Community Colleges in Southern California With Radiologic Technologist Programs

by Anna Chang-Yen

Students trained in radiologic technology are qualified to administer diagnostic imaging tests such as X-rays, CT scans, MRIs and ultrasounds. They can also administer radiation therapy. Students are trained in radiology procedures and safety and must be certified. Radiology therapists must be knowledgeable about the human body and radiation equipment. Many community colleges in Southern California have programs to train students to enter the field of radiology technology.

Cypress College

Graduates of Cypress College's radiologic technology program can earn an associate of science degree. The two-year program prepares students to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists exam, as well as the California Department of Health Services exam. During the first semester, students attend classroom training, and then begin part-time clinical training at an affiliated hospital during their second semester. During the summer session, students begin full-time clinical training in areas such as CT, ultrasound and MRI. Students complete 12 months of clinical training before they graduate. Cypress College Radiologic Technology Dept. 9200 Valley View St. Cypress, CA 90630 714-484-7283

Long Beach City College

Long Beach City College offers a radiologic technology program leading to an associate of science degree. The program is approved by the Radiological Health Branch of the California State Department of Health. Ten hours of prerequisites are required, including anatomy and physiology, medical terminology and integration of patient care. During the first year of studies in the two-year program, students take courses such as introduction to radiologic physics, contracts fluoroscope and radiographic procedures, radiologic pathology and positioning for cranial radiography. Students also begin clinical work at a local hospital during their first year. During the second year, classes include computer applications in radiology and intravenous therapy. LBCC also offers certificates of accomplishment in MRI, fluoroscopy and mammography. Long Beach City College School of Health and Science 1305 East Pacific Coast Hwy. Long Beach, CA 90806 562-938-4353

Chaffey College

Chaffey College's radiologic technology program leads to an associate of science degree or a certificate. The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology and by the state of California. The associate degree takes two years to complete, during which students receive classroom instruction and participate in clinical work. The first year consists of classroom and laboratory work, with students beginning their clinical work during the summer term. Students who wish to enroll in the program must take prerequisites in math, medical terminology and anatomy, with a GPA of 2.0 or higher. Chaffey College Radiologic Technology 5885 Haven Ave. Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91737-3002 909-652-6000

About the Author

Anna Chang-Yen has been a writer and editor at newspapers and magazines for over 15 years. She has been published in the "Daily Herald" in Provo, Utah, and the "Ventura County Star" in Ventura, Calif. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Louisiana Tech University.

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