Radiology and X-Ray Technologist Programs

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Radiological technologists are responsible for taking x-rays and all duties that are involved such as administering dye for diagnostic purposes and preparing patients for x-rays. Radiological technologists are also responsible for organizing and maintaining patient records, as well as managing x-ray and other radiological equipment. At schools that offer this program, you can learn this trade and receive the x-ray tech training you need to succeed.

Not only do radiological technologists administer x-rays, but after meeting all of the necessary requirements for training, you may also be the one administering mammograms, computerized axial tomography (CAT) scans, and positron emission tomography (PET) scans. As a radiological technologist, you will need to have good communication skills as you will be working directly with patients, preparing them for procedures, repositioning patients and taking the actual x-ray. You will be working closely with other medical staff as a team member, requiring you to interact with a variety of healthcare professionals including doctors, nurses and radiologists.

To provide you with the training you need to become an x-ray tech, schools offer a variety of programs to get you started.

X-Ray Technologists Requirements and Curriculum

To become a radiological/x-ray tech, you will need to complete one of the available programs that is accredited and provides enough credit hours to sit for your certification. Most of the entry level programs are either certificate programs or Associate's degree programs, though you can enter this career with a Bachelor's degree as well. After you have obtained your degree or completed your certificate program, you will need to obtain your license to practice as a radiological technologists.

Requirements vary from state to state to get your license, but you will need to certify through the American Registry of Radiological Technologists (AART). This will require that your college or university to sponsor the certification. After the initial certification, you will need to take 24 hours of continuing education credits each year the license needs to be maintained.

These continuing education credits can usually be sponsored, paid for and provided by your employer in the medical field. You may also have the opportunity to specialize in a certain area, such as ultrasound technology, mammography and even administering tests that require liquid to be ingested by the patient, by obtaining certifications in those areas.

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2017 Career Outlook for X-Ray Techs

Many radiological technologists specialize in a particular diagnostic test, such as mammography or CAT scans, and have many possibilities for places of employment. Not only are radiological technologists in demand at hospitals, but they are also needed in clinics, private doctor offices, outpatient care centers, imaging centers and, in some places, even mobile imaging service centers.

A normal work week for an x-ray technologist, as with many other medical professions, involves 24 hours coverage, on-call time, and at times, overtime and/or weekend work may be mandatory. As with many medical positions, a radiological technologist must obtain proper licensing after graduation or completion of a certificate program. They are in demand and, as a result, they have one of the highest starting wages of all vocational careers, with the median annual salary of x-ray techs noted as $58,520 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2017).

Entering this career field can be extremely rewarding, and may be the answer to your career and education needs as you look to secure a solid and rewarding future for yourself within healthcare.

X-Ray Technologists Schools

Featured Online Schools:

Online programs may not be available in all areas

Traditional On Campus Programs:


American Career College
Campus Locations in: Long Beach, CA / Ontario, CA
Brightwood College
Campus Locations in: Las Vegas, NV / North Hollywood, CA


Central Florida Institute
Campus Locations in: Orlando, FL / Tampa Bay, FL
Fortis College
Campus Locations in: Orange Park, FL
Keiser University
Campus Locations in: Fort Lauderdale, FL / Lakeland, FL


Harrison College
Campus Locations in: Fort Wayne, IN / Indianapolis (East), IN


Vatterott College
Campus Locations in: Appling Farms, TN / Berkeley, MO / Des Moines, IA / Memphis, TN / Oklahoma City, OK / Springfield, MO


Rasmussen College
Campus Locations in: Blaine, MN / Bloomington, MN / Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove, MN / Eagan, MN / Fargo, ND / St. Cloud, MN

New Jersey

Eastwick College
Campus Locations in: Nutley, NJ / Ramsey, NJ

North Carolina

South College
Campus Locations in: Asheville, NC / Knoxville, TN / Nashville, TN


Heritage College
Campus Locations in: Cleveland, OH / Denver, CO / Little Rock, AR / Oklahoma City, OK

Rhode Island

New England Institute of Technology
Campus Locations in: East Greenwhich, RI


Lincoln Technical Institute
Campus Locations in: Grand Prairie, TX / South Plainfield, NJ
Remington College
Campus Locations in: Cleveland, OH / Fort Worth, TX / Garland, TX / Houston Southeast (Webster), TX / Mobile, AL / North Houston (Greenspoint), TX
South Texas Vocational Technical Institute
Campus Locations in: Brownsville, TX / McAllen, TX / Weslaco, TX

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