Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions

What is CastleBranch?

CastleBranch is an online website that stores documents required for application and participation in clinical rotations.

How much does it cost to use CastleBranch?

  • Students (and certain High Schools programs) are responsible for any fees associated with using CastleBranch.
  • Please check the Health Sciences Student Resources page for the current information on prices.

How do I create my immunization account in CastleBranch?

Click here to see step-by-step instructions in Google Slides.

  • Go to the Castlebranch website to create and log into your account.
  • To order the immunization package, use the package code UL64im and follow the given prompts.
  • Please note if you are a high school student taking the program through the Health Science Academy, please consult your Academy Staff member about what code needs to be used.

I am not ready to apply yet, can I create my CastleBranch account now and upload my immunizations early?

  • Yes, we encourage you to create your account and upload your immunization documents as early as possible to avoid any delays in submitting your application.
  • You can submit your immunizations to CastleBranch even if you are not ready to apply yet.
  • Students should have immunizations submitted at least 2-3 weeks prior to application deadline to ensure they are complete at the time of application.

Can I upload my own personal immunization record to CastleBranch?

  • No, all of the immunizations are required to be on the one-page immunization form.
  • Any information on a personal immunization record will be rejected.

How do I upload my immunizations to my CastleBranch account?

I don’t have a scanner. Can I fax my information to CastleBranch?

Why was one of my immunizations approved, but the others are still in process?

  • CastleBranch reviews each immunization separately. So you may see that some immunizations are reviewed before others have.
  • At peak application times, it may take several days to have all of the immunizations reviewed in CastleBranch.

My immunizations were rejected in CastleBranch. What do I need to do now?

  • Check your messages in CastleBranch. Click here for instructions.
  • The e-mail that you linked with your CastleBranch account should be monitored on a regular basis once you have submitted your immunizations.
  • CastleBranch will email you if there is a problem with the information you submitted.
  • The email should explain why your information was rejected.
  • If you would like additional guidance, please contact Lisa Enloe, Health Sciences Compliance Coordinator, at lenloe@austincc.edu.

ACC is closed. Who can I contact for assistance with my CastleBranch account?

Are my immunizations in CastleBranch good for more than one program and/or one year?

  • Yes, as long as your immunization account has a green check mark, your immunizations are current
  • You do not need to submit immunizations again once they have been approved.
  • You do not need to create a new immunization account if you are applying again or for another program.

I already have a green check mark next to my immunizations, but they were submitted last year. Do I need to create a new immunization account in CastleBranch?

  • No, you only need to create the immunization account once.
  • If anything expires, you will be notified by CastleBranch.

What do I need to complete in CastleBranch in order to submit my application?

Before submitting your application, please be sure that you have:

  • your immunization account approved in CastleBranch with a green check.
  • your program specific requirements approved in CastleBranch with a green check. Please check your programs homepage to order this additional package code.

I have a green check mark next to my immunization account and my program specific requirements. Now what do I need to do?

  • Please turn in your application at either our Eastview campus or Round Rock campus during business hours.
  • Online application coming soon. Please check the Health Sciences homepage for the latest information.

I still have questions about my CastleBranch account. Who do I need to contact?

Please contact Lisa Enloe, Health Sciences Compliance Coordinator, at lenloe@austincc.edu.

When is a background check ordered?

A background check should NOT be ordered until you have been given instructions on how to do so from your program. Typically this is done a month or two before the start of your first semester in the program.

All background checks are done through CastleBranch. No other background checks will be accepted.

What backgrounds result in ineligibility?

The following histories will disqualify an individual from consideration for admission because the student would not be eligible for clinical placement:

  • Registered sex offenders
  • Health and Human Services – Office of Inspector General list of excluded individuals, U.S. General Services Administration excluded parties list, Employee Misconduct Registry, U.S. Treasury – Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) List of Specially Designated Nationals (SDN), Texas Health and Human Services Commission (TX HHSC), Office of Inspector General (OIG), Exclusion List
  • Felony convictions
  • Felony deferred adjudications involving crimes against persons (physical or sexual abuse)
  • Known or observed abuse or neglect of patients/clients/customers.
  • Observed or proven theft
  • Convictions of violent acts (misdemeanor or felony)
  • Misapplication of fiduciary property or property of a financial institution (Class A misdemeanor or felony)
  • Securing execution of a document by deception (Class A misdemeanor or felony)
  • Violence in the workplace.
  • Ineligibility for rehire

Why should something that may have happened 20 years ago affect a student’s eligibility for a Health Sciences program?

Clinical agencies are required to protect the safety of patients in their facilities. Students who wish to pursue certain Health Sciences degrees have the option to appeal their ineligibility to the appropriate licensing/credentialing organizations by way of a declaratory order process.

Please contact the Health Sciences Compliance Coordinator at lenloe@austincc.edu for a current list of programs that have a review process.

Why should anything other than a student’s academic performance matter to ACC?

Clinical rotations are the hallmark to ACC’s Health Sciences programs, and students have significant patient contact during these rotations, which take place at hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare agencies throughout the area.

If a student’s criminal background check includes a disqualifying history, do they have an avenue of appeal?

Yes, there are several Health Sciences programs that have licensing/registry bodies that can review a student’s background check prior to enrolling in a program. If the licensing/registry body approves the individual for the body’s licensing/credentialing exam, the individual is then eligible to participate in clinical rotations and can be admitted to ACC’s Health Sciences programs.

Please contact the Health Sciences Compliance coordinator at lenloe@austincc.edu for more information.

What are a student’s transfer options to other programs at ACC if declared ineligible to continue in Health Sciences?

ACC offers a wide variety of education opportunities outside Health Sciences. Students can explore these with an ACC counselor or advisor.

Where can I find more information about background checks for ACC students?

Please contact the Health Sciences Compliance coordinator at lenloe@austincc.edu for more information.

Also, you can find the latest information on the Health Sciences Student Resources page.

What happens when a class is closed that I really need for my program/degree?

Dr. Espinosa, Department Chair, will no longer be able to add students to classes that are closed. Please read below for the policy on getting into a class that is closed.

“During registration, the established college procedure is followed. If a desired course is filled, the student should continue to check for openings during the drop/add period and register for the desired class if an opening occurs. At the end of the drop/add period, students who can provide documentation of need for a co-requisite course in order to maintain program admission status will be referred to the assistant dean. Her name is Nan Walters (email: nwalters@austincc.edu). In rare instances, these students may be admitted to the required co-requisite course on a space available basis.”

What if I register for a class because it is the only one that has openings in which I do not plan to attend? I plan on attending a class that is currently closed.

You will not be allowed to attend a class in which you are not enrolled. This is college policy and will be strictly enforced. The student needs to continue to monitor the website for openings for the section in which they want to enroll.

Can I take Anatomy, or Intro to Anatomy and Physiology and Pharmacology (HPRS 2300) in the same semester?

No. You must take Anatomy and Physiology I or BIOL 2404 Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology and pass with a grade of “C” or better, or take the Pre-Pharmacology Assessment Exam prior to enrolling in Pharmacology.

No exceptions will be allowed. You must know the anatomy and physiology of the body prior to learning pharmacology. In other words, you must know how the body works before learning how the drugs work on the body.

What are the prerequisites for Pharmacology, HPRS 2300?

Human Anatomy (BIOL 2304/2101) OR Human Physiology (BIOL 2305/2102) OR Anatomy and Physiology (BIOL 2404) OR BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credit hours) with a grade of C or better OR pass a pre-pharmacology departmental assessment exam over Anatomy and Physiology course objectives. You must bring proof of prerequisites to orientation or your first class meeting (grade report, transcript).

What are the prerequisites for Pathophyisology (HPRS 2301 or HPRS 2201)?

Completion of 4 credit hours of BIOL 2304 and BIOL 2101 or BIOL 2404 or BIOL 2401; AND HPRS 1106 or HPRS 1206 or HITT 1305. Bring proofs of prerequisites to first class meeting or orientation (grade report, transcript). There will be no exceptions.

Can I take a class without meeting the prerequisites for the course?

You will not be allowed to take a course without meeting the course prerequisites. The prerequisites are in place for students to have the opportunity for student success. No exceptions.

What if I have taken Cellular Biology or Microbiology? Will this count as my A&P I course prior to taking Pharmacology?

No. You must know the anatomy and physiology of the body prior to learning the pharmacology.

What is the difference between HPRS 1106 and HPRS 1206? They are both titled "Medical Terminology."

HPRS 1106 is a survey course required of the Physical Therapy Assistant, Radiology, Medical Lab Technicians, and Pharmacy Technician Programs. This is a one credit hour course.

HPRS 1206 is a comprehensive 2-credit hour course designed for Sonography and Surgery Technologist programs. Please refer to the course description for more information. This course is offered via hybrid, traditional, and Online.

