What does a Radiologic Technologist do? Radiographers utilize x-rays and other energy forms to create images of body parts and organ systems to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions. They are responsible for explaining and preparing patients for Radiologic examinations. Radiologic technologists also assist physicians in performing sophisticated procedures. They may be employed in hospitals, clinics, physicians' offices, and extended care facilities.
How is the job market? Demand for Radiologic Technologists is extremely strong in and around the Houston and Gulf Coast region. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of radiologic technologists is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2010, as the populations grows and ages, thus increasing the demand for diagnostic imaging. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the U.S. will need 75,000 more radiologic technologists in 2010 than it did in 2000.
What can I expect to earn as a Radiologic Technologist? According to the Houston Chronicle (Sept. 2002), salaries for imaging professionals have become very competitive, largely due to the shortage of personal and the technology that has made medical imaging so complex and critical to diagnosis. A new graduate seeking employment as a radiologic technologist could expect to earn an average of $17 per hour. Nationally, the average annual salary is between $30,000 and $38,000.
What will the program be like? The program will include intense presentation and learning, with strict attendance requirements. Students will be working with real radiographic systems in both laboratory and clinical environments. While developing an understanding of equipment and procedures, students will also work in area hospitals, interacting with patients, physicians, nurses, and other healthcare personnel. Following graduation, students are eligible to take the national certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiographic Technologists (ARRT). Additionally, some states may require state licensure (Texas Department of Health Certified Medical Radiologic Technologists) exams for official licenses and certifications.
What is the admission process? Students interested in radiologic technology should have a high school diploma or an equivalent, and must be at a college level in math, English, and writing. Specific admission criteria and minimal physical requirements, such as lifting and moving equipment, are presented in scheduled information sessions. Dates for these sessions and further program information are available on the programs website.
When does the program begin? Applications are accepted at Lone Star College–CyFair during the spring semester, for the program which will begin the fall semester of that same year. Lone Star College–Montgomery accepts applications during the summer and fall with classes starting the following January.
What are the accrediting and licensing agencies in this field, and where can I get more Information? The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) accredits most formal training programs for this field. Additional accreditation information may be obtained from: