What is a Radiologic Technologist?
Radiologic technologists, better known as radiographers, are the medical technicians who perform diagnostic medical imaging examinations, including X-rays. Radiographers who perform imaging examinations are responsible for accurately positioning patients and ensuring that a quality diagnostic image is produced. They work closely with radiologists, the physicians who interpret medical images to either diagnose or rule out disease/injury. For the images to be interpreted correctly by the radiologist, the imaging examinations must be performed properly and competently by the imaging experts, the radiographer.
They may specialize in specific imaging techniques such as bone densitometry, cardiovascular-interventional radiography, computed tomography, mammography, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine, quality management, sonography or general diagnostic radiography.
Hospitals are the primary employer of radiologic technologists, but a greater number of new jobs will be found in physicians' offices and diagnostic imaging centers.
Associate Degree Program
As students in Pima Medical Institute’s Radiography program, you'll take classes to learn the necessary skills to accurately position patients, ensuring that a quality diagnostic image is produced. You will also be educated in anatomy, examination techniques, equipment protocols, radiation safety, radiation protection and basic patient care.
|CSK 101||Study Skills||16||1.0|
|RA 100||Radiography I||48||3.0|
|CMT 105||Medical Terminology||16||1.0|
|MT 203||Math Applications||48||3.0|
|RA 102||Positioning I||32||32||3.0|
|BIO 130||Anatomy and Physiology I||32||2.0|
|Semester I Total||240||32||16.0|
|RA 118||Positioning II||48||32||4.0|
|RA 110||Principles of Exposure||48||3.0|
|RA 121||Methods of Patient Care||48||16||3.5|
|BIO 140||Anatomy and Physiology II||32||2.0|
|CLE 110||Medical Law & Ethics||16||1.0|
|Semester II Total||240||48||16.5|
|CCL 110||Computer Literacy||24||16||2.0|
|RA 130||Radiographic Biology||32||2.0|
|RA 300||Clinical Externship I*||512||11.0|
|Semester III Total||56||16||512||15.0|
|RA 114||Adv. Rad Imaging & Spec. Proc||48||3.0|
|RA 112||Pathology I||16||1.0|
|RA 301||Clinical Externship II*||512||11.0|
|Semester IV Total||64||512||15.0|
|RA 201||Radiography II||48||3.0|
|RA 212||Pathology II||16||1.0|
|RA 302||Clinical Externship III*||512||11.0|
|Semester V Total||64||512||15.0|
|RA 202||Radiography III||64||4.0|
|RA 303||Clinical Externship IV*||512||11.0|
|Semester VI Total||64||512||15.0|
*Prior to radiography students entering the clinical phase of the program they will be required to pay for and submit proof of vaccinations, depending on campus/program location may be required to hold current medical insurance, complete a multi-state background check and any other additional tests as required by clinical affiliates.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states that job opportunities for radiographers are expected to be favorable, and employment of radiologic technologists is expected to increase by about 28 percent nationally through 2020, faster than average for all occupations.**
Approximately 2 years
For more detailed information on Pima's Radiography program specifics and financial assistance, please visit your local campus below:
**Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Radiologic Technologists, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Radiologic-technologists.htm
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