Northwestern College to Offer Degree Program in Radiologic Technology Beginning Septbember 28

ROSEMONT – Northwestern College (NC), formerly known as Northwestern Business College, the oldest private, two-year college in Illinois, announces today that it will offer a new Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Radiologic Technology. The radiology program will be offered at the college’s Bridgeview campus, 7725 South Harlem Avenue. Enrollment is limited. The College anticipates a first enrollment of 25 students with a scheduled start date on Monday, September 28, 2009.

NC’s overall mission is “to provide a vital human resource to the community.” “The radiography program is a giant step toward our vision of producing successful graduates for in-demand professions to meet the needs of local employers,” said Lawrence Schumacher, President, Northwestern College. “As we strive to continually develop new offerings, the College is well positioned for an unlimited range of undergraduate opportunities.”

About the A.A.S. Degree in Radiologic Technology
Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology,, the A.A.S. Degree in Radiologic Technology is a two year, full-time program that will teach students to perform diagnostic imaging (x-ray) examinations.

A seasoned team with more than twenty years in radiography education, Philis George, M.S. R.T., (R) (M), Radiography Director, and Gary Gruenewald, M.S., R.T. (R), Associate Professor –Clinical Coordinator, will continue to lead the program’s success. On September 1, 2008, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center transferred ownership of the highly successful program to Northwestern College at which time both George and Gruenewald accepted their current positions with the College. Additional instructors are currently being recruited.

Classes include anatomy, pathology, patient positioning, patient care, medical ethics, radiation safety, image evaluation, radiation exposure-technique and imaging equipment. Instruction carries over to the College’s newly-designed state-of-the art radiography lab facilities where students will practice and simulate x-ray exams on 4 radiographic machines and 1 mobile/portable unit. Laboratory classes will prepare students for their clinical practicum (assignments) at hospitals, medical centers and clinics throughout the Chicago area.

“Students of Northwestern College’s radiography program will not only acquire an excellent technical foundation but also an understanding of the critical importance of empathy towards others and professionalism that will be demonstrated through their communications, interactions and practice as student radiographers,” said George.

Participating Clinical Sites
To provide students with hands-on experience, Northwestern College has obtained approval to work with the following clinical sites: Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital. In addition, the program is working with The Neurologic and Orthopedic Hospital of Chicago and 5 other locations as clinical education centers for its students.

“We are proud to partner with Northwestern College and serve as the key clinical rotation site for its radiological technology students,” said Donna King, RN, NE-BC, FACHE, vice president of Clinical Operations and Chief Nurse Executive at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago. “The School of Radiological Technology is a quality program with a long reputation for preparing its students to be successful in this health care speciality field.”

Information Sessions and Radiography Program Admission Requirements
Northwestern College will hold a series of information sessions in July and August in the auditorium at the Bridgeview Campus. The dates are:
· Wednesday, July 29 at 2:00 p.m.
· Wednesday, August 5 at 2:00 p.m.
· Thursday, August 6 at 6:00 p.m.

All questions about the profession, program, requirements and steps, as well as deadlines, tuition

and financial aid will be discussed at this time. Applicants interested in the radiography program, should contact MaShawn Taylor, Admissions Representative, at (708) 237-5000, ext. 2681 or via e-mail at

Approval Pending for A.A.S. Degree in Nursing
The Illinois Board of Higher Education and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation’s Board of Nursing have approved Northwestern College to offer an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Nursing. Further application for approval of the nursing degree has been submitted to The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. If final approval is granted, the nursing program will also be offered at the Bridgeview campus.

More Accreditations Than Any Career College in Illinois
A stand-out amongst its competition, Northwestern College has more programmatic accreditations and approvals than any other similar, private two-year college in Illinois. Schumacher explains, “In addition to being accredited by the Higher Learning Commission we strive to meet the criteria established by specific boards that approve or accredit individual programs of study. As a result, our students benefit from the most up-to-date curricula that have been reviewed by industry professionals.” The medical assisting degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP); the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) accredits the health information technology degree program; the American Bar Association (ABA) approves the paralegal degree and certificate program; and the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)accredits the business, accounting, and office technology degree programs.

Northwestern College is approved for veterans training under the G.I. Bill, and as an institution of higher education for training international students. For more information about all of Northwestern College’s programs, visit their website at or call (888) 205-2283.

About Northwestern College
Northwestern College (NC) is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504, (312) 263-0456, The college offers focused career-oriented programs with flexible schedules and a supportive faculty. NC’s associate degrees and certificate programs help students enter into growing fields that offer financially rewarding careers. Day, evening, weekend, and online classes are available with campuses in Chicago, Bridgeview, and Naperville. More information can be found at or by calling toll-free, (888) 205-2283.

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