Radiation Sciences — B.S.
Assistant program director
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; and professional advancement into entry management, education, and 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 (on-campus or online)
- Area of emphasis (administration, education, clinical practice, science, advanced medical imaging, or imaging informatics)
- ePortfolio 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, clinical specialties (diagnostic sonography, cardiac sonography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, cardiovascular imaging, radiation therapy, nuclear medicine, or dosimetry), or administration. The administration track has a minor in health-care administration embedded into the course work.
Loma Linda University and the Department of Radiation Technology cannot guarantee employment.
- Graduate practitioners who are leaders in the profession and who are capable of serving the greater community in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.
- 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:
- Develop meaningful interactions in health care
- Demonstrate moral leadership
- Discuss health-care advancement and sustainability
- Apply emotional intelligence and leadership skills
Students in 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; Web site: <http://www.wascsenior.org/contact>.
Applicants may enter the B.S. degree program at 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, cardiovascular 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 493||Senior Portfolio I||3|
|RTCH 387||Writing for Health-Care Professionals||3|
|AHCJ 318||Emotional Intelligence and Leadership Skills for Health-Care Professionals||3|
|HCAD 305||Health-Care Communication||3|
|RTCH 467||Management of a Radiologic Service||3|
|RTCH 385||Radiologic Trends in Health Care||2|
|AHRM 475||Health-Care Research and Statistics||4|
|RTCH 464||Moral Leadership||4|
|RTCH 325||Applications for Managers||2|
|AHCJ 494||Senior Portfolio II||3|
|Religion (4 - 16 units) 2|
|RELT 423||Loma 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 Elective||6|
|Area of emphasis 3||12-24|
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
|RTCH 485||Digital Management in Radiology||3|
|HCAD 374||Health-Care Human Resources||3|
|HCAD 465||Health-Care Financial Mangement||3|
|HCAD 336||Legal Environment of Health Care||3|
|HCAD 401||Health-Care Operations Management||3|
|RTCH 413||Management Practicum I||3|
|RTCH 414||Management Practicum II||3|
|RTCH 418||Health Information Management and Radiology Coding for Radiology Managers||3|
Area of emphasis: education
|RTED 474||Instructional Techniques for the Radiation Sciences||3|
|RTED 476||Adult Learning Theory for the Radiation Science Student||3|
|RTED 475||Curriculum Development for the Radiation Sciences||3|
|RTED 484||Learning Environments for Radiation Science Students||3|
|RTED 485||Digital Design for the Radiation Sciences||3|
|RTED 487||Issues in Radiation Sciences||3|
|RTED 477||Learning Activities and Assessment for the Radiation Sciences||3|
|RTED 415||Teaching Practicum in the Radiation Sciences||3|
Area of emphasis: imaging informatics
|RTII 354||Introduction to Informatics||3|
|RTII 368||Communication and Education in Imaging Informatics||3|
|RTII 378||Systems Management in Informatics||3|
|RTII 364||Administrative Issues in Informatics||3|
|RTII 356||Information Technology in Radiology||3|
|RTII 374||Image Management in Informatics||3|
|RTII 358||PACS Planning and Implementation||3|
|RTII 384||Advanced Imaging Informatics||3|
Area of emphasis: special imaging CT/MRI *
|RTSI 367||Cross-sectional Radiographic Anatomy ( OR RTSI 307**)||2|
|RTSI 369||CT Physics ( OR RTMR 305**)||2|
|RTSI 364||CT Patient Care and Procedures (OR RTSI 306**)||2|
|RTSI 361||MRI Physics I||2|
|RTSI 362||MRI Physics II||2|
|RTSI 365||MRI Patient Care and Procedures||2|
|RTSI 971||Special 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 (30 units)
Cardiac Sonography (17 units)
Nuclear Medicine Technology (17 units)
Special Imaging (Computed Tomography and/or Magnetic Resonance Imaging ) (6-12 units)
- Students with special imaging coursework totaling less than 12 units must take additional science courses to complete the emphasis. Courses must be approved by the program director.
Radiation Therapy Technology (27 units)
Special Imaging in Cardiovascular Imaging (34 units)
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