Carl Sandburg College offers a two-year associate degree program in Radiologic Technology, beginning each year in June. This program is designed to prepare students to perform diagnostic x-ray examinations for patients in hospitals, imaging centers, physicians' offices, and other health-related institutions.
Radiologic technologists use x-ray equipment to create images of organs, bones and blood vessels of the body. An x-ray image, or radiograph, is produced when a small amount of radiation passes through a body part and is recorded on film or stored electronically on computer. Radiologic technologists must accurately position patients and manipulate x-ray equipment to ensure that high quality diagnostic images are produced. They are educated in anatomy, patient positioning, radiographic techniques, equipment protocols, radiation safety, radiation protection and basic patient care. Radiologic technologists work closely with physicians who then interpret the images to either confirm or rule out disease or injury.
Radiologic technologists may work in a variety of health care facilities, although most are employed in hospitals or major medical centers. Technologists typically work 40-hour weeks that may include evening, weekend or "on-call" hours dependent upon their employment setting. Physical stamina is important in diagnostic imaging because technologists are on their feet for long periods of time and may be required to lift or turn disabled patients.
With the life expectancy increasing, the demands of an aging population increases the need for health care providers. Employment of radiologic technologists is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2020. Earnings vary by geographic location, employment setting, and years of experience. Source: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/radiologic-technologists.htm
Carl Sandburg College is accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools – The Higher Learning Commission, 30 LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL. 60602-2504. Graduates are eligible to apply to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists examination for certification in Radiography-RT(R). This certification is nationally recognized and enables the student to pursue employment throughout the United States.