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X-Ray Technician Schools in Tennessee

  1. 1. X-Ray Technician Schools in TennesseeThis article posted at the X-Ray Technician Training & Schools blog. X-Ray Technician is a popular career option because ofthe highly rewarding nature of the job, decent salary (is one of the highest paid careers with atwo year degree), and relatively low educational requirements. With as little as a radiologyassociates degree and in some cases a radiology certificate, as X-Ray Tech will be at theforefront of fighting diseases with using of the diagnostic imaging technology.Several choose to work for a year or two as an X-Ray Tech, then learn some additional imagingprocedures such as magnetic resonance, mammography or CT scanning, with furtherspecialized training.X-Ray Technicians dont need to have the same level of knowledge that a physician needs,however will need to have enough knowledge to effectively isolate and image the anatomicalstructures, which are used by physicians to diagnose and treat illnesses. Depending on where isemployed, the job description and the working conditions can vary slightly. In addition topreparing patients and operating radiology equipment, need to work well in a team setting. Isresponsible for transporting the patients, positioning the patient in the exact position for properdiagnosis, studying the images and assisting the radiologist in identifying the health problems,ensuring the proper precautions, keeping the patients medical records, etc.X-Ray Tech Training Requirements in TennesseeIn order to gain entry into any of the radiology programs in Tennessee, applicants shouldpossess high school diploma or GED certificate, to be familiar with English language andmathematics, as well as with physics, chemistry and biology.There is a wide range of educational choices through of community colleges, universities andvocational schools that offer x-ray tech training accredited by the Joint Review Committee onEducation in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Also, there are courses which offered onlinewith affordable tuition costs and flexible schedules.There are three types of x-ray tech training options available in Tennessee:An one-year radiology certificate program that is offered by hospital; there are currently three ofthese programs in the state and all of the education take place in the same hospital. The ARRTstill certifies x-ray techs who hold only a certificate but starting in 2015, an academic degree willbe required. 1/3
  2. 2. Nine programs in radiology that offer a two-year associates degree, from either technicalschools or community colleges. Students are sent to affiliated clinics and hospitals for theirclinical practice.A four-year bachelors degree program is the final educational option available to those whowant to find work in supervisory or administrative role, and is offered by colleges or universitiesand provides additional training in performing MRI, CT scan, Sonography. There are threeTennessee radiology technician schools available that offer a bachelors degree in radiology.The training includes courses such as: anatomy, pathology, physiology, radiation safety,medical terminology, patient care procedures, imaging technology, medical ethics, andradiobiology. During the clinical practice, students will work with real patients under the directsupervision of an experienced radiologist.X-Ray Tech Certification ExamAfter completion of an accredited training program, candidate will need to pass a certificationexam through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), subjecting proof ofeducational completion along with the application and fee ($150).The ARRT oversees the management of the profession through actions by a volunteer board ofdirectors. Also, they provide volunteer, networking, and continuing education opportunities forthe membership.Successfully passing the certification exam is a required step in either securing or retaining joband covers all aspects of what will need to knows an x-ray technician. Licensure is regulatedthrough the Tennessee Department of Health and in order to maintain professional license mustcomplete 24 continuing education units every two years, by attending conferences, completingonline credits, or attending classes to help better their knowledge in the radiology field.Approved events need to satisfy the Recognized Continuing Education Evaluation Mechanism(RCEEM) standardsCurrently, there are four individual Boards that one can be licensed, depending on the settingthey intend to practice: the Board of Medical Examiners (medical doctors offices), Board ofChiropractic Examiners (chiropractic offices), Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners (podiatryoffices), and Board of Osteopathic Examiners (osteopathic medical doctors offices). Uponreceipt of license from the appropriate Board, candidates will be able to employed in the state ofTennessee as a X-Ray Technicians.Job Outlook for X-Ray Technicians in TennesseeThe state of Tennessee as a whole employs over 5900 X-Ray Technicians, with the highestconcentration of workers are in the cities of Jackson TN and Johnson City TN. The averagesalary is $61,000 and the employment prospects are very good, as their demand in hospitals,imaging clinics, diagnostic centers, X ray labs, and doctors offices is very high. Over the nextyears, Tennessee is expected to create job opening in the field of radiology at rates much 2/3
  3. 3. greater than the national average, and x ray techs will have ample opportunities for the possibility of employment in some of the largest hospitals and healthcare facilities in the state including the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Memorial Hospital, Jackson-Madison County General Hospital and Nashvilles Baptist Hospital. Additional Information for X-Ray Technician American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) Tennessee Society of Radiologic Technologists (TSRT) Tennessee Department of Health X-Ray Technician Schools in Tennessee 3/3Powered by TCPDF (www.tcpdf.org)