Learn more about basic x-ray technicians
Our students in the Basic X-Ray with Medical Office Procedures program learn how to operate basic x-ray technology with limited scope. They also study how to take vital signs, draw blood, give injections and perform various administrative duties.
This program is not currently enrolling new students. We recommend our online programs or programs at our Clearwater campus.
What’s the difference between a degree and a diploma?
In some cases, people with a diploma and people with a degree may apply for the same job in this field. A diploma program takes less time to complete and is a smaller investment than a degree program. A diploma could mean less earning potential than a degree.1 A degree requires more coursework and may be seen as a more substantial accomplishment in the eyes of a potential employer. UMA students who earn a diploma in this program sometimes choose to continue their education at UMA and upgrade their credential to a degree in this field.
UMA students often start with a diploma because it gets them trained faster and may help them enter the workforce sooner. Once they are employed, they may return to UMA to apply their diploma coursework toward an associate degree in this field.
Real-world experience through an externship.
Students enrolled in this program receive 200 hours of hands-on experience under the supervision of a professional in a local medical office or clinic. This includes learning a variety of day-to-day tasks that may be common for this career field. Some externships have led to an employment opportunity for the participating student. All UMA externships are unpaid.
Helping you prepare for licensure and certification exams.
Classes at UMA help prepare students to take the Limited Scope of Practice in Radiography examination for Florida and Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) exam. Passing the Limited Scope of Practice in Radiography examination for Florida is required for licensure and to become employed. Ultimate Medical Academy has a team in place, ready to help students focus on exam-relevant material and tutor them in areas where they might need extra help.
Job outlook for basic x-ray technician.
Graduates with a Basic X-Ray with Medical Office Procedures diploma or degree may pursue entry-level positions in work environments that include general chiropractic offices, physician offices, diagnostic labs and outpatient care centers (licensure may apply as stated in “licensure and certification exams” section directly above). This career field is projected to grow 9% from 2014 to 2024.2
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