1. Question: What is the job outlook?
Answer: A career in radiologic technology offers a promising future, job stability, and a good salary. As technology advances and the general population ages, the demand for diagnostic exams and tests has climbed. The profession needs a growing number of qualified individuals to provide medical imaging. You can work in a hospital, an outpatient clinic or even a physician's office providing quality diagnostic images.
2. Question: How much money does a Radiologic Technologist earn?
Answer: Approximately $30,000-$35,000 upon graduation. Salaries will vary depending on location and need or level of expertise.
3. Question: How much of my time will this program require?
Answer: This program requires a full-time commitment from the student. First and second year students spend on the average of seven to eight hours a day (both in class and in the clinical practice). This equates to at least 40 hours a week. This does not include study time.
4. Question: How can I best prepare myself educationally to become accepted into the program?
Answer: Educational programs in radiography are required to incorporate mathematical/logical reasoning and written/oral communication. There must be a minimum of 15 college credit-bearing hours of general coursework. Students are encouraged to satisfy general education requirements with freshman and sophomore junior college/college courses. At the high school level, a strong background in math and science is desired.
5. Question: Will I be able to work while I am enrolled in the program?
Answer: Students are strongly advised NOT to work due to the tremendous study time and stress experienced both in the classroom and clinical practice. If you must work, we strongly suggest a part-time job, not to exceed 20 hours per week.
6. Question: Will I be able to specialize in a modality such as CT, MRI, or ultrasound in this program?
Answer: No. This program is strictly Radiologic Technology. We do not offer certificate programs on advanced modalities. Specialization is possible after graduation and certification.
7. Question: Can I still be in the program if I am pregnant?
Answer: The program will provide provisions that will explain the do's and don'ts should you disclose you are pregnant at the time of acceptance. Radiation safety practices are outlined in the student handbook (NCR 8.13.3). Clearance from your physician must include approval of the use of radiation and clearance to physically participate in normal education/clinical practice activity.
8. Question: What are my expenses for the two years in the program?
Answer: The student is financially responsible for obtaining a complete physical examination, immunizations, the textbook and lab fees, uniforms during the two years; as well as an ARRT exam fee ($200.00) and IEMA licensure fee ($120.00) at the end of the second year to become registered and licensed to dispense ionizing radiation. Living expenses such as housing, meals, transportation, and health insurance must be provided by the student and should also be considered on an annual basis when figuring expenses.
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