Join the healthcare field with a degree in Radiologic Technology. Learn the basics of medical imaging, patient care, radiation safety and advancing medical imaging technologies through real world hands on training supported by technologists working in the field.

Program Overview

Radiology students

What Will You Learn?

Associate of Science

This program prepares you to successfully enter the healthcare workforce upon graduation. The program provides skills-based curriculum that equips graduates with the knowledge and background needed for a rewarding career in the healthcare industry.


In-State Tuition: $223/credit

Out-of-State / International Tuition: $429/credit

Some programs have additional program fees


7 Semesters

72 credits

Learn Online

This program may be completed less than 50% online.


  • High School Diploma or GED/HiSET.
  • Attendance at a Health Information Session or complete FYE 102 with a grade of “C” or higher.
  • Complete all Discovery Activities listed at
  • English: Placement into college level English.
  • Mathematics: Placement into MAT 121 or MAT 122 (QMAT placement score > 21 or appropriate multiple measures or completion of college level mathematics course).
  • Biology: Minimum grade of “B” in high school biology or “C+” or higher in any college level biology course (BIO 101 recommended). Required grade must be earned within two attempts of taking and completing the course. Qualifying biology course must be taken within five years of application.
  • Required TEAS V or TEAS composite score of 60% or higher (cannot be a combination of multiple tests) must be achieved within five years of applying to the program.
    • Applicant must obtain a composite score of 60% or higher in no more than three attempts within a three-year period.
    • A TEAS composite score between 56% and 59% meets the admission criteria with appropriate biology and college GPA (see table below).
TEAS ScoreOverall QCC College Biology GPA (4 credit minimum)Overall QCC College GPA (15 credit minimum)


  • This program may be completed at QCC at the Healthcare and Workforce Development Center in downtown Worcester.
  • This program will require students to travel to clinical sites within the Worcester County area.
  • This program may be completed face-to-face; courses may be taught in-person or online.

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Course TitleCourse #Semester OfferedCreditsPrerequisites

Semester 1 (Summer I & II)

  • Attend Program and Clinical Orientation sessions (mandatory).
  • Complete BIO 111 with a grade of “C” or higher.
  • Complete ENG 101.
  • Complete either MAT 121 (recommended) or MAT 122 with a grade of “C” or higher.
Anatomy & Physiology IBIO 111F/S/SU4BIO 101 or BIO 107 or HS AP Biology or PNP 240 with a grade of “C” or higher, Coreq: ENG 101
Composition IENG 101F/S/SU3Placement into college level English
Topics in Mathematics ORMAT 121F/S/SU3College level math course or QMAT placement score > 21 or approp multiple measures placement or Coreq: MAT 051
StatisticsMAT 122College level math course or QMAT placement score > 21 or Coreq: MAT 052

Semester 2 (Fall)

  • Successfully complete six pre-clinical and three competency evaluations; demonstrate professional attributes and compliance with policies in the clinical setting.
  • Complete all RDT courses each semester with grades of “C” or higher.
Introduction to Psychology ORPSY 101F/S/SU3Placement into college level English
Psychology of Interpersonal RelationsPSY 118F
Patient Care & Ethics in RadiologyRDT 102F3Accepted to RT Program
Radiographic Medical TerminologyRDT 104F1Accepted to RT Program
Fundamentals of Radiographic Equipment and Medical ImagingRDT 110F3Accepted to RT Program, MAT 121 or MAT 122 with a grade of “C” or higher
Radiographic Positioning & Anatomy IRDT 121F3Coreq: RDT 102, RDT 104
Medical Radiography Clinic IRDT 131F2Coreq: RDT 110, RDT 121
Speech Communication SkillsSPH 101F/S/SU3Placement into college level English

Semester 3 (Spring)

  • Successfully complete five pre-clinical and 16 competency evaluations; demonstrate professional attributes and compliance with policies in the clinical setting.
  • Complete BIO 112 with a grade of “C” or higher.
Anatomy & Physiology IIBIO 112F/S/SU4BIO 111
Medical Imaging IIRDT 112S3RDT 110
Radiographic Positioning & Anatomy IIRDT 122S3RDT 121, SPH 101
Medical Radiography Clinic IIRDT 132S3RDT 131
Radiation ScienceRDT 141S2RDT 110

Semester 4 (Summer I)

  • Successfully complete four competency evaluations; demonstrate professional attributes and compliance with policies in the clinical setting.
Medical Radiography Summer Clinic IIRDT 133SU2RDT 132

Semester 5 (Summer II)

