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Frequently Asked Questions

If I have been a student at RRCC in the past, do I need to reapply?

If it has been more than 1 year since you took classes at RRCC you will need to reapply to the college.

What are the physical/health requirements of the program?

The technical standards for the medical imaging programs may be found here:  www.rrcc.edu/medicalimaging/techstand.html

Where do I go for job shadowing?

Prospective applicants should seek job shadowing opportunities at any of the area hospitals and imaging centers. The school does not arrange or recommend sites.

Is job shadowing required?

Job Shadowing is not required for application or admission to any of the Medical Imaging programs.  It is encouraged, as it allows the prospective applicants to learn more about the career field.

Do I need to have health care or patient care experience?

No, previous experience is not required.

What is the selection process based upon?

Several factors are considered in the selection process: GPA, coursework, job shadowing, work experience, applicant essay, and letters of reference/recommendation.

How hard is it to find a job?

While RRCC does not offer formal placement services, historically our graduates have a better than 90% employment rate within 6 months.

When do interviews occur?

Interviews for the Radiologic Technology program and the Sonography program are held during the third and fourth weeks of June.

What is the salary for new graduates?

Radiologic Technologists           $18-24 per hour
Sonographers                           $22-28 per hour

How recent do the letters of reference/recommendation need to be?

Letters should be no more than 12 months old.

How many graduates pass the certification examinations?

RRCC is proud to have a better than 90% first time pass rate for both the ARRT exam (Radiologic Technology) and the ARDMS exams (Sonography).

Who can apply for the program?

Anyone who holds either:

  1. A 2 year degree/certificate in a patient care related field such as Radiography, Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, or Physical Therapy;
    or
  2. A Bachelor’s Degree in any field from an accredited US or Canadian College/University.  The US and Canada share regional accreditation entities.

When can I apply for the program?

The application window is from May 1st to May 31st for the program which will start that August.

How do I apply?

Visit the Sonography Program website and print the DMS Application. Complete and submit the application, with all the required documents, to the Medical Imaging Department.

What happens after I apply?

The applications are evaluated and scored.  Interviews are then scheduled for those applicants who meet certain scoring criteria.  After the interviews, the final selection for the class starting in August is made.  All those interviewed will be notified by mail of the outcome by the 15th of July.

What happens if I am selected?

Those selected for the program will receive and information packet with complete instructions regarding the things that must be accomplished prior to the start of the program.

What type of time commitment is required for the DMS program?

The DMS program is nearly a FULL TIME commitment, Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM, for five semesters (fall, spring, summer, fall, and spring). In addition, students should expect to spend 10 to 20 hours each week studying and preparing.

Will I be able to take the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) examination upon completion of the program?

Yes, upon completion of the program you will be eligible to apply for the ARDMS examination.

Can I combine Sonography program certificates?

Students in one sonography program may take additional courses in other areas and earn multiple certificates.

Where are the clinical sites?

Clinical sites for the Sonography program are located at a number of hospitals, imaging centers, and physician offices throughout the Denver metropolitan area.

Is the Sonography program accredited?

Red Rocks Community College is regionally accredited by The Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and its programs are approved by the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education and Colorado Community College System. The ARDMS has a podcast addressing program accreditation (CAAHEP vs. Non-CAAHEP) at the following link: http://www.ardms.org/news_multimedia/ardms_podcasts_videos

If I have more questions, who should I contact?

For more information call the program office at 303.914.6033.

For advising inquiries, contact dan.macy@rrcc.edu or 303.914.6016.

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