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How do I Choose the Best Radiography Program?

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  • Written By: Carol Francois
  • Edited By: Heather Bailey
  • Last Modified Date: 06 June 2018
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There are four items to consider when choosing the best radiography program: equipment, admissions requirements, accreditation, and faculty. Radiography programs can be organized within a larger community college or as part of a radiography school. Radiography is the use of x-rays and other diagnostic imaging tools to provide images of internal organs without breaking the skin. This type of training is considered part of the heath services sector.

The best radiography program should have a wide range of equipment available for student use. This includes patient mannequins, x-ray machines, computerized simulators, and other specialized equipment. Check the average class size to ensure you will have ample opportunity to use this equipment. Look for programs that are affiliated with the local diagnostic center or hospital. This connection may provide opportunities for cross-training and job placements.

In order to qualify for admission to radiography program, you must have high school courses in biology and English. A radiography program is typically two to three years in length, and is available from a wide range of community and career colleges. Visual acuity and attention to detail are very important in radiography. Patience and determination will ensure high-quality images that are helpful to doctors and other medical staff can be created.

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If you are looking at the best radiography program in the country or state, think about what is best for you. For example, a student with family responsibilities may find that a program with online course options is the best program. Another student may decide that a part-time program with courses in the evenings and weekends works best. Think about your daily life, what will fit and find the program that works for you.

When looking for radiography program, always check the accreditation status of the school. An accredited school has been reviewed by an independent third party. Courses from an accredited school can be transferred to other post-secondary institutions. This is very important, as many people change careers and the ability to use credits earned in the radiography program toward other certificates reduces the time and cost of career changes.

Most radiography programs provide the biographies of their faculty or instructors on their website. The information listed typically includes the academic credentials, work experience, special training, and any awards they have received. Talk with your admissions counselor about these instructors and think about the different experiences they have had, and how it can help you.

People who report the greatest satisfaction from a radiography program have a clear career plan in mind. Students who are motivated, focused, and disciplined have the greatest chance of success. All radiographers must be committed to continuing education, as equipment changes over time.

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