Tseng College Welcomes Rad Tech Students

(Jan. 14, 2013) — Students in CSUN's Radiologic Technologist program learned about clinical requirements at an orientation at CSUN today.

Radiologic technologists perform diagnostic imaging exams, such as x-rays, on patients. CSUN's program is for radiologic technologists seeking advanced certification in CT (computed tomography) and/or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging).

According to the California Employment Development Department, CT technologists use scanning machines to produce three-dimensional x-rays. MRI technologists use magnetic resonance imaging machines that utilize magnets and radio waves.

CSUN's College of Health and Human Development offers the Radiologic Technologist program online in collaboration with the Tseng College. "It has significantly increased in students," said faculty member Jennifer Little. "There are a lot of online programs, but they do not offer the clinical program." Students must spend 24 hours a week in supervised clinical settings, in addition to online instruction.

The Certificate of Advanced Professional Development also qualifies students to sit for the advanced certification examination offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

Many students work full time, and the online and clinical aspect allow them to continue their employment. "I saw this opportunity to further my education," said Bakersfield resident Phillip Tomlinson. "Online works perfectly."