There is now a 5-Year Recency requirement for the following RT prerequisite course: BIOL-20 or BIOL-424 & BIOL-424L Anatomy or Anatomy/Physiology.
The Chaffey College Radiologic Technology Program is ranked in the top 10 programs in the US with almost 700 programs nationwide. 100% of our graduates pass the national certification exam on a regular basis. Chaffey students routinely score 7 to 9 percentage points higher than the national average.
The Radiologic Technology Program leads to an Associate in Science degree and has been accredited since 1970. Training includes operation of X-ray equipment, exposing and processing images, utilizing radiation protection devices, positioning patients, effective communication and judgement, and patient care. Computer application is involved in all aspects of radiology. Concurrent clinical training is held 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). The program articulates with the California State University, Northridge, and Loma Linda University Radiologic Technology Programs for the Bachelor of Science degree.
Students must earn the Associate in Science degree to sit for the national certification exam.
Upon satisfactory completion of the associate degree requirements and the classroom and clinical education, the student is eligible to apply for the following:
- American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) examination
- California State license (CRT) after successfully completing the ARRT examination and submitting proper documentation and fees.
- State of California Radiologic Technologist Fluoroscopy Permit examination
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.
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:
- Students will be clinically competent
Students will demonstrate professionalism and ethics
- 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
Student will communicate effectively
- Students will demonstrate professional behavior
- Students will demonstrate ethical conduct.
Students will demonstrate critical thinking
- Students will demonstrate presentation skills
- Students will communicate with patients in English
- Students will communicate in the clinical environments
The program effectively measures the success of students and graduates
- Students will evaluate images
- Students will perform non-routine procedures
- Students will be able to analyze stressful situations
In addition, each course has specific student learning outcomes.
- 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
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 2013 - 2017
||5 Year Average
|# of Students Accepted
|# of Students Completing the Program
|ARRT Exam Passed
# and %
|23 students or 100%
|Job Placement within 12 Months
# and %
Students applying February 1 - 28, 2019 for the RT Program starting Fall 2019:
Students who attended Chaffey College prior to Fall 2009 should meet with a counselor to discuss the continuous attendance policy and catalog rights.
Students who came to Chaffey College on or after Fall 2009 need to apply using MATH 420; 450; or higher AND ENG 1A (equivalent courses from other colleges also acceptable.)
Chaffey College Academic Calendar
American Society of Radiologic Technologists
California Society of Radiologic Technologists
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
State of California Radiologic Health Branch
Association of Collegiate Educators in Radiologic Technology
CDPH-RHB CRT Exam Scores
CDPH Radiologic Technology Diagnostic School Certificate
CDPH Radiologic Technology Fluoroscopy School Certificate