Becoming an x ray tech requires first receiving a healthcare associates or bachelors and only then can you attend a clinical xray tech school. The following schools offer degrees which satisfy clinical x-ray tech school entrance requirements.
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San Joaquin Valley College - AA in Clinical Medical Assisting -
An extensive online program that provides education and training needed to successfully support physicians and care for patients. Various topics students will learn include assisting in minor surgeries, electrocardiograms, patient education, lab tests, and more.
Virginia College Online - Bachelors in Health Services Management -
This accredited program is a fast and cost-effective way to become an x-ray tech, it is ideal for students who want a flexible class schedule to get the pre-requisites needed to enter a clinical xray tech school but also get the bachelors degree needed for a management level career.
DeVry University - BBA in Health Services Management
– This online bachelor degree gives x-ray tech students the pre-requisites needed to enter a clinical program upon graduation, while also preparing them for a management type healthcare career.
Keiser University - Associate in Health Services Administration -
This quick and cost-effective accredited online degree gives students the x-ray tech pre-requisites they need to be prepared to enter a clinical xray tech program or sit for the x-ray tech certification exam upon graduation.
Welcome to X-Ray Tech Schools:
With the need for diagnostic medical care growing as the number of procedures which rely on x-ray technology expands, the need for x-ray technicians is increasing quickly. Below you will find different types of x-ray tech degrees, what is required to complete each degree, the costs and benefits, and salary information.
What Types of X-Ray Tech Degrees Are Available?
Also called radiologic technologists, x-ray tech's can obtain degrees in the following:
- One year program: If you have an education in radiology or another health related field, you may be able to obtain an x-ray tech degree in as little as one year. It will be the equivalent of an Associate’s Degree, with a focus of most of the classes on radiology.
- Two year program: Although many schools have different degrees, this two year program is sometimes referred to as an Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology (AASRT). In addition to becoming a tech, this degree can also help you in sales, training, and other healthcare areas.
- Four year program: Obtained from a four year university or institution, this degree is commonly known as a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology. Core classes in the sciences and arts are generally required for this degree. Those with an associate’s degree in the x-ray field can also complete their bachelor’s in under four years.
- Six year program: Those wishing to undertake a heavier course load and graduate education in x-ray technology should look into this degree. It will allow them to have more patient interaction and management and a higher understanding of anatomy, radiation biology, and many other responsibilities.
What Are the Requirements to be an X-Ray Tech?
- Although a few states do not require a license or certification, as of 2007, 40 states require a license, with 35 of them preferring certification from The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
- A certification is the one time awarding of a certificate after the student passes an exam and meets other requirements. A license is awarded by the state requiring it and each has its own standards. The 35 states that use the ARRT include California, Florida, Illinois, New York, Texas, and many others. Links to each state and its contacts for requirements can be found here under State Licensing/State Contacts.
- To obtain this certificate students must graduate from an accredited program, meet the ARRT Standards of Ethics, pass the certification exam, and must register and renew each year.
Consider Before Choosing an X-Ray Tech Degree
- Before choosing a school, make sure it is an accredited institution, especially if you plan to work in one of the 35 states that requires an ARRT certification.
- You may also want to consider an accredited program from the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. They currently have 605 programs accredited for radiography.
- The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology can help you find accredited programs for magnetic resonance, medical dosimetry, radiation therapy, radiation, and even programs for military personnel.
- According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for x-ray and radiologic technicians is expected to grow from 196,000 in 2006 to 226,000 by 2016, an increase of 15 percent. A quick search on Monster regularly turns up hundreds of entries on the need for personnel in medical imaging. Most of those positions are full time and require some experience.
Schools That Offer X-Ray Tech Degrees
Start here for just some of the programs in radiology by top institutions. You can learn more about the requirements for x-ray techs, the application process, curriculum, or if you like the school, you can contact them directly.
- Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences
Associate of Science in Radiography and Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences
In addition to these two degrees you can also get other options for x-ray techs such as licensure and accreditation, advanced imaging programs, and options in nuclear medicine technology.
- University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Master’s of Sciences from the Department of Radiological Sciences
Those applying must have a bachelor’s degree and a B average or better. Classes are on the basic radiological sciences, computer and statistical methods, clinical radiological sciences, along with research, special studies, directed readings, and a seminar.
- Colorado Technical University
Radiologic Technology Degree
A two year degree program, it even comes with an academic certificate, along with certification in CPR. There are also two other four year programs at this university for x-ray techs.
Salary and Careers for X-Ray Tech's
- Careers for x-ray techs are primarily held in doctor’s offices, labs, and hospitals. Those who gain experience or take on additional training can move into specialty fields such as CT scanning, MRI, angiography, and even radiologist assistant.
- As of July 2009, the average salary for an x-ray tech is $58,000 annually according to indeed.com, which uses job postings to extrapolate salaries. The highest paying field is Radiation Therapist with a salary of $76,000 and the lowest is Limited X-Ray Technician with $39,000. Pay is also generally higher for those who work in medical and diagnostic laboratories than for those who work in hospitals or doctor’s offices.
Useful Links for X-Ray Tech Students
- The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists: The ARRT is the world's largest credentialing organization that ensures high quality patient care in radiologic technology. The site contains information certification, registration, licensing, and much more.
- Radiologic Technologists and Technicians: This is the occupational outlook handbook for this career as posted by the U.S. Department of Labor. It includes additional information such as nature of the work and projections data.
- American Society of Radiologic Technologists: The ASRT provides the resources x-ray technicians need to improve patient care. They have many helpful options including discounts on supplies, an online course on CT Basics: Fundamentals, and an online community to help even more.