Department of Biology and Earth Science
Healthcare professionals use many types of diagnostic equipment to diagnose patients. Radiologic technologists specialize in x-ray, computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) equipment. They may be called CT technicians or MRI technicians, depending on the equipment they work with. Radiologic technologists might also specialize in mammography. Mammographers use low-dose x-ray systems to produce images of the breast. Technologists may be certified in multiple specialties. Some radiologic technologists prepare a mixture for the patient to drink that allows soft tissue to be seen on the images that the radiologist reviews.
Through a combination of course work at the University of Central Missouri and then two year clinical program at an affiliated accredited radiologic program, a student will earn a bachelors of science degree. Currently, Central has an affiliation agreement with the St. Luke’s Hospital School of Radiologic Science. The program at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City is a full time, competency based program. The program does not provide accommodations for part time students. Students attend Monday through Friday, (40) hours per week, (8) hours per day. Academic and clinical instruction is based on 40 hours of required attendance. Completion of degree is contingent upon acceptance and completion of an accredited radiologic clinical program.
Radiologic technologists must be licensed or certified in most states; requirements vary by state. To be licensed in most states, radiologic technologists must have graduated from an accredited program and must pass a certification exam from the state or from The American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT). For specific state requirements, contact your state’s health board. To keep their certification, radiologic technologists must meet continuing education requirements.