Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology Program
This limited-enrollment program in Orlando, Florida prepares graduates for entry-level positions in hospitals and clinics. Students gain the theory and principles of radiation production as well as learn radiographic techniques and the fundamentals of patient care.
Classes not only feature traditional lectures, videos, slides and textbooks but also hands-on experience at Herzing’s on-campus lab and in actual clinic and hospital settings.
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Required Support Course
9.00 semester credit hour is required.
All courses, 47.00 semester credit hours, are required.
General Education Prerequisites
The following general education prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C (70%) or better for a student to be continued in the Radiologic Technology program: Anatomy and Physiology I and Anatomy and Physiology I Lab Anatomy and Physiology II and Anatomy and Physiology II Lab All other general education courses must be passed with a grade of D (60%) or better to be continued in the Radiologic Technology program. A student who is dropped from the program for failing to achieve the minimum grade specified in the general education courses but who otherwise meets the academic standards of the University may transfer to another Herzing degree program and/or may reapply to the Radiologic Technology program in a future cycle.
Required Courses in General Education
Students enrolled in this associate degree must complete a minimum of 24.00 semester credit hours in general education (◊includes 6.0 credit hours from Anatomy and Physiology listed in above required) distributed among the following disciplines. Refer to the General Education section of this catalog for Herzing University courses that would satisfy these requirements.* 9.00 Semester Credit Hours in Communications 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Humanities (must include 3 semester credit hours of cultural diversity) 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Social or Behavioral Science 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Mathematics ◊Science Semester Credit Hours are satisfied through Anatomy and Physiology requirement listed above. * Transfer students may transfer courses that are within 1.00 semester credit hour of the courses listed above to meet these discipline requirements. Any resulting deficiency in the total of 24.00 semester credit hours required in general education may be made up with general education electives from any of the listed disciplines.
Personal and Professional Development Courses
2.00 semester credit hours are required.
The key training requirement to become a radiographer in Florida is earning an undergraduate degree. Herzing’s radiologic technologist associate degree program helps you earn the degree you need to qualify for the ARRT exam and apply for certification in Florida.
To excel as a radiographer you will need to take genuine interest in the human body, work comfortably with hi-tech medical equipment, show strict attention to detail, follow clear guidelines, and possess outstanding people/communication skills to excel in patient care.
Ready to get started? Herzing University requires a high school diploma or equivalent with a GPA of 2.5 or better as a primary prerequisite to enroll in our college-level program. For more details, please contact us and we’ll help fill in the blanks on what you need to do to enroll.
What can I do with an associate degree in radiography?
Within radiography you have the opportunity to carve a unique career path based on your strengths and preferences.
Experienced technologists also may be promoted to:
- Chief radiologic technologist
- Department administrator or director
- Depending on the employer, additional work experience or a master’s degree in business or health administration may be necessary for higher positions
Some radiologic technologists progress by specializing in the occupation to become:
- CT or MRI technologist
- Instructors or directors in radiologic technology programs (additional degree is often needed for these roles)
- Sales representatives
- Instructors with equipment manufacturers
You may increase your potential value on the job market by building experience in more than one diagnostic imaging procedure – such as CT, MRI, or mammography.
Frequently Asked Questions
According to 2020 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, radiologic technologists earn an average salary of $64,840 per year ($31.17 per hour).* In the state of Florida, the average salary is $57,600 per year ($27.69 per hour). Average pay depends primarily on where you work, your level of experience and where you practice.
If you’re just starting as a radiology tech straight out of college, expect to build some experience before reaching the average. Prove yourself as an excellent radiologic technologist, continue striving to be the best, and you’ll have the potential to keep improving your pay.
The biggest difference between a radiologic technologist and technician is their level of education and scope of responsibilities.
Technologists (also called radiographers) typically hold an associate or bachelor’s degree and carry extended capability to perform many kinds of diagnostic imaging procedure: x-rays, CT scans, sonograms, mammograms, etc. With an associate degree you may cross train into these types of specialties. Cross training may be done on the job or on your own and does not require an additional degree.
Technicians are more limited in what procedures they can perform depending on the state in which they practice. Technicians generally do not have a degree and often have no formal training. In the state of Florida, technicians are considered to have limited scope and may not work in hospitals or emergency rooms.
Radiologic technologists operate X-ray machines, and with additional training use digital mammography machines, computed tomography (CT) machines, as well as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners and other types of medical imaging equipment. Radiographers may also specialize in fluoroscopy or angiography.
The job description can include:
- Preparing the patient for the exam by explaining the procedure.
- Positioning patients so that the parts of the body can be appropriately radiographed.
- Setting controls on the machine to produce images of the appropriate density, detail, and contrast.
- Placing the imaging plate under the part of the patient’s body to be examined and make the exposure.
- Using a computer to develop and manage x-ray images.
- Providing basic patient care.
- Performing trauma and surgical x-ray procedures.
Radiologic technologists are on their feet for long periods of time and have to help or lift disabled patients. Although there are radiation hazards present, these are minimized by proper radiation protection practices, including the use of lead aprons, and other shielding devices. In addition, technologists wear badges that measure radiation levels in their work area and detailed records are kept on their cumulative lifetime dose. Technologists must be able to move, push, and manipulate equipment. They must also be comfortable working on a computer.
Most full-time radiologic technologists work about 40 hours a week. They may, however, have evening, weekend, or on-call hours. In a hospital setting, technologists may work a full-time night shift or weekend shift, and alternating these shifts may be required. Opportunities for part-time and shift work also are available and new graduates may start with a PRN status, with variable days and hours.
No, you cannot earn a degree in radiologic technology 100% online. However, you can complete your general education classes online on your own schedule.
Our goal is to empower you to excel in your new career. The hands-on experience at Herzing’s on-campus lab and clinical sites are crucial to fully prepare you for your first job in your chosen field.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects the need for radiologic technologists will rise 9% from 2020-2030, higher than the national average across all occupations.*
The BLS cites the growth of the baby-boom population as a key factor in driving up demand for medical imaging, increasing the importance of available radiologic and MRI technologists.
With Herzing University you are never alone – an affordable, career-focused education is within your reach. We offer scholarships, grants and loan options for eligible students looking to empower themselves to reach the next level in their career.
The Herzing University radiologic technologist program takes an average of 24 months to complete. Once you have earned your associate degree you will be eligible to take the national registry exam offered by the ARRT and for Florida State Licensure.
Accreditations & Disclosures
Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2020. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.
Come visit our campus in Orlando, Florida for a personalized look at our radiologic technologist program to get a feel for the school and our learning environment. We are located on the northeast side of Orlando just off Semoran Boulevard.
1865 SR 4360
Winter Park, Florida 32792
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