5 Ways Radiology Technician Schools Can Help Propel Your Career

Radiology technicians are a vital part of any clinical diagnostic team, and radiology technician schools are the entry portal into the profession. Here are five key ways radiology technician schools can prepare you for a radiology technician career:

Clinical Competency

It is impossible to enter any medical career without clinical competency, and that is the single most important thing to expect from a radiology technician program. Beyond preparing you for the critically important American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam, some of the clinical skills you should expect to learn include:

  • Patient and staff safety with radiology equipment and imaging
  • How to work with different patient populations
  • The technical procedures of operating radiographic equipment
  • How to ensure the most accurate images are obtained
  • How to deal with common procedural problems and complications

Effective Communication

Whether it be with patients or fellow staff, working in the healthcare industry without the ability to relay and receive good communication can be crippling. Radiology technician schools teach you to:

  • Write clearly and effectively
  • Develop active listening skills
  • Operate computer and other record and charting technology
  • Work with patients who may have particularly challenging communications issues, including language barriers, a hearing impairment, or a mental handicap
  • Understand complex medical terminology

Professionalism

A radiology technician is a healthcare professional, and their comportment and values should reflect that. They do this in any number of ways, including:

  • Knowing that the patient's safety, rights and well-being are paramount
  • Being aware of and faithful to professional ethics
  • Following employer policies and guidelines
  • Exemplifying professionalism through punctuality and mentorship of new employees

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Providing good medical care often involves the ability to think independently and on your feet. Any number of specific problems may arise during the course of your work as a radiology technician, and you have to be prepared to deal with them properly and effectively. Some examples include:

  • How to work with difficult patients who may be suffering from pain, children who won't be still, older adults too stiff to comfortably maintain certain positions or people who have dementia or a host of other special needs
  • Solutions to technical failures and emergencies
  • Learning and implementing prioritization skills for working in a fast-paced environment

Career Development

Any healthcare-related job can prove to be competitive. Although it is a fast-growing field, there are only so many radiologic technologist jobs available. To improve their students' employability, good radiation technician schools prepare them by:

  • Offering career placement assistance
  • Providing linkages for school transfers and to advanced radiographic programs
  • Advising their students on emerging developments in the radiology sciences
  • Following up with their students

Radiology sciences offer several career pathways, and a good education is essential to finding and following those paths. The best schools will strive to espouse quality values and offer comprehensive catalogs of relevant coursework.

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Charles R. Hooper, MSW

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With over 20 years experience as a medical social worker and a master's degree in social work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I have been honored to dedicate most of my professional life to service in health care. I have worked in multiple medical/nursing settings, including cardiology, orthopedics, neurology, trauma care and others. I also founded the medical social work program at a regional trauma center and a very busy emergency department. View all posts by Charles R. Hooper, MSW →