TCC Radiologic Science Program
Virtual Information Session for Radiology

Welcome

Welcome to this virtual information session for the Radiologic Science Program here at Tacoma Community College. This information session is your first step towards applying for the program. We ask that you complete this information in its entirety in order to ensure that you are aware of all of the aspects of the application process and the field of radiologic science prior to moving forward.

Before you do any advising with the Radiologic Science faculty at TCC, we require you to complete this virtual information session.

How to use this document

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Is Radiologic Science Right for You?

Radiologic technologists use special equipment to create images of internal organs, tissues, and bone

The very first x-ray picture is of a woman's left hand. Her bones are clearly visible, as well as her wedding ring. The owner of the hand is a woman named Bertha Roentgen, and her husband, Wilhelm Roentgen, took the photo and is credited as the inventor of the radiograph (another word for x-ray).

Radiologic technologists, also known as radiographers, provide information that is used to diagnose medical problems. They create images of the inside of the body. Technologists receive instructions from doctors about which areas of the body they need images of. Doctors also tell technologists which procedure to use. The main types of procedures are x-ray and fluoroscopy. X-rays are pictures that show the bones of the body and internal organs.

Technologists prepare patients for these procedures. They explain these procedures to patients and answer their questions. They make sure patients remove their jewelry so it does not interfere with the machinery. Next, technologists position patients on an examining table near the imaging equipment. For some procedures, technologists must make sure that the patient is protected during the test. For example, they may cover parts of the patient's body with a lead apron. When conducting a fluoroscopy exam, technologists give patients a special solution to drink. The body absorbs this solution and technologists track its movement through the body.

When giving any of these procedures, technologists adjust the controls of the equipment. When conducting fluorosopy, they monitor images on video screens. Technologists monitor patients' during the procedures and report problems to doctors.

Radiologic technologists may supervise and train other radiologic staff members and maintain patient records. They may also be in charge of maintaining special equipment and doing inventory of medical supplies.

Task List

The following list of occupational tasks is specific to radiologic technologists.

Common Work Activities

Radiologic technologists perform the following tasks. These tasks are common to many occupations.

 

Information provided by: WOIS/The Career Information System at:http://www.wois.org/use/occs/viewer.cfm?occnum=100129#eo

 

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Radiologic Technologists Physical Demands, Skills and Abilities

Physical Demands

Radiologic technologists frequently:

It is important for radiologic technologists to be able to:

It is not as important, but still necessary, for radiologic technologists to be able to:

Skills and Abilities

Radiologic technologists need to:

Communicate

Reason and Problem Solve

Use Math and Science

Manage Oneself, People, Time, and Things

 Work with People

 Work with Things

Perceive and Visualize

Information provided by: WOIS/The Career Information System at:http://www.wois.org/use/occs/viewer.cfm?occnum=100129#eo

 

 

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Radiologists Technologist Knowledge and Interests

 

Knowledge

Radiologic technologists need knowledge in the following areas:

Interests

Radiologic technologists are people who tend to:

 

Information provided by: WOIS/The Career Information System at:http://www.wois.org/use/occs/viewer.cfm?occnum=100129#eo

 

 

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The Radiology Profession

Significant Points

Nature of the Work

Radiologic technologists perform diagnostic imaging examinations like x rays, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and mammography.

Some radiologic technologists, referred to as radiographers, produce x-ray films (radiographs) of parts of the human body for use in diagnosing medical problems. They prepare patients for radiologic examinations by explaining the procedure, removing jewelry and other articles through which x rays cannot pass, and positioning patients so that the parts of the body can be appropriately radiographed. To prevent unnecessary exposure to radiation, these workers surround the exposed area with radiation protection devices, such as lead shields, or limit the size of the x-ray beam. Radiographers position radiographic equipment at the correct angle and height over the appropriate area of a patient's body. Using instruments similar to a measuring tape they may measure the thickness of the section to be radiographed and set controls on the x-ray machine to produce radiographs of the appropriate density, detail, and contrast.

Radiologic technologists must follow physicians' orders precisely and conform to regulations concerning the use of radiation to protect themselves, their patients, and their coworkers from unnecessary exposure.

In addition to preparing patients and operating equipment, radiologic technologists keep patient records and adjust and maintain equipment. They also may prepare work schedules, evaluate purchases of equipment, or manage a radiology department.

