Training to be a Basic X-ray Technician

Basic X-ray Technicians: Vital to correctly diagnosing patients.

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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?

UMA studentIn 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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  • Degree – Basic X-Ray with Medical Office Procedures Courses

    How long is the degree program? 21 months (may vary according to individual student).

    Associate of Science in Health Sciences – Basic X-Ray with Medical Office Procedures

    Required Courses:
    Equipment Operations & Maintenance 4.5 Credits
    Radiation Safety & Protection and Basic Anatomy & Physiology, Positioning and Procedures 4 Credits
    Anatomy & Physiology, Positioning and Procedures; Upper and Lower Extremities 4 Credits
    Anatomy & Physiology, Positioning and Procedures; Bony Thorax, Chest, Abdomen, & Spine 4.5 Credits
    Comprehensives 2.5 Credits
    Clinical Externship & Certification Review 5.5 Credits
    Principles of Allied Health & Patient Care 5 Credits
    Anatomy & Physiology and Clinical Procedures 5 Credits
    Clinical Lab Procedures and Phlebotomy 4 Credits
    Electronic Medical Records and Front Office 2.5 Credits
    Total 41.5 Credits
    General Education Courses:
    English Composition 3 Credits
    Critical Thinking and Problem Solving 3 Credits
    College Math 3 Credits
    General Biology 3 Credits
    Sociology 3 Credits
    Total 15 Credits
    Electives:
    Accounting for Managers 3 Credits
    Introduction to Healthcare Computer Information Systems 3 Credits
    Interpersonal Professional Communications 3 Credits
    Local, National and International Events 3 Credits
    Psychology 3 Credits
    Working with People 3 Credits
    Patient Relations 3 Credits
    Ecology 3 Credits
    Diversity in the Workplace 3 Credits
    Total 6 Credits
    Program Total 62.5 Credits

    • Diploma – Basic X-Ray with Medical Office Procedures Courses

      How long is the diploma program? 14 months (may vary according to individual student).

      Required Courses:
      Equipment Operations & Maintenance 4.5 Credits
      Radiation Safety & Protection and Basic Anatomy & Physiology, Positioning and Procedures 4 Credits
      Anatomy & Physiology, Positioning and Procedures; Upper and Lower Extremities 4 Credits
      Anatomy & Physiology Positioning and Procedures Bony Thorax, Chest, Abdomen, & Spine 4.5 Credits
      Comprehensives 2.5 Credits
      Clinical Externship & Certification Review 5.5 Credits
      Principles of Allied Health & Patient Care 5 Credits
      Anatomy & Physiology and Clinical Procedures 5 Credits
      Clinical Lab Procedures and Phlebotomy 4 Credits
      Electronic Medical Records and Front Office 2.5 Credits
      Program Total 41.5 Credits

Frequently Asked Questions About Basic X-ray Technicians

What is a basic X-ray technician?

What is a basic X-ray technician?

A basic X-ray technician (also known as an “basic X-ray tech”) is a person who operates X-ray machines with limited duties. The UMA Basic X-Ray with Medical Office Procedures program will also train you to take vital signs, draw blood and perform some day-to-day medical office duties.

Wondering how to become a basic X-ray technician?

Wondering how to become a basic X-ray technician?

Being a basic X-ray technician requires hands-on training, which includes learning how to operate basic X-ray equipment, provide some patient care and perform typical medical office administrative duties. Then you’ll need to pass the appropriate licensure exams. UMA helps students prepare for certifications and/or license including the Limited Scope of Practice in Radiography certification exam and the Certified Phlebotomy Technician exam.

What basic X-ray technician courses would I take?

What basic X-ray technician courses would I take?

Students enrolled in the UMA Basic X-Ray with Medical Office Procedures program take courses on equipment operations, radiation safety, the human body (anatomy), drawing blood (phlebotomy), electronic medical records and front office tasks.

Is there a difference between basic X-ray tech schools?

Is there a difference between basic X-ray tech schools?

Basic training may be similar between schools that offer basic X-ray tech programs, but UMA offers a variety of student services included in our competitively priced tuition.3 These include one-on-one tutoring, on-the-job training (unpaid), help with writing a resume, job interview coaching and job search assistance.

How long does it take to become a basic X-ray tech?

How long does it take to become a basic X-ray tech?

Each school has its own completion time. At UMA, students enrolled in the Basic X-Ray with Medical Office Procedures diploma program typically complete it in 14 months, and the associate degree program in 21 months. Completion time may vary according to individual student.

How much does a basic X-ray tech make?

How much does a basic X-ray tech make?

You can find salary ranges by visiting the Bureau of Labor Statistics website. An basic X-ray technician salary depends on the answers to several questions including where you live and work, your experience and other related factors.

What’s the best school for your needs?

What’s the best school for your needs?

Of course you’re looking for the best school—for you. So what are your needs? Ultimate Medical Academy wants to be the best school for you and we’re here to listen. Because the more we understand about your situation, the more we can try to help. Let’s talk about you. 888-213-4473.

What should I look for in top schools for basic X-ray technician training?

What should I look for in top schools for basic X-ray technician training?

Top schools that offer basic X-ray technician programs should offer personal assistance every step of the way, such as one-on-one tutoring. Top schools that offer basic X-ray technician training should also provide career services such as on-the-job training (externship) and job search assistance. To learn more about these types of important features, visit our Ultimate Student Services℠ page.

Where can I find more info about being a basic X-ray technician?

Where can I find more info about being a basic X-ray technician?

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This program can be completed in as little as 14 months (diploma) or 21 months (degree).

May vary according to individual student.

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99% of UMA students in this program who responded to the survey were satisfied overall with their decision to enroll at UMA.

Source: Averaged results from the Ultimate Medical Academy Ground “End of Course Survey” for all four quarters in 2014 (311 responses).
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UMA is not enrolling new students in this program at the current time. We recommend programs at our Clearwater campus or study with us online.

Gainful Employment

For additional information on this program’s student graduation, placement, charges, median loan debt and possible occupational outcomes, see: Diploma – Basic X-Ray with Medical Office Procedures Courses.

Gainful employment information can be found at ultimatemedical.edu/gainful-employment.pdf and includes information on tuition, loan debt, completion, placement and occupations.

The school is great and the staff is brilliant. I would gladly recommend anyone that is looking to work in the healthcare field to give this school a shot.

—Alicia H., UMA Student

1http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm 2http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/radiologic-technologists.htm#tab-1 3According to research conducted by UMA comparing a variety of career schools with similar programs.

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