Admissions

Application Packet

Course and GPA Prerequisites

Prerequisite Courses

These courses must be completed before applying to the program. All courses must be completed within seven years of application date.

  • Elementary Algebra (MATH 40 or higher algebra course)
    • Statistics is not a substitute for this requirement
    • You will need to complete MATH 46, Math 60, or higher level college math course to graduate
    • Math placement scores that place students in MATH 60 and above are accepted
  • Chemistry with Lab (CHEM 32)
  • Physics with Lab (PHYC 10 and PHYC 10L)
  • Human Anatomy with Lab (BIO 108)
    • Minimum 4 units
  • Human Physiology with Lab (BIO 112)
    • Minimum 4 units
  • English (ENG 1A)
Additional Courses
 
These below courses are not required to be completed before applying to the program; however, if admitted to the program, these courses must be taken before the start of the 3rd semester. These courses are required to take to graduate. It is highly recommended to take these courses before entering the program. 
  • Public Speaking (CMST 1A) - completes CCSF GE Area A
  • Psychology (PSYC 1 or higher) - completes CCSF GE Area D
  • Medical Terminology (HIT 50A)
  • Advanced First Aid and Basic Life Support (EMT 14)
  • Intro to Radiologic Technology (DMI 49)
    • DMI 49 currently includes a prerequisite of HIT 50A. You may get a HIT 50A corequisite/prerequisite waiver to take DMI 49 by contacting us ay DMI@mail.ccsf.edu.

Prerequisite Course Requirements

  • Prerequisite courses and placement tests must be completed within the last seven years prior to submitting the DMI application, with the exception of English 1A, which has no expiration
  • Grades lower than “C” are not acceptable in all prerequisite courses for the program
  • Courses may be taken at any accredited college, but they must be the exact equivalent of those offered at CCSF
    • Contact a CCSF counselor for assistance to acquire about course equivalency
  • Academic history of more than four incomplete grades, withdrawals, repetition of prerequisite courses within the last seven years, due to failures, academic probation, etc., may cause your application to be disqualified. More than four is considered excessive by the DMI program and an indication of academic problems.
    • If you have more than four incomplete grades, withdrawals, repetition of prerequisite courses complete an essay explaining the reasons for your academic history. However, this essay is not a guarantee of admission but will be taken into consideration.
  • No credit is given for high school courses.

GPA Requirements

  • An overall 2.0 GPA is required of all college degree applicable courses already attempted and listed on your official transcripts
  • A 2.5 GPA is required of all math and science prerequisite courses. Please refer to GPA Prerequisite Calculation form included in this packet.


Volunteer Guidelines

All applicants and hospitals must adhere to the following guidelines.

  • Volunteering must be completed within seven years of application date. 
  • Complete 40 hours of both patient and radiographer observation during general radiographic procedures.
    • Volunteer experience can only take place in an acute care setting (hospital). 
      • Ambulatory care settings (clinic), doctor’s offices, veterinary’s offices, etc are not acceptable.
      • Hours spent volunteering in healthcare settings other than in a hospital will not be credited towards the prerequisite. 
    • Complete the Volunteer Hours Verification Form provided in this packet.
      • If the hours are not verifiable or total less than 40, the hours will not be accepted and will cause the applicant to be disqualified.
    • Some hospitals may require students to complete 100 hours of volunteering. 
      • All hours beyond the 40 in radiology can be done anywhere within the hospital system.
      • Volunteering more than 40 hours in a radiology department will not improve an applicant’s chances of admission to the program. 
  • The applicant has two options when completing volunteer hours.
            1) Volunteer 40 hours in general radiography
            2) Volunteer 30 hours in general radiography and 10 hours in special modalities
    • General radiography includes
      • General Radiology (Skeletal Radiography, Chest X-Rays, etc.)
      • Fluoroscopy (Barium Studies, HSG, VCUG, RUG, Aspirations, Biopsies, etc.)
      • Surgery (any surgical procedure)
    • Special modalities include
      • Computed Tomography (CT)
      • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
      • Ultrasound (US)
      • Mammography
      • Bone Densitometry (Dexa)
      • Interventional Radiography (IR)
  • Contact the Volunteer Services Department of any hospital. It is the applicant’s responsibility to contact the hospital, schedule the volunteer hours, and complete the requirement.
    • Volunteer hours can be completed at any hospital.
    • Suggested hospitals in San Francisco
      • University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
        • Contact: David Poon (LapKong.Poon@ucsf.edu)
        • UCSF requires completion of Anatomy and Physiology
      • California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC)
        • Contact: (415) 660-0374
        • CPMC requires a minimum of 100 volunteer hours
      • Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFGH)
        • Contact: zsfghvolunteer@sfdph.org
      • Veteran’s Administration Medical Center
        • Contact: Jain Li (JainXiangLi@va.gov)

 