Radiologic technologists also perform more complex imaging procedures. When performing fluoroscopy, for example, radiologic technologists prepare a solution for the patient to drink, allowing the radiologist (a physician who interprets radiographs) to see soft tissues in the body.

Some radiologic technologists specialize in computed tomography (CT), as CT technologists. CT scans produce a substantial amount of cross-sectional x rays of an area of the body. From those cross-sectional x rays, a three-dimensional image is made. The CT uses ionizing radiation; therefore, it requires the same precautionary measures that are used with x rays.

Radiologic technologists also can specialize in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MR) as MR technologists. MR, like CT, produces multiple cross-sectional images to create a 3-dimensional image. Unlike CT and x rays, MR uses non-ionizing radio frequency to generate image contrast.

Radiologic technologists might also specialize in mammography. Mammographers use low dose x-ray systems to produce images of the breast.

Work Environment

In a typical work setting, radiologic technologists:

Interpersonal Relationships

Physical Work Conditions

Work Performance

Hours/Travel

Information provided by: WOIS/The Career Information System at:http://www.wois.org/use/occs/viewer.cfm?occnum=100129#eo

 

  

Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement

There are multiple paths to entry into this profession offered in hospitals or colleges and universities. Most States require licensure, and requirements vary.

Education and training

Licensure

Certification and other qualifications

Advancement

Information provided by the United States Department of Labor at:

http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos105.htm

 

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Employment

Radiologic technologists held about 214,700 jobs in 2008. About 61 percent of all jobs were in hospitals. Most other jobs were in offices of physicians; medical and diagnostic laboratories, including diagnostic imaging centers; and outpatient care centers.

Job Outlook*

Employment is projected to grow faster than average. Those with knowledge of more than one diagnostic imaging procedure—such as CT, MR, and mammography—will have the best employment opportunities.

 

 

Location Employment & Growth >>>> Annual openings



This occupation
All occupations


Washington
4,324
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19.5%
15.3%
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153
  Adams, Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan Counties
199
&
16.1%
11.9%
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6
  Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Walla Walla, and Whitman Counties
124
&
16.9%
13.6%
>>>>
4
  Benton and Franklin Counties
218
&
25.2%
20.4%
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9
  Clallam, Jefferson, and Kitsap Counties
230
&
14.8%
15.3%
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7
  Clark, Cowlitz, and Wahkiakum Counties
290
&
28.6%
19.9%
>>>>
13
  Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, and Thurston Counties
205
&
14.1%
14.0%
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6
  Island, San Juan, Skagit, and Whatcom Counties
202
&
16.3%
16.6%
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7
  King County
1,396
&
16.1%
14.5%
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44
  Kittitas, Klickitat, Skamania, and Yakima Counties
215
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17.7%
11.6%
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7
  Pierce County
313
&
16.0%
16.5%
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10
  Snohomish County
402
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18.2%
17.6%
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14
  Spokane County
526
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30.4%
14.9%
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25
United States
214,660
&
17.2%
10.1%
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6,800

 

Wage and Job Outlook Information for the local area were provided by WOIS/The Career Information System at:

http://www.wois.org/use/occs/viewer.cfm?occnum=100129#eo

For more information please reference the United States Department of Labor at:

http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos105.htm

State Employment

According to licensing information from the State of Washington at the time this occupation was updated, there are about 5,827 radiologic technologists licensed by Washington State. Some may live out of state.

State Outlook

Between 2009 and 2019, it is estimated that there will be 85 openings annually due to new positions and 68 openings annually from workers leaving this occupation.

The demand for radiologic technologists, especially at stand-alone imagining centers, is expected to continue to increase. Imaging centers are becoming more popular with technologists since they often offer higher pay and better hours while requiring less strenuous physical duties than in a hospital setting. However, technologists who work in hospitals generally gain experience with more kinds of imaging equipment than workers in stand-alone centers. Job opportunities should be best for technologists who have a broad range of skills and knowledge of the latest diagnostic equipment.

