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Radiologic Science

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About

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.

100 Percent of TCC students who attempted the ARRT (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists) exam between 2012 and 2016 passed.

Accreditation

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:mail@jrcert.org. The JCERT 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 2016-2018.  

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Radiologic Science Program Resources & Information 

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Contact Us

Questions about TCC's Radiologic Science program? Contact us. 

Mike Mixdorf 

Program Chair and Instructor 

mmixdorf@tacomacc.edu

253.566.5168
Bldg. 13, Room 134
6501 South 19th Street
Tacoma, WA 98466

 

Information

253.566.5113
Bldg. 13
6501 South 19th Street
Tacoma, WA 98466

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:

100% Percent of graduates who attempt the ARRTR Exam pass on the first attempt
93 Percent of graduates find employment within 12 months
73% Percent of students who begin the program complete the program

ARRTR 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
2012 100% 12 of 12 students passed on 1st attempt
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
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
2012 75% 4 of 12 graduates completed graduate survey. 3 out of 4 found employment within six months of graduation.
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.
5 year average 93%

Program Completion Rate

Year Percent Completion Number of Students
2012 57% 21 began, 12 graduated
2013 79% 23 began, 18 graduated
2014 74% 23 began, 17 graduated
2015 77% 22 out of original cohort started, 17 graduated.
2016 76%

17 out of original cohort started, 13 graduated.

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