About the Major

Radiologic technology is a science involving the medical use of X rays in the diagnosis of disease. Principal duties consist of performing X-ray examinations of patients. Radiographers must be able to handle seriously ill and injured patients to obtain the maximum amount of information without injury to the patient and with the least amount of pain and discomfort from the examination. They may assist the radiologist in some complex procedures, often involving the injection of opaque media through needles or catheters.

Skills and abilities this major develops include: communication skills, active listening techniques, use of appropriate technologies, attention to detail, and an intimate knowledge of human anatomy.

Quick Facts

Sample Coursework

  • Human biology and lab
  • Patient care I and II
  • Radiographic procedures I, II, III, and lab
  • Advanced noncontrast imaging
  • Radiographic pathology

Possible Careers

  • Radiologic technologist 
  • MRI technologist educator*
  • Radiology information specialist
  • Applications specialist
  • Advanced imaging modality technologist 

*Career option requires additional training or education.

Where could I work?

  • Hospitals
  • Diagnostic imaging centers
  • Outpatient care centers
  • Medical diagnostic laboratories
  • Physicians' offices

Health and Life Sciences Cluster

This major belongs to the Health and Life Sciences (HLS) cluster.

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