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Radiology Technologist Schools in California

This page contains an overview of radiologic technologist and technician schools in California so that you can find the school that is the right match for your personal interests and career goals. There are numerous quality programs in radiologic technology in California that offer training in diagnostic imaging and equipment, with opportunities to specialize in areas such as mammography. Online radiologic technologist and technician schools may also be a good fit for your career aspirations and learning style. Read about the difference between radiology technologists and radiology technicians on our Careers page. On this page you will find detailed information on radiologic technology programs in California, including a table of top-rated rad tech programs and a list of nationally accredited radiologic technology programs as well as student reviews.

Radiologic Technology Program Stats

  • There are 29 colleges and universities with radiologic technology degree programs in California.1
  • 14 schools offer a certificate program in radiologic science.1
  • 26 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in radiologic science.1
  • 4 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in radiologic science.1
  • 1 university offers a master’s or advanced degree in radiologic science.1

Institution-Wide Facts

  • Highest graduation rate*: Charles R. Drew University of Medicine 67%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: California Baptist University 24%.1
  • Highest net price per year*: California Baptist University $25,875.1
  • Lowest net price per year*: Fresno City College $4,002.1
  • 26 radiologic technology programs are accredited by JRCERT (see below).*

*For not-for-profit schools with radiologic technology programs.

Credentialing Exam Pass Rate and Accreditation Information for Medical Imaging Schools in California

We designed the following table to allow you to easily compare top-rated, not-for-profit radiologic technology and medical imaging programs in California on a variety of factors. You can sort the table by clicking on the arrows in the top row. Since many state licensing boards and organizations that offer credentialing exams such as the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) require that aspiring radiologic technologists complete a recognized program, accreditation is an important factor in evaluating schools. Additionally, if you are considering transferring from an associate’s degree to a bachelor’s or master’s degree in the imaging sciences, or are interested in pursuing a specialized certificate in the future, be aware that many programs consider accreditation for previously completed programs in their admissions decisions. Finally, you should always check with your state’s licensing board to ensure that the program you are considering will meet licensure requirements.

School NameAssociate’s Imaging ProgramBachelor’s Imaging ProgramGraduate Imaging ProgramNational AccreditationCompletion Rate2*Credential Exam Pass Rate2*Job Placement Rate2*Net Price**1
Antelope Valley CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT100%100%$4,646
Bakersfield CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT75%92%100%$4,409
Cabrillo CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT95%96%86%$10,228
California Baptist UniversityNoYesNo$25,875
California State University-NorthridgeNoYesNoJRCERT95%99%92%$6,574
Canada CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT100%100%91%$5,441
Chaffey CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT92%99%95%$10,306
Charles R Drew University of Medicine and ScienceYesYesNoJRCERT95%81%80%
City College of San FranciscoYesNoNoJRCERT71%99%84%$5,466
Cosumnes River CollegeYesNoNoCAAHEP$10,022
Crafton Hills CollegeYesNoNo$13,506
Cypress CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP84%94%90%$8,102
El Camino Community College DistrictYesNoNoJRCERT74%100%93%$10,569
Foothill CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP88%99%95%$6,281
Fresno City CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT90%93%96%$4,002
Loma Linda University (Associate’s)YesYesYesJRCERT, CAAHEP, JRCNMT87%82%94%
Loma Linda University (Bachelor’s)YesYesYesJRCERT, CAAHEP, JRCNMT100%87%93%
Long Beach City CollegeYesNoNo$5,467
Los Angeles City CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT88%96%81%$7,470
Merced CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP100%96%97%$9,842
Merritt CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT61%90%100%$10,741
Moorpark CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT81%100%86%$4,223
Mt. San Antonio CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT81%88%85%$4,555
Mt. San Jacinto College-MenifeeYesNoNoCAAHEP$6,783
National UniversityNoYesYesJRCERT70%$22,377
Orange Coast CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP74%92%86%$10,515
Pasadena City CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT83%94%98%$6,780
San Diego Mesa CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT82%98%88%$7,567
San Joaquin Delta CollegeYesNoNo$10,579
Santa Barbara City CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT, CAAHEP87%94%90%$10,984
Santa Rosa Junior CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT85%95%83%$8,989
University of California-IrvineNoNoYesJRCERT$13,780
University of California-San DiegoNoNoYesCAAHEP$14,770
Yuba CollegeYesNoNoJRCERT87%97%80%$5,948

*Completion Rate, Credential Exam Pass Rate, and Job Placement Rate data are from Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology Program Effectiveness Data for JRCERT-accredited programs.
**Net price is the annual cost per year for undergraduate tuition as reported to the National Center for Education Statistics based on the cost of tuition, books, room and board, and related expenses for students who qualify for in-state tuition and fees, after deducting the average financial aid award.