Earnings

The median annual wage of radiologic technologists was $52,210 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $42,710 and $63,010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $35,100, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $74,970. Median annual wages in the industries employing the largest numbers of radiologic technologists in 2008 were:

 

Medical and diagnostic laboratories $55,210
Federal Executive Branch 53,650
General medical and surgical hospitals 52,890
Outpatient care centers 50,840
Offices of physicians 48,530

Related Occupations

Radiologic technologists operate sophisticated equipment to help physicians, dentists, and other health practitioners diagnose and treat patients. Workers in related healthcare occupations include:

Cardiovascular technologists and technicians

Diagnostic medical sonographers

Nuclear medicine technologists

Radiation therapists

Other Resources

We have provided you with information on the profession so that you can make an educated decision about joining the Radiology Science Program at TCC. If you are interested in finding out more about the profession, please refer to the following resources:
American Society for Radiology Oncology
8280 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, Suite 500
Fairfax, VA 22031
800.962.7876
703.502.1550
http://www.astro.org 

 

American Society of Radiologic Technologists
15000 Central Avenue SE
Albuquerque, NM 87123
800.444.2778
505.298.4500
http://www.asrt.org 

 

Explore Health Careers: Allied Health Professions
http://explorehealthcareers.org/en/Field/1/Allied_Health_Professions

 

GetTech
http://www.gettech.org 

 

Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board
3558 Habersham, Building I
Tucker, GA 30084
404.315.1739
http://www.nmtcb.org/ 

 

Radiological Society of North America
820 Jorie Boulevard
Oak Brook, IL 60523
800.381.6660
630.571.2670
http://www.rsna.org/ 

 

Sloan Career Cornerstone Center
http://careercornerstone.org/ 

 

The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
1255 Northland Drive
Saint Paul, MN 55120
651.687.0048
http://www.arrt.org 

 

 

 

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General Overview of the Radiology Science Program

The eight-quarter Radiologic Science program at Tacoma Community College leads to an Associate in Applied Sciences degree, as well as a certificate of completion.   Upon successful completion of the curriculum courses, graduates may be eligible to take the national certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.   Successful completion of the registry examination results in national certification as a Registered Radiologic Technologist, RT (R) ARRT.   Clinical practice is performed in hospitals and imaging centers that are affiliated with the program and within the service area of

Tacoma Community College. Radiologic Sciences education is in Diagnostic Radiography only. The Radiologic Science Program is sequential and a full-time program offered in the daytime hours.

The Tacoma Community College 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
e-mail: mail@jrcert.org

 For more information regarding the radiologic technology profession, go to the American Society of Radiologic Technologist's website at www.asrt.org.

Mission Statement

The Radiologic Science Program at Tacoma Community College is committed to providing comprehensive instruction designed to respond to the dynamics and evolving nature of the healthcare community.   It emphasizes excellence in patient care that is respectful of others, deliberate in the safe administration of ionizing radiation, and graduates high quality professionals that contribute as critically thinking team members.

Program Goals

1. Students will perform competently in the clinical arena.

2. Students will be able to communicate effectively with patients and members of the healthcare team.

3. Students will be able to think critically and adapt to changing conditions

4. Students will demonstrate professionalism as a member of the health care team.

 

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Technical Standards Statement

Admission to the program may be contingent upon the applicants verifying his or her ability to perform the established technical standards of the program with or without accommodation.

It is strongly recommended that all applicants observe closely the activities of those practicing in the profession in order to more fully understand the technical requirements of a program. This can be accomplished by completing the mandatory 8-hour Radiology Dept. visitation discussed later.

In order to participate in this program, students must be able to perform certain technical requirements. Students must be able to meet certain communication, physical and mental requirements to ensure the safe performance of radiologic procedures.

Mental Requirements 

A Radiologic Technologist must have vision sufficient to:

Communication Requirements 

A Radiologic Technologist must have the ability to speak, hear, observe and document on/with patients to:

 Physical Requirements

A Radiologic technologist must have gross and fine muscular movements, equilibrium, strength and functional use of the senses of touch and vision for the safe handling of patients, self and equipment to :

Pregnancy Policy

Clinical Requirements

In order to complete the required clinical rotations, students need to provide the following additional documentation upon acceptance into the program. However, students will be responsible to provide the following documents to a third-party provider:

A. Background check - by a third-party provider. Certain conviction history excludes persons from healthcare employment. If you have any prior convictions, even if you believe they may be sealed, please consult with the Program Chair for Radiology or the Division Chair.

