- School of Nursing and Health Professions
- Type of Degree: Associate of Science (AS)
- Location: Williston Campus
- Credit Requirements: 77
Radiologic technology is a career field that requires a skilled person, qualified by a medical and technical education to provide patient services at hospitals, physicians' offices, and imaging centers. A radiologic technologist uses x-ray equipment to produce images of tissues, organs, bones and vessels of the body. A radiologic science degree requires that you pass a national registry examination. Successful completion of the exam allows the radiographer the opportunity to cross-train into CT, mammography, cardiac catheterization lab, angiography, bone densitometry, and quality assurance/control.
Not only are radiologic technologists involved in operating radiologic equipment, they also perform certain administrative tasks. Technologists prepare and maintain the patient’s records, keep track of patient images and analyze images for diagnostic quality. They may also maintain paper or electronic files, schedule appointments, prepare work schedules and, in general, manage radiology departments or facilities. Good health, emotional stability and a sincere desire to work with the ill and disabled are important qualifications for this profession. Radiographers may serve in other capacities such as:
- Technical advisors and application specialists
- Representatives for radiologic equipment and supply manufacturers
- Federal government and Armed Forces
- Public health, educational institutions and clinics
A student with an Associate of Science in Radiologic Science will be able to:
- Use algorithmic reasoning when determining exposure factors to obtain diagnostic quality radiographs with minimum radiation exposure
- Practice radiation protection for the patient, self, and others
- Position the patient and imaging system to perform optimum radiographic examinations on patients throughout the lifespan
- The successful student will use effective non-verbal, oral and written communication in patient care to anticipate and provide basic care and comfort, patient education as well as for professional relationships
- Exercise critical thinking and discretion in the technical performance of medical imaging procedures consistent with current standards of practice
- Support cultural and social awareness when providing medical imaging procedures
- Appraise patient information from multiple sources to perform medical imaging procedures consistent with the scope of practice
Each student receives hands-on experience in medical imaging. Along with radiologic technology, the student participates in other areas of medical imaging, including computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and mammography.
The program builds a strong framework for further study.
- Scholarships: While there are no program-specific scholarships available at this time, additional scholarships are available.
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