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Radiologic Technology

Associate Applied Science- Transfer

If you enjoy working with people in a medical setting, you should check out the Radiologic Technology program at BTC! BTC’s programs in Health Careers are geared for students with an interest in health, wellness, and medical fields.

Choose this program to prepare for a rewarding career as a radiologic technologist. You’ll learn the latest technologies used in the field and gain skills that are in demand by hospitals, imaging centers, and clinics.

Program Facts

93% The Average placement rate for program graduates

Average annual wage $65,000

Wage potential $76,128 annually

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Jobs & Employment

The employment outlook for program graduates is very strong and growing, and students can expect to earn good wages.

About 93% of BTC Radiologic Technology students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $65,000, with an earning potential of about $76,128 per year.*

Criminal convictions may restrict or prevent student participation with internships and employment in this industry.

Potential Positions

Most program graduates work as Radiologic Technologists or Diagnostic Radiographers under the supervision of a Radiologist.

Courses

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  • Quarter 1
  • RT 112Patient Care in Radiology4 credits

    This course provides the student with basic concepts of patient care, including consideration for the physical and psychological needs of the patient and family. Routine patient care will be included, as well as infection control techniques, vital signs, safety and transfer positioning, medical emergencies, barium studies, oxygen therapy and catheters. Patient education and documentation will be addressed.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/12T 8:30a-10:30aWOODFIELD SOpenings: 10
     Th11:30a-2:30p
  • RT 101Radiographic Positioning I6 credits

    This course introduces the basic positioning techniques used in the radiography of the respiratory system, abdomen, upper and lower extremities. Lab sections include peer positioning, film critique, anatomical identification pathologies and an energized section using phantoms.

    Prerequisite:
    Acceptance into Radiologic Technology Program

    Future Offerings
    9/25-12/12Th 9:00a-11:00aBAILEY TOpenings: 10
     F
     M 8:30a-10:30aBAILEY T
     M11:30a-1:30p
  • RT 114Leadership Seminar2 credits

    This course is designed to encourage leadership principles in students including participation and project development for professional organizations.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/12Online WOODFIELD SOpenings: 10
  • RT 120Imaging & Processing4 credits

    This course is designed to establish a knowledge base in factors that govern and influence the production and recording of radiologic images. Emphasis will be on filming and electronic imaging with related accessories. Topics to be included are basic radiographic production, imaging standards, radiographic density and contrast, recorded detail., distortion, exposure latitude, beam-limiting devices, beam filtration, technique formulation, exposure calculations, image receptors and processing. Lab exercises will provide application of theories using energized equipment and test tools.


    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12W 8:30a-10:30aGOOLSBY LOpenings: 10
     W11:30a-1:30p
  • CMST& 220Public Speaking5 credits

    Introduction to communication theory and public speaking emphasizing organization, audience analysis, oral styles, and use of visual aids. Includes presentation of various types of public speeches and analyses of contemporary speeches.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pBURNS JOpenings: 14
    9/23-12/11TTh 9:00a-11:05aBURNS JOpenings: 19
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/8-3/26TTh 9:00a-11:05aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/8-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh 9:00a-11:05aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 2
  • RT 102Radiographic Positioning & Anatomy II6 credits

    This course introduces the basic positioning techniques used in the radiography of the bony thorax, spinal column, pelvic girdle and continuation of the upper and lower extremities. Lab sections include peer positioning, film critique, anatomical identification, pathologies and an energized section using phantoms.


    Future Offerings
    1/12-3/26M 8:30a-10:30aBAILEY TOpenings: 32
     M11:30a-1:30p
     W 2:30p-4:30p
     F
  • RT 121Radiographic Physics I4 credits

    This course is designed to establish a knowledge base in atomic structure and terminology. Included are the nature and characteristics of radiation, x-ray production and the fundamentals of photon interactions with matter. An introduction to the principles of radiation protection is included. Lab activities will provide application for the course theories.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/27W 8:30a-10:30aGOOLSBY LOpenings: 32
     W11:30a-1:30p
  • RT 131Radiographic Clinic I7 credits

    This course consists of two clinical assignments of eight-hour work shifts per week. Students are assigned clinical experience in a radiology department to complete clinical competencies correlating with academic coursework.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26ARRBAILEY TOpenings: 32
  • Quarter 3
  • RT 103Radiographic Positioning and Anatomy III5 credits

    This course introduces the basic positioning techniques used in the radiography of the digestive system, urinary system, and cranium. Lab sections include peer positioning, film critique, anatomical identification, pathologies and an energized section using phantoms.

  • RT 123Radiographic Physics II4 credits

    This course is designed to establish a knowledge base in radiographic, fluoroscopic, mobile, tomography equipment requirements and design. Content includes manual versus automatic exposure control, equipment calibration, bea restriction, and recognition of malfunctions.

