Raymundo Maldonado, student Radiographer

Are you looking for a profession that combines technology with patient care?
Do you need a career that can be started in less than two years? 
Do you want an education that provides options for the future?

START HERE: Attend a free online information session to gain information about Medical Radiography. 

Application Window: October 1, 2019, to April 1, 2020. Early bird deadline: February 15, 2020.

Plan to attend the Loma Linda University Open House on Sunday, January 26, 2020 | www.llu.edu/openhouse

About the Radiography Profession

Alex Tamayo, student RadiographerThe 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 health care settings. Radiographers must provide a positive patient experience, possess the ability to be accurate and calm under pressure, and critically think through challenges. Radiographers perform exams for diagnosis, including fluoroscopy procedures such as VCUGs, swallow studies, small bowel follow-throughs, and barium enemas. The career outlook is positive. Medical Radiography opens the door to advancement in CT, MRI, CVI, Cardiac Electrophysiology, Radiation Therapy, Nuclear Medicine, Radiology Administration, Radiology Education, and Radiologist Assistant.

How to Begin

Step 1:  Review the website, brochure, and FAQ in detail. Contact Dr. Brenda Boyd at 909-583-3033 for help in answering individual questions:

Step 2: Attend a free online information sessionThis is recommended for all applicants. You will talk to a live program guidance counselor during this 30-45 minute presentation.

Step 3: Start the application process 

Step 4: Schedule Career Observation. Contact Mr. Will Edmunds, program director, at wedmunds@llu.edu or 909-558-4931, to schedule career observation or discuss ARRT ethics issues. Download the career observation form.

Contact Christine Wetmore at (909-558-4931) (cwetmore@llu.edu) with general registration and prerequisite questions

Plan to complete all prerequisites by June of the year you plan to attend (you can continue to take prereqs during the application process) 

Program Resources

About the Medical Radiography Program at LLU

Watch a Video About the Medical Imaging Programs at LLU

The A.S. in Medical Radiography Program is a 21-month/40-hour-per-week full-time, day-time, face-to-face program. Beginning every September, students complete academic and lab instruction, and complete over 1,850 clinical hours of radiography experience. The A.S. in Medical Radiography Program is a rigorous program, focused on high-quality patient care, professionalism, and service learning.  Students are enrolled for 48 weeks the first year and 56 weeks the second year. Breaks are given between quarters. Students should expect to give full-time attention to this demanding program. 

Ben Carelock, student Radiographer

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 at the beginning of the program.  Students are expected to be responsible, accountable, and dependable. and behave and communicate with high professional standards. Attendance at all classes, clinical hours, and program events is expected. Students are expected to be able to perform the essential job functions throughout the program and on into the profession. Students must maintain a minimum overall and quarterly GPA of 2.5 and above. Over 24-hours of service learning is built into the program.

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, in addition to living to the core values of Loma Linda University: integrity, compassion, excellence, purity/self-control, humility, justice, and freedom.

What Makes Us Unique

Tamara Rael, Brooke Daniels, Liberty Martino, David Rodriguez

The LLU Medical Radiography program stands out because of its family environment, caring faculty, low student-to-faculty ratio, and emphasis on professionalism, service learning, interprofessional education, values development, transformation, and the whole person. The bar is set high in this program, and the students who engage in all that the program offers are the ones who experience the highest student success.

Service learning is built into the Medical Radiography program. Each student will complete 24 hours of service learning within their first and second year of the program. The motto of the School of Allied Health Professions is "To Lead, To Heal, To Service," so it is no wonder that service--whether local or international--is part of our curriculum. Students also have opportunities to serve on international mission trips.

Interprofessional education is all about collaboration--to build friendships, trust, and respect--between all of the different health care specialties. Second year medical radiography students attend an interprofessional lab where they roll-play scenarios with medical, dental, nursing, pharmacy, behavioral health, and allied health students in order to grow in their ability to work on the health care team.


Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Ricardo Rangel, student Radiographer

While in the Program, students will
     (1) demonstrate clinical competence by
          (a) performing radiographic exams of diagnostic quality and
          (b) applying patient care and practices for radiographic procedures.
     (2) communicate effectively by
          (a) being able to clearly explain radiographic procedures to patients and often family members,
          (b) effectively communicate and work with the health care team, and
          (c) demonstrate appropriate communication for diverse populations.
     (3) develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills so that they can
          (a) appropriately adjust procedures and
          (b) critique images to determine diagnostic acceptability.
     (4) demonstrate the values and attitudes of an entry-level radiographer by
          (a) constructing an individualized plan for professional development, 
          (b) model professional behavior throughout the program, and
          (c) examine the core values based on their own reflections of personal applications.

Students will also apply knowledge in interdisciplinary situations by participating in interprofessional labs (IPL) in year two of the program.

Essential Job Functions

Brittney Shepherd, student RadiographerThe 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, which could be up to 60 miles one way. 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 February 15. There is no waiting list. Thirty-two to 35 seats are available for each cohort. The fee for applying is $60. To have the application fee waived, attend a free online information session or attend the annual Loma Linda University Open House in January.

