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Radiology Schools in Florida

Radiologic technologists have the important role of doing diagnostic imaging on patients so that physicians can determine whether they have an illness or injury and what the course of treatment should be. Of course, there is more than one type of imaging, so a career in radiology can include working with X-ray, MRI or ultrasound machines, among others. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the job responsibilities of these health care professionals may include:

  • Maintaining equipment and supplies
  • Knowing how to protect patients from unnecessary radiologic exposure
  • Following orders from a doctor on what areas to image
  • Correctly positioning the patient to obtain needed images

Specific jobs in the field include:

Florida Schools with Radiology Programs

Students looking for radiologic technologist schools in Florida can check out the following schools, among others, from the National Center for Education Statistics for potential programs:

  • Broward College, Fort Lauderdale
  • College of Central Florida, Ocala
  • Daytona State College, Daytona Beach
  • Eastern Florida State College, Cocoa
  • Edison State College, Fort Myers
  • Florida State College, Jacksonville
  • Gulf Course State College, Panama City
  • Hillsborough Community College, Tampa
  • Indian River State College, Fort Pierce
  • Marion County Community Technical and Adult Education Center, Ocala
  • Miami Dade College, Miami
  • Northwest Florida State College, Niceville
  • Palm Beach State College, Lake Worth
  • Pasco-Hernando Community College, New Port Richey
  • Pensacola State College, Pensacola
  • Polk State College, Winter Haven
  • Saint Johns River State College, Palatka
  • Santa Fe College, Gainesville
  • South Florida State College, Avon Park
  • St. Petersburg College, Clearwater
  • Tallahassee Community College, Tallahassee
  • Valencia College, Orlando

How to Become a Radiologic Technologist in Florida

According to the BLS, an Associate degree is generally needed to become a radiologic technologist. Certificate and Bachelor's degree programs may also be available, but an Associate degree may be adequate to gain the knowledge to be able to take any state or national test as part of the process of state licensure. Students in an Associate degree program, which typically takes two years to complete, can gain a vast amount of background knowledge, in areas like positioning and related anatomy, basic patient care procedures and radiographic physics. Clinical education is typically part of the curriculum offered in radiologic technologist schools in Florida and nationwide, providing students with hands-on skills working with X-ray equipment.

Completing an accredited program through the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) is also important because states may require that students graduate from an accredited program to be able to be licensed there. Requirements can vary by state, but to be state licensed students generally do need to take a state exam or one given through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) to prove competency. The ARRT reports that 37 states use, or accept, its exam as part of state licensing procedures. In Florida, completion of a program of study is not necessary for licensing, but applicants must be eligible to take the ARRT and be able to pass for licensure, according to the Florida Department of Health.

Radiology Salary in Florida

Check out the table below for the average annual salaries of different radiology jobs in the Sunshine State. Keep in mind that pay may vary based on where you live in Florida.

CareerTotal EmploymentAnnual Mean Wage
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians4,27050,240
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers5,12062,650
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists3,48064,710
Nuclear Medicine Technologists1,66071,330
Radiologic Technologists12,75052,960
Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Additional Resources for Florida Radiology Techs

Florida Radiological Society
5620 West Sligh Avenue
Tampa, Florida 33634
Phone: 813-806-1070
Fax: 813-806-1071
web: www.flrad.org/

Florida Radiology Licensing Information
Health Professional Licensure Information
4042 Bald Cypress Way
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
Phone: 850 -488-0595
Fax: 850 - 487-9626
web: www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/index.html


Sources:

  1. State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates - Florida, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_fl.htm#29-0000
  2. Radiologic Technology, Bellevue College, http://www.bellevuecollege.edu/programs/degrees/proftech/ratec/
  3. Find a JRCERT Accredited Program, Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, http://www.jrcert.org/
  4. Radiologic and MRI Technologists, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/radiologic-technologists.htm
  5. ARRT Certification, The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, https://www.arrt.org/Certification
  6. Licensing, Florida Department of Health, http://www.floridahealth.gov/%5C/licensing-and-regulation/radiologic-technology/licensing/index.html
  7. College Navigator, National Center for Educational Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?s=FL&p=51.0907+51.0911+41.0204+41.0299&l=91+92+93&pg=3&id=138187#programs

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