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School of Radiology

The Program

Program Overview

The UPMC Chautauqua School of Radiology is a full-time, 22-month, hospital-based program. The classroom is located adjacent to the Radiology Department on the first floor of the main building of the hospital. All didactic and clinical courses are provided on the hospital grounds.

Because of its small class size and faculty / staff, student ratio, our program provides individual attention with an emphasis on clinical experience.

The radiology department has been inundated with digital imaging equipment and PACS. Our imaging department consists of 2 DR general radiography rooms, 1 CR general radiography room, 1 fluoroscopic procedure rooms, special procedures lab, Cardiac Catherization suite, CT (computerized tomography) suite,  Ultrasonography and Mammography suits, Nuclear Medicine Department, Cancer Treatment Center, MRI and a mobile PET/CT scanner.

Upon completion of the program, the student receives a certificate of completion and is eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) exam as well as eligibility for New York State licensure.

Opportunities for advancement are excellent following the required 2-year basic education. The graduate Radiographer can further his / her career through continuing education and experience. Areas of specialization include: Nuclear Medicine, Special Procedures, Ultrasonography, Computerized Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Radiation Therapy and Mammography.

Program Structure

The program is separated into two, one-year phases with each year divided into trimesters.

The first year is heavily weighted on the didactic side with classroom work three times a week and clinical experience twice a week. In this phase the student will be introduced to the science of Radiologic Technology and the different components to creating an acceptable x-ray.

The second year consists of three days of clinical and two days of classroom work. In this phase emphasis is placed on clinical competency and preparation for the American Registry of Radiologic Technology exam.

New classes start the third (3) week in August of each year.

Program Facilities

The classroom is located adjacent to the main hospital building. The room is outfitted with instructional equipment, including white board, bulletin boards, television/ VCR, computer networked to PACS, digital projector and projection screen. (in addition to A.V. Equipment housed in the hospital library and A.V. Department)

The radiology department consists 2 DR general radiography rooms, 1 CR general radiography room, 1 fluoroscopic procedure rooms, special procedures lab, 3 mobile x-ray units and a surgical suites for the use of 2 digital C-arm units.  The department is well equipped to handle twelve (12) students and seven (6) clinical instructors to ensure proper supervision and clinical experience is obtained.

The classroom library is comprised of reference texts and publications. In addition, the hospital maintains a large, well equipped, Health Science Library providing borrowing and inter-library loan privileges to hospital staff and students.

Computer and Internet services are available through the hospital's computer lab located at the JMHC campus of UPMC Chautauqua. These computers maintain radiology software applications that the student may use as a study aid in preparation for the ARRT exam. These services are to be used for research and study purposes only.