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Radiologic Technology

The Chaffey College radiologic technology program is among the top 10 ranked programs in the U.S. with 100 percent of the college's graduates regularly passing the national certification exam. Chaffey students routinely score 7 to 9 percentage points higher than the national average in the exam.

Chaffey's radiologic technology program, which has been accredited since 1970, leads to an associate in science degree. Your studies will include training in areas such as the operation of X-ray equipment, exposing and processing images, use of radiation protection devices, positioning patients, effective communication and judgement along with patient care and the use of computers, an integral tool in this field. Your studies will take you to hospitals affiliated with Chaffey College where the clinical portion of your training will take place.

Chaffey's radiological technology program is accredited by the state of California and the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology or JRCERT. 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 radiological 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) after successfully completing the ARRT examination and submitting proper documentation and fees.

State of California Radiologic Technologist Fluoroscopy Permit examination

Career Opportunities

Graduates may seek employment as a staff radiographer or continue their education to go into one of the many specialty areas of radiography. These include heart catheterization, CT, MRI; ultrasound; nuclear medicine; radiation therapy; commercial sales; equipment repair; radiation health physics, education, or administration.

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.

Mission, Goals and Philosophy

The mission of Chaffey College as stated in the college catalog reads: “Chaffey College inspires hope and success by improving lives and our community in a dynamic, supportive, and engaging environment of educational excellence where our diverse students learn and benefit from foundation, career, and transfer programs.”

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: 

1. Students will be clinically competent

  • 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

2. Students will demonstrate professionalism and ethics

  • Students will demonstrate professional behavior
  • Students will demonstrate ethical conduct.

3. Student will communicate effectively

  • Students will demonstrate presentation skills
  • Students will communicate with patients in English
  • Students will communicate in the clinical environments

4. Students will demonstrate critical thinking

  • Students will evaluate images
  • Students will perform non-routine procedures
  • Students will be able to analyze stressful situations

5. The program effectively measures the success of students and graduates

  • 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.

Radiologic Technology Program Effectiveness Data 2014 - 2018

 

  2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 5 Year Average
# of Students Accepted 28 28 28 28 28 28
# of Students Completing the Program 23 26 24 23 25 24
Completion Rate
(%)
82% 92% 86% 82% 89% 86%
ARRT Exam Pass Rate
(#)
23 students or 100% 26 students
or 100%
24 students
or 100%
23 students
or 100%
25 students
or 100%
100%
State of CA RT
Exam Pass Rate
(#)
23 students or 100% 26 students
or 100%
24 students
or 100%
23 students
or 100%
25 students
or 100%
100%
Job Placement within 12 Months
# and %
*21
or 91%
*26
or 100%
*21
or 100%
*23
or 100%
*22/23
or 95%
97.4%

 

Source: Chaffey College Radiologic Technology Assessment Plans 2014 - 2018

Source: Chaffey College Radiologic Technology Assessment Plans 2014 - 2018

ARRT and the state of CA RT pass rate are defined as the number of graduates who pass, on first attempt, compared with the number of graduates who take the examination.

*Job placement rate is defined by JRCERT as the number of graduates employed in radiography within twelve months of graduation compared to the number of graduates actively seeking employment in the radiologic sciences.

Effective immediately: There is now a five-year recency requirement for the following RT prerequisite course: BIOL-20 or BIOL-424 & BIOL-424L Anatomy or Anatomy/Physiology.  

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to complete the program?
The RT program is a two-year (six continuous semesters), full-time course of study consisting of academic/classroom instruction and clinical immersion.

 Do you offer night classes?
All RT classes and labs are held during the day, Monday – Friday.

How many hours per week is a student in class?
Students spend approximately 40 hours per week, up to 10 hours per day, in the program including class lectures, labs and clinical hours.

What are the program operational hours?
The operational hours are between 6:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

 Can I take required general education or other classes while in the RT program?
All coursework for Chaffey College graduation requirements for the AS degree and all RT Prerequisite courses must be completed OR be in progress at the time of application. RT students cannot take any other courses while in the RT Program.

 Why must I complete other courses to apply to 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.

 How do I develop an educational plan to know I am on the right track?New/returning students who are out of high school and have never attended Chaffey College or students who are returning to Chaffey College after being away for at least one semester (fall or spring) will do the following steps:

  1. Chaffey College Orientation
  2. Assessment Test
  3. Education Plan

 Am I able to work an outside job while in the RT program?
Successful RT students work no more than 20 hours per week. This allows adequate study time in addition to the classroom and clinical components.

 Am I qualified for jobs once I complete the RT program or must I continue my education?
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 and state of California RT Fluoroscopy Permit exam. Once a license is granted, the graduate is eligible for entry-level RT positions.

