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Associate Degrees in Radiologic Technology with Career Information

Learn about radiologic technology careers for those who complete associate's degree programs in this field. Find out about continuing education and certification options.

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Essential Information

Radiologic technologists are responsible for taking x-rays and producing other medical images using radiation and radio wave technology. These technologists work under the supervision of physicians or radiologists. Associate's degree programs in radiologic technology prepare students to work in hospitals, clinics and labs as radiologic technologists. A 2-year radiologic technology program may also include internship or externship opportunities in medical facilities.

Educational Prerequisites

To enroll in an associate's degree program in radiologic technology, students must have a high school diploma. Most programs do not require students to submit SAT or ACT scores, though placement exams for core classes may be required.

Program Coursework

In an associate's degree program, students take life science and medical courses covering biology, anatomy, physiology and health care communication. Although some programs take place in classrooms, many courses are conducted in medical labs. Students learn to produce accurate medical images using advanced radiological technology equipment. Common courses include:

  • Radiographic procedures
  • Patient care in radiologic technology
  • Medical terminology
  • Radiologic pathology
  • Cross-sectional anatomy
  • Radiographic positioning

Employment Outlook and Salary Information

There were approximately 194,790 radiologic technologists in 2012, reported the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS, www.bls.gov). Most radiologic technologists worked in hospitals, while others were employed by physicians' offices, medical labs and medical imaging centers. Employment opportunities for radiologic technologists are expected to increase by about 28% from 2010-2020. The median annual salary for radiologic technologists was $54,620 in 2012, per the BLS.

Continuing Education and Certification Information

For students interested in pursuing supervisory or management positions in radiologic technology, a bachelor's or master's degree in radiologic technology may be suitable. Radiologic technologists with bachelor's degrees may advance to supervisory positions, and those with master's degrees may be hired for teaching and research positions.

Radiologic technologists can seek voluntary certification through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). A majority of states use an ARRT-regulated exam to grant licensure to radiologic technologists. To increase career advancement opportunities, students can also specialize in a certain area of radiologic technology, such as angiography or CT scanning.

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