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Radiologic Technology

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.

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

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.

    Washington State Employment Security Department 2018 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates ( 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 Allied Health College Navigator Laura Doss by emailing  The student navigator will help you plan a course of study. 

A new admissions process is coming to the Radiologic Technology Program starting Fall 2021! This new process will roll out over two academic years. The updated checklist provides more information about the new admissions process.

Transition year 2021-2022:

  • Online application required, link to the application portal will be posted on website.
  • APL-RT Application Window will open 10:00 am Tuesday May 11, 2021 and will remain open for 24 hours.
  • Students enrolled in prerequisite courses at BTC Spring Quarter 2021, including RT 100 will be eligible to apply during the application window. (transition year only)
  • Spring Quarter 2021 students eligible to apply during the 21-22 Application Window will be given priority enrollment into RT 100
  • Before awarding seats (after spring quarter grades are posted) students must be program-ready
  • Deadline to submit transcripts for evaluation and ATI TEAS scores: April 30, 2021

Full Implementation year 2022-2023:

  • All applicants must be program-ready prior to applying. Students enrolled in prerequisite courses Spring Quarter 2022 will not be eligible to apply.
  • Online application required, link to the application portal will be posted on website.
  • APL-RT Application Window date will be posted on the website in January 2022.
  • Deadline to submit transcripts for evaluation and ATI TEAS scores will be posted on the website in January 2022.


Link to Radiologic Technology Online Application Portal will be posted here on Tuesday May 11th. APL-RT Application Window will open at 10:00 am.

Radiologic Technology Online Application Preview & Admissions Info

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

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.

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.

Having trouble scheduling your ATI TEAS assessment? More options are available! Email your advisor: 

Deadline to submit ATI TEAS scores for the 2021-2022 Application Window: 5 pm April 30, 2021.

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

Pre-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 2021-2022 Application Window is 5 pm April 30, 2021

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?


Total Program Credits: 104

  • 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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Heather Wallace

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Laura Doss

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

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