FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions
Applications are submitted in the fall of each year. Applications are evaluated during the fall semester and qualified applicants are notified of eligibility for random selection in November. If you are successfully placed into the program, you will be notified in the fall. Students who accept program placement will meet for an Information/Open House in December and attend Orientation and a Clinical Compliance meeting in March. It takes approximately 6 months to complete clinical compliance requirements and prepare for the start of the program, mid-August.
The selection process was revised January 1, 2017. The waitlist became too long. Selection into the program is now a combination of those remaining on the waitlist and those randomly selected. There is no guarantee that you will get in if you apply this year. For more information on this process, see the Selection Process section of the Start the Program page.
Students currently on the waitlist need to update the Wait List Intent Form each fall semester. The program will notify all students on the waitlist by email when it is time to do this and send a link to the form. There are many variables that affect when a student on the waitlist may be placed.
Program costs are estimated with each publication of the Student Policy Handbook. See the Approximate Program Costs and Fees flyer for more information. Students are encouraged to plan ahead for living expenses and child care, as the rigor of the program makes it difficult to work and be a successful student. It is strongly recommended that students research Financial Aid and Scholarship opportunities.
Prerequisite courses prepare the student for the core Radiologic Technology Program courses. Prerequisite courses must be successfully completed before application to the program. General education requirements are courses that must be successfully completed before the end of the program to receive the A.S. degree in Radiologic Technology. It is highly recommended that students complete all general education courses before the start of the core RT program due to the rigor of the core program courses. Please meet with an academic counselor to make a successful educational plan.
The Radiologic Technology Program is a two-year Associate in Science Degree program. It is a full-time program. No part-time options are available. Most classes, laboratories, and clinical education assignments are scheduled Monday - Friday. In the second year some courses are scheduled in the evening. Students must attend all lecture, laboratory and clinical education courses as scheduled in the Cabrillo College schedule of classes. Please consult the RT Course Sequence, as well as the Schedule of Classes for Fall semester, Spring semester, and Summer session, for specific days and times.
Students are accepted each year, starting with the Fall semester. The duration of the program is 22.5 months. Students graduate in May of the second year.
The number of students accepted each year is dependent on how many students each of our affiliated hospitals and clinics can accept. Our acceptance can range from 12-20 depending on circumstances
Yes. The Radiologic Technology Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The program has earned the highest level of accreditation for three cycles in a row, which is 27 years. The program is also an approved School of Radiography by the California Department of Public Health-Radiation Health Branch.