Trenholm State Community College

Radiology (Medical Radiologic Technology)


Medical Radiology Technology

Thank you for your interest in our program. The Medical Radiologic Technology program at Trenholm State Community College provides students with the necessary education to gain entry-level positions in the field of medical imaging.

The first step to be accepted into this program is to complete the college application. Apply Now!

Radiology is a medical discipline that uses medical imaging to diagnose and treat diseases. Radiologic Technologist are the medical personnel who perform diagnostic imaging examinations. They are educated in anatomy, patient positioning, examination techniques, equipment protocols, radiation safety, radiation protection and basic patient care.

Registered Radiologic Technologists - known as "R.T.s" - must complete at least two years of formal education in an accredited hospital-based program or a two-or four-year educational program at an academic institution and must pass a national certification examination through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. To remain registered they must earn continuing education credits.

The Medical Radiologic Technology program mission is to prepare individuals as entry-level radiographers who can fulfill the needs of the medical community in the service area by competently and safely performing diagnostic radiographic procedures on adults and children.

Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Goal #1

Students will demonstrate clinical competence while safely performing diagnostic radiographic procedures.


  1. Students will accurately position patients for diagnostic radiographic procedures.
  2. Students will practice proper radiation protection for patients, co-workers and self.
  3. Students will demonstrate the proper use of radiographic exposure factors.

Goal #2

Students will demonstrate the necessary communication skills to function effectively in the medical community.


  1. Students will communicate effectively within the healthcare setting.
  2. Students will demonstrate effective written communication skills.

Goal #3

Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills.


  1. Students will apply critical thinking skills by modifying standard procedures to accommodate patient conditions.
  2. Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills in the evaluation of radiographic images.

Goal #4

Students will demonstrate a high level of professionalism.


  1. Students will consistently demonstrate ethical behavior.
  2. Students will consistently demonstrate high levels of professionalism.

This program will provide students with the necessary training to gain entry-level positions in the field of diagnostic imaging as Radiologic Technologists. Students will receive clinical training in preparation for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)examination.

This program is five (5) semesters in length and includes comprehensive coursework, laboratory and clinical education. Clinical rotations are offered throughout various facilities including hospitals, diagnostic imaging centers, and orthopedic clinics.

Estimated Length and Cost

Associate Degree (6 terms) (76 Credit Hours)

Tuition & Fees $11,932

Books $1197

Uniforms/Supplies/Miscellaneous $750

*Tax not included. Prices are subject to change without prior notice; cost of books vary considerably among suppliers. The length of the program is based on full-time status of 12-15 credit hours per term. Enrollment in transitional level general education courses will alter the length of the program.

The Radiology Program

  • Accepts a class in the Fall of every year.
  • The Radiology Program application is posted above and will be accepted from May 1st - June 15th at noon. The Radiology Program application requires the following documents:
    • Completed Radiology program application
    • Unofficial copy of the ACT score
    • Unofficial transcripts from All colleges
    • Unofficial copy of your Trenholm State transcript showing any transferred courses from other colleges and ACT score
    • A completed Essential Eligibility Criteria Form
  • Typically accepts 30 students per year based on clinical availability.
  • Is typically Monday-Friday and is 5 semesters in length.

Program Curriculum

Course Credit Hours
1st Semester (1st year)
MTH 100 Intermediate Algebra or Higher Level Math 3
BIO 201 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
ORI 101 College Orientation 1
RAD 111 Intro to Radiography 2
RAD 112 Radiographic Procedures 4
RAD 113 Patient Care 2
RAD 114 Clinical Education I 2
Total 18
2nd Semester (1st year)
BIO 202 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
RAD 122 Radiographic Procedures II 4
RAD 124 Clinical Education II 5
RAD 125 Imaging Equipment 4
Total 16
3rd Semester (1st year)
ENG 101 English Composition 3
RAD 134 Clinical Education III 5
RAD 135 exposure Principles 3
RAD 136 Radiation Protection & Biology 2
Total 13
4th Semester (2nd year)
ENG 102 English Composition II or
SPH 106 Fund Oral Comm or
SPH 107 Public Speaking
PSY 200 Genral Psychology 3
RAD 212 Image Evaluation & Pathology 2
RAD 214 Clinical Education IV 8
Total 16
5th Semester (2nd year)
Humanities Elective 3
RAD 224 Clinical Education V 8
RAD 227 Review Seminar 2
Total 13
Total Credit Hours 76

Sample Degree Pathway

  • Apply to the college.
  • Have previous coursework transferred. To view transfer credit awarded, please visit the Trenholm Student Portal. For questions regarding transfer credit, please contact the Director of Records, Dr. Tennie McBryde at 334-420-4306
  • Complete an application for the Medical Radiologic Technology program, and, if you wish, an application for financial aid.
  • If you are a first time student, you must sit for the ACCUPLACER exam (see exemptions on the Trenholm website).
  • Sit for the ACT exam and score 18 or greater. This is a mandatory minimum score and is required of All applicants regardless of previous college coursework. There are no exemptions or replacements for this requirement. Visit for more information and testing schedule.
  • The Medical Radiologic Technology Program is a selective admission program. Completion of a program application is a component of the student profile and does not grant admission to the RAD program.
  • All applicants will be ranked according to the composite ACT score with an additional one (1) point being awarded for any of the co-requisite courses completed with a C or better. Tie breakers will be awarded based on ACT subject subsection scores: 1st tiebreaker: Math, 2nd tiebreaker: Science, 3rd tiebreaker: Reading, 4th tiebreaker GPA calculated over the most recent 24 credit hours (high school GPA for those without college courses).
  • Upon acceptance to the program, a student should anticipate an immediate out-of-pocket expense for a Background check, Drug Screen, required vaccinations, and CPR/BLS for Healthcare Providers.

*Please note that all general education requirements for the RAD program are co-requisite course and do NOT have to be completed before applying to the program.

*It is preferred that application packets be scanned and sent via e-mail however, packets may be submitted in person to program officials by appointment only.

Please feel free to contact us if you have questions or concerns regarding the admissions process. Again, thank you for your interest in our program and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

Program Details: View more information in the catalog.


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Program Contact

Laurie Burnett, M.S., R.T.
Acting Program Coordinator

Angela R. Davis, M.S, R.T
Clinical Coordinator


Trenholm Campus
1225 Air Base Blvd,
Montgomery, AL 36108
Detailed Directions


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850 Chicago, Illinois 60606-3182

History of

For half a century, thousands of students have charted their path to success at Trenholm State Community College. From the 1960s to today, we have been part of the fabric of Montgomery and the River Region, growing to include diverse programs of study, multiple campuses, and online learning. Now, we celebrate the present and move forward with a renewed dedication to our community and the success of our students. We invite you to join us.

Contact Trenholm State

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Trenholm Campus:
1225 Air Base Blvd
Montgomery, Alabama 36108
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Montgomery, Alabama 36108