Do I need to have comprehension of English in order to pass Medical Terminology?

Yes, student must have comprehension of reading, writing, and speaking the English language for successful completion of this course. Students not proficient in English should contact Retention and Student Support Services for remediation and assistance.

What is the Pre-Pharmacology Assessment Examination?

The assessment is in place as an alternative entry of meeting the Anatomy and Physiology prerequisite for the Pharmacology Course. If a student passes the assessment, this does not count for credit of the actual prerequisite course.

Who is a candidate to take the Pre-Pharmacology Assessement Examination?

Any student who has prior and comprehensive knowledge in Anatomy and Physiology.

How can I find out more about the Pre-Pharmacology Assessement Examination?

Please click here for guidelines for the Allied Health Science Pre-Pharmacology Assessment Examination.

Who do I contact in order to get some information on the health science programs that ACC has to offer?

A list of the Health Sciences programs is listed on the ACC Health Sciences Home Page. You can also contact the Health Sciences Admissions Office online or by calling (512) 223-5700.

What does ONL mean as a classroom mode?

ONL stands for On-line Course Learning. The student enrolled in this course should have basic computer skills in order to successfully complete the course. Most ONL courses are conducted entirely via internet, email, or blackboard, which is an online delivery system. Students view the course content on the internet or by visiting the library to view the videotapes of the lectures. ONL courses require that you do a mandatory online orientation, in which all of the course information is explained. The course has deadlines for assignments and exact dates to take exams. The student is responsible for watching all lectures, keeping up with the assignments and quizzes, and taking exams by the deadlines given. The exams are taking at the testing center of the ACC campus of your choice. The professor will help in facilitating the course and answer any questions that may arise.

What is a hybrid course?

A hybrid course is a course in which a significant portion of the learning activities have been moved online, and time traditionally spent in the classroom is reduced but not eliminated.

How will a hybrid course be conducted?

Once a week students attend class/lecture in a classroom, which represents 55% of the course time. On other select days, students complete class related activities on the internet, which represents 45% of the course time.

I want to take an online course through distance learning, but I do not live near or in the Austin area. Is this possible?

This is an option but a form for remote testing must be completed by the student and submitted to the distance learning department for approval. This will also require instructor approval.

Are there courses that I can challenge in this department? If so, what are the requirements in order to do so?

Courses can be challenged by a student if the student meets the required prerequisites established for the course.  The following courses currently have challenge examinations:  HPRS 2300 – Pharmacology for Health Professionals, HPRS 1106 and HPRS 1206 – Medical Terminology, and HPRS 2301 – Pathophysiology. If you are interested in challenging one of these courses, the student must be a current ACC student with a least 1 credit hour at ACC. In order to take these exams, you must meet the established prerequisites for the course. The prerequisites can be found in the college catalog. For Challenge Exam process information visit the Allied Health Sciences Student Resource Page.

Interested students should contact the Health Sciences Admissions Office at 512.223.5700 for more information regarding the process.  For a list of prerequisites for the courses above, please visit the Allied Health Sciences course description page.

How long is the Dental Hygiene Program?

The Dental Hygiene Program is 2 years in length which includes the summer session between the first and second year. In addition to the 2 years of dental hygiene specific course work, there are at least 2 semesters of required prerequisite course work.

If I finish the Dental Hygiene Program will I receive a degree?

Yes. Students that successfully complete the Dental Hygiene program of study are awarded the Associate of Applied Science degree.

How many times a year does ACC admit a new dental hygiene class?

Our program, like most in Texas, admits one class per year in the Fall semester.

When do you accept applications for admission to the Dental Hygiene program?

Applications are accepted from September 1st – February 1st. The application packet must be submitted by the close of business on February 1st (or the next business day if the 1st falls on a weekend), including transcripts from courses taken the previous Fall semester.

Where do I send my completed application?

Send your complete application packet addressed to:

Austin Community College
Eastview Campus
ATTN: Health Sciences Admissions
Program: Dental Hygiene
3401 Webberville Road
Austin, Texas 78702
Phone: (512) 223-5700

How many students will be admitted to the program each year?

Our enrollment is limited by the capacity of our clinic. Therefore we admit 18 students per class.

Do I have to have prior work experience in a dental office to be considered for admission?

No. However, it is helpful to do some research about the dental hygiene profession to see if the roles and responsibilities of the dental hygienist match your personal goals. Applicants to the Dental Hygiene program are required to observe some selected dental/dental hygiene procedures as part of the admissions process for the purpose of introducing the dental team. This observation will help you determine if dental hygiene is the right profession for you. It is important to note that verified work experience in a direct patient care role such as a chair-side dental assistant may afford you some bonus points in the application process.

Is there an entrance examination required to get into the Dental Hygiene program?

Yes. Students are required to complete the ATI TEAS Test for Allied Health. Detailed information about the testing requirement, can be found here.  You will also need to meet the admission requirements of the College and meet the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements to be considered for admission to the Program.

Do I have to take the ACT or SAT examinations to be considered for admission to the Dental Hygiene Program?

No. However, you will be required to complete specific sections of the ATI TEAS test as noted here. You do need to meet the admission requirements of the College and meet the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements to be considered for admission to the Program.

How are the students selected for admission to the Dental Hygiene program?

We consider those applications that are submitted by the application deadline and identified as complete. The Department of Dental Hygiene Admissions Committee develops a ranking score for each application. The ranking score formula consists of:

  1. calculating a grade point average (GPA) for the required prerequisite courses. We then take that GPA and multiple it by 200;
  2. assigning 20 points for each degree plan non-DHYG course successfully completed by the application deadline (such as Statistics or Introduction to Sociology);
  3. assigning corresponding grade recognition points for the completed non-DHYG courses (3 points for an A; 2 points for a B; and 1 point for a C grade);
  4. assigning additional bonus points as applicable, such as 10 points for an applicant that applied in the past, was qualified however not offered admission. Graduates of an accrediting dental assisting/laboratory program and nationally certified dental assistants and individuals with direct patient care work experience receive bonus points as well.

The applications are then ranked in order of the respective ranking scores. The top 18 individuals are offered admission to the Program. Approximately the next 10 applicants are placed on an alternate list for consideration for admission should one of the 18 persons decline his/her offer of enrollment. Academic counseling is offered to those that are qualified but not competitive for admission to the program.

A ranking worksheet is available for download.

What kind of grades do I need to have to be considered for the Dental Hygiene program?

You need to have an overall college grade point average (GPA) of at least a C average, 2.0 based on a 4.0 scale. You will also need to have successfully completed each of the prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better. Since our enrollment is limited, the admissions process will be selective. Additionally positions in the dental hygiene class are highly sought after. Therefore, it is reasonable to expect that a prerequisite GPA of at least a 3.5 will be needed to compete for a position in the class.

Do I need letters of recommendation to be considered for acceptance to the Dental Hygiene program?

Letters of recommendation are not required as a part of the admissions process and will not be considered when selecting the class.

I am a dental assistant. Is my experience considered in the admissions process?

Possibly. Dental assisting (and laboratory) experience is considered if you have graduated from an ADA accredited program and/or are DANB certified and/or submit verified direct patient care work experience.

I am a foreign trained dentist. What do I need to do to be accepted to the Dental Hygiene program?

In order to be considered for our Dental Hygiene program you will first need to be admitted to the College and your coursework evaluated for transfer to the College. For information about admission to Austin Community College, please visit the International Student Services page.

When will I know if I have been accepted to the Dental Hygiene program?

The review of the applications and selection process for the Dental Hygiene program takes about 4-6 weeks. Our goal is to inform you of your status in writing around the beginning of May. Admissions results will not be communicated over the phone.

If I am not accepted into the Program this year, will I be placed on a waiting list?

No. Each application cycle is a new selection process. You will need to submit a new application form and compete against those that apply for that admissions cycle.

May I challenge Dental Hygiene courses for credit?

Yes, no, and maybe. Once you have been accepted to the program you will receive information about the courses available for challenge. It is important to understand that to challenge out of a course, you will need to demonstrate the same level of competence as someone taking and passing the course.

What is the typical weekly schedule?

Plan on class or clinic commitments 4 to 5 days a week. The daily schedule will be 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Do you offer Dental Hygiene classes in the evening?

No. Currently we are a typical daytime program. The daytime schedule best meets the needs of the patients that we are serving in our dental hygiene clinic and leaves the evenings available for use by the ACC dental assisting program.

How hard is it to work and attend the Dental Hygiene program at the same time?

The Dental Hygiene program requires a significant commitment in time. Aside from classes and clinic sessions, a good bit of time is needed to study. Many students do end up working part-time while attending school, however if at all possible we advise you to try and not work. We have tried to package the program so that summer between the first and second year of the program will allow some time to work. Contact the College’s financial aid office for advice in this area.

