Radiography | SHS | SIU

Southern Illinois University




The Basic Radiography segment of the Radiologic Sciences Program is recognized by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). As such, our students will meet the ARRT’s academic and clinical education requirements to sit for the national ARRT Radiography certification exam.

The curriculum prepares technologists for entry-level positions and also prepares the technologist desiring additional expertise. The baccalaureate degree, with specializations in magnetic resonance/computed tomography imaging, radiation therapy, or radiology management/education meets specific accreditation guidelines and provides opportunities for professional growth for radiographers.


The mission of the Radiography Program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is to provide a quality program integrating education, research and service in order to meet the needs of the profession and improve health care of the people and communities we serve.


Goal: Prepare the student to practice as a competent entry-level professional Radiographer by offering a balanced curriculum and quality didactic and clinical instruction.

Student Learning Outcomes: 

  • Students will be clinically competent upon graduation.
  • Graduates will pass ARRT Radiography certification exam on first attempt.
  • Graduates indicate overall satisfaction with education from the program.
  • Clinical Supervisors indicate graduate demonstrates essential skills and knowledge necessary to work effectively with other health care practitioners.

Goal: Provide didactic and clinical experiences that lead to research in educational, professional, or health care issues relating to radiography.

Student Learning Outcome:

  • Students demonstrate essential skills to plan and execute research on various topics.

Goal: Provide avenues to students for professional development and growth within the profession.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Graduates will become members of professional organizations.
  • Graduates will maintain their CE activities to grow with the profession.
  • Graduates will choose an Advanced Modality to further their professional career.

Goal: Provide avenues for students to develop and apply skills in effective communication necessary for successful radiography practice.     

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students demonstrate effective verbal communication skills.
  • Graduates demonstrate effective written communication skills.

Goal: Provide avenues for students to develop and apply skills in critical thinking and in problem solving necessary for successful radiography practice.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students demonstrate effective problem solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Graduates demonstrate effective problem solving and critical thinking skills.

Goal: Provide a clinical and didactic environment which leads to the development of clinical skills and competence appropriate to an entry-level radiographer.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate simulation laboratory competence.
  • Students will be clinically competent upon graduation.
  • Students demonstrate continual improvement of skills as they progress through the program.
  • Students demonstrate professional development and growth as a result of didactic and clinical experiences.


For more information about admission policies, tuition and fees, refund policies, academic calendars, clinical obligations, grading system, graduation requirements, and the criteria for transfer credit please:

Click here for Radiography Program Handbook.

Click here for Undergraduate Catalog

The SIU Radiography Program does not allow a student to transfer in from another radiography program and receive advance placement in the radiography portion of our program.

All applicants should be aware that there are clinical requirements during 2 different semesters for radiography and additional semesters for the specializations. Clinic sites are within a six hour radius of Carbondale and it is possible that students could receive appointments outside the local area during these semesters while in the program.  Students are responsible for any additional costs associated with travel or housing during these semesters.


8 years granted in 2018. 

The Radiography program at SIU is accredited through the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Click here to see the JRCERT Standards for an Accredited Program in Radiography.

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, Illinois 60606-3182