Program Description

The Diagnostic Radiologic Technology Program is a full-time Associate
Degree and Certificate of Achievement program to which a minimum of
18-20 students are admitted each fall semester. The entire program is 29 consecutive months in length and is composed of five semesters and two eleven-week summer sessions.

Degrees/Certificates

Merced College offers the following degrees/certificates in Radiologic Technology:

  • Diagnostic Radiologic Technology (AS)
  • Diagnostic Radiologic Technology (CF)

See Degree Requirements and Course Descriptions (current & past MC Catalogs)

Highlights

The Allied Health Center houses a large computer lab, conference rooms, study rooms and multiple small and large classrooms. The Diagnostic Radiologic Technology Program has two computerized radiography x-ray suites and a PACS system that provides students hands-on-experience with state-of-the-art equipment.

Diagnostic Radiologic Technology Faculty

Click (Here) for the list of Faculty & Staff.

Career Opportunities

Diagnostic Radiologic Technologists (radiographers) are employed primarily in hospitals, clinics, medical imaging centers, and doctors’ offices. Radiographers manipulate sophisticated technical equipment and computers to obtain detailed images of a patient’s body to assist physicians in the diagnosis of injury and disease. A successful and competent radiographer is one who works well as a team member, thinks critically, solves problems creatively, and possesses strong technical skills. A radiographer must also be flexible and able to work with patients from diverse backgrounds with various needs, abilities, injuries, and disease processes. Employment opportunities for radiographers are expected to remain satisfactory. With experience and/or additional education, graduates can work in the following areas: Computerized Tomography (CT), Mammography, Interventional Radiology, Cardiac Cath, Bone Densitometry, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Radiology Management, Radiography Education, Equipment Sales/Service and Technical Representative. Associated fields: Sonography, Radiation Oncology, and Nuclear Medicine.

Counselors

Allied Health Counselors are located in the Counseling and Guidance Area (Lesher Student Services Building - 2nd Floor).  Contact (209) 381-6478 or email ecounselor@mccd.edu to make an appointment.

Accreditation

The Diagnostic Radiologic Technology Program at Merced College is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), and the California Department of Public Health, Radiation Health Branch (RHB). The Diagnostic Radiologic Technology Program was awarded the maximum accreditation award by JRCERT of 8 years in 2014.