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Review Your X-Ray Technician Program Options

Jun 10 '10

To be competitive in today's marketplace, aspiring radiographers may require to pursue formal training through a quality x-ray technician program.

Where Are X-Ray Technician Programs Offered?

  • X-ray tech programs may be available at technical institutes, community colleges, four-year colleges and universities, and hospitals, as well as within the U.S. Armed Forces.
  • X-ray technician programs may range from one to four years. Aspiring radiographers have the option of pursuing a one-year certificate, two-year associate degree, or four-year bachelor degree.
  • Most individuals enter the radiography field with an associate degree from a community or technical college. The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology accredits more than 1,000 x-ray tech programs.

Do X-Ray Technician Programs Have Admission Requirements?

  • Certificate and two-year associate degree programs may require at least a high-school diploma. Completion of high-school science classes, such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology, may recommended.
  • Bachelor degree programs have more rigorous requirements, including entrance examinations and application essays.

What may be the Benefits of Different Kinds of X-Ray Tech Programs?

  • Certificate and associate-level x-ray technician programs may provide students the necessary training to apply for entry-level positions in the field.
  • Some accelerated certificate programs may allow working radiographers to specialize in different areas of radiography, such as computed tomography, mammography, and bone densitometry. Certificate programs may also provide other health workers, such as registered nurses, the opportunity to practice radiography.
  • Bachelor's degrees prepare individuals for supervisory, administrative, and teaching roles.
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