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Program Admission Requirements

Pre-Admission Information Sessions

Interested in the Radiologic Technology program? Students are required to attend an Allied Health Programs Information Session before seeing a Student Services Center advisor about entering this program.  These sessions provide important information about program eligibility, requirements, costs and more.

Applying for Program Admission

This degree program requires a special program application.  Please read all of the information on this page carefully.

  • Preparatory coursework must be completed (with grades posted) as described in Program Requirements before applying to the program.
  • Once preparatory coursework is complete, students can access the online HRP Program Application on the MyPima Academics tab in the Academic Planning section.
  • Upon receipt of an eligible online HRP Program Application request, PCC transcripts will be evaluated to determine if program admission requirements have been met.  If met, a program application and pregnancy policy is sent to the student's PCC email account with instructions on making an advising appointment with the Radiologic Technology Program Director.  The student must bring the completed application to their scheduled advising appointment.
  • After the advising meeting, the student's application is submitted to the West Campus Student Services Department.  
  • Within 15 days of the receipt of the application, students will be sent an email to their PCC email account regarding their acceptance into the RAD Program and start date.

Program Pre-Admission Requirements

  • New and Transfer students are required to complete the program admissions application.
  • Complete assessment tests for math, reading and writing.
  • Transfer courses earned from another regionally accredited institution are not valid until they have been officially evaluated & grades have been posted on PCC transcripts.  An official (sealed) transcript and Student Request for Transcript Evaluation form must be submitted to PCC Admissions Office.
  • If grades and/or assessment scores are not posted on PCC transcripts at the time of program application, application requests will be denied. 
  • It is advisable to complete support courses prior to starting any HRP core curriculum.

Program Admissions and Course Information 

  • Vaccinations required for entering/continuing in the Radiologic Technology program: The Radiologic Technology program works with hospitals and agencies that require the hepatitis B vaccination (series of three vaccinations) and an annual flu vaccination.  All students who are enrolled or entering the Radiologic Technology program must provide documentation of receiving these vaccinations or a positive titer.  Please be aware that the hepatitis vaccination is a series of three shots with 1-2 months between the first and second shot and four months between the second and third shot. All students must get these vaccinations and/or titers immediately. Students who do not provide proof of receiving the vaccinations or a positive titer when entering the Radiologic Technology program will have to reapply to the program. The hospitals and agencies that PCC works with strictly enforce these requirements.  Additional vaccination requirements for the clinical portion of the program are listed in the next section of this page.
  • Attend the RAD orientation session.
  • Radiologic Technology Program admits qualified students in the summer semester based on clinical site availability.
  • Completion time for the RAD program is based on compass assessment results, and/or completion of support courses.
  • Must receive a C grade or better in all core courses to progress to the next semester.
  • RAD program consists of six semesters of core courses requiring a two year commitment.
  • RAD program curriculum is offered only on a full-time basis at PCC West Campus.
  • 1800 clinical education hours are required by the Arizona Medical Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners.
  • Clinical assignments are Monday through Sunday, with evening and weekend assignments as required by some Clinical Education Centers. Clinical Education Centers may require additional fees.
  • Classroom instruction for RAD classes is only offered during the day time.

To participate in the clinical portion of the program, students must:

  • Provide and maintain an Arizona Department of Public Safety Fingerprint Clearance Card.
  • Pass an annual urine toxicology screening exam.
  • Be able to perform a number of physical activities in the clinical portion of the program.  At a minimum, students will be required to lift patients, stand for several hours at a time and perform bending activities.  The clinical Radiologic Technology program also places students under considerable mental and emotional stress as they undertake responsibilities and duties impacting patients’ lives.  Students must be able to demonstrate rational and appropriate behavior under stressful conditions.  Individuals should give careful consideration to the mental and physical demands of the program prior to making application.
  • Provide own transportation to various clinical facilities throughout the Tucson regional area. 
  • Present proof of immunization and/or immunity for MMR/Varicella/TDaP.
  • Obtain an annual flu shot.
  • Show proof of negative initial two-step skin test (PPD) or if previous positive results, a TB Questionnaire or negative QuantiFERON TB Gold assay test or Latent TB Infection (LTBI) card with negative chest x-ray. Test is valid for 12 months from the date of administration. If the test expires within an academic semester the student must be re-tested.
  • Clinical rotations are at various clinical facilities throughout the Tucson regional area.
  • Maintain health insurance and a current CPR card at the Health Care Provider Level throughout the program.

Important Information on Licensure

Students should be aware that the Arizona Medical Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners (MRTBE) and the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) requires applicants to acknowledge any misdemeanor or felony convictions.  An investigative process must be completed before a license is issued.  Students with a misdemeanor or felony conviction must complete a pre-application form available from the ARRT website.  Students not cleared through this process will be ineligible to take the ARRT, national certification exam.