Medical radiography is a hands-on career that lets you play an important role in the delivery of care by providing images to help identify problem areas in patients. It is a specialty well suited to those who are outgoing and assertive, because medical radiographers work independently and interact with physicians and patients daily. It also helps if you’re comfortable with new technologies and welcome the challenge of mastering new skills.
Earning your Associate degree in Medical Radiography is an important first step to pursuing a career in this specialized field. One of the primary responsibilities of radiographers, sometimes referred to as Radiologic Technologist is to position patients and equipment in order to take radiographs, or X-rays. By doing so, you can help medical professionals identify a range of illnesses and injuries. You can also work closely with radiologists, the physicians who interpret X-rays, to perform diagnostic procedures.
The Medical Radiography program at Carrington College® is designed to provide students with the knowledge as well as the skills needed to pursue an entry-level medical radiographer position. The reasons you should consider this program include:
- The opportunity to learn through a mix of formal classroom instruction and practical hands-on training
- Eligibility to take the national certification exam after graduation
The growth potential for this healthcare field is clear
As the U.S. population grows and ages, there will be an increasing demand for diagnostic imaging. So it’s easy to see why the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts that employment of Radiologic Technologist may increase by about 21% from 2012 to 2022.1 Advances in technology could also help increase demand. As the equipment used in radiography becomes more accessible to facilities other than comprehensive medical centers, new employment opportunities for radiographers could arise in settings such as physicians’ offices, clinics, medical laboratories and medical imaging centers.
A curriculum that can help you position yourself for career success
As a student of our Medical Radiography program, you will receive an education that covers a wide range of material. After first establishing a solid base of knowledge in subjects such as mathematics, computers, sociology and medical terminology, you will progress into coursework focused on the information and skills you’ll need in your career, including pathology and radiographic procedures. To help you become secure in your skills, you’ll receive hands-on clinical instruction in approved healthcare facilities.
This experience is invaluable when it comes to learning how to properly produce medical images of the human body. The final component of our Medical Radiography program is the review class that offers important preparation for the national certification exam.
After you have successfully completed our Medical Radiography program, you should be able to utilize your knowledge and skills to:
- Position patients properly to acquire useful images
- Ensure proper exposure for optimum film resolution
- Apply diagnostic levels of ionizing radiation
- Administer appropriate drugs and chemical mixtures to assist in the imaging process
- Practice proper radiation hygiene
- Interact with patients in a professional, yet compassionate manner
- Demonstrate proficiency in critical thinking and information management
Click here for program effectiveness data from the medical radiography program as reported in the JRCERT Annual Report.
To learn more about educational and career opportunities in Medical Radiography, contact one of our Enrollment Services Representatives.
Note: Graduates of the Medical Radiography program must pass the certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
The following information about our Medical Radiography Program may be found in the downloadable Academic Catalog:
- Admission policies
- Tuition and fees
- Refund policies
- Academic calendars
- Academic Policies
- Clinical obligations
- Grading System
- Graduation Requirements
- Criteria for transfer credits