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Radiography (X-ray) AAS

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Program Description

The Radiography (X-ray) Program at Tulsa Community College is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills to function as medical radiographers. The program is nationally accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. Radiologic Technologists are the medical personnel who perform diagnostic imaging examinations. Radiographers use x-rays to produce images of anatomy. Radiographers are educated in anatomy, patient positioning, examination techniques, equipment protocols, radiation safety, radiation protection and basic patient care. Radiographers often specialize in areas of CT, MRI, Mammography, Cardiovascular Technology, Quality Control, Management and Education. Radiographers work closely with radiologists, physicians who interpret medical images to either diagnose or rule out disease or injury.

Program Information

The Radiography Program is a two-year (six-semester) program consisting of 45 credit hours of Radiography courses (didactic and clinical) and 22 hours of related general education courses. Lecture and clinical courses run concurrently throughout the two years.  Upon completion of the program, graduates receive an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree, and are eligible to apply for examination by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in Radiography (R). Clinical education classes consist of eight-hour shifts for two to three days per week in the assigned clinical education site.

Admission to the Program

The Radiography Program admits a new class each year beginning in June (summer term). The number of students admitted to the class is limited by clinical availability and is usually 25 to 30 students. The Radiography lecture courses are offered during the day only and will take a total of six (6) terms to complete. The program consists of 45 credit hours of radiography lecture and clinical courses and 22 credit hours of related general education courses.

Program Application Instructions

  1. All prospective Radiography students who have not been enrolled at TCC within the past year must complete an application for admission to the College and submit their high school transcripts, ACT scores, and previous college transcripts to the Metro Campus Student Completion Services office at 909 South Boston, Tulsa, OK 74119.  Incomplete submissions will not be considered for admission into the Radiography program. Admission to Tulsa Community College does not guarantee admission to the Radiography program.
  2. Applications for admission to the Radiography program must be completed online at tulsacc.edu/RAD by February 1 to start the program in the summer semester if accepted.  For more information, contact the School of Health Sciences office at 918-595-7002.
  3. A selection committee will review all applications and eligible applicants will be granted an interview with the Radiography Program admission committee.
  4. Qualified students will be ranked based on admission requirements and awarded admission to the program accordingly.  All interviewed applicants will be notified by email regarding their selection.
  5. First-time college students must meet with an academic advisor regarding new student orientation and to determine if course placement testing is required before enrollment.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Must be a high school graduate or equivalent (G.E.D).
  • ACT scores must be on file with Tulsa Community College.
  • Students must be able to travel to local and distant clinical sites.
  • Application to the program must be submitted before February 1.
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better.  NOTE: If a student has less than 12 college hours, then an average of high school and college GPA will be used.
  • Must attend an interview session with the Radiographic faculty.
  • Students with the highest ranking will be selected first. Since the Radiography program has a limited enrollment based on the number of clinical spots available per year, only the top ranking applicants will be selected. Students with a grade point average of less than a 2.0 and/or on academic probation WILL NOT be considered for admission to the program until GPA is raised or academic probation is discontinued.
  • An extensive criminal background check, including but not limited to, a seven-year county of residence nationwide criminal history check, national sexual predator screening, Social Security check, and Medicare/Medicaid fraud screening is required by all clinical affiliates.  All School of Health Sciences students participating in clinicals are required to complete these background checks, immunizations and a drug screening test by the School of Health Sciences office deadline prior to the first clinical rotation.  Any positive findings may be subject to review by the clinical affiliates and could prevent the student from completing clinical requirements. Student will also be required to submit current CPR certification for American Heart Association BLS Healthcare Provider, and immunization records to satisfy clinical contract requirements, and maintain compliance throughout the Program.
  • All applicants will be contacted by the program director by email for an informational visit and will be ranked for acceptance according to their academic background.

English Language Proficiency

An official iBT® TOEFL (internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language) test score or an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Band score is required as proof of English proficiency for any International student for whom English is a second language who is applying to any Tulsa Community College health sciences program. Students who have graduated from a U.S. high school will not be required to take the iBT Toefl or IELTS tests.  Your scores must be current within 2 years of the semester for which you are applying.

For health sciences students, the minimum sub-scores on the internet based TOEFL (iBT®) are 21 for Writing; 24 for Speaking; 20 for Reading; and 20 for Listening, with a total minimum score of 85.

For students choosing the IELTS test, acceptable scores include: 6.5 for Reading; 6.5 for listening; 7.5 for Speaking; and 6 for Writing, for a total IELTS Bans score of 6.5.  These required minimum scores must be met for each of the four sub-tests on a single exam. A total score that does not meet the sub-score minimums does not meet the requirement. Exceptions to this policy may be considered on an individual basis.

Students must go to www.ets.org/toefl to find a TOEFL iBT testing site, register and pay for the test. Students may go to www.ielts.org/us to find an IELTS testing center and register and pay for the test. Both tests cost approximately $190. Students are highly encouraged to take practice tests to prepare for these important tests. Your official scores, including ALL Sub-scores, must be sent directly to the TCC Registrar’s Office.

Contact Information
Program Director
Patty Johnson
Email:  tccradiography@tulsacc.edu
Work Phone:  918-595-7020

Program Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this program you will be able to:

  • Perform exam protocols in a correct manner.
  • Incorporate anatomy and technique in the field of Radiography.
  • Manage appropriate patient care.
  • Manage Radiography equipment proficiently.
  • Incorporate positioning skills in the lab and clinical setting.
  • Exemplify professionalism/behavior.
  • Evaluate Radiographic images you have taken.
  • Communicate appropriately in the clinical setting.


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Student Organizations

TCC Radiography Student Organization; Oklahoma Society of Radiologic Technologists (OSRT); American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT).  Student discount memberships are available for OSRT and ASRT.

Degree Requirements

View a semester-by-semester course plan of study on the Radiography AAS Program Map  . 

General Education Requirements Credit Hours: 19

Specialized Course Requirements Credit Hours: 48

Total Credit Hours: 67

**Courses must be completed with a “C” or better.

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