High School students interested in pursuing a career in radiologic technology may benefit from basic and advanced coursework in biology, human anatomy and physiology, chemistry, physics, and the health sciences.
Paid or volunteer (connect link to Volunteer page) experience in the health care or human services field is often considered favorably by college admissions offices and can help a student considering multiple career options be more definitive in choosing a career path.
Currently two educational paths are available to potential radiologic technologists:
- Registry and/ or Associates Degree - 2 year program:
For individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in Radiologic Technology at the undergraduate level. Coursework consists of two years of core undergraduate curriculum in conjunction with two years of clinical practice within a hospital setting.
- Bachelor’s Degree - 4 year program:
For individuals who wish to earn a bachelor’s degree and have determined that they want to become an educator or clinical instructor in the field of Radiology. Individuals interested in this option would enter these programs which include college level coursework in human anatomy and physiology, general education courses in conjunction with clinical practice within a hospital setting. Interested candidates should check with the schools they are applying to determine any prerequisites required for that particular program.
Completion of clinical competency is required for certification within the area of Radiologic Technology and is usually arranged between the academic program and the clinical sites coordinators. A current contract between the school and the participating clinical sites is required for participation. St. Mary Medical Center currently has contracts with several schools (see list at right) and is accepting students from these locations.
St. Mary Medical Center’s Medical Imaging Department offers many opportunities for observation, volunteer and clinical internship.
Schools offering Imaging Technology Studies that currently have contracts with St. Mary Medical Center: