Program Entrance Requirements & Necessary Skills
Program Entrance Criteria
Our program accepts students each Summer session. The number of applicants usually exceeds the spaces available. To be eligible for admission, a prospective student must have completed the mandatory requirements listed below. Each student must meet with a Canada College counselor to verify that all courses taken meet criteria for acceptance into the program. Completion of the recommended items below will enhance your chance of being accepted into the program. Please see Selection Criteria (http://canadacollege.edu/radtech/criteria.php) for a complete explanation of the student selection process.
Radiologic Technology Course Articulation (List of Approved Prerequisite Course Substitutions). Updated Oct 2019
I. Prospective Students Need the Following Preparation:
(Each course must be passed with a grade of "C" or better)
A. Graduation from high school, G.E.D. (or equivalent) or completion of a degree from a community college or university.
B. * Intermediate algebra - MATH 120 or higher level math course or the appropriate score on the SMCCCD Math Placement Test.
C. * Chemistry - CHEM 192 or CHEM 410 or one year of high school chemistry with a lab.
D. Human Anatomy - BIOL 250 (must be completed no more than three years prior to the time of application)
E. Human Physiology - BIOL 260 (must be completed no more than three years prior to the time of application)
F. Reading and Composition - English 100
G. Interpersonal Communication – COMM 130
* It is strongly recommended that these courses be taken within the past three years. Note. For applicants with prerequisite courses in progress, acceptance into the program will be conditioned upon satisfactory completion of the courses prior to the commencement of the first semester of the program.
II. Written Essay (mandatory)
Applicants will be asked to submit an essay (no more than 2 typed pages, Times New Roman font, 12pt., 1" margins and 1.5 line spacing) detailing:
- Reasons for applying to the program
- Personal attributes that would contribute to your success in the program
- Pertinent work/volunteer experience
- Any other information that you feel is important to share. For example:
- Special circumstances
- Demonstrates compassion in caring for people
- X-ray technician
- X-ray technologist in a foreign country
III. Two Letters of Recommendation
One letter must be from an instructor of a science course taken within the last three (3) years detailing: attendance, punctuality, dependability, student's application to his/her studies, skills in the field, relationship with other students and faculty, initiative, and communication skills.
The second letter must be written by an adult not related to you, who has known you for at least one year and who can attest to your character and state why they think you are appropriate for a health care profession. The letters must be typed, dated not more than six months prior to the time of application, and signed.
IV. General Education Courses Completed (recommended)
Completion of as many of these courses as possible will increase your chances of acceptance into the program (see Selection Criteria). Courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better in order to be eligible for the Associate in Science Degree and for eligibility to sit for certification examinations as required by our accreditation.
- ENGL 100
- PHYSICAL EDUCATION*
- SOCIAL SCIENCE*
- ETHNIC STUDIES
*See requirements for the associate in science degree in the CATALOG (http://canadacollege.edu/degrees/AA-AS-degree-requirements.php). Students who wish assistance with course selection or who have questions about the program should make an appointment with a general counselor by calling 306-3452.
V. Volunteer Experience / Work Experience (recommended)
- Applicants must document on an institution's letterhead and signed by a supervisor at least eighty (80) hours of voluntary work in a health care facility ( It is strongly recommended that the volunteer experience be done in a hospital). This experience is valuable in assisting applicants in determining if the health care profession is suitable for them.
- Health Care work experience may be substituted for Voluntary Experience. Health care work is defined as work in a hospital with patient contact
- Note. Applicants for the 2021 application cycle are not required to have volunteer or healthcare work experience. Instead, extra application points will be given to those who have these hours, in the amount of one point per each 40 hours worked in the past five years, for a maximum of two points.
VI. Basic First Aid and CPR
Completion of a CPR course for Health Care Provider and approved by the American Heart Association.
CPR courses that are strictly online are not acceptable, though hybrid courses do meet our criteria.
Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher.
VIII. APPLICANTS MUST BE 18 YEARS OF AGE or OLDER
All students begin at the same level. There are no provisions for advanced placement in the Radiologic Technology Program. The program does not accept transfer students from other Radiologic Technology Programs.
Official transcripts and clinical records documenting exams performed and clinical hours are made available to currently enrolled students who wish to transfer to another Radiologic Technology Program.
Necessary Skills for a Practicing Radiologic Technologist
The following statements identify the physical capabilities appropriate to the profession of Radiologic Technology. Please read this page to determine whether or not you are able to perform the tasks necessary to be employed as a Radiologic Technologist upon completion of this program.
A. The prospective Radiologic Technologic student must possess sufficient strength, motor coordination and manual dexterity to be able to:
- Transport, move, lift, or otherwise transfer patients from a wheelchair or gurney to an x-ray table or to a patient bed and physically place patients in the proper positions for examination according to established procedure and standard's of speed and accuracy.
- Move, adjust, and manipulate a variety of radiographic equipment (including the physical transportation of portable x-ray machines) in order to arrange the equipment according to the established standards necessary to do diagnostic radiographic procedures.
- Stand and walk for up to 8 hours per day of clinical education
- Lift up to 45 pounds and carry up to 25 pounds.
B. Additionally, the student must be able to communicate verbally in an effective manner in order to explain radiographic procedures and direct patients during those procedures.
C. At the end of the training program, the Radiologic Technologist must be able to:
- Handle stressful situations related to technical and procedural standards and patient care situations.
- Provide physical and emotional support to the patient doing radiographic procedures and be able to respond appropriately to situations requiring basic first aid and emergency care of the patient in the absence of, or until the physician arrives.