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Radiologic Technology

Associate Applied Science- Transfer

If you enjoy working with people in a medical setting, you should check out the Radiologic Technology program at BTC! BTC’s programs in Health Careers are geared for students with an interest in health, wellness, and medical fields.

Choose this program to prepare for a rewarding career as a radiologic technologist. You’ll learn the latest technologies used in the field and gain skills that are in demand by hospitals, imaging centers, and clinics.

This workforce solution is partially funded by an $11.7m grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. The solution was created by the grantee and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor. The Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warranties, or assurances of any kind, express or implied, with respect to such information, including any information linked on sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability or ownership.

Bellingham Technical College is an equal opportunity institution.

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Employment Information

80% BTC graduate placement rate

$57,200 starting annual wage

$66,789 average annual wage

$78,520 potential annual wage

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Jobs & Employment

The employment outlook for program graduates is very strong and growing, and students can expect to earn good wages.

About 80% of BTC Radiologic Technology students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $66,789, with an earning potential of about $78,520 per year.*

Criminal convictions may restrict or prevent student participation with internships and employment in this industry.

Potential Positions

Most program graduates work as Radiologic Technologists or Diagnostic Radiographers under the supervision of a Radiologist.

Courses

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Courses from the BTC Catalog

  • Quarter 1
  • RT 101Radiographic Positioning I6 credits

    This course introduces the basic positioning techniques used in the radiography of the respiratory system, abdomen, upper and lower extremities. Lab sections include peer positioning, film critique, anatomical identification pathologies and an energized section using phantoms.

    Prerequisite:
    Radiologic Technology program admission.
  • RT 112Patient Care in Radiology4 credits

    This course provides the student with basic concepts of patient care, including consideration for the physical and psychological needs of the patient and family. Routine patient care will be included, as well as infection control techniques, vital signs, safety and transfer positioning, medical emergencies, barium studies, oxygen therapy and catheters. Patient education and documentation will be addressed.

    Prerequisite:
    Radiologic Technology Program Admission.
  • RT 114Leadership Seminar2 credits

    This course is designed to encourage leadership principles in students including participation and project development for professional organizations.

    Prerequisite:
    Radiologic Technology Program Admission.
  • RT 120Imaging & Processing4 credits

    This course is designed to establish a knowledge base in factors that govern and influence the production and recording of radiologic images. Emphasis will be on filming and electronic imaging with related accessories. Topics to be included are basic radiographic production, imaging standards, radiographic density and contrast, recorded detail., distortion, exposure latitude, beam-limiting devices, beam filtration, technique formulation, exposure calculations, image receptors and processing. Lab exercises will provide application of theories using energized equipment and test tools.

    Prerequisite:
    Radiologic Technology Program Admission.
  • Quarter 2
  • RT 102Radiographic Positioning & Anatomy II6 credits

    This course introduces the basic positioning techniques used in the radiography of the bony thorax, spinal column, pelvic girdle and continuation of the upper and lower extremities. Lab sections include peer positioning, film critique, anatomical identification, pathologies and an energized section using phantoms.

    Prerequisite:
    RT 101 with a minimum grade of C

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/23M 8:30a-10:30aBAILEY TOpenings: 7
     M11:30a-1:30pWOODFIELD S
     W 2:30p-4:30p
     F
  • RT 121Radiographic Physics I4 credits

    This course is designed to establish a knowledge base in atomic structure and terminology. Included are the nature and characteristics of radiation, x-ray production and the fundamentals of photon interactions with matter. An introduction to the principles of radiation protection is included. Lab activities will provide application for the course theories.

    Prerequisite:
    RT 120 with a minimum grade of C

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/23W 8:30a-10:30aGOOLSBY LOpenings: 7
     W11:30a-1:30p
  • RT 131Radiographic Clinic I7 credits

    This course consists of two clinical assignments of eight-hour work shifts per week. Students are assigned clinical experience in a radiology department to complete clinical competencies correlating with academic coursework.

    Prerequisite:
    RT 101, RT 112, RT 114, & RT 120 with a minimum grade of C in each course

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/23ARRWOODFIELD SOpenings: 7
  • Quarter 3
  • RT 103Radiographic Positioning and Anatomy III5 credits

    This course introduces the basic positioning techniques used in the radiography of the digestive system, urinary system, and cranium. Lab sections include peer positioning, film critique, anatomical identification, pathologies and an energized section using phantoms.

