THE PROFESSION

Radiologic Technology is the allied health specialty that involves the administration of ionizing radiation for the purpose of obtaining diagnostic radiographic images. Radiologic technologists are the medical professionals who perform diagnostic imaging examinations. They are trained in human anatomy, patient positioning, exposure techniques, equipment management, radiation safety, radiation protection and pertinent patient care. Radiographers work with some of the most technologically advanced equipment in the medical field to produce both 2-D and 3-D diagnostic images of tissue, organs, bones and vessels of the body. Radiographers use their skills to solve problems and to work with other members of the health care team to deliver compassionate and accurate patient care.

THE PROGRAM

The Radiologic Technology Program is designed to provide the student with the theory, laboratory and clinical skills, and knowledge required for employment as a Certified Medical Radiographer.  The Radiologic Technology curriculum consists of courses taught over a period of 22 consecutive months and culminates in an Associate of Applied Science degree and eligibility for the national certificate exam given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).    The Radiologic Technology program meets the requirements of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), as well as those for the Texas Medical Board (TMB) for General Radiologic Technologists licensure.  Successful scores on the ARRT national certification exam and meeting the qualifications set forth by the TMB will qualify the graduate to practice as a Certified General Medical Radiologic Technologist

 

South Plains College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees and proficiency certificates. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of South Plains College

* "For students in this course who may have a criminal background, please be advised that the background could keep you from being licensed by the State of Texas.  If you have a question about your background and licensure, please speak with your faculty member or the department chair. You also have the right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the applicable licensing agency.” 


WHERE DO RADIOGRAPHERS WORK?

Radiographers find employment in a variety of institutions: a hospital environment, dedicated imaging center, clinic or private doctor’s office. The boundaries of your career in radiologic technology are determined only by your education, abilities and interest.

 

WHAT DO RADIOGRAPHERS EARN?

The average hourly wage for an entry-level staff radiographer is approximately $20.00/hour. This varies according on position, years of experience, degree of education, geographic location and practice setting.

Information obtained from the American Society of Radiologic Technologists.


PROGRAM EFFECTIVENESS DATA

Graduation Year (cohort) Graduation Rate ARRT Pass Rate Employment Rate
2017 (cohort 43) 10 of 15 - 67% 10 of 10 - 100%  
2018 (cohort 44) 14 of 15 - 93% 14 of 14 - 100% 14 of 14 - 100%
2019 (cohort 45) 14 of 16 - 88% 12 of 14 - 86% 13 of 14 - 93%
3-year average 38 of 46 - 83% 36 of 38 - 95%  


 Revised:  July 2019