Radiologic Technology Application Information

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The TMCC Radiologic Technology Program begins each Fall Semester. Admission to the program is limited to 24 students and requires specific admission procedures.

Students are selected by means of a formal program application and the calculation of admission points.


Steps to Apply

  1. Apply to the College
    You must be at least 18 years old and a current TMCC student to apply to the Radiologic Technology Program. View TMCC's Steps to Enroll to find out more about becoming a student at TMCC. You will need to submit your official transcripts from any higher education institution you've attended.
  2. Complete Course Prerequisites
    The Radiologic Technology Program has prerequisite courses which must be completed with a grade of C or better. You must have a minimum grade point average of 2.7 in all Radiologic Technology coursework. Equivalent courses from other accredited colleges are acceptable, but must be approved by TMCC prior to applying to the Radiologic Technology Program, and must be documented in your official transcripts. It is highly recommended that you complete this process through a radiologic technology academic advisor.
  3. Complete CNA Training (or Alternative)
    Documentation showing completion of Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training -OR- proof of previous or current certification as a CNA -OR- acceptable approved alternative.
    Acceptable alternatives include:
    • Nurse 130 through TMCC's CNA program (state test is not required).
    • Non-ARRT Radiologic Tech or Limited Scope Radiologic Tech.
    • Completion of a registered nursing program.
  4. Complete General Education (GE) Requirements
    GE does not need to be completed in order to apply, however, it is strongly recommended that you complete the General Education degree requirements prior to entrance into the Radiologic Technology Program. They are part of the admission point system for selection to the program. If you will be seeking financial aid while in the program, please contact the Financial Aid Office to determine the impact of this recommendation on your financial aid status.
  5. Complete Optional Program Support Courses
    Some additional courses are used as part of the admission point system for selection into the Radiologic Technology Program, but do not count toward the degree and are not required to submit the Radiologic Technology Program Application. See: Selection Process.
  6. Submit the Program Application and Complete Pre-Admission Testing
    Prior to the May 28 deadline, you must complete the online Radiologic Technology Program Application and Pre-Admission Testing. Note: supplemental documentation may be uploaded with the online application. PDF or Word files only, please. If accepted, you will be required to attend a mandatory orientation, held on the last Friday of the Summer Session at TMCC.


Radiologic Technology Program Estimated Costs

Estimated student costs for an Associate of Applied Science degree in Radiologic Technology at TMCC.

TMCC Costs

See TMCC's College Catalog for tuition and fees.

Estimated Program-Related Costs

Note: there may be some additional costs besides those that are listed.

Uniforms and patches $500
Background check (cost varies depending on student) $50
Drug Test $35
Lab & Special fees $430
Immunizations (Hepatitis B, MMR, TDaP, Varicella, Influenza) $230
Initial two-step TB skin test and annual one-step TB skin test $45
Health Care Provider CPR Card (must remain current) $100
Books (estimated) $1,500
HESI entrance exam $70
Sub Total $2,959
Estimated Approximate Overall Costs (without insurance) $10,500


Selection Process

Selection to the TMCC Radiologic Technology Program is conducted annually after June 1.

Selection is based on information obtained from the admission requirements and the number of points the applicant receives. Eligible students are numerically ranked according to total points. Admission is offered to the applicants on the list with the highest points. In the event of applicants having an equal number of points, the student's HESI score (rounding to two decimal places) will be used to break the tie. If the HESI score does not resolve the tie, lots will be drawn to decide selection.

Applicants not selected may re-apply for consideration the following year.

