Kapi‘olani Community College offers the only two-year Associate in Science degree in Radiologic Technology for the State of Hawai’i. The Radiologic Technology (RAD) Program curriculum includes classroom studies, hands-on exercises in well-equipped laboratories, and intensive supervised clinical practice in affiliated hospitals. This combination of subject matter and clinical experience is designed to prepare program graduates for safe operation of x-ray equipment in diagnostic imaging settings under the supervision of a radiologist.
Radiologic technologists are medical personnel who perform diagnostic imaging examinations or administer radiation therapy treatments. They are educated in anatomy, patient positioning, examination techniques, equipment protocols, radiation safety, and basic patient care. Radiologic technologists may practice general radiography, or specialize in a specific imaging technique such as bone densitometry, cardiovascular-interventional radiology, computed tomography, mammography, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine, or sonography. Technologists specializing in radiation therapy or medical dosimetry are involved in the treatment of cancer with high doses of radiation. Radiologic technologists work closely with radiologists, specialist physicians who interpret medical images to diagnose or treat diseases and injuries. Technologists may work in hospitals, clinics, or in private physician offices. Their duties may also include record-keeping, ordering and/or stocking supplies, and performing quality control activities to assure proper imaging equipment function.
Satisfactory completion of this A.S. degree program qualifies graduates to take the credentialing examination of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), which is accepted by the Hawai‘i Board of Radiologic Technology for state licensure. This program is externally accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), and has been awarded the maximum accreditation of 8 years as of 2019.
JRCERT Contact Information
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, Illinois 60606-3182
Degree and Certificate Programs
- Associate in Science – Radiologic Technology (85-89 credits) This program includes a combination of subject matter and faculty-supervised clinical experiences designed to prepare a person for the safe operation of X-ray equipment in clinical settings under the supervision of a radiologist or other physician. Satisfactory completion of the requirements for the AS degree permits the student to take the qualifying examinations of the AART, which is accepted by the Hawai‘i Board of Radiologic Technology for State licensure. This program is accredited by the JRCERT.
The mission of the Radiologic Technology Program at Kapi‘olani Community College is to provide graduates with the entry-level skills and knowledge necessary for performing the tasks of a radiologic technologist in imaging centers, hospitals, clinics, and radiologists’ offices and group practices. Further, as the only such program in Hawaii, it is the mission of this program to provide qualified radiologic technologists for the healthcare workforce in the state of Hawai‘i.
The goals of this program meet or exceed the guidelines of the Joint Review Committee for Education in Radiologic Technology. The program is designed to meet these goals through an intensive course of study and laboratory practice and supervised clinical practice in affiliated clinical hospitals. The goals of the Radiologic Technology Program are:
- Students will practice as entry-level radiologic technologists.
- Students will demonstrate effective teamwork, communication, and critical thinking skills.
- Students will reflect the value of professional growth and development.
- The program will meet workforce needs for radiographers in the state of Hawai‘i.
- Upon completion of the Radiologic Technology Program, graduates will be able to:
- Take diagnostically acceptable radiographs of any or all parts of the body.
- Practice appropriate radiation safety measures.
- Communicate and interact appropriately and effectively with patients, patients’ family and friends, peers, staff, and supervisors.
- Work effectively as a team member with students, staff, and radiologists.
- Maintain professional and ethical behavior as a healthcare provider.
- Adapt patient positioning, projections, and technical factors based on patient condition.
- Discuss the value of life-long learning and being an active member of a professional society.
COVID-19 Advisory (relative CR/NC Policy)
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be accepting CR grades from the spring 2020 semester to fulfill prerequisite courses, however, letter grades are preferred. Supplemental information may be required if you choose to submit a CR grade. If you have any questions, please contact Health Sciences/Emergency Medical Services counselors at 808-734-9224 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Licensure and State Authorization
Once the student has completed the Radiologic Technology program and has successfully obtained certification in radiography by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, s/he will be eligible to obtain a state license, which will allow the licensee to practice radiography in the State of Hawaiʻi. Kapiʻolani Community College may not be able to confirm whether a particular program meets the professional licensure requirements outside of the State of Hawaiʻi. Kapiʻolani Community College recommends the student contact the respective professional licensing board to determine the licensure requirements in the state in which the student lives.
- Prospective and Current Students: Contact the Career Program Advisor on campus.
- Program Director: Kimberly K. Suwa
Health Science & EMS Information Sessions
Program Information sessions are held monthly and provide potential applicants with program details and requirements, application procedures, and career outlook. Attending an information session is recommended before you start your academic journey. Attendance of a program information session within one year of the application submission is mandatory when applying to a Health Science and EMS program.
See the Information Session Schedule below for session dates and times.