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Discover a career that helps people. As the population grows older, there will be an increase in medical conditions, such as breaks and fractures caused by osteoporosis, which can require imaging to diagnose them.

More Radiologic Technologists will be needed to maintain and use the diagnostic equipment. The Radiography program at American Career College can help you start a career as a certified radiologic technologist.

  • Overview
  • Careers After I Graduate
  • What Will I Learn?
  • What Will I Do?

Radiography Program Overview

Radiography is a dynamic discipline that requires growth, personally and professionally, to better prepare for future needs of the profession. These needs may vary in many ways, dependent on the environment where one is employed, and across the profession as it changes.

The profession of radiology is guided by the ASRT and ARRT Code of Ethics. It is the expectation of the College that each of our school's graduates, following successful completion of the certification and registration exam, will work within legal and ethical boundaries. This responsibility requires dedication to applying standards that are outlined within the Code of Ethics for the Radiologic Technologist.

The Radiography program provides the requisite knowledge and skills to pursue a career as an entry level Radiologic Technologist.

The Radiography (Associate of Occupational Science) program at the American Career College Ontario campus is approved by the California Department of Public Health, Radiologic Health Branch (CDPH-RHB).

Department of Public Health Radiologic Health Branch
1500 Capitol Avenue, 5th Floor, MS 7610
Sacramento, CA 95814-5006
Phone: 916-327-5106 / Fax: 916-440-7999 /

Careers After I Graduate

Radiologic Technologists work in a variety of healthcare facilities. Although hospitals will remain the main employer of radiologic and MRI technologists, a number of the new projected jobs will be in physicians' offices and in outpatient imaging centers as well.

Employment in these health care settings is expected to increase because of the shift toward outpatient care whenever possible. The industries that employed the most radiologic technologists in a recent review were:

  • General medical and surgical hospitals; state, local, and private
  • Offices of physicians
  • Medical and diagnostic laboratories
  • Outpatient care centers


What Will I Learn

This Radiography program is designed to provide learning experiences that prepare our school's students for competent performance as a radiologic technologist. These include, but are not limited to: lecture, interactive and self-discovery activities, problem-based case presentations, small group discussions, mentoring, tactile/kinesthetic activities provided through laboratory experiences and clinical practicums.

What courses make up the Radiography program?

General Education Courses:

  • Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology Classes & Lab
  • Written Communications I
  • College Mathematics I
  • Introduction to Psychology

Core Radiography and Other Courses:

  • Introduction to Radiologic Sciences
  • Medical Terminology
  • Radiographic Physics
  • Principles of Image Production
  • Patient Care
  • Radiographic Positioning I
  • Principles of Radiation and Radiation Biology
  • Radiation Protection
  • Clinical Practicum I
  • Radiographic Positioning II
  • Digital Imaging
  • Clinical Practicum II
  • Law and Ethics in Imaging
  • Radiographic Positioning III
  • Clinical Practicum III
  • Clinical Practicum IV
  • Introduction to Computed Tomography
  • Clinical Practicum V
  • Cross-Sectional Anatomy
  • Pharmacology/Venipuncture
  • Clinical Practicum VI
  • Career Advantage
  • Radiology Seminar

American Career College Provides comprehensive academic and clinical preparation for each student to have a successful result on the ARRT certification and registration exam.

Our school's goal is to graduate professionals that enthusiastically display leadership responsibilities while providing competent care. We accomplish this by:

  • Providing access to activities that foster community awareness while responding to the needs of the community.
  • Ensuring that the standards required for accreditation for the College and the program is maintained.
  • Supporting the community of radiologic technologists and health care professionals by providing opportunities for professional development.

Classes Equipment List

  • Cassettes for digital unit
  • CR digital reader
  • Densitometer
  • Lead aprons
  • Lead gloves
  • Lead mats
  • Mini C-arm unit
  • Mobile shields
  • Patient shields
  • Penetrometer
  • Phantoms: torso, chest, hand, elbow, foot, knee
  • Portable radiography unit
  • Sandbags
  • Sensitometer
  • Sponges
  • Thyroid shields
  • X-Ray unit: console, table with float top, tube/collimator, wall unit

What Will I Do as a Radiologic Technologist

Radiologic Technologists perform diagnostic imaging examinations, such as X-rays, on patients.                

Radiologic Technologists typically perform the following tasks:

  • Adjust and maintain imaging equipment
  • Precisely follow orders from physicians on what areas of the body to image
  • Prepare patients for procedures, including taking a medical history and answering questions about the procedure
  • Protect the patient by shielding exposed areas that do not need to be imaged
  • Position the patient and the equipment in order to get the correct image
  • Operate the computerized equipment to take the images
  • Keep detailed patient records

Health care professionals use many types of equipment to diagnose patients. Radiologic Technologists specialize in X-ray, and computed tomography (CT) imaging. Some radiologic technologists prepare a mixture for the patient to drink that allows soft tissue to be viewed on the images that the radiologist reviews. Radiologic technologists might also specialize in mammography. Mammographers use low-dose X-ray systems to produce images of the breast. Technologists may be certified in multiple specialties.

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