X-Ray Technician Training

X-Ray Technician Training
X-Ray Technician Training
X-Ray Technician training is offered in a variety of settings and in a variety of X-Ray training programs
X-Ray Technician schools include hospitals, colleges, universities, online schools and vocational schools.  Online schools can be used to satisfy some of the non-clinical requirements.

X-Ray Technician training programs range in length from 1 to 4 years and lead to a certificate, an associate degree, or a bachelors degree. X-Ray Technician programs typically last around 21-24 months.  Two-year associate degree programs are the most common. According to O*Net Online, about 67% have an associate's degree, 31% have some college but no degree and the remainder have a bachelor's degree.

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X-Ray Technician training classes provide study in areas such as:

  • anatomy and physiology
  • patient care procedures
  • radiation physics
  • radiation protection
  • principles of imaging
  • image evaluation
  • medical terminology
  • positioning of patients
  • medical ethics
  • radiobiology
  • pathology

Patient care procedures encompass such things as patient communication, how to follow doctor's guidelines, prepare schedules, protect patients from radiation and maintain patient records.  X-Ray Technician training also includes equipment training such as operation x-ray machines, fluoroscope machines, CT scanners and MRI machines.

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) accredits most formal X-Ray Technician programs. X-Ray Technician or radiography programs require, at a minimum, a high school diploma.  Completing an accredited program is required for licensure in some states.

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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