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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.


State licensure is required to work as a radiologic technologist in Massachusetts, either by holding a temporary or regular license. To qualify for a temporary Radiologic Technologist license to practice in Massachusetts, you must have graduated from a two-year JRCERT-accredited program, such as the HCC Radiologic Technology program, and be eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) exam. Please visit the Massachusetts government webpage for additional information on Applying for a Temporary Radiologic Technology License in the state of Massachusetts. 

To qualify for a Radiologic Technology license in Massachusetts, you must hold current certification from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Successful completion of the HCC Radiologic Technology program meets the education requirement for primary eligibility pathway in radiography to become board-certified by the ARRT. Please visit the Massachusetts government webpage for additional information on Applying for a Radiologic Technology License in the state of Massachusetts. For requirements to practice as a radiologic technologist in states other than Massachusetts, please visit the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) webpage on Individual State Licensure Information, which will direct you to each state's requirements for practice. For additional assistance determining whether the HCC Radiologic Technology program meets each state's requirements for practice, please contact the HCC Radiologic Technology program director Mary Buckley at mbuckley@hcc.edu.

Admissions into the HCC Radiologic Technology program is selective. Applicants need to meet the academic requirements and submit the necessary documents by Feb. 1 to be considered for admission into the program the following fall semester. These requirements are in addition to any needed for general admission into Holyoke Community College. You may find this checklist helpful to organize the process.  

 Minimum Application Requirements
  • Apply using the college application by Feb. 1
  • Attend a Radiologic Technology information session (currently, information sessions are held online) between May 2020 and Feb. 1, 2021
  • Submit Program Requirements Acknowledgement Form by Feb. 1. This form is also available in the main online application; it is provided here for your review.
  • Submit Healthcare Employment Verification Form by Feb. 1. Employment history in a healthcare field is NOT a requirement of application, but all applicants are REQUIRED to submit this completed form. This form is also available in the main online application; it is provided here for your review. 
  • Applicants are required to provide proof of eligibility for ENG 101MAT 104, and BIO 217 at Holyoke Community College by Feb. 1. Please review the prerequisites for BIO 217.
    • Information about math and English eligibility can be found on the college's course placement page. If the applicant chooses to use the math placement exam to demonstrate eligibility, the score must be dated within two years of the application deadline. For example: for applications due Feb. 1, 2021, math placement exam scores must be dated after Feb. 1, 2019.
  • Candidates must provide satisfactory evidence of secondary school graduation or its equivalent (final official high school or GED/HiSET transcript with date of graduation) submitted to HCC Admissions office by Feb. 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) submitted to HCC Admissions Office by Feb. 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 may also seek 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*

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

Selection Process

Note: Admission into the Radiologic Technology Program is competitive. Applications meeting 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 (work) 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 documents and undergo additional screening to be eligible for clinical placement. Admitted students will be provided instructions on when and how to complete the requirements. These requirements include: 

Documentation of immunity to the following:

  • Measles, mumps, rubella
  • Varicella
  • Meningitis (for those under the age of 21)
  • T-Dap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis)
  • Influenza vaccination
  • Hepatitis B (since the vaccination process for Hepatitis B takes place over six months, applicants are encouraged to start this process in advance of application)

Additional Requirements:

  • Physical: Admitted students must also receive a physical performed and documented by a licensed healthcare provider (MD, NP, PA). The physical must have been completed within one year prior to program start date. The document must be signed and stamped by your healthcare provider.  
  • Criminal Offender Record Check (CORI)
  • Sex Offender Record Check (SORI)
  • 10 Panel Drug Screening
  • CPR certification (American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers)
  • Tuberculosis screening
  • Students must carry personal health insurance, which can be purchased through the college if needed
  • Students must meet the Essential Functions as outlined on the Radiologic Technology Degree page
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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  • 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.

  • 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.

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