    Prerequisite:
    RT 102 with a minimum grade of C

    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/16MWF 8:30a-10:30aBAILEY TOpenings: 32
     M11:30a-1:30pWOODFIELD S
     W 2:30p-4:30p
     F
  • RT 123Radiographic Physics II4 credits

    This course is designed to establish a knowledge base in radiographic, fluoroscopic, mobile, tomography equipment requirements and design. Content includes manual versus automatic exposure control, equipment calibration, beam restriction, and recognition of malfunctions.

    Prerequisite:
    RT 121 with a minimum grade of C

    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/16W 8:30a-10:30aGOOLSBY LOpenings: 32
     W11:30a-1:30p
  • RT 132Radiographic Clinic II7 credits

    This course consist of two clinical assignments of eight-hour work shifts per week. Students are assigned clinical experience in a radiology department to complete clinical competencies correlating with academic coursework.

    Prerequisite:
    RT 131 with a minimum grade of C

    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/16ARRWOODFIELD SOpenings: 32
  • Quarter 4
  • RT 133Radiographic Clinic III8 credits

    This course consists of clinical assignments correlating with current academic course work. Assignments will include rotations at hospitals, clinics or doctors offices in regional areas. Rotations may include day, evening or weekend schedules.

    Prerequisite:
    RT 132 with a minimum grade of C
  • RT 205Pharmacology3 credits

    This course will provide basic concepts of pharmacology. Concepts included are pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles of drugs, categories specific to drugs, actions and side effects of select medications, and legal and ethical status of radiographer's role in drug administration.

    Prerequisite:
    RT 103 & RT 123 with a minimum grade of C in each course
  • Quarter 5
  • RT 108Medical Informatics4 credits

    This course will investigate the integration of computer capabilities, information science and health care. This course will include key elements that are driving our national health care system to electronic records and the complex issues that arise in this transition. Issues addressed include methods required to optimize the acquisition, storage, retrieval, and use of information in health and biomedicine. Imaging informatics, PACS systems, RIS (Radiology Information Systems) and HIS (Hospital Information Systems) will be included in this course.

    Prerequisite:
    RT 103 with a minimum grade of C
  • RT 231Radiographic Clinic IV10 credits

    This course consists of clinical assignments correlating with current academic course work. Assignments will include rotations at hospitals, clinics or doctors offices in regional areas. Rotations may include day, evening or weekend schedules.

    Prerequisite:
    RT 133 with a minimum grade of C
  • BIO 130Sectional Anatomy4 credits

    Building on knowledge of anatomy and physiology, this course offers a unique perspective of anatomical relationships. This course promotes an understanding of the human body from sagittal, coronal and transverse cross sectional perspectives. With the extensive use of diagrams, MRI and CT images, this course will explore anatomical structure and physiology.

    Prerequisite:
    RT 103 for BTC Radiologic Technology Program Students. ARRT Registered Radiographers may also take this class with permission from the Radiologic Technology Coordinator.
  • Quarter 6
  • RT 201Advanced Patient Procedures and Pathology I4 credits

    This course includes applications of patient care, procedures and pathology related to trauma, surgical, pediatric, digestive, respiratory, urinary and skeletal/muscular systems. Students will present case studies incorporating patient history, care considerations, procedures and pathology.

    Prerequisite:
    RT 108 & RT 231 with a minimum grade of C in each course

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/23Online WOODFIELD SOpenings: 11
  • RT 210Radiation Biology4 credits

    This course provides an overview of the principles of the interaction of radiation with living systems. The factors that affect biological response to include acute and chronic effects of radiation. Includes examination of standards, measurements and requirements required by government guidelines.

    Prerequisite:
    RT 108 & RT 231 with a minimum grade of C in each course

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/23Online WALLACE HOpenings: 11
  • RT 232Radiographic Clinic V10 credits

    This course consists of three clinical assignments of eight-hour shifts per week. Students are assigned clinical experience in a radiology department to complete sixth quarter clinical competencies and select specialized rotations.

    Prerequisite:
    RT 231 with a minimum grade of C

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/23ARRWOODFIELD SOpenings: 11
  • Quarter 7
  • RT 202Advanced Patient Procedures and Pathology II4 credits

    This course includes applications of patient care, procedures and pathology related to reproductive, circulatory, lymphatic, endocrine, nervous and sensory organs. Students will present case studies incorporating patient history, care considerations, procedures and pathology.

