When doctors order an x-ray to help diagnose a patient, they rely on the knowledge and skills of a Radiologic Technologist, or a Radiographer. Radiologic Technologists (or Rad Techs) are healthcare professionals prepared to administer ionizing radiation for medical diagnostic imaging purposes.
At Dorsey College, we offer our Radiologic Technologist program for those interested in pursuing a career as a Radiologic Technologist. Students will have an opportunity to learn in a hands-on environment, while being exposed to the knowledge needed to become a Rad Tech. The team at Dorsey College is prepared to help you develop the skills needed to launch your new career in healthcare while you pursue your radiologic technologist degree.
Looking for a “radiologic technologist program near me?”The Dorsey College Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology program is offered at the following campus location:
Radiologic Technologist program at Dorsey College
The Radiologic Technologist education and training provided by Dorsey College consists of general courses that will help set a solid foundation for your education, along with specialized courses in radiography, all designed to prepare you for future success in the workplace.
General Education Courses
General education courses in the Radiologic technologist program include:
- Anatomy and Physiology with Advanced Medical Terminology
- Introduction to Chemistry
- English Composition
- Mathematical Concepts
- Introduction to Psychology
- Introduction to Ethical Principles
The specialized courses in the Radiologic Technologist program are designed specifically to introduce you to radiography technology with an emphasis on safety and patient care, radiographic pathology and physics, image analysis and quality management in imaging, radiographic procedures coupled with clinical training, and a capstone course.
Specialized courses in radiography that are part of the Associate of Applied Science in our Radiologic Technology program include:
- Introduction to Radiography Technology
- Patient Care for the Radiographer
- Radiographic Procedures with Procedures Lab I, II, and III
- Radiography Practicum I, II, III, IV, and V
- Radiation Protection and Biology and for Radiographer
- Radiographic Pathology
- Principles of Radiographic Physics
- Radiographic Image Analysis
- Quality Management in Diagnostic Imaging
- Radiology Technology Capstone
The ARRT Exam
In addition, graduates from the Dorsey College Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology program may go on to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) registry examination to become a registered radiographer. Dorsey College encourages all graduates to take this exam and pursue becoming a registered radiographer, as this can improve an individual’s prospects at obtaining and maintaining gainful employment. However, Dorsey College makes no guarantee of an individual’s outcome on an exam or their ability to gain recognition from a registry or certifying body.
Hybrid Approach To Learning
The Radiologic technologist training program at Dorsey College is delivered in a hybrid format. That means you will have some of your classes delivered online via distance education, and others will take place on campus where you can benefit from hands-on training. It’s the best of both worlds and offers our students even more flexibility as they train for their new career.
Are you ready to take the first steps towards pursuing your Radiologic technologist degree? Contact Dorsey College today to learn more about the Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology program.
Your radiologic technologist education and training
It is important to keep in mind that rad tech programs are usually a 2-year commitment, that results in the student earning an associate degree upon successful completion of the program.
Learn With Hands-On Training
Since Rad Techs work closely with patients and it is important that their work is precise, it is important to choose a program that has a strong hands-on training component. Hands-on training offered at a Radiologic Technologist school may take place on-campus as well as during clinical training.
ARRT Exam Preparation
Students who choose Dorsey College for their Radiologic Technologist training will benefit from both classroom instruction as well as hands-on training. Our program has been skillfully designed to layer in clinical training throughout. This approach allows students an opportunity to apply the knowledge they are learning in a hands-on environment. In addition, at the end of the program, students will take part in a capstone course where they will be able to prepare for the ARRT exam in radiography as well as develop skills and strategies to pursue their new career.
What you can learn in radiologic technologist school
Students who enroll at a Radiologic Technologist school will be exposed to a variety of topics in their radiography courses to meet the radiologic technologist degree requirements. Some of these topics may include:
- Terminology, principles, and applications of digital technology
- Image quality and radiation safety practices
- Legal and ethical considerations/issues
- Patient assessment, infection control, emergency and safety procedures, and patient interaction skills
- Exposure to the knowledge base needed and the opportunity to obtain practical experience applying that knowledge to perform imaging procedures on various parts of the body.
- An overview of the principles of radiation protection, including the responsibilities of the radiographer for patients, personnel, and the public.
- Radiation health and safety requirements of federal and state regulatory agencies, accreditation agencies and health care organizations.
- Establishing a basis for analyzing radiographic images, the importance of optimal imaging standards, discussion of a problem-solving technique for image evaluation and the factors that can affect image quality.
- Introduction to basic knowledge of quality control and federal regulation standards.
- Comprehensive content review, designed to prepare students to challenge the ARRT exam in radiography.
For students who choose the Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology program at Dorsey College, they will cover each of the topics above in their radiography courses, and more! Students in our program will benefit from the opportunity to learn base knowledge in a classroom setting and then can apply that knowledge during radiography practicum courses.
Contact Dorsey College today to learn how you can begin your training to pursue a career as a Radiologic Technologist!
Pursuing Your Career after obtaining your Radiologic Technologist degree
Pursuing your new career after Radiologic Technologist school is an exciting step in your journey! Rad Techs can be found working in a variety of healthcare settings including hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, along with other healthcare practices.
A Radiologic Technologist may work under various occupational titles. Some of these include Radiology Technician, Radiology Tech, Radiology Technologist, Radiographer, Radiological Technologist, and Registered Radiographer. They may also be referred to as an X-Ray Technician, an X-Ray Tech, or an X-Ray Technologist.
Radiologic Technologist Job Duties
Radiologic Technologists may perform a variety of duties. Some of these may include preparing exam rooms and patients prior to imaging scans. They are also responsible for administering the equipment, properly positioning patients, and ensuring patient safety to obtain imaging scans. They also review imaging scans to ensure quality, follow-up with physicians, maintain records, and adhere to standards and regulations to promote safety.
Career Services Assistance From Dorsey College
Attending a Radiologic Technologist school can prepare you for your new career as a Rad Tech. At Dorsey College, we are committed to helping our students by not only providing them with comprehensive training, but also assisting them in launching their new career. Dorsey College provides career services assistance to all program completers; however, job placement is not guaranteed.
If you are ready to begin pursuing your career as a Radiologic Technologist, contact Dorsey College to learn how you can begin your training in the Associate of Applied Science of Radiologic Technology program today!
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