Program Purpose: Students who complete the Radiologic Technology program will have the necessary knowledge and skills to perform diagnostic x-ray procedures in hospitals or other health care settings.
The radiography program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee of Education in Radiologic Technology and by the California Department of Health. Radiography students must complete all general education and required Radiologic Technology courses to be eligible to take the California and National Licensing Exams.
The application period for receipt of applicant information and transcripts by the Health Science counselors for Radiologic Technology is February 1 to February 28. For the online application and instructions on how to submit an application, please refer to the Moorpark College Radiologic Technology website at www.moorparkcollege.edu/radtech
Applicants must be at least 18 years old at the time of application.
Required Prerequisite Courses for Application to the Radiologic Technology Program (all courses must be completed with a “C” or better):
|Required Prerequisite Courses|
|ANAT M01||Human Anatomy 1||4|
|Human Physiology 1|
or PHSO M01H
|Honors: Human Physiology|
|Human Anatomy and Physiology|
|RADT M17||Healthcare Ethics 1||3|
|or NS M17||Healthcare Ethics|
|NS M19||Medical Terminology||3|
|ENGL M01A||English Composition||4|
|or ENGL M01AH||Honors: English Composition|
|MATH M03||Intermediate Algebra||5|
For the AS Degree; these combined courses may not be acceptable for transfer to some accepting institutions.
General Education Courses: These courses are necessary for the Associate Degree and must be completed prior to graduation.
|Fine or Performing Arts:|
|Course of Choice||3|
|American History and Institutions:|
|Course of Choice||3|
|Course of Choice 1,2||3|
|Social and Behavior Science: 2|
|Course of Choice||3|
|Course of Choice||1|
Note: For a Bachelor’s Degree articulation with CSUN, take PHYS M10A General Physics I (Units: 4), PHYS M10AL General Physics I Lab (Units: 1), PHYS M10B General Physics II (Units: 4), and PHYS M10BL General Physics II Laboratory (Units: 1)
highly recommend COMM M04 Interpersonal Communication (Units: 3)
- Applicants must be at least 18 years old at the time of application.
- Upon meeting the prerequisite Science Courses (Step 1) with a C or better and an overall GPA of 2.5 or better, students may submit a Radiologic Technology application online from February 1 - February 28 of each year. For the online application and instructions on how to submit an application, please refer to the Moorpark College Radiologic Technology website at www.moorparkcollege.edu/radtech. All official College transcripts must be on file with the Admissions and Records office prior to submission of the application.
- Each qualified applicant will be randomly assigned a number for the year in which they applied and placed on a waiting list labeled with the year of application. Each applicant’s number will indicate his/her place in “LINE” to enter the program. Applicants are admitted to the program by year of application and number order.
- The program admits alternates from the waitlist based on the year applied and waitlist number, to serve on standby for admission until the end of the first week of class. If not admitted, these alternates will be first admissions into the next class provided all deadlines are met and required documents have been submitted.
- The Health Sciences Department will contact applicants regarding acceptance/admission.
- Admission is contingent upon receiving all mandatory requirements by specified deadline. These requirements are mandatory due to clinical facility requirements:
- Background check (seven year clearance) and negative drug screen
- A Physical Exam documented on the Moorpark College Radiologic Technology Programs Health Appraisal form, which considers freedom from communicable diseases and ability to function in a hospital setting
- Proof of current vaccinations as required by the clinical agencies, such as annual flu vaccination and Covid-19 vaccination and booster(s)
- Proof of current health insurance
- Proof of current student radiologic technologist liability insurance
- Proof of current auto insurance, if licensed to drive
- Current American Heart Association CPR BLS Provider card
- Current Los Angeles City Hospital Fire and Life Safety card
- Social Security Card copy
- Evidence of physical and emotional fitness upon admission and throughout the program is expected and is subject to medical opinion of the college physician and to medical opinion or policy of hospitals or agencies used as clinical sites.
- Admission may be denied to an applicant who has failed or withdrew failing from a program and whose overall record makes program completion unlikely (example: two program withdrawals); or who has health and/or safety deficits which place clients at risk.
Opportunities for advanced placement on the waitlist based on space are available to readmission applicants, and Limited Permit X-Ray Technicians Limited Permit X-ray Technicians must complete all prerequisites and required coursework for the ARRT. Advanced Placement students must have an entrance interview with the Radiologic Technology faculty to review scholastic audits and placement. Advance Placement students will have to complete all courses, with a grade of C or better, required by the Moorpark College program in order to complete the program.
