Radiologic technologists create images used to diagnose patient's injury or illness.
Radiologic technologists, also known as radiographers, are key members of the healthcare team who create images used to diagnose a patient's injury or illness. They use sophisticated equipment to produce radiographic images, or x-rays, of the human body at the request of a physician. With new advances in medical technology and a shortage of healthcare workers, career opportunities abound for radiologic technologists across the country!
rad tech at hcc
HCC offers an Associate of Science degree in Radiologic Technology.
Students learn in our new Center for Health Education, a facility that features multimedia-equipped classrooms and state-of-the-art technology. Admission into the program is competitive. For a program overview, information on the admissions process, and more, please download this information packet. You can also learn more by exploring the links below.
However, the best way to learn about the program is to come to an information session! Since prospective students are required to attend an information session prior to applying, it makes sense to attend one as early as possible.
Want to learn more about careers in radiography? Check out the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook for national job outlook information.
Access the Rad Tech program handbook online.
The mission of the radiography program at Holyoke Community College is to graduate students with an associate degree in science in the curriculum of radiology technology, and provide the skills and knowledge necessary to enter medical imaging professions. In addition, the program supports the overall HCC mission as stated in the college catalog.
Goal 1: Students will demonstrate clinical competence.
- Students will be proficient in positioning
- Students will understand and use proper technique
- Students will understand and apply proper radiation protection practices
Goal 2: Students will demonstrate effective communication skills.
- Students will verbally communicate effectively with clinical instructors, staff, patients, and other students
- Student will communicate effectively through writing
Goal 3: Students will demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills.
- Students will adapt positioning to non-routine situations
- Students will modify technique settings based on film critique and patient factors
Goal 4: Students will demonstrate a desire for professional growth and development.
- Students/graduates will demonstrate a professional attitude and behavior at their clinical sites and places of employment
- Students will demonstrate knowledge of career opportunities in diagnostic imaging
Goal 5: The program will graduate competent radiologic technologists.
- Students will complete the program within 21 months
- Students will evaluate their education positively
- Students will pass the ARRT national registry exam on the first attempt
- Graduates will meet or exceed the average on the ARRT exam
- Students pursuing employment in medical imaging will be gainfully employed within six months post-graduation
- Employers will be satisfied with the graduate's abilities
Completion Rate - 2016
This is an annual measurement of the number of students that began the program divided by the number of students that actually completed the program. The program's completion rate for 2016 was 71%. 10 of the 14 students expected to graduate in 2016 did so. From 2012-2016 the average completion rate was 67%.
Credentialing Examination Pass Rate - 2012 through 2016
This is the number of students that pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination on the first attempt from the program. The figure reflects an average over a five-year span. The five-year average of students passing the examination on the first attempt in 2012-2016 is 92%. 60 out of 65 examinees passed the registry exam on their first attempt.
Job Placement Rate - 2012 through 2016
This is the number of students that gain employment in the radiologic sciences within one year of graduation versus the number that graduate and are actively seeking employment. The figure reflects an average over a five-year span. 16 of the 16 respondents reported being employed in imaging within 1 year of graduating, demonstrating a job placement rate of 100%.