Radiologic Technology

Radiologic Technology - AAS-T

Attend an online Allied Health Info Session on November 17, 2021 and learn about our Allied Health programs, about funding and student support resources that can help you get started at BTC.

Attend an online Radiologic Technology Info Session on February 22, 2022 and learn about our Radiologic Technology program, about funding and student support resources that can help you get started at BTC.

Attend an online Radiologic Technology Application Window Info Session on April 20, 2022 to learn more about the BTC Radiologic Technology Program and get information about the admissions process and requirements of our program.

If you enjoy working with people in a medical setting, you should check out the Radiologic Technology program at BTC! BTC’s programs in Allied Health 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.

As part of the admissions process, you will be asked to indicate your preference for placement at the Bellingham or Everett sites. Bellingham cohort students attend classes at Bellingham Technical College, Everett cohort students attend classes at 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.

Upon successful completion of the Bellingham Technical College Radiologic Technology Program, students are awarded an Associates Degree in Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T) and are eligible for licensure as a Radiologic Technologist in WA State.

Note: BTC has not made a determination that the Radiologic Technology curriculum meets educational requirements for licensure/certification outside of Washington State. We encourage students who plan to work out-of-state to check relevant local licensure/certification requirements.

Employment Information

Data are provided on a program (not credential) level

94% BTC graduate placement rate1

$62,691 starting annual wage2
$74,214 average annual wage2
$86,819 potential annual wage2

  • Employment and Wage Data Sources

    1Employment data come from the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) and reflect WA/OR employment for students enrolled at BTC between 2016-17 and 2018-19. Students are included in the employment rate if they left with a credential. Rates are not shown for programs with fewer than 10 students meeting the above criteria.

    2Wage data come from Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) 2020 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates (Washington State wage) and reflect 2015-2018 employment. Wage data represent occupations that BTC faculty have identified as the most relevant career paths for program graduates. Note that these wages reflect employees with varying educational levels/credentials. For cases in which multiple occupations have been identified by faculty, a weighted percentile is calculated using each occupation’s percentile wage and employment size estimate. Wages are not shown for programs for which occupations do not meet the ESD’s minimum thresholds for publishing. If the program has wage data from the Washington SBCTC that involves shift work, these ESD wages reflect the same number of hours used in the annual wage calculation. Starting wage = 25th percentile, median wage = 50th percentile, wage potential = 75th percentile.

Estimated Program Costs

Entry Information

When Can I Start?

Students interested in the Radiologic Technology Program are encouraged to meet with the Allied Health College Navigator Laura Doss by emailing advising@btc.edu. The student navigator will help you plan a course of study. 

There is a new admissions process is coming to the Radiologic Technology Program starting in 2021! The checklist and FAQ provides more information about the admissions process.

This program typically admits students into first quarter program core courses in the fall.

Radiologic Technology Application Window will open at 10:00 am Tuesday May 24, 2022. Link to the online application will be posted on the website at that time.


There are two cohorts for Radiologic Technology:

  • There will be 14 student placements in the Bellingham cohort; students will attend classes at Bellingham Technical College. (BTC)
  • There will be 14 student placements in the Everett cohort; students will attend classes at Everett Community College. (EvCC)
  • Applicants will indicate their cohort preference when they apply. Applicant cohort preference (BTC or EvCC) will be considered when awarding cohort seats but applicants are not guaranteed to be offered a seat in the cohort of their choice.
  • Students will be assigned regional clinical experiences, in a variety of shifts at hospitals and clinics across Whatcom, Skagit, Island, Snohomish, and King Counties.

Starting in Fall students will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. To be considered fully vaccinated, two weeks must have passed since the date of the second dose or first dose for the one-dose vaccine. The program’s clinical partner agencies will not accept any exemption to full COVID-19 vaccination.

What are the Minimum Entry Requirements?

ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)

Applicants must score at the "PROFICIENT" level or higher in each of the four areas on one transcript. See the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills handout for more information about this entrance assessment.

Students can take the TEAS through the BTC Assessment Center or remotely through ATI

Registration Directions for TEAS at ATI

Deadline to submit ATI TEAS scores for the 2022-2023 Application Window: 5:00 pm April 29, 2022.

Students must be 18 years of age or older to begin program core courses.

Early Program Course Requirements

Prior to applying to the program students complete all prerequisite courses at BTC or complete the transcript evaluation process for courses taken at another institution.