I took my prerequisites many years ago. Do I need to take them over?

Yes, no, and maybe. Science is foundational to the study of dental hygiene and your success in the program. That is why courses like Anatomy and Physiology need to be current. Current is defined as taken within five years of admittance to the program. The English Composition and Psychology courses do not have time limits. If you have completed multiple biology related courses, e.g., you completed the prerequisites for dental school, or you are a foreign trained dentist, the time requirement may be waived based on a review of your academic history. You must request this consideration in writing to the Department Chair.

What courses do I need to take to be considered for admission to the Dental Hygiene program?

See the Application Process page for this information.

If I don’t finish all the prerequisites can I still enroll for the Dental Hygiene program?

No. The content of these courses create a foundation necessary to support your success in the first year of the program. If you do not complete the required prerequisites by the deadline, your application will be considered incomplete and thus will not be considered for admission to the Program.

What do you do if I repeated a prerequisite course?

Understanding that students need an opportunity to improve what may have been a “false start” in college, repeated course grades will be considered. If a course is repeated, the higher of the two qualifying grades will be considered in the admission ranking formula. For example, the two attempts for a course like Human Anatomy need to both be current, successfully completed at a grade of C or better within 5 years of admittance to the Program. Beginning with the 2014 admission’s cycle (beginning September 1, 2013), ONLY the first two qualifying attempts of a course will be considered. So using Human Anatomy as an example again, if the prospective student took the course a 3rd time, only the higher of the first two attempts will be considered.

What types of financial aid are available to me?

The counselors here at ACC are more than happy to help you investigate funds available for your education. For information about financial aid, go back to the ACC home page and click on the tuition and financial aid link.

How much will it cost to complete the Dental Hygiene program?

The two year program will cost an in-district student about $17,000. That cost figure considers your tuition, lab and clinic related fees, uniforms, books, dental instruments, and fees to take the registration and licensing examinations.

What is the average salary for a dental hygienist and are there jobs available?

An excellent source of this type of information is the US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Handbook or Health Career Explorer.

May I transfer a course into the program?

Courses will more than likely transfer into the program as long as you successfully completed the course receiving a grade of C or better at a regionally accredited college or university. The Department of Dental Hygiene Admissions Committee will review your transcripts for transfer courses. In terms of graduation requirements, the Admissions and Records personnel perform the formal, official review. If you attended ACC prior to 1999, you need to request that the Admissions and Records office post your transcripts from your other institutions to the electronic system we are now using.

I am currently attending another dental hygiene program. May I transfer to the ACC program?

Yes, no, and maybe. Program transfers are managed on a case-to-case basis depending on space availability. To see the Request for Transfer Process to the Dental Hygiene Program, please click here.

How do I register?

To register, you must first be an ACC student. Contact ACC’s Admissions and Records division to enroll as a student. Once you have done that, then consult the Course Schedule guide to find the class you want to take. You must participate in an online information session to receive an application for the EMT-Basic classes.

Once your application has been approved through the Dean’s Office, you will be informed to begin your criminal background check. When your criminal background check is completed you will be notified to register for class. During your registration period, sign up for the class. Don’t forget to pay by the tuition deadline or the college will drop you from the course.

What are the requirements to take an EMS class?

  • All students must be at least 18 years old at the time of application. No exceptions can be made to this rule.
  • All students must meet certain immunization requirements.
  • All students must meet certain CPR requirements.
  • All students must pass a criminal background check.
  • All students must pass a Drug Screening.
  • Students must be in good academic standing; students on academic probation will not be accepted.
  • For training beyond the EMT level, students must be currently certified as a Texas EMT-Basic, or have proof of current enrollment in an EMT class, or be eligible for National Registry Testing.

Does my CPR qualify?

Consult the Student Resources page for answers to CPR certification questions.

What vaccinations do I need?

Consult the Student Resources page for answers to immunization requirement questions.

Do I need to go to an Information Session meeting?

EMT students are required to participate in an online information session in order to enroll in an EMT class.

How much will it cost?

Costs vary depending on how you enroll and your residency status. Consult the appropriate guide (college credit catalog) to calculate your tuition. You will take the EMT class as a 5 hour lecture/lab class and a 1 hour clinical class. Please note that there are insurance fees associated with these courses in addition to the tuition and building service fees listed. You may also contact the college’s Admissions and Records department for assistance in calculating tuition. The EMS department is unable to provide students with any information on costs.

A detailed cost report is available here.

I have a criminal record. Will that keep me from becoming certified?

All Health Sciences students (including EMT) that attend clinicals must pass a criminal background check prior to going to any clinical site. The requirements on this check may be viewed on the Student Resources page. You may contact the Health Sciences Compliance Coordinator, Lisa Enloe at lenloe@austincc.edu if you have specific questions that are not answered on the website.

When applying for certification as an EMT, you must discuss your criminal record with the state certifying agency (Texas Department of State Health Services EMS Division) in order to have your individual record evaluated. Convictions do not necessarily prevent certification; however, failure to disclose a criminal record may result in revocation of your certification, if issued.

When do classes meet?

In the Fall and Spring semester classes usually meet twice each week for 4.5 hours at a time. Classes are currently held on Monday and Wednesday evenings (5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.) at the Eastview campus (EVC) and Tuesday and Thursday evenings (5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.) at the Cypress Creek campus (CYP).

In the Summer semester, classes meet three times each week over the 11 week session for 4.5 hours at a time. The classes are currently held on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at both the Eastview campus and the Cypress Creek campus.

Required clinicals are attended outside of class time. Clinical orientation is scheduled one of the first two Saturdays of the semester, and attendance is mandatory. Clinical schedules are chosen by the student from available dates/times provided on FISDAP® the computerized software used for all ACC-EMSP clinical scheduling.

There may be at least two other weekend dates required during the semester to cover state mandated hours for skills or extrication practice. These dates would be considered class dates and are mandatory. The dates will be provided by the lead instructor on the first day of class.

Which classes do I sign up for?

Enroll in EMSP 1501 and EMSP 1160. You must sign up for both classes.

Registration for the EMT program requires prior departmental approval. Please visit the EMT online information session pages in order to get an application for admission into the EMT program.

I will turn 18 years old during class. Can I still sign up?

No, you must be 18 years old in order to apply to the program. This is a requirement of our clinical sites and is not flexible.

I want to be a firefighter and I was told I need to take the EMT class first. What class is the correct one?

Enroll in EMSP 1501 and EMSP 1160. You must sign up for both classes.

Registration for the EMT program requires prior departmental approval. Please visit the EMT online information session pages in order to get an application for admission into the EMT program.

How often are classes offered? Will you be offering a class during ______ semester?

The EMT program is one semester in length and is offered every Fall, Spring, and 11-week Summer semesters.

I want to become a Paramedic. Do I need to take an EMT class?

In order to be accepted into our advanced training program, you must hold a current Texas EMT certification, show proof of current enrollment in an EMT class, or be eligible to take the national registry exam.

What can I do with an EMT certification?

Certification as an EMT is the entry level for a career in EMS and is a required certification for admission into the advanced (EMT-Intermediate/Paramedic) training program at ACC. EMS certification is also a requirement for anyone seeking a commission as a firefighter in Texas.

In the local area, EMTs with paid and volunteer first responder organizations provide medical care at emergencies while awaiting an ambulance. EMTs may also be hired by hospital emergency rooms in supportive patient care roles. There are also several non-emergency and a few emergency ambulance services in the area that hire EMTs. Local pharmaceutical research companies hire EMTs to assist in research. Starting pay varies from $7 to $15 per hour, depending on the employer.

Are there extra items I need to buy?

There are a few things that students will need to purchase beyond books. Students must have a uniform, and other equipment. These equipment needs are explained in class, usually during the first meeting. Equipment costs are approximately $50 – $75.

I was dropped from the course because I missed a payment deadline, and now it's full. Can you re-register me?

No. Students forfeit their opportunity for a seat as the slot is given to the next person on the list.

Can the class be overloaded?

No. Classes cannot be overloaded because we have a limited amount of time/space available in our clinical sites. Class sizes are set based on clinical availability, so if we overloaded a class, there would not be enough clinical times available for every student. Since all clinicals are required to complete state certification regulations, students wouldn’t be able to become certified.

Do I have to wait until I have completed the prerequisite courses, EMT, before I apply for admission into the advanced training program?

No. Once you have attended the Information Session, you may begin the application process. You will not be granted admission into the program until currently certified as a Texas EMT or have proof of current enrollment in an EMT class or be eligible for National Registry Testing.

Can you make an exception and overload the EMT class so I can complete my prerequisites?

