Sixty (60) students applied to the program in Spring 2023.  We will accept all of the Spring 2023 applicants before accepting additional applications.  

The Program will not be accepting applications until Spring 2026. Applications will then be accepted on an annual basis. 


Enrollment in the Program:

Enrollment in the program is every year in the Fall semester, by special application directly to the Radiologic Science program. The application period will be EVERY YEAR between March15 and April 15 starting spring 2026. All courses used for consideration for enrollment in the program must be completed before the application deadline date. All supporting documents must be received no later than April 15 of the application year. Please be advised that due to the number of applications received by the program, qualified students generally do not gain acceptance into the program for 2-3 years.

A. Eligibility Requirements:

1. Completion of high school or GED test or equivalent (must provide proof).

2. Completion of all prerequisite courses prior to application with a “C” grade or better for each course and an overall GPA of 2.5 or better (for prerequisite courses only).

3. Prerequisite courses must be current within 7 years.

4. Completion of all General Education requirements for the Associate degree. Students with prior Associate degrees or higher meet this requirement. Due to the high volume of program applicants, students who have not met this requirement will not be enrolled in the program nor placed on the wait list.

5. Students must obtain medical clearance (at their own expense) and show proof of immunity to hepatitis, diphtheria, tetanus, polio, rubeola, rubella, mumps, and chicken pox before enrolling in the program. A negative Tuberculosis screen (PPD skin test or chest X-ray) is also required.

6. Students must obtain a drug screen and background check (at their own expense) prior to enrolling in the program. Students with a history of illegal substance abuse and/or felony convictions, including abuse or fraud, may be excluded from participating in clinical education and from taking the ARRT licensing examination. Other types of offenses may also result in exclusion from clinical education (at the discretion of the clinical affiliate) and/or the licensing examination. Students with such histories are required to complete a pre-application review with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (, 651-687-0048 ext. 580). Students who are unable to obtain a provisional clearance with the ARRT will not be permitted to enter the program.

B. Application Procedures (Between March 15 and April 15 every year starting Spring 2026):

After completion of the Prerequisite courses and General Education courses, applicants shall:

1. Request two official sets of transcripts from all colleges attended both within and outside of the Peralta Community College District. One official set should be sent directly to the Peralta Community College District Admissions and Records Office, 333 East 8th St., Oakland, CA 94606. The official sets from each college must remain sealed to be submitted to the Radiologic Science program along with the application packet. The unofficial set is for review by the enrollment evaluator and the Counseling Department at Merritt College and may be opened and reviewed by the student. Transcripts sent directly to the Merritt College Radiologic Science program without accompanying application materials will not be retained.

2. Request one set of high school transcripts or provide proof of high school completion (a copy of the diploma or GED certificate, or equivalent). This document must be submitted with the application packet; no exceptions are made.

3. Schedule an appointment during the application period with the Radiologic Science enrollment evaluator by emailing the Allied Health secretary at for verification of the prerequisite courses and a record of General Education courses completed. Upon verification, the evaluator will complete a “Permit to Apply” form and give you an application. The completed “Permit to Apply” form and General Education verification will be forwarded directly to the Radiologic Science program by the evaluator. Applicants are responsible for submitting the application, proof of high-school completion or GED, and transcripts from all colleges attended. Application materials will not be considered for students who have unfinished prerequisite courses and/or have not completed ALL General Education requirements by the deadline date.

4. Submit the complete application packet directly to the Radiologic Science program. A complete application packet consists of:

  1. The Permit to Apply
  2. A record of General Education coursework completed (verified and delivered by the evaluator)
  3. The completed application
  4. Proof of high-school graduation (or equivalent)
  5. Two official (unopened) sets of transcripts from each college attended (including colleges in the Peralta Community College District).

The application packet may be hand-delivered to the Allied Health Office in S343 on the Merritt campus, or mailed to the Merritt College Radiologic Science Program, 12500 Campus Drive, Oakland, CA 94619. Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

C. CPR Certification/Medical Requirements:

After admission and prior to starting the program, the student shall provide proof of immunity to communicable diseases, medical screening, drug screening, background check, and current CPR (Basic Life Support for the Health Care Provider) certification. CPR and tuberculosis screening must be kept current throughout the length of the program.

Prerequisite Requirements:

Students must have completed the four prerequisite courses, with a grade of “C” or better on each course, before applying to the program. Additionally, the average GPA for the four prerequisites courses must be at least 2.5. All prerequisite courses must be current within seven (7) years.