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So, you're thinking about attending a radiology school and wondering what to expect from radiology classes? First, every school has a different set of curriculum, but you can be sure that there will be the usual radiology classes on the core set of principles and knowledge you will need to successfully practice as a radiology technician out in the field, not to mention being prepared for certification through the ARRT.

The foundational knowledge you will get from radiology classes

If you have ever found yourself surfing through the course lists on any given college offering radiology classes, you will find that almost all of them will offer the following basic course work before you even get to the good stuff:

  • Basic Medical Terminology
  • Anatomy & Cross-sectional anatomy
  • Ethics - Medical Ethics & Practice Standards
  • Physics (with a radiology emphasis)
  • Medical Record Organization & Management

Browse through any radiology class list and you will almost always find these at the beginning of the program. Some can get away with waivers if these courses have been taken before or for example, if you have taken physics in high school, but this depends on the school's policies.

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The core radiology course work:

Now we're ready to get to the good stuff; the radiology stuff you came for that is. At this point, you can expect to be taking radiology classes that will get into the specifics of the technology you will be using, the patient positioning techniques, and applying what you learned about anatomy to real world radiology case studies. The following are radiology classes that are commonly a part of your core training:

  • Introduction to Radiography, including radiography terminology and basic background.
  • Radiology Equipment Operation
  • Patient Positioning Techniques and Terminology
  • Image Exposure & Quality Control
  • Radiography Pathology
  • Radiology Case Studies
  • Applied Learning & Technology Integration

This core set of classes is just a sample of what you will see in almost any radiography class schedule. While the curriculum may differ depending on your instructor and the radiology school you are attending, the basic information and skills are the same.

Externships & Hands On Component

Lastly, every set of radiology classes includes what we'll call the hands on portion of your training. Usually, you will radiology training throughout your classes and most schools have equipment that you will be able to practice with; however, this is where you get to do some job shadowing with a Radiologic Technologist in the real world. This is where you get to observe what it is like to interact with real patients with real anxieties and real illnesses. At this point, you will get a chance to round out all of that book knowledge and classroom instruction.

Hopefully, this article has given you some insight into what to expect from radiology classes. To learn more, check out the radiology careers page or request more detailed information about radiology course work from schools of your choice:

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