The following sections apply to both the Radiologic Technology Program and Nuclear Medicine Program.
Medicine, health care, and radiologic technology are highly technical fields requiring technology/computer skills. It is highly recommended that students are comfortable using a computer, have basic word processing, e-mail, and Internet navigation skills, and be familiar with chat rooms.
The clinical sites extend from Santa Barbara County to Orange County, within an approximate 75-mile radius from Moorpark College. Each student is responsible for his or her own transportation.
Admission to the programs Is dependent upon meeting of program requirements. After students have been admitted, the following requirements must be met:
- A Physical Exam documented on the Moorpark College Radiologic Technology Programs Health Appraisal form, which considers freedom from communicable diseases and ability to function in a hospital setting.
- Proof of Immunity to rubeola, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, varicella and tuberculosis clearance.
- Current vaccinations as required by the clinical agencies, such as annual flu vaccination and Covid-19 vaccination and boosters.
- Tuberculosis clearance.
- Evidence of physical and emotional fitness upon admission and throughout the program is expected and is subject to medical opinion of the college physician and to medical opinion or policy of hospitals or agencies used as clinical sites.
- Current CPR BLS Provider card by the American Heart Association.
- Current Los Angeles City Hospital Fire and Life Safety Card.
- Proof of current health insurance.
- Proof of current student radiologic technologist liability insurance.
- Current auto insurance.
- Social Security Card.
- Criminal background check fee and drug screening, paid by student and through an agency approved by the Health Sciences Department and before placement into a clinical site. Background check and drug screening may not be older than 3 months before the start of clinical rotation. The Health Science Department is unable to place students in clinical settings if they have a positive criminal background check (seven years) or drug screening. Therefore, the student will not be able to complete the required program of courses. Students with a previous positive background check are asked to have themselves pre-approved by the ARRT. See ARRT Pre-Application section for more information.
- Students are required to complete additional background check and drug screening at other times during the programs, such as prior to starting the second year clinical rotation.
- Once in a program, students are required to verify maintenance of current CPR card, liability insurance, health insurance, immunizations, auto insurance, and tuberculosis clearance.
All students admitted to the Radiologic Technology program are expected to maintain the highest personal and ethical standards of conduct consistent with professional standards as perceived by the faculty and professional personnel in the agencies used as extended campus sites. Any information indicating that such standards are not maintained is subject to review by members of the faculty, which may recommend to the college dismissal from the program.
Pre-application To ARRT
The conviction of a felony may prohibit licensure as a Radiologic Technology professional. Each case is reviewed and determined by the ARRT. The Board considers the nature and severity of the offense, subsequent acts or crimes, compliance with the sanctions, and evidence of rehabilitation. Letter of clearance from ARRT does not itself guarantee clinical placement. Students with a positive background check and clearance from ARRT may not be admitted at the clinical sites. In this case, students will not be able to complete clinical training and will not be admitted to the program. To obtain a pre-application, contact ARRT: (651) 687-0048 or at the website: www.arrt.org.
In compliance with the 1990 American with Disabilities Act, the Health Sciences Department does not discriminate against qualified Nuclear Medicine or Radiologic Technology applicants with disabilities. These performance standards, reflected in specific Radiologic Technology and Nuclear Medicine course/program objectives, are to assist each applicant in determining eligibility and the need for accommodations or modifications. The terms below describing physical functions are general in nature. Students who can perform the same actions effectively through the use of assistive technology or devices need to make an appointment with ACCESS for accommodations. ACCESS may also collaborate with the program’s Coordinator regarding the accommodations needed, particularly for those in the clinical setting.
- Critical Thinking: ability sufficient for safe clinical judgment: calculating, reasoning, analyzing, prioritizing, synthesizing data. Make appropriate and timely decisions under stressful situations. Examples: identify cause/effect relationships in clinical situations.
- Interpersonal: abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups with diverse social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds: function effectively under stress. Must demonstrate professional behavior at all times. Maintain a therapeutic relationship with clients, families, and health team members. Example: establish rapport with diverse patients and effectively interact with colleagues as part of the health care team.
- Communication: sufficient for effective verbal and written interactions. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, using appropriate grammar, vocabulary and word usage. The student must have 95% ability to communicate positioning instructions, interpret patient responses, as well as, interact with staff, faculty and peers. Examples: Explain radiologic diagnostic treatment procedures, positioning instructions, document and interpret actions and client responses.
