Degrees

Certificate of Achievement

The program prepares the student for certification as a full diagnostic radiographer. Training includes radiographic equipment operation, exposure and image processing principles, radiographic procedures and protection, patient care and directed clinical practice. The program runs for 24 months, including two summer sessions. Upon completion of the program, the student will be awarded a certificate of achievement (AS degree optional) and may apply for certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and the state of California. The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

A grade of “C” or better must be maintained in all courses to continue in the program. Course repetition in this program is not permitted. The program is governed by the Allied Health Department Policies.

Eligibility for enrollment in this program is determined by a special admission procedure, including (but not limited to) the satisfactory completion of the following prerequisites (or their equivalents): Biology 160, English 101, Computer and Information Sciences 150 or 181, Math 96, and Physics 100.

For national certification eligibility, students must have earned an associate or higher degree from an institution that is accredited by a mechanism acceptable to the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT; www.arrt.org). The degree need not be in Radiologic Technology. Therefore, students must either already have an associate degree (or higher) that meets the ARRT requirement or have completed all of the general education requirements for an associate degree from Mesa College upon application to the program.

Directed Clinical Practice Requirement

Students accepted into this program will be required to successfully complete DCP, clinically-based courses held in health care facilities. These facilities may require background checks, including fingerprinting and drug screening, as a condition of placement at the clinic.

Refusal to submit to a background check, or failure to meet clearance criteria established by the health care facility, may prevent placement in DCP and thus, it may not be possible to successfully complete the program. Health care facilities also require adherence to strict standards of conduct. Facilities may refuse educational access to any person who does not adhere to the facility's standards of safety, health and ethical behavior. This may be cause of removal from the program.

Units Courses
Program Prerequisites:
4 BIOL 160 Elements of Human Anatomy and Physiology
3 ENGL 101 Reading and Composition
5 MATH 096 Intermediate Algebra and Geometry
3 CISC 150 Introduction to Computer and Information Sciences
4 CISC 181 Principles of Information Systems
4 PHYS 100 Introductory Physics
Courses Required for the Major:
2RADT 50 Concepts in Imaging Technology
2.5RADT 86 Fluoroscopy and Radiation Safety
.5RADT 86L Fluoroscopy and Radiation Safety Laboratory
3 RADT 105 Basic Radiologic Technology
2 RADT 110 Recording Media
3 RADT 121A Radiographic Exposure
1 RADT 121B Radiographic Exposure Laboratory
3 RADT 131 Patient Care
1RADT 190 Radiographic Positioning I
1RADT 190L Radiographic Positioning-I Laboratory
1RADT 201 Radiographic Positioning II
1RADT 201L Radiographic Positioning II Laboratory
1RADT 210 Radiographic Positioning III
1RADT 210L Radiographic Positioning III
2 RADT 221 Advanced Imaging Techniques
2 RADT 230 Radiologic Science
1 RADT 241 Sectional Anatomy
1 RADT 242 Organization of Radiology
3 RADT 251A Directed Clinical Practice I
4 RADT 251B Directed Clinical Practice II
5 RADT 252A Directed Clinical Practice III
5 RADT 252B Directed Clinical Practice IV
5 RADT 253A Directed Clinical Practice V
5 RADT 253B Directed Clinical Practice VI
55.5 = Total Units
and electives as needed to meet minimum 60 units required for the degree.

Associate in Science

The program prepares the student for certification as a full diagnostic radiographer. Training includes radiographic equipment operation, exposure and image processing principles, radiographic procedures and protection, patient care and directed clinical practice. The program runs for 24 months, including two summer sessions. Upon completion of the program, the student will be awarded a certificate of achievement (AS degree optional) and may apply for certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and the state of California. The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

A grade of “C” or better must be maintained in all courses to continue in the program. Course repetition in this program is not permitted. The program is governed by the Allied Health Department Policies.

Eligibility for enrollment in this program is determined by a special admission procedure, including (but not limited to) the satisfactory completion of the following prerequisites (or their equivalents): Biology 160, English 101, Computer and Information Sciences 150 or 181, Math 96, and Physics 100.

For national certification eligibility, students must have earned an associate or higher degree from an institution that is accredited by a mechanism acceptable to the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT; www.arrt.org). The degree need not be in Radiologic Technology. Therefore, students must either already have an associate degree (or higher) that meets the ARRT requirement or have completed all of the general education requirements for an associate degree from Mesa College upon application to the program.

Directed Clinical Practice Requirement

Students accepted into this program will be required to successfully complete DCP, clinically-based courses held in health care facilities. These facilities may require background checks, including fingerprinting and drug screening, as a condition of placement at the clinic.

Refusal to submit to a background check, or failure to meet clearance criteria established by the health care facility, may prevent placement in DCP and thus, it may not be possible to successfully complete the program. Health care facilities also require adherence to strict standards of conduct. Facilities may refuse educational access to any person who does not adhere to the facility's standards of safety, health and ethical behavior. This may be cause of removal from the program.

Units Courses
Program Prerequisites:
4 BIOL 160 Elements of Human Anatomy and Physiology
3 ENGL 101 Reading and Composition
5 MATH 096 Intermediate Algebra and Geometry
3 CISC 150 Introduction to Computer and Information Sciences
4 CISC 181 Principles of Information Systems
4 PHYS 100 Introductory Physics
Courses Required for the Major:
2RADT 50 Concepts in Imaging Technology
2.5RADT 86 Fluoroscopy and Radiation Safety
.5RADT 86L Fluoroscopy and Radiation Safety Laboratory
3 RADT 105 Basic Radiologic Technology
2 RADT 110 Recording Media
3 RADT 121A Radiographic Exposure
1 RADT 121B Radiographic Exposure Laboratory
3 RADT 131 Patient Care
1RADT 190 Radiographic Positioning I
1RADT 190L Radiographic Positioning-I Laboratory
1RADT 201 Radiographic Positioning II
1RADT 201L Radiographic Positioning II Laboratory
1RADT 210 Radiographic Positioning III
1RADT 210L Radiographic Positioning III
2 RADT 221 Advanced Imaging Techniques
2 RADT 230 Radiologic Science
1 RADT 241 Sectional Anatomy
1 RADT 242 Organization of Radiology
3 RADT 251A Directed Clinical Practice I
4 RADT 251B Directed Clinical Practice II
5 RADT 252A Directed Clinical Practice III
5 RADT 252B Directed Clinical Practice IV
5 RADT 253A Directed Clinical Practice V
5 RADT 253B Directed Clinical Practice VI
55.5 = Total Units
and electives as needed to meet minimum 60 units required for the degree.

Transfer Information

Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should complete courses required for the university major and the general education pattern required by that transfer institution. See the San Diego Mesa College catalog TRANSFER INFORMATION section. Additional courses may be required to meet university lower-division requirements.

Course requirements at the transfer institution are subject to change and may be verified by a counselor or by consulting the current university catalog. Many Baccalaureate in Arts degrees require third semester competency in a foreign language. Consult the current catalog of the transfer institution and consult with a counselor.

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