What to Expect from a Radiology Technician Program

Find out what you’ll learn when you pursue your radiologic tech training.

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Education Requirements

Radiologic tech training program options include:

  • 1-year certificate or diploma
  • 2-year associate’s degree
  • 4-year bachelor’s degree

Upon completion of an associate degree, opportunities exist to continue education and obtain a bachelor’s degree. A bachelor’s or master’s degree in one of the radiologic technologies is desirable for supervisory, administrative or teaching positions.

Before you begin your research, make sure you look for programs that have been accredited by either the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. This ensures your program has been reviewed by professionals and given a complete vetting for currency and relevance of curriculum. Accreditation also ensures your ability to file for federal financial aid to help pay for your education. Both agencies’ websites have searchable databases of schools and programs.

Certified radiologic graduates often take additional certificate programs in the following advanced imaging fields:

  • Nuclear Medicine Technology
  • Mammography
  • Computed Tomography (CT scans)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Cardiovascular-Interventional Technologies

What You’ll Study in Radiologic Technology Training Programs

Radiologic tech training prerequisite course work generally includes biology, chemistry, anatomy, physiology, physics and medical terminology.

Typical radiologic technology programs offer courses in:

  • Patient care procedures
  • Radiation protection
  • Radiation physics
  • Principles of imaging
  • Radiobiology
  • Pathology
  • Medical ethics
  • Positioning of patients

You’ll also gain plenty of clinical, hands-on practical training in a 3-6 month internship.

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