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Bachelor of Science in Radiography (Fast Track)

Location: Boston
Start Term: Summer

This program is designed for transfer students and bachelor degree holders. As a radiologic technologist, you have the power to capture essential information and help provide clarity. In this program, you’ll build on your previous college studies to learn how learn how to use ionizing radiation to create two-and three-dimensional X-rays and computed tomography (CT) images of tissue, organs, bones and vessels to assist physicians in the diagnosis of disease.

During the fast tracked time frame of 20 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 registration by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. And you’ll be fully prepared to grow as a leader in healthcare.

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Students with a bachelor's degree or the appropriate amount of college credits and prerequisites may apply to the fast track 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.

Required Courses For Students with a Bachelor's Degree:

  • Anatomy and Physiology I & II with lab(8 credits)
  • Physics I (algebra-based) with lab (4 credits)
  • Algebra and Trigonometry (3 credits) (Acceptable substitution: Precalculus or Calculus)

Additional Courses Required For Students without a Prior Degree:

  • Basic Chemistry I & II with lab (8 credits)
  • Expository Writing I & II (6 credits)
  • Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
  • Statistics (3 credits) (Acceptable substitutions include Basic Statistics, Biostatistics, Psychological Statistics, Economic Statistics)
  • American Culture, Identity, and Public Life (3 credits) (Acceptable substitutions include American History, U.S. History, U.S. Government, Western Civilization)
  • 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)
COURSE TITLE SEMESTER HOURS

Year 1-Summer

RAD 240 X-Ray Radiation Physics 2
RAD 205 Radiography Foundations 3
RSC 325 Clinical Pathophysiology 4
RSC 305 Patient Care/Medical Terminology 3
Total 12

Year 1-Fall

LIB 420 Interpersonal Communication 3
RAD 210 Radiographic Procedures I 3
RAD 201L Radiographic Procedures I Lab 1
RAD 220 Radiographic Exposure Principles (w/lab) 4
BEH 254 Death and Dying 3
Total 14

Year 1-Spring

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
LIB 512 Healthcare Ethics 3
Total
14

Year 2-Summer

RAD 202C Radiographic Internship II 5
RAD 212O Radiographic Procedures III online (in class testing)
2
RAD 250 Image Critiquein Radiography
2
Total 9

Year 2-Fall

RSC 310 Cross Sectional Anatomy 3
RAD 270 Introduction to Problem Solving in Radiography
2
RSC 315 CT Imaging 3
RAD 303C Radiographic Internship III 6
Total 14

Year 2-Spring

RAD 370 Problem Solving in Radiography 3
RAD 304C Radiographic Internship IV 6
RSC 287 Radiation Protection & Biology 3
Total 12

Total Semester Hours: 75

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:

  • Children’s Hospital
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Caritas St. Elizabeth's Medical Center
  • Mount Auburn Hospital
  • Cambridge Hospital
  • Whidden Hospital
  • Signature Healthcare (Brockton Hospital)
  • Charlton Memorial Hospital
  • Falmouth Hospital
  • Tuft’s New England Medical Center

Please Note: Due to the widespread geographical locations of the radiation therapy clinical settings, it is strongly recommended that students have a driver’s license and own reliable transportation.  The radiation therapy clinical locations are not all accessible via public transportation.  

FIRST TIME REGISTRY PASS RATES*

Year Success Rate Number of Students

Class of 2016

80%

8 out of 10 students passed on 1st attempt
2 students did not take the exam
1 student took it 8 months after graduation

Class of 2015

100%

6 out of 6 students passed on 1st attempt

Class of 2014

92%

12 of 13 students passed on 1st attempt

Class of 2013

94%

15 of 16 students passed on 1st attempt

Class of 2012

100%

8 of 8 students passed on 1st attempt

5 Year Average for first time examinees

92%

PROGRAM COMPLETION RATES

Year Percent Completed Number of Students

Class of 2016

81%

13 out of 16 students completed the program
3 students extended program.

Class of 2015

85%

6 of 7 students completed the program
1 Student withdrew from University

Class of 2014

93%

14 of 15 students completed the program

Class of 2013

94%

16 of 17 students completed the program

Class of 2012

88%

8 of 9 students completed the program

5 Year average Program Completion Rate

89%

JOB PLACEMENT RATES FOR THE LAST 5 YEARS

Year Percent Job
Placement Rate
Number of Students

Class of 2016

 91%

13 students graduated
10 out of 11 employed
1 student did not seek employment
1 student international returned home

Class of 2015

100%

6 students graduated
6 students employed within 1 year

Class of 2014

100%

14 students graduated
11 students employed within 1 year
1 student went back to school
2 students unknown

Class of 2013

93%

16 students graduated
13 students employed within 1 year
1 student went back to school
1 not seeking employment
1 student unknown

Class of 2012

100%

8 students graduated
8 students employed within 1 year

5 Year average Job Placement Rates

96%

 *Pass rates are based on first-time passing scores of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists within the first 6 months of graduation