Radiologic Technology

Registered radiologic technologists (R.T.s) are highly skilled professionals qualified to perform diagnostic imaging procedures and examinations prescribed by licensed medical practitioners. R.T.s practice in hospitals, clinics, physician's offices, and in many clinical specialties, from prenatal care to orthopedics. They work closely with radiologists, the physicians who interpret medical images to diagnose diseases and injuries. They are educated in anatomy, patient positioning, examination techniques, equipment protocols, radiation safety and patient care to provide quality healthcare services. R.T.s may practice general radiography or specialize in another imaging modality which may include more training or schooling. This includes computed tomography, mammography, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine, sonography, radiation therapy or cardiac or vascular interventional radiography. Chaffey's radiologic technology program, which has been accredited since 1970, leads to an Associate of Science (A.S.) degree. Graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification examination. The program is a two-year, six semester program with a clinical component at hospitals affiliated with Chaffey College. Students will do almost 2,000 hours of clinical practice prior to graduating from the program.  

The mission of the Radiologic Technology program is to meet the needs of the community by providing a career education for individuals from a diverse  community, preparing students to provide quality patient care and safety with professionalism to become Registered/Certified Radiologic Technologists. We believe that this is done through exercises in critical thinking, varied clinical experience, the encouragement of universally responsible behavior, and foundations in guiding radiologic principles.

Admission to the RT Program

Applications are accepted annually in February. The program begins in the fall term of the same year. Application information will be available soon. Please check back and contact a counselor.
The RT Program accepts 28 new students annually to start every fall term.
The evaluation period will begin January 2021. Please check back for more information.

In addition to the college general education coursework and other graduation requirements, there are five (5) college-level prerequisite courses which must be completed with a minimum grade of C at the time of application. 

  1. Human Anatomy BIOL-20
  2. Human Physiology BIOL-22
  3. Medical Terminology 
    BIOL-30 
  4. Intermediate Algebra or higher
  5. Chemistry or Physics 
    CHEM-9 or 10, or PHYS-5 or higher.

RT prerequisite courses must be completed at the time of applying to the program.

Applications are based on a point scale. 2021 applicants please check back as more information becomes available. You may schedule an appointment with a counselor.

The Chaffey College RT Program does not utilize a wait list.

Applicants ranked in the top 28 and 22 alternate applicants are required to successfully pass a background check. In addition, it is highly recommended that individuals who have been involved in a criminal proceeding or who have been charged with or convicted of a crime file a request for an ethics pre-application review with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) to undergo an early ethics review. Further information is available at WWW.ARRT.ORG and click on the ethics link.

The Chaffey College hospital affiliate contracts require that RT students receive these clearances prior to clinical placement. Background checks and drug screenings are commonplace hiring practices within the health care field and other industries.

Applicants ranked in the top 28 and 22 alternates for potential admission will be required to successfully pass a background check. Applicants ranked in the top 28 and 22 alternates for potential admission will be required to successfully pass a drug screening as one component of an overall health exam. Those applicants will be provided with instructions and are responsible for all related costs.

Both the April and July programs are mandatory sessions where valuable information is provided to potential students. If you are invited to these sessions, attendance is required to remain under consideration for admission to the RT program.

Application Materials

Prerequisites & Selection Process

Information Packet for Prospective Students

Application Instructions

Radiologic Technology Application Form

Your Rad Tec Transcript Evaluation Request Form will only be processed during the following evaluation periods: January 4th through February 24th for Spring 2021 applications for students applying for the Fall 2021 program start.
Request for Evaluation of Transcript for Health Science Programs the link was closed on February 24th and requests are no longer being accepted for the 2021-2022 application period.

Individuals applying to the radiologic technology program shall be considered for admission based on established admission standards. Consideration for admission shall be non-discriminatory with respect to race, color, creed, gender, age, disability or national origin.

Applications are accepted only during the month of February for the program beginning the following fall term.

Applicants to the radiologic technology program must meet the following criteria:

  1. Eligibility for admission to Chaffey College.
  2. Minimum age of 18 years (per California Code of Regulations, Title 17 Public Health, and Code of Federal Regulations, Title 10).
  3. Completion of the following courses with a minimum GPA of 2.0, at the time of application:
  4. Intermediate Math or higher
  5. CHEM 9 or 10 or PHYS 5 or higher
  6. BIOL 20 and BIOL 22
  7. BIOL 30

Notes:

  1. Students are admitted to the radiologic technology program on a point system.
  2. Required courses and general education courses are assigned points. 
  3. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 is required to apply to the radiologic technology program. In addition, all general education and required prerequisite courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C or higher.
  4. Applicants will be notified by the end of May if they are accepted into the program.
  5. Prior to admission to the RT program, evidence of satisfactory physical and emotional health is required as determined by a health examination. A background clearance and drug screening are also required. Applicants with a record of any felony are subject to review by the ARRT before an examination or license will be granted. Contact the ARRT at www.arrt.org, and submit a pre-application to determine eligibility for ARRT licensing. In order to continue in the RT program, students must earn a minimum grade of C (78 percent) in all radiologic technology courses.

