If you’ve just made the decision to go to x-ray technician school, you probably have a lot of questions. You can always visit your school’s website or call an admissions counselor to find answers to your questions. Or, you can look below for answers to some FAQ’s that students sometimes bring up when first enrolling in classes.
How long will it take to finish school?
That depends on what kind of program you attend. Certificate programs last about one year, associate’s degree programs take about two, and bachelor’s degree programs last about four years. That being said, these durations are approximations based on a full-time course load and may only be possible if you go to school for three semesters a year (which means you’ll need to take summer classes). If you go part time, take time off during the year, or have to retake courses, your time in school will be longer.
How many hours a day will I have to be in school?
Again, it depends on where you go, and also depends on how many classes you take at once. If you go full-time, you may expect to be in school up to 40 hours a week. You could have some shorter days if you only have one or two classes and some days that require you to be on campus for over 10 hours in order to accomplish all your work. Your studies will include classroom time, lab work, and clinical rotations, so you will need to manage your time wisely. You may also need to factor in commute time to and from campus and to and from the locations where you complete clinical work. If you are able to take any classes online it may help your schedule, as you can finish classroom work early in the morning or late at night, when regular classes are not held.
Will I have to take other courses outside of my major?
Not if you are enrolled in a certificate program through a community education organization or vocational school. But if you intend to earn an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, there are a number of other courses you will need to take. This is because all accredited institutions that offer associate’s of science (A.S.) and bachelor’s of science (B.S) degrees have specific requirements for those programs. Typically the requirements include a certain number of credit hours in general studies topics like English, history, communication, math, science, computers, and psychology. The exact classes you have to take will vary by school, but they will typically involve some combination of the above subjects.
What qualifications do I need to become a radiologic technologist?
Your job performance as an x-ray technician will depend on both your mental and physical abilities. For example, you will need adequate eyesight to see patients, operate equipment, evaluate images, and take notes. You will also need sufficient hearing so as to communicate effectively with patients and other healthcare personnel. Strong motor skills are also a must so that you can operate equipment and computers, ensure patient safety, and lift heavy amounts (such as when assisting patients onto machines). Strong verbal and written skills will come in handy when communicating with others, and intact intellect and emotional functions will help you make good decisions and exercise the right safety procedures.