Medical Radiography Pathway
The Education Fund has partnered with Loma Linda University, an American Association of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) approved school, to offer a Medical Radiography Program to eligible members. Upon completion of this 21 month program, students will receive an Associate of Science in Radiography degree.
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 health care 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. The career outlook is positive. 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 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.
This intensive program requires your full-time commitment. It is recommended that candidates consider their schedule and availability before applying.
March 15 – May 31, 2021
September 27, 2021 – June 16, 2023
- 21 months (40 hours per week).
- Program combines online coursework, distance learning virtual classroom and clinicals.
- Distance learning virtual classroom (skills training, lecture, course review, and certification mock board).
- Clinicals: 1,850 clinical hours. Flexible day, night and/or weekend in-person clinicals.
- Pre-requisites to be completed by August 2021.
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: May 31, 2021
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