- Mobility: physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces and reach overhead equipment. Examples: Move around X-Ray rooms, clients’ rooms, x-ray equipment/machines, workspaces, and diagnostic/treatment areas; administer emergency/CPR procedures.
Standing/Walking-The student must be able to move forward, backward, and laterally on carpet, tile, linoleum, asphalt and cement while providing and managing patient care, gathering patient supplies and medications, obtaining and returning equipment. Approximate distance = 3 to 6 miles. It is also necessary for a student to have the capability of maintaining an upright position during many functions.
Sitting- The student must be able to sit while communicating with or teaching patients, operating computers, answering the telephone, writing reports and documenting.
Lifting- The student must be able to lift floor to knee, knee to waist, and waist to shoulder level while handling supplies (5-10 lbs.). Lift and transfer patients, medical equipment and supplies up to 6 inches from a stooped position, then push or pull the weight up to 3 feet. Lift and transfer patients from a stooped to an upright position to accomplish bed-to-chair and chair-to-bed transfers. Average lifting requirement is 50 pounds.
Carrying- The student must demonstrate the ability to carry items at waist level.
Pushing/Pulling- The student must be able to effectively move radiologic equipment, utilize crash carts, open and close doors and drawers, move beds, gurneys, and wheelchairs and to move equipment and furniture.
Climbing/Balancing- The student must demonstrate the ability to navigate stairs going to and from other departments, offices, and homes.
Stooping/Kneeling- The student must demonstrate the ability to move to low enough positions to move radiology equipment, retrieve supplies from cabinets, medication carts, etc.
Bending- The student must demonstrate the ability to move into appropriate positions while performing patient positioning, radiologic exams , gathering supplies, and transferring patients.
Crouching/Crawling- The student must demonstrate the ability to retrieve items from under and behind exam equipment.
Reaching/Stretching/Twisting- The student must demonstrate the ability to extend their reach and move appropriately when doing mobile exams, gathering supplies and equipment, operating computers and equipment, administering care, assisting with patient positioning, cleaning or disposing equipment and retrieving patient files
- Manipulating: gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective care. The student must demonstrate the ability to have hand-wrist movement, hand-eye coordination, simple firm grasping and fine and gross motor dexterity. Examples: Calibrate equipment, move and use equipment/machines; lift, position and transfer clients.
- Hearing: ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs. Examples: Ability to hear and interpret many people and correctly interpret what is heard, physician orders whether verbal or over the telephone, patient reports and cries for help, emergency and equipment alarms.
- Seeing: ability sufficient for observation and visual assessment in well-lit and dimly lit areas. Examples: detect signs and symptoms, coloring and body language of patients. Interpret written words accurately, read characters and identify colors in the patient’s records and on the computer screen. Accurately read medication labels. Perform close and distance visual activities involving objects, persons, and paperwork, as well as discriminate depth and color perception.
- Tactile: ability sufficient for physical assessment and patient positioning. Examples: Perform palpation functions for positioning and determining anatomical landmarks.
- Travel Expectations: The clinical sites extend from Santa Barbara County to Orange County, within an approximate 75-mile radius from Moorpark College. Each student is responsible for his or her own transportation.
For successful completion of the Radiologic Technology program, a minimum grade of 75% is necessary in all core Radiologic Technology program courses required for the major. Pass/No Pass is not an option for the core Radiologic Technology program courses.
Costs incurred by nuclear medicine and radiologic technology students include, but are not limited to: Physical examination, background check and drug test, immunizations, uniforms, radiation badge monitoring, Association dues, and licensure examination application.
Transfer to Bachelor of Science Degree Radiography Technology (BSRT)
Students wishing to apply for admission to a program leading to a Bachelor’s Degree in Radiologic Technology may do the following:
Complete the Moorpark College Associate Degree in Radiologic Technology and apply for transfer to an accepting institution. California State University, Northridge has articulated specific courses with Moorpark College granting transferable units in science, general education and radiologic technology.
Satisfy the transferable lower-division science and general education requirements and apply to a BSRT program. Major requirements for upper-division standing at California State University, Northridge, are
|ANAT M01||Human Anatomy||4|
|BIOL M01||Introduction to Biology||4|
|CHEM M12||Introductory Chemistry I||4|
|MATH M07||Precalculus and Trigonometry||6|
|PHSO M01||Human Physiology||4|
|PHYS M10A||General Physics I||4|
|PHYS M10AL||General Physics I Lab||1|
|PHYS M10B||General Physics II||4|
|PHYS M10BL||General Physics II Laboratory||1|
Focuses on routine and trauma radiographic anatomy. Includes positioning and procedures of the upper and lower extremities, shoulder girdle, bony thorax, pelvic girdle, and vertebral column.
