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School of Radiography

Learning how to deliver compassionate and quality patient care is also emphasized. In Northwestern Memorial's state-of-the-art facilities, students are taught with the most advanced technological and diagnostic equipment available.

The 21-month training begins in September and is limited to ten students per year. Students attend approximately 500 hours of didactic and laboratory instruction and approximately 1600 hours of clinical instruction to learn the technical skills required to effectively perform radiographic procedures. This is a full-time program; students are expected to commit to program activities between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., plus on three-week evening rotation in the senior year, between 2 p.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Our experienced instructional staff includes:

  • Board-certified Radiologists
  • Resident Physicians
  • ARRT registered Radiographers
  • Experienced Radiography faculty
  • Registered Nurses
  • Administrative and support staff

Program Mission Statement

The Radiography Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital will provide students with state-of-the-art imaging facilities and a learning environment that fosters the development of clinical and patient care skills which are necessary to competently function as entry-level radiographers. Graduates will understand and practice the Patients First philosophy of Northwestern Memorial Hospital.  A competency-based curriculum will allow students to work collaboratively with other healthcare and imaging professionals and acquire problem-solving and critical thinking skills necessary for successful employment in the radiologic sciences.

Learn More About Our Program

 School of Radiography Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)

Program Goals & Student Learning Outcomes

In support of the program's mission statement, the following have been developed.

Upon completion of the radiography program our students / graduates will have successfully completed a number of goals and student learning outcomes.

Goal: Graduates will operate as entry-level radiographers

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students / graduates will select appropriate technical factors
  • Students / graduates will demonstrate appropriate radiation safety practices.

Goal: Graduates will employ effective communication skills

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students / graduates will demonstrate effective, age-specific oral communication skills.
  • Students / graduates will demonstrate effective written communication skills

Goal: Graduates will utilize critical thinking and problem-solving skills

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students / graduates will assess patient condition and modify procedures accordingly.
  • Students / graduates will evaluate images for diagnostic quality & formulate necessary improvements

Goal: Graduates will demonstrate high standards of patient care & professional practice

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students / graduates will be knowledgeable of the importance of professional organizations
  • Students / graduates will display professionalism in the clinical environment
  • Students / graduates will demonstrate a commitment to life-long learning

Goal: The program will meet the needs of the community by producing qualified, competent radiographers

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students enrolling in the program will complete the program
  • Graduates will pass the national certification examination
  • Graduates seeking employment will be employed in the field
  • Graduates will be satisfied with the program
  • Employers will be satisfied with the quality of graduates

Northwestern Memorial Hospital, our sponsor institution, has a guiding philosophy of being a regional hospital of choice that is recognized as having the most satisfied patients, best possible clinical quality and outcomes, and the best physicians and staff. We strive to improve the quality of the care in our community. Core values that are allowing us to achieve these goals, and support the mission are:

  • Integrity
    We adhere to an uncompromising code of ethics that emphasizes complete honesty and sincerity. Through our words and actions, we earn the complete trust of our patients and their families, our community, and our coworkers. We do the right thing.
  • Patients First
    We put the patient first in all we do. Caring for the individual patient and his or her family is the heart of our mission and our philosophy.
  • Excellence
    We continuously strive for excellence. We are always learning and improving our skills, programs and services.
  • Teamwork
    We achieve our mission and goals through the collective and coordinated efforts of our staff. We use our diverse talents, backgrounds, ideas and experiences to benefit patients and create solutions. We value team success over personal success.

 Program Effectiveness Data

Radiography ARRT Certification Examination, first-attempt pass rate:
Period Total # Graduates Total # Testing* Total # Passing 5-year rate
2009-2013 35 34 33 97%
Class of 2013 10 10 10 100%
*within 6 months of program completion        
Program Completion Rate:      
Period Total # Students Beginning Total # Completing  5-year rate  
2009-2013 40 35 88%  
Class of 2013 10 10 100%  
In-field Employment Rate (within 12 months of program completion for those actively seeking)‡:      
Period # Actively Seeking # Finding Employment 5-year rate      
2009-2013 32 30 95%
Class of 2013 10 10 100%      
‡Job placement rate is defined as the number of graduates employed in the radiologic sciences compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in the radiologic sciences.  The JRCERT has defined not actively seeking employment as: 1) graduate fails to communicate with program officials regarding employment status after multiple attempts, 2) graduate is unwilling to seek employment that requires relocation, 3) graduate is unwilling to accept employment due to salary or hours, 4) graduate is on active military duty, and/or 5) graduate is continuing education.


The Northwestern Memorial Hospital Radiography Program is accredited by the
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
(312) 704-5300

e-mail: mail@jrcert.org


School of Radiography
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
541 N. Fairbanks, Suite 950
Chicago, Illinois 60611

Last UpdateMarch 18, 2014