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Bachelor of Science in Radiography — Accelerated

Location: Boston
Start Term: Fall, Spring

As a radiologic technologist, you have the power to capture essential information and help provide clarity. In this program, you’ll learn how to use ionizing radiation to create two dimensional X-rays to assist physicians in the diagnosis of disease.

During the accelerated time frame of 32 consecutive months, you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside professional experts through clinical experiences in prestigious Boston area medical facilities. The year-round program gives you the benefit of an immersive education and prepares you for your career faster. When you graduate, you’ll be eligible to sit for certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. And you’ll be fully prepared to become a leader in healthcare.

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First-year applicants can view their admission requirements on the Undergraduate Applicants page. 

Students with 12 or more college credits may transfer in to the first or second year of the program. Courses must have been completed at a regionally accredited college or university with a grade of C or better for transfer. Math and science courses taken more than ten years prior to the anticipated date of matriculation to MCPHS will not be accepted.

While there are no specific required courses for entry into the first year of our program, the admission committee will look for success in any math and science courses you have already taken. If you complete any of the courses listed below, you may receive transfer credit and your first year course load may be lighter. However, due to the block registration nature of MCPHS programs, entering the first year of the program with transfer credits will not change the total length of your program. Courses, other than elective courses, may not be moved forward in your schedule.

Required Courses For Entry to Year II:

Linked courses are available through the MCPHS School of Professional Studies.

Additional Courses Accepted for Transfer Credit:

  • Computer Applications (3 credits)
  • American Culture, Identity, and Public Life (3 credits) (Acceptable substitutions include Introduction to Sociology or upper-level sociology course)
  • Statistics (3 credits) (Acceptable substitutions include Basic Statistics, Biostatistics, Psychological Statistics, Economic Statistics)
  • Humanities elective (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include Literature, Creative Writing, Philosophy, Ethics, Religious Studies, Select Fine Arts, Advanced Level Languages)
  • Social Science elective (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include History, Political Science/Government, Anthropology, Upper-level Sociology, American Studies, Women Studies, Ethnic Studies, Geography, Economics)
  • Behavioral Sciences Elective (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include any upper-level psychology course)
  • Healthcare Ethics (3 credits)
  • Interpersonal Communications for Health Professionals (3 credits)
  • Medical Terminology (1 credit)

YEAR 1-Fall

BIO 110 Anatomy & Physiology I 3
BIO 110L Anatomy & Physiology I Lab 1
CHE 110L Basic Chemistry I (w/lab) 4
ITM 101 Intro to the Major 1
LIB 111 Expository Writing I 3
MAT 141 Algebra/Trigonometry 3

YEAR 1-Spring

BIO 210 Anatomy & Physiology II 3
BIO 210L Anatomy & Physiology II Lab 1
PHY 181 General Physics 4
CHE 210 Basic Chemistry II w/ Lab 4
LIB 112 Expository Writing II 3
LIB 120 Intro. to Psychology 3
Total 18

Year 1-Summer

RAD 240 X-Ray Radiation Physics 2
RAD 205 Foundations of Radiography 3
RSC 325 Clinical Pathophysiology 4
RSC 250 Elements of Patient Care 2
RSC 110 Medical Terminology** 1
Total 12

Year 2-Fall

LIB 220 Intro to Interpersonal Communication for
Healthcare Professionals
RAD 210 Radiographic Procedures I 3
RAD 201L Radiographic Procedures I Lab 1
RAD 220 Radiographic Exposure Principles I w/lab 4
LIB 133 American Culture, Identity and Public Life 3
MAT 261 Statistics 3
Total 17

Year 2-Spring

HUM or SSC Distributive Elective 3
RAD 201C Radiographic Internship I 4
RAD 211 Radiographic Procedures II 3
RAD 211L Radiographic Procedures II Lab 1
RAD 221 Radiographic Exposure Principles II 3
RAD 330 Research in Radiographic Sciences 2

Year 2-Summer

RAD 202C Radiographic Internship II 5
LIB 512O Healthcare Ethics 3
RAD 250 Image Critique in Radiography
HUM or SSC Distributive Elective 3
Total 13

Year 3-Fall

RSC 212 Radiographic Procedures III 3
RAD 270 Introduction to Problem Solving in Radiography 2
RSC 315 CT& Cross-Sectional Imaging 3
RAD 303C Radiographic Internship III 6
Total 14

Year 3-Spring

RAD 370 Problem Solving in Radiography 3
RAD 304C Radiographic Internship IV 6
RSC 287 Radiation Protection & Biology 3
BEH Distribution Elective 3
Total 15

 Total Semester Hours: 120

**All Radiography students must fulfill the requirement for Medical Terminology prior to Radiography Internship I (RAD 201C) 

Students must earn minimum grades of “C” in BIO 110/210, CHE 110/210, MAT 141, and PHY 181.
Students must earn a minimum grade of “C” in all professional courses and achieve and maintain a professional GPA of 2.5 or higher

The location of MCPHS in the Longwood Medical and Academic Area, as well as its affiliations with premier medical institutions located in the greater Boston area, enable students to learn in healthcare institutions that are among the best in the world. 

MCPHS Medical Imaging and Therapeutics students participate in a variety of community-based clinical settings. This opportunity supplements the clinical experience gained in the on-campus program and provides students with a broader insight into the diverse populations they may encounter in future career settings.

Students enrolled in the radiography major complete internships at hospital affiliates in the metropolitan Boston area, including:

  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Boston Medical Center
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Cambridge Health Alliance
  • Charlton Memorial Hospital
  • Children’s Hospital
  • Falmouth Hospital
  • Lahey Hospital and Medical Center
  • Mount Auburn Hospital
  • New England Baptist Hospital
  • Signature Healthcare (Brockton Hospital)
  • Steward Family hospital-St. Elizabeth Medical Center
  • Tuft’s New England Medical Center
  • VA Boston Healthcare System
  • Whidden Hospital

To ensure clinical internships are diverse and give all students an equitable and quality clinical education, students will be rotated through a number of different sites this may involve travel near campus, in the greater Boston area, or at more distant sites. Students are responsible for their own transportation.

Our students learn from faculty who are leaders in their fields and are committed to the success of each student. Discover our full list of Radiography faculty

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As a radiologic technologist, you have the power to capture essential information and help provide clarity. In this program, you’ll learn how to use ionizing radiation to create two-dimensional X-rays to assist physicians in the diagnosis of disease.

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