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The ten largest schools in California offering degrees in radiology include one public 4-year university and nine public 2-year community colleges. Most schools listed in this article offer associate's degree programs, though one bachelor's degree program is also available. Training is offered through degree programs in diagnostic medical imaging, radiologic sciences/technology and radiation therapy technology.
California State University - Northridge
The California State University campus in Northridge was founded in 1958 when the school separated from Los Angeles State College. Through the College of Health and Human Development, students can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences, a professional health sciences program lasting four and one-half years. Students study topics such as medical imaging, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and cardiovascular imaging. Program courses include mammography, cross-sectional anatomy and pathophysiology, as well as clinical coursework.
City College of San Francisco
A 2-year college founded in San Francisco in 1935, City College of San Francisco offers a program for students in radiological sciences geared to prepare students for ARRT exams. Students can pursue an Associate in Science in Diagnostic Medical Imaging, with program courses covering exposure factors, pathology, multi-planar imaging and interventional radiology.
El Camino Community College District
The Los Angeles suburb of Torrance is home to El Camino Community College District. Founded in 1947, the school offers an Associate in Science in Radiologic Technology, a 25-month program. Students complete courses in areas such as anatomy and physiology, radiographic pathology, radiographic positioning, radiology equipment and safety.
Long Beach City College
Located in Long Beach, Long Beach City College was founded in 1927. The school serves the communities of Long Beach, Avalon, Lakewood and Signal Hill. Students can pursue an Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Imaging, a 30-month program consisting of courses such as radiological physics, cranial radiography positioning, venipuncture and radiographic techniques. Students will also complete clinical training.
Los Angeles City College
This 2-year public community college was founded in Los Angeles in 1929. Students can pursue an Associate of Science in Radiological Technology. Program courses cover topics such as digital radiography, skeletal anatomy, x-ray physics and patient care. Program requirements will also include clinical training following approved pre-requisite coursework.
Mt. San Antonio College
Created in 1945, Mt. San Antonio College is located in the Los Angeles suburb of Walnut in the shadow of the mountain known as Mt. Baldy. Students can pursue an Associate in Science in Radiologic Technology through a program that includes supportive courses in algebra, chemistry, anatomy and physiology. In addition to clinical practice, program courses cover topics such as digital imaging, fluoroscopy and patient care.
Orange Coast College
The city of Costa Mesa is home to Orange Coast College, a public community college founded in 1948. Students completing the Associate in Science in Radiologic Technology program will complete clinical practice, as well as courses such as radiologic positioning, digital computer applications and pathology. The program also includes a course preparing students for ARRT certification examinations.
Pasadena City College
Located in the city of Pasadena, Pasadena City College is a public community college, initially founded as a junior college in 1924. The Associate in Science in Radiologic Technology program includes clinical practice as well as specialized coursework. Program coursework includes topics such as radiation protection, fluoroscopy, mammography and computed tomography.
San Diego Mesa College
San Diego Mesa College is the largest community college in the San Diego Community College District. Students can pursue an Associate in Science in Radiologic Technology through a program that includes coursework in sectional anatomy, radiologic positioning, recording media and fluoroscopy, as well as credit for clinical training. Students will be required to pass background checks applicable for positions providing clinical practice.
Santa Rosa Junior College
This junior college in Santa Rosa is the tenth oldest 2-year public college in California. Students obtaining the Associate in Science in Radiologic Technology will complete 1,850 clinical hours through a 96.5-unit program. Program coursework includes support topics, such as human anatomy, medical terminology and computer literacy. Students will also complete courses such as radiographic positioning, patient care and radiation physics.
In California, prospective radiological technologists must obtain licensure through the California Department of Public Health - Radiological Health Branch. Licensure requirements include completion of applicable examinations through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), which offers specialized certification in radiography, nuclear medicine technology and radiation therapy.
Students in California must complete an approved certificate program to obtain a license, while ARRT certification requires completion of either a certificate or degree program. Students should be aware that as of 2015, ARRT requires an associate's degree or higher for certification.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Radiology Degrees Offered||2015-2016 Undergraduate Tuition and Fees|
|California State University - Northridge|| 4-year public;
|Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences|| $6,569 (in-state)*,
|City College of San Francisco|| 2-year public;
|Associate in Science in Diagnostic Medical Imaging|| $1,598 (in-state)*,
|El Camino Community College District|| 2-year public;
|Associate in Science in Radiologic Technology|| $1,142 (in-state)*,
|Long Beach City College|| 2-year public;
|Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Imaging|| $1,182 (in-state)*,
|Los Angeles City College|| 2-year public;
|Associate of Science in Radiological Technology|| $1,220 (in-state)*,
|Mt. San Antonio College|| 2-year public;
|Associate in Science in Radiologic Technology|| $1,348 (in-state)*,
|Orange Coast College|| 2-year public;
|Associate in Science in Radiologic Technology|| $1,184 (in-state)*,
|Pasadena City College|| 2-year public;
|Associate in Science in Radiologic Technology|| $1,152 (in-state)*,
|San Diego Mesa College|| 2-year public;
|Associate in Science in Radiologic Technology|| $1,142 (in-state)*,
|Santa Rosa Junior College|| 2-year public;
|Associate in Science in Radiologic Technology|| $1,318 (in-state)*,
Source: *NCES College Navigator