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.
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Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas
Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Conn.
The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Ark.
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, N.J.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va.
Wayne State University, Detroit, Mich.
Weber State University, Ogden, Utah
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