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!
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 explore the links below or contact radiology chair Holly Martin-Peele at 413.552.2460 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The best way to learn about the program, however, 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 – 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.
Students who apply to the radiologic technology program at HCC are required to submit additional supplemental documentation. You may access the required Rad Tech Application Supplements online. All supplements are due back to the college by the February 1 application deadline.