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Radiologic Technology (SOC CODE: 29-2034.00)

Job Description Overview

Take x rays and CT scans or administer nonradioactive materials into patient's blood stream for diagnostic purposes. Includes technologists who specialize in other imaging modalities.

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  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists
  • Electrical Engineering Technologists
  • Ophthalmic Medical Technologists
  • Cytogenetic Technologists
  • Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other

Sample Job Duties

  • Review and evaluate developed x-rays, video, or computer-generated information to determine if images are satisfactory for diagnostic purposes.
  • Operate or oversee operation of radiologic or magnetic imaging equipment to produce images of the body for diagnostic purposes.
  • Use radiation safety measures and protection devices to comply with government regulations and to ensure safety of patients and staff.
  • Position imaging equipment and adjust controls to set exposure time and distance, according to specification of examination.
  • Explain procedures and observe patients to ensure safety and comfort during scan.
  • Position and immobilize patient on examining table.
  • Key commands and data into computer to document and specify scan sequences, adjust transmitters and receivers, or photograph certain images.
  • Take thorough and accurate patient medical histories.
  • Set up examination rooms, ensuring that all necessary equipment is ready.
  • Monitor patients' conditions and reactions, reporting abnormal signs to physician.

    What Classes Do I Need to Take?

    • Radiologic Technology: AS Degree

      Technology and Health Division
      Degree S1206

      The Radiologic Technology program, which is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), is designed to prepare students to function as certified radiologic technologists. Students will gain knowledge and understanding of the diagnostic uses of x-ray, as well as the technical skills to use x-ray equipment in both laboratory and clinical settings. The courses are developed to enable students to operate x-ray equipment, assist in the diagnosis of disease, and to observe proper medical ethics. Students will learn the nature of radiation, the principles of electricity, the structure of x-ray machines, and the operation of a clinical x-ray department.

      To remain in the program, students must maintain a grade of “C” or better in all courses.

      Upon completion of the Associate in Sciences degree in Radiologic Technology, graduates are eligible to apply for the registry examination through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist and the California Certification of Radiologic Technology. This is a licensed profession, and a valid Social Security number is required to obtain state certification and national licensure.

      This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

      Required Courses

      RAD 1AClinical Experience 1A5
      RAD 1BClinical Experience 1B3
      RAD 2AClinical Experience 2A5
      RAD 2BClinical Experience 2B3
      RAD 3AClinical Experience 3A7.5
      RAD 3BClinical Experience 3B3
      RAD 3CClinical Experience 3C7.5
      RAD 4Clinical Experience 44.5
      RAD 30Radiographic Pathology1.5
      RAD 31Fluoroscopy and Radiobiology4
      RAD 32Digital Imaging in Radiology2
      RAD 50Introduction to Radiologic Science and Health Care3
      RAD 61ATheory of Radiologic Technology4
      RAD 61BRadiographic Procedures I3
      RAD 61CRadiographic Procedures I Laboratory1.5
      RAD 62ATheory of Radiologic Technology4
      RAD 62BRadiographic Procedures II3
      RAD 62CRadiographic Procedures II Laboratory1.5
      RAD 63Theory of Radiologic Technology4
      RAD 64Theory of Radiologic Technology4
      RAD 91Patient Care in Radiologic Sciences3
      Total Units77

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