Can you see it? Be a part of this rapidly growing and rewarding career field.

The Radiologic Technology associate degree is designed to prepare graduates to practice radiography in the ever-changing health care environment.

Radiographers work closely with physicians in hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices and mobile radiography units to assist in diagnosing disease and injuries. They operate a variety of diagnostic imaging and computerized x-ray equipment.

The Program

The Radiologic Technology program at TCL includes general education, science and radiologic technology courses taught in the classroom, on-campus laboratories and multiple clinical locations in Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, Jasper and Chatham counties.

The Rad-Tech program is 80 credit hours and can be completed in six consecutive semesters.

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  • Important Dates

    The application period for Fall 2024 goes through May 28, 2024. Visit the Health Sciences Application Process page for all of the information about applying.

    Certify Your Skills

    Upon completing the program requirements, the student may be qualified to take the national certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT). Those who successfully pass the examination are issued certificates, which confer the right to use the title “Registered Technologist” and the abbreviation “R.T. (R) (ARRT)” after their names.

    Graduates are eligible to sit for the certification examination given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and must pass to become Registered Technologists. However, the ARRT has a policy of not allowing persons who are convicted of a felony or gross misdemeanor to take the national certifying examination. Because of this policy, there may be an inability of those with such a conviction to work in the profession.  For more information regarding this policy, please visit the ARRT webpage: https://www.arrt.org and review the Ethics Review / Pre- Application.

    Accreditation & Accolades

    The Technical College of the Lowcountry’s Radiologic Technology program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). www.jrcert.org 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182 Phone: 312-704-5300 | Email: mail@jrcert.org.

    Find effectiveness program data here

    Program Mission Statement Here

    TCL Radiologic Technology Accreditation Information

    Technical College of the Lowcountry is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees. Degree-granting institutions also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Technical College of the Lowcountry may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org). 

    Quick Facts


    Class of 2022—ARRT Examination Pass Rate: 100%


    The two-year Rad-Tech program is 80 credit hours over six consecutive semesters.


    South Carolina’s annual mean wage for rad-techs is $59,610.


    The job outlook is exceptional for all TCL health sciences graduates. The South Carolina’s annual mean wage for a radiologic technologist is $59,610, according to 2022 reports from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This means your return on investment is high.


    Total Program Tuition: 80 credits x $214 per credit = $17,120.

    Remember, this is before S.C. Lottery Tuition Assistance and other financial aid, which could drop your costs by more than half. In fact, after financial aid, many TCL students attend for free. See more about paying for TCL.

    *Based on Fall 2022 in-state, in-service-area tuition. Your actual cost may differ. Does not include fees, books and other costs. Qualifications vary.


    “We combine both classroom and clinical education to offer the best experience for our students.”

    Erika Johnson

    Rad Technology Instructor


    Important Additional Requirements

    Applicants interested in the Radiologic Technology program must first complete the college admission application process. The student will then make an appointment to meet with a Health Science Advisor. Acceptance into the college does not guarantee admission into a health sciences program. Applications for admission to the Radiologic Technology program may only be obtained from Health Science Advisors. Call 843.525.8267 for additional information and to schedule an appointment with an advisor.

    Career & Education Opportunities

    With additional preparation and education, radiographers are offered advancement opportunities in areas such as mammography, computerized tomography, magnetic resonance, sonography, nuclear medicine, management, supervision and/or education, and research.

    Is this program for you?

    Yes, particularly if you:

    • Desire to become an integral part of an exciting and rewarding career.
    • Want to play an essential role in changing patients’ lives.
    • Are searching for a career with unlimited potential in a highly sought after field within the health care industry

    Program Dean

    Joey Swearingen

    Dean, Health Sciences


    Beaufort Mather Campus, Bldg. 4, Rm. 109


    Erika Johnson

    Program Director/Radiologic Technology Instructor


    Beaufort Mather Campus, Bldg. 4, Rm. 203

    Heather Elmquist

    Radiologic Technology Instructor


    Beaufort Mather Campus, Bldg. 4, Rm. 201