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Radiologic Technology Program Information

 


 

What is Radiologic Technology?

Radiologic Technology is an allied health field which utilizes radiation energy to identify an abnormal condition as well as to rule out the existence of a disease. The radiologic technologist RT(R) works under the direction of the radiologist, a medical physician. As a member of the medical team, a radiologic technologist requires education not only in using equipment and applying the specialized techniques of radiology, but also in human anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, and disease conditions.

Graduates of the twenty-one month program receive an associate of science degree and are eligible to apply for examination through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists to achieve the designation of Registered Radiologic Technologist, RT(R).

If you've ever had an x-ray, you've probably met a radiologic technologist.  Did you know there are several professional practice areas for radiologic technologists?  Radiographers use x-ray equipment to produce images of tissues, organs, and bones.  Some radiographers specialize in mammography, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or cardiovascular/interventional (blood vessels).   Sonographers use high-frequency sound waves to create images of anatomy.  Nuclear medicine technologists use radiopharmaceuticals and special cameras to produce images of organs and reveal their function.  And radiation therapists administer highly focused forms of radiation to treat cancer and other diseases.

What does a Radiologic Technologist Do?

A career in radiologic technology can lead in many directions.  Demand for radiologic technologists remains across the country, in every health care setting.  You could work in a large hospital, an outpatient clinic or a physician's office.  You could specialize in clinical areas ranging from prenatal care to orthopedics.  You could be responsible for quality assurance or for overseeing the implementation of new technology.  You could manage an entire radiology department, including its budget and personnel.  You could affect the professionalism and competency of future technologists through teaching.

A career in radiologic technology offers a promising future, job stability and good salaries.  As technology advances and the American population ages, the demand for radiologic exams and procedures has increased.  The country needs qualified professionals to provide medical imaging and radiation therapy as current technologists reach retirement age.  Wages of radiologic technologists are competitive with other health professionals who have similar educational backgrounds.

Upon graduation from the Washburn University AS degree program, you are eligible for further formal education in radiation therapy, ultrasound, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, or nuclear medicine.  Through either short-term education or your employer, you are eligible to work in radiology areas of mammography or cardiovascular/interventional.

A Bachelor of Health Science (BHS) may also be pursued after completion of the AS degree at Washburn University.

Accreditation

The Radiographer Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology; 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182; email address is mail@jrcert.org; phone (312) 704-5300.

Program effectiveness data for the most recent periods are presented below.

  1. Annual completion rate: 83% (2012) with 20 out of 24 students graduated.
  2. Five-year average credentialing examination pass rate through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists: 98% (2008-2012) with 114 out of 116 passing.
  3. Five-year average job placement rate: 94% (2008-2012) which was 48 out of 51 graduates seeking employment.

The above listed program effectiveness data is also accessible through the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology’s website. Go to http://www.jrcert.org/ and look for “Students” heading, then select “For a report of JRCERT program performance measures, click here”.