    Prerequisite:
    RT 201 with a minimum grade of C

    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/16Online WOODFIELD SOpenings: 32
  • RT 230Registry Review and Employment Readiness4 credits

    This course is designed to provide students with opportunities to prepare for registry review and employment readiness. Registry review will be provided utilizing presentations and computer applications. Students will prepare a professional portfolio for employment and practice interview skills.

    Prerequisite:
    RT 210 & RT 201 with a minimum grade of C in each course

    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/16Online STAFFOpenings: 32
  • RT 233Radiographic Clinic VI10 credits

    This course consists of clinical assignments correlating with current academic course work. Assignments will include rotations at hospitals, clinics or doctors offices in regional areas. Rotations may include day, evening or weekend schedules.

    Prerequisite:
    RT 232 with a minimum grade of C

    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/16ARRWOODFIELD SOpenings: 32
  • Pre-Program
  • BIOL& 241Human A & P 15 credits

    This course emphasizes understanding of the normal human, which will serve as a foundation of general understanding as well as a foundation for future study in allied health fields. Lecture, group discussion, literature and internet research, and laboratory exercises are included. Acquisition of basic knowledge, application and integration of concepts is emphasized. Biol& 241 includes anatomy survey; tissues; and integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and endocrine systems.

    Prerequisite:
    BIOL& 160 with a C grade and CHEM&121 with a C grade.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/23TTh 8:30a-12:00pVANDENBERG AWaitlisted: 7
    1/5-3/21T 5:30p-9:30pHORNE KWaitlisted: 1
    4/5-6/16MWF 8:30a-11:15aHORNE KOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/10Sa12:00p-4:00pWESTER LOpenings: 28
  • BIOL& 242Human A & P 25 credits

    This course emphasizes understanding of the normal human, which will serve as a foundation of general understanding as well as a foundation for future study in allied health fields. Lecture, group discussion, literature and internet research, and laboratory exercises are included. Acquisition of basic knowledge, application and integration of concepts is emphasized. Biol& 242 includes circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems.

    Prerequisite:
    BIOL& 241 with a C grade.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/23TTh 1:00p-4:30pOLAH AOpenings: 8
    1/7-3/18Sa12:00p-4:00pVANDENBERG AOpenings: 6
    4/4-6/16TTh 1:00p-4:30pOLAH AOpenings: 28
    4/4-6/13T 5:30p-9:30pVANDENBERG AOpenings: 28
  • CMST& 220Public Speaking5 credits

    Introduction to communication theory and public speaking emphasizing organization, audience analysis, oral styles, and use of visual aids. Includes presentation of various types of public speeches and analyses of contemporary speeches.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/23TTh 8:00a-10:10aBURNS JOpenings: 19
    1/4-3/22MWF12:30p-1:50pBURNS JOpenings: 20
    4/4-3/16TTh 8:00a-10:10aBURNS JOpenings: 28
    4/5-6/16MWF 5:30p-6:50pBURNS JOpenings: 28
  • ENGL& 101 *English Composition I5 credits

    A composition course in which students read, analyze, and write essays using a variety of rhetorical strategies, as well as develop and verbally express ideas clearly and effectively. The critical reading of essays will provide a basis for the student's own critical writing, which will reflect a command of college-level literacy standards. Attention to writing fundamentals and stylistic techniques will also be included. Word processing, email and internet knowledge required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-3/23TTh 8:00a-10:10aRICHARDS JOpenings: 12
    1/5-3/21Th 1:10p-3:20pHATCH LOpenings: 4
    1/4-3/22MW 8:30a-9:50aRICHARDS JOpenings: 9
    1/4-3/23Online NELSON NWaitlisted: 1
    4/5-6/16MWF 8:30a-9:50aRICHARDS JOpenings: 26
    4/4-6/13T 8:00a-10:10aRICHARDS JOpenings: 26
    4/4-6/16Online NELSON NOpenings: 24
  • HLTH 133HIV/AIDS: For Healthcare Professional1 credits

    This workshop is designed for the professional needing seven hours of HIV/AIDS education for licensure or professional update. The program utilizes a multi-media approach and meets Washington State certification requirements.


