X-Ray Tech School and College Program Information

Numerous community colleges and state schools offer x-ray (radiologic technology) education. Various institutions grant certificates, associate's and bachelor's degrees in radiography and radiologic technology. Schools granting an associate's degree are the most common pathway for careers as radiographic technologists and technicians. However, certificates are available for those who already have related training. Bachelor's degree programs are also available, though not as common.

How to Select an X-Ray Technician School

Most graduates of these programs become radiographic technologists or technicians; they use x-rays to help physicians make medical diagnoses. Generally, a student must graduate from a program that is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) to be qualified for both state licensure and for certification. It is important to choose a program that leads to this qualification.

Consider the following when looking for an x-ray technician school:

  • Accreditation and certification- The American Registry of Radiologic Technicians (ARRT) offers certification to graduates of accredited programs, so inquire as to the pass rate for graduates taking the ARRT certification exam and the percentage of graduates who find work within six months or a year of graduation.
  • Level of Award- 2-year associate degrees are the most common credential but some programs offer certificate training and there are a few bachelor' degree programs.
  • Facilities and faculty- Ensure that a school's laboratory facilities are up-to-date and that the teachers hold sufficient work experience, certification and licensure.

Radiography Program Overviews

Radiography Certificate

These programs are commonly designed for students who have already completed some postsecondary education, which could mean specific coursework or an associate's degree program. Programs can take 1-2 years to complete, and typically include coursework and laboratory experiences. Coursework includes:

  • Patient care
  • Abdominal radiography
  • Positioning techniques
  • Radiation biology
  • Anatomy

Associate's Degree in Radiography

A radiographic associate's program usually takes about two years to complete. The program should include lectures, labs and internships. Students study how to communicate with, educate and care for patients. They take classes in medical terminology, pathophysiology and sectional anatomy, as well as:

  • X-ray radiography
  • Radiation safety
  • Equipment care

Bachelor's Degree in Radiography

Accredited bachelor's degree programs are not offered as commonly as certificate and associate's degree programs, but they are available. Some schools offer them as bachelor's degree completion programs for those with a lower level of training in the field and certification. Courses can include:

  • Radiography procedures
  • Positioning
  • Medical terminology
  • Biology
  • Radiation safety

Some Schools with X-Ray Technology Programs

College/University Institution Type
Armstrong State University 4-year, Public
Boise State University 4-year, Public
Broward College 4-year, Public
El Paso Community College 2-year, Public
Jackson State Community College 2-year, Public
Austin Community College District 2-year, Public
Orange County Community College 2-year, Public
Pennsylvania College of Technology 4-year, Public
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Schuylkill 4-year, Public
York Technical College 2-year, Public

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