The Medical Radiographer, also known as a Radiologic Technologist or X-ray Tech, is responsible for imaging body structures and visualizing the gastrointestinal and urinary tracks using radiographic contrast and fluoroscopy.
The Radiographer’s job is to position the patient, determine exposure factors, manipulate medical imaging equipment, evaluate radiographic image quality, provide patient comfort, and oversee patient and medical team radiation protection.
Would You Make a Good Radiographer?
Radiographers participate in fast-paced work challenges in a variety of healthcare settings. Radiographers must provide a positive patient experience, possess the ability to be accurate and calm under pressure, and critically think through challenges.
Associate of Science in Medical Radiography Program
The A.S. in Medical Radiography Program is a 21-month/40-hour-per-week full-time program, beginning every September, where students complete academic instruction and gain over 1,850 clinical hours of Radiography experience. Students are enrolled for 48 weeks the first year and 56 weeks the second year. Breaks are given between quarters. It is a full-time program with no arrangements for part-time or evening status.
The A.S. in Medical Radiopgraphy program in the Department of Radiation Technology at Loma Linda University is accredited by WASC (Western Associate of Schools and Colleges) and JRCERT, www.jrcert.org.
The A.S. in Medical Radiography Program follows the Loma Linda University Quarterly academic terms. The program begins each September. The Fall quarter runs from the end of September to mid-December. The Winter quarter runs from the first part of January to mid-March. The Spring quarter runs from the end of March to the middle of June. The Summer quarter runs from the end of June to approximately to the beginning of September. Please refer to the Academic Calendar since the actual dates change yearly.
Academic Calendar- Choose Acadmic Calendar at top right
Costs and Fees
The estimated cost of the program is updated yearly based on the University's tuition and fees, which are subject to change (usually summer quarter). Tuition rates above do not reflect books, uniforms and supplies, living and transportation costs. Additional fees apply. A University quarterly fee is charged as well as a quarterly fee of $40 for Medical Radiography students.
The A.S. in Medical Radiography Program is a rigorous program. Students should expect to give full-time attention to this demanding program. Students in the past have needed to adjust their personal schedules to make this program a priority. Students should also plan to drive to their clinical assignments, which are assigned to each student after the program begins. Students are expected to be responsible, accountable, and dependable. and behave and communicate with high professional standards. Attendance in all classes is also expected. Preparing for a 21-month demanding program is a key factor in program completion success. Students are also expected to be able to perform the essential job functions throughout the program and on into the profession, and maintain an overall and term GPA of 2.5 and above.
What Makes LLU Unique and Special
The LLU Medical Radiography program stands out because of its family environment, caring faculty, low student-to-faculty ratio, and emphasis on service learning, values development, transformation, and the whole person.
The Medical Radiography Program at Loma Linda University, School of Allied Health Professions, provides a quality educational experience focused on the whole person, preparing students to be registry-eligible, entry-level radiographers, equipped with the knowledge, skills, values, attitudes, and behaviors appropriate for providing excellent patient care and safely managing radiation exposure.
Our vision is to be known by our students, alumni, clinical instructors, faculty, professional community, and staff as the Medical Radiography Program of choice. Additionally, we want the program experience to be known as "a close family" that is exciting, challenging transforming and fun.
We will accomplish our mission and vision by setting and achieving high standards of excellence in professional behavior, academic and clinical education, customer service, and collaborative success.
Goals and Student Learning Outcomes
While in the Program, students will demonstrate clinical competence by performing radiographic exams of diagnostic quality, and applying patient care and practices for radiographic procedures. Students will communicate effectively by being able to clearly explain radiographic procedures to patients and often family members, effectively communicate and work with the healthcare team, and demonstrate appropriate communication for diverse populations. Students will develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills so that they can appropriately adjust procedures, and critique images to determine diagnostic acceptability. Students will demonstrate the values and professional development, model professional behavior, and examine the core values and reflect on personal application. Students will also apply knowledge in interdisciplinary situations.
