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​UPMC Northwest Radiologic Technology Program

The UPMC Northwest Radiologic Technology Program is a continuous, 23-month certificate course of study. The UPMC Northwest Radiologic Technology Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

Read effectiveness data for the UPMC Northwest Radiologic Technology Program or visit the JRCERT website.

Affiliated Institutions

Bachelor Degree Option

Clarion University/Venango-students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging Sciences (BSMIS) have an academic preparation of two years at the university and continue with the 23-month course of study at UPMC Northwest Radiologic Technology Program.

Certificate Option

Applicants must have a minimum Associate Degree in health care related field to apply.

Mission Statement

The mission of the UPMC Northwest Radiologic Technology Program is to graduate competent entry-level radiologic technologists who will provide quality and compassionate health care.

Program Goals and Outcomes

Radiographic Skills

Students will be clinically competent in entry-level radiographic skills. Outcomes include:

  • Students will produce quality radiographic images.
  • Students will provide quality patient care.
  • Students will demonstrate appropriate radiation protection for self, patients andpersonnel.

Written and Oral Communication

Students will demonstrate written and oral communication effectively. Outcomes include:

  • Students will provide communication with all age appropriate groups.
  • Students will demonstrate effective written communication skills.

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Students will use critical thinking and problem solving skills in the classroom and clinical setting. Outcomes include:

  • Students will adapt routine examinations to accommodate patient’s needs.
  • Students will evaluate radiographic images for quality positioning.


Students will exhibit professionalism and realize the value of life-long learning. Outcomes include:

  • Students will demonstrate professional behavior in the clinical setting.
  • Students will know the importance of continued professional development to include lifelong learning.

Program Details

The Radiologic Technology Program is a 23-month program.

Weekly Schedule: 36 to 40 hours
Location: UPMC Northwest, Seneca Place building, Seneca, PA.

Classroom instruction is held two days a week at UPMC Northwest Seneca Place. Clinical instruction is three days a week at either UPMC Northwest in Seneca, PA., or Grove City Medical Center in Grove City, PA.


  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Biology
  • Cross-sectional anatomy
  • Equipment and operation
  • Film critique
  • Medical terminology
  • Pathology
  • Patient care
  • Professional ethics
  • Radiation physics
  • Radiographic positioning
  • Radiographic exposure and protection

View the grading scale (PDF).

Mammography Rotation Policy

Revised 10/2018

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