No. Classes cannot be overloaded because we have a limited amount of time/space available in our clinical sites. Class sizes are set based on clinical availability, so if we overloaded a class, there would not be enough clinical times available for every student. Since all clinicals are required to complete state certification regulations, students wouldn’t be able to become certified if we overloaded the class.

Who do I contact about applying to the advanced training?

Use the online contact form for questions about applying to the advanced training. Assistant Department Chair Ginger Locke-Floyd is an alternate contact.

Will my classes transfer to another college?

Yes. All Health and Kinesiology classes are transferable.

I have taken yoga several times. Can I repeat the class again?

Yes. Most of our activity courses are exempt from the Rule of Three.

I want a career in health care but I don’t want to work with needles or body fluids. Will radiology be a good choice for me?

Radiologic technologists must work with all types of patient conditions including patients with IVs, catheters, drainage tubes and ostomy bags.  Radiologic technologists must be able to provide direct patient care before, during and after the exam. Patients may experience nausea, vomiting, fainting and even cardiac arrest while being x-rayed. The technologist is the primary care-giver when the patient is in the radiology department.

What skills or backgrounds do most radiologic technologists have?

There is no specific background that ensures an individual will be successful in the Radiology Program or as a radiologic technologist. While the technologist uses imaging technology, the patient care aspect is equally important. Strong math and science backgrounds, excellent psychomotor/hand-eye coordination, organization, concentration and interpersonal skills are a must to learn and work as a radiological technologist.

How long does it take to learn to be a radiologic technologist?

Austin Community College offers an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Diagnostic Medical Imaging – Radiology. The course of study is 2 years.

Will I be able to advance my education in radiology after completing the AAS degree program?

Austin Community College offers Advanced Technical Certificates in Computed Tomography (1 semester program), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (2 semester program) and Cardiovascular Intervention (3 semester program).

Students may also continue their education with a Bachelor of Science degree from other colleges and universities.

What is the outlook for jobs in radiology in the Austin/Central Texas area?

Medical imaging continues to expand and grow.  It is anticipated that this trend will continue and faster than average growth will continue through the year 2022. The status of medical imaging professions, median salaries and other important data can be found on the web site for the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The employment rate for ACC Radiology Program graduates is approximately 90% and has been on the rise.

Is the ACC Radiology Program accredited?

Yes, The Radiologic Technology Program at Austin Community College is accredited by The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. The Joint Review Committee is the only agency that is authorized by the United States Department of Education to award accreditation to Radiologic Technology Programs. Accreditation by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology is the public’s assurance that the program has met rigorous Standards of Accreditation which will ensure that the student will receive an education that will provide the student with the knowledge, skills, and professionalism necessary for a successful career in medical imaging.

The Radiography Program at Austin Community College was first established in 1975 and has been accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology since the beginning of the program. A program must undergo periodic reviews by the Joint Review Committee to ensure that its accreditation standards are maintained. The Radiography Program had its most recent accreditation site visit in February of 2015. The continuing accreditation process requires that the Program complete a “Self Study” which is a document of introspection where the program provides information that documents compliance with the Standards of Accreditation. The self-study is submitted to the Joint Review Committee on Radiologic Technology for review and then an accreditation site visit is scheduled. The on-site evaluation is conducted by Radiology Program Officials from another program out of the state. The site visitors review all the program policies, procedures, curriculum, and the clinical education component of the program. We are pleased to report that the Radiology Program was found to be in compliance with all the Standards of Accreditation and was awarded an accreditation period of 8 years which is the best award that can be earned by a program. To review the Standards of Accreditation, please visit the JRCERT website and click on “Radiography Standards.”

How much does it cost to attend the ACC Radiology Program?

An approximate cost report is available here.

How much clinical experience is included in the ACC Radiology Program?

The clinical education component of the program requires a total of 5 semesters of training with a total of 1,346 clinical contact hours.

During the first semester of the program, students do not attend clinical training because they must first learn radiation safety, patient care procedures and be able to practice and demonstrate competency in completing basic procedures in the program’s energized laboratories.

Can I do this program part-time or in the evening only?

No, the Radiologic Technologist Program is designed as a full-time course of study which enables the student to finish as quickly as possible and earn the ability to take the Credentialing Examination in Radiography upon successful completion of the program. Clinicals must also be done during regular department work hours which are weekday, day time hours only.

Can I request to be assigned only to clinical sites inside the city of Austin or on the bus lines?

Radiology students may be assigned to any of the clinical sites utilized by the program in the greater Austin area and may not request assignment to a particular site for any reason. Students are assigned to a variety of clinical sites throughout the length of the program to provide a well-rounded clinical education as required by programmatic accreditation.

Sites within the city of Austin may not be served by the public transit system. Therefore, it’s recommended that students have reliable transportation.

How many students are accepted each year?

We admit approximately 50 students to start each Fall semester.

How do I apply / what are the requirements?

Step-by-step instructions on how to apply to the Radiology program can be found on the program’s Application Process web page.

What is the ranking process for applicants?

All applicants are ranked on 2 criteria only:  (1) GPA is calculated on the required prerequisites courses and any completed co-requisite courses in the degree plan (not a student’s overall academic GPA), and (2) TEAS test score.  Courses applicable to the degree plan must meet a minimum GPA of 2.8 for an application to be accepted.

The GPA is 60% of the ranking score and the TEAS test score is 40% of the ranking score.

A competitive average GPA is considered to be 3.6 – 3.7 and a competitive average TEAS score is 76 – 80. However, keep in mind that the applicant pool varies each year and these numbers can change.

Can I repeat prerequisite and co-requisite courses for a higher GPA?

Understanding that students need an opportunity to improve what may have been a “false start” in college, repeated course grades will be considered. If a course is repeated, the higher of the first two qualifying grades will be considered in the admission ranking formula.

Can I transfer in courses to fulfill the prerequisites?

Yes, ACC will make the final determination on transfer courses; only credits from regionally accredited colleges and universities are accepted by ACC.  However, upper division courses will not be accepted.

I need to work at least part-time if I am admitted to the Radiology Program. Is this possible?

The amount of time a radiology student must spend in classes, labs, study, practice and attending clinical is significant.  Plan to spend 2‐3 hours on preparation for every hour of class and lab.

The Radiology Program cannot make accommodations for a student’s work schedule. It is recommended that a student work no more than 20 hours a week if necessary. It’s also recommended that you plan ahead for your financial situation if admitted to the Radiology Program.

Are there any post-admission requirements?

After an offer of admission is received, the department will inform students of the post-admission clinical requirements and provide detailed instructions and deadlines. Some of these requirements will include:

  • 4-hour clinical observation in a specific local clinical facility (arranged by the department)
  • Criminal background check
  • Drug screen
  • TB test & physical exam

 

No action should be taken on these requirements until instructed to do so by the department. Completing these requirements too early will result in the student having to repeat them in the specified time frame.

Are radiology students in class a lot during the week?

Many courses are taught in a hybrid format with instructions posted to an electronic blackboard. Enhanced learning is then taught during class times.  As a rule, successful students may devote 20-40 hours per week to class, labs, assignments, study and clinical. Depending on the students’ capabilities and dedication, each student’s hours will vary.

Is there a tardy or absence policy for the Radiology program?

Lecture, lab and clinical schedules are provided to the student at the beginning of each semester. Due to the intense nature of study, missed class or clinical hours may seriously affect a student’s ability to complete the requirements of his/her course(s).

Each course syllabus contains information regarding attendance requirements and procedures. Excessive tardiness may result in the Progressive Discipline Process or even withdrawal from the program.

If I am not accepted into the Program this year, will I be placed on a waiting list?

No. Each application cycle is a new selection process. You will need to submit a reapplication form and compete against those that apply for that admissions cycle.

What types of financial aid are available to me?

The counselors at ACC are more than happy to help you investigate funds available for your education. For information about financial aid, visit ACC’s Tuition and Financial Aid page.

What is the Austin Community College (ACC) Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Program?

The ACC MRI program is a two semester advanced certificate program. The MRI program is designed to prepare the student to take the post primary certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). The MRI program is offered for college credit and continuing education. The courses offered are traditional classroom instruction. This is not an online program.

Who can apply to the MRI program?

The MRI program is offered to imaging professionals with a primary current certification in one of the following areas: Radiology R.T.(R)(ARRT), Sonography (ARRT or RDMS), Nuclear Medicine R.T.(N)(ARRT or NMTCB), or Radiation Therapy R.T.(T)(ARRT).

Please note that the ARRT requires the candidate must hold primary pathway registration with the ARRT (or in some cases, NMTCB or ARDMS) in an appropriate discipline and document completion of specific clinical experience requirements.

