Radiologic Technologists (RADs), work with doctors and physicians to perform diagnostic imaging exams on patients, like X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, and computed tomography (CT) scans. Images are then used to evaluate and determine if more need to be taken or to get started on treating the patient. A RAD keeps detailed patient records, prepares patients for procedures, and operates equipment for images.
Getting Prepared to Become a Radiologic Technologist
Concorde Career College’s Radiologic Technology degree program provides and maintains a supportive learning environment and curriculum that prepares students for entry-level, diagnostic radiographer positions. Students must successfully complete the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Examination and, upon successful completion of this examination, become a Registered Technologist in Radiography, RT(R).
As a Radiologic Technologist, your daily tasks vary depending on the kind of environment in which you work. Concorde can prepare you comprehensively for successful entry into the field of radiology through comprehensive technical training.
Classroom-to-career skills training
Coursework emphasizes skills directly transferable to a real-world work setting, including the following focus areas:
- Vital sign checks
- Medical terminology
- Anatomy and physiology
Goal 1: Students will competently perform entry-level radiologic procedures.
- Students will produce quality diagnostic images.
- Students will exercise proper radiation protection.
- Students will practice proper patient care.
Goal 2: Students will develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
- Students will be able to modify standard procedures to accommodate patient conditions.
- Students will be able to adjust radiographic factors to produce optimal quality images.
Goal 3: Students will apply effective communication skills.
- Students will communicate effectively with patients.
- Students will exercise effective written communication skills.
Goal 4: Students will exhibit professional values.
- Students will display professionalism.
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of ethical behavior.
Rad tech jobs are projected to grow at a faster-than-average rate of 7 percent. This field is forecast to continue its growth because of an increase in breaks and fractures due to osteoporosis and other medical conditions unique to a growing aging population. Find out more about what a career in radiologic technology looks like.
*Source: BLS.gov 2019-2029
Where can a radiologic technologist work?
Radiologic technologists are in demand in a variety of job settings, including:
- Private practices
- Group practices