Radiologic Technologist Degree Program
Orlando, Florida

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A great career choice for those who like people, tech, and science.

A career as a radiologic technologist may be perfect for you if you’re tech-savvy, highly detail oriented, and genuinely enjoy helping people. As a radiologic technologist (or radiographer) you will operate X-ray machines and other hi-tech medical imaging equipment—and become an indispensable member of a close-knit team in a hospital or other healthcare facility.

The first step is earning your education: an associate degree in radiologic technology. Herzing’s degree program in Orlando helps you jumpstart your new career and become possible.

Radiologic Technology program highlights:

  • Live, hands-on learning on campus in Orlando, Florida
  • General education classes may be completed online
  • Graduate in 24 months with an associate degree
  • Small class sizes
  • Strong faculty support
  • Start date every 8 months

Upon graduation you will be eligible to take the national registry exam offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and apply for Florida State Licensure as a general radiographer.

Classes start February 3.
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Curriculum

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.

ProgramCreditsMonths
Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology7624
*Average number of months for students to complete program
 

Required Support Course

9.00 semester credit hour is required.

Required Courses

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's degree must complete a minimum of 18.00 semester credit hours in general education distributed among the following disciplines. Refer to the General Education section of the catalog for Herzing University courses that would satisfy these requirements. * 9.00 Semester Credit Hours in Communications 6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Humanities** (must include 3 semester credit hours of cultural diversity) 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Mathematics 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Science***  3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Social and Behavioral Sciences * 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. ** 3.0 credits of this requirement is being met by the programmatic science course requirements. *** This requirement is being met by the programmatic science course requirements.

Personal and Professional Development Courses

2.00 semester credit hours are required.

Requirements

Education

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.

Job

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.

Entry / enrollment

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.

Questions? Schedule a call with an advisor

Careers

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:

  • Supervisor
  • 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.

Radiology Tech Program Orlando Career Details

FAQs

Answer:

According to 2018 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, radiologic technologists earn an average salary of $61,540 per year ($29.59 per hour). In the state of Florida, the average salary is $56,650 per year ($27.24 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.

Answer:

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.

Answer:

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.

View all of our financial aid options and calculate  a quick estimate for your potential tuition & expenses using our tuition wizard.

Answer:

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects the need for radiologic technologists will rise 9% from 2018-2028, 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.

Answer:

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.

Answer:

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.

Work environment

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.

Answer:

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.

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Radiologic Technologist Associate Degree Program Orlando Florida

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.

Orlando Campus

1865 SR 4360
Winter Park, Florida 32792

 (407) 641-5227

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Michelle TomlinsonOrlando

"What I value the most is my clinical experience. I'm very hands-on and was able to apply what I was learning easily."