Imaging Pathway

Modern technology gives doctors many options for diagnosing a patient’s condition. Some techniques are invasive, others exploratory, and others are minimally or non-invasive. Diagnostic Imaging (DI) refers to a group of methods that utilize non-invasive techniques to identify and monitor certain diseases. DI is the field of medicine that uses non-invasive imaging scans to diagnose a patient. The tests and equipment used sometimes involve low radiation doses to create highly detailed images of an area.

Radiographers (X-Ray, Rad Tech) are considered an entry-level professional in the medical imaging industry. Radiographers with experience can move into other advanced imaging modalities, such as Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Cardiac Labs, Vascular and Interventional labs, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy, Dosimetry, Sonography, and Densitometry.

The Education Fund has partnered with multiple educational vendors to provide eligible Ed Fund members the opportunity to participate in various Imaging programs. Students will then be eligible to sit for the National Radiologic Technologist Exam or other qualifying exams depending on the area of study.

The Importance of Imaging Technology

Imaging can identify a wide range of problems, from broken bones to gastrointestinal conditions. In addition to identifying issues, doctors can use diagnostic imaging to monitor how your body responds to current treatment or screen for diseases like breast cancer and colon cancer.

Examples of Imaging Modalities / Specialties Include:

  • Radiography (X-rays)
  • Ultrasound
  • Computed Tomography (CT) Scans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Scans
  • Nuclear Medicine Scans

Why become an Imaging Technologist?

  • The average salary for an Imaging Technologist in California ranges from $29.09 – 40.71 per hour. (dependent on specialty)
  • With experience and depending on the region, Technologists earn as much as $61.31 per hour.
  • Imaging Technologists can work in various healthcare settings, including state, local, and private hospitals, medical and diagnostic laboratories, offices of physicians and other health care professionals, and outpatient care centers.

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Program Locations & Dates

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California

Provider: PIMA Medical Institute

Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences (BSRS)

Program Length: Full-time: 16 months, Part-time: 30 months

Program Start Date: August 31, 2022

Application Deadline: August 8, 2022

Location: Online

Prerequisites: Applicants will need to complete the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification to officially start the BSRS program, proof of high school diploma or GED equivalent, must have completed a total of 70 semester credits of specific coursework within the last 5 years or provide recent proof of practice.

Southern California

Provider: Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts

A.O.S. in Radiologic Technology

Program Length: 104 weeks

Program Start Date: September 26, 2022

Application Deadline: August 17, 2022

Location: Van Nuys

Prerequisites: Criteria Cognitive Aptitude Test (CCAT) minimum score required

 

Provider: Concorde Career Colleges

A.A.S. in Neurodiagnostic Technology

Program Length: 78 weeks

Program Start Dates: July 5, 2022; December 5, 2022

Application Deadlines: June 10, 2022; August 19, 2022

Location: San Bernardino

Prerequisites: Complete any required entrance examinations, including Wonderlic SLE and Health Education Systems Incorporated (HESI) A2 exam

 

Diploma in Polysomnographic Technology

Program Length: 35 weeks

Program Start Date: December 19, 2022

Application Deadline: August 19, 2022

Location: San Bernardino

Prerequisites: Complete any required entrance examinations, including Wonderlic SLE

Northwest (Washington and Oregon)

Provider: Portland Community College

Associates of Applied Science in Radiology Associates Degree

Program Length: 104 units

Program Dates: Spring 2022: April 4 – June 19, 2022

Prerequisites: Complete a C or better in Human Anatomy and Physiology I, II, III, and College Algebra or higher course.

 

Provider: Clatsop Community College

Radiology Technology Degree

Program Length: 2 years

Program Start Dates: July 2022; September 2022

Prerequisites: Degree requirements

 

Provider: Concorde Career Colleges

Diploma in Polysomnographic Technology

Program Length: 35 weeks

Program Start Dates: July 5, 2022; December 5, 2022

Application Deadlines: June 3, 2022; August 19, 2022

Location: Portland 

Prerequisites: Complete any required entrance examinations, including Wonderlic SLE

Colorado

Provider: PIMA Medical Institute

Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences (BSRS)

Program Length: Full-time: 16 months, Part-time: 30 months

Program Start Date: August 31, 2022

Application Deadline: August 8, 2022

Location: Online

Prerequisites: Applicants will need to complete the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification to officially start the BSRS program, proof of high school diploma or GED equivalent, must have completed a total of 70 semester credits of specific coursework within the last 5 years or provide recent proof of practice.

Provider: Community College of Denver

Radiologic Technology Associates Degree

Program Length: 58 units

Program Start Date: May 31, 2022

Prerequisites: Complete with a C or better and 20 units in Human Anatomy & Physiology with Lab, College Algebra, and one of the following: English Composition I or Technical Writing. One of the following: General Psychology or Introduction to Sociobiology or Human Growth and Development. One of the following: Introduction to Radiography, Human Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab courses.

Provider: Concorde Career Colleges

A.S. in Radiologic Technology

Program Length: 91 weeks

Program Start Date: September 19, 2022

Application Deadline: August 19, 2022

Location: Aurora

Prerequisites: Complete any required entrance examinations, including Wonderlic SLE and Health Education Systems Incorporated (HESI) A2 exam

 

Nevada

Provider: PIMA Medical Institute

Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences (BSRS)

Program Length: Full-time: 16 months, Part-time: 30 months

Program Start Date: August 31, 2022

Application Deadline: August 8, 2022

Location: Online

Prerequisites: Applicants will need to complete the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification to officially start the BSRS program, proof of high school diploma or GED equivalent, must have completed a total of 70 semester credits of specific coursework within the last 5 years or provide recent proof of practice.

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