Radiologic Technology (X-ray Technology)
What is Radiology?
Radiology is the branch of medical science that uses radiation, magnetic energy, or ultrasound to visualize the human anatomy. The radiologic health care team is headed by radiologists—physicians specializing in the interpretation of x-ray images, and radiologic technologists—highly skilled technologists who produce the diagnostic x-ray images.
What is an RT(R)?
Registered technologists in radiography (RT(R)) are valuable members of the health care team. They perform a variety of radiological procedures, which aids the radiologist or primary care physician in patient diagnosis. Graduates of accredited radiologic technology programs are eligible to sit for the national certification examination given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Successful completion of the certification examination allows the radiographer to hold the registered technologist in radiography credentials (RT(R)). Advanced and specialized training in other imaging fields such as computerized tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and ultrasound are available for students who wish to continue their education.
Where do RT(R)s work?
RT(R)s work in a variety of clinical settings including hospitals, diagnostic outpatient centers, and physician’s offices. Full and part-time job opportunities for technologists are available.
What are the Technical Skills of an RT(R)?
Radiologic technologists spend the majority of time: standing, walking, bending, manipulating knobs/buttons with fingers/hands, communicating in both verbal and nonverbal ways, answering/dialing the telephone, operating computer consoles, working independently, and visual observation of patients and staff.
Dalton State College Radiologic Technology
Program Mission: Dalton State College offers an AAS degree program in radiologic technology, which is designed to prepare students for employment as RT(R)s. The program combines classroom training, laboratory practice, and clinical rotations in a variety of radiological facilities in the north Georgia and Tennessee regions.
Graduates of the Dalton State College radiologic technology program are eligible to write the national certification examination (administered by the ARRT) designed to certify RT(R)s.
The Dalton State College radiologic technology program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).
Address of Accreditation Agency:
20 N. Wacker Dr., Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Phone: (312) 704-5300
Radiology Curriculum: Major field courses include:
Introduction to Radiologic Technology
Radiographic Anatomy I, II, III
Radiologic Procedures I, II, III, IV
Radiographic Exposure I, II
Radiologic Science I, II
Radiologic Technology Review
Radiologic Technology Clinical Practicums I, II, III, IV, V, VI
Program Admission Procedures:
Program applicants must complete the degree pre-rad tech courses with a grade of "C" or better. Applicants also are required to complete a clinical apprenticeship period, admission documents to include required immunizations and health physical, and an admission interview. Program admission is competitive and class size is limited.
How do I Start?
Call Dalton State College School of Health Professions at 706-272-2658 for a career counseling appointment. There is no charge for this service.
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Revised/Reviewed 8/2014 (SD West)