Provides an opportunity for practical application of theory on patients in a clinical setting. Includes proper positioning and exposure of the upper and lower extremities, shoulder girdle, bony thorax, pelvic girdle and spinal column.
Covers production of radiation and interactions with matter. Includes manipulation and image quality of radiographic equipment.
Provides basic knowledge in factors that govern and influence the production and recording of radiographic images. Uses class demonstrations and experiments to illustrate the application of radiographic equipment for digital radiographic imaging. Includes the performance of basic quality control experiments.
Emphasizes routine, trauma, geriatric and pediatric radiographic imaging of the skull, paranasal sinuses and facial bones. Focuses on fluoroscopic and contrast media procedures of the gastrointestinal and genitourinary systems with an introduction to angiographic and interventional procedures.
Provides an opportunity for practical application of theory on patients in a clinical setting. Includes proper positioning and exposure of the skull, paranasal sinuses, facial bones; fluoroscopic and contrast media procedures of the gastrointestinal and genitourinary systems; and pediatric and surgical radiography. Takes place in the radiology department of a pre-assigned clinical affiliate.
Covers basic principles of radiation protection and radiobiology as well as state and federal regulations for diagnostic uses of radiation. Includes problem solving, quality assurance and quality control, automatic exposure control, digital systems and an introduction to Computed Tomography (CT).
Applies radiation health and safety requirements in the acquisition of a radiograph with optimum image quality. Includes quality control (QC) and quality assurance (QA) experiments for radiographic equipment.
Introduces the advanced radiography student to the theory of computed tomography including physics, instrumentation, patient care and imaging procedures. Covers cross sectional anatomy using computed tomography and magnetic resonance images.
Introduces advanced concepts in radiography and various types of diseases encountered in radiology. Examines the skeletal, respiratory, central nervous, gastrointestinal, genito-urinary, hepatobiliary, hematopoetic, and reproductive systems.
Provides an opportunity for practical application of theory on patients in a clinical setting. Includes proper positioning of entire skeletal system, utilization of fluoroscopy for surgical procedures using the C-arm and to perform upper and lower gastrointestinal exams using proper contrast media.
Covers the principles of fluoroscopic imaging including equipment, image formation and recording. Emphasizes image quality, analysis and radiation protection.
Provides an opportunity for practical application of the advanced radiography theory and lab content of upper and lower extremity, upper and lower gastrointestinal, and genitourinary studies using contrast media, fluoroscopy, and C-arm in surgical exams. Includes limited rotations in computer tomography, magnetic resonance, radiation therapy, ultrasound, cardiac catheterization and special interventional radiographic procedures in assigned clinical setting.
Provides basic knowledge of client care skills to those preparing for a career in Radiography. Focuses on the essential principles and practices of safe effective care in this constantly changing medical field. Integrates safety, communications, documentation, and cultural diversity throughout the course.
Provides the new radiography student with entry-level information to begin clinical practice with a diverse client population in a radiology department. Emphasizes radiation protection, equipment manipulation and safety, sterile technique, and career options in radiology. Includes anatomy and positioning for chest and abdomen procedures.
Permits the new radiography student to participate in a simulated radiography department setting in the on-campus Radiography skills lab. Provides radiography students opportunities to work with darkroom procedures, equipment manipulation, radiation protection procedure, basic radiographic positions and projections positions and chest and abdomen anatomy and procedures.
Provides a basic knowledge of radiographic equipment design and operations. Covers introduction to radiation production, radiation protection and different types of digital radiographic equipment.
Provides an opportunity for practical applications of theory focuses on routine and trauma radiographic anatomy through simulated clinical experiences in a radiography skills lab. Offers hands-on positioning with a mock patient as well as the creation of actual radiographs of an x-ray phantom using conventional and digital equipment.
Provides an opportunity for practical applications of theory. Focuses on fluoroscopic and contrast media procedures of the gastrointestinal and genitourinary systems. Introduces angiographic and interventional procedures through simulated clinical experiences in a radiography skills lab. Offers hands-on positioning with a mock patient as well as the creation of actual radiographs of an x-ray phantom using conventional and digital equipment.
Provides radiographic film critique to integrate clinical practice and classroom education. Evaluates technical errors on radiographs and reviews strategies for avoiding future errors. Includes a review for licensure examinations.
