Sep 24, 2020  
College Catalog 2019-2020 
College Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Radiologic Technology, A.S.


Mary Buckley, 413.552.2448,


The Radiologic Technology program is fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.

Education in Radiologic Technology
20 North Wacker Drive
Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Telephone: 312.704.5300


The mission of the Radiologic Technology Program at Holyoke Community College is to graduate students with an Associate in Science Degree in the curriculum of Radiology Technology and provide the skills and knowledge necessary to enter medical imaging professions.

Goal 1: Students will demonstrate clinical competence

Goal 2: Students will demonstrate effective communication skills

Goal 3: Students will demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills

Goal 4: Students will demonstrate a desire for professional growth and development

Goal 5: The program will graduate competent Radiologic Technologists


In addition, the program supports the overall HCC mission as stated in the college catalog.

***Criminal Offense Record Act (CORI), Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI), and National Requirements that Regulate Registration as a Registered Radiologic Technologist**

Radiologic Technology students are required to complete the CORI/SORI form once accepted to the program. A positive finding may prevent students from successfully completing the Radiologic Technology program due to clinical site requirements and/or may prohibit them from taking the National Registry Examination in Radiography.

Drug Screening Policy

Several health care facilities affiliated with the College’s Health Division are now requiring that students have a negative drug screen prior to beginning clinical experiences in their facility. In addition, a clinical facility may require the student to submit and pass random drug screening analysis in order to remain at that facility. Therefore, passing a drug screen will now be considered an essential function for all students participating in all Health Division programs. If a student fails a drug screening, retesting occurs within 24 hours of notification of results. Failure to pass a drug screen or refusal to submit to a screening will make the student ineligible for clinical placement. Failure and/or refusal of drug screenings are grounds for immediate removal from the Health Division program. Students will be provided with the drug screen procedure during the orientation process. All screening will be at the student’s own expense. The Work Connection at Holyoke Medical Center has been selected as the Division of Health’s exclusive laboratory for student drug testing.

Requirements to Apply

All students interested in the Radiologic Technology program at Holyoke Community College are required to attend a Radiologic Technology information session within two years prior to applying to the program. Information sessions are held monthly and cover the selective admissions process and specific program information. Each session lasts approximately one hour and is conducted by a representative from the Radiologic Technology department. Radiologic Technology information sessions are held in the Frost building, room 309, from 2:00 - 3:15 p.m. (unless otherwise stated). Check the website, click “Open Houses & Info Sessions” for upcoming program information sessions.

All applicants must meet the following at time of application:

College Placement Testing (CPT): Must be completed within two years prior to application deadline demonstrating the following placement:

  • Math Proficiency/Placement: ≥ 82 in Algebra, completion of MTH 095  at HCC with a C- or better, or an equivalent course from an accredited college or university.
  • English Proficiency/Placement: ≥ 70 in Reading and ≥ 80 in Sentence Skills portion of the CPT, or ability to enter college-level coursework in English. English competency may also be demonstrated through college coursework (i.e. completion of ENG 101  at HCC or an equivalent course from an accredited college or university).
  • Science Proficiency: Completion of BIO 107  or successful completion of the challenge exam through the Assessment Center. Completion of BIO 217 and BIO 218 with a “C+” or better. Completion of, or enrollment in, BIO 107  and BIO 108  at the time of application is strongly encouraged.

Essential Functions

The following essential functions will be necessary to successfully complete the Radiologic Technology program. In some cases, assessment and developmental courses may help students meet these standards. These essential functions may be performed with reasonable accommodation. This information is provided to allow the student to assess his (her) own capabilities.

To ensure patient safety, students throughout the program must be able to demonstrate skills in the following:


  • Helping in positioning patients who may be comatose, paralyzed, or otherwise incapacitated, from wheelchairs/beds to x-ray tables, and vice versa. This includes regular lifting, pulling, and pushing of 40+ pounds.
  • Handling and moving objects–use hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, manipulating, and moving materials/things. Continuously reaching above shoulder level, frequently while holding objects.
  • Positioning, placing and moving equipment, (i.e. image receptors, portable x-ray machines, and overhead equipment) as radiography requires positioning the x-ray tube hanging from the ceiling to various areas of the room.
  • Response to signals such as sound and light from a distance of 15 feet, as control panels and exposure switches are located in rooms or paneled areas separate from the x-ray table on which patients are placed.
  • Determination of differences in gradual changes in blacks and grays, for the purpose of judging images for technical quality.


  • Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language.
  • Active listening- the ability to give full attention to what others are saying, and to take time to understand the points being made.
  • Oral comprehension- the ability to listen and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Speech clarity- the ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Speech recognition- the ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Written expression- the ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Communicating with others- the ability to provide information to supervisors, co-workers, and physicians by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Interacting with computers- the ability to use computers and computer systems, including hardware and software.
  • Civility-the ability to be polite, respectful, and demonstrate professional behavior as exhibited in classroom and clinical settings.


  • The ability to fill syringes and enema bags, manipulate locks on equipment, and follow isolation procedures.
  • Problem sensitivity- the ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong.
  • Control precision- the ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Clinical decision making- the ability to gather, analyze, and draw conclusions from data.


  • Dependability- requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling role obligations.
  • Integrity- requires being honest and ethical.
  • Cooperation- requires being pleasant with others and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Self control- requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger and avoiding aggressive behavior even in very difficult situations.
  • Concern for others- requires being sensitive to others’ needs and feelings.
  • Initiative- requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Stress tolerance- requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Adaptability/flexibility- requires being open to change and to considerable variety in the workplace.