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Diagnostic Imaging

A.A.S. Degree in Radiologic Technology

Radiologic Technologists, also called Radiographers, is the second largest category of allied health care professionals, surpassed in number only by nurses. Radiographers apply ionizing radiation to demonstrate portions of the human body on a radiograph, fluoroscopic screen, or other imaging screen to assist physicians in diagnosis of disease and injury. They work in hospitals, clinics, private practice, and more.

An essential member of the healthcare team, the radiographer positions body parts accurately and manipulates radiographic equipment to produce a quality diagnostic image while using the least amount of radiation necessary to get the best possible image.

Radiographers have a variety of career options open to them; most enter the profession taking x-rays and some move into specialized areas as Computed Tomography (CT), Angiography, Mammography and others. They have the opportunity to work with a variety of technologies and connect one-on-one with patients.

The Associate in Applied Science degree program in Radiologic Technology prepares students to apply to take the ARRT Registry examination in Radiography offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

Graduates who pass the ARRT examination are then eligible to apply for a New York State Department of Health License to practice Radiologic Technology.

The Radiologic Technology program is dedicated to providing each student with the educational activities necessary to develop the required critical thinking and technical and interpersonal skills of the radiographer.

Technical Standards

The Radiologic Technology Program, as well as the field of Radiologic Technology, is a rigorous one. Program standards are not altered for disabled students. The college will make every effort to provide reasonable accommodations to students with disabling conditions. In order to successfully complete the Radiologic Technology Program, with speed and accuracy, the student must be able to:

  • place the patient in position, set the controls of the x-ray machine, and evaluate the quality of the radiographic image.
  • provide patient instructions and respond to questions and requests in both routine and emergency situations.
  • transport and assist the patient, and to move the x-ray machine and film to the desired position, including operation of equipment in the surgical suite and at the patient’s bedside.

Zoom Radiography Overview with Q & A: Is Radiography the right field for you?

While there is always a great deal of interest in the X-Ray (Rad Tech Program) the desire to join our program has doubled or tripled in the past year.

Our department is holding a few "Q & A" sessions for prospective students via Zoom. This is not a pre-admissions seminar nor is it strictly an advising session. Rather, we want to give an overview of our field, a day in the life of a radiographer, tour our website as well as the admissions page, and then answer any questions prospective students have.

Seating is limited per session mostly to cut back on time (i.e. 30 people each with a question taking about 1 min per question = 30 mins just in questions).

Check back later for the date of the next Q & A session.


Pre-Admission Seminar

Students applying to the Radiologic Technology program are required to attend one  Pre-Admission Seminar within three years prior to the application deadline (February 1st).

This seminar is an important and informative time when a Radiologic Technology instructor will describe the Radiologic Technology Program and the process for admission to this specific program. In addition, you will have an opportunity to ask questions about the Radiologic Technology Program. Prospective students will receive and sign off on information pertaining to health forms, drug testing and criminal background checks.

Failure to attend a seminar in its entirety will forfeit student's application for admission consideration. Registration required! No registered latecomers to the seminar will be admitted. Please note the seminar could take up to two hours so plan accordingly.

  • Participants must register using the link next to the session day/time.
  • Participants may sign up for ONE session only. Seats are limited due to social distancing.
  • Participants will receive an invitation through Google Calendars the day before the session. (No confirmation will be sent prior to the invitation).

  **  If you are not on the registration list, you won't be allowed to attend.  **


11:30am, Kaplan room 201 (Newburgh Campus)  Please use the following link to register:  https://www.surveymonkey. com/r/J5SGMSG 


1pm, Rowley room 010 (Middletown Campus)  Please use the following link to register: https://www.surveymonkey. com/r/J5ZTJG9 


11:30 am, Kaplan room 101 (Newburgh Campus) Please use the following link to register: https://www. surveymonkey.com/r/QKSQ253

Directions to both campus and campus maps

Optional Group Interview

The top 40 placing applicants found eligible during the admissions process will have the opportunity to participate in a group interview with the Diagnostic Imaging Department to earn up to an additional 15 points towards a seat in the program.


What should I wear?

Come dressed as you believe one should for an interview.

What will be asked during the interview?

The department will not list questions or post them. Just like a normal job interview there is an element of surprise and being "put on the spot" to respond to questions.

Can I bring someone with me?

No, only the applicant will be allowed into the group interview.

Can I record the interview?

No, due to other individuals involved there are no recordings allowed for privacy purposes. Furthermore, all phones must be turned off during the session.

What should I bring?

Come prepared as you believe one should for an interview.

What if I can't make any of the days and times offered?

If earning additional points or admission into the program is important you have to prioritize and pick from the days / times offered. That may mean calling out of work, using a personal day or getting a sitter if need be.

What if I miss the day I scheduled?

We will try to reschedule, but due to the fact we have MANY applicants, there is no guarantee another day will be available.