When looking for a radiologic technologist school and speaking to the school’s representative, it’s essential to have a list of questions prepared before visiting with school representatives so as to make the most of the time spent with that representative. The following questions are a great place to start:
- What courses are required?
- How long does it take to earn a degree?
- What is the cost of tuition?
- Are there options for night classes or online classes?
- What requirements must an applicant possess?
- How successful are school graduates in finding work?
Choosing a School for Training as a Radiologic Technologist
It’s not always easy to decipher which school would represent the best choice for training as a radiologic technologist. The particulars of the program, such as cost and availability of courses will influence school choice, however, further considerations might be required if a future radiologic technologist wishes to specialize in a particular area of imaging. The industry has three main branches with additional specializations included in each branch.
A potential student will need to figure out whether nuclear medicine, ultrasounds, or radiography is the most appealing direction. Additionally, a student may need to figure out whether further specialization is warranted. For example, a student in a program with a focus on ultrasounds may seek further training on obstetrics, ophthalmology, cardiac sonography, or many other additional focused job paths.
Individuals who are detail oriented, work well with coworkers and patients (good interpersonal skills), and enjoy science and mathematics will excel in training to become a radiologic technologist. Seeking out a listing of courses and specializations offered by a school is a good place to start for anyone who is considering such a career. Some schools will offer certificate based training in specialized areas of radiologic technology, such as a certificate in magnetic resonance imaging or a certificate in computed tomography.