Program Resources

About the Radiologist Assistant Profession

Radiologist assistants are experienced, registered radiologist technologists who have completed education and certification that qualifies them to serve as an extension to a radiologist. Radiologist Assistants (RAs) work under the supervision of a radiologist to provide patient care in the diagnostic imaging environment. Adding RAs to the radiology team improves productivity and efficiency.

About the Radiologist Assistant Program

  • Program is completely online, although your clinical rotations are completed in locally to you.
  • Program is 7 quarters long, which is 21 months
  • Students are responsible for finding their own clinical site and radiologist mentor
  • Students receive didactic and clinical mentoring in neonatal, pediatric, adult, and geriatric populations
  • Courses are a mix of discussion, projects, case studies, and web-based learning
  • Students are required to be on campus in Loma Linda, California a few times during the program, usually for one-day visits

Graduate Outcomes

  • Graduate competent advanced practice technologists who perform procedures and clinical activities of the profession
  • Graduate leaders who engage in activities that advance the profession
  • Graduate mid-level practitioners who will impact health care delivery
  • Graduate professionals who maintain recognized educational standards of the profession
  • Graduate professionals who employ proper ethics within the profession

Distance Education

  • Loma Linda University is only authorized to offer distance (online) education in certain states
  • If you do not legally reside in one of the states that we are authorized to practice in, you will be not be able to apply to the program
  • To view a map of states we are authorized in: LLU State Authorization Info

Admissions to the Program

  • You must have a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • The Bachelor’s degree can be in Administration or Science (does not have to be Radiology related)
  • The degree must be posted, and the official transcript received, in order for the student to begin coursework in the fall quarter

Program Prerequisites

  • A graduate of an accredited medical radiography (x-ray) program
  • ARRT R.T.(R) licensure, and be in good standing
  • Current CPR certification (must complete ACLS certification prior to applying for boards)
  • Two-years, full time work experience (post-medical radiography licensure)
  • Course in Statistics (taken within the past 5 years- does not have to be completed prior to application)
  • Course in Research Methods (taken within the past 5 years- does not have to be completed prior to application)
  • Applications are completed online
  • Applications are open from January 1st – June 1st of each calendar year
  • The program begins in late September each calendar year
  • First campus visit for orientation (one-day visit) usually occurs in early September

Financial Information

  • Students are charged tuition for all academic and clinical courses
  • School fees, travel expenses, and book fees are extra and the student’s responsibility
  • Required certification workshops/courses are not part of the tuition fees for the program
  • Complete your FAFSA early as the deadline for many loan applications is February or March
  • You may begin the loan application process before you have actually been accepted into the program
  • For more information contact: Financial aid

Health Screening and Immunizations

Students must meet specific health requirements prior to enrolling in classes. All vaccination policies are developed in accordance with current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). For more information regarding pre-admission health requirements including a list of required vaccinations, please visit our Student Health page for more information.

Standards for Students

Loma Linda University has certain policies and standards for all students who attend the University.  We encourage all prospective applicants to review these standards as printed in the Student Handbook.

Helpful Documents & Links

  • Use the Mentoring Radiologist's Responsibilities PDF File when speaking with a potential Radiologist mentor about what is required during the program
  • For an extensive list of FAQs via the ARRT- including exam content specifications, entry-level job functions, and many other items please visit: ARRT FAQ Page
  • For career and legislation information via the ASRT please visit: ASRT RA Page

International Medical Graduates

Individuals who have graduated with a medical degree from a country outside of the United States are welcome to apply to the program but must meet the same prerequisite requirements as other applicants.  No advanced placement or substitution for coursework is offered. 

Contact Us

For questions relating to the Radiologist Assistant program contact:

Brigit Laura

Brigit Mendoza
Program Director

School of Allied Health Professions
Department of Radiation Technology
Nichol Hall Room A829
Loma Linda, CA 92350
909-558-4931 (2-0)
Fax: 909-558-7965