Prospective students who want to pursue an associate's degree in radiologic technology can find fully accredited programs by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in on-campus formats. Completion of these programs can lead to certification by the ARRT and preparedness for the appropriate state-administered licensing exam. There are also online diagnostic medical sonography programs.
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Associate's Degree in Radiologic Technology
These programs are only available in on-campus formats; online options do not exist at this time. Individuals must have a high-school diploma or its GED equivalent to enroll. Students wishing to continue their education can transfer credits earned in an associate's degree program towards a bachelor's degree program.
Information and Requirements
The average length of these programs in radiologic technology is two years, including summer sessions. Students combine traditional classroom instruction with on-site training at local clinical facilities. After completing the program, graduates can apply to be registered as a certified radiologic technologist by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
Fundamentals of Radiologic Technology
This course provides an overview of the basic concepts of radiologic technology. Topics include safety and protection, the history of radiography, roles of radiographers, technical factors and medical terminology.
Patient Care and Ethics
Students train in the proper procedural techniques when handling patients during radiography sessions. Concepts include the observation of vital signs, sterilization, first-aid, operating room procedures and tray setup.
This multi-level course provides an in-depth survey of the variety of positioning techniques that radiologic technicians must use to create diagnostic images. Students simulate the production of images of lower body, abdomen, bony thorax, spinal column, alimentary canal, reproductive systems and other bodily systems.
Certification and Licensure Information
Certification requirements are different in each state, but most states (35 total) do require some form of certification. Aspiring professionals should take care to note the difference between licensure and certification; certification is granted by ARRT and is different from licensure, which is granted by states.
In 2015, the BLS reported that the expected employment growth for radiologic technologists was 9% (job growth faster than the average for all occupations) between 2014 and 2024. The BLS also cited that the mean annual wage for radiologic technologists was $58,520 as of May 2015 (www.bls.gov).
Radiologic technology programs cover topics such as radiographic positioning techniques, patient care and medical terminology. Individuals who wish to work in this field will likely need to get licensure and certification, and certification is granted through ARRT.