The Diagnostic Imaging – Radiography (RAD) program at Northwest-Shoals Community College (NW-SCC) prepares students to create images through the use of x-rays that captures images used by physicians to diagnose a variety of conditions. When students complete the program, they can work as a radiologic technologist at hospitals or clinics.

The fall 2022 RAD Admissions Application deadline has been extended to May 2, 2022.

If applying for the Diagnostic Imaging – Radiography Program at NW-SCC, you are REQUIRED to submit a minimum of 8 hours of observation/experience (fall 2022 applications) for additional ranking points.

This program will accept students based on selective admission criteria.

To be eligible for admission, a student must:

  • Meet all general admission requirements of NW-SCC
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age (Alabama Regulations for Control of Radiation Rule 420-3-03 (6), “Occupational Radiation Dose Limits: States that all occupational workers employing ionizing radiation must be at least 18 years of age.)
  • Minimum of 2.5 cumulative GPA calculated on a 4.0 scale with a grade of “C” or higher on all required general academic core courses for Radiologic Technology
  • Applicant must be eligible for placement into English 101 and Math 100 or higher
  • Have a minimum composite score of 18 on ACT (National or Residual written component not required)
  • Applicant to be in good standing with the college
  • Meet the Eligibility Criteria required for the Diagnostic Imaging – Radiography Program
  • Complete and submit application for the Diagnostic Imaging – Radiography program by application deadline
  • Submit to criminal background and substance abuse screening per Health Studies Division policies

View our catalog for information on course requirements for this program.

Note to Students Located Outside the State of Alabama

By attending our Diagnostic Imaging – Radiography Program, you will be able to apply to take the national certification examination offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) upon graduation. By successfully completing the certification exam, you will be awarded the appropriate credential to begin work in the state of Alabama.  This credential is valid in many other states as well as the District of Columbia, but some states have additional requirements for licensure.  Students outside of Alabama should consult the ARRT website and the appropriate entity in their state or territory of residence to determine additional requirements for licensure and employment.

If you are interested in the Diagnostic Imaging – Radiography program at NW-SCC, please contact:

Carl Simms, Program Director/Instructor
Office: 256-331-8108