Frequently Asked Questions
How do I obtain an application?
Regarding the Prerequisite Courses: 4 units of Anatomy, 4 units of Physiology and 3 units RTEC A
Can I take these classes at other colleges? Which courses are acceptable at ECC?
At ECC - Anatomy 32 or 34A is the 4 unit required course (not Anatomy 30) . Physiology 31 or 34B (also requires a prerequisite of Chemistry (4, 20 or 21)
RTEC A - 3 units - must be completed at El Camino CollegeAnatomy and Physiology courses taken at other accredited colleges are acceptable if: A combo course (A&P) equals 8 units. (4 units each). A 5 or 6 unit course does not meet the 8 unit requirement - this type of course *may (* upon review and evaluation by the Program Director) be used to satisfy the physiology requirement, but a 4 unit Anatomy class must be still completed to meet the requirements of the program- before starting the Rad Tech Program.
Introductory to Radiologic Technology (RTEC A) - must be completed at ECC in order to file an application to the program - other radiologic technology intro courses from other colleges will not be accepted in lieu of RTEC A.
Note: If you have taken and passed previous Radiology Courses, then you may be able to enroll in the RTEC A course during the spring semester that you file the application, but this must be approved by the Program Director prior to the Spring Semester. You must have an in-progress form completed by the instructor, and must be passing the class with a grade of "B" or better at the time the RT application is filed. You must include the "in-progress" report form with your RT application.
What time of the year are applications accepted?
Spring semester - View Application Procedure.
How many students are accepted each year?
The number of students accepted are dependent on the number of clinical sites and
positions available - generally from 20 - 24 students per year.
When does the program begin? How long is it?
A new class of students begin each Fall Semester. The program is 25 months in length.
Is there a waiting list? How long is it?
Due to the large number of applications and potentially long waiting period - beginning
2011 the application process was changed to an annual application with no more waiting
Can I work full time and still attend the program?
This Radiologic Technology Program is a daytime full-time program. Time requirements
for the courses taken on campus as well as the clinical internship may require attendance
commitments on some days as early as 7:00 am to as late as 7:00 pm, Monday thru Fridays,
depending on the semester of attendance. Please see the schedule of courses and clinical
hours on the information section of the main web page for further details.
To be successful in the program, it is strongly recommended that students do not work more than 20 hours per week. This is a rigors program that requires many hours of study and homework in addition to class and clinical attendance.
How much does the program cost?
Generally the total program cost is about $2000.00 for the 2 year period. This includes tuition, books, uniforms, etc.
The current cost for state and national licensure applications are approximately $300.00
Financial Aid, Fee Waivers, Book Vouchers and Scholarships are also available to students who qualify.
It depends on the cost of textbooks and tuition. The current tuition cost per unit
is $20.00 per unit. (see the link on program information to see how many units per
semester are averaged.
What certification(s) will a student get at the completion of the 2 year Radiologic Technology Program at ECC?