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Mammography at BC

The Mammography Certificate at Bellevue College includes both an online course in Mammography, RAIT 325, and the option of a Mammography Clinical Practicum, RAIT 329. RAIT 325, which includes digital breast tomosynthesis, meets the ARRT’s requirement of Structured Education for Mammography, the first step toward exam eligibility. If you choose to take your Women’s Imaging career a step further, we also offer courses in Breast Ultrasound.

Please us the contact car at to let know of your interest in mammography. Note that the mammography certificate, at only 10 credits, is not eligible for financial aid.

Mammography Certificate Course Information

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  • Technologist roles and responsibilities
  • Breast anatomy and pathology
  • Breast positioning and image quality
  • Screening vs diagnostic exams
  • Breast tomosynthesis and equipment
  • QC and regulations
  • Special procedures


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Completion of the mammography course series formally prepares students to sit for the mammography exam through the ARRT.

For every 1,000 women who have a screening mammogram 100 will return for additional mammogram and/or ultrasound

According to, “Mammography is specialized medical imaging that uses a low-dose x-ray system to see inside the breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, aids in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.” Mammograms can be be used for screening or diagnostic purposes and the frequency of screening often depends on patient age and risk level. 

 As a mammographer, you will be an important part of a team of professionals dedicated to the breast health of men and women.

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The Radiation & Imaging Sciences (RAIS) program at Bellevue College is a comprehensive bachelors level program that includes a Bachelors of Applied Science and several Advanced Baccalaureate Certificates. The mammography course series is designed to prepare Radiographers to obtain certification and employment in this specialty area.

The mammography course series can be taken separately or as a part of the Radiation & Imaging Sciences Bachelors of Applied Science degree. This course series is designed for registered Radiographers, and students in related imaging programs. It is a great program for imaging professionals seeking employment in women’s health clinics and breast centers. Radiographers should pair this with the breast ultrasound series offered at Bellevue College.

RAIT 325 includes a half-day lab in the Puget Sound area and is otherwise a fully online course. 

The Radiation & Imaging Sciences program is a selective admission program which admits new students twice a year. Apply Now!

Fall Applications

» Application Opens – March 15
» Priority Deadline – June 1
» Final Deadline – July 15

Spring Applications

» Application Opens – November 1
» Priority Deadline – February 1
» Final Deadline – March 1

In addition to our Bachelors of Applied Science completion and Advanced Certificate programs, the Radiation & imaging Sciences program offers our courses to current imaging professionals seeking Continuing Education opportunities. Imaging professionals must be current in their national certification and must apply to Bellevue College but are not required to apply to the RAIS program. Imaging Professionals are limited to take 10 credits per year as a non-matriculated student.

Step 1: Apply for general admission at Bellevue College

You must apply to Bellevue College in order to take a course through our program. Please allow 1-2 weeks for processing time. You will need your Bellevue College Student Id (SID) to complete step 2.

Step 2: Complete the entry code request form for each course

You will need a copy of your unofficial transcripts showing completion of two quarters (10 credits) of Anatomy & Physiology at a regionally accredited institution in order to complete the request. Your request will be processed in the order received!

Step 3: Register for your course

After your request is approved, you will receive an entry code which allows you to register for your course! Check your registration date and time, use the class schedule to find the correct item number, and purchase your books as soon as possible!

Contact us for more assistance or apply now!

Radiation & Imaging Sciences
Phone: 425-564-2012

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Gainful Employment

Federal regulations require academic institutions to disclose to prospective students certain information about the institution’s Gainful Employment (GE) Programs, and about students who enrolled in those programs eligible for Title IV funding that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation.  See the list of eligible certificates, but note that it may be out of date of current offerings.

Last Updated May 10, 2022