How many students are accepted into the MRI program?

The number of students that we accept is based on the number of clinical training facilities that we have available. Typically, we accept 8 – 10 students to start in the Fall.

Is the MRI program offered every year?

The program is offered on an as needed basis. It is dependent on MRI faculty staffing and having 70% student enrollment to make the program. If there are not sufficient applications, the program will not be offered. The program only starts in the Fall semester.

What is the difference between college credit and continuing education?

Continuing Education Credit (CE credit) – These courses are offered under the CE credit option. This option contains the identical courses that are offered for college credit. Admission to the college is not required, however please be advised of the documentation required for MRI program admission.

Upon completion of the course(s), a certificate of course completion is awarded. Please note that CE credit courses will not be accepted by the ARRT for CE credits towards your required 24 CE credit biennium.

College Credit – These courses would require admission to Austin Community College.* These courses are identical to the continuing education credit courses. Upon completion of the course(s), a letter grade is awarded and posted on the student’s college transcript.

The ARRT will accept college credit courses towards your 24 CE biennium, since the course, date taken, and grade will be documented on your school transcript.

* Admission to Austin Community College does not guarantee admission to the MRI program.

What is the difference between declared and undeclared student?

Declared – Declared applicants are classified as students who require the clinical and didactic component. These students are eligible to enroll in the three didactic courses and two clinical courses covered in the Fall and Spring semester. This option can be taken for college credit and continuing education.

Undeclared – Undeclared applicants are classified as students who do not require the clinical component. Undeclared means that only the didactic coursework is required. These applicants may already work in the MRI field or have made personal arrangements for clinical training, and only are seeking the didactic portion of the coursework. This option can be taken for college credit and continuing education.

As an undeclared student, do I have 2 years to complete all the procedures?

Yes, the ARRT policies and guidelines apply to both declared and undeclared applicants. ​Both students will have 24 months to complete the ARRT competency requirements.

From ARRT.org: Candidates for ARRT post-primary certification and registration must — within the 24 months before submitting their applications — complete and document specific procedures as outlined in the clinical experience requirements (see Appendix B). 

Please visit www.arrt.org for more information on the MRI post primary pathway option.

How do I apply to the MRI program?

Visit the MRI Application Process page for more information.

I do not have a medical imaging background. Can I apply to the MRI program?

Unfortunately, you are not eligible to apply to the ACC MRI program. You must be an imaging professional that holds a current primary license in one of the following areas: Radiology R.T.(R)(ARRT), Sonography (ARRT or RDMS), Nuclear Medicine R.T.(N)(ARRT or NMTCB), or Radiation Therapy R.T.(T)(ARRT).

I am a Limited Radiologic Technologist (LMRT) and hold a current state license. Can I apply to the MRI program?

Unfortunately, you are not eligible to apply to the ACC MRI program. The state license allows you to be employed in that state to perform limited radiography. The state license and ARRT certification are two separate entities.

You must be an imaging professional that holds a current primary certification in one of the following areas: Radiology R.T.(R)(ARRT), Sonography (ARRT or RDMS), Nuclear Medicine R.T.(N)(ARRT or NMTCB), or Radiation Therapy R.T.(T)(ARRT).

Please note that the ARRT does administer a Limited Scope of Practice in Radiography Examination. The ARRT administers the examination to state approved candidates under contractual arrangement with the state and provides the results directly to the state. This examination is not associated with any type of certification by the ARRT.

I have a certification from the American Registry of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists (ARMRIT). However, my employer requires a certification from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Can I apply to the MRI program?

Unfortunately, you are not eligible to apply to the ACC MRI program. The MRI program is designed to prepare the student to take the post primary certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). You must be an imaging professional that holds a current primary certification in one of the following areas: Radiology R.T.(R)(ARRT), Sonography (ARRT or RDMS), Nuclear Medicine R.T.(N)(ARRT or NMTCB), or Radiation Therapy R.T.(T)(ARRT).

I am a new radiology graduate. Can I apply to the MRI program?

Yes, you can apply to the ACC MRI program. You must hold a current ARRT radiology certification by the start of the MRI program in late August. You must submit a copy of the ARRT card prior to the start of the program. If you have not tested or passed your ARRT examination in radiology by the first day of class, then your application will be withdrawn and you will not be eligible to start the MRI program.

I am a new graduate in one of the following areas: Nuclear Medicine, Sonography, or Radiation Therapy. Can I apply to the MRI program?

Yes, you can apply to the ACC MRI program. You must hold a current ARRT certification in your discipline by the start of the MRI program in late August. You must submit a copy of the ARRT card prior to the start of the program. If you have not tested or passed your ARRT examination in your discipline by the first day of class, then your application will be withdrawn and you will not be eligible to start the MRI program.

I am a new imaging graduate. Is patient care experience in imaging required?

Patient care experience is preferred, but not required. You will find that patient care experience is extremely helpful in the MRI environment. Patient care experience used to rank applicants is defined as employed either full-time in radiology, sonography, nuclear medicine, or radiation therapy. Clinical patient care experience as a student will not be accepted in the applicant ranking process. Applicants with zero to less than one year will receive zero patient care experience points in the ranking process.

I have been employed in the imaging field for more than one year. How does this help me in the ranking process?

Full-time employment will help you in the ranking process. You must submit a current resume and a patient care experience form completed by a supervisor or human resources representative to verify employment as an imaging professional. Points will be awarded as follows:

  • New graduates and/or less than one year full time work experience = 0 points
  • 1-5 years full time employment = 1 points
  • 6-10 years full time employment = 2 points
  • 10 years & over = 3 points

I hold a primary ARRT certification, but I have never been employed in the imaging field. Can I apply to the MRI program?

Yes, you can apply to the ACC MRI program. Please note that the absence of patient care experience may lower your overall ranking score against other applicants. Clinical patient care experience as a student will not be accepted in the applicant ranking process. Applicants with zero work experience in the discipline will receive zero patient care experience points in the ranking process.

What is the MRI ranking process?

The MRI ranking process helps determine which applicants will be accepted into the MRI program. The process uses grade points that are awarded for supporting coursework. Patient care experience points are awarded based on documented paid work experience in radiology, nuclear medicine, sonography, and radiation therapy. The completion of the information session will be added into the ranking process.

What supporting courses are used in the MRI ranking process?

Supporting courses are used to award grade points in the application process. You must submit school transcripts that clearly show the grade awarded. Transcripts that do not clearly show grades awarded will not be accepted in the MRI ranking process. The following courses are supporting courses that are used to rank MRI applicants:

  • College Algebra/Equivalent or Passing math placement test
  • Introduction to Speech Communications
  • Introduction to Computing
  • Patient Care Course

Grade Point Distribution:

  • A = 4 grade points
  • B = 3 grade points
  • C = 2 grade points
  • D = 1 grade point
  • F = 0 grade point
  • CR = 2.5 grade points

Prerequisite Course(s) not taken earn 0 grade points.

I have not taken one or more of the supporting MRI courses? Can I apply to the MRI program?

Yes, you can apply to the ACC MRI program. Please note that the absence of one or more of the supporting courses may lower your ranking amongst other applicants. Absent supporting courses will receive zero grade points in the ranking process.

What courses are in the MRI degree plan and when are they offered?

The Fall courses are:

  1. RADR 2271 – Sectional Anatomy and Patient Care
  2. MRIT 2330 – Principles of Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  3. MRIT 2460 – MRI Clinical

RADR 2271 and MRIT 2330 are the didactic courses and they are offered only in the Fall semester. They are offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Round Rock Campus. Class times are 6 – 7 p.m. (RADR 2271) and  7:10 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (MRIT 2230).

MRIT 2460 Clinical is offered on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Clinic times typically are 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Clinic times vary from site to site. Clinicals are offered in the Austin metro area. The clinical training sites consist of hospital and outpatient clinic facilities.

The Spring courses are:

  1. MRIT 2276 – Magnetic Resonance Physics and Procedure
  2. MRIT 2461 – MRI Clinical

MRIT 2276 is the didactic course that is offered only in the spring semester. It is offered on Tuesday evening at the Round Rock Campus. Class time is 6 – 8 p.m.

MRIT 2461 clinical is the second semester of clinical training. MRIT 2460 Clinical is offered on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Clinic times typically are at 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Clinic times vary from site to site. Clinicals are offered in the Austin metro area. The clinical training sites consist of hospital and outpatient clinic facilities.

The MRI clinical times conflict with my current schedule. Can I change my clinical training hours or days?

Unfortunately, clinic training days and times cannot be changed or altered.

As a declared student, can I do clinicals at my current place of employment?

No, you are not allowed to do clinicals with your employer.  ​You will be assigned to a different site.

How are clinic hours structured?

