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Radiologic Technology, Associate in Science Degree

Banner Code: 1_AS_RADT

Control Number: 04008

Financial Aid Eligible

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.  Employment possibilities include hospitals, imaging centers, industry, and sales.

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.

Review Graduation Requirements and General Education

Program Prerequisites 

Course Title Units
ALH A010Health Occupations0.5
ALH A111Medical Terminology3
BIOL A221Anatomy-Physiology 14
RADT A100Radiologic Physics2
OCC AS General Education 115
Total Units24.5
Course Title Units
Required Courses
ALH A115Patient Care2
RADT A165Beginning Radiologic Practice1.5
RADT A170Radiographic Positioning and Critique3
RADT A171Clinical Lab 12
RADT A180Radiographic Imaging3
RADT A105Radiation and Imaging Safety1
RADT A172Clinical Lab 22
RADT A175Radiographic Positioning and Critique 23
RADT A176Clinical Lab 37
RADT A185Radiographic Pathology2
RADT A195Fluoroscopy1
RADT A177Clinical Lab 44.5
RADT A265Principles of Digital Imaging and Computer Applications2
RADT A270Radiographic Positioning and Critique 32.5
RADT A271Clinical Lab 57
RADT A276Clinical Lab 61.5
RADT A216Advanced Radiologic Patient Care2
RADT A277Clinical Lab 77
RADT A285ARRT Board Preparation1
RADT A290Applied Physics & Quality Control1
RADT A275Radiographic Positioning and Critique 42
Total Major Units58
Requirement Units
Program Major Units 58
AS General Education Option 1, 2, or 3 Varies
Total Minimum Degree Units 82.5

BIOL A221 can double count for OCC AS Area B.

Radiologic Technology Suggested Electives:

ALH A120 Human Diseases
PHIL A120 Ethics

Program Sequence

These sequences at Orange Coast College are general course curriculum maps for students to finish all major and general education requirements for two-year completion of degrees, and/or fulfillment of transfer requirements. The course sequence may include course prerequisites and other placement requirements. Students are advised to meet with an Orange Coast College Counselor to review course selections and sequences to ensure that completion of this program will meet a student's transfer and career goals.

For terms less than 15 units, students should meet with a counselor to reconfigure their sequence to maintain financial aid eligibility with a full-time course load.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Units
ALH A010 Health Occupations 0.5
BIOL A221 Anatomy-Physiology 4
Semester 2
ALH A111 Medical Terminology 3
RADT A100 Radiologic Physics 2
Select one of the following or satisfy Math competency (completion of High School Algebra 2 with a "C" or better): (hours: 3-4) 2 0-4
Intermediate Algebra
or Combined Elementary and Intermediate Algebra
Year 2
Semester 1
ALH A115 Patient Care 3 2
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
Semester 2
RADT A172 Clinical Lab 2 2
RADT A195 Fluoroscopy 1
RADT A175 Radiographic Positioning and Critique 2 3
RADT A176 Clinical Lab 3 7
RADT A185 Radiographic Pathology 2
RADT A177 Clinical Lab 4 4.5
Year 3
Semester 1
RADT A265 Principles of Digital Imaging and Computer Applications 2
RADT A270 Radiographic Positioning and Critique 3 2.5
RADT A271 Clinical Lab 5 7
Semester 2
RADT A276 Clinical Lab 6 1.5
RADT A216 Advanced Radiologic Patient Care 2
RADT A275 Radiographic Positioning and Critique 4 2
RADT A277 Clinical Lab 7 7
RADT A285 ARRT Board Preparation 1
RADT A290 Applied Physics & Quality Control 1
 Total Units82.5-87.5

OCC AS GE AREA A2 - Required if 100-level MATH will not be taken to meet Math competency. If MATH A100 or higher will be taken, then needs to take 3-4 degree applicable elective units


Highly recommended for Allied Health programs, some state licenses will require Algebra 2 or higher-level math to be completed at the college level.  If 100-level Math courses (any math except MATH A220) satisfy AS Math Requirement and OCC AS GE AREA A2


Acceptance into the OCC Radiologic Technology program required to begin major coursework (Cohort Restriction)