IMPORTANT UPDATE for Upcoming Courses
For the health and safety of our staff, students, and volunteers, we have decided to transition to a partially web-based instruction for our training course. Lectures will be delivered remotely, but in-person training is still required. Please visit our Course Information page for details about this change. If you have any questions or concerns, please Contact Us. 
Limited Permit for Bone Densitometry (DXA) Operator Course
Exercise and Physical Activity Resource Center (EPARC) hosts the UCSD School of Bone Densitometry, which offers high quality training for individuals preparing to become certified as Limited X-Ray Technicians using Dual X-Ray Absorptiometry (DXA) in the state of California
Bone densitometry technicians are specialized employees in radiology and medical X-ray analysis. They can make as much as $26/hr and can be employed at doctors’ offices, imaging centers, hospitals, research institutions, and more. There is also an increasing number of health and fitness-focused imaging centers that use DXA specifically for body composition assessments. By completing our program, you’ll be on your way to join the many professionals working to promote public health in the clinic and the research laboratory!
Free Scans Available
Find out what you’re made of! Receive DXA scans to look at your body composition (including fat and lean muscle/bone percentages) and your bone health and osteoporosis risk. These scans normally cost up to $250 when done together at our lab.

School of Bone Densitometry at UC San Diego

DXA (Dual-energy X-ray Absorptiometry) is the gold standard tool for assessing bone density and body composition, and is widely used in both clinical and research environments.  Specifically, DXA is used clinically to diagnose osteoporosis and track a patient’s response to various pharmacological and behavioral interventions. DXA is also being increasingly used in the research setting, and the new school will have a particular emphasis on how DXA can be leveraged to promote public health.

Opportunities for employment as a certified DXA technician abound as DXA is becoming more widely recognized for use outside traditional clinical environments.  Our graduates work throughout California at major universities, health systems like Kaiser Permanente and Sutter Health, as well as health and fitness settings such as BodySpec and DexaFit.  

UC San Diego’s School of Bone Densitometry (“UCSD DXA School”) holds monthly classes over a long weekend (Friday through Sunday).  Classes are a blend of traditional didactic “in-person” instruction, interactive online learning, and direct experiential training.  Over the course of the long weekend, students receive all of the training necessary to sit for (and pass) the California state exam.

Why DXA?




Space is very limited for each course session. 

Registration will close 11 days before the start of class. 

Limited Permit for Bone Densitometry (DXA) Operator Course Price: $2,500


January 26-27, 2023
April 13-14, 2023
July 20-21, 2023
September 21-22, 2023
November 30-December 1, 2023
*In-Person training will occur 1-2 weeks after these dates*
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