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Registered Radiologic Technologists (RTs) are medical personnel who perform diagnostic imaging examinations and administer radiation therapy treatments. RTs practice in hospitals, clinics and physician’s offices, and in many clinical specialties, from prenatal care to orthopedics. The curriculum includes anatomy, patient positioning, examination techniques, equipment protocols, radiation safety and patient care. Graduates may practice general radiography, or specialize in an imaging technique such as bone densitometry, cardiac or vascular interventional radiography, computed tomography, mammography, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine.

Program Details

Registered Radiologic Technologists (RTs) are medical personnel who perform diagnostic imaging examinations and administer radiation therapy treatments. RTs practice in hospitals, clinics and physician’s offices, and in many clinical specialties, from prenatal care to orthopedics. Radiologic Technologists are educated in anatomy, patient positioning, examination techniques, equipment protocols, radiation safety and patient care.

The first step to beginning health career training at NOVA/MEC is to attend a mandatory Information Session.

Information Session

Please note that the online information sessions contain program information for the current academic year only.

Application Period: April 1 to April 15

Admission Policy: Competitive

Program Size: 40 students

Program Length: 5 full-time semesters

Program Starts: Every August

How to Be Eligible to Apply in 2022

  • Review Online Information Session
  • Have minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Complete or transfer SDV 101 Orientation to Healthcare or SDV 100; must have B or better grade
  • Complete or transfer ENG 111 or higher; must have B or better grade
  • Complete or transfer BIO 141; must have B or better grade and be within 10 years
  • Complete or transfer BIO 142; must have B or better grade and be within 10 years
  • Complete RAD 105; must have B or better grade; course only offered at MEC in Fall and Spring semesters
  • Radiography Brochure
  • Radiography Cost Sheet

Competitive Admission Criteria:

Applications with B- or C grades in the prerequisites, and applications with pending grades or pending transfer credit after the deadline will not be considered.

The Radiography Department is not currently offering MRI or CT training. Please visit the ARRT website for a list of approved educational programs. 

Transfer Opportunites

Transfer is not the primary purpose of an A.A.S. program, but NOVA has articulation agreements that facilitate the transfer of this and other career-oriented programs to selected senior institutions. Students interested in transfer should contact a counselor or their academic advisor early in their program.

Credit for Prior Learning

Northern Virginia Community College accepts industry-standard certifications, credentials and/or professional courses for credit. Broadly, licenses, credentials and/or certifications must be current and valid for consideration. For more information regarding the status of the certification and its eligibility for credit, please see an advisor or faculty members in the discipline area that awards CPL credit.

The most current information can be found here for CPL: Certifications and Credentials.

Program Degrees and Certificates

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Career Prospects

Radiological Technologists may practice general radiography, or specialize in an imaging technique such as bone densitometry, cardiac or vascular interventional radiography, computed tomography, mammography, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine. https://www.asrt.org/main/career-center/careers-in-radiologic-technology.

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