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Associate of Applied Science

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Be part of a health care career that combines art and science

Radiology is enjoying double-digit job growth, particularly in general medical and surgical hospitals

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Is it an art? Is it a science?

Actually, the ever-evolving field of radiography is both, using the latest technology to produce diagnostic images from radiation.

Producing the perfect picture of the tissue, organs, bones and vessels of the body is an art that leads to best medical diagnosis and treatment for a patient. TCC’s Associate of Applied Science in Radiography prepares you to work under the supervision of a radiologist in settings that range from hospitals to imaging centers to clinics and doctors’ offices, where you will be an integral member of a skilled health care team.

No two patients are alike. Our program – featuring specialized courses in radiography with concentrated study in the basic sciences, mathematics and general education – prepares you to be a radiologic technologist, where you’ll learn something new about the human body every day.

Completion of this program prepares you for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists exam, which is nationally recognized.

Interested in a career as a mammographer? If you are already ARRT-certified or -eligible, you may be eligible for a 5-credit mammography specialization program. Learn more

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Nearly 100% pass rate on the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists examination, the industry standard

Affiliations with every major hospital in Hampton Roads where you’ll complete your 1,500 hours of clinical experience

Learn on state-of-the-art imaging equipment that you will be using on the job

National accreditation

TCC's radiography program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology

Median annual salary

Jobs related to this field have a median annual salary of $52,728*


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IMPORTANT Additional admission requirements

Your acceptance as a Tidewater Community College student does not guarantee admission to most TCC health profession programs. We want you to be aware of these additional requirements and important information for this program.

Admission to this program is competitive. For more information, see the program packet.

Get program admission packetIf you are a new TCC student, begin your journey by applying for admission and financial aid. On your application, indicate that you intend to pursue the Associate of Applied Science in Radiography.

As a prospective health professions student, you must also:

1. Attend a mandatory information session, which is held the third Thursday of each month at 3 p.m. (except December) at the Regional Health Professions Center on the Virginia Beach Campus.

Topics covered are general information, admissions process, prerequisite courses, selection process, curriculum, hands-on learning in clinical settings, provisional acceptance requirements and more. Faculty and staff will be available to answer your questions.

2. Complete and submit the Health Professions Program Application by Dec. 18 for admission in May the following year. Include unofficial transcripts from previous colleges you have attended.

3. Make sure you receive appropriate transfer credits from previous college studies and work experience.

After you’ve been accepted:

1. Submit the Health Professions Physical Examination Form showing satisfactory health status based on a physician’s exam within the previous 12 months.

2. Submit your immunization record showing you have met Virginia’s requirements for health care personnel.

3. Submit documentation of a negative TB test

4. Complete a criminal/sex offender background check prior to working at any clinical facility.*

* Tidewater Community College does not assume any responsibility for obtaining or evaluating the results of a criminal background check, drug screen or other check, maintaining the records of results or for delivering them to clinical sites. It is the decision of the clinical affiliate (health care or medical facility) whether a student will be allowed to participate in clinical activities should there be positive criminal or sex offender results. 

Additional requirements

1. Placement into English (ENG) 111 College Composition I and Math Essentials (MTE) 5 College Algebra, based on your Virginia Placement Test results.

2. Mandatory admission session in January if you are notified by letter that you are qualified for admission.

Admission to this program is competitive based on a system of points using these criteria.

Recommended for application

1. Completion of the following general education courses before beginning the radiography portion of the program. These courses can be taken on most TCC campuses.

  • Psychology (PSY) 230 Developmental Psychology
  • Student Development (SDV) 101 Orientation to Health Care
  • Biology (BIO) 141 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Biology (BIO) 142 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • 1 humanities elective
  • Health (HLT) 150 Cross Cultural Health and Wellness Practices
  • Mathematics (MTH) Mathematics for Allied Health

2. Submit documentation of prior health care experience to Kim Utley, program director, by the second Friday in January following the Dec. 18 application deadline. You will receive consideration if you have at least 100 hours of experience. Please include your role, any radiology-related experience or certifications received.

What does this program cost?

You can complete a 2-year associate degree for less than the cost of 1 year at a 4-year college or university.

TCC’s Associate of Applied Science in Radiography consists of 6 semesters of full-time study, with classes held mainly at the Regional Health Professions Center on the Virginia Beach Campus.

2015-16 in-state tuition and mandatory fees:
72 credits x $172.35 per credit = $12,409.20 (not including textbooks and supplies)

Additional costs include a criminal background check ($46), uniforms, shoes and lead markers for clinical practice.

Where can you go?

Most radiologic technicians find jobs with an associate degree. Bachelor’s degrees are preferred if you wish to pursue careers in education, management and sales.

TCC's radiography degree transfers directly into Old Dominion University's bachelor's program in health sciences. TCC also has transfer agreements with St. Joseph’s College of Maine and St. Joseph’s College Online for a bachelor’s in radiologic science administration. 

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you:

  • are able to multi-task
  • enjoy working with people
  • have an aptitude for science

* Salary estimate is provided for comparison purposes only and doesn’t constitute a promise of employment or earnings. Salaries were calculated based on related job codes and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.