Clinic hours are structured and are not flexible. There may be a slight variation on start and end times depending on the clinical site, but it will be during the day and on M-W-F (ex. 7 a.m. – 3 p.m., or 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., or 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.).

Will I be assigned to more than one clinical facility while in the program?

Yes.  Typically you will be assigned a different clinic site for the Fall and Spring semester.  However, the option to stay at the same site may be requested by the student or the clinic staff.  If this option can be accommodated, then the student may remain at the same clinical site for the duration of the program.

Are there any safety concerns with training in the MRI environment that will prevent me from applying to the MRI program?

Yes. MRI uses a powerful magnetic field that can create a dangerous clinical environment for some applicants. Students with cardiac pacemakers, defibrillators, neurostimulators, and some aneurysm clips will not be allowed in the MRI suite. Other metal implants or devices will be evaluated on a case by case basis. If you have a metal implant or device, and you are unsure if it is MRI safe, please contact the ACC MRI Faculty prior to submitting your application.

Who can I contact if I need more information?

Please feel free to contact MRI program faculty member, Teresa Garza at tgarza@austincc.edu, for more information. You may also contact the Health Sciences Office:

Eastview Campus Health Sciences Office
Building 8000, Room 8356
3401 Webberville Road
Austin, TX 78702
Phone: 512.223.5700
or toll-free 888.626.1697

Round Rock Campus Health Sciences Office
Building 3000, Room 3105
4400 College Park Drive
Round Rock, TX 78665
Phone: 512.223.0220

What is the ACC Cardiovascular Interventional Technology Program?

The ACC Cardiovascular Interventional Technology (CI) program is a 3 semester advanced technical certificate program. The CI program is designed to prepare the student to take the national post-secondary certification examination in Cardiac Interventional Radiography administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). The CI program is offered for college credit and continuing education. The didactic courses are offered as online instruction.

The length of the program offers students an adequate amount of time to obtain the required number of clinical exams set forth by the ARRT.

Who can apply to the CI program?

The CI program is offered to imaging professionals with a primary current certification in Radiology R.T.(R)(ARRT).

Please note that the ARRT requires the candidate must hold primary pathway registration with the ARRT in an appropriate discipline and document completion of specific clinical experience requirements.

How many students are accepted into the CI program?

The number of students that we accept is based on the number of clinical training facilities that we have available. Typically, we accept 6 – 8 students for the 3-semester program that starts in the Fall semester.

Is the CI program offered every year?

The program is offered on an as needed basis. It is dependent on CI faculty staffing and having 70% student enrollment to make the program. If there are not sufficient applications, the program will not be offered. The program only starts in the Fall semester.

What is the difference between college credit and continuing education?

Continuing Education Credit (CE credit) – These courses are offered under the CE credit option. This option contains the identical courses that are offered for college credit. Admission to the college is not required, however please be advised that an application and documentation are required for CI program admission.

Upon completion of the course(s), a certificate of course completion is awarded. Please note that CE credit courses will not be accepted by the ARRT for CE credits towards your required 24 CE credit biennium.

College Credit – These courses require admission to Austin Community College.* The courses are identical to the continuing education credit courses. Upon completion of the course(s), a letter grade is awarded and posted on the student’s college transcript.

The ARRT will accept college credit courses towards your 24 CE biennium, since the course, date taken, and grade will be documented on your school transcript.

* Admission to Austin Community College does not guarantee admission to the CI program.

What is the difference between declared and undeclared student?

Declared – Declared applicants are classified as students who require the clinical and didactic component. These students are eligible to enroll in the three didactic courses and two clinical courses covered in the Fall and Spring semester. This option can be taken for college credit and continuing education.

Undeclared – Undeclared applicants are classified as students who do not require the clinical component. Undeclared means that only the didactic coursework is required. These applicants may already work in the CI field or have made personal arrangements for clinical training, and only are seeking the didactic portion of the coursework. This option can be taken for college credit and continuing education.

As an undeclared student, do I have 2 years to complete all the procedures needed by the ARRT?

Yes, the ARRT policies and guidelines apply to both declared and undeclared applicants. ​Both students will have 24 months to complete the ARRT competency requirements.

From ARRT.org: Candidates for ARRT post-primary certification and registration must — within the 24 months before submitting their applications — complete and document specific procedures as outlined in the clinical experience requirements (see Appendix B). 

Please visit www.arrt.org for more information on the CI post primary pathway option.

Is there a tardy or absence policy for the CI program?

Declared students in the Cardiovascular Interventional program are required to attend 24 hours of clinical internship per week.  Due to the nature of the subject matter and the fact that you will be dispensing ionizing radiation to patients in clinic, assisting physicians with cases, and learning hemodynamic monitoring, it is essential that you attend class consistently.  In addition, professional behavior predicates arriving on time and ready to participate in learning activities in the clinical environment.  You will be required to record your attendance for each clinic day. Three days is the limit for absences in the 16-week clinical course and two days is the limit for absences in the 11-week clinical course.

During a 16-week clinical course, the first three absences are without penalty.  The fourth absence results in a drop in letter grade and written conference with the faculty member.  The fifth absence will result in probation and conference with the faculty.  Additional absences will result in withdrawal from the course. (excerpted from the CVTT Student Handbook)

During the 11-week clinical course, the first two absences are without penalty.  The third results in a drop in letter grade and written conference with the faculty member.  The fourth absence will result in probation and conference with the faculty.  Additional absences will result in withdrawal from the course. (excerpted from the CVTT Student Handbook)

How do I apply to the CI program?

Information can be found on the Application Process page.

I do not have a medical imaging background. Can I apply to the CI program?

Unfortunately, you are not eligible to apply to the ACC CI program. You must be an imaging professional that holds a current primary license in Radiology, R.T.(R)(ARRT).

I am a Limited Radiologic Technologist (LMRT) and hold a current state license. Can I apply to the CI program?

Unfortunately, you are not eligible to apply to the ACC CI program. The state license allows you to be employed in that state to perform limited radiography. The state license and ARRT certification are two separate entities.

Please note that the ARRT does administer a Limited Scope of Practice in Radiography Examination. The ARRT administers the examination to state approved candidates under contractual arrangement with the state and provides the results directly to the state. This examination is not associated with any type of certification by the ARRT.

You must be an imaging professional that holds a current primary certification in Radiology, R.T.(R)(ARRT).  The CI program is designed to prepare the student to take the post primary CI certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

I am a new radiology graduate. Can I apply to the CI program?

Yes, you can apply to the ACC CI program. You must pass the ARRT radiography certification exam prior to the withdrawal date of the fall semester. If you do not pass your ARRT examination in radiology prior to this date, you will be withdrawn from all enrolled CI courses and ineligible to continue in the CI program.

I am a new imaging graduate. Is patient care experience in imaging required?

Patient care experience is preferred, but not required. You will find that patient care experience is extremely helpful in the CI environment. Patient care experience used to rank applicants is defined as full-time employment in any radiographic discipline. Clinical patient care experience as a student will not be accepted in the applicant ranking process. Applicants with zero to less than six months will receive zero patient care experience points in the ranking process.

I have been employed in the imaging field for more than one year. How does this help me in the ranking process?

Full-time employment in an imaging discipline outside of CI or Electrophysiology (EP) will help you in the ranking process. You must submit a patient care experience form completed by a supervisor or human resources representative to verify employment as an imaging professional. Points will be awarded as follows:

  • New graduates and/or less than 6 months full time work experience = 0 points
  • 6 months-1 year full time employment = 2 points
  • 1-5 years full time employment = 3 point
  • 6-10 years full time employment = 4 points
  • 10 years & over = 5 points

I have been employed in the cardiac cath lab or electrophysiology (EP) lab more than one year. How does this help me in the ranking process?

Full time employment in the cardiac cath lab (CCL) or electrophysiology (EP) lab will help you in the ranking process.  You must submit a patient care experience form completed by a supervisor or human resources representative to verify full-time employment in at least one of those areas.  A minimum of one year experience in either the CCL or EP lab will earn applicants 5 points.  If employed in the CCL or EP lab for less than one year, points will be awarded based upon the criteria set for those outside the CCL or EP lab.  (Please see previous question.)

I hold a primary ARRT certification, but I have never been employed in the imaging field. Can I apply to the CI program?

Yes, you can apply to the ACC CI program. Please note that the absence of patient care experience may lower your overall ranking score against other applicants. Clinical patient care experience as a student will not be accepted in the applicant ranking process. Applicants with zero work experience in the discipline will receive zero patient care experience points in the ranking process.

What is the CI ranking process?