Program Costs

Program cost information is located in the information packet for prospective students.

Tuition is affected by residency status. Consult the current college catalog, schedule of classes or www.chaffey.edu for current fee information.
Financial aid and scholarships are available. Consult the current college catalog or financial aid office for information.

Explore Your Programs Degree/Certificate Options

Radiologic Technology AS Program Map

 

RT Clinical Information

RT students must complete approximately 1800 hours at their assigned clinical education setting (CES). These hours are fulfilled concurrently with classroom lecture and labs.

There are currently eight clinical education settings affiliated with Chaffey College. They are: 

  • Corona Regional Medical Center, Corona, CA, Distance from Chaffey College: 20 miles
  • Desert Valley Medical Center, Victorville, CA, Distance from Chaffey College: 38 miles
  • Jerry L. Pettis VA Memorial Hospital, Loma Linda, CA, Distance from Chaffey College: 23 miles
  • Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Fontana, Fontana, CA, Distance from Chaffey College: 12 miles
  • Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Riverside, Riverside, CA, Distance from Chaffey College: 23 miles
  • Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, Pomona, CA, Distance from Chaffey College: 15 miles
  • Riverside University Health System, Moreno Valley, CA, Distance from Chaffey College: 33 miles
  • San Antonio Regional Hospital, Upland, CA, Distance from Chaffey College: 6 miles
Our goal is for students to be successful in their clinical setting. A variety of criteria are used to place students in their CES including geographic proximity.

Program Details

The RT Program is two (2) years in length and includes concurrent clinical education in facilities affiliated with Chaffey College. Clinical education includes the operation of x-ray equipment, exposing and processing of the image, applying protective shields, positioning of patients and patient care. 

Emphasis during the first year is placed on the theory and science of x-ray with experiments and practice using on-campus, live digital x-ray equipment. During this first year, the student learns basic positioning of skeletal anatomy. Practice positioning laboratories are used to prepare the student to perform routine x-ray procedures on a phantom patient before performing such procedures on patients in the clinical education setting (CES). 

During the summer semester, the student is assigned 4 days per week to a clinical education setting for concentrated clinical training and attends classes on campus one (1) day per week. 

In the second year, the student advances to Cranial radiography, Special Procedures, and Radiographic Pathology, in classes on campus, while concurrently assigned to the CES for a specified number of days. 

In the final months of the second year, the student is assigned to the CES four (4) days per week for advanced clinical education and attends class on campus one (1) day per week. Clinical proficiency is evaluated during all clinical education.

Clinical Education

A competency-based clinical education system is an integral part of the two-year education program. Didactic and clinical education schedules are coordinated to give the radiography student the textbook knowledge and theory and the clinical experiences to successfully complete the program.

RT students complete approximately 1800 hours at their assigned primary and secondary clinical education setting (CES). Clinical education hours do not exceed 40 hours per week or 10 hours per day. Clinical hours are scheduled between the hours of 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Second year students will rotate to a secondary CES assignment during the fifth semester. 


The students will be under the supervision of a fully certified radiographer on a 1:1 basis. Students do not replace a paid radiographer. The student receives an academic calendar and schedule at the beginning of each fall semester outlining the semester breaks and holidays. Students do not attend clinical on observed holidays or during semester breaks. 

Eight Clinical Education Settings (CES) are affiliated with Chaffey College:
Note: The college does not provide transportation to clinical facilities.

Corona Regional Medical Center
800 South Main Street
Corona, CA 92882
Distance from Chaffey College: 20 miles
Desert Valley Medical Center
16850 Bear Valley Road
Victorville, CA 92395
Distance from Chaffey College: 38 miles
Jerry L. Pettis VA Memorial Hospital
11201 Benton Street
Loma Linda, CA 92354
Distance from Chaffey College: 23 miles
Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Fontana
9961 Sierra Avenue
Fontana, CA 92335
Distance from Chaffey College: 12 miles
Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Riverside
10800 Magnolia Street
Riverside, CA 92505
Distance from Chaffey College: 23 miles
Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center
1798 North Garey Avenue
Pomona, CA 91767
Distance from Chaffey College: 15 miles
Riverside University Health Systems
16520 Cactus Avenue
Moreno Valley, CA 92555
Distance from Chaffey College: 33 miles
San Antonio Regional Hospital
999 San Bernardino Road
Upland, CA 91786
Distance from Chaffey College: 6 miles

 

Faculty

The RT faculty is a team of highly qualified professionals dedicated to the field of radiologic technology. Each faculty member is a currently registered and certified radiologic technologist with many years of experience and most are currently employed in the field.

