It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that the following items are completed prior to the end of the application period held in the month of February:
- Complete required prerequisite courses (see Pre-Requisites)
- Obtain application form from the Allied Health Department located in Room 178 of the Math-Science Building on the main campus, or on the Allied Health website at www.bakersfieldcollege.edu/allied-health/radtech
- Arrange for an official copy of your high school transcript to be mailed directly to the: Radiologic Technology Program, Bakersfield College, 1801 Panorama Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93305. An official copy of High School Equivalency (GED) is required if your high school transcript does not identify graduation.
- If you are a Bakersfield College Student with no college courses other than BC courses: Provide the Program with an unofficial Bakersfield College transcript from the college website or an unofficial transcript from the Admissions & Records Office.
- If you have taken courses from any college other than Bakersfield College:
- a. Apply for admission to Bakersfield College either in person or online at www.bakersfieldcollege.edu and click on Admissions & Records. Follow the information under Enrolling.
- b. Have your college transcript(s) evaluated by:
- Ordering an Official copy of your transcripts from your previous college(s);
- Submit the Official copy of your transcripts along with a form “Request for Evaluation”. You can obtain this form from the Admissions and Records office or from the Admissions and Records web-page (see above) under Other Forms.
- Once your transcripts have been evaluated and posted to your Bakersfield College transcripts, either order an official copy to be sent from the Admission and Records office or print your unofficial transcript and submit along with the Application Form to the Radiologic Technology Program during the application filing period during the month of February.
- If you have taken courses from Porterville or Cerro Coso Community College, you only need to submit the “Request for Evaluation” form. You do not need official copies of transcripts from Porterville or Cerro Coso Community College Note: The process of evaluating transcripts can take 25 weeks. Once your transcripts have been evaluated and posted to your Bakersfield College transcript, the student must print a copy of the Bakersfield College transcript from the website and then submit it to the Program prior to the end of the application filing period during the month of February. It is the responsibility of the student to supply this information to the Program.
- Late application materials will not be considered for the current application period. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their application is complete. The Program is not responsible for late materials or incomplete applications. The application must be thoroughly complete and signed to be considered for eligibility.
- Students on the waitlist must reapply annually during the enrollment month of February. This is required every year to keep the applicant’s file current. If the student does not reapply, the student will be removed from the waitlist.
Application Filing Period
Application forms and all required documents must be received by the Radiologic Technology Program Office during the application month of February. Late applications will not be accepted.
Enrollment Selection Process
In the event that the number of qualified students for the Associate Degree Radiologic Technology Program exceeds space available, the following selection process will be utilized:
Students who are qualified for enrollment will be admitted in the order in which their names appear on the Program Waitlist.
To be placed onto the waitlist, all program prerequisites must be completed. An applicant’s position on this list will be determined by random drawing of names from the pool of qualified students.
To remain current on the waitlist, an application form must be submitted annually during the application filing period in the month of February.
All prerequisite coursework must be completed prior to applying for the Radiologic Technology Program. Students are strongly encouraged to complete prerequisite courses prior to enrolling in general education courses. This will improve a student’s opportunity to apply for program enrollment. The following prerequisite courses must be completed with a C grade or higher.
- BIOL B18 (Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology) -or- BIOL B32 (Human Anatomy and Physiology I ) -and- BIOL B33 (Human Anatomy and Physiology II) -or equivalent course(s) at another accredited college. Note: BIOL B14 (Human Anatomy) and BIOL B15 (Human Physiology) were previously taught at Bakersfield College and they meet this requirement.
- MATH B70 (Previously MATH BD) (Intermediate Algebra-5 units) at Bakersfield College or equivalent course at another accredited college. A higher level college math course will be accepted in lieu of this algebra requirement. For students who use a higher level math course in lieu of Intermediate Algebra the same requirements for minimum cumulative grade point average and number of course attempts apply in order to meet program prerequisites.
- MEDS B60 (Medical Terminology - 3 units) at Bakersfield College or equivalent course at another accredited college.
- ENGL B1a (Expository Composition - 3 units); or an equivalent course at another accredited college.
- Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.7 with Math BD/MATH B70 passed on the first attempt OR A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.9 with Math BD/MATH B70 passed on the second attempt. Withdrawal grades count as an attempt. This prerequisite must be met by all new and Wait List applicants effective February 2013.
Note: All course attempts including grades of “D”, “F” and withdrawals (W) are included in the review of the course attempts. Students with more than two math attempts are not initially eligible for the program.
Students who do not initially meet the eligibility requirement for passing the MATH BD/MATH B70 prerequisite within two attempts must complete all of the following remediation requirements to be considered eligible to apply for the Radiologic Technology Program.
Students who do not meet the grade point average (GPA) eligibility requirement of either 2.7 or 2.9 are advised to research and complete, if applicable, an Academic Renewal request through the Bakersfield College established process identified in the college catalog for a recalculation of their GPA. Documentation of completion of the remediation plan must be submitted to the Program at the time of application. Documentation is made through college transcripts.
- Completion of ACDV B70a-B70f- Study Skills courses with a “CR” grade
- Completion of MATH B22 Elementary Probability and Statistics with a minimum grade of “C” on the first course attempt and maintenance of a 2.9 GPA.
- Successful completion of the Remediation Program must be completed within 1 year of initial application to the program.
- Graduation from high school or an equivalent education.
General Education Pattern
General education courses are required to graduate from the Bakersfield College Associate in Science Degree Radiologic Technology Program. It is suggested that these courses be completed prior to program enrollment. Refer to the Bakersfield College General Education and Graduation Requirements in the college catalog for more specific information and requirements for the college (the list below does NOT identify all requirements). All students are encouraged to regularly check the college requirements for graduation and/or meet with a Counselor/Advisor to ensure that AS degree requirements will be met at the end of the Radiography Program. Completion of the AS Degree is required to meet eligibility requirements for certification and licensure.
