Medical Assisting with Basic X-Ray Operation
Medical Assisting with Basic X-Ray Operation
Doctors use x-rays to produce anatomical images of a patient's body to provide diagnostic information to allow them to diagnose and treat illnesses, injuries or abnormalities. The objective of the Medical Assisting with Basic X-Ray Operation program at FORTIS is to provide students comprehensive instruction to prepare for entry-level employment primarily in a doctor's office operating radiographic equipment and performing medical assisting duties. The program is designed to respond to the dynamic and evolving nature of the healthcare community. It emphasizes excellence in patient care that is respectful of others, including the use of safe radiation practices and development of critical thinking skills.
The FORTIS curriculum prepares students to perform limited numbers and types of X-ray procedures that are typically performed in a doctor's office or walk-in medical clinic along with basic medical assisting skills. The X-ray training includes use of screen/film and digital image receptor systems, procedures used in the darkroom for film processing, formulating X-ray techniques, performance of X-ray procedures, and radiation safety measures. Students learn front desk and medical assisting skills such as taking vital signs and EKG readings, performing exam set up and maintaining electronic health records.
Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to sit for a licensure exam, and upon successfully passing this exam they can use a limited X-ray credential. A person holding certification as a basic X-ray machine operator may perform limited general diagnostic radiographic procedures. This position is an important member of the healthcare team, and works under the direct supervision and control of a licensed practitioner to provide patient care.
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Frequently asked questions
Who is FORTIS?
FORTIS is a post-secondary network of colleges and institutes that engages students in a powerful learning and training experience for lifelong growth. With the addition of each new campus, Fortis now offers career-based certificate, diploma and degree-granting programs at more than 40 schools in 15 states.
FORTIS College and FORTIS Institute campuses prepare students for careers in healthcare, nursing, medical, dental, business, information technology, massage, cosmetology and the skilled trades such as welding and HVAC.FORTIS College Online also offers online learning platforms for a variety of associate degree programs for adults and members of the military community.
What are the admission requirements?
To qualify for admissions, in most cases you must be a high school graduate or its equivalent. All applicants are required to complete a personal information sheet. During a personal interview with our admissions staff, we will review your career goals to help you find the right program to fit your needs.
Every individual will be given the opportunity to tour the facility, meet with Financial Aid, and enroll in the next available classes. Please contact your local campus Admission representative for more information on admission requirements.
How much does the program cost?
Tuition varies from program and campus. Speak with an admissions representative for more details.
Is financial aid available?
You've got obligations and responsibilities already, so financing your education is going to be a real concern. At FORTIS, we understand that. That's why FORTIS helps our students to learn about government and private loans and other financial aid options that are available to those who qualify to help finance the cost of building the foundation for your new career.
- We work every day with working adults and career changers who have complex financial situations, and get them the information to help them to determine the financing for their education that will work the best for them.
- We have financial aid offices on every campus so students can continue to find and act on important information they need to continue on their path to success
- We are flexible and pragmatic in our approach. Our instructors, counselors, professors, and staff understand and will work with you if it becomes difficult to keep up your studies or if you need time off.
Does FORTIS help me find a job after graduation?
At FORTIS, our Career Services professionals are committed to successfully supporting our graduates to secure employment in entry-level positions. Through career development, including professionalism, motivation, resume development, dress for success, interview coaching and the maintenance of ethical standards, we empower our graduates with the skills necessary to approach a job interview ready for success.
FORTIS operates a Career Services Center at each campus to assist graduates with career placement. FORTIS provides career placement assistance to our graduates. As graduation approaches, students get the opportunity to meet with the Director of Career Services during their last semester to discuss career services available for their individual job search. As a graduate, you will want employment that reflects your skills, training, and allows for professional growth and development. Career Services is committed to helping you find the right fit for you.
Is FORTIS accredited?
If you’re looking for accredited colleges or vocational schools, you have come to the right place! While each campus varies in program offerings, accrediting bodies, and specific programmatic accreditations, all are institutionally accredited! Each of our colleges and institutes are institutionally accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies:
- Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)
- Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
- Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)
See each school's campus page or click on the CONSUMER INFO button on the right to view individual campus or programmatic accreditations.
Programs vary by state and campus. Not all programs are offered at all locations. Contact local campus for accreditation information.