The Diagnostic Imaging – Radiography (RAD) program at NW-SCC prepares students for employment in hospitals and clinics as an entry level radiographer. Radiographers interact directly with patients to capture images of the body using x-rays. Graduates of the program will eligible to take the ARRT registry exam (national board certification exam). Those passing this exam are eligible to work in any state as a registered Radiologic Technologist, R.T.(R)(ARRT). This is the primary pathway for Radiologic Technologists to branch into other imaging fields including CAT scan, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, Mammography and other imaging specialties.

This is a full-time training program and it is not recommended for those who cannot devote themselves as full time students.

Applications are available and accepted February 1 – May 1 of each year. Acceptance emails are sent in June. Classes begin in August. 

Applicants to the program will be ranked on a point scale based on grades in academic core courses, ACT score, clinical observation and other factors.

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 and be in good standing with the college
  • Have and maintain a 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
  • Have a minimum composite score of 18 on ACT (National or Residual written component not required, Superscore not considered)
  • Meet the Eligibility Criteria required for the Radiography Program.
  • Complete and submit application (printable copy here when available) for the Diagnostic Imaging – Radiography program by application deadline
  • Submit to criminal background and substance abuse screening once admitted to the program

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

Note to Students Located Outside the State of Alabama

By completing the Diagnostic Imaging – Radiography Program, you will be eligible for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) registry exam. Upon passing this exam you will be credentialed (R.T.)(ARRT) to begin work as a Radiologic Technologist. This credential is valid in other states as well as the District of Columbia. These states may require a separated licensure application and fee. 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