  • Successfully complete three pre-clinical and two competency evaluations; demonstrate professional attributes and compliance with policies in the clinical setting.
Medical Radiography Summer Clinic IIIRDT 230SU2RDT 133

Semester 6 (Fall)

  • Successfully complete 18 initial and four continued competency evaluations; demonstrate professional attributes and compliance with policies in the clinical setting.
Composition IIENG 102F/S/SU3ENG 101
Medical Radiography Clinic IIIRDT 231F3RDT 230
Imaging ApplicationsRDT 240F4RDT 112, RDT 122
Medical Radiographic Equipment & Quality AssuranceRDT 245F3RDT 112

Semester 7 (Spring)

  • If seeking employment, meet with Career Services for career readiness preparation and to learn more about QCC’s job board.
  • Apply for ARRT certification exam ( and MA-RCP temporary license (
  • Successfully complete two pre-clinical, 12 initial and four continued competency evaluations; demonstrate professional attributes and compliance with policies in the clinical setting.
  • Submit an Intent to Graduate Form, located on The Q.
Medical Radiography Clinic IVRDT 232S3RDT 231
Radiology SeminarRDT 252S4BIO 112, RDT 231, RDT 240
Radiologic Pharmacology and PathologyRDT 254S3BIO 112, RDT 231, RDT 240
CT & Cross-Section AnatomyRDT 260S2ARRT Certification in Radiography and current license by the State of Massachusetts Radiation Control Program, Department of Public Health; or BIO 112 and RDT 231 and RDT 240
Total Credits Required:  72 

The Quinsigamond Community College Radiologic Technology program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), which can be contacted at: Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology | 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182 | 312.704.5300 |

Program Goals:

The Radiologic Technology associate degree program prepares students to serve the global community as medical imaging professionals by meeting specific program goals:

  • Demonstrate clinical competence.
  • Utilize critical thinking skills.
  • Employ effective communication skills.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Practice effective patient care, including radiation safety.
  • Produce quality diagnostic images according to protocol.
  • Modify routine imaging parameters to accommodate patient limitations.
  • Assess image quality and implement corrective actions to ensure optimal images.
  • Employ appropriate oral communication.
  • Utilize effective writing skills.

Admissions Process:

Admissions inquiries should be directed to Prospective students may apply to the program of their choice by following the enrollment steps at

Program Admissions Requirements:

Students should note that some first semester courses carry minimum prerequisites. Refer to the program grid.

  • High School Diploma or GED/HiSET.
  • Attendance at a Health Information Session or complete FYE 102 with a grade of “C” or higher.
  • Complete all Discovery Activities listed at
  • English: Placement into college level English.
  • Mathematics: Placement into MAT 121 or MAT 122 (QMAT placement score > 21 or appropriate multiple measures or completion of college level mathematics course).
  • Biology: Minimum grade of “B” in high school biology or “C+” or higher in any college level biology course (BIO 101 recommended). Required grade must be earned within two attempts of taking and completing the course. Qualifying biology course must be taken within five years of application.
  • Required TEAS V or TEAS composite score of 60% or higher (cannot be a combination of multiple tests) must be achieved within five years of applying to the program.
    • Applicant must obtain a composite score of 60% or higher in no more than three attempts within a three-year period.
    • A TEAS composite score between 56% and 59% meets the admission criteria with appropriate biology and college GPA (see table below).
TEAS ScoreOverall QCC College Biology GPA (4 credit minimum)Overall QCC College GPA (15 credit minimum)

Program Retention / Progression Requirements:
To be eligible to continue in the program, students must:

  • Achieve a grade of “C” or higher in all program courses designated by RDT.
  • Achieve a grade of “C” or higher in BIO 111 and BIO 112.
  • Maintain documentation of current Healthcare Provider Level BLS/CPR Certification.
  • Maintain documentation of immunization currency and satisfactory health status.
  • Maintain documentation of annual TB testing.
  • Maintain documentation of health insurance.
  • Be aware that they may be exposed to bloodborne pathogens. Bloodborne Pathogens means pathogenic microorganisms that are present in human blood and can cause disease in humans. These pathogens include, but are not limited to, hepatitis B virus (HBV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). United States Department of Labor, OSHA, September 5, 2019 (

Program Readmission Requirements:
There is a one-time readmission policy for the program.

  • Readmission is not guaranteed and is always based upon space availability.
  • Students must meet with Program Director to request readmission immediately following withdrawal or dismissal from the Radiologic Technology program.
  • Students who have been dismissed or administratively withdrawn from a program within the School of Healthcare at Quinsigamond Community College for reasons of “clinically unsafe practice/behavior” or who violate the College’s Student Code of Conduct or Policy on Affirmative Action are not eligible for admission/readmission to any Healthcare program.

