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How to Become an X-Ray Technician

1. Find an X-Ray Technician School

Start by researching schools that offer X-Ray Technician programs. It is important that you find a school that will prepare you for state licensing and ARRT certification. When you request information from schools, be sure to ask them how they will prepare you for this. Browse our radiology school directory or search for radiology schools in your state to begin the process of researching information about schools and the x-ray programs they offer.

2. Complete an Associates or Certificate X-Ray Program

Becoming an X-Ray Technician can be done by completing a certificate, associates, or even a bachelor's degree program. The most common methods are certificates and associates degrees. Certificates take an average of 12 months to complete and an associates generally takes two academic years. If you cannot attend radiology courses during the day, you will want to ask about evening degree, online, or hybrid options to complete your education.

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3. Become licensed through your state & certified with the ARRT

It is highly recommended that you become registered with the ARRT (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists). In order to be eligible to take the ARRT exam, completing an x-ray program that is approved by JCERT is necessary . JCERT, which is the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology is the accrediting body that approves schools. 38 states require certification and if you search through the job listings of virtually any state, you will commonly see that employers prefer job candidates to be certified.

4. Apply for and obtain a job as an X-Ray Technician

Once you have completed your degree or certificate and passed the certification exam, it is time to update your resume and start applying for jobs. Be sure to stay in touch with other students and contacts you have in the field as they could be a referral source for you while you are seeking a position. Don't be afraid to contact current X-Ray professionals to get interviewing and resume advice. Post your resume on a radiology job board and stay positive.

 

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Limited Medical Radiologic Tech-Cert
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X-Ray Technician/Back Office Medical Assistant

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Real-World Training

We keep education relevant by employing instructors with real-world experience in the field, who bring their career backgrounds to the classroom. Our programs are continually assessed by faculty, staff and members of the business and education communities to help ensure your studies align with your career goals. Programs offered by Brightwood College focus on local employment needs, in areas such as allied health, nursing and technical and professional programs.

Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology

Since 1977, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career-focused education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals.  Our student-centered approach remains at the foundation of the Keiser University mission and continues to attract students who prefer a more personal learning experience. 

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Medical Assisting with Basic X-Ray Operation
Fortis Institute , Port Saint Lucie

Fortis Institute can give you the skills you need to train for a career in the healthcare field.

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Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Medical Career Institute in Ocean, NJ is your one-stop-shop for medical career training in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.  Medical Career Institute is approved by the United States Department of Education and the New Jersey Departments of Education and Labor and Workforce Development. Offering both morning and evening classes in addition to financial aid assistance to those who qualify. The school is accredited by ABHES and CAAHEP, ensuring the quality and level of education meets the highest standards.

 

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Daymar College , Bowling Green
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Degree - Diagnostic Medical Sonography
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Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Ultrasound
Virginia College , Birmingham

The goal of Virginia College lies in its responsibility to its students, the technical and business communities, and the general citizenry. We have a long history of offering new direction to students.

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Diagnostic Medical Sonography (General Concentration)
Advance your career with American Institute - Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Our program can be completed in as little as 16 months. We offer program specializations in general or cardiac sonography, both of which include vascular ultrasound training.
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