How to Become an X-Ray Tech
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?
- Licensure is mandatory for radiological technologists and technician in 38 states.
- For a complete list of states that require licensure, visit The American Society of Radiologic Technologists.
Interested in learning more? Then please click on one of the schools below to inquire about their x-ray technician programs.
Featured X-Ray Technician Schools
Our career-focused programs and flexible class schedules make Southeastern a great choice for busy working adults. Small classes ensure personalized attention for each student.
For over 35 years, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals.
- Associate of Science in Radiation Therapy
- Associate of Science in Nuclear Medicine Technology
- Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology
At Fortis Institute, you may get the skills and training you need to prepare for a career.
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- Medical Assisting with Basic X-Ray Operation
- Medical Office Basic X-ray Technician
- Radiologic Technology
Pursue your education with American College for Medical Careers.
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- Diagnostic Medical Sonography
About Brightwood College
Brightwood College offers accelerated programs that combine flexible schedules and professional instruction to create a rewarding learning experience for individuals focused on gaining the skills for specific careers. Brightwood College is owned and operated by Education Corporation of America.
Take the first step toward a better future at South College-Asheville.
Get your career started with an education from Spencerian College.
Advance your career with American Institute - Diagnostic Medical Sonography.