Growing up, I had little exposure to health professionals other than to the family members and others in the community who were either nurses or doctors. Feeling called to serve in a health profession, when the time came to choose a health profession, I was lost. Today as president of a healthcare college, St. Vincent’s College, I find that prospective students and the population in general still have little or only minimal knowledge of the wide array of health careers available to them.
What type of work is involved in the various health professions? What is the projected job growth for the various professions? What are the salaries in the health professions? And how might each profession meet one’s need for a rewarding career? These are just some of the many factors to consider when choosing a career.
In this blog I intend to introduce you to the field of Radiography.
What is Radiography and what does a Radiologic Technologist – Rad Tech – do?
“Radiography is an imaging technique that uses electromagnetic radiation other than visible light, especially X-rays, to view the internal structure of a non-uniformly composed and opaque object (i.e. a non-transparent object of varying density and composition) such as the human body.” Radiography
The entry-level preparation for careers in this field is as a radiologic technologist, often referred to as a rad tech or radiographer.
Have you ever had to have an x-ray taken of any part of your body? That x-ray was most likely taken by a radiologic technologist. These health professionals are critical members of the healthcare team in the diagnosis of disease, injuries and other health conditions hidden within our bodies. Some rad techs earn advanced certifications to prepare to be the health professionals who perform Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computed Tomography (CT Scans), Sonograms, Mammography, Bone Densitometry, cardiovascular and vascular imaging and other specialty roles open for radiologic technologists.
What are the Job Opportunities and the Salaries?
As new imaging technology has become more available to the medical community in recent decades, the array of roles open to radiologic technologists has grown. In fact, the field of radiography is expected to grow 21% by 2022. This makes it one of the fastest growing professions according to the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook 2014-2015. The 2012 data from the Department of Labor gives the average salary for radiologic technologists as $55,910 per year or $26.88 per hour. This is a national average and will vary by area of the country.
Required Education and Registry
Typically, a radiologic technologist (rad tech) has two-to-four years of schooling that lead to earning an associate’s or bachelor’s degrees in radiography. While a one-year certificate has been an acceptable educational credential here in Connecticut in the past, effective in 2015 all new entry-level radiographers must have at least an associate’s degree from an accredited college or university.
After completing their program of study, rad techs must be certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and must complete continuing education credits biannually to remain registered throughout their careers.
Why Choose St. Vincent’s College for your Radiography Education?
If you want to earn your Associate of Science in Radiography, or, if you are already a registered radiologic technologist with an associate degree or certificate in radiography and want to earn a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences, there are a number of reasons to choose St. Vincent’s College:
- St. Vincent’s has the only radiography degree programs in Fairfield County. In fact the associate degree program is offered at two locations: in Bridgeport on the primary St. Vincent’s College campus; and at our newest instructional site—1351 Washington Boulevard in Stamford.
- Students enjoy a high level of personal attention and instruction as the radiography class sizes are held to no more than 20 in Bridgeport and 14 students in Stamford.
- The radiography classes are taught by caring faculty who are committed to helping students succeed.
- Much of the instruction includes a hands-on approach to learning. Students get simulation experience with manikins and phantoms in a laboratory setting prior to actual patient experiences in clinical settings.
- Students will complete their clinical experiences in a variety of settings in various areas of Fairfield and New Haven Counties.
- The programs of study are accredited by the State of Connecticut, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Accreditation provides assurance to students and the public that accredited colleges and universities meet established standards in the delivery of their educational programs.
- Financial aid is available to students enrolled at St. Vincent’s College based on student eligibility.
Interested in a Career in Radiography?
Click here to learn more about the College. Click here to access information about the program of study. If you are a certified radiographer interested in earning your bachelor’s degree and earning advanced certification in a specialty area, click on BS Radiologic Sciences or call the admissions department at 203.576.5513 or email [email protected] .