Certification for Radiology Technician
Radiology is the field of medicine which practical objective is taking x-rays that can be used for diagnostic purposes. Radiologic technologists are sometimes called radiographers, carry out the actual process of producing these x-rays. Radiology students may complete certificate or diploma programs in radiologic technology or radiologic science in order to prepare themselves for licensing and certification as dental radiologic assistants.
Radiologic Technology Certificate Programs
Many radiologic technology certificate programs are offered by allied health schools or departments of allied health within colleges and universities. Generally certificate programs last twenty four months and focus on the technical skills required by the specific occupation. The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology is the core accrediting body for education programs in this area.
Educational program prerequisites vary. All programs require high school diplomas or equivalent of them. Some programs also require completion of college-level coursework, such as physiology, anatomy and medical terminology, in order to prepare student before enrollment into the actual radiography program. While the other programs require associate’s radiology degrees and observation experience.
State Licensing Exams
Curriculum is designed to prepare students for state licensing exams or national certification. Students participate in classroom learning, laboratory work and clinical rotations. Coursework might include such courses as the following:
• Medical ethics
• Radiologic technology
• Physics of radiology
• Radiation safety
• Radiographic exposure
Radiologic technologists are employed mostly by hospitals. However, others work for colleges and universities, physicians’ offices, medical or diagnostic laboratories and also outpatient care facilities.
With additional training, radiologic technologists can become ARRT certified in one of several specialty areas, including:
Technologists may also train to become dental radiologist assistants.
Featured Online Radiology Degree Programs
Pima Medical Institute
- AOS in Radiography
- Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences
- Associate of Occupational Science in Radiography
Adventist University of Health Sciences
Radiology Schools by States
- Dental Radiology Certification Programs
- Radiology Technician and Technologist Degree
- Nuclear Medicine
- Master’s Degree Program in Radiology