Program Description

The curriculum prepares students to work as a Radiologic Technologist in the medical field. Employment opportunities are in offices, clinics and hospitals, education, sales, and management.

The program is accredited by the Joint Review Commission on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), in coordination with the California Department of Public Health, Radiologic Health Branch (CDPH-RHB). Upon successful completion of the program the student is eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist Examination (ARRT). Upon successfully passing the examination a student then would need to apply to the State of California for their Radiologic Technology License.

A Certificate of Achievement is awarded upon completion of all required courses with a grade of C or better; an Associate in Science degree is awarded upon attainment of a Certificate of Achievement and completion of all general education requirements for the AS degree with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in these general education courses.

Program Outcomes

  1. Maintain clinical competency and ability to produce radiographic images of acceptable quality.
  2. Demonstrate problem-solving skills and effective communication skills.
  3. Demonstrate pursuit of lifelong professional growth and development.
  4. Assume leadership roles in the Radiologic Technology professional community.

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Program Prerequisites

All of the General Education courses that lead to an Associate Degree must be completed prior to admission to the program.

These are the required prerequisites for the program:

  • Physics 010 and 010L
  • Anatomy 025, Physiology 001*
  • Chemistry 002A or higher level of Chemistry,
  • Intermediate Algebra or higher level of Math
  • Medical Terminology (3 unit class)

*Physiology 002A and 002B can be substituted for Anatomy 025 and Physiology 001.

For the selection criteria for admission to the program refer to the Radiologic Technology Website or see a PCC Counselor.

Effective January 2015, an applicant must have an Associate or higher degree for eligibility for ARRT Certification.


Requirements for the Certificate of Achievement

Required units: 68.5 - 71.5

Recommended sequence:

First Summer Session First Year Students

  • RDTC 100 – Basic Radiologic Technology Practices (2)
  • RDTC 101 – Medical Procedures for the Technologist (3)


First Fall Semester First Year Students

  • RDTC 102 – Radiation Protection (3)
  • RDTC 103A – Radiographic Anatomy and Positioning (3.5)
  • RDTC 110 – Professional Ethics (2)
  • RDTC 112A – Radiologic Physics (3)
  • RDTC 117A – Clinical Experience (2)


First Spring Semester First Year Students

  • RDTC 103B – Radiographic Anatomy and Positioning (3.5)
  • RDTC 104 – Principles of Radiographic Exposure (3)
  • RDTC 112B – Radiologic Physics (3)
  • RDTC 117B – Clinical Experience (2)


Second Summer Session

  • RDTC 113A – Clinical Learning Experience (2)
  • RDTC 119 – Clinical Experience (6.5)


Second Fall Semester Second Year Students

  • RDTC 103C – Radiographic Anatomy and Positioning (3)
  • RDTC 105 – Special Radiographic Procedures (3)
  • RDTC 111 – Computerized Imaging (2)
  • RDTC 117C – Clinical Experience (4)


Second Spring Semester Second Year Students

  • RDTC 116 – Perspectives in Radiologic Technology (2)
  • RDTC 117D – Clinical Experience (4)
  • RDTC 118 – Fluoroscopy (3)


Second Spring Semester

  • RDTC 121 – Mammographic Procedures (3)  
    or RDTC 123 – Computerized Tomography (3)


Third Summer Session

  • RDTC 113B – Clinical Learning Experience (6)

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Earn an Associate of Science Degree With Your Certificate of Achievement

An AS Degree prepares you with the unique skills needed to enter a specialized career field. Earned in conjunction with a Certificate of Achievement, it will open up further opportunities for career advancement.

To earn your AS degree, you will need to complete the general education requirements for an AS degree in addition to the above listed Certificate of Achievement Requirements.

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