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 (3.0 GPA preferred), submit official college and high school transcripts, 8 hours of career observation, three references, and an admissions essay. The application process is competitive, and acceptance is based on GPA, the interview, and application information. Preference is given to those who have previously completed volunteer hours in the community.  

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.

Program Accreditation

The A.S. in Medical Radiography program in the Department of Radiation Technology at Loma Linda University is accredited by the following organizations:

  • WASC (Western Associate of Schools and Colleges) 
  • The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)

Program Statistics and Handbook

Financial Aid

Loma Linda University has a financial aid office. It is recommended that applicants and students talk directly with the LLU Financial Aid Office. Applicants can also visit the FAFSA.gov website for more information.

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.   Below are general term dates for each quarter; however, please refer to the Academic Calendar since the actual dates change yearly.

  • Fall                     Last week in September – Second week in December 
  • Winter                First week in January – Second week in March
  • Spring                Last week in March – Second week in June
  • Summer             Last week in June  – Last week in September

Program Prerequisites

The follow program prerequisites (42 quarter-units or 28 semester units) are required for the A.S. in Medical Radiography program.

  • Freshmen English: One-year sequence in college
  • Speech, Oral Communication, or Interpersonal Communication: One quarter/semester in college
    Mr. Will Edmunds, Program Director, Alumni of the program
  • Medical Terminology: One quarter/semester in college
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology: Complete sequence of two or three classes, each with a lab
  • Introduction to Physics: One quarter/semester at the college level.  (Chemistry is no longer accepted.)
  • Mathematics: College Algebra (High School Algebra and Intermediate Algebra are no longer accepted.)
  • Social Sciences: General Psychology or General Sociology in college
  • Religious Studies: Required ONLY IF student attended an SDA college (1 unit of religion for every 12 unites earned at an SDA college). This prereq does not apply to public school students.
  • Electives: Students may take any non-remedial college course to make up the required 42 quarter-units (28 semester units). Recommended courses include: Spanish, Cultural Anthropology, Nutrition, Physical Education, and Critical Thinking. Additional courses could include: Psychology, Sociology, Chemistry, Computers, Physics, Statistics, Language, Philosophy, History, Art/Music Appreciation, Geology, Political Science, and Economics. Applicants interested in going on to complete a bachelor's degree in the radiation sciences.
  • Career Observation: Please contact the program director to start the process: Will Edmunds, wedmunds@llu.edu

Program Curriculum

Year 1 - Fall QuarterUnits
RTMR 202 Clinical Orientation (1 day/week)1
RTMR 224 Legal Issues in Radiography1
RTMR 246 Professional Communication & Presentation2
RTMR 253 Med Radiography Procedures 12
RTMR 253L Med Radiography Procedures Lab 11
RTMR 285 Principles of Radiography 13
AHCJ 326 Fundamentals of Health Care2
RELT 423 Loma Linda Perspectives2

Total: 14

Year 1 - Winter QuarterUnits
RTMR 221 Radiologic Patient Care2
RTMR 254 Med. Radiography Procedures II2
RTMR 254L Med. Radiography Procedures Lab II1
RTMR 284 Radiation Protection & Biology2
RTMR 286 Principles of Radiography II3
RTMR 371 Medical Radiography Affiliation I (2 days/week)1

Total: 11

Year 1 - Spring QuarterUnits
AHCJ 328 Wholeness Portfolio I1
RTMR 247 Languages for Radiographers1
RTMR 255 Med. Radiography Procedures III2
RTMR 255L Med. Radiography Procedures Lab III1
RTMR 283 Radiologic Physics3
RTMR 372 Medical Radiography Affiliation II (3 days/week)2

Total: 12

Year 2 - Summer QuarterUnits
RTMR 373 Medical Radiography Affiliation III3

Total: 3

Year 2 - Fall QuarterUnits
RTMR 305 Introduction to CT 12
RTMR 324 Radiographic Image Evaluation and Pathology3
RELR 475  Art & Science of Whole Person Care 2
RTMR 374 Medical Radiography Affiliation IV (4 days/week)2

Total: 9

Year 2- Winter QuarterUnits
RTMR 306 Introduction to CT II2
RTMR 363 Comprehensive Review I2
RTMR 375 Medical Radiography Affiliation V2

Total: 6

Year 2 - Spring QuarterUnits
RTMR 344 Professional Development and Service Learning3
RTMR 365 Comprehensive Review II2
RTMR 386 Medical Radiography Affiliation VI2

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.

Contact Us

Will Edmunds, M.Ed. R.T.(R)(ARRT)
Program Director
909-558-4931 Department Office
909-558-7965 Fax

Brenda Boyd, PhD, R.T.(R)(M)(ARRT)
Clinical Coordinator
Assistant Program Director
909-583-3033 Direct Cell
909-558-4931 Department Office
909-558-7965 Fax