For more than 115 years, the X-ray has been one of the most widely-used, and widely-effective, techniques for medical professionals to properly analyze, diagnose, and administer treatment and care options to patients. In today’s medical era, the role of trained professionals in the field radiography is ever important, as the usage of diagnostic imaging examinations (including X-rays and CT scans) is still considered a key component to proper medical diagnosis.
Among the most direct paths to a career as a radiologic technologist, or a radiographer, is to obtain an Associate of Occupational Science in Radiography. While a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Science is available as well for those interested in serving in a leadership or administrative role, the AOS degree program can be completed in as few as six semesters, and will include such topics of study as methods of patient care, medical law and ethics, radiographic biology, principles of exposure, and advanced radiographic imaging and special procedures, among other coursework. Career opportunities for properly trained radiologic technologists are on the rise, as the industry is expected growth of approximately 17 percent in the decade leading up to 2018; also, the average median salary for radiologic technologists ranges from about $49,000 to $56,000 (BLS.gov).
Adventist University of Health Sciences — The Adventist University of Health Sciences' BS in radiological science degree covers everything the professional radiologist needs to know about mammography, computed tomography, MRI, advanced patient care issues, and medical imaging. Coursework also covers issues and trends in health care and case studies, with a focus on providing the tools and insights students need to become marketable job applicants.
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