Apply to the Radiologic Technology Education Program

Details of the Application Process

Use the information here to apply directly to the RTE associate degree program. Our office is here to assist you in any way possible, but it is your responsibility to read and follow each of the steps to enrollment carefully.

Application Cycle Is December 1 through February 15 each year


Please call 303.365.8300 if you have any questions.

Important Information

  • We accept approximately 25-30 students each year. The number of students accepted to the program is dependent on the number of clinical sites we have available for placement, which varies at times based on clinical site needs and staffing.
  • Applicants to the RTE program must be 18 years old at the time of the time of the program’s start.
  • This is a 22-month, full-time program, fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), as well as the Higher Learning Commission. This means that upon completion, you will be eligible to sit for the national registry examination offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).
  • Credits achieved in this program may be transferred to all state universities and other universities of higher education.
  • Currently, courses and internships are conducted Monday through Friday, with the exception of some weekend and evening internships assigned during the second year of the program.
  • The following criminal offenses may make an applicant ineligible for registration through the American Association of Radiologic Technologists: Disqualiying Offenses
    • If you require further clarification on the ethics requirements for Radiologic Technology, please visit ARRT Ethics Information

The steps listed here are a guide to assist you in the application process.

Please contact our office with any questions throughout this process. We're here to help!

  • If you haven’t already done so, apply to CCD. You must be a current CCD student to enroll in this program. Applying to CCD is free.
  • When you enroll, choose the Associate of Science course of study.
  • You will be asked to include your CCD student number and student email on your application and on your resume.
  • Send official transcripts from outside institutions to CCDs Office of Registration and Records.

  • Prerequisite Courses

    • Below are the prerequisite courses that you are required to complete before you are eligible to apply to the Radiologic Technology program:
      • ENG 1021 or ENG 1031
      • MAT 1340
      • PSY 1001 or PSY 2440 or SOC 1001 or COM 1250
      • BIO 2101 and BIO 2102 - as of Summer 2024, CCCS has added the prerequisite of BIO 1111 to BIO 2101. Please check with your institution.
      • HPR 1039 – strongly recommended, but not required for the December 1, 2024 – February 15, 2025 application cycle. This course will be required in future application cycles.
      • RTE 1001 – can be taken after acceptance to the program, but must be complete prior to program start
    • Do you have prerequisites still in progress? You may still apply to the program, however all required prerequisite courses (with the exception of RTE 1001) must be complete no later than the Spring semester prior to program start.
      • If you have prerequisites in progress, you will be asked to submit your midterm grades no later than March 30th of the application year. You can send them to Anne Earhart.
  • Transcripts

    • You will be prompted to upload your unofficial transcripts with your application. Even if you have taken all prerequisite courses at CCD, the committee reviewing program applications will not have access to your official records. We require a copy of your unofficial transcripts to document your prerequisite grades as well as courses in progress
  • Resume and Cover Letter

    • You will be asked to upload your resume and a cover letter as part of your application. Your resume should include any job experience you have had in the last seven years. If you have been a full-time student and have not been employed, please include extracurricular activities, volunteer organizations, or college-related organizations in which you have participated.
    • Your cover letter should include the date you attended an Information and Advising session, your S number, and your student email address.
  • References

    • During the online application process, you will be prompted to provide email addresses for professional references who are willing to complete a brief reference survey on your behalf.
    • We require a minimum of two references, but encourage you to request more than two in case your references do not complete the survey.
  • Job Shadowing

    • We require six (6) hours of documented job shadowing as a component of your application. Please download the Job Shadowing Documentation Form and take it with you to have signed on the day of your job shadowing.
  • Essays

    • Complete two essays based on the prompts provided below. Note: When reviewing applications, you may earn points for two essays. If you combine prompts into one essay, it will be scored as one.
      • Prompt 1: Reflecting on your personal experience and impressions after job shadowing, what did you see or experience regarding the actual work of a Radiologic Technologist that attracts you to this profession?
      • Prompt 2: What skills or personality traits do you possess that make you a good candidate for this program and the Radiologic Technology field, and why is CCD the best fit for you?

Prior to beginning the online application process, make sure you have collected all required documentation. While the application does allow you to save your progress and log back in, it may not retain attachments that you have uploaded.

  • S number
  • Cover letter 
  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcripts reflecting all prerequisite coursework, including any prerequisites taken at CCD
    • Include documentation of any courses in progress at the time of application
  • Forms documenting job shadowing hours
  • Two written essay question responses
  • Email addresses for letter of recommendation contacts


Applications are accepted December 1 - February 15 each year. All applications will be reviewed; this is not a first-come-first-serve application process.

Application Scoring and Admission Process:

Admission to the CCD Radiologic Technology program is highly competitive process. We receive, on average, 90-100 applications per year, and accept approximately 28 of those applicants to matriculate into the program.

Once all applications have been received, all complete applications will be reviewed and scored through an unbiased, point based system.

  • Up to 70 points will be assigned to each application based on the following factors:
    • GPA - (25 points possible)
      • This program requires a minimum 3.0 GPA for science courses and an overall 2.8 GPA for all prerequisite courses.
    • Patient care and/or customer service experience - (15 points possible)
    • Letters of recommendation - (10 points possible)
      • Up to 5 points possible for up to 2 references
    • Essays – (10 points possible)
      • Each essay worth up to 5 points
    • Job shadowing - (5 points possible)
    • RTE 1001 taken at CCD - (5 points possible)
      • To earn these points, RTE 1001 must be completed no later than Spring semester.

Once application scores have been tallied, the top 40-50 candidates will be invited to interview with Radiologic Technology program staff. An additional 30 points will be added to the application score for a score out of 100 points possible. Interviews take place mid to late Spring semester.

After all interviews have been conducted, the top 25-30 scoring candidates and 5 alternates will be extended provisional invitations to enroll in the program, with a Fall semester start date. These invitations will be sent by the end of the Spring semester.

  • The number of candidates invited to enroll inthe program is dependent on the number of clinical sites available, a number which varies year to year.
  • RTE 1001 will be offered during the Summer semester, if not already completed.
  • Acceptance into the program is provisional, based on the completion of any outstanding prerequisite courses.