Courses & Programs

Radiologic Technology

Radiologic technologists create images used to diagnose a patient's injury or illness.

Two radiologic technology students use an X-ray machine

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!

our program

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:

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 fohadvising@hcc.edu with any questions.

student handbook

Access the radiologic technology 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.  

 Minimum Requirements
  • 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 will need to provide documentation regarding the completion of their immunization and related compliance records. HCC uses a vendor called American DataBank to help students track, access, and maintain their compliance records. This system is known as Complio, and automatically notifies students when immunization or compliance records are expiring so that students can update their records as needed. All communication about required documentation will come through Complio, and it is the student's responsibility to ensure that all required documents are uploaded and complete by the application deadline.

*Information about credential evaluations can be found at www.naces.org.

Selection Process

Admission into the radiologic technology program is competitive. Applications that the minimum criteria will be reviewed and evaluated using the following:

  1. Proof of eligibility for college algebra (HCC MTH 104), college-level English (HCC ENG 101), and Human Anatomy & Physiology I (HCC BIO 217)
  2. Grade Point Average (GPA)
  3. Educational background (prior degrees completed)
  4. Attendance at a mandatory radiologic technology information session
  5. 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)

Program Mission

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.

Learning outcomes:

  • 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.

Learning Outcomes:

  • 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.

Learning Outcomes:

  • 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.

Learning Outcomes:

  • 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.

Learning Outcomes:

  • 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

For complete assessment data, please contact the program director at 413.552.2460 or hmartin@hcc.edu.

Credentialing examination pass rate is defined as the number of student graduates who pass, on first attempt, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination compared with the number of graduates who take the examination within six months of graduation. Benchmark: Five-year average credentialing examination pass rate of not less than 75% at first attempt within six months of graduation.

Year Percent Number of graduates who passed within 6 months compared to number of graduates
2018 100% 5 of 5 graduates passed
2017 92% 12 of 13 graduates passed
2016 100% 10 of 10 graduates passed
2015 85% 11 of 13 graduates passed
2014 92% 12 of 13 graduates passed
AVG 93% 50 of 54 graduates passed

Job placement rate is defined as the number of graduates employed in the radiologic science compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in the radiologic sciences. Benchmark: Five-year average job placement rate of not less than 75% within twelve months of graduation.

Year Percent Number of graduates employed within 12 months compared to number of graduates actively seeking employment
2018 100% 4 of 4
2017 100% 4 of 4
2016 100% 10 of 10
2015 100% 12 of 12
2014 100% 12 of 12
AVG 100% Of the 42 graduates who reported seeking employment in the radiologic sciences, 42 were employed within 12 months

Program completion rate is defined as the number of students who complete the program within 150% of the stated program length. Benchmark: The HCC radiologic technology program has set an annual benchmark of 70% completion.

Year Percent Number of students who completed the program compared to the number of students who began the program
2018 28% 5 of 18 completed
2017 67% 13 of 18 completed
2016 71% 10 of 14 completed
2015 57% 13 of 23 completed
2014 62% 13 of 21 completed
AVG 57% 54 of 94 completed

Accredited Program Details

The Radiologic Technology program at Holyoke Community College is fully accredited by: 

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology 
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  • A female radiologic technology student uses the imaging machine

    learning in the center for health education

    Students learn in our new Center for Health Education, a facility that features multimedia-equipped classrooms and state-of-the-art technology.

  • A female radiologic technology student views an x-ray displayed on a computer monitor

    produce radiographic images

    Learn how to create images used to diagnose a patient's injury or illness.

  • An instructor and a radiologic technology student demonstrate correct positioning

    produce radiographic images

    Our instructors are ready to introduce you to the world of radiographic imaging.

  • Radiologic technology students practice correct positioning

    help diagnose & treat

    Use your education to produce x-rays at the request of a physician, and aid in the process of a patient receiving a diagnosis and treatment.