Online X-Ray Technician Schools

by : Ramon Mackenzie

The nation's x-ray technician schools must be able to scale quickly in order to meet the growing demand for qualified x-ray specialists in today’s hot job market. Experts believe the marketplace for x-ray techs will grow more quickly than the national average, given the increasing demand on our healthcare system as baby boomers continue to age, and as diagnostic imaging continues to improve so rapidly. Despite an increasing interest in sonography, the use of radiographic methods such as x-rays and MRIs continue to be the prevalent diagnostic tools used in hospitals and clinics. Employers often cannot keep up with demand for x-ray technician services and have noted the need for a new generation of trained radiographers. In addition, the more specialized the x-ray training is, the better the job outlook.

The nation's wide network of x-ray technician schools offers several types of training and degree programs to get people qualified and working, often in less than 24 months. Individuals who are already working in the medical field (as nurses, for example) may simply need to complete a one-year certification programs to get started. High school or college graduates who want to enter the medical field as a radiographer can complete a two-year associate's degree program at a local vocational or technical college. Those who wish to specialize in magnetic resonance imaging, CT scanning, or other radiographic specialties can pursue advanced degrees in those fields as well.

In addition to these campus-based options, a new breed of "online study" has just recently emerged for people who don't have the time to attend a 100% campus based schools. Online x-ray technician schools tend to give students the flexibility to better manage their busy schedules and can often result in completing their program in less time than traditional, campus only programs. Of course, given the technical nature of the training, some combination of online and campus based classes may be required to meet clinical requirements.