UCSD Medical Center
The San Diego Community College District at the San Diego Mesa
College site offers a 24-month Radiologic Technology Program. The
University of California Medical Center is a Clinical Affiliate with
San Diego Mesa College and is one of eight clinical training sites
in the San Diego Community.
The Radiologic Technology Program is part of the Community Allied
Health Programs and students should apply through the Special
Admissions Office by contacting the San Diego Mesa College Special
Programs Admissions Clerk in the Admission's Office (619) 388-2684.
Eligibility of enrollment in this program is determined by a special
The Radiologic Technology Program administered through San Diego
Mesa College has been serving the San Diego Community for over 30
years and during that time has graduated approximately 900 - 1000
students. The "Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic
Technology" and the "California Department of Health Sciences"
accredit this program.
The successful completion of the Radiologic Technology Program
qualifies the student to sit for the national certification
examination given by the American Registry of Radiologic
Technologists. Successful completion of this examination provides
the student with both a national certification and also the required
California State License "Certified Radiologic Technologist" (CRT).
This Radiologic Technology Program serves as the basic prerequisite
for many of the advanced Imaging Training Programs housed at The
UCSD Medical Center: Sonography, Nuclear Medicine, and Radiation
The Radiologic Technology Program is an intensive 24-month program
that strives to provide excellence in radiography education. The
student's time is divided between didactic ides at San Diego Mesa
College and clinical hours at their assigned clinical site. By the
conclusion of the 24-month training program the student will have
2025 hours of clinical training/practice.
The UCSD Medical Center as well as the other clinical affiliates
offers a wide variety of clinical experiences for the student
radiographer. The student will have active clinical assignments in
all aspects of General Diagnostic Radiology: fluoroscopy, thorax,
upper and lower extremities, spines and pelvis, abdomen and GI/GU
tract, head and neck, surgical procedures, pediatric procedures,
trauma and emergency radiology and mobile/portable exams. In
addition to the General Diagnostic training they may have elective
rotations in other more advanced imaging modalities such as Computed
Assisted Tomography, Angio/Interventional, Nuclear Medicine,
Sonography, Radiation Therapy and Magnetic Resonance Imaging.
The UCSD Medical Center is a major clinical affiliate with San Diego
Mesa College and accepts up to six students as a home base for
direct clinical training each year. In addition The UCSD Medical
Center is the major clinical training site for trauma and
mammography for the entire San Diego Mesa Program.
The UCSD Medical Center, Department of Radiology has seven imaging
divisions, two hospital sites and two free standing clinics and is
staffed by approximately 70 technologists, 70 staff radiologists and
physicists, 34 physicians residents and fellows in radiology plus
other ancillary personnel. The department performs more then 180,000
radiographic examinations/procedures annually. There are 60 imaging
units that incorporate the newest technology including electronic
imaging (PACS) available to better serve patients and the community.
The department strives to maintain a friendly, personal and
efficient approach to patient care.
This is a set curriculum for a certificate program in radiology. A
grade of C or better is required in all radiology courses. The
student may add general education ides to meet the requirements
for an AS degree.
First Semester (Fall)
RADT 105 Basic Radiologic Technology
RADT 130 Patient Care
RADT 199 Radiographic Positioning I
RADT 251A Directed Clinical Practice
Second Semester (Spring)
RADT 110 Recording Media and Processing
RADT 120A Radiographic Exposure
RADT 120B Radiographic Exposure Laboratory
RADT 200 Radiographic Positioning II
RADT 251B Directed Clinical Practice
RADT 252 A Directed Clinical Practice
Third Semester (Fall)
RADT 211 Radiographic Positioning III
RADT 220 Radiographic Technique
RADT 230 Radiologic Science
RADT 252B Directed Clinical Practice
Fourth Semester (Spring)
RADT 240 Radiation Biology
RADT 241 Sectional Anatomy
RADT 243 CT and MRI Imaging
RADT 253A Directed Clinical Practice
RADT 253B Directed Clinical Practice
RADT 242 Organization of Radiology
RADT 248 Mammography I (Optional)
Constantly (66% -
100%) be required to: Stand, walk, see, talk, reach, hear, feel,
handle, push/pull greater than 50 lbs.
