What is Radiologic Technology ? Application Process , Career Opportunities (MPC-Tech)

What is Radiologic Technology ? 

Radiologic Technology or Radiography, or X-Ray as it may also be referred, is the art and science of using radiation to provide images of the bones, organs, soft tissue and vessels that comprise the human body.  These x-ray images, that are recorded on x-ray film or displayed on a video monitor, are then used as a tool to diagnose disease, injury or congenital deformity.

Medical Imaging with radiation is an indispensable diagnostic tool of modern medicine; broken bones can be aligned, ulcers can be detected, and many other injuries, traumas and diseases can be diagnosed with x-ray imaging.  Diagnosis and treatment of a patient depends on the accurate and precise production of a radiographic (x-ray) examination.   The health professional responsible for performing radiographic examinations is the RadiologicTechnologist (R.T.)  Radiologic Technologists are  essential members of the health-care team, who work closely with physicians, nurses and other members of allied health.

Radiologic Technology is not for everyone, it can be physically and emotionally demanding, but for those individuals who are team players, dedicated, compassionate and enjoy helping others, this is a rewarding and satisfying career.

Application Process

Application forms and the Applying Online instructions can be found under the Forms section of this website.  At this time, applications are only being accepted via email.  Paper applications will not be accepted.

It is recommended that you make an appointment with a counselor if you have questions regarding course equivalency for prerequisites not taken at Moorpark College.  Any questions pertaining to the application process please refer to our website or call at 805-378-1433.

Applications to the Radiologic Technology Program are accepted once a year:

  • February 1st – 11:59pm on February 28th
  • Please see the Applying Online Instructions in the Forms Section.

If the application due date falls on a weekend, or a holiday, the application will be due in the Health Sciences Department (HSC 120) by 11:59pm on the next business day.


Please make sure to include the following items as part of your online application packet:

  • The Radiologic Technology Program Application
  • VCCCD transcript ordered from the my.vcccd.edu portal and delivered to yourself, if courses were attempted at Moorpark, Ventura, or Oxnard College. Refer to the Moorpark College Admissions and Records Official Transcript Request webpage for directions on how to order this transcript and have it delivered to yourself. You will need to open or electronically-open this transcript and include it with your application materials. This opened VCCCD transcript is acceptable for the rad tech application only. The opened transcript will be considered unofficial for any other purposes. Failure to submit transcripts with all courses attempted and grades posted will result in disqualification.
  • ALL course descriptions from the specific college catalog where the course was taken (prerequisites only) if outside the Ventura County Community College District. Please print the actual page from the college catalog of the semester and year you took the course. Do not cut and paste onto a word document, and do not use the course syllabus nor college schedules of classes description. College catalogs can be found on each college’s website.
  • ALL  Official (sealed) transcripts must be submitted to the Moorpark College Admissions and Records department PRIOR to submitting your online application packet.  Official electronic transmission from the institution or hard copy of the original sealed envelope is acceptable.  This includes:
  • Official transcripts from each college attended – all courses taken for credit or no credit must be included even if not part of the major. Failure to submit transcripts with all courses attempted and grades posted will result in disqualification.
  • International transcripts, if applicable. International transcripts must be translated and evaluated: please refer to the Moorpark College Counseling website for information on having international transcripts evaluated: www.moorparkcollege.edu/departments/students-services/counseling-office/transcript-information
  • Official Advanced Placement (AP) scores from College Board (in original sealed/unopened envelope), if any.

Processing of applications can take up to 4 months; you will not be contacted during this time. 


Admission Requirements

  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.5 or better in all college coursework
  • Applicants MUST complete the prerequisite courses PRIOR to submitting an application. Please refer to Curriculum Guide page for list of prerequisite courses.
  • A social security number is required for application, as it is a requirement of our clinical facilities.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to check all prerequisites.

Selection Process

Qualified applicants will receive a status email indicating their waitlist number. The Radiologic Technology Program accepts students once a year; the program starts in June. Please be advised that currently it is approximately up to a one and a half year waiting period and is subject to change.

Once Accepted

You will receive a phone call in addition to an acceptance letter via email sent to your my.vcccd.edu student email address one or two semesters prior to entering the program. Take note of the Important Dates form that is included with your acceptance letter.

There will be instructions in the email on returning an acceptance slip by the due date. If the office does not receive your slip by the due date, your seat will be given to the next waitlist candidate, and you will have to reapply.


