Are you looking for a profession that combines technology with patient care?
Do you need a career that you can start in less than two years?
Do you want an education that provides options for your future?
START HERE: Attend a free online information session and the CAREER NIGHT to gain information about Medical Radiography.
Application Window: October 1, 2019, to April 1, 2020. Early bird deadline: February 15, 2020.
About the Radiography Profession
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 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:
- Medical Radiography Program Brochure
- FAQ for Medical Radiography (Reading this FAQ will answer most of your questions.)
- Career Observation Form - Medical Radiography
Step 2: Attend a free online information session. This 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
- Apply Online
- Apply for Financial Aid (FASFA)
- Request to have high school and college transcripts sent to Loma Linda University
Step 4: Schedule Career Observation. Contact Mr. Will Edmunds, program director, at email@example.com or 909-558-4931, to schedule career observation or discuss ARRT ethics issues. Download the career observation form.
Plan to complete all prerequisites by June of the year you plan to attend (you can continue to take prereqs during the application process)
- Attend the Loma Linda University Open House
- Apply Now
- Transfer Patterns to LLU
- University Catalog - Radiation Technology Programs
- Take Your GE at LLU
- Financial Information (FAFSA.ed.gov)
- Request Contact
- See a campus tour
About the Medical Radiography Program 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.
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.
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 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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
The A.S. in Medical Radiography complies with the Radiologic Health Branch Title 17.
Program Statistics and Handbook
- 2014-2018 Medical Radiography Program Statistics
- 2012-2019 Program Data and 2014-2018 Five Year Averages Program Statistics
- Medical Radiography Program Policies and Student Handbook 2019-2020
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.
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
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
- 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
|Year 1 - Fall Quarter||Units|
|RTMR 202 Clinical Orientation (1 day/week)||1|
|RTMR 224 Legal Issues in Radiography||1|
|RTMR 246 Professional Communication & Presentation||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|
|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|
|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|
|Year 2 - Summer Quarter||Units|
|RTMR 373 Medical Radiography Affiliation III||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|
|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|
|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|
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.