equivalent
  • Required high school (or equivalent) courses in Biology (grade of “C” or better), Chemistry (grade of “C” or better) and Physics (grade of “C” or better)
  • Completion of, CHEM 1113, RAD 1190, (or equivalent) (grade of “C” or better)
  • Placement into ENGL 1100 Composition I
  • Placement into MATH 1148 College Algebra
  • Placement into “No Reading Required” on COMPASS Test
  • Completion of the HOBET assessment test
  • Submission of a written statement relevant to interest and intent in Radiography
  • Health care experience or observation hours (16)
  • Attend radiography mandatory information session.

NOTE: Individuals who have been convicted of, plead guilty to, or plead nolo contendere to a crime may not be eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Radiography Examination according to the ARRT Code of Ethics, Section B.3 Rules of Ethics. For additional information, contact the ARRT (www.arrt.org).

Any individual who performs radiologic procedures on humans must hold a valid Ohio radiologic license, according to the Ohio Revised Code. Radiologic licenses are issued for the following categories: Radiographer, Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Radiation Therapist and General X-ray Machine Operator (GXMO).

Radiographers must pass a national credentialing examination (primary pathway certification) prior to obtaining an Ohio Department of Health License.

Individuals must have a license from the Ohio Department of Health to practice as a Radiation Therapist or a General X-Ray Machine Operator in the State of Ohio.

Candidates pursuing primary pathway certification in Radiography, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Radiation Therapy, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or Sonography must have — within the past five years* — successfully completed an educational program that is accredited by a mechanism acceptable to the ARRT**. Beginning on January 1, 2015, all candidates for primary pathway certification must have earned an academic degree before becoming certified.
As part of their education, candidates must also demonstrate competency in didactic coursework and an ARRT-specified list of clinical procedures by completing competency requirements established for the discipline in which they are seeking certification.

* Candidates graduating from an educational program beginning January 1, 2013, will have three years to establish eligibility for ARRT certification, as opposed to the five years that is available to those who complete their program by December 31, 2012.

More information about ARRT certification is available at; https://www.arrt.org/Educators-Students.

Radiography Associate Degree

Semester 1

Course Name Credits
RAD 1111 Introduction to RAD Tech 1
RAD 1141 Radiographic Processes I 3
RAD 1901 RAD Practicum I 2
RAD 1801 RAD Seminar I 1
MATH 1148 College Algebra 4
BIO 2300 Human Anatomy 4
MULT 1010 Medical Terminology 2
COLS 1100 First Year Experience Seminar 1
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 18

Semester 2

Course Name Credits
RAD 1113 RAD Science 3
RAD 1142 Radiographic Processes II 3
RAD 1902 RAD Practicum II 2
RAD 1802 RAD Seminar II 1
BIO 2232 Human Physiology 4
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 13

Summer Semester

Course Name Credits
RAD 1118 Radiographic Exposure & Processes 2
RAD 1143 Special Procedures 2
RAD 1903 RAD Practicum III 2
RAD 1803 RAD Seminar III 1
CSCI 1101 Computer Concepts & Applications 3
BIO 1163 Human Pathophysiology 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 13

Semester 3

Course Name Credits
RAD 2222 Digital Imaging 2
RAD 2904 RAD Practicum IV 3
RAD 2212 Sectional Anatomy 2
RAD 2804 RAD Seminar IV 1
ENGL 1100 Composition I 3
SBS XXXX Refer to approved GE - SBS list 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 14

Semester 4

Course Name Credits
RAD 2126 RAD Biology and Protection 2
RAD 2905 RAD Practicum V 3
RAD 2805 RAD Seminar V 1
RAD 2620 Radiographic Pathology 2
RAD XXXX Technical Elective 2
HUM XXXX Refer to approved GE - HUM list 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 13
TOTAL DEGREE CREDIT HOURS . 71

