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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.

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.

98 Percent of TCC students who attempted the ARRT (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists) exam between 2015 and 2019 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. 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 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 Policy and Procedure Manual 2020-2022 (DOC).

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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)

After watching the online version of our information session, please join us via Zoom Lobby for an upcoming question/answer opportunity. Please note: You will be admitted to the conversation in the order you arrive. Please consider joining us anytime within the scheduled hour. You are also welcome to contact our Advising office with specific questions at 253-566-6091 or advising@tacomacc.edu. 

Zoom Lobby Sessions 



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Thursday, June 17 4 – 5 pm Join the zoom session
Wednesday, July 7 6 – 7 pm Join the zoom session
Wednesday, August 4 6 – 7 pm Join the zoom session
Thursday, September 9 4 – 5 pm Join the zoom session



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 JRCERT website is: 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:

98% of graduates who attempt the ARRT Exam pass on the first attempt
100% of graduates find employment within 12 months
82.4% 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
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
2018 90% 18 of 20 students passed on 1st attempt
2019 100%  
5 year average 98%  

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
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. 
2018 100% 8 of 20 graduates returned survey.  8 out of 8 have found jobs within one year of graduation.
2019 100% 11 of 18 graduates returned suvey. 11 out of 11 have found jobs within one year of graduation.
5 year average 100%

Program Completion Rate

Year Percent Completion Number of Students
2015 77% 22 started program, 17 graduated.
2016 76%

17 started program, 13 graduated.

2017 78%

18 started program, 14 graduated. 

2018 95%

20 started program, 19 graduated.

2019 86%

21 started program, 18 graduated.

5 year average 82.4%  


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

Days: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays

Time: 10:00am to 3:00pm

Zoom Meeting Link: https://zoom.us/j/99980134503

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

Zoom Meeting ID: 999 8013 4503

NOTE: You can also contact our department anytime and leave a voicemail at 253-566-5113, or reach us by email at tcchbps@tacomacc.edu. We will get back to you as soon as possible.