  • RT 132Radiographic Clinic II7 credits

    This course consist of two clinical assignments of eight-hour work shifts per week. Students are assigned clinical experience in a radiology department to complete clinical competencies correlating with academic coursework.

  • Quarter 4
  • RT 133Radiographic Clinic III8 credits

    This course consists of clinical assignments correlating with current academic course work. Assignments will include rotations at hospitals, clinics or doctors offices in regional areas. Rotations may include day, evening or weekend schedules.

  • RT 205Pharmacology3 credits

    This course will provide basic concepts of pharmacology. Concepts included are pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles of drugs, categories specific to drugs, actions and side effects of select medications, and legal and ethical status of radiographer's role in drug administration.

  • Quarter 5
  • RT 108Medical Informatics4 credits

    This course will investigate the integration of computer capabilities, information science and health care. This course will include key elements that are driving our national health care system to electronic records and the complex issues that arise in this transition. Issues addressed include methods required to optimize the acquisition, storage, retrieval, and use of information in health and biomedicine. Imaging informatics, PACS systems, RIS (Radiology Information Systems) and HIS (Hospital Information Systems) will be included in this course.

  • RT 231Radiographic Clinic IV10 credits

    This course consists of clinical assignments correlating with current academic course work. Assignments will include rotations at hospitals, clinics or doctors offices in regional areas. Rotations may include day, evening or weekend schedules.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/12ARRWOODFIELD SOpenings: 6
  • BIO 130Sectional Anatomy4 credits

    Building on knowledge of anatomy and physiology, this course offers a unique perspective of anatomical relationships. This course promotes an understanding of the human body from sagittal, coronal and transverse cross sectional perspectives. With the extensive use of diagrams, MRI and CT images, this course will explore anatomical structure and physiology. This course is taught online using WAOL Blackboard management. Course will present lectures, student discussion, student / instructor interactions, quizzes and exam.

    Prerequisite:
    BIO 210 & BIO 211
  • Quarter 6
  • RT 210Radiation Biology4 credits

    This course provides an overview of the principles of the interaction of radiation with living systems. The factors that affect biological response to include acute and chronic effects of radiation. Includes examination of standards, measurements and requirements required by government guidelines.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/27Online BAILEY TOpenings: 32
  • RT 201Advanced Patient Procedures and Pathology I4 credits

    This course includes applications of patient care, procedures and pathology related to trauma, surgical, pediatric, digestive, respiratory, urinary and skeletal/muscular systems. Students will present case studies incorporating patient history, care considerations, procedures and pathology.

  • RT 232Radiographic Clinic V10 credits

    This course consists of three clinical assignments of eight-hour shifts per week. Students are assigned clinical experience in a radiology department to complete sixth quarter clinical competencies and select specialized rotations.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26ARRBAILEY TOpenings: 32
  • Quarter 7
  • RT 230Registry Review and Employment Readiness4 credits

    This course is designed to provide students with opportunities to prepare for registry review and employment readiness. Registry review will be provided utilizing presentations and computer applications. Students will prepare a professional portfolio for employment and practice interview skills.

  • RT 233Radiographic Clinic VI10 credits

    This course consists of clinical assignments correlating with current academic course work. Assignments will include rotations at hospitals, clinics or doctors offices in regional areas. Rotations may include day, evening or weekend schedules.

  • RT 202Advanced Patient Procedures and Pathology II4 credits

    This course includes applications of patient care, procedures and pathology related to reproductive, circulatory, lymphatic, endocrine, nervous and sensory organs. Students will present case studies incorporating patient history, care considerations, procedures and pathology.

  • Pre-Program
  • ENGL& 101 *English Composition I5 credits

    A composition course in which students read, analyze, and write essays using a variety of rhetorical strategies, as well as develop and verbally express ideas clearly and effectively. The critical reading of essays will provide a basis for the student's own critical writing, which will reflect a command of college-level literacy standards. Attention to writing fundamentals and stylistic techniques will also be included. Word processing, email and internet knowledge required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh 9:00a-11:05aLONG ROpenings: 18
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aLONG ROpenings: 19
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pMATHEWS ROpenings: 9
    9/23-12/11TTh 6:00p-8:05pNEWTON DOpenings: 21
    9/23-12/12Online VANLEUVEN NOpenings: 7
    1/8-3/26TTh 9:00a-11:05aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/26Online NEWTON DOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/26Online NEWTON DOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online NEWTON DOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online NEWTON DOpenings: 26
  • MATH 107 *Math In Society5 credits

  • PSYC& 100General Psychology5 credits

    An overview of the factors affecting behavior including topics related to theories of learning, the senses, perceptions, nervous system, emotions, personality theory, motivation, abnormal behavior and therapy, and social psychology.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh 9:00a-11:05aMUDD SOpenings: 21
    9/23-12/11TTh12:00p-2:05pMUDD SOpenings: 14
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aMUDD SOpenings: 13
    9/23-12/12Online MUDD SOpenings: 5
    1/8-3/26TTh 9:00a-11:05aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh 9:00a-11:05aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • HT 126Fundamentals of Medical Terminology5 credits

    The student will gain a basic knowledge of medical word building. The course will address root words, prefixes and suffixes and terms which are used in diagnostic, operative, and symptoms relating to the various systems of the body. Emphasis on correct spelling and pronunciation of selected common eponyms.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension and Sentence Skills score of 71 or higher.

