How can I get started in the Diagnostic Imaging Program?
- Meet with the Academic Planning Assistant. Call (541) 917-4923 to make an appointment.
- Develop an academic plan.
- Complete any prerequisite courses.
- Once the prerequisites are done, you qualify for admission into the program and will be eligible to apply for the next starting date of the program.
How do I apply?
- You must first apply for general admission as a matriculated (degree-seeking) student. Use the regular college application form. See the "Application for Admission" form at www.linnbenton.edu/admissions
- Send official transcripts from any other colleges and universities to LBCC. Send these to the Office of Admissions by any previous college or universities from which you wish to transfer and submit a Transcript Evaluation Request form.
- If you are eligible and participating through our Distance Education Program/Partners, you should follow that community college's guidelines and LBCC's requirements. Make an appointment with the Academic Planning Assistant at (541) 917-4923 for help with this process. Phone appointments are available for out of district students.
- Review the appropriate Bulletin. See the "Diagnostic Imaging" Bulletin here.
- Submit the application with all required materials by the deadline (January of each year).
Is there a waiting list and how do I get on it?
Yes and no. You are eligible to be put on the acceptance list when you complete your prerequisite courses, provide documentation/transcripts to the admissions office, and have applied for the program at the appropriate time of the year. The LBCC Diagnostic Imaging program is a competitive point based application system and students are ranked based on their points. The number of accepted students is based on the number of clinical sites available each year.
After the initial cohort has been established based on the point system, remaining students are put on a wait list based on their ranking. The wait list only applies to the current application year and will not carry over to the next application year. Wait list students will be notified if another student is unable to accept their position and they become eligible.
Wait list students will only be accepted until the second day of the first term of the program.
Nationally, most students apply to a program at least twice. LBCC is no exception.
How long is the waiting list?
It depends on how many students apply. The program is very popular and there is great interest in dianostic imaging education. Therefore, the wait list is dependent on the number of students who apply each year.
Students should see the Academic Planning Assistant to ensure that they are on the right path towards their academic goals. Call (541) 917-4923 to make an appointment.
How do I find out if courses I have taken at other colleges will transfer to LBCC?
- Fill out the Transcript Evaluation Request form, available from the Office of Admissions.
- Submit official transcripts, along with the form, to the Office of Admissions.
- Once your transcripts have been evaluated, you will receive notification of what courses will transfer to LBCC.
Is it possible to get into the program sooner because I already have a bachelor's degree and experience working in a hospital?
If you have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S., LBCC will clear you from all general education requirements. However, you will still:
- be responsible for taking courses that the program requires,
- be responsible for taking any courses that have a time limit component (i.d. Math 111),
- have to apply and be put on the acceptance list.
I haven't been to college in many years and want to return. How long are my credits good for?
With the exception of Algebra courses, all courses can transfer into the Diagnostic Imaging as long as they meet the grade required, regardless of how old they are.
Is there special consideration for the older students?
No. All students are treated equally, regardless of age. LBCC prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion, ethnicity, use of native language, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, veteran status, age, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws.
For more information, see Board Policy P1015 by clicking here.
Is it possible to have a job while going through this program?
Full-time work is not recommended, however part-time work may be possible. The Dianostic Imaging program is an intense program. Students should plan on three hours of homework for every one hour that they are in class (students have a minimum of 12 credit hours each term). Past students have recommended no more than 24 hours a week, depending on family responsibilities.
What is the schedule like?
Generally, lecture classes occur on Mondays and Wednesdays. Lab classes occur on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Students will be assigned between 3 and 6 hours of lab each week for the first three terms.
Course work is front loaded into the first three terms, with clinical externship being the last four terms. Students should plan on 40 hours per week of clinical externship, which is at their assigned health care facilities discretion.
Can you describe what the clinical environment is like?
Clinical can be exciting and fun. It can also be stressful due to the steep learning curve. Students have the opportunity to learn in a hands-on environment and interact with patients. It is a strenuous physical job. As examples, radiographers lift image receptors, patients, and a variety of equipment around the hospital such as mobile units and patient stretchers. There are also days when radiographers spend a majority of their time on their feet. Additionally, radiographers are responsible for direct care of the patient, which can range from simple communications to recognizing and treating emergency situations. Students are under constant supervision and observation.
Students will be expected to participate in patient examinations that range from trauma to surgery, outpatient orthopedics to inpatient invasive procedures. Students need to be adaptable, self-motivated, and possess good critical thinking and decision making skills to be successful.
Clinical externships are unpaid positions. Students will see and be required to work around blood/body fluids and needles. Students need to have good "people skills," as this field requires that you interact with people with varying personality types and often are not feeling well.
What is the difference in pay between a Radiology Limited License Technician and a Registered Radiologic Technologist?
- Radiology Limited License Technicians generally take short courses, which allow them to take x-rays on specific body parts.
- Radiology Limited License Technicians do not receive an Associate of Science degree in Radiological Sciences.
- Radiology Limited License Technicians can expect to make less per hour than a Registered Radiologic Technologist.
- Radiology Limited License Technicians generally will not be employed in hospital work since they can only perform a limited number of exams.
Does LBCC offer advanced or specialized training in radiology-related fields like MRI, Ultrasound, CT and others? How do I pursue advanced training?
There is a fundamental component for CT, but other fields like MRI and Ultrasound are not offered at this time. However, LBCC has affiliation agreements with four-year universities and allow students to transition into these modalities after completion of the LBCC AAS Diagnostic Imaging degree.
There is a distinct pathway into these advanced training fields through these affiliation agreements. Universities offering training in the specialized modalities do require ARRT certification in order to enter their programs. LBCC provides the academic foundation for the ARRT certification.
What other colleges offer the Diagnostic Imaging/Radiologic Technology program in the western United States?
You may find a list of Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) accredited programs here.You may also find a list of schools and programs at The American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT), located here.
In Oregon, there is:
- Portland Community College (PCC) - offers an Associate degree in Radiological Sciences
- Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) - offers a Bachelor's degree in Radiological Sciences
We encourage students who have decided that their passion is Radiological Sciences/Radiology Technology/Medical Imaging to check out their choices and determine the best program for them, their academic and career goals. We also encourage students to contact the Academic Planning Advisor at LBCC at (541) 917-4923 to discuss all their potential pathways.