The CI ranking process helps determine which applicants will be accepted into the CI program. The process uses grade points that are awarded for supporting coursework, patient care experience, advanced credentials earned from ARRT, and current ACLS providers. Patient care experience points are awarded based on documented, full-time paid work experience in any radiographic modality. ARRT credentials earned in advanced imaging modalities are awarded based upon copies of ARRT registry cards.  ACLS points are awarded based upon current AHA ACLS certification cards (card holders must be in compliance through July of application year).

What supporting courses are used in the CI ranking process?

Supporting courses are used to award grade points in the application process. You must submit school transcripts that clearly show the grade awarded. Transcripts that do not clearly show grades awarded will not be accepted in the CI ranking process. The following courses are supporting courses that are used to rank CI applicants:

  • College Algebra/Equivalent or Passing math placement test
  • Introduction to Speech Communications
  • Introduction to Computing
  • Patient Care Course
  • Human Anatomy or Anatomy & Physiology

Grade Point Distribution:

  • A = 4 grade points
  • B = 3 grade points
  • C = 2 grade points
  • D or F = 0 grade points
  • CR = 2.5 grade points

Prerequisite Course(s) not taken earn 0 grade points.

I have not taken one or more of the supporting CI courses? Can I apply to the CI program?

Yes, you can apply to the ACC CI program. Please note that the absence of one or more of the supporting courses may lower your ranking relative to other applicants. Absent supporting courses will receive zero grade points in the ranking process.

What are advanced imaging credentials?

These are credentials which have been awarded to individuals from the ARRT above and beyond the Radiography (R) credential.  These include Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MR), Mammography (M), Vascular Interventional Radiography (VI), Bone Densitometry (BD), Nuclear Medicine (N), Sonography (S), Vascular Sonography (VS), Breast Sonography (BS), and Registered Radiologist Assistant (R.R.A).  Each advanced credential an applicant possesses at the time the application is submitted will be awarded one point.

What is AHA ACLS?

ACLS or Advanced Cardiac Life Support is awarded by the American Heart Association.  It is an advanced certification in the areas of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), airway management, pharmacology, and EKG interpretation.  Applicants who provide a current ACLS card at the time they submit their application will be awarded one point.  A current ACLS card is one that expires in July or later of the application year.

What courses are in the CI degree plan and when are they offered?

Fall Semester:

CVTT 1304 and CVTT 1313 are didactic online courses.

CVTT 2460 Clinical is typically offered Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Students spend 8 hours per day at clinic and clinical times are generally 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.; however, clinic times may vary from site to site. Clinical sites are offered at hospitals in the greater Austin metro area.

Spring Semester:

CVTT 1340 and CVTT 1350 are didactic online courses.

CVTT 2461 Clinical is typically offered Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Students spend 8 hours per day at clinic and clinical times are generally 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.; however, clinic times may vary from site to site. Clinical sites are offered at hospitals in the greater Austin metro area.

Summer Semester:

CVTT 1110 is the didactic online course.

CVTT 2462 Clinical is typically offered Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Students spend 8 hours per day at clinic and clinical times are generally 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.; however, clinic times may vary from site to site. Clinical sites are offered at hospitals in the greater Austin metro area.

How are clinic hours structured?

Clinic hours are structured and may be minimally flexible. There might be a slight variation on start and end times depending upon the clinical site, but students will be in clinic 8 hours per day, three days per week. Clinic start time might be as early as 6 a.m. and run as late as 4 p.m. Facilities will work with faculty to determine the days and times best suited for student clinical experience based upon department workflow.

There are strict guidelines that must be followed in order to provide a good learning experience for the student and minimize liability for the clinical affiliate:

  • The program has sole discretion on the clinical placement of the student.
  • The clinical affiliate may decline a student at any time for any reason.
  • Clinical hours can only be completed at an approved clinical affiliate.
  • The hours are negotiated per student withinthe above hours and clinical affiliates hours and supervising technologist availability.
  • Only one student can be scheduled for clinical hours at a time, including students from other programs and employees in training.
  • Declared students cannot perform clinical hours at their place of employment.

As a declared student, can I do clinicals at my current place of employment?

No, you are not allowed to do clinicals with your employer.  ​You will be assigned to a different site.

The CI clinical times conflict with my current schedule. Can I change my clinical training hours or days?

There may be limited flexibility available with the clinical schedule.  However, the program does not assign clinical hours around a student’s personal or work schedule.  It is highly recommended that declared students in the CI program work or have outside commitments of less than 24 hours per week due to the time commitments involved.  Declared students should expect to spend up to 45 hours per week on clinical and didactic course work.

Will I be assigned to more than one clinical facility while in the program?

Yes.  Typically, you will be assigned to a different clinic site for the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.  However, the option to stay at the same site may be requested by the student and/or the clinic staff.  If this request can be accommodated, then the student may remain at the same clinical site for the subsequent semesters.

Are there any safety concerns with training in the CI environment that will prevent me from applying to the CI program?

Safety concerns in the CI environment include exposure to ionizing radiation, iodinated contrast media, hospital grade disinfectants, blood and bodily fluids and disease.  However, these sources are of no greater risk than other medical imaging professions.

Who can I contact if I need more information?

Please feel free to contact CI program faculty member Michelle Hamilton, michelle.hamilton@austincc.edu, or the program’s admission coordinator Sherry Niven at sherry.niven@austincc.edu, or phone (512) 223-5882 for more information.

You may also contact one of our Health Sciences Offices:

Eastview Campus Health Sciences
Building 8000, Room 8356
3401 Webberville Road
Austin, TX 78702
Phone: (512) 223.5700
or toll-free (888) 626.1697

Round Rock Campus Health Sciences
Building 3000, Room 3105
4400 College Park Drive
Round Rock, TX 78665
Phone: (512) 223.0220

What is the ACC Computed Tomography Program?

The ACC Computed Tomography (CT) program is a 1 semester advanced technical certificate program. The CT program is designed to prepare the student to take the Advanced Certification Examination in Computed Tomography administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). The CT program is offered for college credit and continuing education.

Who can apply to the CT program?

The CT program is offered to imaging professionals with a primary current certification in one of the following areas: Radiology R.T.(R)(ARRT), Nuclear Medicine R.T.(N)(ARRT or NMTCB), or Radiation Therapy R.T.(T)(ARRT).

Please note that the ARRT requires the candidate must hold primary pathway registration with the ARRT or the NMTCB in a supporting discipline and document completion of specific clinical experience requirements.

How many students are accepted into the CT program?

The number of students that we accept is based on the number of clinical training facilities that we have available. Typically, we accept 8 – 10 students for the 1-semester Fall program.

Is the CT program offered every year?

The program is offered on an as needed basis. It is dependent on CT faculty staffing and having 70% student enrollment to make the program. If there are not sufficient applications, the program will not be offered. The program is offer in the fall semester.

What is the difference between college credit and continuing education?

Continuing Education Credit (CE credit) – These courses are offered under the CE credit option. This option contains the identical courses that are offered for college credit. Admission to the college is not required, however please be advised that an application and documentation are required for CT program admission.

Upon completion of the course(s), a certificate of course completion is awarded. Please note that CE credit courses will not be accepted by the ARRT for CE credits towards your required 24 CE credit biennium.

College Credit – These courses require admission to Austin Community College.* The courses are identical to the continuing education credit courses. Upon completion of the course(s), a letter grade is awarded and posted on the student’s college transcript.

The ARRT will accept college credit courses towards your 24 CE biennium, since the course, date taken, and grade will be documented on your school transcript.

* Admission to Austin Community College does not guarantee admission to the CT program.

What is the difference between declared and undeclared student?

Declared – Declared applicants are classified as students who require the clinical and didactic component. These students are eligible to enroll in the three didactic courses and two clinical courses covered in the Fall and Spring semester. This option can be taken for college credit and continuing education.

Undeclared – Undeclared applicants are classified as students who do not require the clinical component. Undeclared means that only the didactic coursework is required. These applicants may already work in the CT field or have made personal arrangements for clinical training, and only are seeking the didactic portion of the coursework. This option can be taken for college credit and continuing education.

As an undeclared student, do I have 2 years to complete all the procedures needed by the ARRT?

Yes, the ARRT policies and guidelines apply to both declared and undeclared applicants. ​Both students will have 24 months to complete the ARRT competency requirements.

From ARRT.org: Candidates for ARRT post-primary certification and registration must — within the 24 months before submitting their applications — complete and document specific procedures as outlined in the clinical experience requirements (see Appendix B). 

Please visit www.arrt.org for more information on the CT post primary pathway option.

Is there a tardy or absence policy for the CT program?

Yes, there is a strict attendance policy for clinical. Students should consult the course syllabus for details.

The didactic courses are offered online or hybrid (online and laboratory) as distance learning courses. These courses require completion of weekly assignments. Completion of these weekly assignments constitutes attendance in distance learning courses.

How do I apply to the Computed Tomography program?

