What Do Radiologic Technologists Do?
Are you interested in the medical field? Do you want to help people be healthy? Do you enjoy solving problems and learning continuously? Then you might want to consider a career as a technologist in the radiologic sciences.
Radiologic technologists make up the third-largest group of health care professionals—surpassed in number only by physicians and nurses. A primary responsibility of many technologists is to create images of patients’ bodies using medical equipment. This helps doctors diagnose and treat diseases and injuries. Depending on your specialty, you might use X-ray, MRI, computed tomography (CT), fluoroscopy, or sonography equipment.
No matter your specialty, you’ll be an important part of a medical team. Your work will help uncover health problems and could ultimately save lives. You’ll be active throughout your working hours, and no two days will be the same.
Medical Radiography, AAS: The Fine Print
Admission Requirements / Considerations
- To be considered for admission to the Medical Radiography program, an applicant must first be accepted as a Utah Tech University student. Then, the applicant must complete a separate application to this program.
- Everything one needs to know about applying to UT can be found on the University Admissions website.
- Space in the program is limited, making acceptance competitive.
- Admission to the program is based on a point system application process.
- Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered for admission.
- Of the applicants interviewed, the top 12-14 highest-scoring students will be selected for admission into the program, with up to five additional students to be selected as alternates. The number of students selected is dependent on the number of clinical spots available.
Impact on Personal Lifestyle
- This is a two-year, full-time program that prepares students to enter the health care profession as a competent entry-level radiographer. The program is competency based and follows the American Society of Radiologic Technologists Radiography Curriculum.
- Professional competence is achieved through a blend of theoretical and practical coursework which includes didactic and clinical experience at cooperating hospitals, clinics and doctors’ offices.
- Clinical rotation shifts vary anywhere from 6:00 am – 12:00 am. Saturday rotations will be required in the third, fourth and fifth semesters.
- This is a rigorous and demanding, full-time program.
Travel to Clinical Sites
- Each student is expected to provide or arrange for their own transportation to the campus and clinical areas. These experiences are an integral part of the radiography program; therefore, they are mandatory.
- Clinical sites are located within and outside of the St. George municipal area and may require student travel to sites two hours away from St. George. All students are required to be able to travel to their assigned clinical sites for the duration of the program. All students will have the possibility of travel.
- The cost of this travel is assumed by the student.
- Students will release Utah Tech University and its employees from any liability for accident or injury sustained during long distance travel.
- For more detail on clinical obligations, click here.
Students taking this program of study must meet certain health and safety standards required by clinical affiliates. The following are mandatory and must be completed by deadlines given upon program admission.
- Background check
- Drug screen
- Tuberculosis (TB): Either of the following TB tests performed within the past 12 months is acceptable:
- Blood test (QuantiFERON Gold or T-SPOT.TB) with negative result
- Proof of two separate TB skin tests (administered at least 7 days apart and within 1-3 weeks of each other), both with negative result
- Hepatitis B: Proof of 3 vaccinations and a positive antibody titer (showing immunity/reactivity) demonstrated by a lab report
- MMR (measles, mumps, rubella): Proof of 2 vaccinations or a positive antibody titer (showing immunity) demonstrated by a lab report
- TDaP (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis): Proof of 1 vaccination administered within the past 10 years
- Varicella (chicken pox): Proof of 2 vaccinations or a positive antibody titer (showing immunity) demonstrated by a lab report
- Influenza (seasonal flu): Proof of flu vaccine administered during the current flu season (September – March) or medical/religious exemption
- COVID-19: Proof of a completed COVID-19 vaccine series or medical/religious exemption
- Current Basic Life Support CPR & AED Training for Healthcare Professionals
- American Heart Association (AHA) BLS (Basic Life Support) certification course must have been completed prior to the student’s entry into the program and must be Healthcare Provider status.
- The course must have a “hands-on” component and must include AED.
- Certification must remain current for the duration of the program.
Utah Tech University adheres to all requirements of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Applicants are encouraged to assess their abilities to perform the duties of a radiographer using the following guidelines.
Applicants should be able to:
- Push and manipulate portable equipment, wheelchairs and stretchers
- Lift and carry 20 pounds of weight (cassettes, grids, etc.)
- Move patients from stretcher to exam table and back with assistance from department personnel
- Communicate sufficiently (oral and written) to interact with patients and healthcare team
- Demonstrate sufficient fine motor skills to respond to and implement skills required in meeting patient needs
- Have visual acuity for observation of patients, preparation and administration of medications, and evaluation of radiographic images
- Have hearing acuity for verbal communication from patients and healthcare team and to assess health needs through monitoring devices such as stethoscopes and cardiac monitors
Ethics and Professionalism
Applicants should be able to:
- Perform all responsibilities in an ethical manner.
- Show respect for self and others.
- Demonstrate integrity, empathy, and compassion.
- Maintain patient confidentiality.
- Work independently and collaboratively within an interprofessional team, fulfilling professional responsibilities with timeliness and accountability.
- Adapt to changing environments and operate under the pressure of medical emergencies.
- Use critical thinking skills to prioritize tasks and modify radiographic procedures when required.
- Adhere to radiation safety procedures for both oneself and patients.
- Continuously evaluate work performance, actively embrace constructive criticism, and seek opportunities to enhance both knowledge and skills.
Click here for ARRT Standards of Ethics.
From the Class of 2020
This program changed my life!
From the Class of 2020
I am grateful for the opportunities this program has given me. I felt like I received so much experience through my clinical experience. I feel confident in my abilities as a radiographer. I’m grateful for the time I had to shadow in a special modality because now I have chosen to continue my education. Thank you for expecting a lot out of your students.
From the Class of 2020
Thank you for the last two years. They have been amazing and I have learned so much. I feel like I have learned enough to be prepared to enter a job.