Essential Job Functions
The essential job functions of a radiographer require certain physical, mental, & emotional attributes. Physical demands include lifting; carrying; bending; manipulation of equipment; patient assistance; walking and prolonged standing; the ability to read; and the ability to communicate effectively. Mental, emotional, and affective demands include: critical decision making, interaction with patients of different ages and health conditions, maintaining patient confidentiality, ability to work under pressure, ability to repeat previously learned information, and interacting appropriately. Students must maintain essential job functions throughout the program. A complete list of essential job functions will be made available during the interview process.
Loma Linda University: Educating Radiology Professionals
Loma Linda University offers a number of programs in the medical imaging field. Besides Medical Radiography, we offer programs in Computed Tomography, Imaging Informatics (online), Cardiac Electrophysiology, Magnetic Resonance, Nuclear Medicine, Sonography, Radiation Therapy, and Dosimetry. We also offer an online Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Radiation Sciences, a Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration, and an online Radiologist Assistant Master’s degree program.
Eligibility for ARRT Certification
Eligibility for the ARRT certification exam may be affected if the applicant has a prior felony or misdemeanor conviction. Prior to applying to this program the applicant should contact the ARRT at 651-687-0048 to determine if eligibility will be granted.
We have clinical sites located in Loma Linda, Redlands, San Bernardino, Hemet, Palm Springs, Riverside, Apple Valley, Murrieta, Los Angeles, and the Imperial Valley. Students are expected to provide their own transportation to and from clinicals. Students are assigned to a clinical site at the beginning of the program.
Applications are accepted between October 1 to February 1,with a priority deadline of January 15. There is no waiting list. Thirty-two seats are available for each class.
Applicants must complete a minimum of 42 quarter units (28 semester units) with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, and a prerequisite GPA of 2.5 or higher, submit official college and high school transcripts, 12 hours career observation, 20 hours of volunteer service, three references, an interview video, and an admissions essay. See our website for video submission guidelines. The average GPA of the most recent applicant pool is over 3.4. The application process is competitive.
Not every applicant will receive an interview.
Applicants are required to complete a background check and possess a current Health Care Provider CPR card offered by the American Heart Association. To remain in the program students must maintain a 2.5 GPA, pass three program milestones, pass a mock board exam, and adhere to the Program’s professional code of conduct. Students at some clinical sites may need a drug test.
Volunteer service hours
The program application now requires 20 hours of volunteer service. This is different than the 12 hours of career observation. Volunteer service is something you need to learn about self-less service. You can complete these hours in a variety of ways. In most cases, you have already done 20 hours of service, and you will not need to complete more. You must submit a letter stating what you have done for volunteer or mission service. You must email or fax this information to the program by the application deadline.
Clinical Observation Hours
The program application will now accept a minimum of 8 career observation hours for admission into the program. The clinical observation hours are different from the volunteer service hours.
What is new for the 2015 Application Year?
The ASMR program has a few new requirements for the applicants who will be applying for the 2016 Cohort (between October 1, 2015 and February 25, 2016):
ONLINE APPLICATION ESSAY
Each applicant is required to submit an online application, and within the application are ethics-based questions, and a 300-500 word essay. The essay is to include the following: why you chose radiography as a profession, why you want to come to Loma Linda University, what you have done for service activity in your life, what your goals are in the next five years, and why you see yourself as a radiographer. Essays will be judged based on the inclusion of all of this content.
Each applicant needs to show service activities in their essay, and these service activities need to be voluntary, either local or international. A minimum of 20 hours is required. It is ok to have done the volunteer hours in the past 10 years. All you need to do is include in your online application essay that addresses about your service hours. Keep in mind that this is not the same as clinical observation career hours. This is different and in addition to career observation hours.
Elements of the Video
» Introductions: Give your name, where you are from, what you have done for volunteer service, and three key personal strengths…what have you done in your life…just tell us about you…what do you want us to know…briefly talk about your goals in life and your vision for your life
» Interest: Talk about your interest in medical radiography…what you have observed, why you have the interest, what other careers you have investigated and why you have chosen radiography… This must go deeper than “I like working with people.”
» Clinical Observation: Where did you do your clinical observation and what you enjoyed the most about your clinical observation…what did you learn…what did you see…how did clinical observation impact your decision to apply.
» Talk about your readiness for this profession…financially, emotionally, maturity, physically, academically, pre-reqs completion
» Why should we choose you: This is the time to sell yourself!
