X-ray technologists or radiographers operate X-ray equipment to generate diagnostic images of the human body. They perform radiologic examinations independently as well as assisting radiologists or other physicians to meet their imaging needs. They work in hospitals, medical imaging centers, and clinics.
X-ray technologists have a comprehensive knowledge of human anatomy and physiology. They are educated in patient care. And they are educated about the hazards of ionizing radiation so that they can perform their tasks in a safe, responsible, and professional manner.
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This 2-year program leads to an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Radiologic Science, as well as a certificate of completion.
When students complete the program they are eligible to take the national certification examination through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). When students successfully pass this examination, they become certified as Registered Radiologic Technologists, RT(R) ARRT.
The TCC Radiologic Science program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182, 312-704-5300, email:firstname.lastname@example.org. The JRCERT website is: www.jrcert.org.
Is Radiologic Science a good career fit for me?
Completing the prerequisites and TCC's two-year program is a demanding, time-intensive process, so it's a good idea to attempt to answer this question before you apply. That's one reason we've built an 8-hour hospital visitation into our admissions process. We also recommend that you do additional research on this career. Here's a good place to start.
You should also be aware that there are many specific requirements you will need to follow as a person who works with radiation, first as a student and later as a technician. For details the physical, mental and professional attributes you will need to perform this job, and for the specifics of TCC's policy on Radiologic Science and pregnancy, see the Policy and Procedure Manual 2018-2019.
Questions about TCC's Radiologic Science program? Contact us.
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Program Effectiveness Data
The information on this page is a requirement requested by the JRCERT (Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology). The link to the JRC is www.jrcert.org
Based on a 5-year average, here's how our Radiologic Technology students perform:
ARRT Exam Pass Rate
The accrediting body requires a five-year average credentialing examination (American Registry of Radiologic Technologist Radiography exam) pass rate of not less than 80% of first attempt within six months of graduation.
|Year||Percent Passing on 1st Attempt||Number of Students|
|2013||100%||18 of 18 students passed on 1st attempt|
|2014||100%||14 of 14 students passed on 1st attempt|
|2015||100%||20 of 20 students passed on 1st attempt|
|2016||100%||13 of 13 students passed on 1st attempt|
|2017||100%||14 of 14 students passed on 1st attempt|
|5 year average||100%|
Job Placement Rate
The accrediting body requires a five-year average job placement rate of not less that 75% within twelve months of graduation.
Note: The JRCERT has defined not actively seeking employment as: 1) graduate fails to communicate with program officials regarding employment status after multiple attempts, 2) graduate is unwilling to seek employment that requires relocation, 3) graduate is unwilling to accept employment due to salary or hours, 4) graduate is on active military duty, and/or 5) graduate is continuing education.
|Year||Percent of Job Placement||Number of Students|
|2013||91%||11 of 19 graduates returned survey. 10 out of 11 have found jobs, 1 has not found a job (not a full year for evaluation).|
|2014||100%||9 of 17 graduates returned survey. 9 out of 9 have found jobs within one year of graduation.|
|2015||100%||6 of 20 graduates returned survey. 6 out of 6 have found jobs within one year of graduation.|
|2016||100%||4 of 13 graduates returned survey. 4 out of 4 have found jobs within one year of graduation.|
|2017||100%||5 of 14 graduates returned survey. 5 out of 5 have found jobs within one year of graduation.|
|5 year average||98%|
Program Completion Rate
|Year||Percent Completion||Number of Students|
|2013||79%||23 began, 18 graduated|
|2014||74%||23 began, 17 graduated|
|2015||77%||22 out of original cohort started, 17 graduated.|
17 out of original cohort started, 13 graduated.
18 out of original cohort started, 14 graduated.
|5 year average||77%|
- University of Washington Radiology
- Radiological Society of North America
- Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography (JCAT)
- Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
- South Sound Radiology
- American Healthcare Radiology Administrators (AHRA)
- American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT)
- The Visible Human Project
- Martindale's Health Science Guide