B. Documentation of current immunization for:

Transportation - It is the student's responsibility to arrange for dependable transportation to and from the clinical site. Some clinical rotations begin as early as 6:00 am, some may be evening or night shift, and may be 6, 8, or 12 hour shifts. Dependable child/dependent care is necessary.

PLEASE NOTE: Individual health care organizations where a student may be placed for clinical learning may have additional participation requirements, such as drug screening.The student will be directly responsible to that health care organization for meeting their requirements.

 

 

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Admission Requirements & Application Procedure

 

1.

TMATH 100

or MATH 95

Mathematics for the Health Sciences (recommended)

Intermediate Algebra (formerly MATH 99)

5

2.

CHEM& 110

Chemical Concepts w/Lab or equivalent

5

3.

ENGL& 101

English Composition I or equivalent

5

4.

*BIOL& 241

Human Anatomy and Physiology I or 5 credits of course equivalent

6

5.

BIOL& 242

Human Anatomy and Physiology II or 5 credits of course equivalent

6

6.

HIM 130

Medical Terminology

3

7.

CMST& 101

or CMST 110

or CMST& 220

Introduction to Communication

Multicultural Communication

Public Speaking

5

*There is an additional prerequisite for BIOL& 241, which is BIOL& 160 (This is a requirement for students attending Tacoma Community College only)

Official Transcripts

Hospital Visitation

Visitation Instructions and Guidelines

Documentation of an 8-hour visitation (job shadow) to a diagnostic radiology department is a requirement to apply to the Radiologic Science program. The purpose of the visit allows you to see what a staff radiographers job entails. TCC's radiologic science program is designed to prepare a student to effectively work in this type of environment. Following are the specific visitation instructions:

 When you go for your visitation, you need to take the following forms with you:

For access to the forms, please visit: Visitation Instructions, Guidelines and Forms

 

The Visitation form and the Guidelines and Acceptance form must be completed and upload by the student to the Radiology online application through your TCC portal

 

If you wish to visit one of our clinical affiliates, you may ask one of the students any questions you have about the program and you will need to contact the volunteer office at the following facilities to coordinate your visit:

 

Multicare

Franciscan System

Providence Hospital System

Harrison Medical Center

Allenmore

St. Joseph

St. Peter

Olympia

In Bremerton

Tacoma General

St. Francis

Prov. Hosp - Centralia

 

 

 

St. Clare

 

 

 

Please DO NOT attempt to schedule a visit to Madigan Hospital at Ft. Lewis. They are not an affiliated site and cannot accommodate your request

 

When observing a diagnostic radiology department at the hospital, it is extremely important to dress appropriately. A professional, clean appearance is necessary as you will be observing patients. Please follow the guidelines below:

 

If visiting a Franciscan system hospital you must coordinate your visit with the main volunteer office. If visiting a Multicare facility you must coordinate your visit with their Human Resources department.

[1] A diagnostic radiology department is found in a hospital.

[2] A diagnostic radiology department can also be an imaging center. Examples of these include Diagnostic Imaging Northwest or DINW, Tacoma Radiology Associates or TRA, or South Sound Radiology.

 

 

  

 

 

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Radiologic Science Program Curriculum

Associate of Applied Sciences Radiologic Science Degree Program Requirements

Prerequisites - All prerequisites courses listed below must be completed with a grade "C" (2.0) or better and within two (2) attempts before a student can apply to the program. Attempts count when a letter grade of less than a "C" (2.0) is recorded on a student transcript. Withdrawals (W), or (WI) do not count as an attempt.

There is a five (5) year limit for all math and science courses at the time of application deadline April 1st

Core Required Courses—Upon formal acceptance, Students will need to successfully complete the following courses that total 107 credits.

