Radiologic Technician School | Radiologic Technology Program in PA

Launch Your Career in Radiologic Technology

Gwynedd Mercy University’s radiologic technology program prepares you for entry-level work as a radiologic (or x-ray) technologist with a radiology degree. X-ray technologists, with the help of sophisticated equipment and computers, use their expertise to help physicians diagnose patient diseases and conditions. This is an ever-changing field; keeping pace with technology provides a challenging environment, and so this discipline requires an academic background in, and aptitude for, math and science. Among the top radiology schools in PA, GMercyU has the courses you need to fulfill a longlasting career in the field of radiology.

Upon successful completion of your GMercyU and affiliate radiography program requirements, you’ll be eligible to sit for the National ARRT Examination in Radiography (offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists). Graduates of our radiology program have passed this exam with a 100% success rate in 2018-2019. With this certification and your bachelor’s degree, you’ll be eligible for many employment opportunities in the field.

BS in Radiologic Technology Program

GMercyU's 2+2 Radiologic Technology program is the standard degree path followed by most GMercyU students. During the first two years, you will complete general education requirements for a strong liberal arts foundation. At the beginning of year two, you’ll work with your Campus Coordinator and apply to at least three of GMercyU’s affiliated radiologic technologist programs. 

Your third and fourth years of radiology technician school will be spent primarily on site at the affiliate radiologic technology program, taking classroom and clinical courses full-time. You’ll also work with your Campus Coordinator to register for all corresponding GMercyU courses.

This full-time, 40 hours/week daytime program includes at least one summer, possibly two. This means that while you may walk in graduation in May of your senior year, you may not complete your graduation requirements until August.

Our Radiologic Technology Programs are accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).


    Degree Options

    Radiologic Technology Completion Program (Reverse Bachelor’s)

    Complete a Reverse Bachelor’s Radiologic Technology Degree at GMercyU

    If you are already an ARRT-certified from a radiology school and are a registered radiologic technologist, you can earn up to 62 units of credit for your radiologic technology education. You complete the remaining general education and liberal arts course requirements to earn your B.S. in Radiologic Technology from GMercyU. 

    If you have completed college coursework at other colleges or radiology schools, you may be eligible to transfer in additional credits, but you must complete a minimum of 45 credits at GMercyU. This degree may be completed full-time or part-time, with some courses available in the evening or online.

    B.S. Radiologic Sciences from Thomas Jefferson University (partnership agreement)

    If you’re interested in multi-competency training, you can pursue two areas of competency through a special articulation agreement that we have with Thomas Jefferson University’s radiology programs. Options include Radiography, Computed Tomography, Nuclear Medicine, General Sonography (Ultrasound) and Vascular Sonography.  

    This is a very selective program and requires additional prerequisites, so advance planning is required if you want to apply. If accepted to Jefferson, you will transfer to Jefferson for your last two years (or slightly longer) and earn a Bachelor’s of Science in Radiologic Sciences from Thomas Jefferson University. 

    The GMercyU Difference

    With GMercyU’s bachelor’s degree in Radiologic Technology, you’ll have the security and value of a four-year radiology degree with affiliate programs accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) - which may not be offered at other radiology technician schools.

    • Take advantage of GMercyU’s 200+ regional health care affiliations developed over 50 years
    • Gain real-life experience through program completion at  an affiliated, accredited radiology technology school, including: 
      • Albert Einstein Medical Center’s School of Radiologic Technology
      • York/Wellspan Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology
      • Crozer-Chester Medical Center’s School of Radiologic Technology
      • St. Francis Medical Center’s School of Radiologic Technology (Trenton, NJ)
      • Shore Medical Center’s School of Radiologic Technology (Somers Point, NJ)
      • The Philadelphia School of Radiologic Technology at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children 
    • Access the clinical training and education of a radiologic technology program (once accepted) while still getting credit towards a bachelor’s degree and maintaining eligibility for federal financial aid through GMercyU
    • Benefit from personalized attention from faculty as a result of our low 10:1 student-faculty ratio.  All courses are taught by experienced, full-time faculty members (no teaching assistants)
    • All affiliate radiology tech schools offer the same personalized attention, including low student-faculty ratios, and are taught by experts in the field
    • Get an edge over your competition in the workforce by obtaining a degree above the entry-level degree required
    • Obtain extra support and advisement from the Campus Coordinator for radiologic technologists

    With additional training and education, graduates of radiologic technologist schools can build on a foundation, gaining work in advanced imaging modalities including Computed Tomography, Mammography, Interventional Imaging, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Interventional Radiology and Bone Densitometry (DEXA). Graduates of the program have gone on to work in hospitals, outpatient centers, urgent care centers, and physician offices. Other career paths include education and/or administration, sales and research.

    Undergraduate Minors

    Increase the value of your radiology degree by adding an undergraduate minor. GMercyU offers a wide variety of minors so you can choose the one that best meets your personal and professional goals.


    In addition to general education requirements, you will complete the following courses:

    Radiological Technology - 62 Credits 

    HS 109    Medical Terminology & Acute Care Record
    RDS 300  Orientation/intro to Rad Tech (2 credits)
    RDS 301 Patient Care
    RDS 302 Radiographic Procedures I
    RDS 303 Film Screen Image Acq. & Processing 
    RDS 311 Clinical Education I
    RDS 305 Radiographic Procedures II
    RDS 306 Digital Image Acq. & Display
    RDS 307 Radiation Physics
    RDS 309 Clinical Education II
    RDS 310 Clinical Education III
    RDS 321 Ethics/Medical Law/Human Diversity
    RDS 402 Radiographic Procedures III
    RDS 403 Radiation Biology & Protection
    RDS 404 Advanced Imaging Techniques I
    RDS 407 Clinical Education IV 
    RDS 408 Radiographic Pathology
    RDS 409 Advanced Imaging Techniques II
    RDS 410 Radiographic Procedures IV
    RDS 413 Clinical Education V
    RDS 415 Clinical Education VI
    RDS 420 Pharmacology & Drug Administration
    RDS 4000 Capstone Course

    Jefferson Prerequisites:

    CHM 151/151L/151R Principles of Chemistry I (4 credits)
    MTH 245 Calculus I (4 credits)
    PHY 241/241L/241R General Physics I (4 credits)
    PHY 242/242L/242R General Physics II (4 credits)

    Credit Requirement
    A minimum of 125 credits is required for the bachelor’s degree in radiologic technology.

    See the undergraduate catalog for more information and course descriptions.

    VA Tuition

    While at an affiliate radiography program: Students who receive tuition assistance from the Veterans Administration (VA) should be aware that once they enter the affiliate program, the University will no longer be the liaison for processing VA tuition transactions. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the affiliate program to find out if they are a VA participating program prior to applying.  The certifying official at a VA participating affiliate will assume the role of processing VA benefits while enrolled in the affiliate program. The student should also contact the VA directly for additional information.