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Radiologic Technology

Radiologic technician at work

What is Radiologic Technology?

It’s the professional practice of creating medical diagnostic images through the use of ionizing radiation produced by specialized radiographic equipment.

The work requires physical activity such as lifting, standing for long periods of time, and moving heavy equipment. Operating the equipment requires physical stamina, as well as critical thinking and ability to perform mathematical calculations.

Technicians perform direct care of patients, are highly adaptable in quick or changing circumstances, and communicate with physicians and other healthcare professionals. They must be CPR certified and hold professional licensure and certifications.

Before considering this career field, take some time to investigate the work. Observe radiographers working, speak with radiologic technology professionals, visit the Brookdale classrooms and labs, and speak with our faculty and students – these will help you better understand the profession, the learning requirements, and the job.

What form of training does Brookdale offer?

The Radiologic Technology Program is a full-time A.A.S. professional degree program. Students seeking admission to the program must meet specific admissions requirements. Once admitted into the program, you will be in classroom instruction, laboratory practice, and clinical practice for 35-40 hours per week. During the first summer, you will participate in a 6-week, 40-hour clinical practicum, and in the second summer, a 3-week clinical practicum.

What competencies will I acquire?

On completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Implement, analyze, and evaluate imaging procedures and their results
  • Communicate with diverse patients and families and deliver accurate information about their procedures
  • Perform image quality control and maintain required standards
  • Incorporate ethical and legal considerations in the implementation of imaging procedures
  • Work efficiently within an interdisciplinary healthcare team that includes doctors and other staff
  • Upgrade professional skills alongside healthcare technology changes and improvements
Radiologic technician at work

What’s the employment outlook?

Job opportunities are expected to to be very good, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The NY-NJ-PA tri-state area is in the top ten metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation, with areas on the west coast making up the majority of growth.

Nationally, the annual median wage as of May 2016 was $57,450.  (The median wage is the wage at which half the workers earn more than that amount, and half earn less.) The lowest 10 percent earned below $38,660, and the top 10 percent earned more than $82,590.

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The Radiologic Technology Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, JRCERT, located at 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182 (Phone: 312-704-5300) and the New Jersey Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners, located at 25 Arctic Parkway, Trenton, NJ 08625 (Phone 609-984-5890).