Exploring Radiology Degree Programs

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Posted on 12th May 2010 by admin in Uncategorized

How do I get started as an x-ray tech?  What’s the difference between a radiology technician and technologist?  What if I want to move up in my career?  Each of these career moves will require formal education and training.  I’ll attempt to give you some concise answers to these common questions.

Getting started as an x-ray technician is most commonly done by completing an associates level degree.  There are some hospitals that offer training programs that will get you into entry level roles; however, if you know you want to grow in the career, it is suggested that you receive formal education.  An associates degree will provide you with a general foundation of knowledge with topics such as anatomy, medical record management, patient positioning, image quality, and radiologic equipment instruction.

There is a difference between a radiology technician and a Radiologic Technologists, or Rad Tech.  A Rad Tech is someone who has completed a two year degree through a program that is accredited by JRCERT (Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology), and has passed the test administered by the ARRT (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists).  This designation is important because it shows that you have reached certain national standards and that you possess a level of training and expertise in the field that is officially recognized by a national association.  All that is required is a certificate or two year degree that is recognized by JRCERT and the ability to pass the exam.

Many people ask how one moves upward in a radiology career.  The short answer is that the options are many.  Some choose to specialize in a particular imaging modality such as computed tomography or mammography.  Others may choose to pursue a management role in a diagnostic imaging center or radiology department.  For those seeking leadership or training positions, a radiology bachelors degree is recommended.

Take some time to learn about medical imaging and find the radiology degree that matches the role you see yourself in.

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