Frequently Asked Questions

What are the five BAS concentrations?

  • Radiation and Imaging Management (RAIM) – for students who wish to lead radiation and imaging departments and clinics.
  • Radiation and Imaging Technology (RAIT) – for students seeking advanced technical expertise leading to additional certification.
  • 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.
  • Medical Dosimetrist (DOSM)– for radiation therapists who want to specialize in the measurement and calculation of dose for the treatment of cancer patients.
  • Nuclear Medicine concentration – for nuclear medicine technologists seeking advanced technical expertise leading to additional certifications.

How long will it take me to finish?

For students in the management or technology 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 Radiologist Assistant concentration is a full-time, 204-credit program that takes twenty-four months to complete. The Medical Dosimetry certificate program is a 56-credit program that can be completed in twelve months of full-time attendance. The Nuclear Medicine concentration comprises 90 credits that can be completed in two-years of full time attendance. 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 http://bellevuecollege.edu/worksheets/bachelor/. You should discuss your specific career plans with a program advisor who will help you create an academic plan to fit your goals.

Can I take courses without being admitted to the program?

Yes, students who have not been formally admitted to the program may register for any course on a space available basis. To find out if you qualify to take a course and receive an entry code, contact the program assistant at (425) 564-2316.

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

It depends on which state you live in. Before offering distance education classes in other states, all institutions of higher education must obtain authorization from those states 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 Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, and Texas.

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. Your program advisor will help you design a program of study that will help you get the most benefit from each course.

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, your program advisor 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, your advisor will assist you with the process and give you an estimate of the costs involved.

 

Advanced Certification Name
Course Number
Total 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
MammographyRAIT 325, RAIT 3298 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. Your application fee will be waived if you apply the following year

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). The Radiologist Assistant program is endorsed by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

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

Information sessions are held at hospitals and clinics throughout Washington at various times of the year. Contact your department supervisor to see if one is scheduled for your team. You may also call the Radiation & Imaging Sciences office, for a schedule or to find out more about the program, (425) 564-2316.