 

Does the Chaffey College RT program include ultrasound and mammography training?
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.

 Does Chaffey College offer a fluoroscopy course?
Fluoroscopy is not offered as a stand-alone course, although it is included as part of the two-year RT program.

 

Program Costs

How much does the RT Program cost?
Program Cost Information 

Will it cost more if I am moving from out of state?
Tuition is affected by residency status. Consult the current college catalog, schedule of classes or www.chaffey.edu for current fee information.

 Is there financial aid available?
Financial aid and scholarships are available. Consult the current college catalog or financial aid office for information.

 

Admission to the RT Program

When can I apply to the RT Program?
Applications are accepted annually in February. The program begins in the fall term of the same year. Complete application instructions are available on the RT page.

How many students are accepted into the program?
The RT Program accepts 28 new students annually to start every fall term.

How can I get my transcripts evaluated?
Download and complete a request for evaluation of transcript for health sciences programs form from the RT website. Submit the form to the counseling department at the Rancho Cucamonga campus, (909) 652-6200. Submit at least three weeks prior to application period. This request form must be submitted in order to receive the completed external/chaffey transcript evaluation required for the RT application.

What prerequisites are required to apply for the RT program?
In addition to the college general education coursework and other graduation requirements, there are four (4) college-level prerequisite courses which must be completed with a minimum grade of C or in progress at the time of application. 

  1. Human Anatomy or Anatomy/Physiology & Lab 
    BIOL-20 or BIOL-424 & 424L
  2. Medical Terminology 
    BIOL-30 
  3. Intermediate Algebra
    MATH-420 or higher level math or STAT-10 or SCSCI-10, or as required for graduation
  4. Chemistry or Physics 
    CHEM-9, 10, or 21/21L1/21L2 or PHYS-5 or higher.
    One year of high school chemistry or physics is acceptable to meet this pre-requisite.

 

Can I apply to the RT program with prerequisites in progress?
RT prerequisite courses must be completed OR be in-progress at the time of application.

 

How are students selected?
Transcripts are evaluated by the counseling department and the external transcript evaluation is then completed. Points are awarded by specific criteria. All applications are reviewed by the RT program verification committee and selected according to descending point order, GPA, date and time submitted.

 

If I am not selected, is there a waiting list?
The Chaffey College RT Program does not utilize a wait list.

 If I have a DUI on my record, will that prevent acceptance into the RT Program?
Applicants ranked in the top 28 and 10 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.

 Why is a successful background check and drug screening required?
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.

 

When must an applicant conduct the background check and drug screening?Applicants ranked in the top 28 and 10 alternates for potential admission will be required to successfully pass a background check. Applicants ranked in the top 28 and 15 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.

 

What happens if I am invited but unable attend the April Information session or the June orientation?
Both the April and June 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.

 

RT Clinical Education

How many clinical hours must be completed?
RT students must complete approximately 1950 hours at their assigned clinical education setting (CES). These hours are fulfilled concurrently with classroom lecture and labs.

 Where are the clinical education setting locations?
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

 How are students placed in clinical education settings?
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, but not limited to, geographic proximity and creating a good match between a student's personality and the unique culture and dynamic of the hospital.

 

General RT Information

What is the starting pay for radiologic technologists?
Starting salaries are approximately $25-$30 per hour in the immediate area. Salaries will vary by place of employment, geographic location, education and experience.

 Are there jobs available for graduates of the RT program?
In today's economy, there are fewer jobs available in every industry. In recent months the job outlook in radiologic technology has increased and is projected to continue to increase.

 What is the difference between a radiologic technician and a radiologic technologist?
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.

 

Degree Program

Radiologic Technology – Associate in Science Degree

The radiologic technology program leads to an associate in science degree and certification. Training includes operation of digital and conventional x-ray equipment, exposing and processing images, utilizing radiation protection practices, positioning patients, and patient care. Concurrent clinical training is conducted in hospitals affiliated with Chaffey College. The Radiologic Technology program is accredited by the State of California and the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, (JRCERT; www.jrcert.org). Upon successful completion, graduates earn Diagnostic Radiologic Technology and Radiologic Technologist Fluoroscopy Permit certificates and are eligible to become licensed as Radiologic Technologists. There are fees for obtaining licensure by examination and certification. The national certification examination and the state of California Certified Radiologic Technologist and Fluoroscopy Permit examinations are administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT; www.arrt.org). There are application fees for certification with the State of California (CRT). The program articulates with the California State University Northridge and the Loma Linda University radiologic technology programs for the bachelor’s degree. 

To obtain an associate’s degree, students must complete both the major requirements below and the graduation requirements listed on pages 38-39 of the Chaffey College Catalog.

