Bakersfield College

Radiologic Technology

Radiologic Technology Associate in Science

Radiologic Technology is a health care profession whose practitioners work in hospitals, imaging centers, and private physicians’ offices. The radiologic technologist (radiographer) is a member of the health care team who works directly with the patient and the physician performing a wide variety of diagnostic x-ray procedures. The role of the graduate radiographer may be that of staff radiographer, special imaging radiographer, supervisor, administrator or educator, depending upon the level of education and experience obtained. The Bakersfield College Associate in Science degree Radiologic Technology Program provides concurrent didactic and clinical education. The program is 24 months in length (excluding prerequisite coursework) and begins each year in June. Students should anticipate making a full time commitment to the program during the school year. Summer sessions are required and semester/ terms may be scheduled beyond the regular college session dates.

The Program is primarily scheduled during the day; however an evening clinical rotation will be completed during the second year of the program. Clinical education sites include hospitals and imaging centers located in Bakersfield, California and Delano, California. Students may be assigned to any clinical education center in any geographical location. The program provides the theory, skill and experience necessary to apply for admission to the licensure exam administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists; and for certification from the State of California, Department of Public Health, Radiologic Health Branch, as a Certified Radiologic Technologist. The student is also eligible to write the State Fluoroscopy Permit exam. Students must earn a minimum grade of ‘C’ in all radiography courses, have met the State mandated curriculum and clinical hours, met all clinical education competencies and earned the Associate in Science degree to be recommended for these examinations/certifications. For program information, brochure and enrollment application form, consult the following website at

Radiologic Technology Program Mission, Goals and Outcomes
The mission of the Bakersfield College Radiologic Technology Program is to promote student success by providing quality instruction for graduates to competently practice radiography at the entry level. The Program learning goals and outcomes are:

  1. Students will be clinically competent.
    • Students will apply positioning skills.
    • Students will select exposure factors.
    • Students will utilize radiation protection
    • Students will demonstrate and employ knowledge of equipment operation.
  2. Students will develop critical thinking skills.
    • Students will demonstrate the ability to formulate technical factors.
    • Students will adapt standard procedures for non-routine patients.
    • Students will demonstrate independent judgment.
    • Students will critique images to determine diagnostic quality.
  3. Students will demonstrate effective communication skills.
    • Students will demonstrate effective communication.
    • Students will use correct pronunciation
  4. Students will model professionalism
    • Students will demonstrate knowledge of professional imaging organizations.
    • Students will summarize the value of life-long learning.
    • Students will demonstrate work ethics.
  5. The Program will graduate entry-level radiographers.
    • Program graduates will pass the ARRT exam on the 1st attempt.
    • Graduates seeking employment will obtain employment within 12 months of graduation.
    • Students will successfully complete each course.
    • Students will successfully complete the program.
    • Graduates will be satisfied with their education.
    • Employers will be satisfied with graduate performance

To Achieve the Associate in Science
Upon completion of the following courses with at least a ‘C’ grade in each course, the student will be awarded a Radiologic Technology Associate in Science degree.

To Transfer Coursework
A total of 61 semester units in the major with a grade of ‘C’ or better while maintaining a minimum grade point average of at least 2.0 in all California State University transferable coursework.

For Application Procedures, General Education Requirements, Health Requirements and Screenings, and Program Supply Information, please see the full 2016-2017 Catalog Listing by clicking here. 


Required Courses

The following courses are taken after students have been enrolled in the Radiologic Technology Program.

First Summer Semester

Course Number Course Title Units
RADT B1A Introduction to Radiologic Technology 2.0
RADT B1B Patient Care 2.0
RADT B4A Introduction to Clinical Education 1.5

First Fall Semester

Course Number Course Title Units
RADT B2A Radiograph Anatomy and Positioning 1 3.0
RADT B3A Radiographic Principles 1 3.0
RADT B4B Clinical Education 1 4.0
RADT B12 Radiobiology and Radiation Protection 2.0

First Spring Semester

Course Number Course Title Units
RADT B2B Radiograph Anatomy and Positioning 2 3.0
RADT B3B Radiographic Principles 2 3.0
RADT B6 Clinical Education 2 5.0
  General Education (if needed) 3.0

Second Summer Semester

Course Number Course Title Units
RADT B7 Clinical Education 3 6.5

Second Fall Semester

Course Number Course Title Units
RADT B2c Radiograph Anatomy and Position 3 3.0
RADT B5 Radiation Physics 3.0
RADT B10 Clinical Education 4 7.0

Second Spring Semester

Course Number Course Title Units
RADT B9a Sectional Anatomy for Medical Imaging 3.0
RADT B11 Radiographic Pathology 2.0
RADT B30 Principles of Venipuncture 1.0
RADT B13 Clinical Education 5 6.5

**The courses and unit values on this page are representative of the typical values and courses required by this program. They are taken from the most current catalog, and therefore may not be accurate for the degree or certificate requirements for some students, depending on your year of catalog rights. Please refer to your appropriate catalog or see a counselor for accurate degree requirements.


Radiologic Technology Program Prerequisite Requirements

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.

  1. 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.
  2. MATH BD/B70 (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.
  3. MEDS B60 (Medical Terminology - 3 units) at Bakersfield College or equivalent course at another accredited college.
  4. ENGL B1A (Expository Composition - 3 units); or an equivalent course at another accredited college. This prerequisite must be met by all new and Wait List applicants effective February 2013.
  5. 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. In addition, for students who use a higher level math course in lieu of Intermediate Algebra these same requirements for minimum cumulative grade point average and course attempts apply in order to meet program prerequisites.

    Remediation Plan:
    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.

    • Completion of ACDV B70A-B70F- Study Skills courses with a grade of "B" or better.
    • Completion of MATHB22 Elementary Probability and Statistics with a minimum grade of “C” on the first course attempt.
    • Successful completion of the Remediation Program must be completed within 1 year of initial application to the 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.
  6. Graduation from high school or an equivalent education.

Other Information

Licensure/Certification Eligibility

The American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) requires review of misdemeanor or felony charges and convictions and military court-martials, sanction by the Program regarding an academic honor code, licensure suspension or denial, or 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 Northland Drive, Mendota Heights, MN 55120, (651) 687-0048, or The State Department of Public Health, Radiologic Health Branch and the American Registry of Radiologic Technology requires possession of either a Social Security number or Tax payer ID number to apply for licensure and/or registration.


Bakersfield College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The Radiologic Technology Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60603-3182, 312-704-5300 and The Program is also approved by the State of California, Department of Public Health, Radiologic Health Branch, PO Box 997414, MS-7610, Sacramento, CA 95899-7414, 916-327-5106 or

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