    Future Offerings
    1/4-2/17Online WESTER LOpenings: 23
    2/21-3/17Online WESTER LOpenings: 40
    4/4-5/5Online WESTER LOpenings: 50
    5/8-6/8Online WESTER LOpenings: 50
    5/12F 8:30a-4:30pWESTER LOpenings: 40
  • HO 127Healthcare Provider CPR0.5 credits

    This 6-hour basic life-support course is designed for healthcare providers and includes adult one- and two-rescuer CPR, pediatric one-rescuer CPR, and barrier devices. Successful written and mannequin skill evaluation and and attendance at all sessions is required to receive a card.


    Future Offerings
    1/21Sa 9:00a-2:00pREAD AMWaitlisted: 0
    2/18Sa 9:00a-2:00pYORKS GOpenings: 11
    2/8W 6:00p-9:00pKING JOpenings: 8
    3/11Sa 9:00a-2:00pREAD AMOpenings: 9
    6/3Sa 9:00a-2:00pSTAFFOpenings: 12
    4/24M 4:00p-7:00pSTAFFOpenings: 10
    5/11Th 3:30p-7:30pSTAFFOpenings: 10
  • HT 126Fundamentals of Medical Terminology5 credits

    The student will gain a basic knowledge of medical word building. The course will address root words, prefixes and suffixes and terms which are used in diagnostic, operative, and symptoms relating to the various systems of the body. Emphasis on correct spelling and pronunciation of selected common eponyms.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension and Sentence Skills score of 71 or higher.

    Future Offerings
    1/5-2/17TThF 1:00p-4:00pREAD AMOpenings: 20
    1/5-3/23Online WALKER SWaitlisted: 0
    4/11-5/25TThF 1:00p-4:00pREAD AMOpenings: 30
    4/4-6/20Online WALKER SOpenings: 30
  • MATH& 107 *Math in Society5 credits

    College level coverage of practical applications in many fields of study. Topics will include probability, statistics, finance, geometry, graphing, growth & decay, and right triangle trigonometry.

    Prerequisite:
    BTC College Level Math score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 099.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/23Online MOYLE VWaitlisted: 1
    4/4-6/16Online MOYLE VOpenings: 24
  • PSYC& 100General Psychology5 credits

    An overview of the factors affecting behavior including topics related to theories of learning, the senses, perceptions, nervous system, emotions, personality theory, motivation, abnormal behavior and therapy, and social psychology.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/23Online MUDD SWaitlisted: 2
    1/4-3/22MWF10:10a-11:30aMUDD SOpenings: 12
    1/4-3/22MW12:30p-1:50pMUDD SOpenings: 15
    4/4-3/16TTh 5:30p-7:40pMUDD SOpenings: 28
    4/5-6/16MWF10:10a-11:30aSMITH MOpenings: 28
    4/5-6/14MW 2:10p-3:30pMUDD SOpenings: 28
    4/4-6/16Online MUDD SOpenings: 24
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS150.5 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other AAS-T class options and alternatives

Program Entry Information

Program Start

  • This program admits students once a year in the fall quarter.

Testing Requirements

  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100 (formerly COM 170).
  • BTC College Level Math score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 099.

Pre-Program Course Requirements

  • Human Anatomy & Physiology 1 (BIOL& 241) Must be taken within 3 years of being placed on the wait list. Note:Requires a 2.7 GPA (B- grade) or better.
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology 2 (BIOL& 242) Must be taken within 3 years of being placed on the wait list. Note:Requires a 2.7 GPA (B- grade) or better.
  • Public Speaking (CMST& 220)
  • English Composition 1 (ENGL& 101)*
  • HIV/AIDS Education (HLTH 133)
  • Fundamentals of Medical Terminology (HT 126)*
  • Math in Society (MATH& 107) preferred, will accept higher.*
  • General Psychology (PSYC& 100)*
  • *requires minimum 2.0 GPA or higher.

Program Application/Forms

The program is planned with a regional focus in collaboration with Edmonds Community College, Everett Community College, North Seattle Community College, Peninsula College, Skagit Valley College, and Whatcom Community College. As part of the admissions process, you will be asked to select and rank your preference for placement at the Bellingham or Everett cohort sites.

Bellingham cohort students attend classes at Bellingham Technical College.

