Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital School Of Medical Imaging

In 1881, the Sisters of Bon Secours arrived in the United States where they continued their work of visiting the poor, the sick, and the dying in their homes. Over time they built a multi-state network of hospitals, long-term care facilities, and healthcare services. All preserved the Bon Secours Catholic tradition of providing quality care, especially to the poor and the sick.
Bon Secours in Richmond

Bon Secours opened its first hospital in Virginia — St. Mary's in Richmond. Today the Catholic healthcare system is one of the area’s largest employers, nationally recognized by AARP and Working Mother magazine. In addition to four hospitals, and a Heart Institute, Bon Secours Richmond operates a college of nursing, a school of medical imaging, and two family practice residency programs. And true to the sisters’ original mission of a healing ministry, Bon Secours Richmond is active in community outreach health programs and services.

Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital

St. Mary’s Hospital has been serving the healthcare needs of the people of central Virginia for more than 40 years. The hospital is located in Richmond's West End (view map) at 5801 Bremo Road; Richmond, VA 23226. St. Mary’s Hospital has proudly been the sponsoring institution for the School of Medical Imaging since 1971.

The Mission of Bon Secours

To provide compassionate, quality healthcare services to those in need, including the poor and dying, for the purpose of alleviating human suffering and bringing people to wholeness in the midst of pain and loss.
The School of Radiologic Technology was founded in 1971. The name was changed to St. Mary’s School of Radiologic Sciences in 1982. The program’s current name was adopted in July 2002. The school once offered programs in both Radiologic Technology and Nuclear Medicine Technology. Currently, the School offers an 18-month residential certificate program in Radiologic Technology and continuing education courses for ARRT registered technologists in Mammography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computed Tomography (CT), Vascular Interventional (VI) and Bone Densitometry.

Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital School of Medical Imaging offers an accredited 18-month residential radiography program designed to prepare individuals to enter the workforce as Diagnostic Radiologic Technologists. The Radiography program meets requirements established by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists.

The 18-month program curriculum was adopted in 2008. The program hours of operation are Monday - Friday, 8 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. Clinical rotations during the 4th and 5th semesters require students to attend from 1:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m. for duration of three weeks. The School is a full-time program and does not offer part-time, evening or weekend classes. Due to the fundamental integration of clinical and didactic portions of the program, the outlined course curriculum does not allow for deviation or modification.  Students are expected to maintain enrollment in line with the structured pace of all program courses.

Students are eligible to apply for national credentialing with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) upon completion (Individual criteria for the ARRT, ASRT & School guidelines must be met by each graduate).

The program proudly had a national credentialing first time pass rate of 100% for students graduating in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2017. 

The School utilizes several web-based computer applications for student success.

The computer applications utilized are as follows:

  • The Student Information System (SIS) ,CampusNexus ®, contains all student demographic information, financial records, academic records. The SIS also serves as a communication platform between students and school personnel.
  • The Student Learning Management System (LMS), Blackboard ®, is utilized for course delivery, grading, student resources, and classroom communication.

The School utilizes Trajecsys ® ,a cloud-based clinical documentation system, to track the student’s clinical progress in regards to exams, competencies, and evaluations. Trajecsys ® also creates reports to measure program benchmarks


Programmatic Accreditation

Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital School of Medical Imaging meets the requirements established by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The program’s latest Self-Study documents and Accreditation Certificate are available for review.

Information on the JRCERT can be viewed at www.JRCERT.org. or contact information: 
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850 
Chicago, IL 60606-3182 
Phone: (312) 704-5300 
Fax: (312) 704-5304 


Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital School of Medical Imaging is certified to operate in the Commonwealth of Virginia by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).Information on SCHEV can be obtained at www.schev.edu or via contact information below:

101 N. 14th Street
10TH FL, James Monroe Bldg
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: (804) 225-2600


Program officials assess student learning outcomes on a regular basis to evaluate program effectiveness and integrity. The program implements change as new recommendations and requirements develop or as areas of concern are identified.

The program utilizes an assessment plan and assessment schedule and an advisory committee to guide ongoing evaluation and improvement. Ongoing assessment is a critical element to maintaining JRCERT accreditation.

Student participation in program assessment takes place through a variety of methods including: end of semester course evaluations, student evaluation of clinical instructors, advisory committee, student planning committee, student affairs committee, and student representative meetings with administration.

Program Mission:

The Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital School of Medical Imaging is dedicated to providing students with a comprehensive education in Radiologic Technology, which facilitates successful entry into the field of Diagnostic Medical Imaging. The School encourages students to embrace the values of Bon Secours and to further their professional and personal growth. Our program seeks to promote commitment to the integrity of the profession, to develop strong communication skills, and to foster the ability to work within a team environment.


Program Goals/Student Learning Outcomes:

1:             Students will competently perform routine radiographic examinations.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Students will position patients correctly.

Students will practice radiation protection to patient, self and others.

2:            Students will develop effective critical thinking skills.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Students will perform non-routine radiographic examinations.

Students will select appropriate technical factors for examinations.

3:            Students will communicate professionally.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Students will effectively communicate verbally.

Students will communicate effectively through written format.

4:            Students will exhibit professionalism.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Students will be respectful of patients.

Students will attend clinical assignments on time and are ready to perform in the clinical environment.


5:            The program will graduate entry-level technologists that possess the necessary   skills to meet the needs of the profession.


Student Learning Outcomes:

Employers will report that the graduate possess the entry-level skills to prepare them for a career in the Imaging profession.

Graduates will be satisfied with their educational experience.

Graduates shall obtain employment in the Imaging profession.

Students will complete the program within a 27 month time frame.

Students will pass the ARRT national certification on the 1st attempt.

Employers will be satisfied with the performance of the graduates.

Rev. 2/2017

2013-2017 Program Effectiveness


The Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital School of Medical Imaging campus is located at:


8550 Magellan Parkway, Ste. 700

Richmond, VA 23227

Phone: 804-627-5408


To ensure campus safety all doors to the campus are locked. All students and school personnel are issued coded badges to access the building. Visitors must enter and exit through suite 1100 at the reception desk. Visitors must sign in, state the reason for visiting, be escorted to the desired location and upon departure sign out. During off hours the campus maintains its safety by having a Henrico County police officer on campus.

College Affiliation

Upon completion of the Radiography Program, those individuals interested in continuing their education have the opportunity through St. Joseph's College of Maine. The School has an articulation with St. Joseph's College of Maine for pre-application course offerings for potential applicants and for associate, bachelor's & master degree options for graduates. Pre-application courses do not have to be taken at St. Joseph's College. Pre-application courses may be completed with any accredited college. For additional information on St. Joseph's College of Maine visit http://www.sjcme.edu/gps/programs/radiologic-science.htm or call our office 804/627-5408.

Clinical location

The school has several facilities in and around the following locations, view the list of clinical sites.

  • Richmond
  • Mechanicsville
  • Midlothian
  • Tappahannock 
  • Fredericksburg


Please refer to our admissions page.


Competitive; approximately 18 students per year

ARRT Requirements

Effective January 1st, 2015- all students graduating from an accredited Radiography program must have, at a minimum, an Associate's degree to be eligible to take the National Registry examination.