Associate in Science (A.S.)
The Radiography Associate in Science (A.S.) degree program at Valencia College prepares you to go directly into a specialized career as a radiographer or radiologic technologist.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, imagine the value of clear images generated by high-tech medical equipment for a person in need of medical care. And imagine the value that someone trained in the use of such equipment brings to a medical team. The radiographer is an integral member of the medical team. Radiographers operate high-tech imaging equipment and perform diagnostic imaging examinations such as X-rays, CAT scans, MRIs and mammograms, that help doctors accurately diagnose and treat their patients for injury and disease. The A.S. degree in Radiography at Valencia College prepares students to become highly skilled professionals in the safe and effective use of radiation to treat patients.
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Program Overview and Degree Requirements
Review course descriptions, important dates and deadlines and other programs details in the official college catalog.
Once you complete your A.S. degree, you can continue get an Advanced Technical Certificate (ATC) in the following areas:
Alternative Ways To Earn Credit
Did you know that you may already be eligible to receive college credit toward this program? Check out these opportunities:
- Industry Certifications – Receive college credit for approved Industry Certifications
You want to step up. We have a path to a bachelor's
Build on your skills and increase your opportunities for career advancement after earning your A.S. in Radiography degree by continuing your education at Valencia College, and completing a bachelor's degree or an Advanced Technical Certificate. We encourage you to consult with a program advisor to determine the best education plan for your career goals.
77 credits(after all of the pre-admission course requirements have been met)
Program begins each summer.
Health Care Specialist
When you choose the Healthcare Specialist technical certificate as your secondary degree pathway, you will earn a workforce credential while completing prerequisite course credits, many of which are requirements for the selective admissions health career programs at Valencia College. Earning this certificate is an important first step in your career—your classes can help you become more valuable to our local health care employers.
Learn How To
- Apply knowledge of human anatomy to position the patient's body so that the correct areas can be radiographed
- Produce quality radiographs (X-rays) for use in diagnosing and treating medical problems
- Protect patients and self from radiation
- Provide respectful care to patients
Radiographers are employed primarily in hospitals. Career opportunities are also available in radiological/imaging centers, urgent care clinics, private physicians’ offices, and public health service facilities. Employment within the radiologic profession is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations. As the population grows older, there will be an increase in medical conditions, such as breaks and fractures caused by osteoporosis, which usually requires imaging to diagnose them.
- Radiologic Technologist
AVERAGE SALARY RANGE
$35,000 - $40,000
The average placement rate for Valencia College A.S. degree and certificate programs ranges between 90 – 95%, according to the latest FETPIP data.
Steps for Admission to Program
- Attend a Health Sciences Information Session. Please bring a copy of the program guide for your desired track with you. If you are not local and cannot attend the information session, review the program guide and read the frequently asked questions for the Health Sciences programs and degrees.
- Apply to Valencia College.
- Complete required general education courses before applying to the program.
- Once your transcripts have been received and evaluated, and if you meet eligibility requirements, you can apply to the program.
To learn more about this program, including application requirements, attend one of our information sessions. Please bring a copy of the program guide with you. If you are unable to attend, refer to the program guide and the resources available at Health Sciences.