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Diagnostic Radiologic Technology Certificate (12700.CF)

School of Allied Health and Public Safety

The Diagnostic Radiologic Technology Program is a full-time Associate Degree and Certificate of Achievement program to which a minimum of 18-20 students are admitted each fall semester. The entire program is 29 consecutive months in length and is composed of five semesters and two eleven-week summer sessions.

Program Requirements and Information:

ALLH-67, BIOL-16, CHEM-02A, ENGL-01A, MATH-C equivalent or higher level Math course, and RADT-50 or Career Exploration in medical Imaging. All program prerequisites must be passed with a grade of “C” or better and combined GPA of 2.75 or higher.

Program Application and Additional Information


The RADT Program reserves the right to revise degree requirements and selections procedures. It is your responsibility to know these requirements and procedures.

Accepted students must provide proof of the following requirements: Tdap, MMR, HEPB, Varicella, Current Flu Vaccine, Negative TB Test or Negative chest X-Ray, CPR Certification (American Heart Association - BLS), Physical, criminal background and drug screening clearances.

Note: Additional criminal background and drug screening clearances may be necessary throughout the program to meet requirement for clinical rotation(s).

Further information will be provided at the MANDATORY orientation. If a student is unable to provide proof of these requirements within the designated time frame, the student will be deemed ineligible for admission.

While enrolled in the program, you will be assigned to various clinic facilities in addition to the on-campus portions of the program. By enrollment into the program, you agree to accept clinical assignments in whatever clinical site you are assigned. Clinical assignments will be scheduled during the normal working day hours. During internship (last year of the program), clinical assignments may include day, evening and weekend hours.

Students sanctioned (dismissed) for any of the following infractions will not be considered for enrollment.

  • Under the influence of drugs or alcohol while on duty

  • Physical abuse to the patient, visitor or other personnel

  • Petty theft

  • Sexual misconduct

  • Unsafe clinical practice

  • Academic dishonesty

  • Breach of confidentiality (HIPAA)

  • Being dropped or withdrawing from an RT Program due to academic weakness or any of the above infractions


The Diagnostic Radiologic Technology Program is a demanding full-time program. Students will find it difficult to work while attending. Students are also expected to complete intense homework assignments. In order to progress satisfactorily in the program, students must complete all program courses in the specified sequence with a minimum grade of “C” in each course, and maintain an overall GPA of 2.75 in supportive and program course work. If a student withdrawals or is dismissed from the program, they will no longer be eligible for re-admittance into the program.


The Merced College Diagnostic Radiologic Program has been fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) and approved by the CA Department of Public Health Radiologic Branch (CDPH).

Students successfully completing the courses listed below are awarded a Certificate of Achievement in Diagnostic Radiologic Technology and are eligible to sit for the ARRT examination.

The Diagnostic Radiologic Technology Associate Arts Degree is available for students who successfully complete the graduation requirements and complete the following program. For successful completion, a student must complete the requirements with a minimum grade of a “C” (or P) in each course with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher. The Associate of Arts Degree breadth requirements and the listed required core courses must be completed by the end of the fourth session (i.e., Third Semester - Fall), at which time an Associate in Science Degree in Diagnostic Radiologic Technology is awarded.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

A. Communicate effectively.

B. Apply clinical reasoning skills in their daily practice.

C. Perform successfully as entry level radiographers.

D. Perform as competent radiographers assimilating all professional, ethical, and legal principles.

Visit the Program Mapper for more information on when to take classes and career information.

Program Requirements:

Required Core: (71.25 Units)


RADT-10 Introduction to Radiologic Sciences & Health Care


RADT-11 Radiologic Procedures I


RADT-12A Radiologic Procedures II


RADT-12B Clinical Education I


RADT-13 Radiologic Sciences I


RADT-14A Radiologic Sciences II


RADT-14B Clinical Education II


RADT-15A Radiologic Procedures III


RADT-15B Clinical Education III


RADT-15C Advanced Radiologic Procedures I


RADT-15D Radiographic Pathology


RADT-16A Advanced Radiologic Procedures II


RADT-16B Advanced Clinical Education I


RADT-16C Fluoroscopy


RADT-17A Radiologic Sciences III


RADT-17B Advanced Clinical Education II


RADT-18A Integrative Study In Radiography


RADT-18B Advanced Clinical Education III


RADT-18C Sectional Anatomy


Total: (71.25 Units)

American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT)
Examination for Radiography

Upon successful completion of the Associate in Science Degree AND Certificate of Achievement in Diagnostic Radiologic Technology, graduates are eligible to write the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) Examination for Radiography, and, if successful, to obtain the credentials necessary for employment in the field.

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Contact Information


Valerie Albano


(209) 384-6309

School Office



(209) 381-6478

Radiologic Technology Website