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X-Ray Technician Schools

Radiology is a versatile technology used in diverse health care settings such as hospitals, outpatient imaging centers, physicians' private practices, and even veterinary clinics. Many variations of basic X-ray machines have been developed, expanding the use of this technology and opportunities for professionals in the field.

Radiology schools provide training programs and specializations in diagnostic imaging technology. This involves X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs. While magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines are massive devices that require super-cooled liquids to keep the machines cooled, and require entire rooms to safely house them, X-ray machines are the oldest and simplest machines to work with; some machines are even attached to mobile devices.

What to Look For in X-ray Schools

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics, most states require practicing X-ray technicians to be licensed. Licensing in most states requires a certification exam either from the state or from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), the BLS reports. If you plan on being employed as a Radiologic Technologist -- a licensed position and title -- make sure your school is accredited by an accreditation agency approved by the ARRT.

There are non-degree level courses that award certificates or diplomas in radiology, but ARRT policy is to accept only students who have obtained either an associate or bachelor's degree in addition to completing a radiological educational program. The degree does not need to be in a radiological field, however, students are required to have completed the needed academic coursework prior to certification.

AART certification requires completing a degree program within a certain time frame, taking and passing the ARRT certification test, and meeting the ARRT's ethical standards. Keep in mind that program requirements and prerequisites tend to change, so check the ARRT website to find the most current info.

X-Ray Specializations

X-ray technician schools offer a wide variety of specializations or programs focusing on diagnostic imaging. X-rays have been used to peer into a body, since the first X-rays were taken in 1896. Since then, more uses have been found for X-rays besides identifying broken bones, for example:

  • Tomography - Layering multiple X-ray images, to create images of a cross-section of the body, usually accomplished by a computer
  • Mammography - Identifying cancerous tumors of the breast
  • Angiography - X-ray of a patient's vascular system
  • Fluoroscopy - uses continuous X-rays to create "X-ray movies" to examine blood vessels or the gastrointestinal tract

Using an X-ray machine is more advanced today than it has been at any point in the past, with more specialty options available for X-ray technicians both during the training program and in a professional career. The Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests there may be good opportunities for those qualified to work in different specializations.

Attending X-ray Schools Online

Due to the hands-on nature of training in X-ray technology and techniques, online programs are usually not approved for certification. However, online studies are an option for practicing professionals looking to polish their skills. Many states mandate continuing education (CE) for licensed radiological technicians, and the ARRT requires registered technicians to receive CE each year. These programs may be available either partially or entirely through online programs. 

Additionally, if you have some experience working as an X-ray technologist or in a related field in radiographic health care, you may meet the prerequisites for online X-ray tech programs designed specifically for individuals working in what is known as a "limited scope X-ray" capacity, who wish to earn a degree. Often, these certificates or degrees are named "fast track radiology" programs because they assume you already have some of the basic skills and knowledge to expand on.

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Sources:

  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/, accessed July 29, 2016
  2. College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/, accessed July 29, 2016
  3. The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, https://www.arrt.org/, accessed July 29, 2016

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Diploma in Medical Assisting with X-Ray Tech (Limited Scope)
Remington College , Fort Worth
  • Dallas campus named 2013 School of the Year by the National Association for Health Professionals (NAHP).
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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.

Limited Medical Radiologic Tech-Cert
  • Students participate in an externship program with partnered organizations, where they can get real-world experience.
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Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology
Keiser University Campus , Fort Lauderdale

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 , Orange Park

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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