Radiologic Technology Degree Programs in Fresno, CA

Research radiologic technology degree programs in and near Fresno, CA, which currently has two nearby colleges offering this program. Read an overview of the degree programs, admission info and program requirements for the Fresno area schools and decide which program is right for you.

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Radiologic Technology Degree Programs in Fresno, CA

Students who are interested in a career in radiologic technology have only one option for training inside the city, Fresno City College, but admissions to that program were on hold as of December 2012. Located a little more than 50 miles from Fresno, Merced College offers a diagnostic radiologic technology degree. There is a lengthy waiting list for admission to its program. Both radiologic technology associate degree programs are sanctioned by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), the national accreditation body for the field. Graduates of both are eligible to acquire a license in California and to take the national certification test given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

Fresno City College Merced College
Degree Programs Offered Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology Associate in Science in Diagnostic Radiologic Technology
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School Type 2-year; public 2-year; public
Total Enrollment (2011) 20,135* 10,480*
Campus Setting Large city Rural
Tuition & Fees 2011-2012 $900, in-state; $5,604, out-of-state* $898, in-state; $5,890, out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2010-2011) 81%* 78%*
Acceptance Rate N/A - Open admissions* N/A - Open admissions*
Retention Rate (2011) 65% for full-time students* 69% for full-time students*
Graduation Rate (2011) 14% (11% transfer)* 16% (9% transfer)*
Distance from Downtown 4.1 mi. (11 min.) 1.3 mi. (3 min.)

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Degree at Fresno City College

Fresno City College offers its radiologic technology program through the school's Health Sciences Division. During the program's six semesters, students learn through classroom work, laboratory classes and clinical experiences offered at a variety of local healthcare facilities, including hospital emergency rooms, imaging facilities and physicians' offices.

Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology

Students in Fresno City College's radiologic technology degree program learn about all aspects of X-ray technology, including positioning techniques, safety specifications and equipment operation. They become acquainted with conditions that preclude radiography or require special care and learn fluoroscopy procedures. Communication skills are gauged through interaction with patients, recording patient histories and a research paper. Prerequisite courses for this program include biology, human anatomy and basic electricity.

Degree at Merced College

The diagnostic radiologic technology program is offered through the Allied Health Division at Merced College. The program takes 29 consecutive months to complete and is a tough full-time course that makes many demands on the student.

Associate in Science in Diagnostic Radiologic Technology

The diagnostic radiologic technology program at Merced College includes classes on campus and clinical experience at a variety of facilities in the Merced area. Students also practice during their first semester at a lab on campus. The program is in high demand, but can accommodate only 18-20 new students each year. They are admitted on first-come, first-served basis. Students must complete prerequisite courses including medical terminology, chemistry, anatomy, college composition and algebra before applying to the program. A career exploration course or experience working with patients is required also.

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