Radiologic Technology is a high-demand career offering above-average incomes. The Mohave Community College Radiologic Technology program is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). For additional information, please visit:
Here is what you need to know:
(all subject to change with notice):
Beginning the 2017-2018 Application Year:
- Applicants must hold and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.85 in all prerequisite courses for consideration into the program.
- BIO 201, BIO 202 and MAT 121 must be completed with a grade of “B” or higher and have been taken within the past five (5) years.
- Students must complete a current application, which will be available online January – March of each year.
- Students will be asked to participate in no less than eight (8) hours of documented job shadowing in a general diagnostic x-ray department. This should be scheduled between April 1st-December 31, prior to submitting an application, and must be recorded on the form available on the Radiologic Technology website, under the link Program Handbook.
- A TEAS entrance exam will need to be taken at any Mohave Community College Testing Center, with a resulting score of 58 or higher. Beginning in the 2017-2018 application year, the HESI Admission Exam will be offered in place of the TEAS exam. Both HESI and TEAS are accepted for the 2017-2018 application year. For the 2018-2019 application year, only the HESI Admission Exam will be accepted. The HESI Admission Exam acceptance score is TBA.
- The program accepts 14 candidates each fall.
- Students entering the Radiologic Technology program must be willing to devote their time and energy. Didactic (classroom) hours are between 7:00 a.m. — 10:00 p.m., weekdays (Monday through Friday) and Saturdays. Hours for attending clinicals will be assigned between 5:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. (midnight), weekdays and weekends (Monday through Sunday). Students in this program are involved in their professional coursework and clinical education rotations forty (40) hours per week, not including study time. Full-time work outside of the program is strongly discouraged.
- The Mohave Community College Radiologic Technology Program does not accept radiology course credits from other radiologic technology programs.
- DISCLAIMER: Due to the nature of a radiologic technology career, a; 1) negative drug screen and a; 2) background check which documents no offenses that indicate unfitness to serve as a health care professional, are required for acceptance to and continued enrollment in the MCC Radiologic Technology Program.
Frequently Asked Questions
How difficult is it to be admitted into the program?
The increased interest in radiography over the past few years has indeed resulted in an increased number of applicants applying for a limited number of positions (14) in the program and has therefore made the application process more competitive. Given this fact, for any applicant to be considered for admittance, they will need to demonstrate a history of successful academic performance as well as work experience that is compatible with both the academic and healthcare environment. Our selection panel evaluates many factors when selecting candidates for the program and has found that there is no “model” for the ideal student. There is no lone factor or attribute that can guarantee admittance into the program.
What is considered when applications are evaluated?
Applications are evaluated for strong academic background. This can come from courses taken at Mohave Community College or courses taken at other colleges/universities which have been accepted for transfer credits at Mohave Community College. Also, work and volunteer experience with health-related and/or service-oriented emphasis is considered. Candidates should also possess good written and interpersonal communication skills. Additionally, students are also required to take an entrance examination, provide professional references, and participate in job shadowing.
How can I enhance my chances of being admitted?
Each candidate is expected to introspectively evaluate their own strengths and weaknesses and to establish a plan that reveals relevant strengths. A strong candidate will possess a healthy balance of characteristics and skills deemed desirable by the faculty and include:
- A proven record of academic success.
- Work experience with the public in the health service sector.
- Knowledge of the field of radiography, including the less than desirable aspects.
- A strong work ethic, positive attitude, and caring demeanor desirable of a health caregiver.
- Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
- The ability to think critically and develop solutions to problems.
- A sense of independence, as well as an ability to act as a member of a health care team.
Why do you limit the number of students in the program?
We have a limited number of clinical sites affiliated with the program. Therefore, we must limit the number of students assigned to each facility. That way, each student receives the opportunity for hands-on experiences to master the skills required of a radiographic technologist.
Do all program participants have to travel to clinical facilities outside of Bullhead City?
The program faculty is sensitive to the inconveniences of traveling for clinicals and makes every reasonable effort to minimize the travel expectations. However, traveling is necessary and a reasonable expectation given the learning opportunities that result. At least once during the program, students will be required to travel to an affiliated site outside of the Bullhead City area. That area may include, but may not be limited to: Kingman, Parker, and Lake Havasu City. Traveling affords students the opportunity to a comprehensive education in diverse settings, with access to various forms of radiologic technology. Please remember to weigh the costs of travel (i.e., gasoline, possible overnight lodging and extended childcare) with tuition, text books and program fees and other college expenses when planning for tuition.
Do you have to have a degree to become a Radiologic Technologist?
Per the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), effective January 1, 2015, all candidates must have earned an Associate Degree (or higher) from an accredited institution recognized by the ARRT.
What are starting salaries for Radiologic Technologists?
The job outlook for radiologic technologists nationwide is projected to grow up to 21% from 2012-2022. In Arizona, the median wage for radiologic technologists is $60,960 per year ($ 29.31 per hour). Nationally, the median wage for radiologic technologists is $57,510 per year ($27.65 per hour). (Ref. BLS.gov)
Can I work full-time while participating in the program?
Although we cannot dictate what a student does outside of the program, it must be emphasized that it is extremely difficult to successfully meet the requirements of the program while working a full-time job. Some factors to consider beyond personal stamina and abilities are:
- The physical and mental demands of a job.
- Flexibility of scheduling-ability to reduce/switch hours to accommodate the program and clinical
- Personal/family responsibilities.
- Study time requirements outside of program hours.
- Your learning style – are you a quick learner, or an individual who needs to spend more time on a
task in order to master the material?
- Clinical assignments may and can be scheduled from 24-40 hours per week.
Many students do work part-time while in the program. The program faculty, while sympathetic and understanding of financial situations, cannot lower performance expectations based on a need to work outside of the program. Ultimately, it is for each individual to honestly evaluate their abilities, both physical and academic, and determine if after committing to the hours in the program and the hours spent at a job, that there will still be enough time left to eat, sleep, study, travel, and fulfill family responsibilities, while meeting the requirements of the Radiologic Technology Program for its entire duration.
Do you allow students to attend the program part-time, or only on evenings or weekends?
The program is full-time and six (6) semesters in length. Clinical rotations will be scheduled so that each
student has mandatory shifts which will include days, evenings, and weekends. The program is unable to
accommodate applicants seeking any form of part-time education
For additional information, please refer to the Mohave Community College Catalog, Program Handbook, and/or website for program prerequisites. Advising appointments may be scheduled by calling the Radiologic Technology office at 928.704.4180
Equal Opportunity Policy Statement: Mohave Community College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, color, race, religious preference, age, disability, national origin, veteran status or any other legally protected class in any of its policies, practices and procedures, and it is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. For more information, call the Human Resources Office at 928.757.0835, 1971 Jagerson Ave., Kingman, AZ 86409.