 

First Quarter (Fall)

Course

Name

Credits

RS 100

Radiologic Science Orientation

3

RS 101

Fundamentals of Radiologic Sciences & Healthcare

4

RS 140

Radiographic Positioning I

5

RS 150

Principles of Image Formation

1

RS 170

Introduction to Fundamentals of Patient Care

5

 Second Quarter (Winter)

Course

Name

Credits

RS 108

Radiation Physics I

4

RS 120

Clinical Education I

5

RS 141

Radiographic Positioning II

5

RS 153

Principles of Digital Radiography I

1

 Third Quarter (Spring)

Course

Name

Credits

RS 109

Radiation Physics II

5

RS 121

Clinical Education II

5

RS 142

Radiographic Positioning III

5

RS 156

Principles of Digital Radiography II

1

 Fourth Quarter (Summer)

Course

Name

Credits

RS 122

 Clinical Education III

10

 Fifth Quarter (Fall)

Course

Name

Credits

RS 200

Cross Sectional Anatomy

3

RS 216

Pharmacology and IV Therapy

3

RS 225

Clinical Education IV

7

RS 243

Radiographic Positioning IV

3

 

 

 

 Sixth Quarter (Winter)

Course

Name

Credits

RS 214

Imaging Pathology

1

RS 226

Clinical Education V

7

RS 233

Leadership and Management

1

RS 244

Radiographic Positioning V

3

Seventh Quarter (Spring)

Course

Name

Credits

RS 250

Advanced Healthcare Organization

3

RS 227

Clinical Education VI

7

RS 255

Advanced Imaging Modalities

1

RS 275

Student Leadership Seminar

1

Eighth Quarter (Summer)

Course

Name

Credits

RS 228

Clinical Education VII

10

 

Total Credits

107

 

 

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Cost of Attendance

Students are encouraged to review the official Tuition Rate information posted by Tacoma Community College at: http://www.tacomacc.edu/costsandaid/tuition/

The following table reflects the current tuition rates for a Full-Time Resident student.*

Tuition Costs

Quarter 1 - Fall

18

$1,519.82

Quarter 2 - Winter

15

$1,360.85

Quarter 3 - Spring

16

$1,413.84

Quarter 4 - Summer

10

$1,095.90

Quarter 5 - Fall

16

$1,413.84

Quarter 6 - Winter

12

$1,201.88

Quarter 7 - Spring

12

$1,201.88

Quarter 8 - Summer

10

$1,095.90

 

TOTAL

$10,303.91

Approximate Miscellaneous Costs

Background check/Health Record Tracking

$75

Background check renewal fee

$25

Magnus Immunization Portal renewal fee

$10

Course Lab & Clinical Fees for all 8 quarters

$550

Facility, Technology & Safety Fees

$320

Books

$1,000

Shoes

$100

Name Tag

$6

Monitor Service TLD

$250

Film Markers

$50

Leadership Conference (2nd year of program)

$400

Health Physical

Variable

Immunizations

$250

Medical Insurance

Variable

WSRT Membership (every year of program)

$20

 

Graduation and Registered Radiologists Fees

Washington State Certification

$200

National Registry Exam

$125 - $200

Graduation Regalia (optional)

$25

Passport Photo (2 each)

$20

 

Due to variations in books, disposables, and other associated costs, prices are subject to change without notice. * Tuition cost as of fall 2012 - spring 2013

* These numbers are purely an estimation; real tuition rates will vary. These estimations also do not factor in additional fees associated with tuition including but not limited to student approved campus fees and course fees.

Additional fees added at time of registration include:

Please note:

Tuition rates subject to change by Washington State Legislature.

Tuition and fees are due at the time of registration and payment must be completed within 2 business days of registration. Continuing students and new students who register early may defer fee payment until the published deferment date (see Quarterly Class Schedule calendar).

Some courses have additional fees assessed.

Washington Online (WAOL) students are assessed an additional fee of $8.00 per credit. This fee is non-refundable once the course begins.

U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have not yet established Washington residency may now attend TCC at a reduced rate. This optional waiver has been approved by the TCC Board of Trustees, but may not be available at all state colleges. A student who plans to transfer to a college that does not participate in this waiver is advised to establish Washington residency before transfer. Residency information is available at the Admissions Counter.

Books

The estimated cost of books for the entire two year degree program is approximately $1500.

Students will have the option to purchase necessary books in a variety of ways.The TCC bookstore sells books on a quarterly basis on-campus (Bldg. 11) or online (http://tacomaccbooks.collegestoreonline.com/). Students may also utilize alternative book buying sites to purchase textbooks, however, students are cautioned to make sure that they are purchasing the correct edition by double checking the ISBN numbers listed at the TCC bookstore and/or in their classroom syllabus.