Information can be found on the Application Process page.

I do not have a medical imaging background. Can I apply to the CT program?

Unfortunately, you are not eligible to apply to ACC’s CT program. You must be an imaging professional that holds a current Texas State Medical Radiographer license (MTY) and primary ARRT certificate in one of the following areas: Radiology R.T.(R)(ARRT), Nuclear Medicine R.T.(N)(ARRT or NMTCB), or Radiation Therapy R.T.(T)(ARRT).

I am a Limited Radiologic Technologist (LMRT) and hold a current state license. Can I apply to the CT program?

Unfortunately, you are not eligible to apply to the ACC CT program. The state license allows you to be employed in that state to perform limited radiography. The state license and ARRT certification are two separate entities.

You must be an imaging professional that holds a current primary certification in one of the following areas: Radiology R.T.(R)(ARRT), Nuclear Medicine R.T.(N)(ARRT or NMTCB), or Radiation Therapy R.T.(T)(ARRT).

Please note that the ARRT does administer a Limited Scope of Practice in Radiography Examination. The ARRT administers the examination to state approved candidates under contractual arrangement with the state and provides the results directly to the state. This examination is not associated with any type of certification by the ARRT.

I have a certification from the American Registry of Computed Technologists (ARCTT). However, my employer requires a certification from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Can I apply to the CT program?

Unfortunately, you are not eligible to apply to the ACC CT program. The CT program is designed to prepare the student to take the post primary certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). You must be an imaging professional that holds a current primary certification in one of the following areas: Radiology R.T.(R)(ARRT), Nuclear Medicine R.T.(N)(ARRT or NMTCB), or Radiation Therapy R.T.(T)(ARRT).

I am a new radiology graduate from an accredited Radiologic Technology program. Can I apply to the CT program?

Yes, you can apply to the ACC CT program. You must pass the ARRT radiology certification exam on your first attempt. You must submit a copy of the ARRT card before the course withdrawal deadline published in the course syllabus/ACC Academic calendar. If you do not pass your ARRT examination in radiology on the first attempt, your application will be withdrawn and you will not be eligible to continue in the CT program.

I am a new graduate from an accredited program in one of the following areas: Nuclear Medicine, or Radiation Therapy. Can I apply to the CT program?

Yes, you can apply to the ACC CT program. You must submit a copy of the ARRT card in a supporting category before the course withdrawal deadline published in the course syllabus/ACC Academic calendar. If you do not pass your ARRT examination in a supporting category on the first attempt, your application will be withdrawn and you will not be eligible to continue in the CT program.

I am a new imaging graduate. Is patient care experience in imaging required?

Patient care experience is preferred, but not required. You will find that patient care experience is extremely helpful in the CT environment. Patient care experience used to rank applicants is defined as employed as an imaging technologist either full-time in radiology, nuclear medicine, or radiation therapy. Clinical patient care experience as a student will not be accepted in the applicant ranking process. Applicants with zero to less than one year will receive zero patient care experience points in the ranking process.

I have been employed in the imaging field for more than one year. How does this help me in the ranking process?

Full-time employment will help you in the ranking process. You must submit a patient care experience form completed by a supervisor or human resources representative to verify employment as an imaging professional. Points will be awarded as follows:

  • New graduates and/or less than one year full time work experience = 0 points
  • 1-5 years full time employment = 1 point
  • 6-10 years full time employment = 2 points
  • 10 years & over = 3 points
  • CT/MRI Scan + 1 year = 3 points

I hold a primary ARRT certification in Radiography, Nuclear Medicine or Radiation Therapy, but I have never been employed in the imaging field. Can I apply to the CT program?

Yes, you can apply to the ACC CT program. Please note that the absence of patient care experience may lower your overall ranking score against other applicants. Clinical patient care experience as a student will not be accepted in the applicant ranking process. Applicants with zero work experience in a supporting discipline will receive zero patient care experience points in the ranking process.

What is the CT ranking process?

The CT ranking process helps determine which applicants will be accepted into the CT program. The process uses grade points that are awarded for supporting coursework. Patient care experience points are awarded based on documented paid work experience in radiology, nuclear medicine, and radiation therapy.

What supporting courses are used in the CT ranking process?

Supporting courses are used to award grade points in the application process. You must submit school transcripts that clearly show the grade awarded. Transcripts that do not clearly show grades awarded will not be accepted in the CT ranking process. The following courses are supporting courses that are used to rank CT applicants:

  • College Algebra/Equivalent or Passing math placement test
  • Introduction to Speech Communications
  • Introduction to Computing
  • Patient Care Course
  • Human Anatomy or Anatomy & Physiology

Grade Point Distribution:

  • A = 4 grade points
  • B = 3 grade points
  • C = 2 grade points
  • D or F = 0 grade points
  • CR = 2.5 grade points

Prerequisite Course(s) not taken earn 0 grade points.

I have not taken one or more of the supporting CT courses? Can I apply to the CT program?

Yes, you can apply to the ACC CT program. Please note that the absence of one or more of the supporting courses may lower your ranking amongst other applicants. Absent supporting courses will receive zero grade points in the ranking process.

What courses are in the CT degree plan and when are they offered?

Prerequisite Courses:

  1. RADR 2240 – Sectional Anatomy for Medical Imaging
  2. RADR 2205 – Principles of Radiographic Imaging
  3. RADR 2209 – Radiographic Imaging Equipment

Fall Semester:

  1. CTMT 2332 – Principles of Computed Tomography
  2. CTMT 2336 – Computed Tomography Equipment and Methodology
  3. CTMT 2460 – CT Clinical

CTMT 2332 and CTMT 2336 are didactic online or hybrid (distance learning) courses.

CTMT 2460 is a clinical internship. Please see “How are clinic hours structured?” below.

The CT clinical times conflict with my current schedule. Can I change my clinical training hours or days?

Unfortunately, clinic training days and times cannot be changed or altered. It is highly recommended that declared students in the CT program work or have outside commitments of less than 24 hours per week due to the time commitments involved. Declared students should expect to spend up to 40 hours per week on clinical and didactic course work.

As a declared student, can I do clinicals at my current place of employment?

No, you are not allowed to do clinicals with your employer.  ​You will be assigned to a different site.

How are clinic hours structured?

Clinic hours are structured and not flexible. There may be slight variation on start and end times depending on the clinical site, but it will be during the day and on M-W-F (ex. 7 a.m. – 3 p.m., or 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., or 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.).

  • Clinical hours can only be completed at an approved clinical affiliate and sites will be assigned at the sole discretion of the program.
  • Only one student can be scheduled for clinical hours at a time, including students from other programs and employees in training.
  • The clinical affiliate may decline a student at any time and for any reason.
  • Clinical sites are offered in the greater Austin Metro area and consist of hospital and outpatient imaging centers.

Will I be assigned to more than one clinical facility while in the program?

Every effort is made to limit clinical rotations to one site during the semester. However, occasionally a student may need to be placed at a second site during the semester due to unforeseen circumstances.

Are there any safety concerns with training in the CT environment that will prevent me from applying to the CT program?

Safety concerns in the CT environment include exposure to ionizing radiation, iodinated contrast media, hospital grade disinfectants, blood and bodily fluids and disease. However, these sources are of no greater risk than other medical imaging professions.

Who can I contact if I need more information?

Please feel free to contact CT program faculty member Maria Kelly at maria.kelly@austincc.edu, or the program’s admission coordinator Sherry Niven at sherry.niven@austincc.edu, or phone (512) 223-5882 for more information. You may also contact one of our Health Sciences Offices:

Eastview Campus Health Sciences
Building 8000, Room 8356
3401 Webberville Road
Austin, TX 78702
Phone: (512) 223.5700
or toll-free (888) 626.1697

Round Rock Campus Health Sciences
Building 3000, Room 3105
4400 College Park Drive
Round Rock, TX 78665
Phone: (512) 223.0220

Health Sciences Updates

  • ACC awarded $30,000 grant to help students pay for unexpected expenses

    Austin Community College was awarded a $30,000 Project Success: Emergency Fund Grant to help students who are facing unforeseen financial needs continue on their educational pathways. Click here to read the story at the ACC Newsroom.

    Read more
  • New Hours for Health Sciences Admissions Offices

    Effective August 1, new hours for the Health Sciences Admissions Offices are as follows:

    Eastview Campus: Mon. - Thu. 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Fri. 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    Round Rock Campus: Mon. - Thu. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Fri. 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

    Read more
  • Attention! all students that have not been accepted into an ACC Health Sciences program…

    All students who have not been accepted into an ACC Health Sciences program should declare General Studies in Pre-Health Sciences (Associate of Science) for their major. Once accepted into a program, the student's major will be updated.

    Read more