Become an X-Ray Technician - How to Become an X-Ray Tech

How to Become an X-Ray Tech

Jun 10 '10

Becoming a qualified x-ray technician is a process. You may have to select a high-quality training program and then obtain your certificate or degree. There are decisions to be made about registration and licensure, if required by your state. Read on to learn how to become an x-ray tech.

Things you may Consider when Choosing an X-Ray Tech Program?

  • Students have the option of pursuing a one-year certificate, two-year associate degree, or four-year bachelor degree. Bachelor degrees, generally, may improve one's immediate earning potential. Additionally, some coursework may be available via online schooling.
  • Not all x-ray technician programs may be accredited by The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, the field's most respected accrediting body. To become an x-ray technician, it is important to seek a JRCERT-accredited program.
  • Pursuing your x-ray technician degree or certificate from a non-JRCERT-accredited school may limit your career opportunities, as only graduates of accredited institutions are eligible for registration by The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Additionally, the ARRT certification is required for licensure in many states.

Why Should I Register with ARRT? What's the Process?

  • Many employers may prefer radiographers registered by the ARRT. Registration is also a requirement of licensure in many states.
  • To be eligible for registration, candidates may requires to graduate from a program accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.
  • Candidates also may require to pass the ARRT's national certification exam.
  • To maintain their ARRT registration, x-ray techs may require to complete 24 hours of continuing education every other year. With additional experience and training, radiographers may become higher-paid specialists, supervisors, administrators, and educators.

Why Should I Become a Licensed X-Ray Technician? What's the Process?

Interested in learning more? Then please click on one of the schools below to inquire about their x-ray technician programs.

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