About The Program

Registered Radiologic Technologists (RT, R) are medical personnel who perform diagnostic imaging examinations. They work with the radiologists that interprets the images to diagnose disease or injury. RTs practice in hospitals, clinics, physician’s offices, and 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 imaging techniques such as bone densitometry, cardiac or vascular interventional radiography, computed tomography, mammography, magnetic resonance imaging, and nuclear medicine.

Program Degrees and Certificates

Program Details

The Radiography program requires a separate application process after applying to the college and admits a limited number of students one time per year. Students are eligible to apply during the open application period after meeting all requirements. Meeting the minimum application requirements does not guarantee acceptance.

Interested students should review the online information session (below) and refer to the Application Checklist for the list of requirements.

  • Application Period: April 1 to April 15
  • Admission Policy: Competitive
  • Program Size: 40 students
  • Program Length: Approximately 21 months
  • Program starts every August
  • Admission decisions are announced by June 1
  • Mandatory Accepted Student Orientation held the second week of July
  • Transfer Opportunities

    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.

  • 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.

Information Session

The first step to beginning health career training at NOVA/MEC is to attend a mandatory Information Session. Please note that the online information sessions contain program information for the current academic year only.

Career Coach


Medical Education Campus
Jarice Risper