UCSD School of Bone Densitometry

EPARC hosts the UCSD School of Bone Densitometry, which offers high quality training for individuals who would like to become certified as Limited X-Ray Technicians using Dual X-Ray Absorptiometry (DXA) in the state of California.

DXA is a 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 to track 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.

The UCSD School of Bone Densitometry will hold monthly classes over a long weekend (Fri through Sun). These classes will be a blend of traditional didactic “in-person” instruction, interactive online learning, and direct experiential training.  In this 3 and a half day course, students will receive all of the training necessary to sit for (and pass) the state exam.

Jeanne Nichols, Ph.D., the school’s program director, and David Wing, M.S., the school’s clinical coordinator, have more than 30 combined years of DXA experience, and will lead the instruction team. Additionally, subject experts in radiology, pharmacology, nutrition, and other related areas will provide didactic instruction.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have the opportunity to educate the next generation of technicians on how to acquire high quality scans while also helping medical and academic professionals understand the myriad potential uses of DXA in both research and the clinic” says David Wing.


Visit our website dxa.ucsd.edu for more information about the program.

Space within each class is limited and students are invited to register from our ongoing waitlist. If you have questions, or would like further information before registering, you can call the DXA Program team at 858-822-7624, or reach our team at ucsdboneschool@gmail.com

The upcoming 2024 class schedule is as follows*:

February 1-2
April 11-12
May 16-17
August 15-16
October 3-4

*These are the Lecture Dates for the course. An additional 1 1/2-days training session will be scheduled following these dates. Total in-class time is about 3  1/2- days. 

Scheduled classes may be canceled or postponed at ANY time as we will follow all health and safety orders issued by the University of California, San Diego, the City of San Diego, and the State of California. Appropriate refunds/rescheduling will be arranged.

Course Fee: $2,500 

Each course will CLOSE to registration 11 days before the start of class. 
Please email ucsdboneschool@gmail.com if you would like to be added to the wait list for any full courses.