Radiologic Technologist

At a Glance

Years in School (after high school graduation):

2-4

Hourly Wage:

$25.12-$43.92 (Mean $33.59)
*based on 2016 Alaska DOL data

One-page Description (PDF):

Radiologic Technologist

Professional Activities

The primary role of registered radiologic technologists is to provide diagnostic images of the structure and function of anatomy to assist the provider in the treatment and diagnosis of injury and disease. Examples of examinations performed include chest, upper and lower extremities, spine, ribs, skull, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, and reproductive systems.

Radiologic technologists safely prepare and position patients for proper imaging. Radiologic technologists provide information/education to patients regarding x-ray procedures, deal with physician orders, and correct authorization/paper work for reimbursement.

The radiologic technologists can perform imaging in various settings to include the emergency room, intensive care units, operating rooms, patient rooms, and neonatal units.  Radiologic technologists are employed in large health care facilities to small outpatient clinics.

Educational Requirements

  • Completion of an Associate Degree or higher is required for entry level radiographers.
  • Specialized areas such as nuclear medicine, mammography, computerized tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), radiation therapy, interventional studies, and ultrasound have specific requirements for certification.
  • A national examination for credentialing is provided by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

Academic Programs

The University of Alaska Anchorage offers a two year Associate of Applied Science Degree in Radiologic Technology. Class numbers are limited in size.

Note: Besides the UAA campus, the program is currently distance delivered to a few students in Fairbanks, Juneau, Ketchikan, Kenai and Bethel. Students in these additional sites are admitted to UAA and the degree is awarded by UAA, but the coursework is completed in the respective sites.

For more information regarding the Anchorage or distance delivered programs, contact:

Radiologic Technology Program
University of Alaska Anchorage
Medical Imaging Science
3211 Providence Drive, AHS 148
Anchorage , AK 99508
Phone: (907) 786-6929
Email: ceburton4@uaa.alaska.edu
Website: http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/alliedhealth/academics/radiologictechnology/index.cfm

The University of Alaska Southeast offers a Certificate in Pre-Radiological Technology Qualifications (CPRTQ) which prepares students to enter professional imaging programs. (Note:  Receipt of this certificate does not guarantee admittance to an imaging program.)

For more information, contact:

UAS Health Sciences
University of Alaska Southeast
Health Sciences
Hendrickson Bldg
11120 Glacier Highway
Juneau, AK 99801
Contact: Elizabeth Williams
Phone: (907) 796-6128
Email: elizabeth.williams@uas.alaska.edu
Website: http://www.uas.alaska.edu/career_ed/healthscience/certificate-prt.html

Contacts

State Contact:

Alaska Society of Radiologic Technologists
Website: http://www.aksrt.com/

National Contacts:

American Society of Radiologic Technologists
15000 Central Ave. SE
Albuquerque, NM 87123-3909
Phone: (505) 298-4500 or
Toll free: (800) 444-2778
Email: memberservices@asrt.org
Website: http://www.asrt.org/

The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
1255 Northland Drive
St. Paul, MN 55120
Phone: (651) 687-0048
Website: https://www.arrt.org/

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