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Program overview

It is the mission of the Radiography program to deliver quality education that provides the means for each student to gain and apply the knowledge and skill necessary to be successful in the field of radiography and to become a productive individual in society.

Program goals and student learning outcomes

  1. To graduate clinically competent students
    1. Competently perform routine radiographic procedures
    2. Provide proper patient care and management
    3. Demonstrate safe radiation protection practices
  2. The student/graduate will develop effective communication skills
    1. Demonstrate effective oral communication skills
    2. Demonstrate effective written communication skills
  3. Students will use critical thinking and problem-solving skills
    1. Demonstrate competence in non-routine examinations
    2. Demonstrate critical thinking as it relates to image analysis and critique
  4. Students will model professional behaviors
    1. Participate in professional organizations and meetings
    2. Demonstrate professionalism in the clinical setting or area

Program costs

These are estimated costs for the Medical Imaging program. Additional living costs include:

  • Transportation
  • Health insurance
  • Immunizations
  • Professional membership

PCC has a variety of financial aid options and scholarship opportunities available for students.


Program costs
Item Cost
Tuition, lab, and fees See tuition and fees
Books $1300 for the total program
CastleBranch immunization verification, background check & drug screen system $159
CPR certification varies
Trajecsys clinical tracking system membership $150 for whole program
Uniforms and duty shoes $300 per year
Board Exam fee (ARRT) $225

Frequently asked questions

See the application page for answers to questions related to applying to the program. Information sessions are also available.

What are the hours of the program?

Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm, with occasional 2nd shifts required during clinical rotations.

Do I get paid for my hospital experience in the program?


Once I complete the program will I be licensed or certified?

Once you complete the program you will be eligible to take the ARRT national certification examination. Once certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), licensure is done on a state-by-state basis and may not be required to practice radiography in all states.

How many PCC graduates pass the ARRT certification exam on their first attempt?

100% of our graduates who took the certification exam since 2014 passed the test. For more information on our five-year average credentialing exam pass rate, job placement after graduation, and program completion rate, please see the PCC Radiography program effectiveness data document and visit the JRCERT website.

What is a limited X-ray permit?

This is a short training program to enable one to take X-rays of extremities. A list of limited permit programs can be obtained by visiting the Oregon Board of Radiologic Technology website. The PCC Medical Imaging department does not currently offer a limited x-ray program.

How do I get into MRI, CT, or Mammography?

Once you become ARRT certified, you are qualified to pursue continuing education in these areas, both in the classroom or on the job. PCC offers continuing education courses in these areas during evening and weekend hours for working radiographers.