Looking for a health care career that offers mobility and versatility? The radiologic technology field is an excellent choice. The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics projects through the year 2010 that radiologic technology specialists will be among the fastest growing occupations requiring an associate degree. AACC's program offers quality education that is convenient and affordable. Our graduates regularly post higher-than-average pass rates on the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam. In fact, 100 percent of last year's class passed the exam! Successful completion of a 70-credit program awards an Associate of Applied Sciences degree and eligibility to take the ARRT exam to become certified as a radiologic technologist.
The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.
The program may be designated as a Health Manpower Shortage Program by the State of Maryland. Some residents of Maryland enrolled in this program of study on the first day of the term may be eligible for in-county tuition rates for courses required for program completion.
Our labs include state-of-the-art radiographic equipment. Students continue to develop clinical competency skills in hospitals and imaging group practices that may specialize in orthopedics, fluoroscopy, trauma radiography and surgical procedures. Students also develop both computer radiography (CR) and digital radiography (DR) skills in clinical settings. The program is affiliated with 17 clinical sites allowing students to be exposed to a wide range of technology and diverse patient populations.
Our radiologic technology program prepares students for entry-level employment in hospitals, medical offices, imaging centers, clinics, HMOs, mobile settings and newly evolving careers such as radiologic industrial hygiene. About one out of five radiographers works part-time. Earnings for full-time radiographers range from $25,000 to $50,000, depending on training, experience and workplace.
With additional education and clinical experience, registered radiographers can specialize in computerized tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), mammography, interventional radiography and quality management applications. Opportunities also are available in sonography, which normally requires an additional 12 months of education. All specialty imaging modalities offer advanced certification exams given by the ARRT.