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What schools in, or near, the San Francisco Bay Area would be good for pursuing a career as a MRI or Radiology technician?

I am looking to pursue this career and I live in San Jose. I would like to live near my family, and commuting is definitely an option. #medicine

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Hi Willian,

California has over 30 institutions that offer radiologic technology programs:

  • California State University Northridge
    The Northridge campus of this university offers students certificate programs and a bachelor's degree program in radiologic sciences. Students may acquire certificates in a range of radiology fields, such as computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), mammography and angiography.

Courses in these certificate programs may be applied toward obtaining a bachelor's degree in radiologic sciences. Students pursuing the bachelor's degree are required to complete an internship, as well as a battery of courses in topics such as pathophysiology, radiologic physics, biostatistics and epidemiology.

Graduates of both the bachelor's degree program and clinical certificate programs will be prepared to sit for the national and state licensing exams.

  • City College of San Francisco
    The City College of San Francisco, in San Francisco, offers a 2-year associate's degree program in radiation therapy technology. Areas of study may include physics, applied dosimetry, radiation biology and patient care.

Once students complete this program, they should be prepared to take the national credentialing exam. As of 2010, the department had a 100 percent passing rate for students who took the national exam on their first try. Although the program is full-time, it only offers courses in the day.

  • El Camino College
    Located in Torrance, El Camino College has a 7-semester associate's degree program in radiologic technology, as well as a certificate in the field. Both programs prepare students to complete the national certifying exam and to obtain state licensing. Although graduates of this program may sit for the permit licensing exam in fluoroscopy, the program doesn't offer fluoroscopy as a specialized course.

  • Fresno City College
    An associate's degree program in radiologic technology is available at this Fresno college. Student development in the program is tracked with an ongoing assessment system that evaluates for factors such as students' abilities to correctly apply positioning skills, employ appropriate radiation protection and think critically. Students may study areas such as advanced positioning, quality assurance, radiation biology and pathology. Graduates of this program will be eligible to sit for the state licensing and national certifying exams.

  • Long Beach City College
    Long Beach City College, in Long Beach, offers both associate's degree and certificate programs in radiologic technology. The associate's degree program comprises two years of study in areas such as fluroscope procedures, clinical radiology, anatomy and radiological physics. Students will receive clinical training at local hospitals in the area that serve as extension campuses. Students enrolled in the certificate programs typically take similar core courses as those enrolled in the associate's degree program. In addition to the certificate program in medical imaging, Long Beach also offers fluoroscopy permit and magnetic resonance imaging certificate programs.

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