Radiologic Technology | Southwestern Illinois College

Applications for Summer 2021 are accepted Sept. 1 through Dec. 1, 2020.

Students must apply and be formally accepted into the Radiologic Technology program prior to enrolling in any RT courses.

Entrance into the Radiologic Technology program is highly competitive.

Requirements to apply:

– Online application is available in your eSTORM Student Center
Online Application Procedures
1. Log in to eSTORM
2. Go to your Student Center
3. Scroll down to Health Sciences
4. Select “program” under Program Application
5. Complete the application and submit

Download the RT Application Planning for Application Requirements

Mission and Goals

View the RT Mission and Goals.

Program Capacity

Belleville Campus

The Radiologic Technology program generally accepts 40 students each summer semester at the Belleville Campus.

Program Location

The Radiologic Technology program consists of general education courses, RT pre-fix courses and assigned clinical experiences. Specific locations depend on the course type.

General Education Courses

The required general education courses can be taken at the Belleville, Sam Wolf Granite City, Red Bud campuses or online.

Radiologic Technology Courses

The RT program courses are only offered at the Belleville Campus during the day, with some evening opportunities available.

Clinical Education Experiences

Clinical practice courses begin in the first fall semester during the day and continue every semester until program completion. Clinical experience courses are completed off campus in various RT employment settings in southern Illinois and in the St. Louis region. Students may be required to travel outside the college district for clinical experience courses. Students will be required to complete some (approximately five) evening assignments during the second year. Background check and drug testing are required prior to clinical experiences. Specific clinical placement cannot be guaranteed.

Program Cost

Radiologic Technology Degree program

For details, see the RT Degree cost sheet

Financial assistance is available!

SWIC Financial Aid Office

Financial aid is available subject to financial need and satisfactory academic progress requirements set by the college.

The student work program does not require financial aid eligibility.

SWIC Foundation

The SWIC Foundation offers more than 200 scholarships based on residency, enrollment and GPA criteria.

Time Commitment

First-Year Students

Summer Semester:

Classroom and lab Monday through Thursday

Fall Semester:

Classroom, lab and 15 clinical hours per week

Monday-Thursday: two days clinical and two days classroom

Spring Semester:

Classroom, lab and 15 clinical hours per week

Monday–Thursday: two days clinical and two days classroom

Second-Year Students

Summer Semester:

30 hours clinical experience per week for eight weeks

Fall Semester:

Classroom and 20 clinical hours per week

Monday–Thursday and 1/2 Friday: two days classroom and two-and-a-half days clinical

Spring Semester:

Classroom and 20 clinical hours per week

Monday–Thursday and 1/2 Friday: two days classroom and two-and-a-half days clinical

Throughout the program, clinical assignments for students are limited to not more than 10 hours per day and total didactic and clinical involvement to not more than 40 hours per week.

Mammography Policy

The program’s policy regarding student clinical rotations in mammography, based on the sound rationale presented in a position statement on student mammography clinical rotations adopted by the Board of Directors of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) at its April 2016 meeting, has been revised effective Oct. 1, 2016. The JRCERT position statement is included as Addendum A to this policy and is also available on the JRCERT website,, Programs & Faculty, Program Resources.

View the Radiologic Technology program’s Mammography Policy.

Program Accreditation

JRCERT Accreditation

Southwestern Illinois College’s Radiologic Technology program is accredited by:

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182


Verification of accreditation can be viewed at the JRCERT website.

Accreditation Benefits

The program’s curriculum is guided by the standards developed by the JRCERT. Our accreditation status means SWIC has met the standards required and helps to assure the public that our curriculum will graduate competent clinicians. It also allows the college’s RT graduates to take the certification examination in any state that requires a license to practice radiologic technology.

Student Learning Outcomes

View the Radiologic Technology program’s Student Learning Outcomes summary data.

Program Effectiveness

View the Radiologic Technology program’s Program Effectiveness summary data.

Certification Requirements

Upon successful completion of the RT curriculum, graduates are awarded an Associate in Applied Science degree and are eligible to take the national examination for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

Individuals applying to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technology certification exam may need to complete a Pre-Application Review to determine ethics eligibility. State agencies governing the practice of radiographers may deny an individual licensure, even if the individual has completed all course work and graduated from the program, if the individual has a criminal history, has been convicted or pleads guilty or nolo contendere to a felony or other serious crime.

Certification Pass Rate

The SWIC graduate certification pass rate averaged over the past three years is 93 percent.

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