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FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

Are there prerequisites for the program?

Yes, a full list of prerequisites and more about the application process can be found on the Applying for the Program page.

How do I apply to the program?

Students can apply to the program each year in the spring. For newly applying students, placement into the program is based on random selection. See Applying to the Radiologic Technology Program for more information.

When does the next program start?

Applications are submitted in spring of each year. Applications are evaluated over the summer and qualified applicants are notified of eligibility for random selection in November. If you are successfully placed into the program, you will be notified in the fall. Students who accept program placement will meet for an Information/Open House in December and attend Orientation and a Clinical Compliance meeting in March. It takes approximately 6 months to complete clinical compliance requirements and prepare for the start of the program, mid-August.

Is there a wait list? If I apply this year, when will I get in?

The selection process was revised January 1, 2017. The wait list became too long. Selection into the program is now a combination of those remaining on the wait list and those randomly selected. For more information on this process, see the Selection Process section of the Applying to the Radiologic Technology Program page.

What should I do if I am currently on the wait list? When will I get in if I am on the wait list?

Students currently on the wait list need to update the Wait List Intent form each fall semester. The program will notify all students on the wait list by email when it is time to do this and send a link to the form. There are many variables that affect when a student on the wait list may be placed. For more specifics on the wait list: Wait List Statement

How much does it cost to go through the program?

Program costs are estimated with each publication of the Student Policy Handbook. See the Approximate Program Costs and Fees flyer for more information. Students are encouraged to plan ahead for living expenses and child care, as the rigor of the program makes it difficult to work and be a successful student. It is strongly recommended that students research Financial Aid and Scholarship opportunities.

What is the difference between a prerequisite and a general education requirement?

Prerequisite courses prepare the student for the core Radiologic Technology Program courses. Prerequisite courses must be successfully completed before application to the program. General education requirements are courses that must be successfully completed before the end of the program to receive the A.S. degree in Radiologic Technology. It is highly recommended that students complete all general education courses before the start of the core RT program due to the rigor of the core program courses.

Is it a full-time program? Can I go part-time? Are there evening courses?

The Radiologic Technology Program is a two-year Associate in Science Degree program. It is a full-time Program. Most classes, laboratories, and clinical education assignments are scheduled Monday - Friday. In the second year some courses are scheduled in the evening. Students must attend all lecture, laboratory and clinical education courses as scheduled in the Cabrillo College schedule of classes. Please consult the RT Course Sequence, as well as the Schedule of Classes for Fall semster, Spring semester, and Summer session, for specific days and times.

Do you accept students every year, or twice a year?

Students are accepted each year, starting with the Fall semester. The duration of the program is 22.5 months. Students graduate in May of the second year.

How many students do you take a year?

The number of students accepted each year is dependent on how many students each of our affiliated hospitals and clinics can accept. The usual range is 22–24 students per year.

Is the program accredited?

Yes. The Radiologic Technology Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The program has earned the highest level of accreditation for three cycles in a row, which is 27 years. The program is also an approved School of Radiography by the California Department of Public Health-Radiation Health Branch and an approved School of Fluoroscopy.

What is Clinical Compliance?

Clinical Compliance is required for all students. Clinical Compliance means being ready to work in a clinical setting. Clinical experience is essential to every Allied Health program, but, to serve in the clinical setting many requirements must be met in order to protect your safety, the safety of your peers, and the safety of the patients with whom you will be working. To see the process go to:

https://sites.google.com/a/cabrillo.edu/cabrillo-allied-health-clinical-compliance/home

 

 

 

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