About the Program

A student in the two-year Radiography Program attends lectures and practices the skills being taught in lab settings at the Coleman Health Science Center College.

AWARD TYPES: Associate of Applied Science, Enhanced Skills Certificate

AREA OF STUDY: Health Sciences

Degrees and Certificates

Learn more about the Degrees and Certificates offered by this program by visiting the HCC Catalog.

View Degrees & Certificates by Program Combined Shape Created with Sketch.
Meet Linh Bui

Student Testimonial

Meet Linh Bui

HCC Coleman College continues to transform the lives of countless students every day. Meet Linh Bui, Radiography, Class of 2024, and get inspired to start your own rewarding career in healthcare!

Radiography Program Information

A Career in Radiography

The Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of 2007 says, “Radiographers produce x-ray images of the human body for use in diagnosing medical problems. They prepare patients for radiologic examinations by explaining the procedure, removing articles such as jewelry, through which x rays cannot pass, and positioning patients so that the parts of the body can be appropriately radiographed. To prevent unnecessary radiation exposure, technologists surround the exposed area with radiation protection devices, such as lead shields, or limit the size of the x-ray beam.

Radiographers position radiographic equipment at the correct angle and height over the appropriate area of a patient’s body. Using instruments similar to a measuring tape, technologists may measure the thickness of the section to be radiographed and set controls on the machine to produce radiographs of the appropriate density, detail, and contrast. They place the x-ray cassettes under the part of the patient’s body to be examined and make the exposure. They develop or process the images.

For fluoroscopic exams, radiographers prepare a solution of contrast medium for the patient to drink, allowing the radiologist, a physician who interprets images, to see soft tissues in the body. Radiologic technologists must follow physicians ’orders precisely and conform to regulations concerning use of radiation to protect themselves, their patients, and coworkers from unnecessary exposure. In addition to preparing patients and operating equipment, radiologic technologists keep patient records and adjust and maintain equipment. They may also prepare work schedules, evaluate equipment purchases, or manage a radiology department.”

Working Conditions

Most full-time radiologic technologists work about 40 hours a week; they may have evening, weekend, or on-call hours.Physical stamina is important, because technologists are on their feet for long periods and may lift or turn disabled patients. They work at diagnostic machines but may also do some procedures at patients’ bedsides. Some radiologic technologists travel to patients in large vans equipped with sophisticated diagnostic equipment. Although potential radiation hazards exist in this occupation, they are minimized by the use of lead aprons, gloves, and other shielding devices, as well as by instruments monitoring radiation exposure. Technologists wear badges measuring radiation levels in the radiation area, and detailed records are kept on their cumulative lifetime dose.


Radiologic technologists held about 196,000 jobs in 2006. More than half of all jobs were in hospitals. Most of the rest are in physicians’ offices and clinics, including diagnostic imaging centers; and outpatient care centers.


Median annual earnings of radiologic technologists were $48,170 in 2006. The middle 50 percent earned between $39,840 and $57,940. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $32,750, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $68,920. Median annual earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of radiologic technologists in 2006 were:

  • Medical and diagnostic laboratories $51,280
  • Hospitals 48,830
  • Offices and clinics of medical doctors 45,500



Graduates of the HCCS Radiography Program may apply to take the ARRT certification exam. To practice in Texas, radiographers must also hold a certificate from the Texas Medical Board. Any individual with a previous felony conviction should contact the ARRT for a Pre-Certification Application at (651) 687-0048 Ethics Division concerning eligibility requirements.



Accreditation Status: Accredited

The HCC Coleman College Radiography Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The program had a site visit in 2021. Following the site visit, the JRCERT awarded HCC an 8 year accreditation award - the maximum award given.

An interim report will be required in the third quarter of 2025. If the accreditation award is maintained, the next site visit will be tentatively scheduled for the third quarter of 2029.

Concerns or questions regarding the program’s status of accreditation and compliance with these Standards should be directed to the program director.

Last Updated: 4/19/2023



JRCERT contact information is:

20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182.
Phone: 312-704-5300
e-mail:; web:

Houston Community College (HCC) is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the regional accrediting body.


Program Effectiveness Data

The following is the most current program effectiveness data. Our programmatic accreditation agency, the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), defines and publishes this information. The information can be found directly on the JRCERT webpage.

Credentialing Examination: The number of students who pass, on the first attempt, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination, or an unrestricted state licensing examination, compared with the number of graduates who take the examination within six months of graduation. The five-year average benchmark established by the JRCERT is 75%.