Full-Time Faculty

Marlene Soto, RT
Professor / Program Director ARRT (R), (M) CRT, M.Ed.
(909) -652-7604
marlene.soto@chaffey.edu
Julie Leahy, RT
Associate Professor / Clinical Coordinator ARRT (R), CRT, BS
(909) 652-7603
julie.leahy@chaffey.edu

 

Support Staff

Rita Morales
Administrative Assistant II
(909) 652-7606
Rita.Morales@chaffey.edu

 

 

RT Program Effectiveness Data 2015 - 2019

The following file is the most current program effectiveness data, Program Effectiveness Data

FAQ

The RT program is a two-year (six continuous semesters), full-time course of study consisting of academic/classroom instruction and clinical immersion.

All RT classes and labs are held during the day, Monday – Friday.
Students spend approximately 40 hours per week, up to 10 hours per day, in the program including class lectures, labs and clinical hours.
The operational hours are between 6:30 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.
All coursework for Chaffey College graduation requirements for the AS degree and all RT prerequisite courses must be completed at the time of application. RT students cannot take any other courses while in the RT Program.
The Chaffey College RT program is a major course of study which culminates in an associate in science degree. The AS degree requires completion of general education and other requirements for graduation as specified in the current Chaffey College catalog. The Chaffey College RT program is not a community education program or stand-alone vocational training program.
New/returning students who are out of high school and have never attended Chaffey College or students who are returning to Chaffey College will need to make an appointment with a counselor for more information.
Successful RT students work no more than 20 hours per week. This allows adequate study time in addition to the classroom and clinical components.
The Chaffey College RT Program includes all coursework to complete the associate in science degree and eligibility to take the national (ARRT), and California (CRT) licensing exams. Once a license is granted, the graduate is eligible for entry-level RT positions.
Career specializations such as ultrasound, nuclear medicine, radiation therapy and mammography require further education beyond the AS degree. The Chaffey College RT program articulates with Loma Linda University and California State University, Northridge for the bachelor of science degree.
Fluoroscopy is not offered as a stand-alone course, although it is included as part of the two-year RT program.

Resources

Labor Market Data 

Radiologic Technology Jobs

 

General Rad Tec Information

Starting salaries are approximately $25-$35 per hour in the immediate area. Salaries will vary by place of employment, geographic location, education and experience.
The job outlook in radiologic technology has increased and is projected to continue to increase.
A technician holds a limited permit license issued by and only valid in the state of California and has limited employment settings. A technologist holds an AS degree, is fully credentialed, is eligible for national and state licensing exams and can be employed by hospitals. Graduates of the Chaffey College RT program are radiologic technologists.

Radiologic Technology Program Mission Statement

The Radiologic Technology Program meets the needs of the community by providing a career education for individuals from a diverse community, preparing students to provide quality patient care and safety with professionalism to become Registered/Certified Radiologic Technologists.

The goals and student learning outcomes are: 

  • Students will properly identify the patient, interpret exam request, and determine proper procedure to successfully complete the exam
  • Students will produce quality radiographs in terms of positioning skills
  • Students will produce quality radiographs in terms of exposure factor selection
  • Students will practice radiation protection
  • Students will demonstrate professional behavior
  • Students will demonstrate ethical conduct.
  • Students will demonstrate presentation skills
  • Students will communicate with patients in English
  • Students will communicate in the clinical environments
  • Students will evaluate images
  • Students will perform non-routine procedures
  • Students will be able to analyze stressful situations
  • Graduates will pass the ARRT exam
  • Graduates will obtain employment in radiography
  • Graduates will express overall satisfaction with the program
  • Employers will express overall satisfaction with the graduates' performance
  • Students will complete each course with a high success/ retention rate
  • Graduates will complete the program with a high completion rate

In addition, each course has specific student learning outcomes.

The philosophy is founded on the principles of “competency based” education including knowledge, skills, and attitudes through a sequence of instruction, practice, observation and evaluation. Students entering the program are expected to devote time and apply themselves willingly to be successful.

Accreditation

Chaffey's radiological technology program is accredited by the state of California, Radiologic Health Branch, (RHB) and nationally by the  Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JCERT). Students in pursuit of a bachelor of science degree in this field have the opportunity to continue their studies at California State University, Northridge, and Loma Linda University where the radiologic technology programs articulate with Chaffey's.

Before you can take the national certification exam in this field you must earn the associate in science degree. Upon satisfactory completion of the associate degree requirements and the classroom and clinical education, you are then eligible to apply for the following: 

1. American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) examination

2. California State license (CRT) 

 

The radiography program is accredited by the:

 Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology  (JRCERT)
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850 Chicago, IL 60606-3182
(312) 704-5300 e-mail: mail@jrcert.org 

The program received an eight (8) year accreditation in October 2020.