Radiation Sciences — B.S.

Program director
Timothy Seavey

Assistant program director
Kathryn Cockrill

The program

The Bachelor of Science degree in radiation sciences provides imaging professionals with the foundational education necessary to advance into various career possibilities, including: advanced imaging modalities; graduate degrees; professional advancement into entry management, education in imaging, and imaging informatics positions.  

The baccalaureate degree comprises a minimum of 192 quarter units in the following:

  • Loma Linda University general education (GE) requirements
  • Professional certification in an imaging modality (entry-level imaging degree)
  • Radiation science core requirements (online)
  • Area of emphasis: administration*, education*, advanced imaging modalities, science, or imaging informatics* (*online) 
  • E-Portfolio that comprises academic and professional work, a signature project, and service learning

Electives to meet the needs of individual students are selected from existing courses after consultation with the program director.

Students have the ability to customize their degree by choosing an area of emphasis for their studies. Emphases include: education, imaging informatics (PACS administration), science, advanced medical imaging, advanced imaging modalities (diagnostic sonography, cardiac sonography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, cardiac and/or vascular imaging, radiation therapy, nuclear medicine, or dosimetry), or administration. Loma Linda University and the Department of Radiation Technology cannot guarantee employment.

Program objectives

  1. Graduate practitioners who are leaders in the profession and who are capable of serving the greater community in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.
  2. Graduate managers, administrators, and educators who contribute to the profession's body of knowledge through leadership roles, publications, professional presentations, and advocacy. 

Program learning outcomes

Upon completion of the curriculum, the graduate will be qualified to:

  1. Develop meaningful interactions in health care
  2. Demonstrate moral leadership
  3. Discuss health-care advancement and sustainability
  4. Apply emotional intelligence and leadership skills

CPR certification

Students taking a clinically-based emphasis are required to have current health-care provider cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification (adult, child, and infant) for all scheduled clinical experience. CPR certification must be completed at the American Heart Association health-care provider level. This may be completed prior to beginning the program of study or be obtained at Loma Linda University. Classes are available on campus at Life Support Education, University Arts building, 24887 Taylor Street, Suite 102; telephone, 909/558-4977.

Loma Linda University is regionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501; telephone: 510/748-9001; fax: 510/748-9797; website:  <http://www.wascsenior.org/contact>.

Applicants may enter the B.S. degree program at the start of any quarter. Applications are accepted year-round. Contact the program director for advisement. Admission is based on a selective process.  In addition to Loma Linda University and School of Allied Health Professions admissions requirements, the applicant must have the following requirements:

  • An associate degree (or a minimum of 72-96 degree transferable units per program director approval.)
  • be a graduate of an approved program in radiologic technology, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, radiation therapy, nuclear medicine, cardiac and/ or vascular imaging, or sonography (ultrasound.), and
  • must have certification from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS), or a equivalent specialty certification. Applicants who are eligible to take the ARRT or ARDMS examination for certification but who have not had opportunity to do so are given provisional status for one quarter. Eligibility to continue is subject to student's obtaining certification. It should be understood that the University will not sign or validate registry documents of students who obtained their training in another program.


A maximum of 70 semester or 105 quarter units (didactic only) from an accredited junior college will be accepted as transfer credit. Students who have completed a hospital training program are allowed up to 50 junior college-level quarter units of academic credit on the basis of their registry certificate. Students should fall within 12 quarter units of completion of general education (GE) requirements in order to be considered for the Bachelor of Science core program OR have developed an academic plan with the program director. For a complete listing of general education requirements, see LLU General Education Requirements.  Following is a list of specific requirements and the general education domain to which they apply:

Domain 1: Religion and Humanities (20 quarter or 14 semester units)

Humanities (12-20 quarter or 8-14 semester units)

Selected from at least three of the following content areas: Civilization/history, fine arts, performing/visual arts (not to exceed 4 quarter credits), literature, modern language, philosophy, general humanities elective.

Religion (0-8 quarter or 0-6 semester units)

An applicant who has attended a Seventh-day Adventist college or university is required to have taken 4 quarter units of religion from an Adventist institution for each full year equivalent (48 quarter units/32 semester units) of attendance at an Adventist college or university.  If the applicant has not attended an Adventist institution, no religion units are required.  In either case, however, the applicant must have completed 20 quarter or 14 semester units in Domain 1: Religion and Humanities.

Domain 2: Scientific inquiry and analysis (24-32 quarter or 16-22 semester units)

Natural Sciences (minimum of 12 quarter or 8 semester units)

Intermediate algebra or high school algebra II (not counted toward domain total)

Must be selected from two content areas.

Human anatomy and physiology with laboratory, one semester/quarter minimum; or general biology with laboratory, one semester/quarter minimum. 

Remaining units may be selected from the following content areas: chemistry, geology, mathematics, physics, and statics.

Social sciences (minimum of 12 quarter or 8 semester units)

Units must be selected from two content areas: anthropology, economics, geography, political sciences, psychology, and sociology.

Note:  The B.S. degree program is approved to meet the cultural diversity requirement of the University in lieu of cultural anthropology. 

Domain 3: Communication (9-13 quarter or 6-9 semester units)

English composition (complete sequence)

Remaining courses may be selected from the following content areas: computer information systems, critical thinking, and public speaking.

