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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 one year 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.


Please check this page on July 1, 2020 for updated admissions information.

In the meantime, if you have questions, please contact fohadvising@hcc.edu.

Program Mission

The mission of the Holyoke Community College Radiologic Technology Program is to graduate students with an Associate of Science degree in the curriculum of Radiologic Technology, and provide the skills and knowledge necessary to enter medical imaging professions. Additionally, the program supports the overall HCC mission as stated in the college catalog.  

 Goal 1: Students will demonstrate clinical competence. Student learning outcomes:

  1. Students will be proficient in positioning.
  2. Students will understand and use proper technique.
  3. Students will understand and apply proper radiation protection practices.

 Goal 2: Students will demonstrate effective communication skills. Student learning outcomes:

  1. Students will verbally communicate effectively with clinical instructors, staff, patients, and other students.
  2. Students will communicate effectively through writing. 

 Goal 3: Students will demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills. Student learning outcomes:

  1. Students will adapt positioning to non-routine situations.
  2. Students will modify technique based on image critique and patient factors.

 Goal 4: Students will demonstrate a desire for professional growth and development. 

  1. Students/graduates will demonstrate a professional attitude at their clinical sites and places of employment.
  2. Students will take steps to give back to the field of Radiologic Technology. 

For complete assessment data, please contact the program director at mbuckley@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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Chicago, Illinois 60606-3182 
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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.