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Radiologic Science

Start your career in medical imaging!


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.

Career Pathway

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 2013 and 2017 passed.

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.  

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Radiologic Science Program Resources & Information 

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Launch Your Health Career at TCC

There are a variety of ways to work in the health care industry. TCC is fortunate to offer a number of educational programs in Health Sciences that might be of interest. In order to assist prospective students in fully understanding their training options, we encourage attendance at a free Health Careers Program Overview Information Session.

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Oct. 1, 2019 3:30 - 5 p.m. 13 222
Oct. 22, 2019 3:30 - 5 p.m. 13 222
Nov. 12, 2019 3:30 - 5 p.m. 13 222
Dec. 3, 2019 5 - 6:30 p.m. 13 222
Jan. 9, 2020 3:30 - 5 p.m. 13 222
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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, The JRCERT website is:


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Questions about TCC's Radiologic Science program?

Call for Information: 253-566-5113

Or contact Program Chair: Mike Mixdorf

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

Based on a 5-year average, here's how our Radiologic Technology students perform:

100% of graduates who attempt the ARRT Exam pass on the first attempt
98% of graduates find employment within 12 months
77% of students who begin the program complete the program

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.
2016 76%

17 out of original cohort started, 13 graduated.

2017 78%

18 out of original cohort started, 14 graduated. 

5 year average 77%