UPDATED APRIL 28, 2020
You’ve heard the term radiologic technologist but might not have known enough about it to consider getting the two-year applied science degree that a radiologic technology program can deliver. Why become a radiologic technologist? Lots of reasons, including long-term career growth, a prominent role in the healthcare economy, and a yearly salary that often tops $45,000. (For more on the top 9 reasons to join the “rad tech” workforce, go here.
Radiologic technologists are medical professionals who are certified to perform diagnostic imaging examinations. It’s a unique role because radiologic technologists must be attentive to the patient’s condition and mindset and they must also have the technical skills to provide the precise body images requested by the patient’s physician.
People who are a good fit for this profession:
1. It’s a 2-year, A.A.S. degree
An A.A.S. degree is an associate of applied science degree. The “applied science” part of the degree is the difference-maker. The knowledge and skills needed for a long-term career as a radiologic technologist are packed into a two-year format.
2. It meets ARRT and state licensing requirements
The A.A.S. degree in radiologic technology is designed to make you eligible to take the national ARRT exam in radiography and to become a certified radiologic technologist. In addition, most states have a licensing requirement. ARRT certification and the A.A.S. degree in radiologic technology will make sure you’re ready to go to work.
3. Instructors have clinical experience
Make sure your radiologic technologist education comes from faculty who have first-hand experience working at or managing imaging centers. Textbook cases are one thing, but only proven instructors can demonstrate the most effective ways to work through challenging imaging scenarios.
4. There’s an emphasis on patient interaction skills
Employers know “patient care interaction skills” are essential because patient satisfaction reports can have a significant influence on the compensation received by health care facilities.
That means a radiologic technology program is more than learning the equipment. It must include coursework in “soft skills development,” such as:
5. Clinical experience happens early
Employers will be expecting lots of “hands-on” clinical experience with actual patients – everything from handling trauma injuries to investigating swallowed objects. Early interaction with patients enhances learning, and some programs will offer guided patient care experience as early as the second semester.
6. It offers a guaranteed admission option
Some colleges offer guaranteed admission status for students who take their prerequisite courses at the same university as the professional radiologic technology program. Imagine not having to worry about of being admitted to a highly competitive degree program like this!
Cleveland University-Kansas City (CUKC) is a nonprofit, private, healthcare-focused university located in Overland Park, Kansas.
Radiologic technologist students at CUKC earn their Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Radiologic Technology degree in a two-year format. The program’s eight-week courses deliver deep understanding. Students receive hands-on training and gain experience in the University’s own radiologic equipment rooms, two demonstration suites, and clinical experience in partner clinics in the Kansas City region.
Students who complete all the required prerequisite coursework at CUKC receive guaranteed admission to the radiologic technology degree program provided they meet all other criteria for program admission.
CUKC welcomes new classes of students into the radiologic technology program in spring and fall.
Request information today about CUKC’s two-year radiologic technology degree program, or download the new, free ebook: Your Complete Guide to a Career as a Radiologic Technologist.