San Diego Radiology Programs
Students interested in studying radiology have their choice of multiple programs offered by three institutions in the San Diego area. Find out what this kind of training entails by exploring the coursework and clinical requirements at two of the colleges. There's even more info provided about the featured schools in the table of facts and figures.
- Students can complete a certificate and an associate's degree program in radiologic technology at San Diego Mesa College. The campus is around seven miles from the city's center.
- Another school option is the University of California - San Diego (UCSD). The UCSD main campus is located in La Jolla, which is about 15 miles away from downtown San Diego. Students can pursue a residency program in diagnostic radiology or integrated interventional oncology at the institution. The school also offers a 5-year Clinician-Scientist residency program.
Comparison of Schools
Take a look at this table to compare the profiled colleges in several areas that could influence your education decision. There are stats on acceptance rates, student enrollment, financial aid and tuition costs, among other facts.
|San Diego Mesa College||University of California-San Diego (UCSD)|
|School Type||2-year; public||4-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||23,532*||35,772*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$1,142 in-state; $5,894 out-of-state*||$14,018 in-state; $42,032 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017)||65%*||59%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - open admissions||34%*|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||N/A||94% for full-time students*|
|Graduation Rate||23% for full-time students who began studies in 2011*||85% for full-time students who began studies in 2011*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
San Diego Mesa College
This college is the largest institution within the San Diego Community College District. The School of Health Sciences and Public Service offers a certificate and associate's degree program in radiologic technology. The programs are accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.
Certificate of Achievement in Radiologic Technology
Students enrolled in this program receive training to prepare for the full diagnostic radiographer certification. The 24-month program covers topics such as radiation exposure and imaging, radiographic equipment operation and radiographic procedures. The program also includes directed clinical practices at healthcare facilities. To complete the program, students must earn a 'C' or better in all courses.
Associate in Science in Radiologic Technology
To earn this degree, students complete 55.5 hours of core classes and take elective courses to achieve the 60 credit requirement. Students who complete this program are eligible to take the national certification exam administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Courses covered in this program include fluoroscopy and radiation safety, radiographic positioning, radiation biology and sectional anatomy. Students also complete 27 credit hours of directed clinical practice.
University of California - San Diego
UCSD's School of Medicine was ranked as the 22nd best medical school in the research category, according to the 2018 rankings from U.S. News & World Report. Through the Department of Radiology, students can select from three options to complete a radiology residency program. Students may also complete a residency program through the Department of Radiation Medicine and Applied Sciences.
Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program
The radiology residency program is offered as a 4-year program. Clinical rotations take place at the UCSD Medical Center, the VA Medical Center, Jacobs Medical Center and Rady Children's Hospital. All facilities are in the San Diego or La Jolla areas.
The program is designed to familiarize residents with fluoroscopy, computed tomography (CT), positron emissions tomography (PET), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and other diagnostic techniques. One-on-one training is conducted in various subspecialties, including breast imaging, body imaging and nuclear medicine.
Integrated Interventional Residency Program
In this accredited residency program, students will focus on diagnostic radiology for the first three years and integrated interventional radiology for the final two years. A main component of this residency is vascular imaging. Clinical rotations in oncology, urology, neurosurgery and nephrology are included. Graduates are eligible to take the certification exam in integrated interventional radiology given by the American Board of Radiology.
Five-Year Clinician-Scientist Residency Program
Designed for those interested in a career in academic radiology, this residency consists of one year of research and four years of clinical training. Students work with lab mentors and the program includes various workshops that focus on such topics as networking, grant writing and career development.