Heritage Valley Kennedy School of Radiography
The mission of Heritage Valley Kennedy’s School of Radiography is to meet the needs of the communities we serve by offering a radiologic technology program. This program aims to provide an environment for the development of competent and professional future radiologic technologists. We do this by offering a solid clinical and theoretical background in the Radiologic Sciences.
The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Students must graduate from an accredited program to take the certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). In addition to accreditation, the JRCERT is also an avenue for a student to file a complaint for program non-compliance of Standards for an Accredited Educational Program. The student must first follow the program/university established grievance policy before contacting the JRCERT at the address or phone number listed below.
The JRCERT will post five-year average credentialing examination pass rate, five-year average job placement rate and annual program completion rate on its Accredited Educational Programs web page.
The continuing accreditation status of the program was considered at the February 9, 2021 meeting of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. The program was evaluated according to the Standards for an Accredited Educational Program in Radiography (2014). The program documents compliance with all relevant Standards and has been awarded an accreditation for a period of eight years.
INQUIRIES MAY BE SENT TO:
The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, Illinois 60606-3182
To view the Heritage Valley Kennedy School of Radiography Academic Calendar, click here.
To view the Heritage Valley School of Radiography Curriculum & Course Descriptions, click here.
The Articulation Agreement is between La Roche University, a non-profit educational institution organized and existing under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, having an address at 9000 Babcock Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA. 15237, and Valley Medical Facilities, Inc., d.b.a., Heritage Valley Kennedy Hospital, a non-profit corporation organized and existing under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, having an address of 25 Heckel Road, McKees Rocks, PA, 15136.
Requirements for the School of Radiography Graduation include:
- $85.00 Graduation fee - La Roche University
- $23.00 Graduation pin fee - Heritage Valley Kennedy, gold or silver plated
- Completion of the La Roche University Radiologic Technology Program Guide
Q: MAY I JUST GO TO THE HERITAGE VALLEY KENNEDY SCHOOL OF RADIOGRAPHY AND RECEIVE A RADIOLOGIC CERTIFICATE?
A: No. Radiography programs are degree-granting and our Heritage Valley Kennedy School of Radiography has an affiliation with La Roche University.
Q: CAN I GO TO LA ROCHE UNIVERSITY AND PICK ANOTHER HOSPITAL FOR MY CLINICAL WORK?
A: No, La Roche University is only affiliated with Heritage Valley Kennedy.
Q: ARE THERE DORMS AT THE HERITAGE VALLEY KENNEDY SCHOOL OF RADIOGRAPHY CAMPUS?
A: No, but full-time students may take advantage of the dorms available at La Roche University.
Q: WHY DO I HAVE TO 'CAREER SHADOW' HERITAGE VALLEY KENNEDY PRIOR TO APPLYING TO YOUR PROGRAM?
A: The ‘Career Shadow’ experience is designed to give each prospective student an inside view of the everyday activities of a radiologic technologist.
Q: MAY I DO THIS PROGRAM AT NIGHT OR PART-TIME?
A: No, this is a full time, primarily day-time program with some clinical requiring a 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. rotation.
Q: IF I ALREADY HAVE A DEGREE, DO I STILL HAVE TO GO TO LA ROCHE UNIVERSITY?
A: That would depend on the coursework you took for your previous degree. All students must complete the required courses. La Roche University will evaluate your transcript and see what courses you might still have to take.
Q: WHY DOES THE HERITAGE VALLEY KENNEDY SCHOOL OF RADIOGRAPHY ONLY TAKE 9 STUDENTS INTO THE PROGRAM?
A: That is the number of students approved by the JRCERT (our educational certification agency). Our program is very focused on providing students with specialized and one-on-one attention. This way our students are able to grow and strengthen the clinical skills they need to be successful in the medical field.
Q: ARE THERE GUARANTEED JOBS FOR RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGISTS?
A: Although there is no guarantee as to what the job market will be two years from now, historically, our graduates have always found jobs. Many of our graduates continue schooling. With their combined degrees, this allows them more career opportunities.
If you have questions, or you would like more information about the Heritage Valley Kennedy School of Radiography, or you wish to make an appointment, please contact us at 412-777-6210.
Heritage Valley Kennedy
School of Radiography
25 Heckel Road
Kennedy Township, PA 15136
Please visit the Hospital’s Contact Us page to view directions to the campus, as well as a map.
Lori Fazio, M.S., R.T. (R)
Director, School of Radiography
Melissa Russell, M.S., R.T.(R)
Clinical Coordinator, School of Radiography
LA ROCHE DEPARTMENT CHAIR
Lauren Lanzino, D.C.
Assistant Professor, Health Science
Heritage Valley Kennedy is proud to partner with La Roche University for our 24 month Radiologic Technology Program. This successful program celebrated its 50th commencement in August of 2015. This is a competitive program that only accepts nine students each year. Upon graduation, each student is granted both a certificate in Radiologic Technology from the Heritage Valley Kennedy School of Radiography and an Associate Degree in Science with a concentration in Radiologic Technology from La Roche University.
We are now accepting applications for the Class of 2024 that begins in August 2022! Please call 412-777-6210 with any questions.
The Heritage Valley Kennedy / La Roche University Radiography Program is a full-time, primarily daylight program, and mandates attendance during two summers.
Our incoming classes start at the end of August. Our New Student Orientation is held annually in mid-July. Although schedules may vary, students typically attend classes at the Hospital 2 to 3 days per week during the fall and spring semesters, and 3 to 5 days per week during summer sessions.
What is The Field of Radiologic Technology?
A radiologic technologist, or radiographer, is a healthcare professional who plays an important role in patient care by assisting with the diagnosis and treatment of illness and disease. Through the use of x-rays, radiologic technologists perform sophisticated diagnostic imaging tests that uncover a wide range of medical conditions, helping doctors determine the best course of treatment for their patients.
Upon graduation, job opportunities include, but are not limited to:
- Physicians’ offices
- Imaging centers
- Mobile imaging companies
Why Choose Us?
- We offer a competitive program built on the foundation of radiologic technology theory and clinical experience
- We have smaller class sizes and offer individualized instruction
- An opportunity to experience HVK’s Diagnostic and Imaging Services departments
- Earn a certification in Diagnostic Radiology and an Associate’s degree in Science in 24 months!
- Between 2016-2020, 100% of our graduates were placed in a job in the field of Radiologic Technology within 1 year after graduation
As previously mentioned, the Heritage Valley Kennedy School of Radiography partners with La Roche University for our Radiologic Technologist Program. With this program, students are given the chance to enjoy both theoretical and clinical studies, in addition to taking various General Education Requirements. They also benefit from an “on campus” experience if they choose to live in the La Roche dorms.
After graduation, our students are eligible to take the national certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Students passing the national certification examination with a score of 75% or higher are then recognized professionally as registered radiologic technologists.
Many of our graduates actually go on to obtain their Bachelor’s Degree upon graduation from our program.
Location and Contact Us
We are located on the Heritage Valley Kennedy campus, which makes it easy for our students to gain the hands-on experience they need from current and former Radiologic Technologists.
Our address is 25 Heckel Road, Kennedy Township, PA 15136
You may contact our School of Radiography by calling 412-777-6210 or by emailing Lori Fazio, M.S., R.T. (R), our HVKSOR Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.