Is X-Ray Tech school hard?
I am thinking about going to school to become an x-ray tech. The only thing that scares me is the fact that I'm not so great in math. I mean, I'm not just retarted when it comes to math but its definitely not my strong point. Someone told me there is SOOO much math involved which is fine if I can understand it. I also looked at a radiology textbook and it seemed pretty hard. Anyway, has anyone out there been to x-ray tech school? Is it really that bad or am I making a big deal about nothing?
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
That's a difficult question to answer since everyone is different. It was very stressful for me, going back to school as an adult, 40+ hours per week with no pay for 2 years, and trying to learn so much stuff...but I made it. There is math, but I wouldn't say there is "SOOO much."
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- 1 decade ago
Is it a hospital or college based program?
I wen't to a hospital based program and it wasn't really that hard. Hospital based programs may be a bit easier because there is more interaction between you and your teachers.
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- 4 years ago
Yes. The one I went to was a 2 year/ 40 hour a week full-time program. The hardest part of the program was the physics class.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Anything worth doing is hard.
Jump in with both feet, do NOT sell yourself short. Just because it's hard, doesn't mean you can't do it.
- 6 years ago
heyyy did u end up going to BEcome an xray tachnician??? if u did how was it.. if u didnt why not?