Accredited Medical Imaging Programs

JRCERT Accredited Radiography Programs

  • Antelope Valley College (Lancaster)
  • Bakersfield College (Bakersfield)
  • Cabrillo College (Aptos)
  • California State University-Northridge (Northridge)
  • Cañada College (Redwood City)
  • Chaffey College (Rancho Cucamonga)
  • Charles Drew University of Medicine (Los Angeles)
  • City College of San Francisco (San Francisco)
  • Cypress College (Cypress)
  • El Camino College (Torrance)
  • Foothill College (Los Altos Hills)
  • Fresno City College (Fresno)
  • Kaiser Permanente School of Allied Health Sciences (Richmond)
  • Loma Linda University (Loma Linda)
  • Los Angeles City College (Los Angeles)
  • Merced College (Merced)
  • Merritt College (Oakland)
  • Moorpark College (Moorpark)
  • Mt. San Antonio College (Walnut)
  • National University (Costa Mesa)
  • Orange Coast College (Costa Mesa)
  • Pasadena City College (Pasadena)
  • San Diego Mesa College (San Diego)
  • Santa Barbara City College (Santa Barbara)
  • Santa Rosa Junior College (Santa Rosa)
  • University of California-Irvine (Orange)
  • Yuba Community College (Marysville)

CAAHEP Accredited Sonography Programs

  • Cosumnes River College (Sacramento)
  • Cypress College (Cypress)
  • Foothill College (Los Altos Hills)
  • Loma Linda University (Loma Linda)
  • Merced College (Merced)
  • Mt. San Jacinto College-Menifee
  • Orange Coast College (Costa Mesa)
  • Santa Barbara City College (Santa Barbara)
  • University of California-San Diego

JRCNMT Accredited Nuclear Medicine Technology Programs

  • Loma Linda University (Loma Linda)

California Radiology Technologist Degree Programs

Cañada College

Cañada College offers an Associate in Science in Radiologic Technology that provides students with the foundational skills necessary to succeed as radiologic technologists. The 25-month program includes three summer intersessions and includes courses such as Radiographic Positioning, Radiation Physics, Rad Protection & Biology, and Advanced Imaging. In addition to academic study, students benefit from a clinical education throughout the curriculum, which takes place in affiliated clinical sites such as Kaiser Permanente, Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital, and Sequoia Health Services. Cañada College’s radiologic technology program is accredited by the Radiation Health Branch of the California Department of Public Health and the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The program qualifies students to apply for the California Radiologic Technology Certificate without sitting for the state examination in Radiology Technology.

Foothill College

Students in Foothill College’s Radiologic Technician program earn an Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology upon completing an intense 22-month program. The full-time program, which requires students to be on campus or at a local hospital five days a week, consists of classroom lectures, lab work and clinical simulations on campus, and real-world experience under the supervision of a medical professional at one of nearly a dozen local hospitals. Students generally complete general education courses prior to focusing on radiologic coursework due to the intensity of the major. Graduates of the program will have worked in several hospital settings, gaining experience in both traditional film imaging and cutting edge digital technology.

Chaffey College

Chaffey College features an intensive two-year radiologic technology program leading to an associate of science degree that combines traditional classroom education with clinical work at local hospitals. The summer between the first and second year of the program requires students to spend one day in the classroom and four days devoted to a clinical assignment to develop hands-on experience in positioning patients per week, learning how to use imaging equipment and processing and exposing images. Graduates will be prepared to sit the American Registry of Radiological Technologists (ARRT) exam and the California Radiologic Technologist Fluoroscopy Permit exam.

Cabrillo College

Cabrillo College’s two-year radiologic technology program results in an Associate of Science (AS) in Radiologic Technology and prepares graduates to work in hospitals, private medical practices, and clinics. The program, which combines both classroom and clinical work, will give students the skills necessary to properly position patients and to effectively protect patients from radiation. Courses cover fluoroscopy, diagnostic imaging, medical imaging pathology, and mammography. Successful applicants can only enter the program in the fall semester. Due to the popularity of the radiologic technology program and other healthcare programs, applicants often apply for several different programs and must place their name on a waitlist for admission, with wait times sometimes stretching as long as three or four years.