Program Graduation Requirements:
Students must satisfy all course and program requirements, including regulations related to attendance and conduct, in order to be eligible for graduation.

CORI, SORI, Finger Printing & Drug Testing:

Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI), Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI), and National Background checks and drug testing are required in the program, either annually or every semester. Fingerprinting may be required. Fingerprinting and drug testing results must meet clinical requirements. An issue with CORI/SORI, National Background, fingerprinting and/or drug testing could prevent a student from participating in a clinical/field rotation, which could result in dismissal from the program.

Additional Cost:

See the Program Fees page.

  • Students enrolled in RDT courses are subject to expenses for uniforms and transportation to clinical sites and clinical parking fees.

Technical Performance Standards:

See the Technical Performance Standards page. (Note: Not all programs have technical performance standards).

Credit for Prior Learning:

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) allows students to use skills they already have towards a college degree or certificate. Work, life, volunteer and military experience may be translated into credit, allowing students to take fewer classes and earn their degree faster. CPL eliminates redundancies for students who have already earned credentials or mastered skills required for their program of study. Email for more information and eligibility.

Career Outlook:

Please consult the Massachusetts Career Information System at or the Occupational Outlook Handbook at for specific occupational information. The CIP code for this program is 51.0911.

Transfer Articulations & Opportunities:

Prospective students may learn more about transfer articulation agreements at More information regarding transfer opportunities is available at

Additional Information:

  • Clinical rotations occur during Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer semesters. Students are responsible for their own transportation and may be assigned to any clinical education setting affiliated with the Radiologic Technology program.
  • Graduates are eligible to apply for certification by examination from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and licensing by the Radiation Control Program of MA-DPH (required for employment).
    • A fee of $200.00-$300.00 is required for each credentialing process.
Program Page

The Radiologic Technology Program was established on the Quinsigamond Community College campus in 1971, graduating it's first full class in 1973. Since then it has proudly produced over 450 graduate Radiographers working in all 50 states and within health care areas such as diagnostics, mobile radiography, computer tomography (CT), MRI, sonography, research, nuclear medicine and radiation therapy. Additionally, Radiologic Technology program graduates have become physicians, nurses, department supervisors and administrators, hospital administrators and educators of future technologists. 

We invite you to explore our website. You will find a lot of information about our program and the profession of Radiologic Technology. For further assistance, please contact schedule an appointment with Academic Advising at

The Radiologic Technology program is accredited through the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The most recent accreditation review (site visit in 2016 and interim report in 2020) resulted in a full eight year re-accreditation. JRCERT accreditation requires the program to meet specific Standards regarding program Integrity, Resources, Curriculum, Health & Safety and Assessment. Additionally, Program Effectiveness Data must be reviewed and published. This information may be found using the link to the left and on the JRCERT website (address listed below). All inquiries and/or concerns regarding the program's status of accreditation and compliance with these Standards should be directed to the program director. Failure of the program to achieve satisfactory resolution of non-compliance can be directed to:

20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Tel: 312.704.5300
Fax: 312.704.5304

The following is the most current program effectiveness data. Our programmatic accreditation agency, the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), defines and publishes this information. (JRCERT webpage)

Credentialing Examination: The number of students who pass, on the first attempt, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination, or an unrestricted state licensing examination, compared with the number of graduates who take the examination within six months of graduation. The five-year average benchmark established by the JRCERT is 75%.


Credentialing Examination RateNumber passed on 1st attempt divided by number attempted within 6 months of graduation
Year 1 - 201915 of 17 - 88 %
Year 2 - 202011 of 12 - 92 %
Year 3 - 202111 of 11 - 100 %
Year 4 - 20228 of 11- 73%
Year 5 - 202312 of 16 - 75%
Program 5-Year Average57 of 67 - 85 %

Job Placement: The number of graduates employed in the radiologic sciences compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in the radiologic sciences within twelve months of graduating. The five-year average benchmark established by the JRCERT is 75%.


Job Placement RateNumber employed divided by number actively seeking employment within 12 months of graduation
Year 1 - 201917 of 17 - 100 %
Year 2 - 202016 of 16 - 100 %
Year 3 - 202113 of 13 - 100 %
Year 4 - 202211 of 11 - 100 %
Year 5 - 202315 of 15 - 100 %
Program 5-Year Average72 of 72 - 100 %

Program Completion: The number of students who complete the program within the stated program length. The annual benchmark established by the program is 75 %.


