Diagnostic Assistant

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Diagnostic Assistant

Intensive Radiologic Diagnostics Education

The Diagnostic Assistant degree is designed for Radiologic Technology students in partnership with the Mercy/St. Luke’s School of Radiologic Technology.

The two-year radiologic technology technical program is taught through Mercy/St. Luke’s School of Radiologic Technology. The program begins each summer and has a separate application process. There are prerequisite college courses required prior to this application.

You'll complete your prerequisite courses at Kirkwood to become eligible to apply for the Mercy/St. Luke's School of Radiologic Technology program. After you complete a portion of the program, you'll transfer those credits back to Kirkwood to receive your degree.

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Kirkwood offers more than $3 million in scholarships for students each year, and there are many specifically for students enrolled in the Diagnostic Assistant program.

A one-hour program conference is required prior to acceptance to the program. You'll learn more about the program, specific admissions requirements and have the opportunity to have questions answered by program faculty and staff.


An Associate of Applied Science degree in Diagnostic Assistant can lead to many rewarding careers in areas such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Physicians’ offices
  • Mobile imaging companies

Program Costs

Diagnostic Assistant

Program Entry Semester: Fall 2021, Spring, Summer 2022


Credits: 15 14 29
Tuition: $2,790 $2,604 $5,394
Fees: $70 $50 $120


Credits: 4 4
Tuition: $744 $744
Fees: $50 $50




Costs provided are estimated and based on in-state tuition rates. Book cost estimates are for new books. Individual expenses may vary. These costs also do not factor in potential financial aid benefits. For a complete view of your specific cost expectation, visit our Cost Estimator Tool.
Included fees: Technology Fee, and Lab Course Fee
Current Tuition Rates per Credit Hour: $ 186 In-State; $ 249 Out-of-State; $ 372 International
Updated: 1/15/2021

Additional Program Requirements

To get into the joint venture of the Diagnostic Assistant program at Kirkwood Community College and the Radiologic Technology program at Mercy/St. Luke's School of Radiological Technology, you must meet the following standards. These steps/requirements are in addition to Kirkwood's steps to become a student.

  • Attend a program conference (The program conference must be within one year of the application date to the hospital.)
  • Apply to the program
  • Complete prerequisite courses with a minimum C grade
    • Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits)
    • Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credits)
    • Program-specific electives (4 credits)
    • Humanities Elective (3 credits)
    • Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
    • Composition I (3 credits)
    • Fundamentals of Oral Communication (3 credits)
    • Microcomputer Literacy (1 credit)
    • Intermediate Algebra (4 credits)
    • Medical Terminology (4 credits)
  • Complete a Job Shadow
  • Have placement test scores or course equivalents on file with the Allied Health office

If college-level placement is not met, students are recommended to meet with an advisor. Kirkwood and Diagnostic Assistant admissions policies and procedures are subject to change at any time. After all admissions criteria are met, students are eligible to apply for the hospital-based program.

Certification and Licensure

For more information, contact Mercy/St. Luke's School of Radiological Technology.


Allied Health
2164 Linn Hall

Mercy/St. Luke’s School of Radiologic Technology
St. Luke's Hospital
Mercy Medical Center