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Radiology School FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to complete the program?

The RT program is a twenty-two and a half months, full-time course of study consisting of didactic and supervised clinical training.

Do you offer night classes?

No. All RT classes and labs are held during the day, Monday – Friday.

How many hours per week is a student in class?

Students spend 40 hours per week which include class lectures, labs and clinical hours.

Can I take required General Education or other classes while in the RT program?

No. All RT Prerequisite and General Education courses must be completed prior to the April 1st application deadline.

Am I able to work an outside job while in the RT program?

Successful RT students work no more than 20 hours per week. This allows adequate study time in addition to the classroom and clinical components.

How much does the RT Program cost?

Costs associated with the RT Program include tuition and fees, textbooks, uniforms, and State and National Exam fees. The approximate cost for the full twenty-two and a half month RT Program is $5,500 for California residents. Your exact costs may vary.

What Prerequisites are required to apply for the RT Program?

In addition to the college general education coursework, here are six (6) college-level prerequisite courses which must be completed with a minimum grade of C by the April 1st application deadline.

English Composition: ENGL 101 or equivalent
Computer Literacy: CI&S 101 or equivalent
College Intermediate Algebra or higher
General Anatomy and Physiology: 101 or equivalent
Medical Terminology: HIT 101 or equivalent
Survey of Radiologic Technology: RADIOL 090 (offered at Crafton Hills College)

I have my AA degree and I am applying for the program. Do I need to have a counselor fill out and sign the AA / AS General Education verification form?

Yes. The General Education Verification form signed by a counselor is required of all applicants.

What is the difference between a radiologic technician and a radiologic technologist?

A technician holds a Limited Permit license issued by and only valid in the State of California and has limited employment settings. A technologist is fully credentialed, is eligible for National and State licensing exams and can be employed by hospitals. Graduates of ARMC RT program are radiologic technologists.

Does the program include ultrasound training?

No. Career specializations such as ultrasound, nuclear medicine, and radiation therapy require further education. Our graduates usually attend Loma Linda University for advanced medical imaging education.

Am I qualified for jobs once I complete the RT program or must I continue my education?

The RT Program includes all coursework to complete the Associate in Science degree and eligibility to take the National (ARRT), and California (CRT) licensing exams and State of California RT Fluoroscopy Permit exam. Once a license is granted, the graduate is eligible for entry-level RT positions.

Does ARMC offer a Fluoroscopy course?

Fluoroscopy is not offered as a stand-alone course, although it is included as part of the 2-year RT program.

I have a DUI on my record. Would that prevent acceptance into the RT Program?

Applicants successfully pass a background check. In addition, it is highly recommended that individuals who have been involved in a criminal proceeding or who have been charged with or convicted of a crime file a request for an Ethics Pre-Application Review with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) to undergo an early ethics review. Further information is available at and click on the Ethics link.

What is the starting pay for radiologic technologists?

Starting salaries are approximately $32 - $37 per hour in the immediate area. Salaries will vary by place of employment, geographic location, education and experience.

When can I apply to the RT Program?

Applications are available annually from October through March. New classes begin each August.

Who should I contact if I have additional questions?

Radiology Program Staff