Everett cohort students attend classes at the Everett Community College. Students will be assigned regional clinical experience, on a variety of shifts, in hospitals and clinics in Whatcom, Skagit, Island, Snohomish, and King counties.


Prior to registration for Radiologic Technology program classes, admitted students must be eighteen (18) years of age and submit evidence of the following requirements:

1. Physical exam and specified immunizations

2. Criminal background check

3. 11-panel drug screen

4. Current American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Provider CPR (HO 127). Please note that Healthcare provider CPR certification must remain current throughout program. Students should obtain certification in July, August or September prior to program acceptance. More details to be provided at Radiologic Technology program orientation)

5. Medical insurance coverage

NOTE: Students will be charged a fee of approximately $119.00 for the background check, drug screen, and tracking of required health documents.


Prior to registration for Quarter 5, second-year students must complete a second criminal background check for a $22 fee.

Program Outcomes

  • Follow all safety guidelines and practice safe radiation procedures to fully protect staff, patients, and self.
  • Competently perform clinical and administrative components of each radiographic procedure.
  • Produce optimal radiographic images, accurately assess and apply required corrections when correcting suboptimal images.
  • Interact in a compassionate, respectful manner assessing patient condition and concerns; provide for patient safety, comfort, confidentiality, and modesty.
  • Conduct herself/himself in a professional manner according to ARRT and ASRT standards—assess situations; exercise care with discretion and judgment; assume responsibility for professional decisions; support colleagues; and act in the best interest of the patient.

Sandra Woodfield - Instructor image

Sandra Woodfield

Area of Instruction


Radiologic Technology

Degrees and Certifications


M.P.A., Public Administration, University of North Carolina at Wilmington

B.A., Biology, University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Certificate, Radiologic Technology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Certificate, Radiologic Technologist, American Registry of Radiologic Technologists

Certificate, Radiologic Technologist, Mammography, American Registry of Radiologic Technologists

Certificate, Radiologic Technologist Certification, Washington State Department of Health

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8390
swoodfield@btc.edu
Haskell Center (HC) - Room 113F

 

Office Hours


Usual office hours are:

    Monday from 9:00 am to 11:00 am

    Tuesday from 10:30 am to 11:30 am

    Friday from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

 
 

Background


Profile
Sandra was introduced as coordinator of the new Radiologic Technology Program at Bellingham Technical College in Fall of 2003. She attended the Uni...

    • Sandra was introduced as coordinator of the new Radiologic Technology Program at Bellingham Technical College in Fall of 2003. She attended the University of North Carolina School of Radiologic Technology in Chapel Hill, N.C. graduating second in her class. Sandra successfully completed the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists national certification in 1972. She returned to college, graduating with a BA in Biology from the University of North Carolina in Wilmington, NC in 1975. During her career she has gained experience in many realms of radiography including diagnostic imaging, trauma radiology, Computed Tomography, interventional angiography, mammography, radiology research and education. Sandra's experience in radiography programs includes positions as clinical instructor at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, clinical coordinator at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, N. C. , Program Director at Cape Fear Community College and then coordinator of the Radiologic Technology Program at Bellingham Technical College.


Tracy Bailey - Instructor image

Tracy Bailey

Area of Instruction


Radiologic Technology

Degrees and Certifications


M.B.A., Healthcare Management, Western Governors University

B.S., Radiologic Sciences, Adventist University of Health Sciences

A.H.S., Radiologic Technology, Trident Technical College

Certificate, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Trident Technical College

Certificate, ARRT

Certificate, ARDMS

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


(425)388-9938
tbailey@btc.edu
- Room 113F

 

Background


Profile
Tracy attended Trident Technical College in Charleston, SC. She graduated with Honors from the Radiologic Technology Program in 1991, and the Diagnos...

    • Tracy attended Trident Technical College in Charleston, SC. She graduated with Honors from the Radiologic Technology Program in 1991, and the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program in 1992. The majority of her career as a Radiologic Technologist was spent in Orthopedics. She enjoyed being a Technologist, but her greatest desire was to teach. Tracy was given that opportunity in 1999 at Valencia Community College in Orlando, FL. She has been teaching in the BTC Rad Tech program since it started in late 2002. The best thing about teaching is helping others learn a new skill, and watching them grow in their knowledge of the profession. She really enjoys those "light bulb" moments!