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 students. Applicants to the RTE program must be 18 years old at the time of the program start.
  • This is a 22-month, full-time, fully accredited program by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), as well as the Higher Learning Commission. This means upon completion, you will be eligible to sit for the national registry examination offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).
  • Credits may also be used to transfer to all state universities and other universities of higher education.
  • Currently, first-year classes are offered Monday through Friday. Second-year didactic classes are also during the day with some scheduled evening and weekend clinical assignments.

The steps listed here are a guide to assist you in the application process. Please print out this check-off list and read each step carefully.

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

Incomplete or late packets will not be considered for admission.

Please keep your own copies of all documentation submitted. Please contact our office for further instructions and or questions.

Step 1. Enroll in CCD

If you haven’t done so yet, you must be a current CCD student to enroll in this program. Applicants to the RTE program must be 18 years old at the time of the program start. The CCD application is free. When you enroll, please choose the Associate of Science course of study.

If you already are a CCD student, include your student S# and student email on your application and in your resume.

Step 2. RTE Program Application

Download and complete the Radiography Program Application.

Step 3. Transcripts & Prerequisites

For the current application cycle or Potential Applicant Information.

  • Send official transcripts to CCD's Office of Registration & Records, if transferring prerequisite credits. Transcript evaluations take 7-10 business days to process, so please submit them early.
  • Include all unofficial transcripts in your application packet.
  • If credits were completed at CCD, we ask that you provide us with an unofficial transcript as well, so that we may process your application more quickly.

Are You Currently Taking Prerequisite Courses? 

You may submit your program application while taking prerequisite courses. However, all prerequisite classes must be completed by the end of the spring semester before the start of the program.

Please include a copy of your current schedule with in-progress courses highlighted. The midterm grades should be in the form of a letter from your instructor or a screenshot of your current grades from the D2L grade book for the applicable courses. Grades that are in the form of points, need to reflect the grade percentage. If this is not available, connect with your instructor for a letter documenting your current grade.  

Email the midterm grades by April 1, 2021, to, the health science administrator. These grades may adjust your placement on the score sheet. All applicants will receive email notification of their program status by the end of April.

Invitations for interviews will be sent via email to qualified applicants mid to late April, which will include the available interview dates and times and other instructions. Final decisions regarding program invitation to start the program in the fall semester will be sent by mid-May. The summer semester start is for any accepted applicant that has not completed the RTE 101 Introduction to Radiology course.

  • ENG 121 or ENG 131
  • BIO 201 and BIO202
  • MAT 121
  • PSY 101 or PSY 235 or SOC 101
  • Physics 105 is not required but highly recommended.

There is a time restriction for prerequisite math and science classes. Science classes must have been completed within seven (7) years of the end of the spring semester in the year that the program begins. Math classes must have been completed within 10 years by the end of the spring semester in the year that the program begins. CLEP scores will be accepted for prerequisite classes (a grade of C will be used to evaluate these courses).

Students who are currently enrolled in a radiologic technology program other than CCD must be in good standing with that program. This is subject to prerequisite courses completed and transferred, as well as a successful background check and drug screen. This is also subject to clinical site availability. Only students from an accredited school, Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and the Joint Review Committee of Education of Radiologic Technologists (JRCERT), will be eligible for consideration.

Contact the radiology program director at

Step 4. Submit a Resume and Cover Letter

Please include on your resume, the name of the persons who will submit the structured reference letters.

Step 5. References

Please include on your resume, the name of the persons who will submit the structured reference letters.

Step 6. Job Shadowing

COVID-19 Exceptions:

The RTE program recognizes that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the job shadowing requirement is difficult to obtain for the fall 2021 cohort of applicants. As a program, we value this experience for our incoming students, so please continue to pursue a job shadowing opportunity. Volunteers and employees of hospitals find it easier to secure this, even with the occurrence of a pandemic. We have prepared an alternative to job shadowing if you are unable to secure locations for fulfilling the job shadowing requirement. See more information below.

Twelve (12) hours of documented job shadowing is a component of the application. Download the Job Shadow Form for documentation of job shadowing experience. More than one copy will be needed. Hours completed on separate days will require a new form (one form per day).

If unable to secure a location for job shadowing please click on the following link for Alternative to Job Shadowing and follow the instructions. You will not be required to complete the essay in Step 7 as there are new essay questions pertaining to the alternative to the job shadowing requirement.

Please include your job shadow experience (in-person or the alternative) in your radiography program application package.

Step 7. Submit an Essay

Complete the two essay questions below.

  • Reflecting on your personal experience and impressions after job shadowing, what did you see or experience regarding the actual work of a radiology technologist that attracts you to this profession?
  • What skills or personality traits do you possess, relating to your past experience and learned information from your job shadow experience, that speaks to how Radiology Technology and specifically admission into the program at the Community College of Denver, could be a future profession for you?.

Step 8. Instructions for submitting the completed application

You may mail the completed application package to the following address (postmarked by February 15, 2021).

Attn: Radiologic Technology, Center for Health Sciences at Lowry, 1070 Alton Way, Denver, CO 80230

Should you have any questions while completing this application, please contact our office at 303.365.8300.

Our application process includes the following:

  • Complete all prerequisite coursework by the end of the spring semester.
  • Applications are accepted between December 1, 2020 - February 15, 2021. The full application and its documents must be complete or it will not be considered. Once submitted, your application will be evaluated and scored.
  • Top scoring candidates (approximately 36) will be invited to interview. Interviews will be conducted early spring semester.
  • Top 25 scoring and 3 alternate candidates will be notified of their provisional invitation to the program. RTE 101 will be offered during the summer semester if not already completed. The final 25 candidates will begin the program in August.

Admission to the Program

  • Program admission is subject to successfully passing a background check and drug screen. Please read disqualifying offenses before submitting your application.
  • Students may apply and interview a maximum of three (3) times
  • Admission to the program, which is a highly competitive process, is based on a point system (100), determined by the following required criteria:
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 for science courses and 2.8 for General Education courses (30 points)
  • 12 hours of documented job shadowing (10 points)
  • 2 structured letters of recommendation (10 points)
  • Interview with the application panel (30 points)
    • NOTE: The number of applicants who are invited to participate in the interviews depends upon the number of available clinical placement sites. Approximately 36 interviews will be granted.
  • Healthcare or customer service experience (15 points).
  • RTE 101 completion at CCD with a grade of B or higher (5 points).
  • Students who successfully complete Physics 105 with a grade of B or higher will receive bonus points. Starting for 2020 applicants.