Limited X-Ray Courses Overview

Limited X-ray technicians perform only the most basic X-ray procedures; training in this field is usually available through certificate or associate's degree programs. Read more to get an overview of classes one can take for limited X-ray training.

Essential Information

X-ray courses are usually available through associate's programs in radiologic technology and radiography; however, limited X-ray courses are available through certificate programs for limited X-ray operators or medical assistants. Unlike radiologic technologists who may perform a variety of complex imaging methods, limited X-ray operators perform only the most basic X-ray procedures, which is why these programs have fewer training requirements. Students in a limited X-ray training course will be required to capture and critique X-rays, and most programs will include some clinical experience in this field. Topics in classes are as follows:

  • Pre-existing conditions
  • Radiation exposure
  • Underdeveloped images
  • Proper patient positioning
  • Machine function
  • Patient comfort

List of Courses

X-Ray Technology Course

This introductory course familiarizes students with the correct way to use common X-ray equipment. Students learn about the dangers of radiation exposure and study preventative safety measures. Students also begin to capture radiographic images. They critique finished images for accuracy and discuss what the images reveal.

Radiation Safety Course

X-ray equipment safety, proper equipment use and patient safety are some of the topics covered in this course. Candidates study the way the X-ray machines work. They take, process and assess radiographic images. Candidates learn to qualify patients, making sure they don't have pre-existing conditions that could worsen as a result of X-ray exposure.

X-Ray Theory Course

In this course, students practice multiple techniques for developing radiographic images. Students learn how different elements, such as overexposure, underexposure and lighting, can affect the quality and integrity of images. Usually, this course touches on elements of radiation safety and protection, both for the technician and the patients.

Radiobiology Course

Candidates gain a basic familiarity with parts of the human body, observe how radiation affects different parts of the human body and learn how radiation affects various living matter. Students learn additional radiation safety precautionary procedures and observe the ways radiation can affect X-ray technicians and patients. Techniques for reducing the negative effects of radiation are also addressed.

Clinical Experience in Radiology Technology Course

Clinical experience courses are part of limited X-ray technician programs, progressing in difficulty as students develop their abilities. These courses provide students with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience doing what they learn in class. Candidates develop radiographic images in darkrooms. They also gain experience positioning X-ray equipment to capture different parts of the human body. X-ray students often photograph more challenging areas as they progress, while learning techniques for comforting and preparing patients.

What is your highest level of education?

Some College
Complete your degree or find the graduate program that's right for you.
High School Diploma
Explore schools that offer bachelor and associate degrees.
Still in High School
Earn your diploma or GED. Plan your undergraduate education.

Schools you may like:

Popular Schools

The listings below may include sponsored content but are popular choices among our users.

    • MSHS Medical Laboratory Sciences
    • MSHS in Immunohematology and Biotechnology
    • MSHS in Molecular Diagnostic Sciences
    • MSHS in Translational Microbiology

    What is your highest level of education?

    • Medical Assisting with Basic X-Ray Operation
    • Medical Office Basic X-ray Technician
    • Radiologic Technology
    • Surgical Technology
    • Sterile Processing Technician

    Year of High School Graduation or GED completion:

  • What is your highest level of education?

    • EdD in Organizational Leadership - Health Care Administration
    • MBA: Health Systems Management
    • MS in Health Care Administration
    • BS in Health Sciences: Professional Development & Advanced Patient Care
    • Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science
    • BS in Health Care Administration

    What is your highest level of education?

    • RN to BSN
    • AS in Medical Assisting

    What is your highest level of education?

    • MS in Nursing
    • Bachelors of Science in Nursing - RN to BSN

    What is your highest level of education completed?

  • What is your highest level of education completed?

    • Doctor of Strategic Leadership - Healthcare Leadership
    • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership - Healthcare Management
    • Master of Business Administration - Healthcare Management

    What is your highest level of education completed?

  • What is your age?

  • What is your highest level of education?

Find your perfect school

What is your highest level of education?