Financial Aid

Basic Eligibility Requirements

To be considered for financial aid at TCC you must:

If you are advised into Adult Basic Education classes, you will not be eligible to receive financial aid until you have successfully completed that coursework.

Financial Aid is not available for High School Completion, GED, Running Start, Fresh Start or Continuing Education classes.

How to Apply for Financial Aid

Applying for financial aid takes time!

 

FINANCIAL AID IS MORE THAN JUST FILLING OUT YOUR FAFSA APPLICATION!!

You have not completed the financial aid application process at TCC until:

Students must apply for aid each year, not every quarter. Classes fill quickly. Don't wait to register! For more information, please refer to : http://www.tacomacc.edu/costsandaid/

 

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Getting Started

Step 1 - College Admission and Assessment

There is a separate application process to the college which includes, admission, assessment and transcript review. This process will take time, so be sure to give yourself plenty of time (at least 4-6 weeks).

Admission Application

Complete the Online Application for admission if you haven't already done so. Students may apply online or in person at the admissions counter in Bldg. 7.  Within 5 days, the Admissions Office will mail you a letter acknowledging receipt of your application and you will also be assigned a permanent student ID number. Keep track of this number for assessment, registration, etc.

*Financial Aid is available to those who qualify. Contact the Financial Aid office in Bldg. 14 for more information or call 253.566.5080. Financial aid forms must be completed upwards of 3-6 months prior to your expected start date, please apply early.

Skill Level Assessment

The college will require you to take an Entry Skills Assessment this assessment is in order to find out what level of reading, English, and math you are starting at if you haven't yet completed college-level courses.

This assessment is called the "Accuplacer" and available here on the TCC campus. Picture ID is required and there is an $18 fee. Check the online resources available to help you prepare for taking this assessment. Call 253.566.5158 for testing dates and times.

Testing may be waived if you have completed college-level math and English at another college (bring in your transcripts for review) or if you have taken the Asset, Compass, or CPT assessment test at another college within the past two years.

The Radiologic Science program does not require assessment scores, however, if you need to complete prerequisites here at Tacoma Community College you will need to complete the assessment in order to register for and take courses.

Transferring Credits from a prior college

You may have already taken some college courses that fulfill all or some of the admission requirements. Before you are advised by an advisor in the Radiologic Science program, you must have your transcript review completed.

If you plan to transfer credits from another college to be used to satisfy prerequisites at TCC or intend to apply transfer credits toward a degree or certificate program at TCC, you must provide an official, sealed transcript to the Records and Registration Office, Bldg. 7 prior to and/or no later than April 1st to be considered for the application period. Credit evaluations usually take 2-4 weeks. You will receive a copy of the evaluation in the mail. If unofficial transcripts were used in the Transcript Review process, official transcripts must be supplied before credit will be evaluated and posted to your TCC record. FAX copies of transcripts are not accepted as official transcripts.  (Official Transcripts must be sent/taken to the Records and Registration Office, Bldg. 7, 253.566.5037)

For more detailed information regarding the TCC admission requirements please go to: http://www.tacomacc.edu/gettingstarted/theenrollmentprocess/

 

Step 2 - Prerequisites

Prerequisites

In order to to apply for acceptance into the Radiologic Science program you must complete a series of prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" (2.0) or better and within two (2) attempts before a student can apply to the program. Attempts count when a letter grade of less than a "C" (2.0) is recorded on a student transcript. Withdrawals (W), or (WI) do not count as an attempt.

Prerequisites - All prerequisites courses listed below must be completed with a grade

There is a five (5) year limit for all math and science courses at time of application deadline April 1st.

 

Step 3 - Application Submission

Radiologic Science Online Admission Process

Beginning January 2, 2017 the Radiologic Science application will be available online.  Applications will be accepted until April 1, 2017 at 5:00 PM. 

Applications will only be accepted via the online submission process.

 

To apply to the Radiologic Science program, you will need to be an admitted or registered student at Tacoma Community College and have access to the student portal and a TCC e-mail account. If you have not attended TCC in the past 12 months, please fill out the admission application link on the main TCC web page, or you can type in the following link:

It may take 24-48 hours for your account to be activiated and you to be granted TCC student portal and email access. There is no fee to apply to the Radiologic Science program. Here is how to access the online applicaiton:

  1. Sign into the TCC portal (requires you to have an active TCC student account)
  2. Go to your Quick links area and expand the All Reports and Applications
  3. Select the Academics tab and click on make button for the Allied Health/Nursing link

 

 

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  4. You should now see a button called Allied Health/Nursing on your Quick Links list.

