Category: Radiologic Technology Information

How to Become a Registered Radiologist Assistant

A registered radiologist assistant is a healthcare provider who has obtained advanced training in radiography and certified to assist radiographers in providing diagnostic imaging services to patients.

The path to becoming a radiologist assistant begins with an associate degree in radiologic technology. There are a number of accredited programs out there that you can enroll with to complete an associate degree studies in Radiologic technology. Whatever school you choose to enroll in, make sure they are accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

Check with JRCERT if the program you are considering is accredited before you register with them, otherwise you might not be allowed to take the certification exam at the completion of your studies if the school is found not to be accredited.

Having completed the associate degree program, you will further your education to Bachelors or Masters degree in Radiologist Assistant with an accredited school. You can continue your education with the same school you completed the associate degree program from or move to another.

Some of the courses you will be expected to take include fluroscopy techniques, pathophysiology, radiology reporting, cross section anatomy, patient assessment, radiology pharmacology, image evaluation, radiobiology health, health care organization, medical legal topics, patient research, and basic practice statistics.

The courses consist of classroom, clinical, and laboratory activities. The clinical part of it entails working for some hours in a clinic under supervision, where you apply theories learnt in classroom on real patients.

After graduation, you will need to be certified before you can practice. That means you have to sit for the certification exam conducted by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, ARRT. ARRT performs renewal registration yearly, which expires in ten years.

ARRT Approved Schools for Radiologist Assistant Program

The ARRT usually carry out periodic assessment on schools that have applied for its approval to offer Radiologist Assistant program and pick only those which currently meet its qualification requirements. This means that schools that were approved some months or years back may not be listed by the ARRT currently.

It is therefore important to do a check on approved schools with the ARRT before enrolling into any school to be trained as Radiologist Assistant.

Presently, the following schools are ARRT approved:

Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, Calif.
(909) 558-4931 ext. 44056

Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas
(866) 575-4305

Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Conn.
(203) 582-3650

The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
(614) 688-4535

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Ark.
(501) 686-7438

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, N.J.
(973) 972-5454

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, N.C.
(919) 843-6578

Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va.
(804) 828-9104

Wayne State University, Detroit, Mich.
(313) 916-1348

Weber State University, Ogden, Utah
(801) 626-6057

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Radiologic Technologists Continue to get Paid High Salaries

Radiologic Technologists continue to enjoy good job prospects and get paid high salaries across the United States.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ occupational employment and wages for Radiologic Technologist report, May 2012, the profession remains a top paying one in the healthcare sector.

Highest Paying Industries

The highest paying industries include: Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools, employ 2,340 Radiologic Technologist and pay hourly mean wage of $32.12, and annual mean salary of $66,810.

Scientific Research and Development Services employ 190 and pay average hourly wage of $29.60 and $61,570 yearly.

Next is Specialty Hospitals (excluding psychiatric and substance abuse), which employ 1,950 and pay $29.52 per hour, and $61,410 yearly salary.

Insurance Carriers employ 40 Radiologic Technologists and pay averagely, $29.39 per hour, and $61,130 yearly.

The fifth highest paying industry is Employment Services, which have 1,310 Radiologic Technologists and pay $29.37 hourly and $61,090 yearly salary.

Other industries and the mean wage they pay include: Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation), employ 4,580 and pay $28.27 hourly and $58,800 yearly.

Outpatient Care Centers- employ 7,120 and pay $27.51 hourly and $57,210 annually.
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories – employ 13,470 professionals, and pay $27.28 hourly and $56,740 yearly.

General Medical and Surgical Hospitals – employ 116,520 Radiologic Technologists and pay hourly wage of $27.21 and annually wage of $56,590.

Offices of Physicians – employ 42,670 professionals and pay $26.48 per hour and $55,070 yearly.

Highest Paying States

Radiologic Technologists earn different salaries in the different States. The top five highest paying states are:

Massachusetts – employs 5,530 professionals who earn $39.46 per hour and $82,080 per year.

California – employs 14,820, and pays $33.94 per hour and yearly wage of $70,590

Alaska follows with 390 Radiologic Technologists, who earn hourly wage of $32.68 and yearly salary of 67,980.

District of Columbia – has 620 of the professionals employed, and pays $32.45 per hour and $67,500 yearly.

Hawaii – employs 630 of the professionals and pays $32.02 hourly and $66,610 yearly.

Below is a table showing the mean annual salaries and number of Radiologic Technologists employed across the states of the U.S. Data taken from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, May, 2012 report.

Radiologic Technologists in Employment
Annual Salary
Alabama 3,360 $44,940
390 $67,980
Arizona 3,820 $60,850
2,050 $43,940
14,820 $70,590
Colorado 3,240 $57,830
2,310 $63,450
11,650 $51,380
5,500 $49,730
630 $66,610
Idaho 800 $50,770
7,850 $58,340
4,380 $51,410
2,380 $46,750
2,040 $48,920
Kentucky 3,890 $48,430
2,910 $48,610
Maine 940 $55,140
Massachusetts 5,530 $82,080
7,240 $52,850
3,780 $59,330
1,910 $45,080
4,780 $50,080
760 $51,580
1,600 $48,710
1,380 $62,590
New Mexico
1,080 $55,500
New York
12,210 $64,290
North Carolina 6,490 $52,770
North Dakota
530 $46,670
Ohio 8,620 $50,960
2,310 $48,790
2,010 $63,480
9,600 $52,970
Puerto Rico
1,190 $25,860
South Carolina 3,240 $51,400
South Dakota
920 $46,130
5,540 $48,150
Texas 12,790 $52, 660
Utah 1,440 $50,260
4,910 $56,530
Washington  3,710 $64,960
West Virginia 1,720 $44,210
Wisconsin 4,190 $54,290
380 $54,310

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What is Radiologic Technology?

Radiologic Technology, also called Radiography is the technical science that utilizes X-rays (radiation) to generate images of internal body structures of the human being, such as organs, bones, tissues and vessels for the purpose of diagnosing and treating diseases. It is a profession that combines both physical and medical sciences to diagnose and treat diseases.

It involves the use of sophisticated equipments and techniques, and the understanding of anatomy, physiology, technology, patient care, and pathology to produce images of body structures, which are read, and analyzed by the Radiologist to advise treatment.

To qualify as a Radiologic Technologist or Radiographer or Radiologic Technician as they are also known as, you will need to take a 2-year Associate Degree program from any of the JRCERT accredited schools to learn the use of the equipments, and take the above stated courses.

Radiography is one of the fastest growing professions in the healthcare sector, and holds excellent opportunities and career prospects for practitioners. This is so because of the increasing use of X-rays in government agencies and the industry, in addition to the expansion of hospitals and clinic facilities.

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