Radiography Advanced Placement — Certificate

Program director
William J. Edmunds

The purpose of the Radiography Advanced Placement Program is to prepare candidates to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) examination if they need to requalify due to failing the registry examination; or to enable candidates to complete the ARRT didactic and clinical requirements for the first time if they graduated from a program outside the United States.

The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists distinguishes three types of candidates eligible for this program:

  1. One who received radiologic technology education more than five years ago, which makes them no longer eligible under ARRT's three-year rule;
  2. One who is no longer eligible under ARRT's three-attempt, three-year rule;
  3. One who received his/her professional education in a country without an accreditation mechanism that was recognized by the ARRT at the time of program completion.

Individual courses may be taken on a case-by-case basis if a candidate wishes to review a certain registry section in-depth prior to taking the test, or has failed the ARRT examination fewer than three times and wants to review certain areas to obtain the remediation hours needed. Details are provided in the following Web site:

 https://www.arrt.org/education/advanced-placement

School certificate 

Students interested in enrolling in this certificate program register through the Office of University Records for the courses, but the certificate is issued by the School of Allied Health Professions, not Loma Linda University. The University Records Office maintains a record of registration but not the certificate. Record of the certificate and its awarding are maintained by the sponsoring department in the School of Allied Health Professions.

Financial aid is NOT available to students registered in school certificate programs. These programs do not meet requirements established by the U.S. Department of Education for aid eligibility.

Student learning outcomes

Upon completion of the program, the graduate should be qualified to:

  1. Demonstrate clinical competence.
  2. Demonstrate effective patient care.
  3. Pass the registry examination.

Admission is based on a selective process.  In addition to Loma Linda University and School of Allied Health Professions admissions requirements, the applicant must also complete the following requirements: Individuals must have successfully completed a radiography program (not limited permit). Students must identify a local clinical site that will provide opportunity to complete the mandatory and elective competencies outlined by the ARRT prior to starting the program.  See program policies for more information and latest admissions requirements. 

There are five academic and up to three clinical courses. Each candidate must complete the 31 mandatory and 15 of 35 elective clinical competencies required by the ARRT. If a student can complete the competencies in one quarter of clinical work, s/he does not need to take the second or third clinical course.  See program website for more information on when courses are offered and contact the program director for questions about clinical requirements. 

Required
RTAP 221Patient Care and Education1
RTAP 255Radiographic Procedures2
RTAP 283Equipment Operation and Quality Control1
RTAP 284Radiation Protection1
RTAP 287Image Production and Evaluation2
RTAP 971Clinical Affiliation2
RTAP 972Clinical Affiliation2
RTAP 973Clinical Affiliation2
Total Units13

Courses

RTAP 221. Patient Care and Education. 1 Unit.

Presents an overview of legal issues in radiologic technology. Legal topics include: informed consent, confidentiality, patient rights, civil liability, legal doctrines, and standards of ethics. Provides an understanding of professional communication skills needed to succeed as an entry-level radiographer. Other topics covered include: infection control, contrast media, patient transfers, and medical emergencies.

RTAP 255. Radiographic Procedures. 2 Units.

Introduces students to various radiographic procedures and anatomy, patient positioning, geometric factors, exposure techniques, and patient shielding.

RTAP 283. Equipment Operation and Quality Control. 1 Unit.

Provides a background for understanding the physics of man-made radiation production. Addresses the interaction of radiation with matter for both radiation protection and the creation of radiographic images. Covers the electrical circuit of radiation equipment.

RTAP 284. Radiation Protection. 1 Unit.

Provides a background for understanding the physics of man-made radiation production. Addresses the interaction of radiation with matter for both radiation protection and the creation of radiographic images. Covers the electrical circuit of radiation equipment.

RTAP 287. Image Production and Evaluation. 2 Units.

Provides instruction in the principles of radiographic theory and technique. Covers the physical factors involved in imaging processing, as well as techniques for obtaining the optimum radiography under any situation. Examines the role of image-intensified fluoroscopy in radiology. Provides instruction in the use of digital imaging technology in radiology, including: digital imaging equipment, picture archival and communications systems, radiology information systems, hospital information systems, and various other radiology-related applications. Focuses advanced techniques on operation, quality assurance, and radiation safety.

RTAP 971. Clinical Affiliation. 2 Units.

Students gain hands-on experience in basic patient care, radiographic procedures and positioning, radiation protection, radiographic exposure and techniques, critical thinking, problem solving, and patient and health care team communication.

RTAP 972. Clinical Affiliation. 2 Units.

Students gain hands-on experience in basic patient care, radiographic procedures and positioning, radiation protection, radiographic exposure and techniques, critical thinking, problem solving, and patient and health care team communication.

RTAP 973. Clinical Affiliation. 2 Units.

Students gain hands-on experience in basic patient care, radiographic procedures and positioning, radiation protection, radiographic exposure and techniques, critical thinking, problem solving, and patient and health-care team communication.