Program Completion RateNumber graduated divided by number started the program
                 202316 of 17
Annual Completion Rate94 %

Educational Requirements

Please visit the Costs & Requirements section on the Radiologic Technology Program Overview to review academic requirements for admission and costs associated with the program.

Discovery Activities

Academically qualified applicants will also need to complete the following actions:

  • Thoroughly review the information on this website and view the Introduction to Radiologic Technology career video: Visit the Radiologic Technology program page and click on "More".
  • Review the program's Clinical Policy and Procedure Manual. Please pay close attention to the Policies to which students are expected to adhere to while completing clinical assignments.
  • You must review important information regarding HIPAA Standards. Please open and read the HIPAA document (may be printed for further reference) and view the HIPAA video.

Health Requirements

To be completed after final acceptance into the program and due by July 15th of the year the student begins the program.

Physical Exam - Performed and signed by PCP/NP/ PA within 12 months of the start of the program 

Tetanus -(Tdap) documentation of receiving Tetanus injection within the last 10 years 

Flu vaccination - Documentation of receiving flu vaccination for the current Influenza season by October 1. Allergy to any component of the vaccine requires documentation from PCP. 

Covid 19- documentation of receiving Covid vaccine

Tuberculosis Screening - documentation of two negative Tuberculin Skin Tests (2 step) and annual testing thereafter.   If result is positive, students must provide documentation of a chest x-ray showing no active disease within 12 months of program start date. A serum TB test may be used instead of a 2- step Tuberculin Skin Test 

Varicella - Varicella titer demonstrating immunity to Varicella 

Measles, Mumps, and Rubella - immunity titers for each disease demonstrating immunity to each disease 

Meningococcal conjugate vaccine - Massachusetts requires all newly enrolled full-time students 21 years of age and under attending a postsecondary institution (e.g., colleges) to receive a dose of quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine on or after their 16th birthday to protect against serotypes A, C, W and Y or fall 
within one of the exemptions in the law.

Hepatitis B Antibody titer - Positive Hepatitis B Surface Antibody titer which demonstrated immunity to the Hepatitis B Virus.  If titer result is negative, students must provide documentation of having a complete Hepatitis B vaccination series, receive Hepatitis B boosters, and recheck Hepatitis B antibody titers as ordered by their PCP 

Copy of current health insurance card on file 

Healthcare Provider Level CPR Certification 

Students will not be permitted to begin clinical assignments if any aspect of the health form is not fully completed and signed by the student and their physician. Health information must be submitted to Castle Branch by the program due date. 

The costs for immunizations are the responsibility of the student. 

Please contact our Healthcare Compliance Officer at

Transfer Requests

Students actively enrolled in a Radiologic Technology Program accredited by the JRCERT may request transfer into the QCC Radiologic Technology program. Consideration for admission to the second, third or fourth semester of the program will be individually reviewed based on the following documentation supplied by the applicant:

  • Official transcript of completed course work in the current Radiologic Technology program.
  • Complete syllabi of all Radiologic Technology courses completed
  • Current Radiologic Technology program curriculum to include descriptions of all professional courses
  • Letter of recommendation from current clinical instructor
  • Letter of recommendation from current program director
  • Meeting with QCC Radiologic Technology program faculty
  • Compliance with QCC Admissions Office Transfer process
  • Complete immunization record

The review process will determine the similarity between the two Radiologic Technology programs to ensure the transfer student would ultimately fulfill all required elements of the QCC program for graduation. This may require the transfer student to repeat one or more completed Radiologic Technology courses. Final admission will be on a space available basis. Accepted transfer students will be required to complete a CORI / SORI check, have CPR certification (health care provider level)

To initiate this process, submit the above documentation to the QCC Radiologic Technology program director.

Articulation Agreements

Formal agreements between QCC, MWCC and Regis College exist to expand student options for admission into the QCC RT program and post-graduate educational opportunities.

  • Mount Wachusett Community College agreement enables students from the north Worcester County to complete general education courses at MWCC required for the QCC RT program. QCC reserves three openings into each new student cohort for MWCC prepared students. Interested students should meet with an Academic Counselor at MWCC to initiate this process.
  • Regis College agreement provides a pathway for graduates of the QCC RT program to continue their education towards a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Imaging. Students can choose from various study options including the BS degree (only), Breast Imaging, Interventional Radiology or Nuclear Medicine. Regis guarantees admission for one qualified QCC RT graduate per imaging concentration each year. Admission into the BS degree completion (only) option is not limited.