Admission Criteria Point System

Points are awarded as follows:

  1. HESI Entrance Exam Score: maximum of 10 points
    Percent score of English, Math and Science will be averaged and divided by 10, then rounded to 1 decimal point. See: Pre-Admission Testing.
  2. Prerequisite Courses (based on GPA): maximum of 10 points
    Maximum of 2 attempts* per course in a 5 year period including "W" and "Audit". Points are as follows: "A" = 2 points; "B" = 1 point; "C" = 0 points.
    • BIOL 223*
    • BIOL 224*
    • ENG 101 or ENG 113
    • MATH 120 or higher
    • RAD 101*
  3. Support Area Courses (grade of C or better): maximum of 5 points
    • BIOL 251: General Microbiology
    • CHEM 103 or 121: Preparatory Chemistry or General Chemistry I
    • CHS 200: Introduction to Public Health Biology
    • MATH 126 or higher: Pre-Calculus I
    • PHYS 100: Introductory Physics
  4. AAS Gen Ed and Degree Requirements: maximum of 5 points
    See AAS Requirements in TMCC College Catalog
    • HIT 180: Health Information Management (or IS 101 if already taken prior to Fall 2017)
    • U.S. & Nevada Constitutions
    • English 102 or higher/Communications
    • Diversity -AND- Social Science/Humanities (both must be completed to receive a point)
    • Human Relations
  5. Previous Education: maximum of 1 point
    • Associate degree or higher or
    • TMCC Certificate of Achievement in Health Sciences
  6. Credentialed Health Occupation in Radiology: maximum of 1 point
    • Non-ARRT Radiologic Tech. or
    • Limited Scope Radiologic Tech.


Qualities of a Technologist

Student Radiologic Technologists must be able to perform the essential functions of the unit/department in which they are rotating. These can include any of the following:

  • Standing for extended periods of time
  • Walking (to and from patient areas, assisting patients to walk, etc.)
  • Sitting for extended periods of time
  • Hand/finger dexterity (i.e., grasping/handling medications/medical equipment, etc.)
  • Pushing/Pulling (i.e., carts, wheelchairs, gurneys, etc.)
  • Kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling
  • Reaching with both arms: up, down, side to side
  • Ability to accomplish duties requiring repetitive motions/actions
  • Assisting patients to sit up, turn, get out of bed, etc.
  • Ability to see within 20 inches for as far as 20 feet or more (corrective lenses acceptable)
  • Ability to distinguish colors
  • Possess adequate hearing (i.e., ability to hear alarms, patients/patients families, instructions from physicians/department staff, etc.)
  • Adequate sense of smell

If you are unable to perform any of the above functions, you should notify the program director upon acceptance into the Radiologic Technology Program.


Background Check, Drug Testing and Other Program Requirements

The hospitals associated with the Radiologic Technology Program require a background check and drug testing to ensure the safety of the patients treated by our students.

Students selected for the program will receive further details and instructions regarding requirements for documentation that need to be submitted prior to the start of the program, including:

  1. Medical Insurance: Evidence of current major medical insurance coverage.
  2. TB Tests: Evidence of two negative TB skin tests done in the past year within 3 months of each other. Quantiferon tests are acceptable. Persons with prior positive TB test must see program director.
  3. Immunizations: Evidence of required immunization status for Hepatitis B, Varicella, MMR, TDaP, and influenza vaccination.
  4. CPR Card: Evidence of a current Health Care Provider CPR card (preferably from the American Heart Association).
  5. Completed Essentials Function Form for Clinical Education.
  6. Background Check.
  7. Drug Test.

Progression in the Program

Progression in the program is contingent upon maintaining a grade of C (75%) or better in all Radiologic Technology courses. All Radiologic Technology courses (except RAD 101) must be taken in the sequence outlined in the Radiologic Technology curriculum.

In order to earn the AAS degree in Radiologic Technology, General Education degree requirements must be completed before graduation from the program. Since classes may be scheduled during both day and evening hours, the faculty recommends completion of as many General Education requirements as possible prior to selection to the program.

Note: HIT 180: Health Information Management must be completed prior to the Spring Semester of the first year in the program.

Program Outcomes

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) accreditation requires programs to assess the following goals: clinical competency, communication, problem-solving, and professional. These goals are assessed with these program outcomes.