All courses must be 5 quarter credits or 3 semester credits, except RT 100

Completion of the following courses with a minimum grade of 3.0 (B) or higher in each course:

  • Human A&P 1 (BIOL& 241)
  • Human A&P 2 (BIOL& 242)
  • English Composition 1 (ENGL& 101)
  • Math in Society (MATH& 107) or any MATH course from the AAS-T alternative course list will be accepted
  • Introduction to Chemistry (CHEM& 121) or General Chemistry with Lab I (CHEM& 161)
  • Introduction of Radiologic Technology (RT 100)
Completion of the following courses with a minimum grade of 2.0 (C) or higher in each course:
  • Public Speaking (CMST& 220)
  • General Psychology (PSYC& 100)
  • General Biology with Lab (BIOL& 160)
  • Fundamentals of Medical Terminology (HT 100)

Note: ONLY for students who are transferring prior credits to BTC the deadline to submit transcripts for evaluation for the 2022-2023 Application Window is 5:00 pm April 29, 2022

Physical Requirements

AFTER admissions acceptance into the program and prior to beginning program classes students must submit proof of all Clinical Placement Requirements.

What are My Next Steps?

Classes

Total Program Credits: 151

  • Quarter 1

  • RT 101Radiographic Positioning I6 CR
  • RT 112Patient Care in Radiology4 CR
  • RT 120Image Acquisition4 CR
  • Quarter 2

  • RT 102Radiographic Positioning II6 CR
  • RT 121Radiographic Physics I4 CR
  • RT 131Radiographic Clinic I7 CR
  • Quarter 3

  • RT 103Radiographic Positioning III5 CR
  • RT 123Radiographic Physics II4 CR
  • RT 132Radiographic Clinic II7 CR
  • Quarter 4

  • RT 133Radiographic Clinic III8 CR
  • Quarter 5

  • RT 201Radiographic Pathology I4 CR
  • RT 231Radiographic Clinic IV10 CR
  • RT 205Pharmacology3 CR
  • Quarter 6

  • RT 210Radiation Biology4 CR
  • RT 232Radiographic Clinic V10 CR
  • RT 202Radiographic Pathology II4 CR
  • Quarter 7

  • RT 230Registry Review4 CR
  • RT 233Radiographic Clinic VI10 CR

Program Outcomes

  1. Consistently and appropriately apply radiation protection practices and general safety guidelines when administering ionizing radiation techniques to fully protect the patient, occupational workers (self and other technologists) and non-occupational workers (other members of the healthcare team). RADIATION SAFETY
  2. Competently and consistently perform clinical procedures and protocols of each radiographic position to produce an optimal diagnostic study.  PROCEDURES
  3. Competently and consistently produce diagnostic radiographic images, with ability to accurately assess errors and make appropriate corrections according to standard image evaluation criteria. IMAGE PRODUCTION
  4. Interact in a compassionate, respectful manner assessing patient condition and concerns: provides for patient safety, comfort, confidentiality, modesty, and overall best interest of the patient.  PATIENT CARE
  5. Conducts herself/himself in a professional manner according to ARRT and ASRT standards. Assess situations, exercise care, discretion and judgment; assume responsibility for professional decisions; and able to work in team relationships that support colleagues. PROFESSIONALISM AND ETHICS
  6. Successful completion of the program within a 24-month time period.

Employment Outlook

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

About 89% of BTC Radiologic Technology students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $67,517, with an earning potential of about $79,872 per year.*

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

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

Faculty & Support

Laura Doss has been at BTC for 10 years in the roles of Academic & Career Advisor, Student Navigator, Instructor, Completion Coach and now College Navigator for the Allied Health Programs. Laura earned her Bachelor of Science while serving in the US Army and stationed in Germany and her Master of Education while stationed at Fort Sill, OK. Her initial education and training was in the mental health field before moving into education. Outside of work, Laura likes to spend time with her four kids, walking the trails, cuddling with her tiny dog and reading a ton of books!

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!

  • Degrees and Credentials

    A.H.S., Radiologic Technology, Trident Technical College - 2005

    Certificate, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Trident Technical College - 2005

    ARRT - 2005

    ARDMS - 2005

    WA Professional Technical Certification - 2005

    B.S., Radiologic Sciences, Adventist University of Health Sciences - 2005