What will I learn?

The purpose of the Merritt College Radiologic Science program is to prepare qualified practitioners in the art and science of medical imaging. Radiologic Technologists manipulate sophisticated technical equipment and computers to obtain detailed images of the human body. These images assist physicians in the diagnosis of injury and disease in the clinical environment. Radiologic Technologists work in hospitals, clinics, imaging centers, and physicians’ offices. A successful and competent Radiologic Technologist is one who works well as a team member, thinks critically, solves problems creatively, possesses strong technical skills, and cares for patients with sensitivity and compassion. The technologist must be flexible and able to work with patients from diverse cultural backgrounds with various needs, abilities, injuries, and disease processes. The program’s student learning outcomes focus on developing these important characteristics in program graduates.

The curriculum includes a clinical practicum at various East Bay hospitals. This is a continuous program of 24 months’ duration. Students applying to the program must be prepared to make a full-time commitment (approximately 36 hours per week during daytime hours) for two full years, including summers. Upon successful completion of the required courses in Radiologic Science and the Merritt College Associate degree requirements (or equivalent), the student is eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists examination required for certification and practice in the state of California. Upon successful completion of the program and obtaining the California certificate, graduates will qualify for employment as Radiologic Technologists performing a wide variety of patient radiographic procedures in hospitals, clinics, and medical offices and imaging centers.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete the degree or certificate will be able to:

  • Produce diagnostic-quality medical images in a competent, safe, and compassionate manner for all basic radiography examinations in a hospital work environment.
  • Communicate effectively with patients and family members by taking appropriate histories, giving clear instructions, and providing information as needed.
  • Communicate in a professional manner with hospital staff, instructors, and peers.
  • Exercise critical thinking and problem-solving skills by adapting radiologic procedures examinations to individual patient needs and conditions.
  • Establish and maintain satisfactory professional relationships with other members of the healthcare team.
  • Function as an effective healthcare team member by providing services in a manner that complements those performed by other team members.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to professional development.

Which department am I in?

Merritt College

Study options

Full Time (60 units)

Tuition fees
US$7,950.00 per year
USD $265 per unit

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

24 August 2020, 25 January 2021


Merritt College

12500 Campus Drive,



94619, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have a high School/Secondary School Diploma (from High School or secondary school) in a recognised institution. Applicant must have TOEFL score of 61 ibt, or 6 on the IELTS test.

For international students

Students must have a High School/Secondary School Diploma (from High School or secondary school)

Applicant must have TOEFL score of 61 ibt, or 6 on the IELTS test.

Deadlines to Apply: Spring - November 1; Summer - April 1; Fall - June 1.

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About this uni

Over the last 5 years, Peralta Colleges Foundation has awarded $700,000 to make higher education accessible for international students.

  • Degree programmes transferrable to universities like Harvard
  • Provides over 80 Career and Technical Education courses
  • Over 30,000 students from more than 90 different countries
  • A number of health services are available across its colleges