So, you like to help people and enjoy learning different things? That’s interesting. So do many people in this career field. Looks like you’re on the right track.
As a UMA basic X-ray with medical office procedures student in Tampa, you’ll learn how to operate basic X-ray technology with limited scope, how to take vital signs, draw blood, give injections and perform various administrative duties. If this sounds like a good match for you, let’s talk about it.
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 may 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.
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.
Classes at UMA help prepare you to take the Basic X-Ray Machine Operator examination for Florida (BXMO) and Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) exam. Passing the BXMO examination for Florida is required for licensure and to become employed. Ultimate Medical Academy has a team in place, ready to help you focus on exam-relevant material and tutor you in areas where you might need extra help.
Graduates with a Basic X-Ray with Medical Office Procedures diploma or degree can go on to 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 21% from 2012 to 20222
How long is the degree program?
21 months (may vary according to individual student).
How long is the diploma program?
14 months (may vary according to individual student).
Q: What is an X-ray technician?
A: An X-ray technician (also known as an “X-ray tech”) is the person who operates the X-ray machine on patients. 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.
Q: Wondering how to become an X-ray technician?
A: Start by getting hands-on X-ray tech training which includes teaching you how to operate basic X-ray equipment, provide some patient care and perform typical medical office administrative duties. In addition to completing career training, UMA will help you prepare for certifications and/or license including the Basic X-Ray Machine Operator certification exam and the Certified Phlebotomy Technician exam.
Q: What X-ray technician courses would I take?
A: As a student enrolled in the UMA Basic X-Ray with Medical Office Procedures program you’ll take courses on equipment operations, radiation safety, the human body (anatomy), drawing blood (phlebotomy), electronic medical records and front office tasks.
Q: Is there a difference between X-ray tech schools?
A: Absolutely. While the basic training may be similar between schools that offer X-ray tech programs, UMA is pleased to offer an extensive list of student services, all included in our competitively priced tuition.3 UMA is a school that offers X-ray tech training programs which include one-on-one tutoring, on-the-job training (unpaid), help with writing your resume, job interview coaching and job search assistance.
Q: How long does it take to become an X-ray tech?
A: 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.
Q: Where can I find UMA X-ray tech training in Tampa?
A: Our school is located in Tampa, Florida, at 9309 N. Florida Ave.
Q: How much does an X-ray tech make?
A: You can find salary ranges by visiting the Bureau of Labor Statistics website. An X-ray technician salary depends on the answers to several questions including where you live and work, your experience and other related factors. If you’d like to learn more about X-ray technician salary for an entry-level position, call us or fill out the form and click “request info.”
Q: What’s the best school for your needs?
A: 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 better we can help. Let’s talk about you. 888-213-4473.
Q: What should I look for in top schools for X-ray technician training?
A: Start by looking for an accredited school. If it’s not accredited, it’s probably not a top school. Top schools that offer X-ray technician programs should offer personal assistance every step of the way, such as one-on-one tutoring. Top schools that offer 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?
This program can be completed in as little as 14 months (diploma) or 21 months (degree).
99% of UMA students in this diploma program who responded to the survey were satisfied overall with their decision to enroll at UMA.
This program is offered at:
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.
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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
—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.