Ascension St. John Hospital School of Radiologic Technology

52E3A5FFB9C9431FB3E1DAF7B2BCC94CEstablished in 1952, our program offers a 24-month (40 hrs./wk) certificate program that meets the curriculum standards established by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists.

The school is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

20 N. Wacker Drive
Ste. 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182

Graduates of the program are eligible to apply to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist national certification examination.

Our graduates' pass rate is consistently one of the highest in the country — 100% pass rate for the past 5 years with scores above the national average.  Job placement rate, over the past 5 years is 100%.

As a radiologic technologist, you have a wealth of career opportunities available to you. Hospitals, health care facilities, physicans’ offices, mobile imaging companies, industrial plants, research centers and government agencies are all in search of skilled radiologic technologists. Radiography is the art and science of producing medical images of the human body's tissues, organs, bones and vessels. These images are displayed on a video monitor.



Denise R. Allen, MBA, RT, (R) (M) (QM)
Program Director
School of Radiologic Technology
Ascension St. John Hospital
22101 Moross
Detroit, MI 48236
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Program Effectiveness Data

Credentialing examination pass rate is defined by the JRCERT as the number of graduates who pass, on the first attempt, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists certification examination compared to the number of graduates that take the examination.

Exam pass rate (5 year average, 2013-2017): 27/27 = 100%

Job placement rate is defined by the JRCERT as the number of graduates employed in the radiologic sciences compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in the radiologic sciences

Job placement rate within 12 months of graduation (5 year average, 2013-2017): 27/27 = 100%

Program completion rate is, as defined by the JRCERT, calculated by dividing the number of students who completed the program within a cohort by the number who enrolled in the cohort initially and subsequently. Students who leave or do not graduate on time for any reason, such as medical leave, personal choice, or course failure, are considered as not completing the program with the original cohort.

Program completion rate: 2017: 6/10 = 60%

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Ascension St. John Hospital School of Radiologic Technology is to provide an economically affordable education in the field of Radiologic Technology.  This education is for students who will benefit in becoming competent professionals through successful completion of required clinical and didactic courses and certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

Admission Requirements for 2019

Applications are distributed throughout the year. Deadline for the return of the completed application and admission prerequisites is February 1 for the class beginning the following September.

The following application items must be compiled by the student and sent to the Program Director in one envelope packet and must be received by February 1. 

  1. Completed Application with a $40.00 non-refundable application fee (make check payable to Ascension St. John Hospital).

  2. Official* High School transcripts (minimum GPA of 2.5).

  3. A minimum ACT (American College Testing) composite score of 18. You do not need to take the optional writing test.  (ACT score is usually found on your high school transcripts, as you most likely took it in high school).

    ACT scores are mandatory, regardless of your educational status or age. If you have not taken the ACT, you must register at your local high school or college as soon as possible or online at To have the test results mailed directly to us, indicate our school code number as 2047.

  4. Official* College transcripts (minimum GPA of 2.7) from all colleges and universities attended.

  5. A minimum Associates degree is required or enrollment through one of the following colleges or universities that we have articulation agreements with.
    1. Madonna University
    2. Macomb Community College
    3. Cleary University
    4. Concordia University - Ann Arbor

  6. Additionally, the following college 100 level courses or higher (minimum 15 credit hours total) are required with a grade of C or above:
    • Communications (English)
    • Information Sciences (Computers)
    • Algebra (not Introductory, Basic, Elementary or Pre-algebra)
    • Medical Terminology
    • Anatomy and Physiology or Physical Science   

  7. Three official* letters of recommendation (Letters from family members and friends are not accepted.).

  8. Six hours of career shadowing  in the radiology department at Ascension St. John Hospital.

* Official documents must be sealed and either signed or stamped across the back by the school official or reference. Letters or transcripts that are not sealed or signed appropriately or appear to be tampered with will not be accepted.

Also suggested...

Considering the competitiveness of the selection process, other suggestions for coursework and experience include:

  1. Additional courses in Psychology, Physics, Basic Life Support, and other science courses.
  2. Healthcare experience with direct patient contact. This may be attained in the form of volunteer work.

Selection Process

Selection is based on ACT score, educational background, and prior healthcare experience. Students who meet these qualifications will then be scheduled for a personal interview and aptitude test.

All factors will be reviewed by the School of Radiologic Technology Admissions Committee. The committee makes the final selection of students. A maximum of 13 students enter the program each September.

*We do not accept transfer students from  other radiography programs.


Personal interviews will be conducted by appointment, if application criteria has been adequately met.

Aptitude Test

Qualified candidates will be required to take the Psychological Services Bureau (PSB) Health Occupations Aptitude Exam. The test is at the student's expense ($25).

Student selection for the Ascension St. John Hospital School of Radiologic Technology is non discriminatory with respect to race, color, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, national origin, height, weight, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, and other legally protected status or a status as covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.

Program Description

x-rayThe School of Radiologic Technology offers a diverse and stimulating two year (24-month) program of instruction. It is recommended to students who wish to receive their education at a progressive and active hospital. Ascension St. John Hospital is a designated trauma center offering a wide variety of educational experiences. Students receive didactic instruction and clinical education in all phases of the Department of Radiology. During the two year program approximately 33% of time is spent in academic preparation and 67% in developing clinical competencies.

Students will experience a vast spectrum of exams in the hospital Radiology departments, Ascension St. John Hospital; Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren Campus; Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Madison Heights Campus; St. Clair Orthopaedics; Ascension St. John Hospital at 23 Mile; and Ascension St. John Hospital at 12 Mile. Additional clinical rotations may be added. These assignments serve to enhance the curriculum by providing specialized clinical educational opportunities. Students are responsible for their own transportation to all clinical sites.