5. This will allow you to access a series of pages that walks you through the application process. Note the application is very straight forward and mainly involves selecting the program you are applying for (Radiology Science (RS), the quarter (Fall 2017) and uploading the required documentation (Radiologic Science Virtual Information Session Certificate, Visitation Form and the Guidelines and Acceptance form.

6. When you have completed the application the system will send a confirmation e-mail to your TCC e-mail. This is the only e-mail that Tacoma Community College/Allied Health Division will use to communicate with students on their Radiology Science applications.  

 

 

 

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Application Factoring System

Admission into the Radiology Science Program program is a competitive process. There is no waitlist and there are more applicants to the program than there are available positions. Therefore even if a student takes all of the prerequisite classes and meets the other requirements for a completed application, it does not guarantee them admission into the program. Each applicant will receive a score based on:

Admission into the program is then offered to the top scores

Calculating an Application Score

Prerequisites

All completed prerequisites are based on a 4.0 scale.

Points awarded for grades earned in the 7 prerequisite courses:

A = 4.0

A- = 3.7

B+ = 3.3

B = 3.0

B- = 2.7

C+ = 2.3

C = 2.0

For example:

If you earned A's in all 7 pre-req's it would be calculated as: 4.00 (A) X 7 (pre-req's) = 28.00

If you earned 5 points for the job shadow evaluation, your total score would be: 28.00 (pre-req's) + 5 (job shadow evaluation) = 33 points possible

If you are reapplying to the program: One (1) point will be awarded to applicants who have applied previously, up to two application cycles.

The total possible points = 35

Visitation Instructions and Guidelines

Documentation of an 8-hour visitation (job shadow) to a diagnostic radiology department is a requirement to apply to the Radiologic Science program. The purpose of the visit allows you to see what a staff radiographers job entails. TCC's radiologic science program is designed to prepare a student to effectively work in this type of environment. Following are the specific visitation instructions:

 When you go for your visitation, you need to take the following forms with you:

For the Instructions, Guidelines and forms, please click here 

The Visitation form and the Guidelines and Acceptance form must be completed and upload by the student to the Radiology online application through your TCC portal

 

If you wish to visit one of our clinical affiliates, you may ask one of the students any questions you have about the program and you will need to contact the volunteer office at the following facilities to coordinate your visit:

 

Multicare

Franciscan System

Providence Hospital System

Harrison Medical Center

Allenmore

St. Joseph

St. Peter

Olympia

In Bremerton

Tacoma General

St. Francis

Prov. Hosp - Centralia

 

 

 

St. Clare

 

 

 

Please DO NOT attempt to schedule a visit to Madigan Hospital at Ft. Lewis. They are not an affiliated site and cannot accommodate your request

 

When observing a diagnostic radiology department at the hospital, it is extremely important to dress appropriately. A professional, clean appearance is necessary as you will be observing patients. Please follow the guidelines below:

 

If visiting a Franciscan system hospital you must coordinate your visit with the main volunteer office. If visiting a Multicare facility you must coordinate your visit with their Human Resources department.

[1] A diagnostic radiology department is found in a hospital.

[2] A diagnostic radiology department can also be an imaging center. Examples of these include Diagnostic Imaging Northwest or DINW, Tacoma Radiology Associates or TRA, or South Sound Radiology.

 

 

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I'm interested in radiology but am unsure where to begin. What steps should I take?
A: We recommend that you first do some research to ensure that radiologic science is a field in which you would like to enter.

The RS program at TCC is in diagnostic radiography only. Upon successful completion of the curriculum courses, graduates may be eligible to take the national certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). The ARRT has additional criteria that must be met prior to examination. Successful completion of the registry examination results in national certification as a Registered Radiologic Technologist, RT (R) ARRT.For more information regarding the radiologic technology profession, go to the American Society of Radiologic Technologist's website at www.asrt.org

Q: What is your 1st attempt pass rate on the national ARRT registry exam?
A: Please make sure you ask any Program Director (PD) you interview with this question. Any program director can download this inforamtion in minutes from the ARRT website should you ask for it.

