Fresno, CA Radiologic Technology Degree Programs
Students who are interested in a career in radiologic technology have only one option for training inside the city with another option in Merced. Both radiologic technology associate degree programs are sanctioned by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), the national accreditation body for the field. Graduates of both public schools are eligible to acquire a license in California and to take the national certification test given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). The programs at these 2 schools are described in this article, followed by a table comparing tuition and other school characteristics.
- Fresno City College, located just over 4 miles from downtown, offers an associate's degree program, but admissions to that program were on hold as of December 2012.
- Located roughly 60 miles from Fresno, Merced College offers a diagnostic radiologic technology associate's degree program. There is a lengthy waiting list for admission to its program.
School size and tuition may be important factors for students considering a radiologic technology degree. This table compares this information for the schools covered in this article.
|Fresno City College||Merced College|
|School Type||2-year; public||2-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2014)||22,307*||10,214*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Rural|
|Tuition & Fees 2015-2016||$1,194, in-state; $6,834, out-of-state*||$1,141, in-state; $6,133, out-of-state*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Fresno City College
Fresno City College offers its radiologic technology program through the school's Health Sciences Division. During the program's six semesters, students learn through classroom work, laboratory classes and clinical experiences offered at a variety of local healthcare facilities, including hospital emergency rooms, imaging facilities and physicians' offices.
Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology
Students in Fresno City College's radiologic technology degree program learn about all aspects of X-ray technology, including positioning techniques, safety specifications and equipment operation. They become acquainted with conditions that preclude radiography or require special care and learn fluoroscopy procedures. Communication skills are gauged through interaction with patients, recording patient histories and a research paper. Prerequisite courses for this program include biology, human anatomy and basic electricity.
The diagnostic radiologic technology program is offered through the Allied Health Division at Merced College. The program takes 29 consecutive months to complete and is a tough full-time course that makes many demands on the student.
Associate in Science in Diagnostic Radiologic Technology
The diagnostic radiologic technology program at Merced College includes classes on campus and clinical experience at a variety of facilities in the Merced area. Students also practice during their first semester at a lab on campus. The program is in high demand, but can accommodate only 18-20 new students each year. They are admitted on first-come, first-served basis. Students must complete prerequisite courses including medical terminology, chemistry, anatomy, college composition and algebra before applying to the program. A career exploration course or experience working with patients is required also.