This program is pending WASC approval. 

Welcome to the Entry-level Radiation Sciences, BS (Medical Radiography) program webpage. Please look at the content here to help answer questions about pre-requisite coursework requirements, our admissions window, program cost, program curriculum, and much more.

We are excited to announce this new program starting in the Fall of 2022. We are building upon decades of medical radiography instruction and the leadership team works to improve the experience for our students every year. There are many programs that can prepare you for the radiography (ARRT) board exam, however, the program here at LLU has a longstanding tradition of going beyond the content specification to help students grow into a professional that is ready to lead and advance their careers.

In addition, the faith-based health care and service-learning aspect of the University provide a much richer experience that is unique to Loma Linda University. We hope you consider becoming a future student here within the School of Allied Health Professions on your journey towards becoming a radiologic technologist.

Will Edmunds, M.Ed., R.T. (R)

Timothy Seavey, Ed.D., M.A.M., R.T.(R)(CT)

How to Begin

NOTE: The COVID-19 pandemic has caused program leadership to think creatively so that students wishing to enter the radiography profession can still do so. Where we can we are teaching classes online. We do have students back in their clinical rotations, and we are adhering to strict standards and protocols for personal protection. Please continue to look into this career. We are here to help you answer the questions you have. 

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

(Program Brochure To Be Added Soon)

Career Observation Form - Medical Radiography  * Note that Observations are on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic and could be waived for the next admission cycle.

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) 

About the Profession & Career Outlook

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. Additionally, the Radiation Sciences, BS program provides further instruction in administration, education, imaging informatics, CT, MRI, Cardiac Imaging, Vascular Imaging, and Mammography. Beyond medical imaging, graduates can continue into advanced degrees such as Physician Assistant, Radiologist Assistant, Medical School, and more.

Watch a Video About the Medical Imaging Programs at LLU

The Radiation Sciences, BS Entry-Level Medical Radiography Program is a 3 year/40-hour-per-week full-time, daytime, face-to-face program for the first two years. Beginning in year 3, students transition to an online course format while continuing their clinical rotations 4 days a week. Starting every September, students complete academic and lab instruction, and complete over 1,850 clinical hours of radiography training. In addition, students will complete up to 1,000 hours of training in a selected area of emphasis during their third year.

Areas of Emphasis include: Administration, Education, Imaging Informatics, CT, MRI, Mammography (with CT or MRI), Cardiac Imaging, Vascular Imaging, or continuation to Advanced Medical Radiography training.  The Radiation Sciences, BS Program is a rigorous program, focused on high-quality patient care, professionalism, leadership, and service learning.  Students are enrolled for 48 weeks the first year and 56 weeks the second and third years. 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 Program

The Radiation Sciences, BS Program begins with the Autumn Quarter and is based on the completion of one year of prerequisite coursework at any regionally accredited college or university. The first two years at Loma Linda University primarily emphasizes the theoretical aspects of radiography, beginning with two days per week at a clinical affiliation beginning the third week of the program. The remaining six quarters combine clinical training on a two-to-five-days-per-week basis, with more advanced classroom topics.

The third year of the program allows students to select an area of emphasis in Administration, Education, Informatics, CT, MRI, Mammography (with CT or MRI), Cardiac Imaging, Vascular Imaging, or continuation into Advanced Imaging.

The schedule may involve limited evening assignments. Clinical and classroom involvement in the program is full time (40 hours/week). Students are free on all national holidays and during quarter breaks.

The baccalaureate degree comprises a minimum of 211-215 quarter units in the following:

  • Loma Linda University general education (GE) requirements
  • Professional certification in an imaging modality (entry-level imaging degree)
  • Radiation science core requirements (online)
  • Area of emphasis: administration*, education*, advanced imaging modalities, imaging informatics*, or advanced imaging -- (*online) 
  • E-Portfolio that comprises academic and professional work, a signature project, and service learning

Professional Registration & Certification

Upon completion of the requirements for the Radiation Science, BS degree, the graduate is eligible to take the qualifying examination of The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in Radiography (R). Program graduates who pass the ARRT examination in radiography are eligible to pay for and receive the state license (CRT) in California without further testing within five years of passing the ARRT examination. Graduates are encouraged to become members of the California Society of Radiologic Technologists and the American Society of Radiologic Technologists for professional growth and continuing education in their professional discipline.

Graduates completing advanced modalities in their emphasis are eligible for ARRT examinations in CT, MRI, M, CI, and/or VI.

About the Program & Accreditation

OUR MISSION

The Radiation Sciences, BS Program at Loma Linda University provides a quality educational experience focused on the whole person. The program prepares 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

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.

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 Resources

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PROGRAM ACCREDITATION

The Entry-level Radiation Sciences, BS (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)

20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850

Chicago, IL 60606-3182

312-704-5300 | mail@jrcert.org | www.jrcert.org

WASC approval pending (9/3/2021)

Length of Accreditation Award: 5 years

The Entry-level Radiation Sciences, BS (Medical Radiography) complies with the Radiologic Health Branch Title 17.

Program Learning Outcomes

1. Graduate imaging professionals, managers, and educators who contribute to the imaging disciplines through service and leadership.

