Frequently Asked Questions

Can I take courses without being admitted to the program?

Students who have not been formally admitted to the RAIS program may register for up to two (2) RAIS courses (on a space available basis)  before they apply for admission to the RAIS program. Students are required to meet all prerequisites listed on the course and are limited to two courses totaling no more than 10 credits as a non-RAIS student. To request a seat in a Radiation & Imaging Sciences course, please complete an entry code request form.

Can I apply to the RAIS 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 primary certification exam soon, you can apply now to continue your studies in the RAIS 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 RAIS 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 RAIS program, you will need to apply and be admitted to each program separately.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 31120 credits
Magnetic Resonance ImagingRAIT 301, RAIT 315, RAIT 31620 credits
Interventional ImagingRAIT 301, RAIT 320, RAIT 32120 credits
Position Emission TomographyRAIT 301, RAIT 359, RAIT 36120 credits
MammographyRAIT 325, RAIT 3298 credits
Breast UltrasoundRAIT 328, RAIT 330, RAIT 33117 credits
Fetal EchocardiographyRAIT 340, RAIT 34115 Credits
Vascular Technology
(only as advanced modality NOT as a primary modality)
RAIT 344, RAIT 34515 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).

Last Updated October 5, 2017