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Prepare for a Career as a Radiologic Technologist

People who understand how to work technologically advanced diagnostic equipment are seeing bright futures in health care as the demand for radiographers continues to grow. NECC will prepare you to work with a variety of x-ray equipment in settings from hospitals to clinics, doctor’s offices – even mobile vehicles that provide radiology services.

Why Choose NECC?

NECC’s accredited program covers all aspects of radiologic care, including safety procedures, proper patient positioning, and understanding the technology used to create diagnostic images. NECC also has transfer agreements that will enable you to seamlessly transfer earned credits to earn a bachelor’s degree in medical imaging or a related field. With this program you will:

  • Learn about human anatomy and physiology and radiologic tools and techniques
  • Understand radiographic terminology, positioning, and image production
  • Gain hands on experience with state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment
  • Benefit from supervised experiences in clinical care settings
  • Prepare for a career that is emotionally and financially rewarding

Because of NECC

You will be eligible to pursue entry-level technologists positions in a variety of health care settings or to continue your education to learn more about specialty diagnostic areas including Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRIs) Computed Tomography (CAT scans) or mammography. Upon completion of the program you can:

  • Sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) national certification exam – upon successful completion you can apply for your Massachusetts license in Radiography
  • Work in hospitals, clinics, doctor offices, and more
  • Take advantage of transfer agreements to continue your education and earn your bachelor’s degree in medical imaging or a related field, saving thousands of dollars on the cost of a four-year degree.



Northern Essex was close to home, affordable, and a good opportunity to get into health care.”

Allison Brody, Radiologic Technology


Courses, Requirements, and Program Notes


Career Paths & Job Market

Job Opportunities

Job Opportunities

As working professionals, they can expect to provide hospitals and other clinical facilities with excellent qualifications as entry-level radiographers/radiologic technologists.

See the Bureau of Labor Statistics website regarding the job market and trends and the expected median salary for radiologic technologists.

Career Paths

Career Paths

Students in NECC’s Radiologic Technology Program graduate as competent Radiologic Technologists, prepared to sit for their national certification exam with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

Once an individual passes the ARRT exam, they are eligible to apply for their Massachusetts license in Radiography.

Graduates who choose to directly enter the workforce can find employment in:

  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Orthopedic offices
  • Mobile radiography companies
  • Sales
  • Education
  • Supervisory/administrative positions in Radiology
Transferring to a 4 year College or University

Transferring to a 4 year College or University

Northern Essex Community College has transfer articulation agreements with other post-secondary institutions that enable Radiologic Technology Associate Degree graduates to transfer seamlessly into four year Bachelor degree programs.

NECC has articulation agreements with the following post-secondary institutions:

Regis College

Agreements vary depending on the program and the schools. For more information about any of the articulation agreements listed, please visit the contact Academic Advising Department or the contact the Radiologic Technology Program Director. You may also refer to the Transfer Agreements page.

Students may also refer to the Transfer Programs and Events pages. Transfer information specific to the program.


Program Director

Program Director

Angela Bowers, M.S., R.T. (R) (CT)

Office: Lawrence Campus, L-30C
Phone: 978-738-7216

Clinical Coordinator

Clinical Coordinator

Patricia Willett, B.S., R.T.(R)

Office: L-030 D
Phone: 978-738-7517

Additional Information



The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology,
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-2901,

Program Effectiveness Data

Program Effectiveness Data

Graduate Outcomes June 2018

Graduation Rate

The annual benchmark for the program completion rate is 75%. The cumulative graduation rates for students admitted to the Radiography program are listed below:

Graduation Class Graduation Rate Number of Graduates / Initial Enrollment
Graduation Class of 2013 91% 20/22
Graduation Class of 2014 84% 16/19
Graduation Class of 2015 82% 14/17
Graduation Class of 2016 86% 14/16
Graduation Class of 2017 80% 12/15
Classes 2013-2017
Five Year Average
85% 76/89
Pass Rate for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists for Radiography (AART)

The cumulative pass rates for the AART exam are listed below:

Graduation Class Pass Rate on 1st Attempt Number of Graduates
Graduation Class of 2013 18 20
Graduation Class of 2014 14 16
Graduation Class of 2015 12 14
Graduation Class of 2016 12 14
Graduation Class of 2017 11 12
Classes 2013-2017
Five Year Average
88% 76
Employment Rate

The employment rate for graduates of the Radiography program is based on graduates who are known to be actively seeking employment and reporting working in either a full-time or part-time position as a radiographer within twelve months of graduation.

Graduation Class Employment Rate # of Graduates Placed / # Seeking Employment
Graduation Class of 2013 100% 5/5
Graduation Class of 2014 88% 7/8
Graduation Class of 2015 100% 14/14
Graduation Class of 2016 100% 14/14
Graduation Class of 2017 100% 10/10
Classes 2013-2017
Five Year Average
98% 50/51
Mission, Goals, and Learning Outcomes

Mission, Goals, and Learning Outcomes


The mission of the Radiologic Technology Program is to graduate professional, skilled entry level technologists who meet and strive to exceed the healthcare needs of area facilities. The technologists will be prepared to provide high quality imaging and patient care in the current evolving healthcare environment.

Goals of the program:

  1. Students/Graduates will demonstrate clinical competence
    Student Learning Outcomes:

    • Students will apply appropriate positioning skills to achieve diagnostics radiographs.
    • Students will be able to apply knowledge in radiation safety practices.
  2. Students will demonstrate problem solving and critical thinking skills.
    Student Learning Outcomes:

    • Students will be able to adapt to new circumstances, difficult cases or unusual situations to produce acceptable diagnostic images.
    • Students will be able to adapt positioning and technical factors for trauma patients.
    • Students/Graduates will adjust technical factors for varying patient conditions and pathologies.
  3. Students/Graduates will communicate effectively.
    Student Learning Outcomes:

    • Students/Graduates will demonstrate appropriate oral communication skills.
    • Students will demonstrate adequate written & oral presentation skills.
  4. Students/Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of professionalism.
    Student Learning Outcomes:

    • Students/Graduates will demonstrate professional behavior.
    • Students will be able to apply knowledge in diversity.

Required Documents

Criteria Packets
Technical Standards

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