2. Graduate leaders who advocate for excellence in patient care.

Cost and Financial Aid

Note: Program cost information will come soon.

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.

Financial Information (FAFSA.ed.gov)

Tuition and Fees - In addition to the university fees, there is a $45 quarterly programmatic fee used to help provide conference registration fees, mock examination fees, and other programmatic items during your time in the program.

Prerequisites & Corequisites

Transfer Patterns to LLU

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Prerequisites

  • Human anatomy and physiology, complete sequence of two courses minimum, with a lab for each course
  • English composition, complete sequence
  • Introductory or general physics at the college level (one quarter/semester) 
  • Medical terminology
  • Interpersonal communication, oral communication, or public speaking
  • College algebra 

Remaining General Education courses are taken at LLU within the program as corequisites.  

Corequisites

Domain 1: Religion and Humanities (20 quarter or 14 semester units) 

  • Humanities (12-20 quarter or 8-14 semester units) 
  • Selected from at least three of the following content areas: Civilization/history, fine arts, performing/visual arts (not to exceed four quarter credits), literature, modern language, philosophy, general humanities elective. 
  • Religion (0-8 quarter or 0-6 semester units) 

An applicant who has attended a Seventh-day Adventist college or university is required to have taken four quarter units of religion from an Adventist institution for each full year equivalent (48 quarter units/32 semester units) of attendance at an Adventist college or university.  If the applicant has not attended an Adventist institution, no religion units are required.  In either case, however, the applicant must have completed 20 quarter or 14 semester units in Domain 1: Religion and Humanities. 

Domain 2: Scientific inquiry and analysis (24-32 quarter or 16-22 semester units) 

  • Natural Sciences (minimum of 12 quarter or 8 semester units) 
  • Intermediate algebra or high school algebra II (not counted toward domain total) 
  • Must be selected from two content areas. 
  • Human anatomy and physiology with laboratory, one semester/quarter minimum; or general biology with laboratory, one semester/quarter minimum.  
  • Remaining units may be selected from the following content areas: chemistry, geology,  
  • mathematics, physics, and statistics. 
  • Social sciences (minimum of 12 quarter or 8 semester units) 

Units must be selected from two content areas: anthropology, economics, geography, political sciences, psychology, and sociology. 

Note:  The B.S. degree program is approved to meet the cultural diversity requirement of the University in lieu of cultural anthropology.  

Domain 3: Communication (9-13 quarter or 6-9 semester units) 

  • English composition (complete sequence). 

Remaining courses may be selected from the following content areas: computer information systems, critical thinking, and public speaking. 

Domain 4: Health and Wellness (2-6 quarter or 1.5-4 semester units) 

  • Personal health or nutrition (one course). 
  • Physical education (two separate physical activity courses). 

Domain 5: Electives 

To meet the minimum requirement of pf 72-96 quarter units required for matriculation, electives may be selected from the previous four domains.  For more information regarding GE requirements for graduation, see LLU general education requirements. 

1 Courses in General Education (GE) that have been taken prior to entry to the program may fulfill to waive corequisite GE requirements in the program (except religion). 

Curriculum

The 2022 catalog link will be provided when the final catalog is published.

Areas of Emphases

Area of emphasis: Administration Units
RTED 474    Instructional Techniques for the Rad Sci 3
HCAD 374    Healthcare Human Resources 3
HCBL 434    Healthcare Financial Management 3
HCBL 346    Legal Environment of Healthcare 3
HCAD 401    Healthcare Operations Management 3
RTCH xxx    Practicum in Radiation Sciences 3
RTII 358    PACS Planning & Implementation 3
RTCH 418    Health Information Management and Radiology Coding for Radiology                              Managers 3
Total Units = 24  
Area of emphasis: Education Units
RTED 474    Instructional Techniques for the Rad Sci 3
RTED 476    Adult Learning Theory for the Radiation Science Student 3
RTED 475    Curriculum Development for the Radiation Sciences 3
HCBL 346    Legal Environment of Healthcare 3
RTED 485    Digital Design for the Radiation Sciences 3
HCAD 401    Operations Management 3
RTED 477    Learning Activities and Assessment for the Radiation Sciences 3
RTCH xxx    Practicum in Radiation Sciences 3
Total Units = 24  
Area of emphasis: Imaging Informatics Units
RTII 354    Introduction to Informatics 3
RTED 474    Instructional Techniques for the Rad Sci 3
RTII 378    Systems Management in Informatics 3
RTCH 418    Health Information Management and Radiology Coding for Radiology                              Managers 3
RTII 356    Information Technology in Radiology 3
HCAD 401    Operations Management 3
RTII 358    PACS Planning & Implementation 3
RTII 384    Advanced Imaging Informatics 1
RTII 386    Certification Exam Review 2
Total Units = 24  
Area of emphasis: cardiovascular  imaging
Students may select CI, VI, or both (post-professional only).
Units
AHCJ 402    Pathology I 1, 2 4
CEPT 245    Cardiovascular Anatomy and Physiology 1 3
CEPT 251    Cardiac Electrophysiology and Rhythm Recognition I 1 2
CEPT 252    Cardiac Electrophysiology and Rhythm Recognition II 1 2
RTSI 344    Interventional Pharmacology 1,2 4
RTSI 345    Cardiac & Interventional Procedures 1 3
RTSI 351    Angio & Interventional Procedures I 2 3
RTSI 352    Angio &Interventional Procedures II 2 3
RTSI 356    Vascular Anatomy and Physiology 2 3
RTSI 358    CI Review Course 1 1
RTSI 359    VI Review Course 2 1
RTCH 456    Cardiac Imaging Clinical Affiliation*1 3
RTCH 457    Vascular Imaging Clinical Affiliation*  2 3
Total Units = 41  
  1. Required for cardiac interventional (CI). Total Units 28
  2. Required for vascular interventional (VI ). Total Units 27
  • Clinical affiliation courses take 2-3 times depending on program selection
Area of emphasis: special imaging CT/MRI*
Students may select CT, MRI, or both.
Units
RTSI 367    Cross-Sectional Anatomy 1,2 2
RTSI 369    CT Physics 1 2
RTSI 364    CT Patient Care and Procedures 1 2
RTSI 361    MRI Physics I2 2
RTSI 362   MRI Physics II2 2
RTSI 365    MRI Patient Care and Procedures2 2
RTCH 4xx    Computed Tomography Clinical Affiliation (taken twice) 3
RTCH xxx    Magnetic Resonance Imaging Clinical Affiliation (taken twice)  3
Total Units = 24  
  1. Computed Tomography (12 units)
  2. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (14 units)

