Radiology School in San Diego, CA with Program Information

Research radiology programs in San Diego, which currently has two schools offering radiology programs. Read an overview of programs, admission info and program requirements for these San Diego area schools and decide which program is right for you.

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Comparison of Radiology Schools in San Diego

There is only one school in the city of San Diego itself that offers a program in radiology. Students can complete a certificate and an associate's degree program in radiologic technology at San Diego Mesa College. Another school option is the University of California - San Diego (UCSD). The UCSD main campus is located in La Jolla, which is about 15 miles away from downtown San Diego. Students seeking to complete training to practice medicine in radiology or radiation oncology can submit an application for acceptance into a residency program at UCSD.

San Diego Mesa College University of California-San Diego (UCSD)
Radiology Programs Offered Certificate of Achievement in Radiologic Technology,
Associate in Science in Radiologic Technology
4-year Traditional Track Radiology Residency,
5-year Research Track Radiology Residency,
Direct Pathway Track Radiology Residency,
Radiation Oncology Residency Program
School Type 2-year; public 4-year; public
Total Enrollment (2011) 25,504* 28,593*
Campus Setting Large city Large city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $1,140 in-state; $5,532 out-of-state* N/A
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2010-2011) 54%* 75% (first-year undergraduates)*
Acceptance Rate (2011) N/A - open admissions 35% (for school as a whole)*
Retention Rate (2011) 62% for full-time students, 30% for part-time students* 96% for full-time students, 60% for part-time students (for school as a whole)*
Graduation Rate (2011) 22% (18% transfer-out rate) for full-time students* 85% for full-time students (for school as a whole)*
Relevant Resources None UCSD's Department of Radiology has a cardiovascular center with 54 inpatient beds, 18 treatment rooms, cath labs, operating rooms and outpatient clinics
Noteworthy The college offers a Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program that helps underrepresented members of the population with transferring to a 4-year program in the sciences The Department of Radiology facilitates medical conferences and continuing medical education courses
Distance from Downtown San Diego (Driving Time) 7.4 mi. (13 min.) 14.8 mi. (20 min.)

Source: *NCES College Navigator.


San Diego Mesa College Radiology Programs

This college is the largest institution within the San Diego Community College District. The School of Health Sciences and Public Service offers a certificate and associate's degree program in radiologic technology. The programs are accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.

Certificate of Achievement in Radiologic Technology

Students enrolled in this program receive training to prepare for the full diagnostic radiographer certification. The 24-month program covers topics such as radiation exposure and imaging, radiographic equipment operation and radiographic procedures. The program also includes directed clinical practices at healthcare facilities. To complete the program, students must earn a 'C' or better in all courses.

Associate in Science in Radiologic Technology

To earn this degree, students complete 55.5 hours of core classes and take elective courses to achieve the 60 credit requirement. Students who complete this program are eligible to take the national certification exam administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Courses covered in this program include fluoroscopy and radiation safety, radiographic positioning, radiation biology and sectional anatomy. Students also complete 27 credit hours of directed clinical practice.

University of California-San Diego (UCSD) Radiology Programs

UCSD's School of Medicine was ranked as the 16th best medical school in the research category, according to the 2012 rankings from U.S. News & World Report. Through the Department of Radiology, students can select from three options to complete a radiology residency program. Students may also complete a residency program through the Department of Radiation Medicine and Applied Sciences.

Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program

The radiology residency program is offered as a 4-year traditional track, 5-year research track and a Direct Pathway track for students who have at least two years of clinical experience in another medical specialty. Clinical rotations take place at the UCSD Medical Center, the VA Medical Center, Thornton Hospital and Rady Children's Hospital. All facilities are in the San Diego or La Jolla areas.

The 4-year and 5-year tracks familiarize residents with fluoroscopy, computed tomography (CT), positron emissions tomography (PET), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and other diagnostic techniques. Residents in the Direct Pathway track spend 21 months in clinical training and learn about all radiologic subspecialties. Upon successful completion of this program, residents are eligible to take the Vascular and Interventional Radiology certification exam from the American Board of Radiology.

Radiation Oncology Residency Program

This residency program can be completed in four years, which include three years of clinical training and one year of research. Clinical rotations are conducted primarily at the Moores UCSD Cancer Center in La Jolla. Residents also receive some clinical training at a satellite center in Chula Vista or Encinitas. The program consists of training in areas such as radiobiology, radiation oncology procedures and radiation therapy technology. Radiation oncology residents also participate in a weekly clinical conference alongside physics residents where they discuss clinical issues pertaining to a patient's case.

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