FAQs about the DMI Program

Does CCSF offer a program in Ultrasound?

No. Ultrasound is a one-year certificate Program offered at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills. In order to become an ultrasonographer, a student must first complete a Radiography Program. Contact Foothill College for more details.

Can I take pre-requisite courses while I am in the Program?

No. “Pre” means “before.” All pre-requisite classes must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher before a student can be considered for admission to the Program. In all first semester DMI classes, the student will be expected to apply knowledge gained in the pre-requisite courses.

What if I completed pre-requisite courses at another college or university?

Submit official transcripts indicating any courses that may fulfill the Program pre-requisites. The Department Chair will evaluate the transcripts and may request a course description for any class. For foreign transcripts, see special instructions on Program Application.

If I completed a pre-requisite course ten years ago, must I take it again?

Yes. Pre-requisite classes must be completed within the past seven years. Any course completed more than seven years ago must be repeated, with a grade of “C” or higher. In all first semester DMI classes, the student will be expected to apply knowledge gained in the pre-requisite courses.

How many students are selected for each class?

Due to the limited number of clinical spaces in the hospitals affiliated with our Program, we currently accept 15 students per semester.

How are students selected for the Program?

At this time, students are selected by random drawing (lottery). All students who have met the pre-requisites, and have submitted complete applications by the deadline date, will have an equal opportunity at being selected. Selection is NOT made on a first-come, first-served basis. We do not use a point system.

At which hospital will I attend internship (and clinical rotations)?

The DMI Program at City College of San Francisco affiliates with the following hospitals:

  • California Pacific Medical Center
  • Marin General Hospital
  • St. Francis Hospital
  • San Francisco General Hospital
  • Veterans’ Administration Medical Center
  • UCSF Medical Center
  • St. Lukes Hospital

Do I get paid for internship?

No. The student should be aware that an intern is not “working,” but continuing the learning process. S/he is attending a class, although the classroom has shifted to the workplace environment. In addition, the clinical facility is investing a great deal of time and money in the student’s education.

I’ve finished my DMI courses and internship. Now what?

At this time, the graduate is eligible to take the national board examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). The DMI Program faculty will help you with the registration process for this examination. Upon successful completion of this exam, the graduate must apply for California state certification; after receiving this, s/he is eligible to work in California. The Program faculty will also assist with this process.

Am I guaranteed to pass the national board examination?

While it is our goal to ensure that each graduate from our Program is prepared to pass the examination, we cannot guarantee that each person passes. In order to pass, one must take the initiative to study and prepare for the examination. A review course is part of the curriculum. Graduates from this Program have had an excellent passage rate, and are above the national average.

Am I guaranteed a job after graduation, and do you assist with job placement?

We have no control over the economy and trends in hiring. Our goal is to ensure that after you graduate, you will be prepared to become an entry-level technologist, and will possess all of the skills thereof.


Are the courses transferable to a four-year institution?

The program courses are transferable to the CSU system.  In addition, many students have achieved advanced at many private institutions of higher learning.

What is the difference between a DMI Technologist, a Radiologic Technologist, an X-Ray Technologist, and a Radiographer?
How do these titles differ from an X-Ray Technician?   (Notice the terms Technologist and Technician.  They have different meanings.)
All of these titles have the same meaning except for an X-Ray Technician.  However, they are all sometimes refered to as X-ray Techs.
Do not confuse the titles in the first question with an X-Ray Technician.  Though an X-Ray Technician can sometimes be refered to as an "X-Ray Tech," it is not the same thing.  An X-Ray Technician is a person who has a very limited scope of practice and does not work in a hospital.  Only Radiologic Technologists work in hospitals and emergency rooms, they have a full scope of practice.  Only Radiologic Technologists operate CT scanners and other imaging modalities found in a hospital and have the education to work in any area of the imaging department. 
X-Ray Technicians are not qualified to work in hospitals, on the entire human body, and their educational background is very limited.  We do not offer an X-Ray Technician program at CCSF.

May a higher level course be substituted for any or all of the prerequisites?

The answer may seem obvious, but in most cases, it is a conditional yes.  The reason for the conditions is that some courses, such as higher level Chemistry or Physics are specialized, and may not sufficiently address the content to the extent the prerequisite course does. Thus, the guideline should be that an equivalent, or higher level course addresses at a minimum, the content within the prerequisite course.  If you aren't sure about the content of a particular course, you should check with the respective department chair.