Radiologic technologists create images used to diagnose a 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!
The HCC radiologic technology program prepares graduates to immediately enter the workforce as a professional in the field of diagnostic medical imaging. Students who successfully complete the program will receive an Associate of Science degree in radiologic technology. This fulfills one of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists primary pathway requirements to become a registered radiologic technologist in radiography.
Curious about what kind of career you can have with a radiologic tech degree? Explore these links:
- American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
- American Society of Radiologic Technologists
- U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics
To learn more about HCC's radiologic technology program, check out the links on this page. Information sessions are also a great way to learn more about the program and application process! (Prospective students are required to attend an information session within two years of the application due date of February 1.)
Not sure where to start? Please contact Foundations of Health advising at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Access the Rad Tech program handbook online.
Admissions into the HCC radiologic technology program is selective, meaning the process is competitive and admission is not guaranteed. Applicants need to meet the academic requirements and submit the necessary documents by February 1 to be considered for admission into the program the following fall semester. These requirements are in addition to any that are needed for general admission into Holyoke Community College.
- Apply by February 1
- Attendance at a radiologic technology information session within two years of February 1 of the year you apply. For example: For applications submitted February 1, 2020, applicants must have attended a radiologic technology information session after February 1, 2018 and before February 1, 2020
- Candidates must provide satisfactory evidence of secondary school graduation or its equivalent (final official high school or GED/HiSET transcript with date of graduation), which must be submitted to the HCC admissions office by February 1
- Candidates submitting proof of secondary education completion in a language other than English must submit a certified evaluation*
- International high school credentials must be evaluated to U.S. credit standards through an approved credential evaluation agency and received directly from that agency. The evaluated document must specify the date on which the student completed secondary school and must include grades for each subject the student completed.*
- Official college transcripts (if applicable) must be submitted to the HCC admissions office by February 1
- Proof of college or university completion in a language other than English must be a certified translation and include a list of subjects studied and the date on which the student completed their degree*
- Students who are seeking to transfer credit from a college or university not in the U.S. are encouraged to submit an official course-by-course equivalency performed by an authorized credential evaluation service*
- Applicants are required to provide proof of eligibility for HCC's ENG 101, MTH 104, and BIO 217 by February 1
- Information about math and English eligibility can be found on the college's course placement page. If you choose to use the math placement exam to demonstrate eligibility, your score must be dated within two years of the application deadline. For example: For applications due February 1, 2020, math placement exam scores must be dated after February 1, 2018.
- Please review the prerequisites for BIO 217.
- Applicants must submit health and immunization records. Records will be submitted through a compliance tracking system called Complio. Applicants are required to create a Complio account through a link posted in the college application.
- Immunizations: Documentation of the health records detailed in the Health & Immunization Requirement & Acknowledgement Form and a signed copy of the form are required to be submitted to and approved via Complio by February 1.
- Physical: Applicant must also receive a physical performed and documented by a licensed healthcare provider (MD/NP/PA). The provider must complete, sign, and stamp the Health Affiliate Form. The completed form must be submitted to and approved via Complio by February 1.
- Health & Immunization Requirement & Acknowledgement Form
- Health Affiliate Form (available for download in Complio)
*Information about credential evaluations can be found at www.naces.org.
Admission into the radiologic technology program is competitive. Applications that the minimum criteria will be reviewed and evaluated using the following:
- Proof of eligibility for college algebra (HCC MTH 104), college-level English (HCC ENG 101), and Human Anatomy & Physiology I (HCC BIO 217)
- Grade Point Average (GPA)
- Educational background (prior degrees completed)
- Attendance at a mandatory radiologic technology information session
- One or more years of direct patient care experience in the healthcare field (optional; not a requirement)
Additional Requirements for Admitted Students
Students admitted to the program will be required to submit additional documents and undergo additional screening to be eligible for clinical placement. Admitted students will be provided instruction on when and how to complete the requirements. These requirements include:
- Criminal Offender Record Check (CORI)
- Sex Offender Record Check (SORI)
- 10 Panel Drug Screening
- CPR certification
- Tuberculosis screening
- Influenza vaccination
- Students must meet the Essential Functions as outlined on the radiologic technology degree section of the HCC catalog
Supplemental Application Form for Radiologic Technology (optional; not required)
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 – 2017
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 2017 was 67% 12 of the 18 students expected to complete the program in 2017 went on to complete it in that year.
Credentialing Examination Pass Rate - 2013 through 2017
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 program's credentialing examination pass rate stated as an average from the years 2013 through 2017 is 92%. 57 of the 62 graduates of this program taking the ARRT certification examination passed on the first attempt.
Job Placement Rate – 2013 through 2017
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. Of the graduates reporting during the time period of Jan. 2013 - Dec. 2017, 100% of those actively seeking employment in imaging found employment in imaging within one year of graduation. The class of 2017 reported that they all secured employment in imaging prior to graduation.