A Look Into the Course Material to Become an X-Ray Technician

Students should complete Introduction to Radiography & Medical Imaging and Medical Terminology for Medical Imaging in their first semester. During the same year, students can enroll for Principles of Exposure, Imaging Modalities & Equipment, Fluoroscopic Procedures I & II, Radiographic Procedures I, II, III, IV, Radiographic Imaging I & II and Radiography Clinical Practicum I, II, III, IV . Under the subject Social Sciences & Humanities, the first-year studies include General Psychology I, Medical Law & Ethics, English Composition I & II, Patient Care in Medical Imaging and Operational Issues in the Healthcare Environment. Completion of Computer Applications in Radiography, Radiographers Mathematics, Radiographic Physics, Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II and Human Growth & Development are compulsory. This is a good preparation for the advanced sciences in the second year.

Coming to the second term of the radiologic technology program, students must complete these subjects Pharmacology, Introduction to Computerized Tomography, Radiation Biology, Radiographic Pathology, Radiation Protection, Radiographic and Cross-sectional Anatomy, Trauma Radiography, Radiographic Imaging III and Introduction to Quality Assurance and Quality Control. Students must also finish Radiographic Procedures V, Radiography Clinical Practicum V, VI, VII and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Review to satisfy the requirement of clinical rotations for certification. Social Sciences and Humanities subject in the second year includes Intercultural Communication, Sociology of Aging: Death & Dying and Principles of Speech Communication.

he most important part is the certification by The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Effective January 2011, all students pursuing nuclear medicine technology certification must carry out five procedures in quality assurance and control, four unique functions in patient care and 25 procedures in diagnostics and therapeutics. Students pursuing radiation therapy certification must exhibit their competency in traditional and alternative treatments and identify untoward side-effects and complications.

From January 2012, students pursuing radiography certification must execute one radiographic image of the head, six unique functions in patient care, 31 imaging procedures from the mandatory list, produce two images of a fluoroscopy studies segment of the body and 15 imaging procedures from the list of options. Effective January 2015, students must hold an associate's degree before submitting their request to appear for the ARRT competency exam for primary certification.