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/8MW12:00p-3:00pCARRERO ROpenings: 11
    9/23-12/12Online CARRERO ROpenings: 13
    1/7-3/23MW 3:30p-6:30pCARRERO ROpenings: 30
    1/7-3/26Online CARRERO ROpenings: 30
    4/8-6/17MW 3:30p-6:30pCARRERO ROpenings: 30
    4/7-6/23Online CARRERO ROpenings: 30
  • BIOL& 241Human Anatomy & Physiology I5 credits

    This course emphasizes understanding of the normal human, and will serve as a foundation of general understanding, as well as a foundation for future study in allied health fields. Lecture, group discussion, literature and internet research, and laboratory exercises are included. Acquisition of basic knowledge, application and integration of concepts is emphasized. BIOL& 241 includes anatomy survey; tissues; and integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and endocrine systems.

    Prerequisite:
    BIOL& 160 with a C grade and CHEM&121 with a C grade.

    Future Offerings
    9/27-12/6Sa12:00p-4:00pWESTER LOpenings: 7
    9/23-12/11TTh 1:00p-5:00pHORNE KOpenings: 10
    9/24-12/10W 5:30p-9:30pHORNE KOpenings: 11
    1/8-3/26TTh 8:30a-12:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/13-3/24T 5:30p-9:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 8:30a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/17W 5:30p-9:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/11-6/20Sa 8:30a-12:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • BIOL& 242Human Anatomy & Physiology II5 credits

    This course emphasizes understanding of the normal human, and will serve as a foundation of general understanding, as well as a foundation for future study in allied health fields. Lecture, group discussion, literature and internet research, and laboratory exercises are included. Acquisition of basic knowledge, application and integration of concepts is emphasized. BIOL& 242 includes circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems.

    Prerequisite:
    BIOL& 241 with a C grade.

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 8:30a-11:30aOLAH AOpenings: 11
    9/23-12/9T 5:30p-9:30pOLAH AWaitlisted: 1
    1/8-3/26TTh 1:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25W 5:30p-9:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/10-3/21Sa12:00p-4:00pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh 1:00p-4:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23T 5:30p-9:30pSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • CAP 101Introduction to Computer Applications5 credits

    Students will learn to use a personal computer and gain a basic understanding of Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. They will also become familiar with basic computer hardware components and internet usage. If you have little or no experience with computers consider taking BAS 020 COMPUTER BASICS prior to taking CAP 101. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer score: 71 Reading.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/4TTh11:30a-2:30pBABIN COpenings: 8
    9/23-12/4TTh 3:00p-6:00pBABIN COpenings: 19
    9/23-12/12Online GERLICHER COpenings: 16
    9/23-12/12Online WOLLENS JOpenings: 11
    9/24-12/3MWF12:00p-1:30pSTAFFOpenings: 4
    1/8-3/17TTh11:30a-2:30pBABIN COpenings: 24
    1/8-3/17TTh 3:00p-6:00pBABIN COpenings: 24
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    1/7-3/25MWF12:00p-1:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/11TTh11:30a-2:30pBABIN COpenings: 24
    4/7-6/11TTh 3:00p-6:00pBABIN COpenings: 24
    4/7-6/11TTh10:00a-12:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • HLTH 133HIV/AIDS: For Healthcare Professional1 credits

    Provides instruction in reading, comprehending, and analyzing reading material at an intermediate level. Students will recognize organization and main ideas, evaluate comprehend, make inferences, and apply information from a variety of written materials (i.e., intermediate textbooks, fiction, policy and procedure manuals, purchase agreements). Students will identify their learning and working styles and use that information to make work, learning, and social interaction more effective. They will work in teams by using effective listening and speaking skills. They will also practice technology at the appropriate level.


    Future Offerings
    10/10F 8:30a-4:30pWESTER LOpenings: 29
    9/23-12/5Online WESTER LWaitlisted: 1
    2/6F 8:30a-4:30pWESTER LOpenings: 30
    1/7-2/12Online WESTER LOpenings: 50
    2/17-3/13Online WESTER LOpenings: 25
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS154 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other AAS-T General Education class options

Program Entry Information

Program Start

  • This program admits students once a year in the fall quarter.

