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Radiologic Technology, Associate in Science Degree

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Banner Code: 1_AS_RADT
Control Number: 04008

The Radiologic Technologist captures images of human anatomy utilizing digital, x-ray film, or video for diagnostic use by a radiologist or other medical specialist. Graduates of the program are eligible for examination by the American Registry of Radiologist Technologists. Successful applicants have the right to use the title “Registered Radiologic Technologist” (RT)(R)(ARRT). In order to practice in California, the R.T. must also apply for licensure by the Department of Health Services in Sacramento. Completion of the Associate in Science degree a program qualifies the student for eligibility for the state C.R.T. Examination. A bachelor degree program has been articulated with CSU Northridge. The Orange Coast College Radiologic Technology program is accredited by:

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60606-2901
Tel: (312) 704-5300
Fax: (312) 704-5304

And approved by the California Department of Public Health and is affiliated with numerous hospitals in Orange County. Classrooms are well equipped and include on-campus energized x-ray laboratories.

Program application process is accomplished by taking program prerequisite, Allied Health A010. This short-term course is mandatory for all prospective program applicants. The Radiologic Technology program starts only in the fall semester of every school year.

The Radiologic Technology program is a full-time (two years including one summer session and two intersessions) program. Successful program completion requires the following:

  1. completion of all required radiologic technology courses as outlined in catalog,
  2. completion of approximately 1850 clinical hours, and
  3. completion of all requirements for an Associate in Science degree as required by Orange Coast College.

These specific program completion requirements must be satisfied within the two-year time frame of the Radiologic Technology program. Eligibility for the post program state and registry examinations is dependent upon meeting these requirements.

This program requires the student to participate in clinical experience concurrent with classroom courses. Clinical responsibilities will be arranged by the Radiologic Technology faculty and will include evening and/or weekend assignments. The student receives no salary for this clinical experience but will receive course credit toward program completion. Clinical sites will be within a 30 mile radius of the school and transportation is the responsibility of the student and may include parking fees.

Radiologic Technology is a rapidly expanding allied health profession.

Program Admission

  1. Allied Health A010 course - application and orientation.
  2. The student must complete the general education requirements for an Associate in Science Degree requirements and the program prerequisites prior to acceptance to the program.

Program Outcomes

  1. Graduate students who are clinically competent and ready to begin a successful career in the Radiologic Sciences.
  2. Students will be able to demonstrate professional and ethical behaviors.
  3. Students will exhibit the communication skills necessary to effectively perform the duties of a Radiographer in a variety of health care environments.
  4. Students will demonstrate independent critical thinking skills to solve clinical practice related problems to optimize diagnostic outcomes.

Associate in Science Degree Requirements

  1. UNIT REQUIREMENT60 UNITS, with at least a 2.0 grade point average. At least 12 of the units must be earned at OCC, with a minimum of one course taken for a letter grade. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the program must be completed at OCC. A student must be enrolled at the time of application for graduation. Units earned at an accredited college or university on a credit/no credit basis will be counted toward the degree requirements of the college, to a maximum of 15 units.
  2. MAJOR REQUIREMENT - Complete the AA or AS major requirements as detailed in the Degree and Certificate section of this catalog.
  3. MATHEMATICS REQUIREMENT - Demonstrate competence in mathematics by either obtaining a satisfactory grade (grade of “C” or better or“pass”) in a mathematics course at or above the level of Intermediate Algebra as demonstrated by prior coursework, or by demonstrating competency that is comparable through the completion of a college-level math course that has Intermediate Algebra as a prerequisite: Psychology A160 or Math A100 or higher, with the exception of Math A220.
  4. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENT - Students may choose to complete Option 1 (OCC AA GE), Option 1 (OCC AS GE), Option 2 (CSU GE), or Option 3 (IGETC) to satisfy the general education requirement. See the General Education Patterns section of this catalog for more information.

Program Prerequisites

Course Title Units
ALH A010Health Occupations0.5
ALH A111Medical Terminology3
BIOL A221Anatomy-Physiology4
RADT A100Radiologic Physics2
Total Units9.5
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
ALH A115 Patient Care 2.5
RADT A105 Radiation and Imaging Safety 1
RADT A165 Beginning Radiologic Practice 1.5
RADT A170 Radiographic Positioning and Critique 3
RADT A171 Clinical Lab 1 2
RADT A180 Radiographic Imaging 3
RADT A172 Clinical Lab 2 2
ALH A120 Human Diseases 2
RADT A175 Radiographic Positioning and Critique 2 3
RADT A176 Clinical Lab 3 7
RADT A185 Radiographic Pathology 1
RADT A177 Clinical Lab 4 4.5
Year 2
RADT A265 Principles of Digital Imaging and Computer Applications 2
RADT A270 Radiographic Positioning and Critique 3 2.5
RADT A271 Clinical Lab 5 9
RADT A276 Clinical Lab 6 2
RADT A216 Advanced Radiologic Patient Care 2
RADT A275 Radiographic Positioning and Critique 4 3
RADT A277 Clinical Lab 7 7
RADT A285 ARRT Board Preparation 1
RADT A290 Applied Physics & Fluoroscopy 2.5
 Total Units63.5
Requirement Units
Program Major Units 73
AS General Education Option 1, 2, or 3 Varies
Total Minimum Degree Units 88

Radiologic Technology Suggested Elective

Course Title Units
PHIL A120Ethics3