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Program Information

Certificate
State License/National Exam
Registry Eligible
State license required for employment.

Approx. Cost
$5,200
includes certification & testing fees

Approx. Length
4 semesters
plus 1 summer & 2 intersessions

Gen. Ed.
prior to entry A.S.
required for
completion

Prerequisites

Al H A010, A111,
Biol 221, &
GEs for A.S. degree


Mission of program

 The mission of the Radiologic Technology program is to prepare qualified medical imaging practitioners, who will support the highest level of ethical care, while employing competent technical practices.  A commitment to professional growth and life-long learning will be developed.

Program Outcomes and Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

           1.  To graduate students who are clinically competent and ready to begin a successful

            career in Diagnostic Radiology Sciences.
 
       2.  Graduates will be able to provide ethical patient care, comfort, and safety.
 
       3.  Enhance communication and develop independent critical thinking skills, in order to
               effectively participate in the health care environment.
 
       4.  Instill in students the concept of life-long learning and continued education, as well as
               the need to participate in professional Radiology Technology organizations and campus
               organizations.
 
5.  Prepare graduates to meet staffing needs of the imaging community.

Description of job for which program prepares students

 Performs diagnostic x-ray procedures/examination. 

Required program prerequisites 

q  Allied Health A010: Health Occupations

q  Allied Health A111: Medical Terminology

q  Biology A221: Human Anatomy & Physiology
q  Math and General Education Requirements (#3 and 4a-d in the College Catalog) for the Associate of Science degree, approximately 18 units
 
 
 Associate of Science Degree and program graduation

All students must meet OCC Associate of Science degree requirements even though they may have degrees from other institutions.  Students should have official transcripts evaluated and should contact the OCC Counseling office to meet with a counselor to assure all requirements have been met or transfer.   Catalog Description

Upon successful program completion, the graduate is eligible to apply for the California State CRT Examination, California Fluoroscopy Permit Examination, and the ARRT examination.

 

Does this program transfer?

The Radiologic Technology Program currently maintains a matriculation agreement with California State University Northridge’s Radiologic Technology Program.  Students have also been successful in continuing their radiology education at Loma Linda University’s advanced imaging options.

At this time, our program does not accept transfer students with advanced standing.  All applicants are subject to the same admissions process. 

Program cost

The Radiologic Technology program costs approximately $5,200 total over the two year program. This includes tuition (California residents), lab fees, required textbooks, and uniforms for clinical experience.  Students must also provide transportation to their assigned clinical facility.

Procedure for program admittance

All students must complete the course Allied Health A010 – Health Occupations in order to apply to the program.  Students are selected and admitted to the program on a first come, first serve basis following completion of Allied Health A010. Students must be admitted to the program in order to enroll in any RT class. 

Program start

The program starts in the fall semester of each school year. 

Employment possibilities upon program completion

Hospitals, private medical offices, clinics, imaging centers, teaching, or sales of medical equipment.

 Salary

 Beginning $45,000 annually.  $25 - $28/hour.  Chief technologists: $80,000 - $95,000/year

 Courses within the program which students can take while seeking admission to the program (subject to catalog restrictions)      

          q  Allied Health A120: Human Diseases

Length of program

Four semesters, one summer and two intersessions (4 weeks during the 1st year and 2nd year between fall and spring)  Total of 22 months.

Spaces available 

28

Background checks

All students will be required to submit an application for pre-clinical background/drug screen check. The background check will include County Criminal Records (Past 7 Years), Residency History Search, Social Security Alert, Nationwide Healthcare Fraud & Abuse Registry (OIG/GSA), and Nationwide Sexual Offender Registry. The drug screening will include THC, cocaine, opiates, PCP, amphetamines, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, methaqualone, propoxyphene and methadone. If requested by the clinical site, the results of the background/drug checks must be provided to them by the student.

Criminal convictions

If you have been convicted of any offense other than a minor traffic violation, you are required to state this on your registry examination application.  This may affect your eligibility to take the examination or obtain licensure.  Evaluation of the national registry requirements can be accomplished prior to program entry.  The program strongly encourages prospective applicants to complete this process before starting program. Contact ARRT at https://www.arrt.org/ for details.

Drug and alcohol policy

The Radiologic Technology program adheres to the Coast Community College District policy with regards to alcohol and drugs.  The Radiologic Technology program is committed to a drug-free campus so that students and staff can work in a drug-free environment.  Please see the OCC college catalog for Student Code of Conduct.

Clinical requirements

The program requires that students participate in scheduled course clinical experience concurrent with classroom courses. Clinical assignments provide students with hands-on application of knowledge and skills learned in the classroom and laboratory courses at OCC contracted hospitals, medical centers, and/or outpatient facilities.  It is the responsibility of each student to provide his or her own transportation to assigned clinical sites.

Just prior to entry into clinical, students are required to complete/obtain:

                    q  A physical examination
                    q  Criminal background/drug screen check clearance
                    q  CPR, HIPAA training, Blood borne pathogen training provided through Al H 115
                    q  Student liability insurance

Students must adhere to appropriate required dress code which may include a laboratory coat, other program specific requirements.
 
Clinical sites may require drug testing or other blood work.  There may be exposure to hazardous materials and infectious pathogens in the clinical setting.  Students will adhere to all safety and standard precautionary measures.  The student receives no financial compensation for clinical experience, but does receive course units as a required class in the program.
 
The program requires the student to participate in clinical experience concurrent with classroom courses.  Clinical assignments will be arranged by the Radiologic Technology faculty.  Clinical requirement is as follows: First year: Fall semester – 16 hours/wk; intersession – 32 hours/wk; spring semester – 24 hours/wk; summer – 32 hours/wk/8 wks.  Second year: Fall semester – 32 hrs/wk; intersession – 32 hrs/wk/4 wks; spring semester – 24 hrs/wk.  Clinical experience will include evening up until 9:30 pm and/or weekend assignments.  Total clinical experience is approximately 1,850 hours.
 
Employment Prospects
Graduates are employable in a variety of professional settings; hospitals, imaging centers, and doctor's offices
 
Accreditation of Program
Fully accredited by the California Radiologic Health Branch and the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.
 
Post-program requirements

 To obtain employment within California, the following is required:

1.  National ARRT Certification; an examination given by the American Registry of Radiologic

            Technologists.

       2.  Certified Radiologic Technologist License (CRT) issued by the California Radiologic Health

            Branch (CRHB) upon successful passing of the ARRT examination.

       3.  Fluoroscopy Permit; a separate examination given by the California Radiologic Health

            Branch (RHB).

To be eligible for the above requirements, the student must complete all Radiologic Technology program courses with a grade of ‘C’ or better and all course requirements fro the Associate of Science Degree as required by Orange Coast College.  All requirements must be completed to graduate from the program.  All core classes must be completed within the program two-year time frame.

 
Other
Orange Coast College also has a Diagnostic Medical Sonography imaging program.
 
Make an Appointment for Counseling
 
Contact information
                                                                      
    Loren Sachs, Program Coordinator                     Caryn Plum, Allied Health Advisor
Office: Allied Health Bldg., 107-B                        Office: CS&D, Room 101-C
lsachs@occ.cccd.edu                                       cplum@occ.cccd.edu     
Phone: 714-432-5540                                                 714-432-5945  
                                                                    
                      Allied Health Program Assistant: 714-432-5729

                                                                                     Jane McLaughlin
                                                                             jmclaughlin@occ.cccd.edu