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 educational vendors to provide eligible Ed Fund members to become a Radiologists. 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
Find your region below and click to expand and find out about start dates, program length and more:
Provider: Gurnick Academy
Associates of Occupational Science in Radiologic Technology
Program Length: 23 months
Program Start Dates: March 2022
Prerequisites: Comply with all Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts requirements for immunizations, health screening, background check, and CPR/First Aid policies. Complete the Criteria Cognitive Aptitude Test (CCAT) with a minimum score of 25.
Northwest (Washington and Oregon)
Provider: Portland Community College
Associates of Applied Science in Radiology Associates Degree
Program Length: 104 units
Program Start Date: January 10, 2022 – March 27, 2022
Prerequisites: Complete a C or better in Human Anatomy and Physiology I, II, III, and College Algebra or higher course.
Provider: Community College of Denver
Radiologic Technology Associates Degree
Program Length: 58 units
Program Start Date: January 18, 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.
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