Area of emphasis: science (15-20 units)

15-20 quarter units selected from the natural sciences in the areas of biology, microbiology, chemistry*, math, statistics, or physics*.  Courses must be taken from two different content areas with the approval of the program director.  These courses are taken at your local college/university.  A minimum grad of C+ (2.3) is required for all courses.

*Introductory sequences not accepted.

CPR & IV Certification

Students attending any clinical affiliation are required to have current health-care provider adult, child, and infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR-BLS) certification for all scheduled clinical experiences. CPR certification must be completed at the American Heart Association health-care provider level. This may be earned prior to beginning the program of study or may be obtained at Loma Linda University. Classes are available on campus at Life Support Education, University Arts building, 24887 Taylor Street, Suite 102.

Intravenous (IV) certification will be required with an online course and on-campus lab for Entry-level students and those in emphases requiring IV training.

Either of these items is the responsibility of the student to finance as part of the program cost. 

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APPLICATION WINDOW

Applications are accepted between October 1 to April 1, with a priority deadline of February 15. There is no waiting list. 32 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.  

Admission is based on a competitive, selective process.  In addition to Loma Linda University and School of Allied Health Professions admissions requirements, the applicant must also complete the following requirements:

  • High school completion from an accredited institution or passed the GED.
  • A minimum of 40.5 quarter units (or 27 semester units) at an accredited college or university. A minimum 45 quarter units are recommended (or 30 semester units) to be considered at the level of sophomore for financial aid.
  • Observation experience—A minimum of eight hours of career observation in a radiology department is required. Contact the department to obtain the appropriate form.
  • Online application, three references, an essay, and transcripts from all schools attended including high school.  The essay should include: why you are choosing LLU, your process for selecting this profession, what makes you a good candidate, and anything else that helps us get to know you. Contact the department for more information.
  • A prerequisite GPA of 2.5 minimum; however, a competitive GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

TERM DATES

The Entry-level Radiation Sciences, BS 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

ASMR FAQ page 

Essential Functions

Essential job functions and technical standards in the field of medical imaging are tasks, duties, and responsibilities expected to accomplish the job’s purpose and objectives. Some of the categories of essential functions include physical, vision and hearing, mental, communication, and professional. Essential job functions provide significant insight into the choice of Radiography as a career. The Radiography career is demanding on many levels. It is very important that the prospective student honestly evaluate their own ability to perform the job. Examples of the essential job functions outlined below help explain the demands of the radiography profession, and are in place for the safety of the student, patients, and the health care provider team.

Some of the physical demands include: lifting and carrying 50 lbs, bending, balance, pushing gurneys and portable imaging equipment, transferring 250 lb. patients, walking, prolonged standing with a heavy lead apron, stamina throughout an 8-10 hour shift, manual dexterity, agility, and ability to provide first aid or life support.

Some of the vision and hearing demands include: reading, distinguishing between colors, and visibly and audibly observing patients. Some of the communication demands include: communicating in English, appropriately responding to verbal and non-verbal communication, and writing and speaking skills. 

Some of the mental demands include: learning new information, repeating previously learned information, understanding technical information, applying theoretical concepts to clinical practice, thinking critically, and making critical decisions. Some professional demands include: interacting with patients of different ages, cultures, and health conditions; maintaining patient confidentiality and adhering to HIPAA; adapting to the demanding and changing health care environment; staying calm while working under pressure; and interacting appropriately on a team. 

Program Statistics & Handbook

JRCERT Program Effectiveness Data 2016-2020

For information on clinical obligations, grading systems, graduation requirements, and much more, view our Medical Radiography Program Policies and Student Handbook 2020-2021