- A. Communication (6 units)
- A.1 Oral Communication (3 units): Comm B1 recommended; Any course listed in Area A.1 of the Gen Ed Pattern in the BC Catalog.
- A.2 Written Communication (3 units): ENGL B1A - preqrequisite course
- B. Physical Universe and Life Forms (4 units)
- B.1 Natural Sciences (4-8 units): BIOL B18 or BIOL B32 & BIOL B33
- B.2 Mathematics and Logic (3-5 units): MATH B70 (5 units) - prerequisite course
- C. Arts, Literature, Philosophy, and Foreign Language (3-5 units)
- PHIL B12 recommended, or any course in Area C: Gen Ed Pattern in the BC Catalog.
- D. Social, Political, Legal and Economic Institutions & Behavior, Historical Background (6 units)
- D.1 Foundations int he Behavioral Sciences (3 units): Any course listed in Area D.1 in the BC Catalog.
- OR D.2 Foundations in the Social Sciences (3 units): Any course listed in Area D.2 in the BC Catalog.
- AND D.3 American (U.S. Institutions) (3 units): Any course listed in Area D.3 in the BC Catalog.
- E. Lifelong Understanding and Self-Development (1 unit)
- Physical Education - 1 unit required from PHED courses listed in the BC Catalog.
- Rad Tech students are exempt from the 3 unit course in the psychological development category.
- Educational Planning –STDV B1 recommended or any course listed in the BC Catalog General Requirements (Recommended to be taken during the first semester of courses at BC to assure priority registration.)
- Computer Studies (3 units): COMP B2 or COMP B5 or equivalent is necessary to meet Radiologic Technology Program completion
Health Requirements and Screenings
- After a student receives notification of enrollment into the Program, a physical examination will be required to demonstrate that the student meets the technical standards necessary to meet the objectives of the Program.
- As a condition of enrollment to the Radiologic Technology Program, all students are required to submit to and pass a designated drug and alcohol screen.
- As a condition of enrollment in any Allied Health Program with a clinical component, students are required to submit to and pass a designated background screen. Every student offered space in the Program will be required to submit to a background screening as part of his or her clinical requirement for admission. Please note the following:
- A history of felony conviction(s) or any bar, exclusion, or other ineligibility for federal program participation could render a student ineligible for clinical placement, as determined by the clinical agencies.
- If a student cannot obtain background clearance from the clinical agencies, it will not be possible to place the student in the clinical areas, which is a required component of the Program.
- In the event that a student cannot obtain a background clearance due to background restrictions, the space will be forfeited.
- Students who are found to be ineligible for clinical placement by the clinical agency after admission to the radiography program shall be subject to dismissal from the Program, as they will be unable to complete mandatory clinical rotations.
- Immunizations and health tests are needed for acceptance in a clinical education center, and to protect the health and welfare of the student and the community. Immunizations may include but are not limited to rubella, varicella, hepatitis B and seasonal influenza. A tuberculosis screening is also required.
- The medical exam, drug and alcohol screen, background screen, immunizations, and health tests are performed at the expense of the student.
- The student must possess a current American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers (CPR & AED) card. This card must be provided at the start of the Program and be kept valid during the entire 24-month Program.
Essential Technical Standards
Radiologic Technology students must meet the following essential technical standards to ensure the safety and welfare of the patients, the healthcare team, and themselves. A physical examination determines whether or not a student meets the technical standards or determines what accommodation may be necessary.
- Capable of standing and/or walking up to seven hours throughout an eight-hour shift.
- Bend, crouch, or stoop several times per hour.
- Lift and carry a minimum of 30 pounds several times an hour.
- Lift and move up to a 300-pound patient in a 2-3 person transfer.
- Reach overhead above the shoulder 90 degrees.
- Push and/or pull objects and equipment weighting up to 300 pounds.
- Utilize eyesight to observe patients, manipulate equipment and accessories to evaluate radiographs for technical quality under various illumination levels from low levels of illumination to amber/red lighting to bright light levels
- Capable of hearing to effectively communicate with the patient and healthcare team.
- Utilize sufficient verbal and written skills to effectively and promptly communicate in English with the patient and healthcare team.
- Manipulate radiologic and medical equipment and accessories, including but not limited to switches, knobs, buttons, and keyboards, utilizing fine and gross motor skills.
- Perform the assigned job responsibilities with the intellectual and emotional functions necessary to ensure patient safety, and exercise independent judgment and discretion.
- Utilize the above standards/functions to respond promptly to patients’ needs and/or emergency situations.
Exposure to Magnetic Fields
Students that are pursuing a career in radiologic technology may come in contact with Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) during clinical education training. Students must be aware that magnetic fields are used and understand the consequences of not following safety guidelines. Students that are accepted into the program will be required to undergo a safety screening by completing an MRI safety form. The student will be asked to fill out the form asking about anything that might create a health risk to the student. If an individual has bullet fragments, shrapnel, or similar metallic fragments in your body, there is a potential risk that it could change position, possibly causing injury. The magnetic field of the scanner may also damage an external hearing aid or other implanted devices such as a heart pacemaker, cochlear implant, etc.
MRI Safety Form
The American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) requires review of the following:
- Misdemeanor or felony charges and convictions and military court-martials
- Sanction by the Program regarding an academic honor code
- Licensure suspension or denial
- Other disciplinary action by a regulatory authority or certification board other than the ARRT
This review may be conducted prior to or during the Program.
For more information, contact the ARRT at:
- 1225 North Highland Drive
- Mendota Heights, MN 55120
The State Department of Public Health, Radiologic Health Branch and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists require possession of a valid Social Security Number to apply for licensure and/or registration.