How to Become a Radiology Tech in Oklahoma - OK
The American Society of Radiologic Technologists reports a strong demand for RAs all over the country. This profession requires graduation from a program approved by the Joint Review Committee of Radiologic Technology (JRCRTE; http://www.jrcert.org/). There are thirteen accredited Oklahoma radiology tech training programs. Although the two-year associate’s degree is the most common, radiologic tech’s can also obtain a certificate (one year) or bachelor degree (four years). If you aim for a management or instructor position, a four-year program should be your goal. Sometimes non-radiologic health professionals (i.e. nurses) utilize the one-year program to change professions.
Many accredited schools have entry requirements, such as:
- Minimum age of 18
- High school diploma or GED
- Some computer knowledge
- General college hours may be required
If you still attend high school, it will be helpful to take classes in physics, math, biology, and chemistry. Accredited schools include classes in ethical medical standards, medical terms, proper patient care, and similar; and core classes, such as anatomy and physiology, medical procedures, imaging doctrine/procedures, equipment protocols, proper radiation protection, radiology-specific biology, etc.
Once you’ve earned your diploma, or certificate, most non-hospital jobs require experience in a hospital or similar medical environment. Some of the health organizations have shadowing programs that allow interested radiographic technologist prospects to shadow medical professionals experienced in the field. The shadowing program would also likely give you an edge in obtaining an entry-level position at a medical facility. A plus, since the non-hospital organizations require some experience.