Frequently Asked Questions


I applied to COTC. Is that the same as applying to the radiologic science technology program?

No. The radiologic science technology program is a competitive, selective healthcare program. Students first apply to COTC (the college) and indicate interest in a health technologies program (or apply to a pre-health track). Then students complete a separate application to apply to the radiologic science technology program.

How do I learn about the application process for the radiologic science technology program?

Students interested in the radiologic science technology program must register and attend an information meeting.

What are the requirements to apply to the radiologic science technology program?

Prerequisite classes must be taken 

There are classes students must take, have taken or have been awarded transfer credit for before they can apply to the radiologic science technology program:

  • Math 140 or college equivalent
  • A full unit of high school biology or Intro to Biology
  • High school chemistry or Intro to Chemistry Principles,
  • Or higher college equivalents
  • Or approved COTC transfer credit for Anatomy & Physiology I

Students who have taken the courses or receive transfer credit for the courses must have gotten a grade C or higher. 

Students can also review a Rad Tech Checklist.

Health Selection Exam

Beginning the May 15, 2023 deadline, students must complete the HESI exam for the Radiologic Science Technology program. View more information about the HESI exam, how to register, and the cost here.


Students must submit official high school transcript with graduation date or official GED transcript. High school seniors must send a current transcript during their senior year and a final transcript after graduation. Additionally, official transcripts from all career centers, colleges, and universities attended past and current with GPA must be sent. ALL foreign transcripts (high school and colleges) must be evaluated by a NACES Member-

When are applications for the radiologic science technology program available/due?

Applications are typically available one month prior to the deadline. The deadline to apply to the radiologic science technology program is May 1st each year. Request the application from your assigned advisor or email

Are there additional requirements if I’m accepted into the radiologic science technology program?


Students must have a CPR—American Heart Association Healthcare Provider Certificate for clinical sites upon being selected into the program.

Background check

Students must get an FBI background check upon acceptance into the radiologic science technology program.

An FBI background check must be sent directly to COTC from a fingerprinting agency, or students can get an FBI background check at the Department of Public Safety located in the John L. and Christine Warner Library and Student Center on the Newark Campus.

Students who want to get their background check completed through COTC must pay online first and present their receipt to the Department of Public Safety

Where can I find a list of classes (plan of study) for the program I want to study?

The courses students need to take to complete a certificate or degree are listed in a plan of study.

Can I take classes online or face-to-face?

Students will be required to take classes on campus for the radiologic science technology program. Some general education courses may be available online, but students should plan to be on campus to use equipment and engage in hands-on learning.

Are there any organizations on campus related to the radiologic science technology program?

Radiologic Technology Student Organization

There is a student organization for the radiologic science technology program to promote professionalism and involvement within professional societies/organizations. Advisor: Whitney Reese

Lambda Nu National Honor Society

Lambda Nu is the national honor society for the radiologic and imaging sciences. The chapter fosters academic scholarship at the highest academic levels, promotes research and investigation in the radiologic and imaging sciences, and recognizes exemplary scholarship. Advisor: Whitney Reese

Other Current Student Organizations

What type of financial assistance is available to help me pay for college? 

COTC awards more than $1 million in scholarships to students each year.

Every student is encouraged to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for grants, scholarships and loans. 

Students who complete a FAFSA are automatically considered for some scholarships. Other scholarships require an application. 

Connect with the Office of Student Financial Services at 740.366.9435 or email

Can I pursue a bachelor’s degree after I complete the associate degree?

Yes. Students interested in continuing their education to pursue a bachelor’s degree can consider transferring to a four-year college or university. COTC has a transfer agreement with:

How do I get started at COTC?

Help us learn more about you by visiting our Future Students webpage, then follow the COTC Steps to Enroll to get started.