Become a Radiology Tech with a degree in Radiologic Technology

Overview

If you want to put your tech skills to work in healthcare, start on your path to a career as a radiologic technician. 

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. Their responsibilities 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.

A great career field for those who like people, technology, and science.

Earning a degree to become a radiology technician could be right for you, if you:

  • Like to work with people.
  • Are interested in the human body.
  • Enjoy working with technology.
  • Are detail oriented.
  • Like clear guidelines.
  • Trust facts.
  • Have good people and communication skills.
  • Possess critical thinking skills to adjust for patient condition.
Classes start January 7.
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Careers

Radiologic Technology Career Paths

Ranked #9 Best Health Care Support Jobs of 2018 by U.S. News & World Report

Proper training in radiologic technology is vital to understanding and operating the high-tech equipment that you'll use every day on the job. Radiologic technologists must follow physicians’ orders precisely and conform to regulations concerning the use of radiation to protect themselves, their patients, and their coworkers from unnecessary exposure.

Radiologic technologists are on their feet for long periods of time and have to help or lift disabled patients. Although there are some radiation hazards, these are minimized by the use of lead aprons, gloves, 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.

Radiologic technologists who are willing to relocate and who also are experienced in more than one diagnostic imaging procedure – such as CT, MR, and mammography – will have the best employment opportunities as employers seek to control costs by using multi-credentialed employees. Radiographers may specialize in more complex imaging procedures including:

  • Fluoroscopy
  • Computed Tomography (CT)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Mammography
  • Angiography

Experienced technologists also may be promoted to:

  • Supervisor
  • Chief radiologic technologist
  • Department administrator or director – Depending on the institution, courses or a master’s degree in business or health administration may be necessary for the director’s position

Some radiologic technologists progress by specializing in the occupation to become:

  • Instructors or directors in radiologic technology programs
  • Sales representatives
  • Instructors with equipment manufacturers

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.

Although hospitals will remain the principal employer of radiologic technologists, a number of new jobs will be found in offices of physicians and diagnostic imaging centers. Health facilities such as these are expected to grow through 2018, because of the shift toward outpatient care, encouraged by third-party payers and made possible by technological advances that permit more procedures to be performed outside the hospital. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of radiologic technologists is expected to increase by about 28% from 2010 to 2020, which is faster than the average for all occupations.

Curriculum

Radiologic Technology Program Curriculum

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

Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology Program

This selective and limited-enrollment program 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 clinics. Students completing the program will be eligible to take the national registry exam offered by the ARRT and for Florida State Licensure. 

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.

Prepare for your certification while earning your associate degree

The Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology program at the Herzing University Orlando, Florida Campus meets the educational requirements for graduates to be eligible to take the Radiography Certification examination through The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Click here for more information.

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