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.


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

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


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.

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.

Program Effectiveness Data

At Merced College we shine through our students success. View our student completion and pass rates for our Radiology Program.

The mission of Merced College Diagnostic Radiologic Technology Program is to promote student success by providing a continually – improving educational program that prepares graduates to competently practice radiography at the entry level.

Fulfillment of the program’s mission is assessed by the degree to which the program achieves the following goals and program student learning outcomes.

  • Goal 1: Students will communicate effectively.
    • Outcome 1A: Students will demonstrate effective written communication skills.
    • Outcome 1B: Student will demonstrate effective oral communication skills with communities of interests.
  • Goal 2: Students will a pply clinical reasoning skills in their daily practice.
    • Outcome 2A: Students will perform non – routine procedures.
    • Outcome 2B: Students wil l critique radiographic images to determine their diagnostic acceptability.
  • Goal 3: Student will perform successfully as entry level radiographers.
    • Outcome 3A: Students will effectively position patient.
    • Outcome 3B: Students will provide quality patient care.
    • Outcome 3C: Students will utilize their technical knowledge to produce quality image.
    • Outcome: 3D: Students will employ effective radiation protection measures for the patients and healthcare team.
  • Goal 4: Students will p erform as competent radiographers assimilating all professional, ethical, and legal principles.
    • Outcome 4A: Students will demonstrate professional work ethics.
    • Outcome 4B: Students will demonstrate an awareness and support for continued professional development.

To measure success, Merced College’s Diagnostic Radiologic Technology Program expects to attain the following aggregate program outcomes:

  1. Seventy – five percent of each student cohort will complete the twenty – nine month program.
  2. The pass rate of first – time ARRT test takers will be at or above eighty – five percent.
  3. Eight – five percent of returned graduate surveys will report satisfied or very satisfied with the education they received in Merced’s Diagnostic Radiologic Technology Program.
  4. Eighty percent of graduates will be working in a Radiologic Technology position or enrolled in an ancillary modality program or higher degree radiography program within six months of work eligibility.
  5. Eighty – five percent of returned employer surveys sent out to affiliate clinical facilities will report agree or strongly agree the education the new graduates received at Merced’s Diagnostic Radiologic Technology Program provided them with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to perform well on initial employment.


The Diagnostic Radiologic Technology Program at Merced College is accredited by both the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) and the California Department of Public Health Radiologic Health Branch (RHB).  Accreditation was awarded in 1975. JRCERT did a site visit on February 17 -18, 2022.  As a result, the program was awarded continued accreditation for a period of eight years, the maximum duration that may be awarded by the JRCERT.

The radiography program is accredited by the:

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
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Diagnostic Radiologic Technology Faculty