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Applying to the Radiologic Technology Program

The RT program has a separate application and selection process in addition to general Cabrillo College admission. For students not currently enrolled at Cabrillo College, general college application materials are available at the Welcome Center and on the Cabrillo College website.

Requirements for admission into the RT program include successful completion of the program prerequisites listed below, and the completion of the application process.

Selection is based on:

  1. Completion of all required prerequisites with the appropriate GPA.
  2. How many clinical spaces are available.
  3. Date of the application.

The program has additional clinical compliance requirements because students are placed into affiliated hospitals/clinics for clinical education. Students must also comply with the Minimum Physical and Non-Physical Standards that are necessary for clinical placement.

Prerequisites for Application

These courses must be successfully completed before applying to the program. It is highly recommended that students meet with an academic counselor to develop an educational plan.

  • BIO 4 - Human Anatomy (4 units)
  • BIO 5 * - Human Physiology (4 units)
  • MA 70 - Medical Terminology (3 units)
  • PHYS 10 - Introduction to Physics (3 units)
  • PSYCH 1 - General Psychology (3 units) or PSYCH 1H ā€“ Honors General Psychology (3 units)
  • ENGL 1A/1AH/1AMC/1AMCH - College Composition (3 units)

* A college chemistry course (such as CHEM30A or CHEM32) is the prerequisite for BIO 5. Intermediate Algebra (Math 142 or Math 152) or placement into Intermediate Algebra (MATH142 or MATH 152) by assessment is a prerequisite to CHEM30A or CHEM32 or placement into Intermediate Algebra (Math 152) by assessment is a prerequisite to CHEM30A or CHEM32.

If you are interested in transferring to a 4-year university in Radiologic Technology after program completion, please see a counselor or check the ASSIST online student-transfer system for more information.

Prerequisite courses completed at other schools may be used if the school is a regionally accredited college and if the course is equivalent to Cabrillo College requirements. When meeting with a counselor, bring unofficial transcripts for all college coursework to your counseling appointment.

All prerequisite and published curriculum courses must be completed with a ā€œCā€ or better. These prerequisites may also be used to satisfy appropriate general education areas. At the time of program application, it is required that prerequisite courses, specifically BIO 4, BIO 5, and MA 70, be completed within 6 years.

Requirements for Admission and Clinical Placement

Selection Process

  • The program application is posted on the RT website in  April. Students may apply each year during the application window from May 1 ā€“ July 15.

  • Students are no longer being added to the wait list each year. Effective January 1, 2017, the total number of students placed into the program is comprised of 50% from the wait list and 50% random selection (including new applicants). Students not placed into the program by 50% random selection may re-apply the following year.

  • Alternates will be assigned from the wait list.

  • Students currently on the wait list retain their wait list # based on post mark date of application.

  • Students placed into the program are notified by November/December each year.

  • After all students on the wait list have been offered placement into the program in accordance with the 50% wait list and 50% random selection method, selection for future years will be entirely by random selection each year.

Deferral Policies

  • All prospective students who are offered a position in the Cabrillo College Radiologic Technology Program may:
    1. Accept the position in the program OR
    2. Request a one-time deferral in keeping with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • All prospective students who are offered a position in the Cabrillo College Radiologic Technology Program may:
    1. Accept the position in the program OR
    2. Request a one-time deferral based on military deployment or training


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