The university's mission of “empowering people to change the world” is reflected in the programs mission statement and in graduates that are competent and professional entry-level radiologic technologists. Through a competency based clinical education, students will demonstrate skills expected by employers. Graduates will communicate effectively, use critical thinking skills, demonstrate professional behavior, and will recognize the need for and formulate lifelong professional growth.
Radiologic technologists are highly skilled professionals who assist the radiologist (a physician) in the diagnosis of disease using ionizing radiation.
As a radiologic technologist, you will: provide care to patients during radiographic procedures; position patients for accurate radiographic projections; determine the amount of radiation needed for proper diagnostic image; be knowledgeable of radiation safety practices.
Expert, Accessible Faculty
Newman graduates regularly cite close collaboration with talented, dedicated faculty as one of their most meaningful experiences at Newman. As a student in radiologic technology, you will learn from accessible faculty members, having one or more American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) registry certifications, who bring many years of education and clinical experience to the classroom.
Newman faculty members are more than just leaders in their field. They take an active and personal role in students’ studies and progress, forming strong relationships with students through coursework, special projects and informal out-of-class discussions.
"While this program was a challenge, it was one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. It has given a whole new ‘view’ to my life!"
Attractive Career Options
Training in this field provides the base for advancement into other modalities including vascular imaging, mammography, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine, radiation therapy, ultra-sound, management, quality assurance, education and sales (company representation).
Along with opportunities to advance in different areas, radiologic technology is constantly changing creating new learning opportunities.
More than just taking x-rays of broken bones
You will develop skills including, but not limited to:
- Patient care
- Doctor and patient relations
- Determining radiation exposure factors
- Quality assurance
- Decision-making skills
- Professional ethics.
Career opportunities include working in a variety of settings in urban or rural medical centers and clinics. Graduates can advance to a variety of modalities once they have completed our two-year program. In addition to diagnostic radiography (x-ray), you may want to pursue a career in:
- CT (computerized tomography)
- MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)
- Ultrasound (sonography)
- Radiation Therapy
- Nuclear Medicine
- Vascular Imaging
- Heart Catheterization
- Bone Densitometry
Instruction is 24 months long and includes lectures, demonstrations, conferences, laboratory exercises and clinical rotations through a variety of clinical facilities. You’ll learn theory and principles in the classroom and laboratories, and apply this knowledge in clinical settings.
Students learn the profession in the classroom and in clinical settings at affiliated hospitals and clinics. You are exposed to a variety of people and patients. The type of patients you see range from premature infants to the elderly; the reasonably well person to the dying; the diseased to the accident victim. You learn basic radiological examinations that include positioning patients on the table, providing the proper amount of radiation to acquire the image, and critiquing the finished radiographs. In addition, you learn patient care skills that include but no limited to performing intravenous injections, urinary catheterization, cardiac pulmonary resuscitation, and administering oxygen to name a few.
So, Why Radiologic Technology?
Training for technologists in radiology is demanding. Many positive aspects of the profession include:
- Being part of a growing profession with many opportunities for advancement in different areas
- Working with interesting people
- Making a difference in the lives of others
- Opportunities that provide various employment opportunities while meeting your personal needs and desires
- Being proud of yourself and the profession
- Employment security with good monetary income and benefits
- A changing field- always learning something new
Before you start the program, consider what things can be minimized in your life to allow more time for the radiology curriculum. Students can easily overwhelm themselves, particularly in the first semester by trying to balance their family life, a full-time job or too many extra curricular activities.
At the conclusion of the two-year program, students must pass comprehensive examinations to graduate. After completing the associate degree requirements, graduates of the program are eligible to take the national registry provided by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Passing this examination and meeting the other requirements of the ARRT, graduates are considered Registered Technologists in Radiography, abbreviated as R.T. (R). Passing the ARRT examination is ultimate goal of students in this program. Many states including Kansas also have laws requiring radiographers pass a state examination or be ARRT registered for a license to practice in that state.
To assure Newman University’s radiologic technology program meets professional requirements, our program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL. 60606-3182. Website: www.jrcert.org. Phone: (313) 704-5300.
Information about Newman University tuition, fees, refund policies, and sources of financial aid including scholarships and grants that may reduce the cost of tuition. Information about financial aid can be found here: Financial Aid
Value for Your Money
A Newman education is a powerful investment in your future. It offers exceptional quality at a reasonable cost.
With Newman’s low student-to-teacher ratio (15:1), you will have more interaction with faculty, leading to higher engagement and better academic outcomes. In addition, Newman’s Financial Aid Office will work with you to explore all financial resources available, including grants, scholarships, student loans and work-study programs.
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