Programs of Study
Radiologic technology is the allied health specialty that involves the administration of ionizing radiation for the purpose of obtaining diagnostic radiographic images. Radiologic technologists are the medical professionals who perform diagnostic imaging examinations. They are trained in human anatomy, patient positioning, exposure techniques, equipment management, radiation safety, radiation protection and pertinent patient care. Radiographers work with some of the most technologically advanced equipment in the medical field to produce both 2-D and 3-D diagnostic images of tissue, organs, bones and vessels of the body. Radiographers use their skills to solve problems and to work with other members of the health care team to deliver compassionate and accurate patient care.
South Plains College Radiologic Technology program is designed to provide the student with the theory, laboratory and clinical skills and knowledge required employment as a certified medical radiographer. The Radiologic Technology curriculum consists of courses taught over a period of 24 consecutive months and culminates in an Associate of Applied Science degree and eligibility for the national certificate exam given by the American registry of Radiologic Technologists. Successful scores will qualify you as a Registered Radiologic Technologist. These credentials qualify the graduate to apply for a license to practice as a Certified Medical Radiologic. Students who choose the Tech Prep option may receive an Enhanced Skills Certificate in addition to the associate degree. The educational program of South Plains College, including the Radiologic program, are accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and schools and approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The Radiologic Technology program meets the requirements of the American Registry Technologists (ARRT), as well as those for the Texas Department of State Health Services/Medical Radiologic Technologists licensure.
Program director is Denny Barnes, assistant professor of radiologic technology.
WHERE DO RADIOGRAPHERS WORK?
Radiographers find employment in a variety of institutions: a hospital environment, dedicated imaging center, clinic or private doctor’s office. The boundaries of your career in radiologic technology are determined only by your education, abilities and interest.
Information obtained from the American Society of Radiologic Technologists.
WHAT DO RADIOGRAPHERS EARN?
The average hourly wage for an entry-level staff radiographer is $20.00/hour. This varies according on position, years of experience, degree of education, geographic location and practice setting.