Distance Education

How it works

The Radiation & Imaging Sciences program was specifically designed to meet the flexible educational needs of its students. Students will complete the Radiation and Imaging Sciences program entirely from a distance through fully online courses with the exception of a few elective courses that may require face-to-face instruction and clinical practicum courses. Please note that not all concentrations or certificates require a clinical practicum.

Fully online courses are defined as courses in which all regularly scheduled classroom time is replaced by required activities completed at a distance and managed online through a course management system or equivalent technology.

  • Online courses require no fixed-schedule visits to the BC campus or other pre-determined location.
  • All activities can be completed geographically remote from the BC campus, but the student is responsible for arranging a location suitable to the course requirements.
  • Visits to particular sites, for instance for tests, internships, service learning, interviews, field research, or other curricular activity may be required, but the location and scheduling of these activities is flexible.

Who we can serve

Enrollment in the RAIS program is not limited to students who live geographically close to the BC Campus. Depending on the state, most students who live outside of Washington state may be able to attend as well.

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 visit the eLearning website for more information regarding completing the availability of eLearning options in your state.


Yes, distance education can be convenient for those who are interested in continuing their education. However, it may not necessarily be the best educational model for everyone based on preferred learning style and available time commitment. We have provided a self-assessment test for determining if pursuing the RAIS degree through distance education is right for you. Please  visit the eLearning website to see if eLearning is right for you!

Last Updated September 19, 2017