Radiology Technician Schools in California

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Receiving your Radiologic Technologist Training in California

If you are a California resident who wants to pursue a career in general radiology, you will need a program certificate or an associate degree from a technical college. People who are interested in specializing in a specific field in radiology often go on to earn their bachelor degree. In an advanced degree program, you may also study nuclear imaging, abdominal imaging and diagnostic imaging. Some of the courses you can expect to complete early in your degree program include anatomy, physiology and how to operate radiology equipment.

When doctors order an X-ray for a patient, they may be trying to locate a cancerous tumor, a break in a bone, a foreign substance that is causing an infection or any number of possibilities. While patients are often nervous about the procedure, they are probably even more anxious about what the X-ray may find. A large part of your job as a radiology technician is to comfort patients and explain to them in layman's terms what to expect from the procedure. You also help to prepare the patient for the X-ray according to specific instructions from the ordering doctor.

Licensing Requirements for Radiology Technicians in California

The State of California Employment Development Department issues the following credentials in radiology:

  • Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist Certificate
  • Therapeutic Radiologic Technologist Certificate
  • Mammographic Radiologic Technologist Certificate
  • Radiologic Technologist Fluoroscopy Permit

You must pay an application fee of $75 for each exam that you wish to take. You are also required to pay a $70 fee every two years to renew your qualifications. A certified copy of your diploma or degree from an accredited radiology program must accompany your fee and completed application form. All exams are administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technicians.

California Radiologic Technology Association

California Society of Radiologic Technologists

Career Outlook for Radiology Technicians in California

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that 194,790 people in the United States are employed as radiologic technologists. The nationwide median salary is $56,450. In California, the average radiology technician salary is $70,590 per year. There are 14,820 people licensed as radiology techs in the state. This means that for every 1,000 residents in California, 1.04 works as a radiology technologist. California has the highest number of people employed in this position as well as the highest median salary in the country.

The metropolitan region that includes Los Angeles, Long Beach and Glendale has the third-highest concentration of radiology technicians in the United States. The only other populated areas ahead of it are New York City and Chicago. No matter where you end up working, the demand for people with radiology technician training is expected to grow 28 percent annually through 2020. The BLS states that the primary reason for this is that aging baby boomers will require more medical care overall and a higher percentage of X-rays to determine the cause of their specific issues.

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American Career College (Los Angeles, CA / Lynwood, CA / Ontario, CA / Orange County, CA)
Programs Offered:
Dental Assisting
Medical Assistant
Medical Billing and Coding
Optical Technician
Pharmacy Technician

Ashford University Online (San Diego, CA)
Programs Offered:
BA Complementary and Alternative Health
BA Gerontology
BA Health and Human Services
BA Health and Wellness
BA Health Care Administration
BA Health Education
BS Health Information Management

ATI College (Norwalk, CA / Santa Ana, CA)
Programs Offered:
Completion Certificate in Ultrasound Technology
Brightwood College (Bakersfield, CA / North Hollywood, CA / Palm Springs, CA)
Programs Offered:
Dental Assistant - Diploma
Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography - Associate (North Hollywood)
Diagnostic Medical Sonography - Diploma (North Hollywood)
Diagnostic Vascular Sonography - Certificate (North Hollywood)
Medical Assistant - Diploma
Medical Office Specialist - Diploma
Radiologic Technology - Diploma (North Hollywood)
X-Ray Technician/Medical Assistant Back Office Diploma Program

California College-San Diego (National City - Satellite of CCSD, CA)
Programs Offered:
Respiratory Therapy (AS) - National City Campus
Respiratory Therapy (BS) - National City Campus

Casa Loma College (Van Nuys, CA)
Programs Offered:
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate
Central California School (San Luis Obispo, CA)
Programs Offered:
Accredited Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound Program
Accredited Diagnostic Medical Vascular Ultrasound Program
Accredited Diagnostic Radiologic Technology Program
Accredited X-Ray Technician Program
Accredited X-Ray Technician/Medical Assistant Program

Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science (Los Angeles, CA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science in Radiography
Cypress College (Cypress, CA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate

Everest College (Reseda, CA)
Programs Offered:
Surgical Technologist
Foothill College (Los Altos Hills, CA)
Programs Offered:
Associate in Science in Radiologic Technology
Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Certificate of Achievement in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Institute of Medical Education (San Jose, CA)
Programs Offered:
Certificate in MRI Technology
Ultrasound Technologist Program

Loma Linda University (Loma Linda, CA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science in Medical Radiography
Certificate in Computed Tomography
Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Certificate in Imaging Informatics
Certificate in Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Master of Science in Radiologist Assistant

Merced College (Merced, CA)
Programs Offered:
Associate in Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Associate in Science in Diagnostic Radiologic Technology
Certificate of Completion in Diagnostic Radiologic Technology

Modern Technology School (Fountain Valley, CA)
Programs Offered:
Accredited Program in X-Ray Technician/Medical Assistant
Ultrasound/Vascular Technician Program

Mount San Jacinto College (San Jacinto, CA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Newbridge College (Long Beach, CA / Santa Ana, CA)
Programs Offered:
Ultrasound (Diagnostic Medical Sonography) Diploma Program
Orange Coast College (Costa Mesa, CA)
Programs Offered:
Associate in Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Associate in Science in Radiologic Technology (Diagnostic)

PCI College (Cerritos, CA)
Programs Offered:
Abdominal Sonography Program
Obstetrical and Gynecologic Sonography Program
Sonographic Physics and Instrumentation Program

San Joaquin Valley College (Bakersfield, CA / Delano, CA / Fresno, CA / Hanford, CA / Hesperia, CA / Lancaster, CA / Madera, CA / Modesto, CA / Ontario, CA / Temecula, CA / Visalia, CA)
Programs Offered:
Certificate - Dental Assistant
Certificate - Medical Assistant
Certificate - Medical Office
Certificate - Pharmacy Technology
Degree - Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Degree - Medical Assistant
Degree - Medical Office
Degree - Pharmacy Technology
Degree - Respiratory Therapy

San Joaquin Valley College - Online (Visalia, CA)
Programs Offered:
Associates - Information Technology
Santa Barbara City College (Santa Barbara, CA)
Programs Offered:
Associate in Science in Radiography
Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Unitek College (Concord, CA / Hayward, CA / Sacramento, CA / South San Francisco, CA)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science in Nursing
Dental Assisting
Medical Assisting
Pharmacy Technician

West Coast Ultrasound Institute (Beverly Hills, CA / Ontario, CA)
Programs Offered:
Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography Associate Degree
Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography Bachelors Degree
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Associate Degree
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Bachelors Degree
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

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