Credential Examination Rate number passed on 1st attempt divided by number attempted within 6 months of graduation
Year Results
Year 1 - 2019 27 out of 28 - 96% 
Year 2 - 2020 26 out of 30 - 87% 
Year 3 - 2021 32 out of 36 - 89%
Year 4 - 2022 28 out of 28 - 100%
Year 5 - 2023 34 out of 35 - 97%
Program 5-Year Average 147 out of 157 - 94%


Job Placement: The number of graduates employed in the radiologic sciences compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in the radiologic sciences within twelve months of graduating. The five-year average benchmark established by the JRCERT is 75%.

Job Placement Rate number employed divided by number actively seeking employment within 12 months of graduation
Year Results
Year 1 - 2019 27 out of 29 - 87% 
Year 2 - 2020 27 out of 29  - 93%
Year 3 - 2021 30 out of 31 - 97%
Year 4 - 2022 27 out of 27 - 100%
Year 5 - 2023 35 out of 35 - 100%
Program 5-Year Average 147 out of 152- 97% 


Program Completion: The number of students who complete the program within the stated program length. The annual benchmark established by the program is 75%

Program Completion Rate number graduated divided by number started the program
Year Results
Year 1 - 2023 34 out of 44 - 77.3%
Annual Completion Rate  



Program Goals and Student Outcomes

Maintain Outstanding Clinical Performance and Competency.
Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to accurately position the patient
  • Students will apply appropriate radiation safety measures
  • Students will produce an image of diagnostic quality


Practice Effective Communication Skills.
Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will effectively communicate with healthcare professionals
  • Students will demonstrate effective communication skills with patients
  • Students will demonstrate effective oral communication skills


Develop Problem Solving Capabilities and Critical Thinking Skills.
Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate improvement in critical thinking skills upon graduation
  • Students will demonstrate decision-making and problem solving abilities to decide if patient vitals are normal vs. abnormal, and the correct course of action in various other clinical scenarios


Licensure/Certification Exam Results

Third-Party Licensure/Certification Exam Results

Occupational licensure and/or certification pass rates reported by calendar year (Jan. 1 – Dec. 31). Results for the 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 calendar years are provided for comparison.





Pass Rate
(# Taken

# Passed)


Pass Rate
(# Taken

# Passed)


Pass Rate
(# Taken

# Passed)


Pass Rate
(# Taken

# Passed)


Pass Rate
(# Taken
# Passed)



Pass Rate Average

# Passed)




97% (28/27)

87% (30/26)



97% (35/34)





Texas Education Association (TEA) Industry Based Certification Resource

Certification Name TEA Resource Link  Third-Party Certification Agency Third-Party Certification Agency Website

Radiologic Technology/
Science - Radiographer

American Registry of Radiologic Technologists



Radiography Clinical Obligations

Each semester, students of the Houston Community College Radiography Program will be assigned to clinical sites in and around the Greater Houston Area. Students will be assigned to multiple clinical sites over the course of their six semesters within the program. The clinical coordinator will assign sites based on availability and these assignments will allow for a well-rounded clinical education. Students may be required to travel up to 50 miles away from campus to their assigned clinical sites. Students must provide their own transportation to these sites.

Radiography students will be assigned the following clinical rotations days as outlined below:

  • Semester 1 (Fall) – Either Thursday or Friday 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Semester 2 (Spring) – Tuesday and Thursday 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Semester 3 (Summer) – Tuesday and Thursday 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Semester 4 (Fall) – Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Semester 5 (Spring) - Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Semester 6 (Summer) – Monday and Wednesday 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, Friday 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM

The above outlines the typical clinical schedule of most students. Some students may be assigned afternoon (12:00 PM – 8:30 PM) or evening (2:30 PM – 11:00 PM) rotations which will vary differently to the scheduled days and times listed above.

Students will not attend clinicals during observed school closures. If a weather emergency presents itself, the program director and clinical coordinator will follow established protocols to alert students of any clinical disruptions.

Clinical sites may require students to complete extra requirements to enter their facility. These requirements vary per site; faculty of the radiography program will notify students before the start of a clinical semester to ensure the student is informed of any additional obligations.

Below is a list of current clinical sites used by the program. This list can change upon the acquisition of new affiliations.