Course Schedule

Fall Start   Spring Start
1st Semester – Fall                                                  Units   1st Semester – Spring Units
DMI 49 Intro to Radiologic Technology 3   DMI 49 Intro to Radiologic Technology 3
DMI 50A Intro to Medical Radiography 3   DMI 50A Intro to Medical Radiography 3
DMI 52 Patient Care & Staff Relations 3   DMI 52 Patient Care & Staff Relations 3
             
2nd Semester - Spring     2nd Semester - Fall  
DMI 50B Radiographic Physics & Equipment 2.5   DMI 50B Radiographic Physics & Equipment 2.5
DMI 51A Radiographic Anatomy & Positioning 7   DMI 51A Radiographic Anatomy & Positioning 7
DMI 51B Radiographic Exposure Factors 2   DMI 51B Radiographic Exposure Factors 2
             
3rd Semester - Summer     3rd Semester - Spring  
DMI 62 Clinical Education I 5   DMI 55 Skull Radiology 2
        DMI 57 Multiplanar Imaging 3
4th Semester - Fall     DMI 63 Intermediate Imaging Procedures 2
DMI 55 Skull Radiology 2   DMI 62 Clinical Education I 5
DMI 56 Pathology 3        
DMI 57 Multiplanar Imaging 3   4th Semester - Summer  
DMI 63 Intermediate Imaging Procedures 2   DMI 64 Clinical Education II 5
DMI 64 Clinical Education II 5        
        5th Semester - Fall  
5th Semester - Spring     DMI 54 Interventional Radiology 2
DMI 54 Interventional Radiology 2   DMI 56 Pathology 3
DMI 65 Advanced Imaging Procedures 2   DMI 65 Advanced Imaging Procedures 2
DMI 66 Clinical Education III 5   DMI 66 Clinical Education III 5
DMI 70 Radiation Protection 2   DMI 70 Radiation Protection 2
             
6th & 7th Semester - Summer & Fall     6th & 7th Semester - Spring & Summer  
DMI 68 Clinical Education IV 13   DMI 68 Clinical Education IV 13
DMI 69 Clinical Education V 6   DMI 69 Clinical Education V 6
DMI 100 Registry Exam & Career Prep 1   DMI 100 Registry Exam & Career Prep 1

 

 

Physical, Mental, and EMotional Aptitude Requirements for Radiologic Technologists

The student technologist must be capable of meeting all the following demands of the job, which are included in the job descriptions of all employers:

Motor Function

  • Stand unassisted for long periods of time
  • Lift patients on and off the radiographic table independently 80% of the time as well as in and out of hospital beds, stretchers, and wheelchairs
  • Lift and handle radiographic accessories and equipment of at least 30 lbs. above head
  • Manipulate stationary and mobile radiographic equipment
  • Assist personnel and patients in emergency situations

Visual Observation

  • Observe and evaluate reasonably, patient's condition using signs and symptoms
  • Interpret instrument control panels, technique charts, and other materials for appropriate operation of equipment and patient care
  • View and critique radiographs, interpret quality factors, identify anatomy and list technical and procedural components

Hearing Ability

  • Normal hearing or have hearing corrected to within normal range when facing patients or with back turned toward patient
  • Hear in situations when not able to see lips (i.e., when masks are worn)
  • Hear auditory alarms (i.e. monitors, fire alarms)

Tactile

  • Feel vibrations (e.g., palpate pulses)
  • Detect temperature (e.g., skin and/or solutions, etc.)
  • Feel differences in surface characteristics (e.g., skin, rashes)

Communication Skills

  • The student must be able to transfer information by verbal and non-verbal means to personnel and patients
  • The student must be able to receive and interpret communication from personnel and patients and adhere to appropriate Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) confidentiality laws
  • The student must be computer literate and able to operate a variety of computer programs, instructions, and compile data on a routine basis

Behavioral and Social Skills

  • The student's behavioral and social skills must be acceptable within the college and clinical locations
     

Transfer and Advanced Placement

Transfer and Advanced Placement
Advanced placement in the DMI program is not granted to students transferring from other radiology/medical programs, international graduates, students who were dismissed and reapply, or due to loss of a CRT licensure or ARRT certification. All accepted students must start the program from the beginning.

International Radiographer Training
The City College of San Francisco does not have a curriculum for Radiographers educated in other countries to achieve credentialing in the United States. If you would like information about the programs of this nature, please refer to the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists website, www.ARRT.org
 

Program Expenses

Tuition, health fees and other general information for CCSF may be obtained from the Registrar’s Office and at www.ccsf.edu.

The estimated costs of attending the program are as follows and may change without notice.

Expense

Approximate Cost

Books and other teaching/study materials required

$2,000

Uniforms, Lab Coats, Shoes, Radiology Markers, etc.

$500

Radiation Monitoring Device

$200/year

Background and Drug Screening and Health Records

$200

Health Fitness Verification and immunization titers

Cost dependent upon student’s health insurance

Hospital Competency Tracking

$200

Board Exams at end of program

$500

Resident of California Tuition per credit hour

$46

Nonresident of California Tuition per credit unit

$264

Total DMI program costs with tuition

$6,000 - $7,000

Total DMI program costs for SF residents

$3,600