Year

Percentage Rate

2002

95%

2003

94%

2004

100%

2005

97%

2006

100%

2007

100%

2008

100%

2009

100%

2010

100%

2011

100%

 

Q: Is Tacoma Community College's program accredited?
A: Tacoma Community College is regionally accredited by the Commission on Colleges and Universities of the Northwest Association of Schools and of Colleges and Universities. Additionally, the radiography program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. There contact information is:
JRCERT
20 North Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
Telephone: 312-704-5300

 

Q: I have taken classes at another school. How can I find out if they will transfer to TCC?
A: All math and science classes must have been completed within 5 years of the quarter in which you intend to apply, regardless of where they were taken. All other prerequisite courses do not have a time limit.You may refer to Common Course Equivalencies for some of the schools most commonly attended besides TCC. If you do not find your school on the list, you will need to apply for admissions to TCC and send official, sealed transcripts to Enrollment Services, Bldg. 7, Attention: Colleen Spezia.

 

Q: I am planning on taking the prerequisite courses at a school other than TCC. How can I make sure that I take the correct ones that will transfer to TCC?
A: If you do not find your school on the Common Course Equivalencies list, please send your course abbreviations, course numbers and course description to Colleen Spezia, transcript evaluator. Keep in mind that this is only for classes that you plan to take. If you have classes that you have already taken and would like to see if they transfer, you will need to apply for admissions to TCC and send official, sealed transcripts to Enrollment Services, Bldg. 7, Attention: Colleen Spezia.

 

Q: What is the application deadline?
A: April 1 for entry into the fall quarter of that year you apply. All prerequisites must be completed prior to the April 1 deadline.

 

Q: How many students do you accept each year?
A: The number of applicants accepted into the program ranges from 20-24 based upon clinical site availability.

 

Q: Is there a wait list for getting into the program?
A: No, there is not a wait list. The application deadline is April 1 of each year and you need to have your prereqs completed and your 8 hour hospital visit completed.

 

Q: What is your selection process for entry?
A: Acceptance into the program is based on points. The grade you receive for each of your prerequisite courses is assigned a points value. The students with the top scores are offered a place in the program. Also, each applicant is required to complete 8 hours in a diagnostic radiology department. The clinical site where the visit is done must also complete an evaluation on you. Points are assigned to that feedback also.

 

Q: I have some past convictions and concerned that I will not be able to apply for the Radiology program. Can I still apply for the program?
A: Yes, you can still apply for the program, but certain conviction history excludes persons from health care employment. If you have any prior convictions, even if you believe they may be sealed, please consult with the program chair for radiography or the division dean.

 

Q: I hold a bachelor's degree or higher. Can I receive extra credit toward my application score?
A: No, we do not provide extra points or preference for an advanced degree. Everyone must complete the same prerequisites.

 

Q: I hold a medical degree from another country. Can I receive extra credit toward my application score?
A: No, we do not provide extra points or preference for an advanced degree. Everyone must complete the same prerequisites.

 

Q: If I am offered a position in the Radiologic Science program are there additional requirements that I will need to complete?
A: Yes. In order to complete the required clinical rotations, students need to provide the following additional documentation upon acceptance into the program. However, students will be responsible to provide the following documents to a third-party provider:

  1. Background check by a third-party provider. Certain conviction history excludes persons from health care employment. If you have any prior convictions, even if you believe they may be sealed, please consult with the program chair for Radiology or the division chair.
  2. Documentation of current immunizations and certificates.

 

 

 

 

What Next?

 

Are you ready to apply to TCC and complete the admission and assessment process?
Then start on Step 1 of "Getting Started"

Are you ready to begin taking prerequisite courses for the Radiologic Science Program?
Then work on Step 2 of "Getting Started"

Are you ready to apply to the Radiologic Science Program?
Then see the "Radiologic Science Program packet"

 

Now that you are familiar with the Radiologic Science program and its application requirements we would like to contact one of the following program advisors if you have additional questions or concerns.

Radiologic Science program Advisor Contact Information

Michael Mixdorf, program chair 253.566.5168; mmixdorf@tacomacc.edu

Pam Lee, clinical coordinator 253.566.5224; plee@tacomacc.edu

 

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