Some people believe there are two kinds of people – introverts who are best at “techy” jobs and extroverts who have a natural ability and interest in interacting well with people of all ages and cultures.
Today, we know some people are a bit of both…and that’s a very good thing. When that describes you, a combined “tech/care” role deserves your attention, so you should learn all you can about a radiologic technology program.
Radiologic technologists, often known as “rad techs,” give physicians the information they need to pinpoint diseases, disorders, and problems without assumptions or invasive procedures.
This is accomplished by knowing the science and art of applying various medical imaging technologies learned in a radiologic technologist program.
Radiography is the most common entry program for this profession, and graduates often add other certifications, including
Additional certifications help rad techs advance their careers and increase their salary potential.
Medical imaging is valuable to physicians, so what rad techs know and do is crucial in helping establish positive patient-provider relationships. Rad techs must understand how to accurately position patients for the desired scan because achieving a high-quality diagnostic image is essential.
Knowing this, you can see why being aware of someone’s comfort level and learning how to get the details doctors need requires someone talented in patient care and understanding technology.
This call for a unique combination of abilities is one of the reasons diagnostic imaging-centered careers are so diverse and growing so fast and why finding a comprehensive and nationally accredited radiologic technology program can make all the difference.
The majority of rad techs enter the workforce in two years by earning an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Radiologic Technology.
Typically, students take a variety of preliminary courses – about 24 credit hours – and then spend the rest of the time in specific radiologic technology courses and labs. They learn the principles and theories of diagnostic imaging and become proficient in the specific skills rad techs use.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment growth for radiologic technologist program graduates is 6% from 2022 to 32.
A U.S. News report says salaries for experienced rad techs can typically range from $48,000 to $58,000, depending on demand and geographic location. You can learn more about income ranges here.
A vital part of a rad tech’s A.A.S. (2-year) degree program is the clinical experience. When students achieve certain competency levels, they qualify for clinical assignments at work sites associated with the program.
Having that clinical experience helps rad tech students be ready to contribute as soon as they graduate and are certified. After you become a radiologic technologist, employers include:
Here is some good news for those (like you) who want variety in your workday. There is no such thing as an “average” day for a rad tech. Imagine performing any combination of these duties as a radiologic technologist:
Cleveland University-Kansas City (CUKC) is a nonprofit, private, chiropractic and health sciences university in Overland Park, Kansas, a part of the Kansas City metro.
Our ongoing mission since our founding more than 100 years ago: to educate and develop leaders in health promotion and help people embrace behaviors to control and improve their lives.
Within our College of Health Sciences, CUKC offers an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Radiologic Technology that most students complete in two years or less.
The Kansas City area (about 2 million residents) presents a wide array of places for the all-important clinical experiences: physician offices, Trauma I-level hospitals, community hospitals, and urgent-care centers.
Features of the CUKC radiologic technology program include:
Learn more about the rad tech profession by connecting with our advising team and downloading your copy of our free eBook: Your Complete Guide to a Career as a Radiologic Technologist.