How to Apply

Develop the skills to become a radiologic technologist, and you’ll join the third-largest group of healthcare professionals—surpassed in number only by physicians and nurses.

Steps to Apply

Earning your degree in radiologic technology is the first part of starting a rich and rewarding career. After you apply to WCJC follow these steps to get started in the radiologic technology program at WCJC. You can also download the PDF version of the Radiologic Technology Program Admissions Requirements
Before jumping into your program, head to the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) website and complete all of the required components. Not sure which to do? Reach out to the WCJC’s Admissions Office for help.
Fill out the one-page Radiology Application found in the application packet. As part of the application, you’ll need to write a one-full-page essay focused on one of the following prompts:
  • Why is radiology the career field you’ve chosen to pursue?
  • Define adversity you have positively managed.
  • Describe (with specifics) your leadership ability.

Be sure your essay is written in size 12 Times New Roman or Garamond font, on a page with 1-inch margins. Essays should include a reference to the radiologic technology field, a personal statement of interest in imaging, and a title.

Collect and Submit Your Transcripts

You’re required to submit transcripts from any institution (including WCJC) that you’ve previously attended. Send official transcripts to the Registrar’s Office and unofficial transcripts to the Radiologic Technology department. If you’ve attended any other colleges, you’ll need to complete and submit a degree evaluation request form at least 30 days before you apply to the program. This is a timely process and it is the student’s responsibility to make sure the program has received the evaluation prior to the application deadline.
All radiologic technology students are required to take, complete, and earn a grade of “C” or higher in the following prerequisite courses: BIOL 2401 Human Anatomy and Physiology I and BIOL 2402 Human Anatomy and Physiology II by the application due date. There is no timeframe for the prerequisite courses. Additionally, you should complete the following general education courses: MATH 1314 (College Algebra), ENGLISH 1301 (English Composition), PSYCHOLOGY 2301 (Introduction to Psychology), and Language, Philosophy, & Culture, OR Creative Arts to satisfy graduation requirements for the program. They are not required to be completed prior to application but will give you additional points toward admission to the program. Students are chosen based on a point system.

Gather Immunization Documentation

In order to participate in clinical or coursework at WCJC, you’ll need to provide proof of completion of the Hepatitis B vaccine series (the series takes six months to complete). Work with your doctor to gather proof of immunizations, then submit your documents to the department. The students will be required to provide a Titer test for immunity (Igg) after acceptance into the program.

Submit Required Forms

Your application packet should include a number of forms, including the following: 

  • The essential abilities technical standards form and the ARRT eligibility form (both found in your application packet).
  • A copy of your ACT scores, with a composite of at least 18 enhanced taken within the last five years. Preference is given to those who score 20 or higher.
  • A brief summary of your work history. Admissions points are given to those with at least six months of medical experience, including volunteering.
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Final Steps to Enroll

Informational Session

It is mandatory that you attend an Information Session. The information sessions are offered from January to May of each year. Call 979-532-6391 and speak to Lori Baumgarten, Program Secretary, to sign up for a session.

Background Check

In the radiologic technology program at WCJC, you’ll get hands-on training directly in clinical facilities. To ensure the safety of all involved, you are required to complete and pass a background check and a drug screening. Make an appointment with the Program Director, Sharla Walker, should you have any questions regarding criminal offense mandates by the ARRT and Texas Medical Board.

Is a Radiography Program Right for You?

Most radiologic technologists enter the profession as radiographers. In this role, you’ll capture images of patients’ internal organs, soft tissues, and bones using X-ray equipment. You also might assist radiologists with a range of procedures, such as fluoroscopic imaging or gastrointestinal exams that require the use of contrast media. 

You’ll probably work in a hospital, physician’s office, outpatient care center, or laboratory. In most cases, you'll split your work between technological tasks and interactions with patients.  

A career as a radiographer is challenging and rewarding. Working in this field, you’ll be an important part of a medical team that diagnoses and treats patients who have a range of diseases and injuries.  

With advanced education, you can also pursue a career in bone densitometry, cardiac or vascular interventional radiography, computed tomography, mammography, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine or sonography. Radiation therapists and medical dosimetrists are technologists who specialize in radiation therapy, which is the application of radiation to treat cancer and other diseases. 

Radiographers gain certification through the largest certification agency, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists®, has more than 300,000 registrants. Wages of radiologic technologists are competitive with other health professionals who have similar educational backgrounds. Visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to see current trends in R.T. wages.