Frequently Asked Questions

What are the four BAS concentrations?

  • Radiation and Imaging Technology (RAIT) – for students seeking advanced technical expertise leading to additional certification.
  • Medical Dosimetry (DOSM)– for radiation therapists who want to specialize in the measurement and calculation of dose for the treatment of cancer patients.
  • Nuclear Medicine (NUCMED)- for nuclear medicine technologists seeking advanced technical expertise leading to additional certifications.
  • Radiologist Assistant (RADA) – for registered radiographers (ARRT certified) who want to perform radiographic patient assessment and complex or invasive imaging procedures in an advanced-practice role under the supervision of a radiologist.  (Please note that this concentration is on hold and not admitting new students at this time)

How long will it take me to finish?

For students in the Technology, Nuclear Medicine, and Diagnostic Medical Sonography concentrations who have satisfied all prerequisites, the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree comprises 90 credits that can be completed in eight quarters of full-time attendance. The Medical Dosimetry concentration consists of 103 credits and requires twenty-four months to complete. Part-time students can complete the program in approximately 10 – 12 quarters if taking an average of 10 credits per quarter. Admitted students are expected to take at least one class per quarter.

What courses are offered through the program?

A complete list of all five concentrations and their courses is available at You should discuss your specific career plans and academic goals with the RAIS Program Manager. You can send an email to or call 425-564-3170.

Can I take courses without being admitted to the program?

Yes, students who have not been formally admitted to the program may register for up to two (2) RAIS courses (on a space available basis)  before they apply for admission to the BAS or one of our certificate programs. To find out if you qualify to take a course and receive an entry code, contact the RAIS Program Manager at or call 425-564-3170.

I do not live in Washington State. Can I still take these courses?

It depends on which state you live in. Before offering classes via online/distance to students who reside outside Washington state, Bellevue College, like all other higher education institutions, must obtain authorization from those states in order to offer classes to their residents. At this time, due to extraordinarily high costs to obtain authorization, and/or other limiting factors, we regret that Bellevue College cannot offer distance education classes to students who live in Kentucky and Puerto Rico. Other states may have restrictions for certain online programs that require licensure and/or internships, externships, clinicals and practicums. Please contact for more information.

We offer some of our courses online, and some synchronously (meaning that students can attend either in person or remotely, via the Internet).  It may be possible to arrange for clinical practicum at a hospital or clinic near you. Contact the RAIS Program Manager at 425-564-3170, or for details.

Is there a required sequence for courses that I should take?

You will be able to build on your body of knowledge if certain courses are taken before others. The RAIS Program Manager will help you design a program of study that will help you get the most benefit from each course.

Can I apply to the BAS program before I have completed an associate’s degree in radiation therapy or imaging?

If you are nearing the end of an associate’s degree program in radiologic technology, diagnostic ultrasound, radiation therapy, or nuclear medicine, at a regionally-accredited college, and you expect to take your entry-level certification exam soon, you can apply now to continue your studies in the BAS program.  We may be able to admit you conditionally, pending your completing your degree and earning your certification.

If you haven’t yet begun your studies for an associate’s degree in one of these radiation or imaging fields, then you are not eligible to apply to the BAS program.  Admission to these associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs are independent of one another.  If you want to start an associate’s degree at Bellevue College, and then continue on through our BAS program, you will need to apply and be admitted to each program separately.

What if I already have an advanced certification, or have taken some advanced technical courses?

It is possible to earn up to a maximum of 30 credits for advanced certification or proof of successful completion of specific advanced technical courses. When you are admitted to the program, the Program Manager will review your transcripts with you, and decide if you qualify to apply for credit for earned courses and certifications. Once it is determined you are eligible for credit, the Program Manager will assist you with the process. More information on the process can be found at:


Advanced Certification NameCourse NumberTotal Credit
Computed TomographyRAIT 301, RAIT 310, RAIT 31118 credits
Magnetic Resonance ImagingRAIT 301, RAIT 315, RAIT 31618 credits
Interventional or Cardiac ImagingRAIT 301, RAIT 320, RAIT 32118 credits
Position Emission TomographyRAIT 301, RAIT 359, RAIT 36118 credits
MammographyRAIT 325, RAIT 3298 credits
Breast UltrasoundRAIT 328, RAIT 330, RAIT 33117 credits

Can I reapply next year if I am not accepted into the program?

You will receive a letter advising you of what additional courses you need to take or what else you can do to strengthen your application for the next time you apply.

Is the program accredited?

Bellevue College is accredited to offer four-year degrees by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) (Redmond, Wash.), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. The Medical Dosimetry program accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

Where can I find out more about the BC Bachelor of Applied Science?

To find out more about the program, contact the Radiation & Imaging Sciences Department at or call us at 425.564.3170.

Last Updated March 9, 2017