Radiologic technicians use computerized equipment and technology to obtain images of the body for diagnostic purposes. These technicians might specialize in a particular bodily system, such as cardiac, skeletal, urinary or digestive. To apply, most programs require an associate's degree and completed math and science coursework at the post-secondary level, such as algebra, biology, physiology and anatomy. Clinical observation experiences at college or university-affiliated institutions are often a prerequisite for graduation. After exiting these programs, students can earn professional certification, which can help with career advancement.
Program levels in radiology technology include associate's degrees and certification. Prerequisites for certification programs include an associate's degree and an educational background in math and science. Another requirement is a practicum for graduation.
Radiology Technician Certification
The coursework involved in a radiologic technician certificate program must run parallel to the curriculum standards set forth by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, therein preparing students for the certification examination. In addition to the basics of medical terminology, patient care skills, laws and ethics and radiography techniques, classes typically cover the following:
- Radiologic image production
- Radiation protection
- Image assessment
- Radiologic pharmacology
- Body positioning
- Radiation biology principles
Employment Outlook and Salary Info
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment growth for radiologic and magnetic resonance imaging (M.R.I.) technologists will increase at a rate of 9% between 2014-2024. In May 2014, radiologic technologists earned a mean salary of $58,120.
Continuing Education Information
Upon completing a radiology technician certification program, students are eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) examination to become a Registered Technologist (www.art.org). R.T. license renewal is annual and requires 24 continuing education hours. Certification holders can also pursue advanced degrees in radiologic sciences.