What Do Radiologic Technologists Do?
Radiologic Technologists (also known as radiographers, imaging professionals, x-ray technologists) are medical professionals who perform diagnostic imaging procedures. They are educated in anatomy, patient positioning, radiographic equipment, radiation safety, and patient care.
Radiologic Technologists perform imaging examinations and are responsible for accurately positioning patients and ensuring quality diagnostic images are produced. They work closely with radiologists, the physicians who interpret medical images to either diagnose or rule out disease or injury. For the images to be interpreted correctly by the radiologist, the imaging procedure must be performed properly by a Radiologic Technologist.
A career in Radiologic Technology can lead in many directions. Radiologic Technologists are needed in every healthcare setting. You could work in a large hospital, an outpatient clinic or a physician’s office. You could specialize in dozens of clinical areas ranging from pediatric care to orthopedics. You could manage an entire imaging department, including its budget and personnel. You could teach, inspiring new generations of Radiologic Technologists, or you could perform research that leads to breakthroughs in diagnostic imaging. The boundaries of your career in Radiologic Technology are determined only by your own abilities and interests.
For additional information about the profession visit the American Society of Radiologic Technologists.
1. Selective admission
- Unconditional acceptance to Gadsden State
- Separate application to the Radiologic Technology Program
- 24 students accepted each summer to start in the fall semester
- Highly competitive
- Selection based upon GPA (Math, English and Biology) and ACT composite score (entrance exam)
- ACT Testing Information
- Ranking Sheet
2. 21 months in length (5 consecutive semesters - fall, spring, summer, fall, spring)
3. 75 credit hour program
- Combination of general education and radiography courses
4. All lecture / laboratory courses offered only on the Wallace Drive Campus in Gadsden
5. Clinical education offered at thirteen (13) different sites across six counties
- clinical education sites
- Each student rotates to a minimum of three (3) different clinical sites (including 2 hospitals and one orthopedic clinic)
- Transportation is the responsibility of the student
6. Successful completion of the Program culminates in:
- Associate in Applied Science Degree in Radiologic Technology
- Eligibility for certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)
Students are assigned to one clinical education site for the first year of the Program and a different site for the second year. A three week orthopedic rotation is scheduled during the 3rd, 4th, or 5th semesters. Every effort is made to assign students to a clinical education site close to his/her residence, but this may not always be possible. Transportation is the responsibility of the student.
The clinical education portion of the Program begins in the first semester. Students are assigned one day per week in the first semester, two days per week during the second semester and three days per week for the 3rd, 4th, and 5th semesters.
Clinical hours are primarily during the day (7:30am to 2:00pm, 7:30am to 3:30pm, or 7:30am to 4:00pm depending on the semester). Evening rotations occur in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th semesters from 12:00pm to 8:00 or 8:30pm depending on the semester.