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Radiologic Technology

Associate's Degree

If you are interested in a career that combines medical knowledge, technology, and patient contact, Brightwood College's radiologic technology associate's degree program is a good place to start. Radiologic technologists are responsible for taking x-rays and administering non-radioactive materials into patients’ bloodstreams for diagnostic purposes. They explain the procedure to patients, and then position the patient and radiographic equipment to ensure that the parts of the body can be properly imaged.

An education from Brightwood College can help prepare you to enter this exciting career field.

Radiologic Technology Program

The mission of the Associate of Applied Science Radiologic Technology program at Brightwood College is to prepare students for employment in the field of radiologic technology as certified radiologic technologists. To this end, the program emphasizes the knowledge, skills, and entry-level competencies appropriate for examinations required by the State of California Department of Public Health, Radiologic Health Branch, and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

The Radiologic Technology program at Brightwood College is committed to the development of students’ intellectual, analytical, and critical thinking skills, as well as skills performance. To this end, instructional methods are based on established principles and practices of adult learning theory combined with classroom techniques that encourage student participation.

Duties for graduates of this program may include diagnostic imaging procedures in hospital diagnostic imaging departments, surgical theaters, emergency rooms, doctor’s offices, and other health care settings using fixed and/or portable machines. Our Radiologic Technology program offers hands-on clinical training and includes instruction in the following areas:

  • Systemic and skeletal anatomy, radiographic terminology, and the principles of radiation protection
  • How x-rays are produced as well as the requirements and design of radiographic, fluoroscopic, mobile, and tomographic equipment
  • Medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, and common pathologies of the different systems of the body
  • Responsibilities of the radiographer to patients, other staff members, and the general public


Successful completion of this program may enable graduates to take a certification or licensure examination, such as the Licensure by the California State Department of Health Services, Radiologic Health Branch, and for certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

California students: Licensure exam pass rates are available at

Certification and licensure examinations vary by location. Please see the campus course catalog to determine which certification or licensure exam(s) may be available to you.

Occupational Outcomes

By earning a Radiologic Technology degree, you may seek various entry-level positions including the following:

  • CT technologist
  • Magnetic resonance technologist
  • Mammography technologist
  • Radiologic technologist
  • Quality management technologist
  • Special procedures technologist

Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

The goals of the Radiologic Technology program are as follows:

    1. Students/graduates should be able to demonstrate effective communication skills.

    Student Learning Outcomes:

    • Be able to explain radiographic procedures to patients.
    • Be able to obtain an accurate patient history.
    • Be able to communicate with a diverse patient population.
    • Practice comprehensive written communication skills.

    2. Students/graduates should be able to understand the importance of professional development and lifelong learning.

    Student Learning Outcomes:

    • Demonstrate professional behavior in the clinical setting.
    • Understand the importance of joining a professional organization.
    • Demonstrate dependability and reliability appropriate to the clinical environment.

    3. Students/graduates should possess knowledge and skills to demonstrate clinical competence.

    Student Learning Outcomes:

    • Demonstrate knowledge of radiographic positioning.
    • Select appropriate technical factors.
    • Adhere to radiation protection practices.

    4. Students/graduates should demonstrate problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

    Student Learning Outcomes:

    • Have the ability to perform non-routine exams on trauma patients.
    • Able to critique radiographic films.
    • Be capable of making sound decisions.

    5. The program strives to prepare qualified radiologic technologists to serve the surrounding employment community.

How Much Does an X-Ray Technician Make?

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, radiologic technologists, which includes x-ray technicians, make an average of $58,440 per year.* Salary will vary depending on experience, location, and specific job duties.

Program Effectiveness Data

Current five-year average credentialing examination pass rate from 2013-2017: 94.31%*
(Out of the 281 first-time test takers who took the ARRT examination in Radiography within six months of graduation, 265 graduates passed the examination on the first attempt.)

Current five-year average job placement rate from 2013-2017: 98.43%*
(Out of the 254 graduates who were actively seeking employment, 250 graduates were employed in the radiologic sciences within twelve months of graduation.)

Current annual program completion rate for 2017: 82.61%*
(Out of the 69 students who enrolled in the cohort initially, 57 students completed the program.)

This data is also available on the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) website at

* Calculated using the JRCERT calculations

The College makes no representation, promise or guarantee that completion of this program either assures passage of any certification examination or acceptance by any state board. Prospective and current students, as well as graduates, are responsible for researching and understanding all examination, registration or licensure requirements in any state in which they seek to become registered, licensed or employed. Brightwood College does not guarantee employment or career advancement.

* The median annual wage for radiologic technologists was $58,440 in May 2017. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $48,600, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $97,460. Source Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Radiologic and MRI Technologists, on the Internet at (visited September 30, 2018). National long-term projections and salary averages may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth or any particular salary.

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