Admission is Contingent Upon Receiving ALL Mandatory Requirements By Specified Deadline:

  •  Background check (seven year clearance) and negative drug screen
  •  Clearance of health appraisal (physical exam, immunization record)
  •  Proof of health insurance
  •  Proof of liability insurance
  •  American Heart Association CPR BLS Health Care Provider card
  •  Los Angeles City Hospital Fire and Life Safety card
  •  Social Security Card

The Mandatory Open House

A mandatory Open House will be held during the semester prior to your start date. You must attend this event. This allows you to meet your fellow classmates and the Radiology faculty. During this event you will be given your admission packet, which contains information on all admission requirements. You must attend the Mandatory Open House to receive your admission packet.  Do not start on admission requirements until you have been notified of your acceptance, since these must be done no more than four months prior to starting class.

The Admission Packet includes information on the following:

  • Health Appraisal (physical exam, immunization record)
  • Background and drug screen
  • American Heart Association CPR BLS Health Care Provider card
  • Liability Insurance
  • Los Angeles City Hospital Fire and Life Safety Card
  • Uniform
  • X-Ray Markers
  • Textbook list
  • Photo ID Badges (obtained at Moorpark College)
  • Classes to register for


Sometimes acceptance to the Radiologic Technology Program at Moorpark College conflicts with circumstances beyond the student’s control. A student who is accepted to the Radiologic Technology Program may defer entry once due to extenuating circumstances. Request for deferral must be presented to the Health Sciences Department in writing, to the attention of the Radiologic Technology Director. Each case is decided on an individual basis, and all decisions are final.

Career Opportunities

Upon graduation and passing the state and national registry exams, our graduates have a license to practice in the state of California and are eligible to work nationally in:

Hospitals, Major Medical Centers and Trauma Centers, Outpatient and Orthopedic / Sports- medicine, Specialty Clinics, Mobile Radiography Services.

Salary Range

Entry-level pay range for Radiographers is approximately. $50,000 – $60,000 a year for a full time position with benefits. Per diem salaries range from $28.00 to $35.00/hr depending on type of facility and geographical location.

Career Ladder

There are many choices on the career ladder for the Radiologic Technologist seeking promotion and diversity.  Some of the following may required advanced training/education:

  • Health Care Administration
  • Radiology Dept. Administrator
  • Department Manager
  • Sales and Application Specialist of Imaging Equipment
  • Radiography Educator within a college or within the Radiology Dept.
  • Mammography
  • Computed Tomography (CT)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Special Procedures – Angiography, Heart Catheterization
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Sonography
  • Radiologist Assistant (RA)
  • PACS Specialist

Frequently Asked Questions Radiologic Technology

1. What are the prerequisites I have to take in order to apply to the program?

Please refer to Curriculum Guide for the full list of courses.

2. When do you accept applications?

Applications are accepted February 1st through February 28th of every year.

3. What else do I need to turn in with the application itself?

Please refer to the Application Process page.

4. What is the minimum required GPA to apply into the program?

The minimum required cumulative GPA is 2.5.

5. Do you have time limitations on accepted prerequisite classes?

Not at this time.

6. Can I take Anatomy and Physiology together, as a combined course?

Yes. (Please contact counseling if you have any questions).

7. Is there a wait list?

Yes. Currently, it is about a 2-3 year wait to come into the program once you submit your application (wait time is always subject to change).

8. Do I get a wait list number?

Yes. Once the deadline for applications to be submitted passes, there is a number assigned to you by random selection. You will be notified by email to your my.vcccd.edu up to 4 months after the closing date of the application period.  Your number always remains the same throughout your wait.

9. When do first year rad tech students start?

A new class is started once a year in June.

10. When will I know if I am accepted for the upcoming class?

Letters of acceptance will be emailed to your college email address a semester prior to the start of the program.

11. How many students do you accept each year?

Approximately 26 students per year are accepted.

12. How long is the program?

2 years.

13. Do you offer the Radiologic Technology Program in the evening?


14. Am I able to complete the program part-time?

No, the program is a full-time commitment.

15. Can I work while in the Radiologic Technology Program?

While we cannot tell students not to work, we strongly recommend you don’t. This program takes a lot of commitment and time. However, if you must work, we suggest not letting your work interfere with your college courses.

16. Do you offer an advanced placement option?

Yes. You must have a limited license and at least one year full time work experience in the field. For further questions, or to be considered for this, contact Robert Darwin, program director, at (805) 553-4777.

17. What type of CPR card do I need, and when should I have it?

We recommend that you do not obtain your CPR card until right before you come into the program. For our CPR requirements please refer to Curriculum Guide and Forms, and click on CPR Requirements and Information.

18. What is the cost of the program?

Approximately $6,200 over the course of two years, but is subject to change.

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