Jan 19, 2021  
Yakima Valley College Catalog 2019-2020 
Yakima Valley College Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Radiologic Sciences

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The Radiologic Sciences program is a sequence of courses that fulfills the educational objectives established by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and competencies outlined by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. The program commences in June each year.

The program is accredited through YVC by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

The Radiologic Sciences Program is accredited by: 

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago Illinois  60606-3182
A radiologic technologist is like a photographer. They take pictures or images of internal organs or structures within a person’s body. The technologist produces images using ionizing radiation and computers.  An integral job responsibility is patient care.

While producing images, human touch and patient safety are critical. Technologists will face the entire spectrum of patient types: healthy people needing routine physical procedures, trauma victims, the critically or terminally ill, the elderly, etc.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Be proficient at performing entry-level job skills.
  • Be prepared to take the national examination offered by the American Registry of the Radiologic Technologists.

Advanced Certificate

  • Computed Tomography (CT)

Admission Requirements

  • Candidate must meet general admission requirements of YVC.
  • Applicants’ files must be complete by March 1.
  • Completion of college courses with a 2.7 (B-) cumulative GPA.
  • Completion of this program prerequisites with a grade of C (2.0) or better. It is acceptable to repeat a course to receive the required GPA; however, a student will not be eligible for selection if s/he failed to receive a C (2.0) on the second attempt or needed to repeat three or more prerequisites. A student has the option to submit a letter of appeal if extenuating circumstances influenced unsatisfactory grade(s).

The following may be taken and completed by Winter quarter during the first year of the program:

*Courses must have been taken within the past five years.

Criminal History Information

Criminal history and drug screening information will be requested of students enrolling in Radiologic Science. Information obtained from this inquiry will be treated confidentially and will be considered in determining the students’ eligibility to complete clinical competencies. Inability to participate in clinical  experience due to information obtained from the background check or drug screen will result in a student’s inability to satisfactorily complete program degree requirements or to take the examination offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. For more specific information, contact the program coordinator.

Selection Procedure

The application deadline is March 1. See the program application packet for specific criteria. Final selection of applicants is based on: college level GPA, completion of and GPA in program prerequisite, essay, visitation, and volunteer hours. Applicants who accumulate enough points toward selection will be scheduled for an interview, which will determine final selection. Notification of status-acceptance, conditional acceptance, alternate, or rejection will be sent to the candidate by May 30.

Students accepted into the Radiologic Sciences program must meet immunization requirements.

The Radiologic Sciences program does not discriminate based on age, marital status, sex, race, color, creed, national origin, any physical or sensory handicap, or being a disabled or Vietnam-era veteran.

Clinical Assignments

Clinical Assignment Scheduling

Since clinical experience is a required portion of the educational program which builds skills, monetary reimbursement is not given for the time spent during the students’ clinical assignments. Students are assigned to a variety of shifts on a one-month rotational basis. Schedules are posted quarterly.

Clinical Education Centers

  • Astria Sunnyside Hospital
  • Astria Toppenish Hospital
  • Astria Regional Medical Center
  • Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital
  • Valley Imaging Partners
  • Orthopedics Northwest


    Certificate - Professional/TechnicalAssociate

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