are there any xray tech / radiology schools in stanislaus county??

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  • 1 decade ago
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    I don't see any accredited RT programs in Stanislaus County. Are any of the other programs close enough for you to commute? There is a program in Stockton, which is in nearby San Joaquin County. There is also a program in Merced, which is another adjacent county.

    There are many schools in many states where you can get trained to be a radiologic technologist (the proper term for a x-ray tech). You can attend a hospital based program (and earn a certificate), a 2 year college program (AS degree), and even a 4 year college program (BS degree). The hospital based programs are the least expensive, and honestly, I think the education received there is superior. Once you graduate and take your registry exam, no future employer is going to care what type of educational program you went through. All they care about is your license. You can find an accredited RT program at this site. Just search "radiography" and your state...links are provided which will give you additional information on each program (cost, duration of program, contact person):

    http://www.jrcert.org/cert/Search.jsp

    RTs do more than just x-rays of bones. We do fluoroscopy studies (involving the intestinal tract and barium), arthrograms (assisting the radiologist with injecting contrast or dye into joints for evaluation) and myelograms (assisting the radiologist with injecting contrast into the spinal canal). If you work in a hospital setting, you will do portable exams in ICU, CCU, the ER and even surgery. Some RTs take x-rays in the morgue.

    Most RTs will also become proficient and licensed in other modalities, such as mammography, CT and/or MRI. This training does not require any additional formal training, and is usually learned on the job. The more licenses you have, the more money you can make, as you will be in higher demand. With additional schooling, you can also do ultrasound.

    Well, I work in a free standing imaging center. My office is only open M-F, 8:00-5:00. No weekends, nights or call work. In a hospital, most imaging departments are staffed 24 hours a day. You could be scheduled to work nights, PM shifts, weekends, holidays....anytime really!

    I highly recommend you do an observation in both a hospital imaging department and a free standing imaging facility. Until you see what RTs do, you won't know if it is the job for you! It would also give you a wonderful opportunity to talk to RTs in your area. Best wishes.....

    Oh, another good resource....check out the student area of the ASRT website:

    https://www.asrt.org/Content/educators/_educatorss...

    And the ARRT:

    http://www.arrt.org/index.html?content=http://www....

    The American Society of Radiologic Technologists just did a large salary survey, in 2007. The salary varies, depending on your experience, specialties and geographical area. To view, the survey, and see the average salary in your state, you can go to this link:

    https://www.asrt.org/media/pdf/research/wss2007/ws...

    Source(s): I am a RT(R) in Northern CA....
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  • lau
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    3 years ago

    That relies upon on the college. some faculties have a biomedical engineering software, yet others the biomedical engineering ought to correctly be less than electric powered or mechanical engineering (MRI/X-ray ought to honestly be less than electric powered if there is not any biomed software). in case you only want to be a technician, meaning you take advantage of the device and connect it even as this isn't any longer operating, then there are a kind of small community career faculties who must be more suitable than satisfied to have you ever there. in case you want to do study, progression and layout with this stuff, then a level in electric powered engineering or biomedical engineering can be a thanks to bypass. The college I attend has no biomedical engineering software, yet at a graduate aspect contained in the electric powered engineering branch there are professors who do study and instruct education in MRI and different imaging technologies, for graduate scholars honestly because the guidelines of physics and the quantity of computation in touch are extremely complicated.

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