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As key members of the diagnostic health care team, radiographers use sophisticated imaging technology and examination practices to detect a range of injuries and illnesses.

Prepare for a professional career with a radiography degree from York College. As a radiographer, you’ll provide physicians and health care professionals with a view into a patient’s health, revealing everything from common bone fractures and lung infections to the presence of osteoporosis and various cancers. 

Through a combination of classroom, lab and clinical experiences, the radiography program provides practical, hands-on experience as we teach you to become efficient and qualified entry-level technologists. You’ll gain practical knowledge of radiography and radiation safety, as well as physics, anatomy and pathology. 

By pursing a bachelor of science degree in radiography, you’ll spend two years at York College followed by two years in a clinical program.  The expertise you’ll gain prepares you for employment upon graduation as a radiographer in hospitals, specialty clinics and private practices.

Learning to use machines for X-rays, MRIs and more is part of being a radiography major at York College
Diagnostic images needs are growing, making radiography majors in demand.

Clinical Experience

  • Clinical Requirements

    Clinical Requirements

    Admission to York College does not guarantee admission to the hospital clinical program.

    • Complete the core requirements of study at the College with a minimum of 2.0 in each required courses and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 is recommended in order to be competitive when applying for clinical. 
    • At the end of the fall semester of the sophomore year, you will apply for the clinical years. 
    • After completing two years of core requirements and two years of clinical experience in a hospital-based certificate program accredited by the JRCERT. 
    • Students must be awarded the program's certificate of completion before receiving their bachelor's degree. 
    • Graduates must receive their bachelor's degree before being eligible to sit for the national registry exam through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).
  • Clinical & Internship Locations

    Clinical and Internship Locations

    As a radiography major, you'll gain practical experience through a two-year-long clinical rotation that includes settings such as the Emergency Department, Operating Room, and Outpatient Facilities. 

    Possible clinical locations include: 

    Radiography Internships 

    Internships are available for students at WellSpan clinical rotations during their junior and senior years.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What does a Radiologic Technician do?

    • Ease patient, obtain pertinent history, describe procedures and answer patient's questions
    • Perform quality radiologic exams using radiographic equipment, computers, and other imaging tools
    • Monitor the patient's physical condition during the course of the procedure
    • Process data and enhance digital images using advanced computer technology
    • Provide images, data analysis, and patient information for diagnostic interpretation or therapeutic procedures
    • Evaluate images to determine the technical quality and calibration of instrumentation
    • Evaluate new protocols

    What is the median salary? The median salary for a radiographer is $50,000 - $60,000 per year.

    Is there a job demand in this field? With an aging population and increased diagnostic and evaluative technology, the job growth rate is expected to increase 12-14% through 2026. 

    What careers can I have in radiography?

    • Computed Tomography Technologist (CT specialization)*
    • Sonographer*
    • Magnetic Resonance Technologist (MRI specialization)*
    • Mammographer*
    • Medical Dosimetrists*
    • Nuclear Medicine Technologist*
    • Clinical Director/Coordinator
    • Quality Management Technologist*
    • Radiographer
    • Radiation Therapist*
    • Radiologist Assistant*
    • Radiologist*

    *Upon completion of further certification.

    Radiography Vs. Nuclear Medicine

    What is the difference between Radiography and Nuclear Medicine Technology?

    Radiography is the process of applying ionizing radiation to demonstrate portions of the human body (on an x-ray, fluoroscopic screen or other imaging systems) to assist physicians in the diagnosis of disease and injury. 

    Nuclear Medicine Technologists use radioactive materials in specialized studies (such as PET scans) of body organs to assist physicians in diagnosis and treatment of disease. 


  • Program Handbook

    Department of Health Professions Clinical Program Handbook

    Students enrolled in a clinical program are expected to follow the York College Department of Health Professions' established policies and practices. The Clinical Program Handbook serves as a guide to support students' awareness of these policies and provide advice about how to best adhere to them throughout your academic experience.

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Contact Us
Department of Health Professions
Elizabeth Shearer, M.S.
Department of Health Professions, Chair
Diehl, Room 207
Phone: 717.815.1740