X-Ray Technician Degrees in Modesto, CA with Course Overviews

Jan 02, 2019

Research X-ray technician programs in the Modesto area, which currently has two colleges offering programs within 41 miles of downtown. Read an overview of courses, admission info and program requirements for these two schools and decide which program is right for you.

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Modesto, CA, X-ray Technician Programs

Students interested in X-ray technician careers have limited options since there are only two public schools offering these programs within 46 minutes of downtown Modesto, CA. The programs at both colleges prepare students to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam. Students must pass the exam to obtain licensure, which is required to work as an X-ray technician in California. Included in the article is a table comparing school characteristics, such as tuition and enrollment.

  • Situated 35.8 miles from downtown, Merced College offers an Associate in Science in Diagnostic Radiologic Technology. This program features a combination of theory, practical experiences and clinical education.
  • San Joaquin Delta College, located 29.5 miles from downtown, offers a radiologic technology certificate program. The college's School of Radiologic Technology, which is sponsored by San Joaquin General Hospital, offers a two-year program where students enroll in the program but study at San Joaquin General Hospital.

School Comparison

Prospective students may find tuition to be an important factor when deciding on a school. This table compares information about the schools featured in this article.

Merced College San Joaquin Delta College
School Type Two-year, public Two-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 10,912* 17,849*
Campus Setting Small city Large city
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $1,150 in-state
$6,115 out-of-state*
$1,104 in-state
$6,720 out-of-state*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

Merced College

Merced College offers a diagnostic radiologic technology program through its Allied Health Division. This associate's program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

Associate in Science Diagnostic Radiologic Technology

This full-time program takes 29 months to complete. It consists of five standard semesters and two summer semesters. The program starts each fall and admits at least 18-20 students each year. The first semester consists of lectures and lab sessions, while the second semester integrates clinical experiences into the curriculum. Students complete clinical experiences at three different facilities throughout the program. Course topics include venipuncture, sectional anatomy, radiologic science, fluoroscopy, medical imaging and radiologic procedures. After completion of the seventh semester, students can take the National Licensure Registry exam.

Prior to enrolling in this program, applicants must complete the following courses: medical terminology, general human anatomy, introductory chemistry, college composition and reading, intermediate algebra and career exploration in medical imaging. Each applicant must also pass a drug screening and criminal background check and provide proof of good physical and mental health as documented by a medical provider.

San Joaquin Delta College

San Joaquin Delta College offers a radiologic technology certificate program through the Allied Health Division. This program meets the standards set by JRCERT.

Radiologic Technology Certificate

This limited-entry program only admits 12-14 students each year. The curriculum includes classroom work, lab studies and clinical experiences at several local hospitals. Clinical rotations give students exposure to radiographic procedures, such as magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, ultrasound, radiation therapy and nuclear medicine. Upon completion of all requirements, students are eligible to take the ARRT certification exams that lead to the Certified Radiologic Technologist (CRT) and Registered Technologist (RT-ARRT) credentials. Effective 2015, candidates pursuing ARRT certification will be required to hold an associate's degree.

Incoming students need to possess American Heart Association CPR certification in addition to prerequisite coursework. Applicants must submit to drug screenings, criminal background checks, health screenings and show proof of current immunizations. Each student also needs to complete a hospital orientation.

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