Each semester, students receive "hands on" experiences during weekly clinical assignments within the radiology departments of Worcester area hospitals (clinical education sites). A full time clinical instructor at each site coordinates student experiences within the departments, evaluates their skill development, augments the didactic instruction and maintains close communication with program faculty. Students are expected to abide by the policies of the program and clinical facilities and to act as professionals when in the clinical setting. A copy of the program's Clinical Policy & Procedure Handbook is accessible from the "Admission Requirements & Costs" tab (to the left). All potential students are advised to review it.

Please note: Students are not permitted to use parking facilities on the grounds of St. Vincent Hospital. Students may be permitted to use remote parking facilities with shuttle service for the University & Memorial campuses of UMMMC. Costs for parking at any clinical facility are the responsibility of the student.

Clinical SitesClinical Instructors
Health Alliance
Leominster Campus
60 Hospital Road
Leominster, MA 01453
Erin Gerrard-Hill, A.S., RT(R)
VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System
403 Belmont St.
Worcester, MA 01604
Jeffrey Tallman A.S. R.T. (R)(CT)
Heywood Hospital
242 Green Street
Gardner, MA 01440
Amanda Ares, B.A., RT(R)
Marlborough Hospital
157 Union Street
Marlborough, MA 01752
Kayley Fantasia, A.S., RT(R) 
Harrington Hospital 
100 South St.
Southbridge, MA 01550
Jessica Forcier, RT(R)(M)
Milford Regional Medical Center
14 Prospect St.
Milford, MA 01757
Lisa Lee, RT(R)
St. Vincent Hospital
123 Summer Street
Worcester, MA 01609

Joan Shea, B.S., RT(R)(M)

Karen Ljungberg, AS RT(R)(M)(QM) 

UMassMemorial Medical Center
Memorial Campus
119 Belmont Street
Worcester, MA 01605

David Leveille, A.S., RT(R)

Lisa Maniatis B.S.RT(R)

UMassMemorial Medical Center
University Campus
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester, MA 01655
Jessica Frank, A.S., RT(R)

Q: How is program effectiveness determined?

A: The Program Effectiveness Data link (to the left) reports the pass rate for the credentialing exam (ARRT), job placement and program retention.

Q: Is there a waitlist for the Radiologic Technology Program?

A: Yes. The program admits up to 20 students per year (depending on the number of available clinical placements). The waitlist is typically about 2 years long.

Q: Can I attend the program part-time?

A: No. The Radiologic Technology program is a full-time day program. Students should plan to be at the college or in the clinical setting from around 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. most days Monday-Friday. Students can take pre-requisite courses and general education courses on a part-time basis prior to beginning the program.

Q: I have a degree from another college, will this allow me to complete the program in less time?

A: No. The clinical and didactic courses in the program run sequentially, i.e. first semester courses must be completed prior to taking second semester courses.

Q: What is the current job market like for Radiologic Technologists?

A: The current job market is very good for graduates of the Radiologic Technology program. Program Effectiveness Data (link on the left) provides the annual employment rate for the last five years. The program does not guarantee job placement.

Q: Will the QCC program prepare me to work in CT, MRI or ultrasound? 

A: Not directly. The QCC program educates students to work in radiography. Most imaging professionals begin their careers in this modality. Some employers offer on the job training in CT and MRI to technologists who are registered in radiography. Ultrasound generally requires additional formal education specific to sonography. Many of our graduates are currently employed as sonographers, mammographers, CT and MRI technologists, among other specialties.

Q: Can I become a radiographer through on the job training?

A: No. In order to practice Radiologic Technology in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts one must be a graduate of an accredited educational program in Radiologic Technology and successfully pass an examination. Graduates of the QCC Radiologic Technology program may apply for examination by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT: providing them the opportunity to meet state licensure requirements and earn a nationally recognized certification credential.

Q: Is the QCC program accredited?

A: Yes. Since its inception the QCC Radiologic Technology Program has voluntarily sought and received accreditation by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT: Graduates of our program are eligible for ARRT certification by examination and state licensing as radiographers.

Q: Can I choose my clinical site?

A: The QCC Radiologic Technology Program has clinical affiliation agreements with most of the hospitals in central Massachusetts. The number of students that can be accommodated at any given clinical site is limited. The program faculty decide which clinical education setting is most appropriate for each student. 

Q: Can I work part-time while attending the program?

A: Many students do. You should be advised, however, that the program curriculum is rigorous and will demand a significant amount of your time. It is important to have strong support from family and/or friends.

