Radiologic Technologists are also known as X-ray technicians, X-ray technologists, or radiographers. To become a radiologic technologist starts from the high school where you need to major in science subjects, including physiology, anatomy, biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics.
After high school, you can take a six-month certificate program in radiography with any institution accredited by The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Certificate programs are still currently allowed; however, from 2015 they will be stopped. From then, the lowest qualification for a radiologic technologist will be associate degree from an accredited institution.
Certificate program consists of classroom and clinical training, and the courses you will take include anatomy, biology, radiation physics and protection, pathology, phlebotomy, image evaluation, and patient care.
With the completion of an associate degree, you will be eligible to take the national certification exam conducted by The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).
Other requirements to be certified include three years of proven proficiency in several clinical procedures after obtaining an associate degree, or five years after high school diploma.
To practice as radiologic technologist, most of the states in the U.S. require you to be licensed. You will be granted license if you graduated from an accredited school and have passed the ARRT certification exam. You will be able to maintain your license by meeting continuing education requirements.
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