Radiography Program

Radiography | Los Angeles, OC & Ontario, CA

As the population grows older, there will be an increase in medical conditions, such as breaks and fractures caused by osteoporosis, which can require imaging to diagnose them. Radiologic Technologists will be needed to maintain and use the diagnostic equipment.

In addition, federal health legislation will expand the number of patients who have access to health insurance, increasing patient access to medical care. 

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Radiography Overview

The profession of radiology is guided by the ASRT and ARRT Code of Ethics and therefore it is the expectation of the College that each graduate following successful completion of the certification and registration exam, will work within legal and ethical boundaries. This responsibility requires dedication to applying standards that are outlined within the Code of Ethics for the Radiologic Technologist.

Radiography is also a dynamic discipline that requires growth, personally and professionally, to better prepare for future needs of the profession. These needs may vary in many ways, dependent not only in the environment where one is employed, but across the profession as it changes.

While the radiography program provides the requisite knowledge and skills to become competent as an entry level R.T., the program is confident that each graduate adopts the same enthusiasm for self-improvement.

The Radiography program is available at the following campus:

Careers After I Graduate

Radiologic Technologists work in healthcare facilities. Although hospitals will remain the main employer of radiologic and MRI technologists, a number of new jobs will be in physicians' offices and in outpatient imaging centers. Employment in these health care settings is expected to increase because of the shift toward outpatient care whenever possible. The industries that employed the most radiologic technologists in 2012 were as follows:

  • General medical and surgical hospitals; state, local, and private
  • Offices of physicians
  • Medical and diagnostic laboratories
  • Outpatient care centers

 

What Will I Learn

  • Provide learning experiences that prepare every student for competent performance as a radiologic technologist that includes, but is not limited to: lecture, interactive and self-discovery activities, problem-based case presentations, small group discussions, mentoring, tactile/kinesthetic activities provided through laboratory experiences and clinical practicums.
  • Provide comprehensive academic and clinical preparation for each student to have a successful result on the ARRT certification and registration exam.
  • Graduate professionals that enthusiastically display leadership responsibilities while providing competent care.
  • Provide access to activities that foster community awareness while responding to the needs of the community.
  • Ensure that the standards required for accreditation for the College and the program is maintained.
  • Support the community of radiologic technologists and health care professionals by providing opportunities for professional development.

Equipment List

  • Cassettes for digital unit
  • CR digital reader
  • Densitometer
  • Lead aprons
  • Lead gloves
  • Lead mats
  • Mini C-arm unit
  • Mobile shields
  • Patient shields
  • Penetrometer
  • Phantoms: torso, chest, hand, elbow, foot, knee
  • Portable radiography unit
  • Sandbags
  • Sensitometer
  • Sponges
  • Thyroid shields
  • X-Ray unit: console, table with float top, tube/collimator, wall unit

What Will I Do as a Radiologic Technologist

Radiologic Technologists perform diagnostic imaging examinations, such as x rays, on patients.                

Radiologic Technologists typically do the following:

  • Adjust and maintain imaging equipment
  • Precisely follow orders from physicians on what areas of the body to image
  • Prepare patients for procedures, including taking a medical history and answering questions about the procedure
  • Protect the patient by shielding exposed areas that do not need to be imaged
  • Position the patient and the equipment in order to get the correct image
  • Operate the computerized equipment to take the images
  • Keep detailed patient records

Health care professionals use many types of equipment to diagnose patients. Radiologic Technologists specialize in x-ray, and computed tomography (CT) imaging. Some radiologic technologists prepare a mixture for the patient to drink that allows soft tissue to be viewed on the images that the radiologist reviews. Radiologic technologists might also specialize in mammography. Mammographers use low-dose x-ray systems to produce images of the breast. Technologists may be certified in multiple specialties.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Radiologic, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/radiologic-technologists.htm.

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