Frequently (34% -
65%) be required to : Finger, bend/stoop, kneel/squat, and lift-21
- 50lbs., carry up to 20 lbs..
Occasional (1% -
33%) is required to : sit, crawl, climb, lift over 50 lbs., and
carry over 50 lbs.
Students must maintain a "C" averages at all time throughout the
Students are required to conduct themselves in a professional manner
at all times.
Students are required to follow all San Diego Mesa College Policies
and all the policies of their assigned clinical hospital/site.
Students are expected to arrive on time and attend all scheduled
ides and clinical rotations unless you obtained an approve
Students who complete the Radiologic Technology Program from San
Diego Mesa College will receive a Certification Certificate in
They are also eligible to sit for the National Test American
Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT). Many of the clinical
sites including The UCSD Medical Center provide the students with a
Program Complication Certificate for the Clinical Portion of their
The San Diego Community College District determines tuition and
fees. This information is available through the Special Admissions
Office at San Diego Mesa College (619 388-2684).
Students do not receive stipends from their assigned clinical sites.
This is a time intensive program. Course times and clinical
assignments are developed within a set schedule. Students should be
financially prepared before entering the program. A student should
not expect to engage in any substantial amount of part-time
employment. However, some students choose to work but their work
hours need to be arranged around the program schedule.
Completion of the following prerequisites (or equivalent) with a
minimum grade of "C" or better is required.
1. Biology 160, Human Anatomy & Physiology (4 semester units)
the last five (5) years.
2. Computer Business Technology 180, Microsoft Office (2 semester
B. Competence in Mathematics
1. Obtain a skill level of 4.0 on the Mathematics Assessment test.
2. Or, contact college-counseling service for recommended math or
business courses that demonstrate competency. A grade of "C" or
better is required.
C. Career Exploration
To receive credit for these requirements, the applicant will
complete a minimum of 50 hours of actual experience in a medical
imaging department. Direct experience includes any activity that
requires direct care, handling or transporting of radiology
patients. Experience in ancillary imaging modalities such as
sonography, MRI, or CT also meets the requirement.
The UCSD Medical Center requires all pre-radiology students that
need "Career Exploration" to apply at the Volunteer Office (619
543-6370). The Volunteer Office is the keeper of records for these
required hours of "Career Exploration" and will send a letter
directly to the Special Admissions Office at San Diego Mesa College.
3-Step Admission Process:
* APPLY AT SAN DIEGO MESA COLLEGE, SPECIAL ADMISSIONS CLERK
1. To begin, submit an application to the special admission clerk
in 1-400 at
San Diego Mesa College.
2. As prerequisites are completed with documentation and career
also documented, add to the application.
3. When the application is complete (A,B, & C above), the applicant
the priority number for the available id waiting lists. (Fall
2002, Fall 2003,
& Fall 2004) Documentation indicating completion of entrance
must be submitted before a priority number on the waiting list can
Please refer to the San Diego Mesa College web page for additional
on the application process or call the San Diego Mesa College
Special Admissions Clerk at (619 388-2684).
Clinical sites for Radiology Students enrolled in the San Diego Mesa
College Radiologic Technology Program are assigned by a lottery
system. Clinical affiliates' ability to accept students is limited
to their resources and available technical staff.
The UCSD Medical Center is approved to accept up to six (6) students
in each id for their Clinical Training.
Please inquire at San Diego Mesa College, Special Admissions Office
(619 388-2684) to apply to the Radiology Program.
If you would like to do your "Career Exploration" at UCSD Medical
Center, please contact the Volunteer Office at (619 543-6370).
Inform them that you are a pre-radiology student and need to have
volunteer hours in the Department of Radiology.
Please do not call the Radiology Department directly.