Provides the basic techniques of venipuncture in an upper extremity for the administration of radiographic contrast materials. Describes complications associated with contrast administration and appropriate actions to resolve these complications. Introduces the basic concepts of the electro-cardiogram (ECG). This course is also available to Certified Radiologic Technologist. Upon completion of in class portion of the course, students will need to perform an additional ten (10) venipunctures at a clinical site under the direct supervision of a physician to satisfy the state of California's training requirements for Certified Radiologic Technologists to start an IV for contrast injection.
Introduces theoretical and applied ethics as they relate to problems in medicine, healthcare, and the human life sciences. Examines foundational moral principles and the main moral theories. Provides an introduction to ethics in general, a foundation for understanding legal implications in healthcare and a framework for analyzing and resolving ethical problems through the application of ethical principles and critical thinking.
Introduces nuclear medicine as a specialty within radiologic technology. Focuses on equipment and radiopharmaceutical agents used to perform routine procedures on the skeletal, cardiovascular, central nervous, digestive and endocrine/exocrine systems.
Introduces principles of basic nuclear medicine procedures, patient care, and radiation safety. Focuses on the safe operation of non-imaging instruments including monitoring equipment, dose calibrators, well counters, uptake probes, liquid scintillation systems, and the gamma probe.
Provides an opportunity for practical application at a designated clinical site. Focuses on nuclear medicine imaging of the skeletal, cardiovascular, central nervous, digestive, and endocrine/exocrine systems. Utilizes the lab in the nuclear medicine department of a pre-assigned clinical affiliate. OTHER: Materials Fee: There is a materials fee for the course. The fee varies based on market value.
Provides an opportunity for intermediate practice of nuclear medicine procedures. Focuses on the imaging of the bone, cardiovascular, central nervous, digestive and endocrine/exocrine systems procedures. Utilizes lab in the nuclear medicine department of a pre-assigned clinical affiliate.
Focuses on the equipment and radiopharmaceutical agents used to perform imaging procedures of the genitourinary, hematopoietic, respiratory systems. Includes in-vitro, oncology and inflammation imaging for the adult and pediatric populations.
Focuses on patient care, radiation safety, and principles of single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT). Includes introduction to positron emission tomography (PET) instrumentation, and positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) oncology.
Provides an opportunity for practical application of nuclear medicine procedures at a designated clinical site. Focuses on nuclear medicine imaging of the respiratory, genitourinary, hematopoietic systems, as well as inflammatory/tumor and pediatric procedures. Utilizes lab in the Nuclear Medicine department of a pre-assigned clinical affiliate.
Provides an opportunity for intermediate practical application of nuclear medicine exams of the respiratory, genitourinary, and hematopoietic systems. Includes inflammatory/tumor, and pediatric procedures of the same areas. Utilizes lab in the Nuclear Medicine department of a pre-assigned clinical affiliate.
Provides clinical experience in a pre-assigned clinical affiliate. Focuses on the improvement of clinical skills for exams of the axial and appendicular skeletal system. Includes active participation and use of fluoroscopy and contrast media to perform genitourinary, gastrointestinal exams. Furthermore, it encourages active participation is special radiographic procedures, and surgical exams using C-arm. A materials fee of $40.00 or current market pricing will be charged at registration. Takes place in the radiology department of a pre-assigned clinical affiliate.
Provides a review of all nuclear medicine procedures of the central nervous, endocrine, respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, skeletal, and hematopoietic systems. Includes nuclear medicine radiation protection policies, regulations and quality control programs. Includes preparation for the NMTCB (Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board) exams.
Provides an opportunity for advanced practical application of nuclear medicine procedures. Includes the skeletal, cardiovascular, central nervous, digestive, endocrine/exocrine, respiratory, genitourinary, and hematopoietic systems. Utilizes lab in the Nuclear Medicine department of a pre-assigned clinical affiliate. OTHER: Materials Fee: There is a materials fee for the course. The fee varies based on market value.
Continues the advanced practical application of nuclear medicine procedures of the skeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, central nervous, endocrine, genitourinary, hematopoietic systems. Includes advanced practice of inflammatory/tumor procedures for adult and pediatric patients. Utilizes lab in the Nuclear Medicine department of a pre-assigned clinical affiliate.
Allows independent study for students who wish to extend their knowledge of a particular area of Radiologic Technology through research and study. Utilizes an approved independent project. Includes one-on-one work with instructor. Interested students should contact a Rad Tech instructor for assistance in developing a contract for learning about a specific topic.