The mission of the radiography program at Bergen Community College is to provide students with a professional education in diagnostic imaging. The cooperative effort between our faculty and students creates an essential climate for development of clinical competency and a multiplicity of other professional skills. Our program introduces and continually reinforces ethical principles and practices of the profession during the student’s course of study.
The radiography program is a 24-month course of study that is designed to prepare the graduate for employment in the medical imaging profession. Radiographers use radiation to create radiographs of the human body for the medical doctor to diagnose disease. A study of anatomy, patient care, imaging equipment, technique, and radiation biology are integrated into each course. Students learn principles related to medical imaging and apply these to practice in clinical. The program has three components- classroom, laboratory, and off site clinical education. Students spend approximately 1700 hours in clinical practice. Upon completion of the program students are eligible to apply for certification examination with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and apply for state licensure (if a license is required for that particular state).
The radiography program at Bergen Community College is accredited with the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology and the New Jersey Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners. This ensures that our graduates will be eligible for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists certification examination in Radiography.
The Health Professions Associate of Applied Science degree (A.A.S.) in radiography is designed to provide students with the coursework and training needed to enter into the field as a certified radiographer. The curriculum provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a pathway to careers in radiology. Once students complete the program, they are prepared to take the radiographer licensure exam. Once students pass the licensure exam and requirements, they become a certified radiographer. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with Bergen Community College faculty and Career Services as they begin to explore career options. Students can also utilize Career Coach, a resource provided by Bergen, to explore degree programs and corresponding careers https://bergen.emsicc.com.
Students pursuing the Associate of Applied Science degree (A.A.S.) in radiography may consider transfer opportunities into other allied health and science majors. Students are encouraged to work closely with Bergen Community College faculty and Advising Transfer Services. Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution in NJ can explore the “Transfer Programs” feature on NJ Transfer https://njtransfer.org.