Major requirements for the associate in science degree

In addition to completion of the major, there are other requirements for the degree. For this information, refer to the Chaffey College graduation requirements or see a full-time counselor in the counseling center.

Course Number Course Title Units
RADTEC 10 Anatomy and Radiographic Positioning I 3
RADTEC 10L Anatomy and Radiographic Positioning I Lab 1
RADTEC 16 Medical Procedures for Radiologic Technologists 3
RADTEC 16L Laboratory for Medical Procedures for Radiologic Technologists 1
RADTEC 20 Radiologic Science and Protection 3
RADTEC 20L Laboratory for Radiologic Science and Protection 1
RADTEC 25 Anatomy and Radiographic Positioning II 3
RADTEC 25L Laboratory for Anatomy and Radiographic Positioning II 1
RADTEC 31 Radiographic Clinical Education I 2
RADTEC 34 Radiographic Imaging 3
RADTEC 34L Laboratory for Radiographic Imaging 1
RADTEC 41 Radiographic Clinical Education II 7
RADTEC 51* Radiographic Clinical Education III 4.75
RADTEC 55* Radiographic Equipment and Clinical Application 2
RADTEC 61 Radiographic Clinical Education IV 8
RADTEC 66 Anatomy and Radiographic Positioning III 3
RADTEC 66L Laboratory for Anatomy and Radiographic Positioning III 1
RADTEC 71 Radiographic Clinical Education V 10
RADTEC 77 Radiographic Pathology 3
RADTEC 82* Radiographic Clinical Education VI 4
RADTEC 85* Radiographic Review and Exam Preparation 2
RADTEC 470 Venipuncture for Imaging Professionals 1
RADTEC 470L Venipuncture Laboratory for Imaging Professionals .5
     
  Total units for the major 68.25

 

 

Resources

Information Packet for Prospective Students 

Course Schedule and Program Curriculum

Radiologic Technology Program Brochure 

Labor Market Data 

Application Instructions

Radiologic Technology Application Form

Request for Evaluation of Transcript for Health Science Programs 

Radiologic Technology Jobs

 

 

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
Associate Professor / Clinical Coordinator ARRT (R), CRT, BS
(90) -652-7604
marlene.soto@chaffey.edu
Julie Leahy, RT
Associate Professor / Clinical Coordinator ARRT (R), CRT, BS
(909) 652-7603
julie.leahy@chaffey.edu


Adjunct Faculty

  • Stephanie ApprillARRT (R), CRT
  • Michael Batchelor, RT ARRT (R) (CT), CRT
  • Kristin Beinschroth RT ARRT (R), CRT, BA
  • Holly Bush, RT ARRT (R), CRT
  • Rebecca Castillo, RT ARRT (R), CRT
  • Jessica Cathcart, RT ARRT (R), CRT
  • Delisa Dimpudus, RN
  • Augusto Dyer, RT ARRT (R), (CT), (US), CRT
  • Yvonne Gomez, RT ARRT (R), CRT, BA
  • Derek Hernandez ARRT (R), CRT
  • Tamra Ortiz, RT ARRT (R), CRT
  • John Parton, RT ARRT (R), CRT
  • Julia Pascoe ARRT (R), CRT
  • Kimberly Penrod, ARRT (R), CRT
Sherrie Loewen, Ph.D., ABD, J.D., MAHS
Dean, Health, Wellness and Athletics
(909) 652-6696
sherrie.loewen@chaffey.edu



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 1950 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 7:00 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

 

Prerequisite and Selection Process 

Individuals applying to the radiologic technology program shall be considered for admission based on the 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. Interested individuals can download an application by clicking on the link at left.

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

  1. Eligibility for admission to Chaffey College.
  2. International students' transcripts must have AERC, IERF or approved agency evaluation.
  3. Minimum age of 18 years (per California Code of Regulations, Title 17 Public Health, and Code of Federal Regulations, Title 10).
  4. Completion of the following courses with a minimum GPA of 2.0, or courses in progress at the time of application:
  5. MATH 420; 450 or higher level math, or STAT 10, or SCSCI 10, or as required for graduation.*
  6. CHEM 9; 10; or 24A; or PHYS 5 or higher; or high school chemistry or physics. (If high school courses are used to meet these requirements, high school transcripts must be submitted for evaluation.)
  7. BIOL 20 (or BIOL 424 and 424L)
  8. BIOL 30

Notes:

  1. Students are admitted to the radiologic technology program on a point system.
  2. Required courses listed under number four above and general education courses are assigned points. Only courses completed prior to the application period will be included for full point calculation.
  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, or be in progress at the time of application.
  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. Applicants must obtain and submit a satisfactory background check certificate from www.mybackgroundcheck.com using a shared password. In order to continue in the RT program, students must earn a minimum grade of C (78 percent) in all radiologic technology courses.