How to Become a Radiology Tech in Alaska - AK
The following are the steps necessary to become a radiology tech in Alaska.
1. Obtain a high school diploma or GED
Any accredited program for radiologic technology requires a high school diploma (or GED) as a prerequisite for enrollment. To prepare for the profession, your secondary school courses should have included biological and physical sciences as well as mathematics.
2. Find a post-secondary accredited program, enroll and complete your studies
3. Become Certified and/or Registered as a Radiologic Technologist
Choosing the right program that works for you is very important. Alaska radiology tech training programs can be from one to four years. Upon completion graduates can be awarded a certificate, associate or bachelor’s degree. You might even be able to receive training as a radiology tech through the military. Some vocational or technical schools offer the one year program but the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) www.arrt.org, the organization which certifies radiology technicians, considers these programs as “limited scope” and aren't as prestigious and only sufficient for entry level positions. Associate degree programs are the more prevalent and common. Having an associate degree will make you more competitive.
Most states, Alaska included, require you to be certified. However, you are not required to be registered but it might be required by a state agency or the type of specialty. Both radiologist credentials are issued by ARRT but the organization makes the distinction between the two.
ARRT issues certifications for those who have met certain training and ethics standards, have taken and passed its certification exam for radiology technology. The certification is then permanent and there is no need to renew it.
To become a registered radiologist you must also apply to the ARRT, be already certified, and pay a fee to be registered. Registration must be renewed annually.