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Radiology

Radiographer

Career data updated last on 10/8/2014
Radiographer Radiologic technologists, also called radiographers, use x-ray machines and other equipment to create images of the internal structures of the body. This allows physicians to study the organs and bones for injury and disease. Radiologic technologists learn the theory and practical aspects of the uses of imaging equipment to produce clear and accurate images with safety for the patient, themselves and others.
Salary $24.00/hr - $44,000 annually
Significant Points Radiologic technologists with cross training in nuclear medicine technology or other modalities will have the best prospects. Those who are willing to relocate and who also are experienced in more than one diagnostic imaging procedureŚsuch as CT, MR, and mammographyŚwill have the best employment opportunities as employers seek to control costs by using multi-credentialed employees.
Specializations
Work Environment Radiologic technologists usually work under the direction of radiologists or other physicians in hospitals, clinics, physicians' offices and public health departments. In hospitals, some radiographers operate mobile X-ray equipment at the patient's bedside, in the emergency room or in surgery.
High School Prep General college preparation is recommended: three courses in math including algebra I, algebra II and geometry, or a higher level math course for which algebra II is a prerequisite; three science courses including biology and chemistry, one physical science and one lab course; four English units and two social studies units, including one in U.S. History; and two years of a second language.
Academic Requirements Radiologic technologists can receive their education at community colleges, universities or in hospital-based programs (which are often affiliated with colleges and universities). The program is usually two years in length. Students earning their bachelor's degree may go through a "2+2" program, meaning two years of preparatory college courses and two years of professional courses in radiologic technology. Training covers principles of radiography, medical ethics and law, medical terminology, patient care, anatomy and physiology, radiographic procedures, imaging equipment and other safety procedures. Graduates are eligible for registration through a national examination by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

Schools/Organizations

Aims Community College-Greeley Campus
Associate Degree Associate
Anthem College
Associate Degree Associate
Community College of Denver-Lowry Campus
Associate Degree Associate
Memorial Hospital
Hospital based program Hospital based program
Mesa State College
Associate Degree Associate
Bachelor Degree Bachelor's
Pima Medical Institute-Denver Campus
Certificate Degree Certificate
Pima Medical Institute-Online
Associate Degree Associate    On-line program available On-line program available
Pueblo Community College-Pueblo Campus
Associate Degree Associate
Red Rocks Community College
Associate Degree Associate
Southwest Colorado Community College West Campus
Associate Degree Associate
Southwest Colorado Community College East Campus
Associate Degree Associate
St. Anthony Hospitals - Centura Health
Hospital based program Hospital based program

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