Program: Diagnostic Medical Imaging

Overview

Diagnostic Medical Imaging

The Diagnostic Medical Imaging program at Long Beach City College is dedicated to providing high-quality education and clinical practicum to qualified students. It is responsive to the diverse needs of the local medical community. It specializes in the education and training that lead to entry-level employment as a competent, ethical health care professional, and an Associate of Science Degree. The program emphasizes the necessity of professional development and life-long learning.

Career Opportunities

This field of concentration is designed to prepare the student for Certification by the State Department of Health Services, Radiological Health Section, and Registration by the American Registry of Radiological Technologists (ARRT) after testing. The end objective is to prepare students for employment as practicing medical imaging professionals in Acute Care Hospitals, Medical Clinics and/or private offices. 

NOTE: An applicant should contact the ARRT to determine if he or she will be disqualified due to the conviction of a felony or misdemeanor.

Associate in Science (AS), Diagnostic medical imaging (Radiologic Technology)

This field of concentration is designed to prepare the student for Certification by the California Department of Public Health, Radiological Health Branch (CRT), California Fluoroscopy Permit, and Registration by the American Registry of Radiological Technologists (ARRT) after testing. The ARRT is the national testing/
registration body. The end objective is to prepare students for employment as practicing medical imaging professionals in Acute Care Hospitals, medical clinics and/or private offices.

Program Learning Outcomes: 
  • Diagram the photographic and digital process and define the technical factors utilized in medical image formation. 
  • Distinguish the fundamental structure of matter, diagram the production of x-rays, and examine how different radiographic techniques affect the resultant image on a radiograph. 
  • Assess how radiation affects body systems, differentiate between different types of radiation and their effects on human tissue, and formulate ways to decrease exposure. 
  • Manage proper patient positioning of the skeletal system, cranium, and viscera to achieve industry standard radiograph. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to properly use all equipment required to produce a diagnostic radiograph; produce an industry standard and diagnostic radiograph. 

Certificate of Achievement, Diagnostic medical imaging Sciences (Radiological Technology)

The courses within the Certificate of Achievement in DMI will qualify the student to take the Board Examinations for the CRT, Fluoro Permit, and ARRT. 

Certificate of Accomplishment, Computed Tomography

The courses within the Certificate of Accomplishment in Computed Tomography will qualify the student to take the Board Examinations for the ARRT-CT certification. 

Certificate of Accomplishment, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technologist

The courses within the Certificate of Accomplishment in MRI will qualify the student to take the Board Examinations for the ARRT-MRI certification.