Domain 4: Health and Wellness (2-6 quarter or 1.5-4 semester units)

Personal health or nutrition (one course)

Physical education (two separate physical activity courses)

Domain 5: Electives

To meet the minimum requirement of pf 72-96 quarter units required for matriculation, electives may be selected from the previous four domains.  For more information regarding GE requirements for graduation, see LLU general education requirements.

Core (30 units) 1
AHCJ 318Emotional Intelligence and Leadership Skills for Health-Care Professionals3
AHCJ 493Senior Portfolio I3
AHCJ 494Senior Portfolio II3
AHRM 475Health-Care Research and Statistics4
RTCH 325Applications for Managers2
RTCH 385Radiologic Trends in Health Care2
RTCH 387Writing for Health-Care Professionals3
RTCH 464Moral Leadership4
RTCH 467Management of a Radiologic Service3
RTCH 489Effective Communication for Supervisors3
Religion (4 - 16 units) 2
RELT 423Loma Linda Perspectives (Choose one course)2
or RELT 436 Adventist Heritage and Health
or RELT 437 Current Issues in Adventism
or RELT 406 Adventist Beliefs and Life
REL_4__ Religion Elective6
Area of emphasis 312-24
Electives 40-34
Total Units50-96

Core courses are available on campus and online.


Students are required to take one of the required RELT courses listed above. Total units required are based on the percentage of course work from an SDA college/university. The maximum requirement is 16 units, including transfer units. 


Select from options listed below.


Remaining units required to fulfill the 192 units required for the baccalaureate degree may be obtained from remaining emphases and other available courses offered at Loma Linda University.

Area of emphasis: administration

HCAD 336Legal Environment of Health Care3
HCAD 374Health-Care Human Resources3
HCAD 401Health-Care Operations Management3
HCAD 465Health-Care Financial Mangement3
RTCH 413Management Practicum I3
RTCH 414Management Practicum II3
RTCH 418Health Information Management and Radiology Coding for Radiology Managers3
RTCH 485Digital Management in Radiology3
Total Units24

Area of emphasis: education

RTED 415Teaching Practicum in the Radiation Sciences3
RTED 474Instructional Techniques for the Radiation Sciences3
RTED 475Curriculum Development for the Radiation Sciences3
RTED 476Adult Learning Theory for the Radiation Science Student3
RTED 477Learning Activities and Assessment for the Radiation Sciences3
RTED 484Learning Environments for Radiation Science Students3
RTED 485Digital Design for the Radiation Sciences3
RTED 487Issues in Radiation Sciences3
Total Units24

Area of emphasis: imaging informatics

RTII 354Introduction to Informatics3
RTII 356Information Technology in Radiology3
RTII 358PACS Planning and Implementation3
RTII 364Administrative Issues in Informatics3
RTII 368Communication and Education in Imaging Informatics3
RTII 374Image Management in Informatics3
RTII 378Systems Management in Informatics3
RTII 384Advanced Imaging Informatics3
Total Units24

Area of emphasis: special imaging CT/MRI *

RTSI 361MRI Physics I2
RTSI 362MRI Physics II2
RTSI 364CT Patient Care and Procedures **2
or RTMR 306 Introduction to Computed Tomography II
RTSI 365MRI Patient Care and Procedures2
RTSI 367Cross-sectional Radiographic Anatomy **2
or RTSI 307 Introduction to Computed Tomography Completion Course
RTSI 369CT Physics **2
or RTMR 305 Introduction to Computed Tomography I
RTSI 971Special Imaging (CT/MRI) Affiliation (up to 27 units can count towards the 192, 40 units towards the ARRT). Course taken every quarter student is in special imaging courses.)10

Students c select between CT, MRI, or both 


For the CT sequence, students must take one of the two sets of CT Courses: RTSI 367 Cross-sectional Radiographic Anatomy, RTSI 369 CT Physics, and RTSI 364 CT Patient Care and Procedures or RTMR 305 Introduction to Computed Tomography I1, RTMR 306 Introduction to Computed Tomography II1 and RTSI 307 Introduction to Computed Tomography Completion Course1 (1LLU ASMR Students only).

Area of emphasis: science (15-20 units)

15-20 quarter units selected from the natural sciences in the areas of biology, microbiology, chemistry*, math, or physics*.  Courses must be taken from two different content areas with the approval of the program director. These courses are taken at your local college/university.  A minimum grad of C+ (2.3) is required for all courses.

*Introductory sequences not accepted.

Area of emphasis: clinical practice (12-31 units)

The didactic (not including clinical units) coursework from a 6-24 month, full-time clinical-based imaging specialty may be selected from the following areas:

A 6-24 month, full-time internship in a clinical specialty can be selected from the following areas:

  • Diagnostic Sonography

  • Cardiac Sonography 

  • Nuclear Medicine Technology 

  • Special Imaging (Computed Tomography and/or Magnetic Resonance Imaging.)

    • Students with special imaging coursework totaling less than 12 units must take additional science or didactic emphasis courses to complete the emphasis. Courses must be approved by the program director.
  • Radiation Therapy Technology 

  • Special Imaging in Cardiac and/ or vascular Imaging 

Acceptance into these specialties is separate from acceptance into the B.S. degree program.

Normal time to complete the program

4 years — 2 years (6 academic quarters) at LLU — based on full-time enrollment; part time permitted