Associate in Science
Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology/Bedford Campus - Day, Starts Fall Semester Only
The Radiologic Technology Associate in Science degree program reflects the combined efforts of educators and health care professionals in preparing students for entry into a professional specialty that is an important part of the health care delivery system. Program graduates are eligible for the national certification examination of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, licensing in the state of Massachusetts, and immediate entry into the radiology workforce. Students are provided a background in the technical skills necessary to produce quality radiographs used for diagnosis of disease and injury by radiologists and other physicians. Emphasis is placed on radiation safety principles and procedures, as well as concepts and theory. That knowledge is reinforced and put into practice through clinical experience in an area hospital. Theory is taught in logical sequence, guiding students through patient-centered activities related to producing radiographs. While in the program, students are given an opportunity to investigate other imaging modalities, such as computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, diagnostic medical sonography, nuclear medicine and radiation therapy. Many Radiologic Technology graduates continue their education, pursuing additional professional credentials.
Career and Transfer Outlook:
Program graduates, following licensure and registration, are prepared for immediate entry into employment as radiographers in hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, mobile radiography companies and industrial radiography. With additional training, graduates may seek employment in computer tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasonography, interventional radiography, radiation therapy and management. Students may transfer many of their credits to a baccalaureate program, especially the general education courses.
Most successful students will also have completed college-level coursework, especially English Composition I (ENG 101), and Anatomy & Physiology I (BIO 231), which may be taken concurrently.
Graduates of the Radiologic Technology program are prepared to:
- Perform entry-level radiographer positions;
- Demonstrate the importance of professional development and life-long learning;
- Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills;
- Demonstrate effective problem-solving and critical-thinking techniques.
Note: In order for a student to be eligible to participate in an academic, community or clinical program that involves potential unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, the elderly, or other vulnerable populations, the student may be required to undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and/or a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check.
Requirements After Admission
Submit the Student Health Record form, provided by Middlesex Community College, to the Health Service Office. Required documentation of health status includes a completed physical examination, proof of immunization against measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus-diphtheria and Hepatitis B (three-dose vaccine series). Documentation of immune titer for varicella is also required.
Earn and submit current certification in CPR at the Health Care Provider level which is valid for the entire academic year and renewed annually.
Standard/Technical Skills Notice:
To view a list of standard and/or technical skills required for performing duties in various health career fields, visit the Middlesex Community College Health Division website (www.middlesex.mass.edu) or the Student Information Centers. These skills are not conditions for admission to MCC programs, but do indicate abilities and characteristics necessary for successful completion of college Health programs, and to perform the duties of the career upon graduation.
Admission to Radiologic Technology
Required Course Prerequisites
- High school or college Algebra II
B or higher
- Radiologic Technology Admission Requirements Certification Form
- Radiology Technology Supplemental Admission Application
- Admission Application
- Radiologic Technology Final Observation Report, documenting four hours observation in a radiology department
- Students applying to Radiologic Technology are required to have a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA.
- The Admission Committee may consider other factors such as academic history.
- Non-Massachusetts residents will be admitted on a space-available basis only.