Our program’s mission is to provide the opportunity for students to develop into competent, knowledgeable radiographers who provide quality radiological services in a caring manner.

Radiologic Technologists are an important member of the allied health professional team. They perform diagnostic imaging examinations using complex and sophisticated equipment, while working closely with physicians and nurses in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.

The Radiography Program is a six (6) semester program that focuses on preparing highly competent radiologic technologists who provide quality service in a caring manner. Graduates who successfully complete the program are awarded an Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Radiography. Graduates are eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination. Upon successfully passing the exam, participants are certified as Radiologic Technologists. Once certified, graduates may become licensed in Florida through the Department of Health Bureau of Radiation Control.

Program Accreditation
The Joint Review Committee for Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2580
Chicago, IL 60606-3182

Status: Accredited. The length of accreditation is 8 years, with a renewal date of 7/2031

Program Size
Up to 10

Catalina Vargas M.Ed., BSRS, RT( R)

Program Director

Catalina Vargas M.Ed., BSRS, RT( R)

Program Performance Data

Bethesda College of Health Sciences, as a department of Bethesda Hospital East, is licensed by the Florida Department of Education, Commission of Independent Education, to award the Associate of Science degree and by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) to offer a radiography program through the academic associate's degree level. We continuously strive for excellence. Please click below to view program performance data from prior years.

Program Performance Data

1968 Program founded
81% Five-year pass rate for the ARRT national certification exam
100% Five-year job placement rate
100% Five-year program completion rate
Bethesda Hospital East

Bethesda Hospital East

Since 1959, Bethesda Hospital East has provided quality health services with care and dedication. The 401-bed, fully accredited, not-for-profit hospital and affiliates offer a full array of healthcare services, including an advanced primary stroke center, cancer care, cardiovascular care, diagnostic imaging, and emergency care. The hospital’s Emergency Department, which serves both adults and children, treats nearly 80,000 patients annually. Bethesda’s highly skilled physicians perform more than 4,600 inpatients surgeries and 5,500 outpatient surgeries each year.

Eligibility Requirements and Application Schedule

Our program attracts, educates, and retains excellent healthcare professionals to serve the South Florida community. Program participants will be trained to be collaborative, culturally competent and patient- and family-centered professionals who follow the guiding principles of service, quality knowledge and diversity.

Eligibility Prerequisites

  • General education (15 credits)
    • MAC 1105 College algebra 3 credits
    • ENC 1101 English composition 3 credits
    • PSY 2012 Psychology 3 credits
    • Humanities (art, literature, music) 6 credits

Note: Science courses more than 10 years old are not transferable

  • Science prerequisites (11 credits)
    • HSC 1000 Intro to healthcare* 3 credits
    • BSC 2085 Anatomy and Physiology I 3 credits
    • BSC 2085L Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 1 credit
    • BSC 2086 Anatomy and Physiology II 3 credits
    • BSC 2086L Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 1 credit
    • CGS 1100 Microcomputers 3 credits

*This course may be taken in high school

Application Requirements

  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Background Check
  • High School Diploma
  • BLS Certification
  • Official Transcripts

Application Timeline

  • Where do applicants go to apply? We are not accepting applications at this time.
  • When are applications accepted? January - June
  • When are candidate interviews? April - June
  • When are candidates matched/notified of acceptance? July
  • When does the program start? August

Prerequisite Courses

Potential applicants must have completed the following courses with a “C” grade or higher from a regionally or nationally accredited institution prior to applying. Course name and numbers below reflect the Florida College/University system nomenclature as reference.
  • Course Name Credits
    MAC 1105 College Algebra 3
    ENC 1101 English Composition 3
    PSY 2012 General Psychology 3
    Humanities Elective(s) 6

  • Course Name Credits
    HSC 1000 Introduction to Health Care
    (This course may have been taken in high school. It is recommended, but not required)
    BSC 2085 Anatomy & Physiology I 3
    BSC 2085L Anatomy & Physiology I Lab 1
    BSC 2086 Anatomy & Physiology II 3
    BSC 2086L Anatomy & Physiology II Lab 1
    CGS 1100 Micro Computers 3

  • Bethesda College of Health Sciences accepts a limited number of transfer credit from another nationally or regionally accredited institution. Only those courses identified for each academic program in the "Academic Programs" section of the College Catalog will be considered for acceptance on transfer. Each course to be transferred must have been completed with a grade of "C" or higher (2.0 on a 4.0 scale).

    • Anatomy & Physiology I and II courses and labs and Microbiology course and lab taken more than 10 years ago are not transferable
    • Courses identified by the State of Florida Common Course Number System will transfer automatically into the College. Courses without this designation will be evaluated individually by the program faculty.
    • Transcripts from High Schools, Colleges and Universities outside of the United States must be evaluated and translated by an approved evaluation agency and sent directly to Bethesda College of Health Sciences.
    In all cases, students will be notified regarding the acceptance into their official academic record at the College of courses from another institution.


To view the full course catalogue with additional course details and program policies, please download the Academic Catalog

Y1 Fall

RT 1000 Introduction to Radiologic Technology (3)
Year 1
RT 1503 Radiography Procedures 1 (3)
Year 1
RT 1503L Radiography Procedures Lab 1 (1)
Year 1
RT 1614 Radiologic Physics (2)
Year 1
RT 1804 Radiography Clinical Education 1 (3)
Year 1

Y1 Spring

RT 1418 Radiographic Techniques 1 (3)
Year 1
RT 1418L Radiographic Techniques Lab 1 (1)
Year 1
RT 1513 Radiographic Procedures 2 (4)
Year 1
RT 1513L Radiographic Procedures Lab 2 (1)
Year 1
RT 1814 Radiography Clinical Education 2 (3)
Year 1

Y1 Summer

RT 2130 Pharmacology in Radiology (1)
Year 1
RT 1824 Radiography Clinical Education 3 (2)
Year 1

Learning Outcomes

Students will competently perform radiological procedures.
  1. Students will position properly for radiological procedures.
  2. Students will calculate appropriate technical factors and correctly relate these factors to image quality.
  3. Students will utilize the ALARA concept.
Students will use critical thinking skills.
  1. Students will manipulate technical factors for different patient populations.
  2. Students will modify positioning for a variety of patients.
Students will use appropriate communication for the healthcare profession.
  1. Students will use appropriate oral communication skills.
  2. Students will use appropriate written communication skills.
Students will demonstrate professionalism.
  1. Students will exhibit professionalism in the clinical area.
  2. Students will appreciate the value of professional growth.

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