The medical radiographer, or radiologic technologist, is responsible for the accurate imaging of body structures on a radiograph or other image receptor. The technologist determines proper exposure factors, manipulates medical imaging equipment, evaluates the radiographic image for quality, and provides for patient protection and comfort. The technologist frequently assists the physician team member in specialized procedures. These often require the administration of chemical mixtures to the patient for enhanced viewing of the function of the body systems. The medical radiography program begins with the autumn quarter and is based on the completion of one year of prerequisite course work at an accredited college or university. The program is seven quarters long with the first quarter emphasizing the theoretical aspects of radiography with one day per week in clinical orientation. The remaining five quarters combine clinical training on a two-to-five days per week basis, with more advanced classroom topics. The clinical schedule may extend though vacation periods and may involve some evening rotations.
PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATION AND CERTIFICATION
Upon completion of the requirements for the Associate in Science degree, the graduate is eligible to write the qualifying examination of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and become certified by the state of California. Students and graduates are eligible for membership in the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) and (CSRT) the California Society of Radiologic Technologists.
Program LengthA 21-month program; student involvement during the program is 40 hours a week, mainly during regular daytime hours.
Possible CareersRadiologic technologist
Application DeadlinesThere are currently no published application deadlines.
Admissions RequirementsTo be eligible for admission, the applicant must have the following:
- Completed high school from an accredited institution or passed the GED
- Completed a minimum of 42 quarter units or 28 semester units at an accredited college or university.
- Human Anatomy and Physiology: must include two sections, both with a lab
- College Algebra
- Medical terminology
- Introduction to Physics: one quarter/semester at the college level
- General Psychology or Sociology
- English composition (complete sequence)
- If attending a Seventh-day Adventist college, four quarter or three semester units of religion per year is required.
- Electives to meet the minimum total requirements of 42 quarter or 28 semester units
Career Observation & Volunteer Service
Applicants must complete 8 hours of career observation prior to the interview. Not all applicants will receive an interview. It is recommended that career observation still be completed in order to determine for yourself if this is the career for you.
Discipline Accrediting AgencyLoma Linda University is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities. The A.S. in Medical Radiography at Loma Linda University holds a specialty accreditation by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182, telephone (312) 704-5300. The program is also approved by the Radiologic Health Branch (RHB) of the state of California, Department of Public Health, MS 7610, P.O. Box 997414, Sacramento, CA 95899-7414, telephone (916) 327-5106.
Expected Cost of Attendance
Academic Year 2021-2022
|Year of Program:||Year 1||Year 2|
|Books & Supplies||$1,550||$800|
|Misc (e.g., Boards, Licensing exam, Uniforms)||—||—|
NotesThe cost of attendance varies from year to year. Please contact the office of Student Finance for up-to-date costs.
Estimated Living Expenses
Academic Year 2021-2022, off campus, with a roommate
|Year of Program:||Year 1||Year 2|
|Room & Board||$13,275||$17,700|
- Amounts are what a student can apply to borrow for the number of months shown in each academic year based on living off campus with a roommate and not with a relative.
- International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on the numbers listed here.
- In general, to qualify for financial aid a student must be enrolled at least half time taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.