Technologists combine the technology of medical imaging with their skills in patient care to create high-quality, diagnostic images. Physicians use these images in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease or injury. This is a profession that requires a dependable personality with a mature and caring nature. This occupation involves tasks of patient care and communication with patients and their families, as well as with other members of the health care team. These advanced modalities may require "on-call" availability of the technologist as well.
The mission of the ATC's (Advanced Technical Certificates) in Medical Imaging is to provide technologist with employment skills required to enter the workforce in the advanced modalities of CT and MRI.
What is MRI and CT?
Palm Beach State College offers Advanced Technical Certificates (ATC's) with separate tracks in the modalities of Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) within the discipline of Medical Imaging. ATC's are advanced, specialized programs of study for people credentialed and degreed in selected technical programs, such as radiography or sonography. ACT's consist of a minimum of 9 credit hours and not more than 45 credit hours. They are career oriented, college-level certificates consisting of classroom and clinical experience. The certificates are geared towards the working technologist with many courses being offered in the evenings.
A choice of elective courses allows technologists currently in field to complete the requirements of an ATC. A clinical component allows those not employed in the chosen modality to begin attaining the clinical competencies required by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) for examination eligibility. Participation in a clinical component requires a 24 hour per week commitment.
These courses are available to any applicant with an active, current RT license in good standing with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). The Advanced Technical Certificates in Medical Imaging (MRI, CT, or CVIT) are accepted on a space available basis. Meeting the criteria for selection does not guarantee admission to the MRI or CT program(s).
- CT Classes Begin: Spring (January) CT Application Packet
- MRI Classes Begin: Fall (August) MRI Application Packet
The job outlook is excellent. The demand for diagnostic imaging personnel is expected to increase sharply, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Salary ranges for graduates of such programs vary by region. The registered technologist can expect to enter the job market at approximately $35,000 - $40,000 annually, with increases based on experience and specialization, up to $50,000 or more, according to the 2004 ASRT Wage Survey.
Further Your Education
A registered technologist who has completed a program of study which meets the requirements of the JRCERT and passes the ARRT examination may be granted college credit through Palm Beach State's Prior Learning Assessment.
As a profession, Medical Imaging emphasizes career development which leads to additional certification in CT (Computerized Tomography), MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), nuclear medicine, radiation therapy, diagnostic medical sonographer, adult echo sonography, mammography and vascular imaging.
Palm Beach State College also offers a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Supervision and Management . This degree is primarily designed for students with Associate in Science/Applied Science degrees to earn a bachelor's degree. The BAS degree is structured to make maximum use of the credits from your associate in science or applied science degree.