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).
Please see the Applications page for more information.
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.
The CT course is designed for second-year radiology students attending an accredited program, students who are registry eligible and current radiologic technologists who want to prepare for the post-primary certification and registration in Computed Tomography through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).
The 16-week, 5-credit hour course is on-line and does not apply toward a degree. This course is offered in the fall semester. It consists of the four major ARRT CT content categories (patient care, safety, image production and procedures). This course prepares students for their CT registry and allows them to strengthen and enrich radiology knowledge and assists in the medical demands of advanced imaging.
CT Clinics is a 6-credit hour course offered summer semester for completion of all required exams prior to registry.
If you are a current SFCC student, then you only need to complete the CT course application to be considered for enrollment in these courses. However, if you are not a current student, you will need to complete the SFCC admissions application and the CT course application. The SFCC admissions 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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