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 for advancement into career possibilities that include 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 requirements.
  • Professional certification in an imaging modality (entry-level imaging degree).
  • Radiation science core requirements.* 
  • An area of emphasis: administration*, education*, advanced imaging modalities, science, or imaging informatics.*  
  • 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 programs by choosing an area of emphasis for their studies. Emphases include: administration, education, imaging informatics (PACS administration), science, or advanced imaging modalities (diagnostic sonography, cardiac sonography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, cardiac imaging, vascular imaging, radiation therapy, nuclear medicine, or dosimetry). Loma Linda University and the Department of Radiation Technology cannot guarantee employment.

Program objectives

  1. Graduate managers and educators who contribute to the imaging disciplines through service and leadership. 
  2. Graduate leaders who advocate for excellence in patient care. 

Program learning outcomes

Upon completion of the curriculum, the graduate should be able 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;
  5. Integrate concepts from chosen area of emphasis .

CPR certification

Students taking a clinically based emphasis are required to have current health-care provider adult, child, and infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification 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 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.wscuc.org/contact>.

Applications are accepted year-round and applicants may enter the B.S. degree program at the start of any quarter. 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 meet 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
  • have a certification from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (AB, BR, FE, OB/GYN, PS, AE, PT, and /or VT), or an equivalent specialty credential.

Applicants who are eligible to take the ARRT (R) or ARDMS specialty examination for certification/credential but who have not had the opportunity to do so are given provisional status for one quarter. Eligibility to continue is subject to the student obtaining certification. 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 didactic units from an accredited community college will be accepted as transfer credit. Students who have completed a program with the same programmatic accreditation as LLU's program, are allowed up to 50 junior college-level quarter units of academic credit on the basis of their registry license. Students should be 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 four 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 four 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 statistics.

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 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 II 53
AHRM 475Health-Care Research and Statistics4
RTCH 385Radiologic Trends in Health Care2
RTCH 387Writing for Health-Care Professionals3
RTCH 464Moral Leadership3
RTCH 467Management of a Radiologic Service3
RTCH 485Digital Management in Radiology3
RTCH 489Effective Communication for Supervisors3
Religion (4 - 16 units) 2
RELT 423Loma Linda Perspectives (Choose one course)2 or 3
or RELT 436 Adventist Heritage and Health
or RELT 437 Current Issues in Adventism
or RELT 406 Adventist Beliefs and Life
REL_4__ Religion Elective2-6
Area of emphasis 312-24
Electives 40-34
Total Units96

Area of emphasis: administration

HCAD 374Health-Care Human Resources3
HCAD 401Health-Care Operations Management3
HCBL 346Legal and Ethical Environment in Health Care3
HCBL 434Financial Management for Health Care3
RTCH 414Practicum in Radiation Sciences3
RTCH 418Health Information Management and Radiology Coding for Radiology Managers3
RTED 474Instructional Techniques for the Radiation Sciences3
RTII 358PACS Planning and Implementation3
Total Units24

Area of emphasis: education

HCAD 401Health-Care Operations Management3
HCBL 346Legal and Ethical Environment in Health Care3
RTCH 414Practicum in 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 485Digital Design for the Radiation Sciences3
Total Units24

Area of emphasis: imaging informatics

HCAD 401Health-Care Operations Management3
RTCH 418Health Information Management and Radiology Coding for Radiology Managers3
RTED 474Instructional Techniques for the Radiation Sciences3
RTII 354Introduction to Informatics3
RTII 356Information Technology in Radiology3
RTII 358PACS Planning and Implementation3
RTII 378Systems Management in Informatics3
RTII 384Advanced Imaging Informatics1
RTII 386Certification Exam Review2
Total Units24

Area of emphasis: cardiovascular imaging (CVI)

Students may select CI, VI, or both.

AHCJ 402Pathology I 1, 24
CEPT 245Cardiovascular Anatomy and Physiology 13
CEPT 251Cardiac Electrophysiology and Rhythm Recognition I 12
CEPT 252Cardiac Electrophysiology and Rhythm Recognition II 12
RTSI 344Interventional Pharmacology 1, 24
RTSI 345Cardiac/Interventional Procedures 13
RTSI 351Angio/Interventional Procedures I 23
RTSI 352Angio/Interventional Procedures II 23
RTSI 356Vascular Anatomy and Physiology 23
RTSI 359Vascular Imaging Review 21
RTSI 360Cardiac Imaging Review 11
Clinical Affiliation 412
Cardiac Interventional Clinical Affiliation 1, 3
Vascular Interventional Clinical Affiliation 2, 3
Total Units41

Area of emphasis: Special Imaging CT/MRI

Students may select CT, MRI, or both.  

RTSI 361MRI Physics I 22
RTSI 362MRI Physics II 22
RTSI 364CT Patient Care and Procedures 12
RTSI 365MRI Patient Care and Procedures 22
RTSI 367Cross-sectional Radiographic Anatomy 1, 22
RTSI 369CT Physics 12
Clinical affiliation 412
Computed Tomography Clinical Affiliation 1, 3
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Clinical Affiliation 2, 3
Total Units24

Area of emphasis: Science (15-20 units) 

15-20 quarter units selected from the natural sciences in the areas of biology, microbiology, chemistry, math, statistics, or physics. Courses must be taken from two different content areas with the approval of the program director. Introductory sequences are not accepted. These courses are taken at your local college/university. A minimum grade of C+(2.3) is required for all courses. 

Area of emphasis: Clinical Practice (12-31 units) 

The didactic (not including clinical units) coursework from a clinically-based imaging specialty (from the list below) may be transferred into a clinical practice emphasis. Any clinical practice emphasis requires licensure from the ARRT, NMTCB, or ARDMS: 

  • Diagnostic Sonography (ARDMS) 
  • Cardiac Sonography (ARDMS) 
  • Nuclear Medicine (NMTCB and/or ARRT) 
  • Special Imaging (Computed Tomography and/or Magnetic Resonance Imaging)(ARRT). Students with special imaging coursework totaling less than 12 units (not including clinical units) must take additional science or didactic emphasis courses to complete the emphasis. Courses must be approved by the program director. 
  • Radiation Therapy Technology (ARRT) 
  • Cardiac Interventional and/or Vascular Interventional (ARRT) 

* Didactic coursework should come from an accredited institution. Coursework from a nonaccredited institution will be considered on a case basis by the program director.

Normal time to complete the program 

Four (4) years - Two (2) years ([8] academic quarters) at LLU — based on full-time enrollment; part time permitted