Radiologic Technology - AAS-T

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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.

This 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 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.

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

89% BTC graduate placement rate

$57,782 starting annual wage
$67,517 average annual wage
$79,872 potential annual wage
  • Employment and Wage Data Sources

    BTC graduate employment rates:
    The graduate employment rate reflects placement rates of students who graduated from BTC in 2014-15, 2015-16, and 2016-17. The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges Data Linking for Outcomes Assessment database pulls from Unemployment Insurance (UI) data across Washington and Oregon. UI data do not reflect BTC graduates who (a) are employed in states beyond those listed above or outside of the United States, (b) are self-employed, (c) are active duty members of the armed forces, (d) continued on to another educational institution, and/or (e) did not provide a social security number while enrolled at BTC.

    Wages:
    Washington State Employment Security Department 2018 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates ( esd.wa.gov) reflect 2014-2017 employment

    Starting annual wage = 25th percentile
    Average annual wage = 50th percentile
    Potential annual wage = 75th percentile

Estimated Program Costs

Entry Information

When Can I Start?

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

This program typically admits students into first quarter core courses in the fall. Registration for Fall Quarter starts halfway through Spring Quarter.

There are two cohorts for Radiologic Technology:
  • Students who register for the Bellingham cohort will attend classes at Bellingham Technical College.
  • Students who register for the Everett cohort will attend classes at Everett Community College.

Students will be assigned regional clinical experience, in a variety of shifts at hospitals and clinics across Whatcom, Skagit, Island, Snohomish, and King Counties.

If you are pursuing the Fall 2021 program, please refer to our website for updates as there will be course and prerequisite changes for Fall 2021 and meet with Program Navigator.

What are the Minimum Entry Requirements?

ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) v.6

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

Pre-Program Course Requirements

ALL COURSES MUST BE A MINIMUM OF 5 QUARTER CREDITS OR 3 SEMESTER CREDITS

Completion of the following courses with a minimum grade of 3.0 (B) or higher in each course beginning 2021:

  • 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 beginning 2021:
  • 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: Official transcripts documenting prerequisite course completion must be submitted and evaluated before registration. Transcript evaluation can take up to three weeks once BTC has received the transcripts.

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

  • 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

  • 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.

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

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Laura Doss
College Navigator

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!

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Tracy Bailey
Radiologic Technology

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!

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Heather Wallace
Radiologic Technology