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.  (Please note that this concentration is on hold and not admitting new students at this time)
  • 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 – 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 concentration consists of 103 credits and requires twenty-four months to complete. 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 the RAIS Program Manager (425-564-3170, or marymc.mcghee@bellevuecollege.edu), 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 Manager at 425-564-3170, or marymc.mcghee@bellevuecollege.edu.

Please note that, effective Fall 2014, students will be permitted to enroll in only two RAIS courses before they apply for admission to the BAS or one of our certificate programs.

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, Minnesota, and Puerto Rico.  Other states may have restrictions for certain programs that include internships, externships, clinicals and practicums. Please contact susan.hampson@bellevuecollege.edu 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 marymc.mcghee@bellevuecollege.edu 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 the 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 is 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 and give you an estimate of the costs involved.

 

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
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.

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 Program Manager at marymc.mcghee@bellevuecollege.edu, or (425) 564-3170.