The Medical Radiographer, also known as a Radiologic Technologist or X-ray Tech, is responsible for imaging body structures such as bones and soft tissue. The Radiographer’s job is to position the patient, determine exposure factors, manipulate medical imaging equipment, evaluate radiographic image quality, provide patient comfort. In addition, a radiographer oversees patient and medical team radiation protection. Radiologic Technologists also assist in procedures that visualize the gastrointestinal and urinary tracks using radiographic contrast and fluoroscopy. Radiographers participate in fast-paced work challenges in a variety of healthcare settings and must possess the ability to be accurate while remaining calm under pressure. Radiographers exhibit professional service which is focused on providing excellent patient care.
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
- Medical terminology
- Introduction to Physics or General Physics: one quarter/semester at the college level, no lab required
- General Psychology or Sociology
- English composition (complete sequence)
- Speech or Interpersonal Communication
- 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 2023-2024
|Year of Program:||Year 1||Year 2|
|Books & Supplies||$2,075||$965|
|Misc (e.g., Boards, Licensing exam, Uniforms)||$69||$69|
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 2023-2024, off campus, with a roommate
|Year of Program:||Year 1||Year 2|
|Food and Housing||$17,280||$23,040|
|Miscellaneous Personal Costs||$2,700||$3,600|
- 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.