Evaluation of the Video
» Professionalism: attire, grooming, communication skills, connection
» Stay to 5-minutes
» Adequately answering each questions…each point is covered
» Genuine presentation
» Videos are not judged for entertainment or digital media editing quality, only for content
HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR VIDEO:
Third, the application deadline is Feb 25, 2016, but a priority application deadline is set for January 15, 2015. Those applying by January 15 will get priority review, and the program could close before February 25, 2015, if the class fills up with the priority applications. To be considered for priority review, the applicant must have all references, video interview, transcripts, and application turned in and received. To get priority review, this also means that all classes must be completed by June 2016.
APPLICATION PROCESS AND TIMELINE
All applications are processed the same. Our applications practices are clearly stated below and are consistent for each applicant.
|Freshmen English: One-year college sequence
|Speech: One quarter/semester in college|
|Introduction to Computers: One quarter/semester in college; or 1 year of high school computer courses|
|Medical Terminology: One quarter/semester in college|
|Human Anatomy and Physiology: Must include two sections, both with a lab|
Introduction to Chemistry or Physics: One year of high school, or one quarter/semester at the college level
|Mathematics: Two years of high school math: Algebra I & II, Geometry, Trigonometry; or quarter/semester college equivalent of Intermediate Algebra.|
|Social Sciences: General Psychology or Sociology in college|
|Religious Studies: Students who attended a Seventh-day Adventist College must have 4-quarter units of credit for each year attended.|
|Electives: Students may take any type of regular (non-remedial) college courses to make up the required 42 quarter-units (28 semester units).|
Prerequisite grades of C or above are accepted. C- grades are not transferrable and accepted as prerequistes or courses into the program.
GE Courses Offered at LLU
Year 1 - Fall Quarter Units
RTMR 202 Clinical Orientation (1 day/week) 1
RTMR 224 Legal Issues in Radiography 1
RTMR 246 Professional Communication 2
RTMR 253 Med Radiography Procedures 1 2
RTMR 253L Med Radiography Procedures Lab 1 1
RTMR 285 Principles of Radiography 1 3
AHCJ 326 Fundamentals of Health Care 2
RELT 423 Loma Linda Perspectives 2 14
Year 1 - Winter Quarter Units
RTMR 221 Radiologic Patient Care 2
RTMR 254 Med. Radiography Procedures II 2
RTMR 254L Med. Radiography Procedures Lab II 1
RTMR 284 Radiation Protection & Biology 2
RTMR 286 Principles of Radiography II 3
RTMR 371 Medical Radiography Affiliation I
(2 days/week) 1 11
Year 1 - Spring Quarter Units
AHCJ 328 Wholeness Portfolio I 1
RTMR 247 Languages for Radiographers 1
RTMR 255 Med. Radiography Procedures III 2
RTMR 255L Med. Radiography Procedures Lab III 1
RTMR 283 Radiologic Physics 3
RTMR 287 Principles of Radiography III 2
RTMR 372 Medical Radiography Affiliation II
(3 days/week) 2 12
Year 2 - Summer Quarter Units
RTMR 373 Medical Radiography Affiliation III 3 3
Year 2 - Fall Quarter Units
RTMR 305 Introduction to CT 1 2
RTMR 321 Radiographic Image Evaluation 3
RELx Religion 2
RTMR 374 Medical Radiography Affiliation IV
(4 days/week) 2 9
Year 2- Winter Quarter Units
RTMR 306 Introduction to CT II 2
RTMR 345 Radiologic Pathology 2
RTMR 363 Comprehensive Review I 1
RTMR 375 Medical Radiography Affiliation V
(3 days/week) 2 6
Year 2 - Spring Quarter Units
RTMR 342 Professional Development 3
RTMR 365 Comprehensive Review II 2
RTMR 386 Medical Radiography Affiliation VI
(4 days/week) 2 7
PROGRAM TOTAL 60
Please Note: C- grades or below are not transferable for credit. If you repeat a class the latest grade is recognized. Courses must be from an Accredited Institution.
Dr. Brenda Boyd, PhD, R.T. (R)(M) Program Director