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Frequently Asked Questions

Diagnostic and Medical Imaging Radiography Q & A Session

This session can guide you through everything you need to become a student in the Radiography program at COD. Find answers to additional questions about a career in Radiography below. 

The field is for you if you:

  • Enjoy contact with people
  • Have an interest in health care and technology

You will need to have:

  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Good listening skills and hand dexterity
  • Physical agility, the strength to assist and move non-ambulatory patients and the ability to stand for long periods of time
  • Emotional stability and good health
  • The ability to work independently and under stress
  • Fluency in conversational English

Radiographers assist and perform a variety of diagnostic procedures using ionizing radiation to image the human body. Radiographers are not limited to radiology departments; they also work in emergency rooms, operating rooms, intensive care units, nurseries and patient rooms. Radiographers use a variety of technically advanced equipment, including computers.

This program is a full-time day program that is extremely time intensive. Students are either on campus or in a clinical environment five days a week, for just over two years.

No. However, the college has implemented a residency preference policy. Please refer to the top of page six of the admission and information packet for specifics.

Yes, the program is fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), www.jrcert.org

Anatomy & Physiology is required and must be completed by the end of spring semester for the year in which you are applying. Successful completion of DMIR 1100 Introduction to Diagnostic Medical Imaging Radiography with a grade of "B" or better prior to admission is also required.

Generally, all previous college credit earned at an accredited institution acceptable to COD is transferable. The Office of Student Records evaluates transcripts to determine transferable credit.

Students educated outside the United States must request a course-by-course evaluation by Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE), P.O. Box 17499, Milwaukee, WI, USA 53217. Credit transfer applications are available at the COD Office of Student Records.

This program has its own process for admission. Please refer to the program information packet on this web site for specific details.

Acceptance into the program is based on a merit evaluation consisting of grades in specific coursework, a clinical interview and the PSB Health Aptitude exam score.

The program begins each year in June.

Although the number of applicants varies, the program usually receives an average of 200 applications per year with an average of 50 applicants accepted.

Graduate receive an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree.

Opportunities exist for experienced radiographers in advanced imaging modalities such as computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), sonography (ultrasound), radiation therapy, nuclear medicine, mammography and interventional radiology. Sales and education are additional career options.

College of DuPage is now partnering with AfterCollege Job Resource Center, a service which provides a list of available jobs for Radiography students.

Program Contact Information

Please visit the Program Contacts page for detailed information.