Build Your Future as a Radiologic Technologist
The Cypress College Radiologic Technology Department provides training in radiologic technology science and a high-quality education to prepare a diverse population of students with the entry-level skills needed to become competent and confident radiographers.
This program is an accredited program by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The JRCERT is the only agency recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation for the accreditation of traditional and distance delivery educational programs in radiography, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance, and medical dosimetry. The JRCERT awards accreditation to programs demonstrating substantial compliance with the Standards for an Accredited Educational Program in Radiography. Your instruction in this program will qualify you for examination by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and the California Department of Public Health, through the Radiologic Health Branch (RHB) and prepare you for employment in radiologic technology.
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Apply positioning skills in all required radiographic examinations.
- Select appropriate technical factors for radiographic examinations.
- Practice radiation protection for all radiographic examinations.
- Employ proper patient care techniques.
- Demonstrate oral and written communication skills.
- Relate to and anticipate the needs of the doctors and technologists.
- Adjust to changes, situations, patient conditions, and deviation from the normal routine.
- Demonstrate knowledge of ethical requirements for an entry-level radiographer along with ethical practices in a healthcare setting.
- Understand their professional obligations upon gaining their ARRT status.
Frequently Asked Questions
The program options include an associate degree program with a certificate option. If a student comes into the program with an associate degree or higher, the student may apply for the certificate only.
Once accepted to the program, it takes 21 months. It is highly recommended that students attend a workshop for more detailed information. The Health Science Workshop Schedule and Reservations link is here: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/cypress-college-health-science-division-1128417011.
The program is $46 per unit for California residents, not including books, fees, and supplies. Units vary by course, but the average is three units per course. Unit fees for the 17-unit certificate would be $782, and $2,356 for the Radiologic Technology Certificate. The unit cost for the associate degree will vary depending upon the number of prerequisites needed. Most students also qualify for some form of financial aid.
Radiologic Technologists' salary range is between $47,380-$71,810.
Students are qualified to work in any hospital or clinic, or any place that has an X-ray machine.
- Radiologic Technology Associate in Science Degree = 94.5 units (2 years’ time without general education and prerequisites; units without prerequisites but with general education)
- Radiologic Technology Certificate = 51.5 units (2 years’ time without general education and prerequisites; units without prerequisites but with general education)
- Imaging Technologist Assistant Certificate = 17 units (1-2 semesters)
This program requires prerequisites and an application. Read more about the program in the brochure at this link: (http://news.cypresscollege.edu/Documents/health-science/RadiologyBrochure2017.pdf.
Prerequisites include the following classes:
- Survey of Medical Terminology
- Anatomy and Physiology or Anatomy
- Radiologic Electronics
- Introduction to Radiography
- Intermediate Algebra (or higher)