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Radiologic Science

Start your career in medical imaging!

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.

Program Description

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.

97 Percent of TCC students who attempted the ARRT (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists) exam between 2017 and 2021 passed on first attempt.

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. 

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 technologist. For details related to the physical, mental and professional attributes you will need to perform this job, and for specifics related to the general, academic, and clinical principles and policies, see the Radiologic Sciences Program Handbook 2023 (DOCX).

Find out more via the online information session below.

Radiologic Sciences Information Session

Explore Radiologic Science

Radiologic Science Program Resources & Information 

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Other Healthcare Programs 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 your review of the electronic version of our Health Careers Program Overview Information Session.

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Health Science Program Overview – Narrative (PDF)

We are restructuring our live information sessions.  Please see the program web pages for more information.

You are also welcome to contact our Advising office with specific questions at 253-566-6091 or
advising@tacomacc.edu. 

Accreditation

The Radiology Technology program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The program currently holds an 8-year accreditation with JRCERT. A copy of the JRCERT standards is posted in the x-ray lab. Any and all alleged areas of non-compliance can be addressed in writing to:

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 N Wacker Dr Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606
312-704-5300
mail@jrcert.org
www.jrcert.org

 Licensing Information

In accordance with U.S. Department of Education Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v), educational institutions must provide information related to whether their programs will fulfill educational requirements for specific professional licensure or certification and to inform prospective students whether their degree upon graduation will qualify them to work in the state where they are located.  Please see the Radiologic Technologist practice laws detailed by state.

 

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Questions about TCC's Radiologic Science program?

Program Chair: Lielie Jarvis

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:

97% of graduates who attempt the ARRT Exam pass on the first attempt
100% of graduates find employment within 12 months
91% of students who begin the program complete the program

Program Completion Rate

Year Percent Completion Number of Students
2017 78%

18 started program, 14 graduated. 

2018 95%

20 started program, 19 graduated.

2019 86%

21 started program, 18 graduated.

2020 100%

20 started program, 20 graduated

2021 95% 21 started program, 20 graduated
5 year average 91%  

Program Effectiveness Data (PDF)

Resources

Do you have a question for us?

We are available to help you online via Zoom. 
Here you can talk to a staff member directly to get answers to your specific questions.
Please come join us! We are happy to help you!

Health, Business and Professional Services (HBPS) Zoom Lobby Information

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Time: 10:00am to 3:00pm

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Phone number to call in: 1-253-215-8782 and follow the prompts

Zoom Meeting ID: 999 8013 4503

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