Technical Electives

Course Name Credits
RAD 1101 Introduction Equipment/Patient Care 0.5
RAD 1102 RAD Positioning of Upper Extremities 0.5
RAD 1103 Radiographic Processes II 0.5
RAD 1104 RAD Positioning Chest & Abdomen 0.5
RAD 1105 RAD Positioning Spine, Skull & Sinuses 0.5
RAD 1190 Rad Protection General Machine Operators 1.5
MULT 1916 Venipuncture for Health Care Providers 2

HUM GE-ART/HUMANITIES REQUIREMENT (SELECT ONE)

Course Name Credits
HIST 1111 European History to 1648 3
HIST 1112 European History Since 1648 3
PHIL 1130 Ethics 3

SBS GE-SOCIAL BEHAVORIAL SCIENCE REQUIREMENT (SELECT ONE)

Course Name Credits
ANTH 2202 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3
SOC 2380 American Race & Ethnic Relations 3
PSY 2340 Human Growth and Development 3

GXMO Radiography Certificate

The GXMO Radiography Certificate is the only plan of study with no clinical practice. This program is designed to prepare students for limited licensure in Ohio only, with no professional accreditation. Students who complete this plan of study cannot practice in any of the advanced modalities, portable, or mobile radiography, and cannot administer contrast media.

Any individual who performs radiologic procedures on humans must hold a valid Ohio radiologic license, according to the Ohio Revised Code. Radiologic licenses are issued for the following categories: Radiographer, Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Radiation Therapist and General X-ray Machine Operator (GXMO).

Individuals must have a license from the Ohio Department of Health to practice as a Radiation Therapist or a General X-Ray Machine Operator in the State of Ohio.

General X-ray machine operator (GXMO) applicants must complete a GXMO didactic educational program accredited by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), pass the state GXMO examination and complete at least one GXMO clinical educational program accredited by ODH before submitting an initial license application.ODH has approved clinical educational programs for the following clinical training modules: Chest and Abdomen, Extremities, Skull and Sinuses, Spine and Bone Densitometry. The GXMO Program at Columbus State Community College is accredited by the Ohio Department of Health. More detailed information on licensure is available at; http://www.odh.ohio.gov/odhprograms/rp/rlic/rlic1.aspx.

At the completion of the certificate program, the learner will be able to:

  • Demonstrate competence in academic technical courses that meet the ODH requirements
  • Be eligible to apply for the ODH General X-Ray Machine Operator (GXMO) State Examination
  • Demonstrate competence in patient-care skills and radiographic positioning and imaging skills specific to a GXMO
  • Incorporate general education outcomes for effective communication as necessary in a health care setting
  • Incorporate basic related course content to support technical course academic theory and practice
  • Develop technical skills required for employment in outpatient imaging facilities, urgent care centers, and physician practices
  • Develop additional clinical skills needed for employment in subspecialty areas in imaging. Examples include podiatry, chiropractic, general practitioner, outpatient imaging facilities, etc
  • Move seamlessly from the certificate program to the associate degree program at Columbus State, if desired.

Semester 1

Course Name Credits
RAD 1190 RAD Protection General Machine Operators 1.5
ENGL 1100 Composition I 3
MATH 1030 Beginning Algebra II 3
RAD 1111 Introduction to RAD Tech 1
BIO 1101 Fundamentals of Human Anatomy & Physiology 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 11.5

Semester 2

Course Name Credits
RAD 1101 Introduction Equipment/Patient Care 0.5
RAD 1102 RAD Positioning of Upper Extremities 0.5
RAD 1103 Radiographic Processes II 0.5
RAD 1104 RAD Positioning Chest & Abdomen 0.5
RAD 1105 RAD Positioning Spine, Skull & Sinuses 0.5
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 2.5

Summer Semester

Course Name Credits
CSCI 1101 Computer Concepts & Applications 3
MULT 1010 Medical Terminology 2
PHIL 1130 Ethics 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 8
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS . 22