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Radiologic Sciences at a Glance

What does a radiologic technologist do?

  • Uses X-rays to create images of the body for diagnostic purposes, occasionally using a contrast material to enhance particular anatomic structures
  • Combines the science of analyzing diagnostic images with the art of patient care and communication
  • Can specialize in areas such as mammography, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), cardiovascular-interventional technology and nuclear medicine
  • Has direct contact with both patients and physicians, who use images for diagnosis and treatment

What is the career outlook?

  • Additional specializations such as MRI or CT provide best job opportunities with higher salaries
  • Most jobs in hospitals, also in diagnostic imaging centers and doctors’ offices
  • 40-hour workweek typical, but may include evening, weekend or on-call hours
  • In Texas: median salaries are $25.79 per hour or $53,600 annually* with projected job rate growth estimated at 36 percent through 2020.
    In Dallas County: median salaries $29.01 per hour or $60,300 annually*

Statistics are included only as guidelines and will vary with fluctuations in the economy and job market. More specific local hiring and salary information can be obtained at college information sessions.

Radiologic Sciences program

Awards and coursework Brookhaven El Centro Credit hours Continuing Education contact hours
​Radiologic Sciences Associate in Applied Sciences Degree​X​60
Radiologic Sciences Associate in Applied Sciences DegreeX72 
Computed Tomography Advanced Technical CertificateX  24 
Vascular Intervention Advanced Technical CertificateX 31 
Continuing Education coursework for specific skills training X varied
To work as a radiologic technologist in the state of Texas, you must pass the national registry examination and hold a medical radiologic technologist certification. For more information, visit the American Society of Radiologic Technologist website. 

Measures of effectiveness Brookhaven El Centro
Licensure exam pass rates for DCCCD college students**

Licensure/Certification through the Texas Department of Health or American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
Employment rates for DCCCD college graduates***95.70%100%

What are the program prerequisites?

Following are the links to the current course catalogs listing all of the prerequisites, courses included, and the length of the programs:

Other helpful links:

Who can help me decide which health science career is right for me?

Contact the Health Careers Resource Center.

What more do I need to know?

  • Acceptance to the credit Radiologic Sciences program is by a competitive selection process based on a weighted point system.
  • Learn more about the Radiological Sciences program.

*America's Career Infonet 2011 data for radiologic technologists
**Licensure Data Reporting System from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board 2012-2013
***Texas Higher Education Board, Perkins 2012-2013