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Radiography

Radiography Program

Train hands-on to use and maintain diagnostic equipment as a Radiologic Technologist.

25
months including an off-campus externship
3
locationsLos Angeles, Ontario, and Orange County
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Prepare to diagnose and treat patients using diagnostic imaging examinations.

As a radiologic technologist - also known as an x-ray tech, radiographer or full-scope technologist - you combine your knowledge of the human body with your technical skills to capture pictures of what's going on inside your patients' bodies.

Study human anatomy and work with complex equipment as you help doctors see what's going on inside your patients' bodies.

This program is taught in a blended format combining online classes and in-person instruction.

Program approved by the California Department of Public Health, Radiologic Health Branch (CDPH-RHB)

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Learn to:

Operating Equipment

Operating Equipment

Learn to work Computerized Tomography (CT) Imaging equipment to capture images of your patients.

X-Ray Protection

X-Ray Protection

Protect the patient by shielding exposed areas that do not need to be imaged.

Body Positioning

Body Positioning

Help position the patient and the equipment in order to get the best possible image.

From lectures to real-world experience, our ACC programs are designed with your career in mind.

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From lectures to labs, our ACC curriculum is designed with you in mind.
A Day in the Life of a Radiologic Technologist

As a Radiologic Technologist, you are responsible for maintaining and operating the equipment that takes effective x-rays and other diagnostic imaging examinations. You will work hands-on with patients to make sure their doctors see what they need to see.

Here are some things you may do:

  • Explain procedures to patients
  • Protect patients' bodies to prevent unnecessary radiation exposure
  • Operate computerized equipment to take images
  • Position patients and equipment to get the best possible image
  • Update patient records
What Will I Be Trained to Do as a Radiologic Technologist?

Radiologic technologists perform imaging examinations, such as X-rays, to help diagnose patients. Students in our radiography program will be trained to do the following:

  • Prepare patients for examinations
  • Explain procedures and positions
  • Ensure that areas not being X-rayed are covered with protective shields
  • Perform X-rays
  • Operate, adjust, and maintain equipment1

1California Employment Development Department Detailed Guide, Radiologic Technologists and Technicians in California

Am I a Good Fit for the Radiography Program?

If you love working with technical equipment and enjoy working directly with people, our radiography program might be right for you.

Here are some of the top skills and attributes that make for a great radiologic technologist:

Active listening – A good radiologic technologist listens to their patients and understands their needs and concerns.

Communication – Because radiologic technologists work directly with patients, they must be able to communicate effectively with them, explaining the postures and procedures used during imaging.

Operations monitoring – Radiologic technologists should be able to monitor any relevant machinery, including watching gauges, dials, or other indicators.

Customer and personal service – Radiologic technologists work directly with patients. Having good customer and personal service skills helps them provide better care.

Service orientation – A great radiologic technologist is one with a passion for helping patients and for providing the best care possible.

Where Can I Work as a Radiologic Technologist?

Radiologic technologists can work in a variety of settings, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Medical clinics
  • Medical laboratories1

1California Employment Development Department Detailed Guide, Radiologic Technologists and Technicians in California

What Will I Learn in the Radiologic Technologist Program?

This Radiography program is designed to provide learning experiences that prepare our school's students for competent performance as a radiologic technologist. These include, but are 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.

What courses make up the Radiography program?

General Education Courses:

Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology Classes & Lab

Written Communications I

College Mathematics I

Introduction to Psychology

Core Radiography and Other Courses:

Introduction to Radiologic Sciences

Medical Terminology

Radiographic Physics

Principles of Image Production

Patient Care

Radiographic Positioning I

Principles of Radiation and Radiation Biology

Radiation Protection

Clinical Practicum I

Radiographic Positioning II

Digital Imaging

Clinical Practicum II

Law and Ethics in Imaging

Radiographic Positioning III

Clinical Practicum III

Clinical Practicum IV

Introduction to Computed Tomography

Clinical Practicum V

Cross-Sectional Anatomy

Pharmacology/Venipuncture

Clinical Practicum VI

Career Advantage

Radiology Seminar

American Career College Provides comprehensive academic and clinical preparation for each student to have a successful result on the ARRT certification and registration exam.

Our school's goal is to graduate professionals that enthusiastically display leadership responsibilities while providing competent care. We accomplish this by:

Providing access to activities that foster community awareness while responding to the needs of the community.

Ensuring that the standards required for accreditation for the College and the program is maintained.

Supporting the community of radiologic technologists and health care professionals by providing opportunities for professional development.

Classes 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

For a complete description of coursework in these modules, please refer to the ACC Catalog.

How Long Will It Take to Get My Degree in Radiography?

Students can earn their degree to become a radiologic technologist in as little as 25 months.

How Much is Tuition for the Radiography Program?

Our admissions advisors and financial aid advisors are here to support you. They can help you figure out the radiography school cost and help you explore financial aid options.

To learn more about ACC’s Radiography program cost, access our tuition info.

Is Financial Aid Available for Radiography?

Yes, financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.

Will I Get Real-World Training?

Yes! ACC's radiography program includes over 1,800 hours of clinicals which gives students the opportunity to demonstrate and reinforce the knowledge and skills they acquired learning hands-on throughout the training program.

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