X-Ray Technician Schools

X-Ray Technician Schools

X-Ray Technician Schools

X-Ray Technician schools
include
programs taught in hospitals, community colleges, colleges, universities, vocational schools and online schools.

These can
be discussed in terms of x-ray certificate programs and x-ray degree programs.
X-Ray schools that offer X-Ray Technician certificate programs typically include community colleges, vocational schools and some hospitals.  X-Ray Technician schools offering certificate programs generally have 1-2 year program lengths. Students generally submit to a background check and need to pass a drug screening. Both coursework and clinical work are typically required and can include such topics as radiation safety, radiation terminology, physics, image production and analysis, radiographic pathology, patient positioning and testing.  CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) may also be included.

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Schools for X-Ray Technician degree programs are generally offered in some hospitals, colleges and universities and include two-year and four year degrees.  Students can earn an associate's degree in radiology with a two year course of study. According to O*Net online, about 67% of X-Ray Technicians have an associate's degree. 

X-Ray Technician schools offering four year bachelor's degree in radiology are generally
colleges and universities. Training here is typically not just for X-Ray Technician work but for management positions.  According to O*Net online, about 2% of X-Ray Technicians have a bachelor's degree.

Online X-Ray Technician schools are available.  These programs can be used to satisfy a portion of the non-clinical coursework in associate or bachelor's programs.

Regardless of
X-Ray school, students should make sure the program is certified. The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) accredits most formal X-Ray Technician programs.


Information on this page summarized from:
(1)  Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Radiologic and MRI Technologists, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/radiologic-technologists.htm
(2) O*Net Online,
Summary Report for:29-2099.06 - Radiologic Technicians, http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/29-2099.06?redir=29-2034.02

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