Medical Radiography Pathway
Radiologic Technologists (also known as Radiographers, X-Ray Technologists, or Rad Techs) operate radiographic equipment to produce radiographs of structures in the human body that physicians utilize to diagnose disease processes, pathology, or trauma in adult and pediatric populations. Radiographers participate in fast-paced work challenges in a variety of healthcare settings. They must provide a positive patient experience, possess the ability to be accurate and calm under pressure, and critically think through challenges. Radiographers perform exams for diagnosis, including fluoroscopy procedures such as VCUGs, swallow studies, small bowel follow-throughs, and barium enemas. Medical Radiography opens the door to advancement in CT, MRI, CVI, Cardiac Electrophysiology, Radiation Therapy, Nuclear Medicine, Radiology Administration, Radiology Education, and Radiologist Assistant.
The Education Fund has partnered with Loma Linda University (an American Association of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) approved school) to offer eligible members a degree program for those located in California. Upon successful completion of this 21-month program, students will receive an Associate of Science in Radiography degree. In the Van Nuys area, we are working with Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts (an ARRT approved school) to offer students a 23-month program resulting in an Associate of Occupational Science in Radiologic Technology degree. Please note prerequisites and General Education requirements are included in Gurnick Academy’s program. Both of these hybrid programs involve online classes, in-person labs and externships. Students will then be eligible to sit for the National Radiologic Technologist Exam.
The Importance of Medical Radiography
The primary duties of a Radiographer include:
- Positioning the patient.
- Determining exposure factors.
- Evaluating radiographic image quality.
- Providing patient comfort.
- Overseeing patient and medical team radiation protection.
Why become a Radiologic Technologist?
- The average salary for a Radiologic Technologist in California is $40.71 per hour.*
- With experience and depending on the region, technologists can earn as much as $61.31 per hour.*
- Radiographers can work in a variety of healthcare settings including hospitals, doctors’ offices, outpatient facilities, and medical and diagnostic laboratories.
- Career advancement into CT, MRI, CVI, Cardiac Electrophysiology, Radiation Therapy, Nuclear Medicine, Radiology Administration, etc.
*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook.
Program Locations & Dates:
This intensive program requires your full-time commitment. It is recommended that candidates consider their schedule and availability before applying.
Van Nuys (Gurnick Academy program)
Application Deadline: August 20, 2021
Program Dates: September 27, 2021 – June 16, 2023
- 21 months
- Program combines online coursework, distance learning virtual classroom, in-person labs and clinical externship.
- Online classes and in-person labs: Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 1:00pm
- Clinical externship: 1,920 clinical hours, starting August 2022
All of California (Loma Linda University program)
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If you’re interested, feel like you might be a good fit and are ready to get started, follow these steps:
- Schedule an appointment with a career counselor.
- Submit Application.
Application Deadline: August 20, 2021 (Van Nuys location)
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