Why study radiologic technology?
The field of radiologic technology combines the technology that enables us to view the structure and function of the human body with compassionate and capable patient care. We learn how to properly image the patient so the radiologist can accurately diagnose the patient's problem and select the most appropriate treatment.
Radiologic Technologists use a wide variety of machines to produce images of the body. They use x-ray machines, CT (CAT) scanners, MRI machines, ultrasound machines and nuclear medicine cameras. This program teaches students to perform studies using x-ray machines. Use of advanced imaging modalities may require additional schooling or on-the-job training. The variety of things to learn keeps the field of radiologic technology new and interesting.
Radiologic Technologists are in high demand. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates radiologic technology employment opportunities to grow by 28% from 2010 to 2020 (faster than average). The local demand for technologists was so great that the area hospitals joined forces with SFCC to create this program.
Radiologic Technologist have attractive compensation packages. The American Society of Radiologic Technologists 2010 Wage and Salary Survey shows the average wage per hour as $26.13 and the average annual salary at $54,340 in Missouri. Recruiting employers also tempt applicants with sign-on bonuses, health benefits and generous vacation schedules. Many employers offer the opportunity to work compressed work weeks (four 10- hour days, or three 12- hour days).
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Computed Tomography Courses
Computed Tomography (CT) is a medical technique that uses ionizing radiation, a scanner and a computer to create three-dimensional images of sections of the human body. The field of computed tomography provides diagnoses of disease processes that cannot be demonstrated by general radiographic methods.
These online CT courses are designed for second-year radiology students attending an accredited radiology program, students who are registry-eligible and working radiologic technologists who want to prepare for the CT registry exam through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).
Each course lasts eight weeks and can be taken individually or consecutively. Courses do not apply toward a degree.
- CT Sectional Anatomy and Pathology - reviews anatomy and common pathology conditions and introduces various pathological disorders.
- CT Physics and Instrumentation - provides an overview of physical principles, instrumentation, processing, and quality management.
- CT Imaging Procedures - provides an overview of scanning techniques for the central nervous system, positioning criteria and various protocols.
Additional courses available are CT Clinical Education and CT Registry Review.
Upon successful completion of a course or courses, students are eligible to take certification exams, which are required by some employers and may make you more marketable in a job search.
Applicants will need to complete an SFCC application and an additional CT course application. The SFCC application is at www.sfccmo.edu/admissions, and the CT application form is at www.sfccmo.edu/applications.
View COURSE CATALOG for program requirements.
This program requires students to have certain essential qualifications in order to be admitted and retained in the program. Click Essential Skills to view program specific qualifications.
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