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Warrensburg, MO 64093
Dr. Fanson Kidwaro, Chair
Radiology is the branch of medicine that uses x-rays, magnetic energy, nuclear radiation, and ultrasound to visualize the human anatomy and function. Radiologic technologists are the medical personnel who perform diagnostic imaging examinations and are responsible for accurately positioning patients and ensuring that a quality diagnostic image is produced. The technologist’s education includes anatomy, physiology, patient positioning, examination techniques and protocols, radiation safety and protection, and basic patient care. There are many career opportunities available for the radiologic technologist. Many technologists advance their training by learning Computerized Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Interventional Radiography, or Mammography. Usually, additional courses or educational programs are required for ultrasonography, nuclear medicine, and radiation therapy.
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 Research Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology and Hillyard Technical Center. The radiologic technology program clinical component 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.