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AWARD OFFERED Associate in Applied Science Degree
Admission Requirements and Curriculum
Radiologic technologists take x-rays and may administer contrast agents into patients’ bloodstreams for use in diagnosing medical problems. Some specialize in advanced modalities, such as computerized tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or mammography.
Upon graduation from the program, Wallace State students are eligible to take the national certification examination offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).
With experience and additional training, staff technologists may qualify for advanced certification in CT, angiography, and MRI. Experienced technologists also may be promoted to supervisor, chief radiologic technologist, and, ultimately, department administrator or director.
Students in the Wallace State program are taught the fundamental principles underlying all phases of Radiologic Technology. Participation in the performance of radiographic procedures in a clinical setting begins during the first semester of the program.
Radiologic technologists should be sensitive to patients’ physical and psychological needs. They must pay attention to detail, follow instructions, and work as part of a team. In addition, operating complicated equipment requires mechanical ability and manual dexterity.
The national projections by the Department of Labor indicate that employment of radiologic technologist has an expected growth rate between 18 and 26%. Employment is projected to grow faster than average and job opportunities are expected to continue to be favorable. According to the national occupation outlook the average salary for Radiologic Technologist with an Associate's Degree ranges from $16-33/hr.
Hospitals will remain the principal employer of radiologic technologists. However, a greater number of new jobs will be found in offices of physicians, clinics and diagnostic imaging centers. Health facilities such as these are expected to grow rapidly through 2014, due to the strong shift toward outpatient care. (Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Jim Malone, M.H.Sc., RT(R)(CT)