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Medical Radiography - Associates

Looking for a career in the medical field that combines technology with patient care?
Seeking a health care role that is fun and active, but not medicine or nursing?
How about the field in medical imaging called radiography?

Program Resources

About the Radiography Profession

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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. 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.

How to Begin

Step 1:  Review the website, brochure, and FAQ

Step 2: Attend a free online information session

Step 3: Apply Online

Step 4: Request to have all transcripts sent to Loma Linda University

Step 5: Schedule career observation once you have applied to the program

Step 6: Plan to complete all prerequisites by June of the year you plan to attend

Step 7: Email Maria at mgonzalez1@llu.edu with general registration and prerequisite questions

Step 8: To speak with a program director about ARRT ethics issues, contact Will Edmunds at wedmunds@llu.edu

Free Online Information Sessions

The following dates are available to attend a free online information session about the Medical Radiography program at Loma Linda University. Attending this session is required. One live session is available each month between August 2017 and April 2018. It is best to attend a session early in the application window to better secure a spot in the program.

The purpose of this information session is to give you the information you need to apply within the application window of October 1 to April 1, and be accepted into the program, as well as give you a head-start in meeting the early bird deadline of February 15, 2018.

Here’s what you do to attend one of these sessions:

  1. Go to zoom.us and register to get a free log in account
  2. Select the date that you want to attend.
  3. Prior to the start time, go to zoom.us and enter the code, or phone in on the US number and enter the code
  4. Pre-registration is not required...just join in. 

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.

When to Apply

Apply now for the current application cycle: October 1, to April 1  
Earlybird Deadline: Feb 15
Final Deadline: April 1

Program Accreditation

The A.S. in Medical Radiography 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.

Program Statistics

Term Dates

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.

Summer, 2017    19 June – 1 September 2017

Autumn 2017     25 September – 15 December 2017

Winter 2018        2 January – 16 March 2018

Spring 2018         26 March – 8 June 2018

Academic Calendar-  Choose Academic Calendar at top right

Costs and Fees

Refer to SAHP Tuition Rates

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 program quarterly fee of $40 for Medical Radiography students.

Program Expectations

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 Us Unique

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.

Our Mission

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

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.

Our Values

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.

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.

Clinical Assignments

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.

Application Window

Applications are accepted between October 1 to April 1, with a priority deadline of January 15. There is no waiting list. Thirty-two seats are available for each class. 

Application Requirements

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, 8 hours of career observation, 20 hours of volunteer service (recommended but not required), three references, and an admissions essay. The application process is competitive, and acceptance is based on GPA, the interview and application information, and professional behavior.

Not every applicant will receive an interview.

Program requirements

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 recommends (but not requires) 20 hours of volunteer service. This is different than the 8 hours of career observation. Volunteer community service is something that helps people learn about self-less service. You can complete these hours in a variety of ways if you haven’t done so already. In most cases, you have already done 20 hours of service, and you will not need to complete more.

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.


If you are applying for the 2017-2018 school year, please following the steps below.


All applications are processed in an equitable way. Our application practices are clearly stated below and are consistent for each applicant.

  1. Apply early! The application window is October 1- April 1.  The priority deadline is February 15. If the program fills by the priority deadline, all other applications will be considered as space is available.
  2. Attend a free online information session. This is required. See the list of dates above. A free session is planned monthly from August to April.
  3. Submit all application requirements. All elements of the application must be received in order for the application to be considered, so early submission is recommended (online application, essay, application questions, photo, career observation form, volunteer activity mentioned in essay)
  4. Complete pre-reqs. All pre-requisites must be completed by June of the same year you are applying. If they are not, you will need to apply the following year. You can take pre-prerequisites while you are applying.


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 demonstrate a lifestyle of service, and these service activities need to be voluntary, either local or international. A minimum of 20 hours is recommended, but not required.


Third, the application deadline is April 1, 2017, but a priority application deadline is set for February 15, 2017. Those applying by February 15 will get priority review, and the program could close before the April deadline, if the class fills up with the priority applications.  It is highly recommended to apply early. To be considered for priority review, the applicant must have all references, transcripts, and application turned in and received. To get priority review, this also means that all prerequisite classes must be completed by June of the year you want to start.


All applications are processed in an equitable way.

  1. The online application and the essay are scored based on an objective rubric, and interviews are granted based on applicant qualification.
  2. Interviews are not granted to every applicant. In some cases, a phone screening is conducted to verify missing information.
  3. It is the applicant’s sole responsibility to follow up on their online application in the application/admissions portal.
  4. Re-applicants and applicants are all treated the same. No preference is given to prior applicants.
  5. Preferences is not given to any area of diversity. All applicants are treated the same.
  6. The LLU medical radiography program does not have a waiting list, nor do we hold seats from anyone.


Program Curriculum

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

Total: 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

Total: 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 372 Medical Radiography Affiliation II (3 days/week) 2

Total: 12

Year 2 - Summer Quarter Units
RTMR 373 Medical Radiography Affiliation III 3

Total: 3

Year 2 - Fall Quarter Units
RTMR 305 Introduction to CT 1 2
RTMR 324 Radiographic Image Evaluation and Pathology 3
RELR 475  Art & Science of Whole Person Care 2
RTMR 374 Medical Radiography Affiliation IV (4 days/week) 2

Total: 9

Year 2- Winter Quarter Units
RTMR 306 Introduction to CT II 2
RTMR 363 Comprehensive Review I 2
RTMR 375 Medical Radiography Affiliation V 2

Total: 6

Year 2 - Spring Quarter Units
RTMR 344 Professional Development and Service Learning 3
RTMR 365 Comprehensive Review II 2
RTMR 386 Medical Radiography Affiliation VI 2

Total: 7

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.

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.

Contact Us 

Will Edmunds, Program Director
(909) 558-4931 Department Office
(909) 558-7965 Fax