The Radiologic Science program is taught over eight consecutive quarters (including two summer quarters). In order to graduate with the AAS degree, students must complete program pre-requisites, prior to application to the program, as well as all degree requirements. See tabs below.
Radiologic Science Program Curriculum
TCC’s Radiologic Science program prepares students to take the ARRT exam and become certified as Registered Radiologic Technologists.
This program leads to an Associate of Applied Science Degree and a Certificate of Completion and prepares students to take the ARRT exam. When students successfully pass this examination, they become certified as a Registered Radiologic Technologist, RT(R) ARRT.
Before applying to the Radiologic Science program be sure you have completed all the program prerequisites. It is important to know there may be additional courses needed prior to taking one of the courses below. Prospective students are highly encouraged to meet with an Advisor to assist with educational planning.
Prerequisites Credits MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics 5 ENGL& 101 English Composition I or equivalent 5 BIOL& 241 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
or 5 credits of course equivalent
5 BIOL& 242 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
or 5 credits of course equivalent
5 HIT 130 Medical Terminology 3 CMST& 101 Introduction to Communication
or CMST 110 Multicultural Communication
or CMST& 210 Interpersonal Communication
or CMST& 220 Public Speaking
This 120 credit degree program took effect in Fall 2023. For the degree requirements prior to Fall 2023, see the degree program below.
Review the degree requirements on TCC's College Catalog
Schedule of Classes
Year One Course Number Course Name Credits 1st Quarter, Fall (19 credits) RS 100 Radiologic Sciences Orientation 4 RS 108 Radiation Physics I 4 RS 140 Radiographic Positioning I 6 RS 170 Fundamentals of Patient Care 5 2nd Quarter, Winter (16 credits) RS 120 Clinical Education I 7 RS 141 Radiographic Positioning II 5 RS 160 Digital Image Production & Exposure I 4 3rd Quarter, Spring (16 credits) RS 271 Fundamentals of Patient Care II 4 RS 121 Clinical Education II 7 RS 142 Radiographic Positioning III 5 4th Quarter, Summer (16 credits) RS 200 Pathology & Cross Sectional Anatomy 3 RS 122 Clinical Education III 13 Year Two Course Number Course Name Credits 5th Quarter, Fall (15 credits) RS 109 Radiation Physics II 4 RS 225 Clinical Education IV 8 RS 243 Radiographic Positioning IV 3 6th Quarter, Winter (12 credits) RS 226 Clinical Education V 5 RS 244 Radiographic Positioning V 3 RS 260 Digital Image Production & Exposure II 4 7th Quarter, Spring (12 credits) RS 227 Clinical Education VI 5 RS 230 Radiographic Professional Advancement & Organization 4 RS 255 Advanced Imaging Modalities 3 8th Quarter, Summer (14 credits) RS 290 Radiography Registry Review 4 RS 228 Clinical Education VII 10
This 114 credit degree program was in place prior to Fall 2023. For the new degree requirements, see the degree program above.
Schedule of Classes
Year One Course Number Course Name Credits 1st Quarter, Fall;(18 credits) RS 100 Radiologic Sciences Orientation 3 RS 101 Fundamentals of Radiologic Science & Health Care 4 RS 140 Radiographic Positioning I 5 RS 150 Principles of Image Formation 1 RS 170 Introduction of Fundamentals of Patient Care 5 2nd Quarter, Winter (15 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 3rd Quarter, Spring (14 credits) RS 109 Radiation Physics II 4 RS 121 Clinical Education II 5 RS 142 Radiographic Positioning III 5 4th Quarter, Summer (10 credits) RS 122 Clinical Education III 10 Year Two Course Number Course Name Credits 5th Quarter, Fall (17 credits) RS 225 Clinical Education IV 8 RS 243 Radiographic Positioning IV 3 RS 200 Cross Sectional Anatomy 3 RS 214 Imaging Pathology 3 6th Quarter, Winter (14 credits) RS 216 Pharmacology IV: Therapy 3 RS 226 Clinical Education V 7 RS 233 Leadership and Management 1 RS 244 Radiographic Positioning V 3 7th Quarter, Spring (16 credits) RS 250 Advanced Health Care Organization 3 RS 227 Clinical Education VI 7 RS 255 Advanced Imaging Modalities 2 RS 280 Computed Tomography 2 RS 290 Radiography Registry Review 2 8th Quarter, Summer (10 credits) RS 228 Clinical Education VII 10
Research Careers for this area of study.
Upon completion of the TCC Radiologic Science program and successful writing of the national examination, graduates may apply for transfer to the baccalaureate programs listed below. This is not a comprehensive list of baccalaureate Radiologic Science Programs.
- Tacoma Community College, Tacoma, WA
- Weber State University, Ogden, Utah
- Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho
- Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California
- Boise State University, Boise, Idaho
- MidwesternState University, Wichita Falls, Texas
- Bellevue College, Bellevue, WA
Students intending to transfer should check in early with their potential transfer institution regarding:
- Any requirements for overall minimum college-level GPA, a higher GPA requirement for a subset of courses or a specific minimum grade in one or more courses.
- Specific courses which should be taken when options are listed.
- Additional “university-specific” requirements for admission that are not prerequisites identified in the AAS degree. Courses may be individualized based on baccalaureate college.
- Application deadlines for transfer admission. These vary from institution to institution.
It is important to note that the degree prepares students for upper division coursework, but does not guarantee students admission to the major.
The Associate in Applied Sciences degree is not typically a transferable degree to a four-year institution. Graduates may consider completing requirements for the Associate of Arts and Sciences degree for that purpose.
Students wishing to transfer to a four-year institution after graduation from the RS program are encouraged to take distribution courses for the general Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree prior to beginning the program. It is strongly encouraged that prospective students discuss options for continuing their education with their Faculty Mentor or Student Success Advisor.