  1. HCA Houston Northwest Medical Center
    710 Cypress Creek Pkwy
    Houston, TX 77090

  2. HCA Houston Healthcare North Cypress
    21214 Northwest Freeway
    Cypress, TX 77429

  3. HCA Houston Healthcare West
    12141 Richmond Avenue
    Houston, TX 77082

  4. Houston Methodist Orthopedics – Pin Oak
    5505 W. Loop South Freeway
    Houston, TX 77835

  5. Houston Methodist Orthopedics – Spring Valley
    9090 Katy Freeway, Suite 200
    Houston, TX 77024

  6. Houston Methodist Orthopedics – TMC
    6550 Fannin St. Suite 2600
    Houston, TX 77030

  7. Houston Methodist Orthopedics – West
    18400 Katy Freeway, Suite 200
    Houston, TX 77094

  8. Kelsey-Seybold (Cypress) Clinic
    13105 Wortham Center Dr.
    Houston, TX 77065

  9. Kelsey-Seybold (Fort Bend) Clinic
    11555 University Blvd
    Sugarland, TX 77478

  10. Kelsey-Seybold (Memorial Villages) Clinic
    1001 Campbell Rd
    Houston, TX 77055

  11. Kelsey-Seybold (Spring) Clinic
    15655 Cypress Woods Medical Dr., Suite 100
    Houston, TX 77014

  12. Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital
    1635 North Loop West
    Houston, TX 77008

  13. Memorial Hermann Hospital – Southwest
    7600 Beechnut St.
    Houston, TX 77074

  14. Memorial Hermann Orthopedic & Spine Hospital
    5410 W Loop S
    Bellaire, TX 77401

  15. Memorial Hermann – Texas Medical Center
    6411 Fannin
    Houston, TX 77030

  16. Michael E Debakey VA Medical Center
    2002 Holcombe Blvd.
    Houston, TX 77030

  17. River Oaks Hospital and Clinics
    4200 Twelve Oaks Pl
    Houston, TX 77027

  18. St. Joseph Medical Center
    1401 St. Joseph Parkway
    Houston, TX 77002

  19. St. Lukes Episcopal Hospital
    6720 Bertner Ave
    Houston, TX 77030

  20. Texas Children’s Hospital
    6621 Fannin Street
    Houston, TX 77030

  21. Texas Children’s Hospital – West Campus
    18200 Katy Freeway
    Houston, TX 77030

  22. Texas Orthopedic Hospital
    7401 Main Street
    Houston, TX 77030

  23. Kelsey-Seybold (Main) Clinic                     
    2727 W. Holcombe Blvd
    Houston, TX 77025

  24. Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Convenient Care Center        
    1431 Studemont St
    Houston, TX 77007

  25. Memorial Hermann – Katy                         
    23900 Katy Fwy
    Houston, TX 77494

  26. Fondren Orthopedic - TMC                     
    7401 Main Street 
    Houston, TX 77030


Computed Tomography Program Information

A career in Computed Tomography

The Computed Tomography program is a one-semester evening program leading to an Enhanced Skills Certificate (ESC) or, in some cases, Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Courses have both theory and a competency-based clinical component. All CT courses must be enrolled in concurrently. Those who are accepted into the program will be required to pay a liability insurance fee, which protects the student against losses resulting from malpractice claims. Accepted students must also pay a radiation monitoring badge fee. The badge is required in all clinical education courses.


/media/houston-community-college/district/marketable-skills-custom-onets/99-9999.70.txt /media/houston-community-college/district/marketable-skills-custom-onets/99-9999.60.txt

Marketable Skills

Learn more about the marketable skills—skills valued by employers that can be applied in variety of work settings—so you can communicate these to potential employers. Click on the relevant award title below to see descriptions of marketable skills for that area.

Computed Tomography, C3

Radiography, A.A.S.

Career Opportunities

Explore real-time labor market data on occupations you may pursue post-graduation, offering insight into career opportunities, potential earnings, and job demand in the Greater Houston region.

For more in-depth information about this career and other career pathways, visit Career Coach.

Ready to apply? OK let's start!

Applications for this program are accepted during the application window listed in the Admission Guide. Application evaluations will begin once the application window closes.

 All admission communications will be sent via email, so please check your personal and HCC email accounts regularly.

1. Complete an information session

Learn more about the Radiography Program by completing an online information session.

The online information session is a mandatory requirement of the admission process.

Watch Radiography Program Videos Combined Shape Created with Sketch. Register to attend an In-person or Virtual Information Session Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

2. Review the admissions guide

Please review the admissions guide for the desired program:

3. Are you a current/former HCC student?

If you are currently/formerly a registered HCC student with a valid student ID number and preferred email address, please proceed to step 4.

If you do not have an HCC student ID number, first apply to HCC at .

4.  Apply to the program.

Radiography Program:

Download the Application Form below to apply for the Radiography program:


Computed Tomography Program:

Click on the button below to apply for the Computed Tomography program.

Submit your online application for Computed Tomography Combined Shape Created with Sketch.


Search for a Radiography Professor or request more information

Get in touch

Christopher Daza