California State University

California State University at Northridge allows students to earn a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology. Students in the program will become proficient in such areas as MRI, computer tomography, mammography, cardiovascular imaging, and interventional radiology. The four-year undergraduate program requires students in the final two years of study to complete at least 2,500 hours of clinical rotations at one of the university’s affiliates, such as West Los Angeles VA Medical Center, UCLA Medical Center, and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The program boasts a high historical pass rate on the ARRT certification exam.

How to Become a Radiology Technologist in California

Newly graduated radiologic technologists are generally eligible to sit the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam. Current students may complete the application process for the exam up to three months before graduation. ARRT certification must be renewed every two years, with radiologic technologists required to complete 24 continuing education credits before renewal. After gaining their ARRT certification radiologic technologists in California can apply for four certifications or permits: the Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist Certificate, the Mammographic Radiologic Technologist Certificate, the Radiologic Technologist Fluoroscopy Permit, and the Therapeutic Radiologic Technologist Certificate. All certifications and permits require students to complete 24 continuing education credits and to pay all applicable application and certification fees prior to renewal.

Career Opportunities for Radiology Techs

Projected Job Growth

13.9%

Radiology Techs in California from 2014-20243

Nationwide, radiologic technologists and technicians have an estimated job growth rate of 9% between 2014 and 2024.4 In fact, the field is one of the faster-growing in the United States, particularly with the emergence of new facilities such as imaging centers and doctors’ offices offering radiology services. Nationwide, the number of radiologic technologist and technician positions tallied 230,600 as of 2014, with that number expected to grow to 251,300 by 2024.4 The average annual mean salary for radiology technologists and technicians in California is $76,060, with a mean hourly wage of $36.57.5 More radiologic technologists are employed in California than in any other state, with 17,800 such professionals reported employed in the state as of May 2016.5 Radiology technologists and technicians typically find employment in hospitals, physicians’ offices, and imaging centers. The state of California projects 2,300 new positions in radiologic technology from 2014 to 2024, adding up to an estimated overall job growth rate of 13.9%.4 Major hospitals and companies that hire radiologic technologists in California include Kaiser Permanente, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Concentra, the University of California (UC Health), Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Dignity Health, and Saint Francis Hospital.

California Radiologic Technologist Salary and Jobs

CityNumber EmployedAverage Annual Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim5,930$68,930
Sacramento-Roseville-Arden-Arcade1,010$88,280
San Diego-Carlsbad1,430$70,410
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward2,730$91,330
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande120$68,350
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara240$74,950

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 20166.

California Radiologic Technologist Career Interviews

  • Diane Garcia, Vice President, California Society of Radiologic Technologists
  • David Poon, President, California Society of Radiologic Technologists

Student Reviews

Note: Student Reviews are based on the experiences of a few individuals and it is unlikely that you will have similar results. Please review the “Data, Student Reviews and Other Information” section in our Terms of Use and Disclaimers.

Bakersfield College
1801 Panorama Dr
Bakersfield, CA 93305
(661) 395-4011
https://www.bakersfieldcollege.edu/

Student Review: “This program is very highly regarded in the state of California and has a history of great success rates. It is a 6-semester program (Summer-Fall-Spring-Summer-Fall-Spring) and has students working in clinical settings from the start. The clinical and didactic instruction are concurrent, and I think that this was an excellent way to learn. Total immersion. You tend to bond with your classmates, as you are with them 5 days a week for several hours a day. The teachers are excellent, as are the clinical instructors. the clinical sites are varied and have a lot to offer in terms of experience. After spending two years in outpatient clinics, regional and trauma center hospitals, surgery centers, and doctor’s offices, you’ll feel like you can take on any real-world (paid) job upon graduation. Additionally, there is adequate exposure to special modalities such as CT, MRI, Cath Lab, and Nuclear Medicine. The classwork can get difficult by the second year, with radiation physics and radiation protection being particularly challenging. But as I said before, the teachers are top-notch.” – Student at Bakersfield College
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References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology Program Effectiveness Data: https://www.jrcert.org/resources/program-effectiveness-data/
3. State of California Employment Development Department: http://www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov/
4. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, Radiologic and MRI Technologists: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/radiologic-technologists.htm
5. Bureau of Labor Statistics May 2016 Occupational Employment and Wages, Radiologic Technologists: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292034.htm
6. Bureau of Labor Statistics May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcma.htm