Q: Is financial aid available to program students?

A: There are many sources of financial aid available, prospective students should make an appointment to speak to the college's Financial Aid Office to discuss their particular eligibility.

Q: How do I apply to the college?

A: Stop by the QCC Admissions Office and fill out an application, or apply on-line at the Admissions Enrollment Steps

Q: Is radiation exposure dangerous?

A: Exposure to ionizing radiation does pose some hazards. Radiologic Technology students are instructed on radiation protection standards and methods to safeguard themselves, their patients and others from unnecessary exposure. Additionally, they are monitored for exposure during their clinical and lab experiences. Practiced properly, Radiologic Technology is a very safe profession.

Susan Whittier, M.P.H., R.T.(R)(M)(BS)

Associate Professor - Program Coordinator

Nicole Wolfrum, M.H.A, R.T.(R)(CT)

Assistant Professor-Clinical Coordinator

Margaret Gniadek, B.S., R.T.(R)(M)

Adjunct Faculty

Bethann Fatcheric A.S., R.T. (R)(M)

Adjunct Faculty

Michael Popik, M.D.

Adjunct Faculty

Lisa Maniatis, B.S., R.T.(R)

Adjunct Faculty

Erin Gerrard- Hill, B.S., R.T.(R)

Adjunct Faculty

David Leveille A.S. R.T.(R)

Adjunct Faculty

Mission Statement

The QCC Radiologic Technology program prepares it graduates to apply entry level imaging and patient care skills and to demonstrate attributes essential to meet the needs of a diverse population through the integration of professional values, didactic knowledge, and clinical proficiency.

Program Goals

The Radiologic Technology program prepares students to serve the local community as medical imaging professionals by meeting program specific goals: (1) Demonstrate clinical competence, (2) Exhibit professional and ethical behaviors, (3) Utilize critical thinking & problem solving skills, and (4) Employ effective written and oral communication skills.

Learning Outcomes

GOAL 1: Demonstrate clinical competence.

  • Learning Outcome 1: Students practice effective patient care
  • Learning Outcome 2: Students produce diagnostic images according to protocol
  • Learning Outcome 3: Students practice effective radiation safety to include appropriate use of exposure factors

GOAL 2: Exhibit professional and ethical behaviors.

  • Learning Outcome 1: Students work effectively as part of a team
  • Learning Outcome 2: Students exhibit satisfactory work ethic
  • Learning Outcome 3: Students understand the importance of continued professional development

GOAL 3: Utilize critical thinking & problem solving skills.

  • Learning Outcome 1: Students modify routine imaging parameters to accommodate patient limitations
  • Learning Outcome 2: Students assess image quality and implement corrective actions to ensure optimal images

GOAL 4: Employ effective written and oral communication skills.

  • Learning Outcome 1: Students employ age/audience appropriate oral communication
  • Learning Outcome 2: Students utilize effective writing skills

Program Effectiveness:

  • Outcome 1: Five-year average credentialing examination pass rate of 75% or better for first attempt.
  • Outcome 2: Five-year average job placement rate of 75% or better within twelve months of graduation.
  • Outcome 3: Annual program completion rate of 75% or better of an admitted cohort graduates within 150% of the program's timeline.

Program Structure

  1. BIO 111, ENG 101 and MAT 121 or MAT 122 with a grade of “C” or higher must be completed prior to beginning the program’s core courses in the fall semester. Additionally *NOTE* SPH 101 must be completed prior to the first spring semester and BIO 112 must be completed prior to the final spring semester as they are prerequisites to core curriculum
  2. Fall semester academics include four RDT lecture courses & two labs (MWF) as well as 8 - 16 hours of clinical (TR) each week.
  3. Spring semester schedule begins on January 2nd with clinical assignments (40 hrs/week) for the 2-weeks prior to the formal start of spring semester. Clinical assignments return to 16 hours per week (TR) with three academic classes & two labs (MWF) for the actual spring semester.
  4. Summer Semester 1 students continue their clinical assignments (32 hrs/week) through the end of June.
  5. No classes or clinical assignments are scheduled during the month of July.
  6. Summer Semester II clinical assignments begin approximately August 1st (32 hrs/week) until the beginning of the fall semester
  7. Fall semester (second year) . During the formal fall semester (Sept), clinical assignments will be 24 hrs/week (MWF) along with two academic classes and 1 lab (TR) each week.
  8. Second year clinical assignments may include periodic scheduling to the 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. shift.
  9. Spring semester continues with clinical assignments 24 hrs/week (MWF) and three academic classes (TR).

