The Radiologic Technology Program at Moraine Valley Community College prepares you to become a diagnostic radiologic (X-ray) technologist. You'll learn how to adjust, manipulate and control a variety of electronic equipment to take X-rays.
As a student in this allied health program, you also will study how to evaluate and be aware of a patient's condition before taking X-rays. Proper methods of radiation protection for patients and personnel are also covered. In addition, Moraine Valley's program allows you to gain experience processing and evaluating the quality of finished images.
This 26-month program starts in June of each year and includes two academic years and three summer sessions. We also have an evening option every other year.
Health science programs conduct a rigorous curriculum of lectures, labs and clinicals. Clinicals are conducted onsite at a variety of hospitals only during the daytime (early start 6:45 a.m.) with no flexibility in scheduling. Evening clinicals are weekdays from 5-10 p.m. and Saturdays 3-11 p.m. and 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Therefore, holding a full-time job while in the program may affect your success and is not recommended. However, you could take your general education classes nearly any time morning, afternoon or evening and complete all of them part-time if necessary, before dedicating yourself to the health science courses. All health science programs require clinical time at various health care sites. Most clinical assignments require an early start 6:45 a.m. (evening option with 5 p.m. start), uniforms, liability/health insurance, HIPAA understanding, immunizations, current CPR certification and criminal background check.
This program is intended to lead to employment. If you are considering transferring to a four-year college or university to obtain a bachelor's degree using the courses from this program, make an appointment with an academic advisor to review your options.
Criminal Background Checks—In order to comply with certain state statutes and/or clinical affiliation agreements, students may be asked to complete a criminal background check. Application forms for criminal background checks may be obtained through the Career Programs Subdivision Office, B150, and fees paid to the Cashier's Office. For information on criminal background application procedures, please contact the Career Programs Subdivision Office at (708) 974-5708. Deadline dates for completion of criminal background checks will be announced by program coordinators.
Nature of Work—This program prepares graduates for professional careers in the medical health care field. Graduates are eligible for employment in hospitals, clinics and physicians' offices. In addition to preparing patients and operating equipment, radiologic technologists and technicians keep patient records and adjust and maintain equipment. They also may prepare work schedules, evaluate purchases of equipment, or manage a radiology department.
Related Job Titles—Radiologic technologists and technicians operate sophisticated equipment to help physicians, dentists, and other health practitioners diagnose and treat patients
Employment Outlook—Employment of radiologic technologists and technicians is expected to grow by 17% from 2008 to 2018, faster than the average for all occupations as the population grows and ages, increasing the demand for diagnostic imaging. Although healthcare providers are enthusiastic about the clinical benefits of new technologies, the extent to which they are adopted depends largely on cost and reimbursement considerations.
Reports from the U.S. Department of Labor-Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate hospitals will remain the principal employer of radiologic technologists and technicians. However, a greater number of new jobs will be found in offices of physicians and diagnostic imaging centers. Health facilities such as these are expected to grow rapidly through 2018, due to the strong shift toward outpatient care, encouraged by third-party payers and made possible by technological advances that permit more procedures to be performed outside the hospital. Some job openings also will arise from the need to replace technologists and technicians who leave the occupation.
Median annual earnings of radiologic technologists and technicians were $52,210 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $42,710 and $63,010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $35,100, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $74,970. For state specific salary information, visit the American Society of Radiologic Technologists Web site.
For job and internship listings and job search assistance, contact the Job Resource Center in the Student Services Center, S202, or call (708) 974-5737. www.morainevalley.edu/jrc.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2010-2011.