Radiology Technologist Schools in California - CA
Radiologic technologist schools and training programs in California educate students who wish to become certified radiologic technologists. The California Department of Public Health has currently approved 17 schools offering diagnostic radiologic technology programs and 12 schools offering therapeutic radiologic technology programs. These schools are available both online and in traditional, brick-and-mortar fashion. Entrance into the majority of radiologic technologist schools is possible with a high school diploma. Some schools look more favorably upon applicants who have also volunteered or worked in a hospital radiology department.
In a radiologic technology program, students will study advanced modalities, digital imaging principles, radiation protection and safety, patient care, ethics, anatomy and physiology, venipuncture, pharmacology, radiographic positioning, advanced imaging, special procedures, and medical terminology.
Clinical experiences will take place outside of the classroom, in participating medical facilities across California such as the Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco, Huntington Hospital in Pasadena and Los Angeles County & USC Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Upon graduation, students must take the certification examination offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) for radiography or radiation therapy. Then, prospective radiologic technologists in California must apply for state certification in either diagnostic radiologic technology or therapeutic radiologic technology. The state’s application fee is $75 and it takes 30 days to process before one can legally practice as a certified radiologic technologist.