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.
For radiologic technologists educationally prepared beyond the level of the Associate in Science degree, there are numerous career options. Radiology departments in large hospitals offer career opportunities in management, supervision, and research. Excellent opportunities also exist for those who are qualified to teach radiologic technology. In addition, commercial enterprises and state government continually need technologists with advanced training to serve as customer representatives, technical consultants, and health physicists.
The Bachelor of Science degree in radiation sciences begins at the level of the junior year which emphasizes the more advanced areas in radiologic technology and is designed to prepare graduates for careers in administration, clinical specialties, teaching, or health physics. This online program starts every quarter.
PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATION AND CERTIFICATION
Students and graduates are eligible for membership in the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) and the (CSRT) the California Society of Radiologic Technologists.
State laws across the nation require universities to be authorized to legally deliver online education to students residing in states other than the home state of the institution. To view the list of states authorizing Loma Linda University online students, go to: https://home.llu.edu/education/office-of-provost/departments-and-divisions/educational-effectiveness/online-programs/llu-state-authorization
Program Length2 years
Possible CareersRadiologic Technologist, Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Sonographer
Application DeadlinesThere are currently no published application deadlines.
To be eligible for admission, the applicant must have the following:
- An associate degree (or minimum of 96 transferable units per program director approval). A maximum of 70 semester or 105 quarter units (didactic only) from an accredited junior college will be accepted as transfer credit. Students who have completed a hospital training program are allowed up to 50 junior college level quarter units of academic credit on the basis of their registry certificate.
- Certification from an approved program in radiologic technology, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, radiation therapy, nuclear medicine, cardiovascular imaging or sonography (ultrasound).
Students should be/fall within 12 quarter units of completion of General Education (GE) requirements in order to be considered for the Bachelor of Science degree in Radiation Sciences core program or have developed a academic plan with the program director.
Humanities—28 units minimum (choose minimum of three areas from: history, literature, philosophy, foreign language, art/music appreciation/history). Included in this minimum, 4 units of religion per year of attendance at a Seventh-day Adventist college or university. Five units of religion are included in the B.S. degree core as a co-requisite. A total of 28 quarter units are required to fulfill this area.
Natural Sciences—Additional natural science units from: chemistry, geology, mathematics, physics, and statistics. Must have a total of 12 quarter units of natural sciences (no more than 6 units in any one area from the natural sciences may be used). Two years of high school mathematics with grades of C or above, or intermediate algebra in college.
Social Science—Must have a total of 12 quarter units of social science. Select additional quarter units from: economics, geography, political science, psychology, sociology, or anthropology.
Communication—English composition, complete sequence. Additional communication units may include courses in computer information systems, critical thinking, and public speaking. Minimum of 9 units are needed to complete this area.
Health and Wellness—Personal health or nutrition and two physical activity courses to meet the minimum of 3 quarter units.
Electives—Electives are to meet the minimum requirements of 192 quarter units.
Discipline Accrediting AgencyWestern Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501; telephone (510) 748-9001. www.wascweb.org.
Expected Cost of Attendance
Academic Year 2021-2022
|Year of Program:||Year 1||Year 2|
|Books & Supplies||$972||$972|
|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||$17,700||$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.