Technical Standards

A summary of the working conditions and physical demands for the Radiologic Technology program is provided below. This information is provided to assist you in making college and career decisions. Please note that once you are admitted to the program you select, you will be required to satisfy the technical standards in order to successfully complete the program.

The program requires student to be capable of the following physical activities:

  • Assist with lifting/moving patients from wheelchairs, stretchers and beds to the x-ray table and vice versa.
  • Move equipment and patients; lift/carry, push/pull 50 pounds
  • Reach overhead to move the ceiling mounted equipment.
  • Audible abilities (with corrective devices) to detect and respond to verbal communication and acoustic signals on medical devices and equipment, from a distance of 15 feet.
  • Communicate, orally and in writing, instructions and directions to/from patients and other health care personnel.
  • Manual dexterity and fine motor skills in at least one upper limb; eye hand coordination to manipulate equipment, position patients and handle sterile supplies without compromise.
  • Eyesight which is astute enough to determine subtle differences in gradual changes in blacks, grays and whites for purposes of assessing images for technical quality. (Corrective lenses are permitted.)
  • Rapid, simultaneous mental and muscular coordination; to adapt procedures and sequences of activities to accommodate changing status of a patient's condition/mobility.

Tolerance for exposure to cleaning materials and latex products.

Further detailed information is available at ONET Online.

A radiographer (also referred to as x-ray technologist) is part of the professional team of radiologic technologists which includes Computer Tomography technologists, Magnetic Resonance Imaging technologists, Nuclear Medicine technologists, Radiation Therapists. Interventional Cardiovascular technologists, and several other radiology related imaging specialists. They are health care professionals who utilize patient care skills and highly sophisticated imaging equipment to deliver a controlled amount of radiation, in the diagnostic area of the radiology department, to detect foreign mater, bone fractures, or pathological disease processes in humans. Radiographers work in health care settings such as hospitals, clinics, medical offices and on mobile units. Radiographers, when in hospital settings, may be asked to take images in areas such as surgery, emergency rooms, patient care floors and the morgue. Additionally, they work with patients of all ages (birth through death) who are in all stages of wellness, injury, and illness.

Radiographer's responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Caring for diverse patient populations before, during and after radiography procedures, including recognition of emergency situations and knowledge of emergency treatments.
  • Positioning the patient for various procedures during medical x-ray imaging in order to demonstrate all areas of the body on imagining devices.
  • Assessing radiographic images for quality and diagnostic value
  • Protecting patients, themselves and others from unnecessary exposure to ionizing radiation.

Being a part of this health care profession can be both exciting and rewarding. It takes very special people to be a part of the team. Some helpful personal qualities you should possess include the following:

  • Sympathetic & Understanding Manner
  • Accuracy & Thoroughness with Job Responsibilities
  • A Strong Sense of Curiosity
  • Enjoyment in Work with People and as Part of Team
  • Emotional Maturity & Stability
  • Ability to Follow Instructions (written & verbal)
  • Ability to be Organized and Flexible
  • Ability to Work Independently & Problem Solve

Demand for Radiographers

Currently national professional organizations are projecting continued growth for theforceable future. there is extimated to be 8% job growth over the next 5 years. Jobs are plentiful in most healthcare settings, Across the country Urgent Care facilities are fast becoming a major source for job placement. Radiography offers a varied source for expansion and growth personally, through imaging modalities such as mammography, Computer Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging and other areas of radiology such as Radiation Therapy, Nuclear Medicine, research, and administration and supervision, and education.

Further career outlook information can be accessed at the following websites:

Entry Level Salaries


$31-$38/ hour 


$31/hour (average)
$65,000/year (average)

Benefits packages, when employed in hospital settings, usually include: Health and Dental Insurance, holiday pay, accrued sick time, tuition reimbursement and 401K.

The Radiologic Technology program is a two-year program with academic and/or clinical requirements occurring during the summer, fall, winter and spring semesters. Please review the Program Structure & Technical Standards link (on left) for a detailed description. The admission of qualified students is conducted on a continuous basis, with a maximum of twenty (20) students per fall class. Students with no previous college experience, MUST complete BIO 111, ENG 101 and MAT 121 or MAT 122 with a grade of “C” or higher prior to beginning the program’s core courses in the fall semester. In addition SPH 101 MUST be completed prior to the first spring semester. Lastly BIO 112 MUST be completed prior to the final spring semester. These courses are prerequisites to core curriculum courses and they are required to continue in the Rad Tech program.

