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Radiologic Technology Program

Faculty Contact

Dr. Gary Lauer
Radiologic Technology
glauer@csi.edu
(208) 732-6719

Overview

Occupational Description: Registered Technologists (RTs) in Radiography (R) produce diagnostic quality radiographs of parts of the human body for use by physicians in diagnosing their patient's health care problem. RTs follow physician orders precisely using a variety of imaging equipment and they conform to regulations concerning the use of radiation in the protection of their patients, themselves, and coworkers.

Career Objective: This is an intensive five semester (22 months) program that prepares graduates to pass the national certification examination in radiography conducted by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Upon passing this exam, graduates become eligible for entry level employment in diagnostic imaging departments of hospitals and clinics as Registered Technologists in Radiography.

Career Information

Radiologic Technologists

Employment Opportunities

According to Occupational Outlook, employment opportunities are expected to grow faster than average nationally. Those with knowledge of more than one diagnostic imaging procedure - such as CT, MR and Mammography - will have the best employment opportunities. Radiologic technologists held about 214,700 jobs in 2008. About 61 percent of all jobs were in hospitals. Most other jobs were in offices of physicians; medical and diagnostic laboratories, including diagnostic imaging centers; and outpatient care centers. Employment of radiologic technologists is expected to increase by about 17 percent from 2008 to 2018, faster than the average for all occupations. As the population grows and ages, there will be an increasing demand for diagnostic imaging.

Earnings

The median annual wage of radiologic technologists was $52,210 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $42,710 and $63,010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $35,100, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $74,970. Median annual wages in the industries employing the largest numbers of radiologic technologists in 2008 were:

  • Medical and diagnostic laboratories: $55,210
  • Federal Executive Branch: $53,650
  • General medical and surgical hospitals: $52,890
  • Outpatient care centers: $50,840
  • Offices of physicians: $48,530

Estimated Costs

Expenses specific to radiologic technology students throughout the training period include books, uniforms, lab fees, travel to and from clinical sites and current insurance. Estimated expenses (not including tuition, insurance, transportation, meals, and lodging) are approximately $1879 (See Below)

Contact the Financial Aid Office for matters involving financial assistance.

Current expenses for tuition and housing are estimated in the current college catalog.

Check the scholarship webpage for additional financial support.

Check with area hospitals for they may offer scholarships to students officially enrolled in CSI health professions programs.

Expence Cost
Books (Bundled / Savings of $129) $1300
Scrubs $150
Markers $40
Thyroid Shield $60
Lab Fee (Radiation Monitor Badge) $50
Student Arm Patch $6
Student ID Badge Holder $3
ARRT Credentialing Examination Fee $200
Background Check & Immunization Tracker $70
Estimated Total For Program Expenses $1879