The school meets the curriculum standards established by the American Society of Radiologic Technology (ASRT), and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), and is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on the Education of Radiologic Technologists (JRCERT), 20 N. Wacker Dr., Ste. 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182. The JRCERT is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE).

The school faculty includes a Program Director, a Clinical Coordinator, Clinical Instructors, Physicists, Radiologists, Registered Radiologic Technologists, and other qualified instructors.

The year is divided into four semesters of clinical and didactic education. The fall semester begins the Monday following Labor Day and is 14 weeks in length. This semester concludes prior to Christmas. The winter semester is also 14 weeks and begins the first week of January and concludes in April. The spring semester is 8 weeks in duration and concludes in June. The summer semester is spent primarily emphasizing clinical competency, and is 14 weeks in length.

Support available to students

  • Open door policy
  • Tutoring
  • SJP employee discounts
  • Complimentary use of an on site copy machine
  • Free on site parking
  • Free access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Biannually, the Advisory Committee, composed of  the Medical Advisor, faculty, selected managers, lead technologists, clinical instructors, and a member of each class meet to review and discuss various outcomes regarding the students' education and ways to improve it. 

Student Handbook

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Program Goals & Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

Our program is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge necessary to secure a future in radiologic technology. The faculty, consisting of radiographers, radiologists, physicists and other healthcare professionals, provide you with the kind of experience and preparation you need to succeed.

The goals and expected student learning outcomes of the Ascension St. John Hospital School of Radiologic Technology are:

  1. Students will be clinically competent.
    • a. Students will apply positioning skills.
    • b. Students will select appropriate technical factors.
    • c. Students will practice radiation protection.
  2. Students will communicate effectively.
    • a. Students will use effective oral communication skills.
    • b. Students will practice written communication skills.
  3. Students will use critical thinking and problem solving skills.
    • a. Students will manipulate technical factors for non-routine examinations.
    • b. Students will adapt positioning for non-routine patients.
    • c. Students will critique images for improvement.
  4. Students will demonstrate professionalism.
    • a. Students will discuss the importance of professional growth.
    • b. Students will present information on our profession or our program to prospective students, new students, or communities of interest.
    • c. Students will exhibit professional behavior in the clinical setting.


Tuition for 2018 is $3,000/yr. Students are responsible for their book expenses and online course fees (approximately $1,700 total), a $150/yr. electronic record keeping fee, school supplies and uniforms.

Refund Policy

The application fee, electronic record fee, and PSB Aptitude test fee are non-refundable.  Should a student who is accepted into the program leave the program before January 1 of their first year, $1,500 will be refunded to them.  After January 1 of the first year, no tuition or fees will be refunded.

American with Disabilities Act Policy
Students requiring special assistance (including those affected by the American with Disabilities Act) should inform the instructor of any special conditions pertaining to the students learning.

Ascension St. John Hospital respects the privacy of student information. In accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), we restrict internal access to student information to persons with a legitimate need-to-know. Further, we do not release private student information to any third party without the prior written consent of the student.

Transfer Credits

No college credits are transferable to this program, as we are not a credit granting institution.

Grading Scale

100-95% = A
94-89% = B
88-84% = C
83-80% = D
79% and below = F

80% is required in each didactic course and clinicals to be successful.

Program Academic Courses

During the two-year, full time, 40 hours/week program you will rotate through several areas of the Department of Radiology. These rotations are designed to strengthen and supplement clinical skills. Although most of the rotations are during the day, routine afternoon rotations are required to gain experience in trauma radiography. As a student, you will receive an extensive orientation to the hospital and to the field of radiologic technology. The curriculum, approved by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT), includes the following courses/units. Click here for a more detailed description of each course:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Basic Computed Tomography and Cross-Sectional Anatomy
  • Digital Acquisition and Display
  • Medical Ethics/ Human Relations
  • Medical Terminology
  • Principles of Radiographic Exposure
  • Professionalism
  • CPR
  • Human Diversity
  • Radiation Biology
  • Venipuncture
  • Radiographic Procedures
  • Radiation Physics
  • Radiation Protection
  • Radiographic Image Evaluation
  • Radiographic Pathology
  • Trauma Radiography
  • Patient Care
  • Introduction to Radiography
  • Radiographic Image Processing
  • Mobile Radiography
  • Registry Review

Academic and Clinical Course List

To view the Academic and Clinical Course List, click here.

Academic and Clinical Calendar

Start/End Times

Clinical rotation start times vary based on your clinical education site assignment, depending on when that clinical site opens and/or when you will receive the most education from your time assigned there. You receive a clinical rotation schedule two months in advance.

  • Start times (end times are 8 hours after the start time)
    • 5:30 am (once each summer)
    • 7:00, 7:15, 7:30, 8:00, 9:00, and 11:00 am
    • 1:00 & 3:00 pm (once each summer between years 1 & 2 and 4 times throughout your second year)
  • Average class day start/end times are 7:30 am - 3:30 pm
  • You receive an hour break for lunch

Graduation Requirements

After successful completion of the following, the graduate is eligible to apply to take the American Registry in Radiologic Technology (ARRT) national certification exam.

  • 15 general education (prerequisite) college courses, including
    • Algebra (not pre, Basic, or Elementary)
    • Medical Terminology
    • Computer Information
    • Anatomy & Physiology or Physical Science
    • English or Communications
  • Proof of an Associate Degree (prerequisite)
  • Didactic contact hours (~ 911 total)
  • Clinical education hours (~ 1822 total)

Grading System

Satisfactory performance in didactic and clinical education, demonstration of professional ethics and personal suitability for the profession of radiologic technology are required to successfully complete the program. The following grading system is used:

95% - 100% A
89% - 94% B
85% - 88% C
80% - 84% D
79% and below F

Note: Contact hours and course content are frequently revised to reflect current practices in radiologic technology.