Testing Requirements

  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in COM 170.
  • BTC College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099.
  • Passing scores in the Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3) test battery or successful completion of Digitools or Tech Connections completed at Whatcom County high schools. (Not required for students who complete CAP 101 or equivalent course.)

Pre-Program Course Requirements

  • *requires minimum 2.0 GPA or higher.
  • English Composition 1 (ENGL& 101)*
  • Math in Society (MATH& 107) preferred, will accept higher.*
  • General Psychology (PSYC& 100)*
  • Fundamentals of Medical Terminology (HT 126)*
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology 1 (BIOL& 241) Must be taken within 3 years of being placed on the wait list. Note:Requires a 2.7 GPA (B- grade) or better.
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology 2 (BIOL& 242) Must be taken within 3 years of being placed on the wait list. Note:Requires a 2.7 GPA (B- grade) or better.
  • Introduction to Computer Applications (CAP 101)
  • HIV/AIDS Education (HLTH 133)

Program Application/Forms

The program is planned with a regional focus in collaboration with Edmonds Community College, Everett Community College, North Seattle Community College, Peninsula College, Skagit Valley College, and Whatcom Community College. As part of the admissions process, you will be asked to select and rank your preference for placement at the Bellingham or Everett cohort sites.

Bellingham cohort students attend classes at Bellingham Technical College.

Everett cohort students attend classes at the Everett Community College. Students will be assigned regional clinical experience, on a variety of shifts, in hospitals and clinics in Whatcom, Skagit, Island, Snohomish, and King counties.


Prior to registration for Radiologic Technology program classes, admitted students must be eighteen (18) years of age and submit evidence of the following requirements:

1. Physical exam and specified immunizations

2. Criminal background check

3. 11-panel drug screen

4. Current American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Provider CPR

5. Medical insurance coverage

NOTE: Students will be charged a fee of approximately $119.00 for the background check, drug screen, and tracking of required health documents.


Prior to registration for Quarter 5, second-year students must complete a second criminal background check for a $22 fee.

Program Outcomes

  • Follow all safety guidelines and practice safe radiation procedures to fully protect staff, patients, and self.
  • Competently perform clinical and administrative components of each radiographic procedure.
  • Produce optimal radiographic images, accurately assess and apply required corrections when correcting suboptimal images.
  • Interact in a compassionate, respectful manner assessing patient condition and concerns; provide for patient safety, comfort, confidentiality, and modesty.
  • Conduct herself/himself in a professional manner according to ARRT and ASRT standards—assess situations; exercise care with discretion and judgment; assume responsibility for professional decisions; support colleagues; and act in the best interest of the patient.

Sandra Woodfield - Instructor image

Sandra Woodfield

360 752-8390

swoodfield@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information

    • Biography

      Sandra was introduced as coordinator of the new Radiologic Technology Program at Bellingham Technical College in Fall of 2003. She attended the University of North Carolina School of Radiologic Technology in Chapel Hill, N.C. graduating second in her class. Sandra successfully completed the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists national certification in 1972. She returned to college, graduating with a BA in Biology from the University of North Carolina in Wilmington, NC in 1975. During her career she has gained experience in many realms of radiography including diagnostic imaging, trauma radiology, Computed Tomography, interventional angiography, mammography, radiology research and education. Sandra's experience in radiography programs includes positions as clinical instructor at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, clinical coordinator at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, N. C. , Program Director at Cape Fear Community College and then coordinator of the Radiologic Technology Program at Bellingham Technical College.

    • Degrees and Certifications

      M.P.A., Public Administration, University of North Carolina at Wilmington

      B.A., Biology, University of North Carolina at Wilmington

      Radiologic Technology Certificate, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

      ARRT

      ARRT Special Certification, Mammography

      WA Professional Technical Certification



Tracy Bailey - Instructor image

Tracy Bailey

360 752-8303

tbailey@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information

    • Biography

      Tracy attended Trident Technical College in Charleston, SC. She graduated with Honors from the Radiologic Technology Program in 1991, and the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program in 1992. The majority of her career as a Radiologic Technologist was spent in Orthopedics. She enjoyed being a Technologist, but her greatest desire was to teach. Tracy was given that opportunity in 1999 at Valencia Community College in Orlando, FL. She has been teaching in the BTC Rad Tech program since it started in late 2002. The best thing about teaching is helping others learn a new skill, and watching them grow in their knowledge of the profession. She really enjoy those "light bulb" moments!

    • Degrees and Certifications

      B.S., Radiologic Sciences, Adventist University of Health Sciences

      A.H.S., Radiologic Technology, Trident Technical College

      Certificate, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Trident Technical College

      ARRT

      ARDMS

      WA Professional Technical Certification