The content of the program courses and nature of the Radiologic Technology profession requires individuals to have an aptitude for math and science concepts, strong communication & organizational skills, an ability to comprehend written and verbal orders and genuine concern and ability to provide quality patient care.

Course maybe be taught online or in person.

The applicant should, if possible, be financially able to manage without having to depend on money earned through full time work, especially during the first two semesters. The financial aid office can be reached at and provide assistance in this area. The phone number is 508-854-4261. All applicants are strongly urged to file an application to determine eligibility for financial aid.

This program will make extreme demands on nearly every aspect of your life for the next two years. Emotional support of those close to you will become very important to enable you to succeed. The profession of Radiologic Technology can be an extremely rewarding career, but YOU must be willing to make the sacrifice. Additionally, you must be willing to:

  • Adhere to a strict code of ethics and professionalism
  • Abide by all personnel policies of the affiliate Clinical Education Sites (CES) of the Radiologic Technology program. Infractions of clinical policies may be grounds for dismissal from the clinical education site and an inability to complete program requirements
  • Work with people of all ages & in various stages of sickness and injury, as well as diverse populations. Additionally, you should display an interest in working with equipment that is highly sophisticated and scientific

This is one of the few career programs which allow the student to have immediate "hands on" experiences in the clinical setting. Students are assigned to a full day shift between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (exact hours are determined by the specific site to which the student is assigned) and students attend clinic two to three days per week during the semester and five days per week during the summer and winter/intersession.

Prior to beginning clinical assignments, all accepted students will be subject to a CORI (Criminal Offenders Record Information) check. Students with a criminal history are advised to submit a pre-application to the ARRT anytime after acceptance into the program to determine eligibility for sitting for the examination upon graduation. Further information is available from the program director or at the Ethics Review Pre-Application.

Hannah Cannedy
I started the Radiologic Technology program in 2018, not knowing what to expect. At our orientation they explained to us that we would eat, sleep, and breathe x-ray; they were right. These two years require a lot of hard work and dedication, but it is very rewarding in the end. The teachers, clinical site coordinators, and classmates are all supportive. Your fellow students become your family and are with you through everything, from helping you study, learning new positioning skills, or even as a friend. My favorite part of the program was gaining experience at different clinical sites. My first year clinical site was at St. Vincent Hospital and my second year site was at UMass Memorial Medical Center- Memorial Campus. I also got to experience a two-week trauma rotation as a second year at UMass Memorial Medical Center- University Campus. The techs at these clinical locations were helpful and taught me their own tips and tricks.
The Radiologic Technology Program is a great way to get your foot in the door. The program provides you with many opportunities. For instance, guest speakers come and talk about the option of getting your bachelor’s degree at another college, or branching off into a variety of modalities including CT Scan, Interventional Radiology, MRI, and Nuclear Medicine. This program introduced me to many amazing people while setting me up to be financially successful. I am now a Radiologic Technologist at UMass Memorial Medical Center- University Campus and I love my job!
Hannah Cannedy
QCC Rad Tech Graduate
Jennifer Mangrum
The profession of Radiologic Technologist is a hidden gem in the field of medicine. You learn to see the human body from the inside out. Doctors rely on the work you do to diagnose patients and it's very important. As a technologist, your days working in radiology vary between time in the operating room, pain clinics, outpatient radiography, emergency and trauma imaging and so much more! The opportunity to use your skills to branch to other modalities is much more broad than other medical professions.

The Radiologic Technology program at QCC provides you with everything you need to start working right away. The academic and clinical schedules are a big adjustment at first but once you get started it gets easier. I found that all of the material builds upon itself and prepares you for the ARRT registry exam. There is so much to learn; there is a mix of science and patient care that you need to be aware of while administering radiation in order to obtain images. The college has placement in hospitals all throughout Worcester County that are very convenient. You are placed in at least two sites and have a chance to do a trauma rotation at Umass University. This really gives you an opportunity to experience all of the exams and procedures that you'll be performing as a rad tech. As a student, you get to work directly with not only your clinical coordinator but also a myriad of staff at your site. So, you not only have the support and knowledge of the professors but also the many technologists that help to teach you in the field. My advice is to use your clinical time wisely. Pay attention to the different ways to approach tough exams and don't hesitate to take every opportunity to get involved with every exam you can. I wish I knew how exciting this profession is a lot earlier in life. I've only been registered as a technologist for nine months now and I never dread going to work! I am so thankful that QCC has this program and I would highly recommend this profession to anyone considering a career in medicine.
Jennifer Mangrum
QCC Rad Tech graduate