Medical Radiography: A Solid Career Choice
Choosing Medical Radiography at Carrington College is a smart step toward your medical career. It offers the training you need to prepare for your first job in a rapidly-growing industry—or the first move toward building even more professional opportunities.
The two-year program has no prerequisites—an unusual feature for this type of degree—which means you can begin your education, earn your certification, and begin working quickly.
“You are in and out in as few as two years,” explains Lars Shevalier, Medical Radiography Program Director. “Some schools require one whole year of prerequisites before you even begin. Here, you can complete your program in as few as 2 years then pass your licensing exam and get working.”
The first year of the Medical Radiography program is in-class study in Spokane. The second year—clinical work—is spent elsewhere, in a hospital or clinic. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the ARRT (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists) exam*. Once they pass the ARRT test they will be registered as a Radiologic Technologist.
Radiologic Technologists (commonly called “X-ray Techs”) are trained,“to use diagnostic-level radiation and instrumentation to produce medical images of the human body.”
“The Medical Radiography degree is your ‘foot in the door,’” Lars explains. “You start in X-ray, and once you’re certified, you are able to pursue further education in other medical imaging— such as CT, MRI or Interventional Radiography for example.”
Employment of medical radiographers is growing. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics as detailed on the career opportunities section of our program page “Between 2018 and 2028, employment for medical radiographers is expected to grow 9% nationally, much faster than average for all occupations.”
Most graduates go on to work in either hospitals or clinic settings. “Some differences are that hospitals have odd hours; you see trauma and encounter a wider variety of things,” he explains, “and clinics have more regular hours.”
“All Students’ clinical training rotates between three clinical assignments,” he says, “But students are required to have hospital experience- including trauma and surgery, where they will have to run an X-ray machine during actual surgery.”
While the Carrington Spokane campus is currently the only location offering Medical Radiography, the clinical assignments may be completed in local Spokane hospitals or outside of the region, which may increase the opportunities for employment” Lars explains. The program department helps match students with clinical opportunities around the country. Occasionally students will find an opportunity near family in another state with a qualifying hospital, where they can live for a year of clinical experience and then secure their first job.
“When prospective students come in,” Lars says, “I tell them they can have a career with a high ceiling; it’s all about how you choose to work or train.”
Learn more about the Medical Radiography program. We look forward to helping you take the first step on your path to a great career.
*Carrington College prepares students to take appropriate certification and licensure exams related to their individual majors. The College does not guarantee students will successfully pass these exams or be certified or licensed as a result of completing the program.