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X-Ray Tech Degrees Available

Alaska x-ray tech examining x rayThe standard requirement for attending a radiology tech school is to have earned a high school diploma or equivalent. Radiologic technologist students have the option to earn either an Associate Degree or a Bachelor's Degree. An Associate Degree, which is the most prevalent among technicians, generally requires 18 months to 2 years to finish depending on the program and course load. A Bachelor's Degree will take more time at as much as 4 years to complete and is more expansive in scope. The majority of students select a degree major in Radiography, but there are other similar majors that are appropriate as well. Something to keep in mind is that radiographer schools have a practical training or lab component as a component of their curriculum. It may often be fulfilled by participating in an externship program which a large number of colleges offer through local clinics and hospitals in Alaska. Once you have graduated from one of the degree programs, you will need to abide by any licensing or certification requirements in Alaska or the state you will be working as applicable.

Radiologic Technologist Licensing and Certification

Once you have graduated from an Radiologist school, based on the state where you will be employed you might have to become licensed. Most states do mandate licensing, and their prerequisites vary so get in touch with your state. Presently, all states that do require licensing will recognize The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination for the licensing application, but many provide other options for testing as well. A number of states also require certification as part of the licensing process, if not it is optional. Having said that, numerous Alaska employers would rather hire radiology techs that have earned certification so it could enhance your career options in Alaska to become certified. ARRT's certification program requires graduation from an approved program as well as a passing score on their comprehensive examination. ARRT also calls for re-certification every two years, which may be satisfied with 24 credits of continuing education, or by passing an exam.

Online Radiology Tech Schools

Alaska female student attending online radiology tech classesAs a part of every degree program, x-ray tech colleges will have clinical or lab training included in their curriculum. This is the same for online degree programs. So even though you can still obtain your online degree, a significant amount of the training will be fulfilled either in a college lab or in an externship off campus. Practical training is typically provided in Alaska hospitals, outpatient clinics or private practices in sponsorship with the colleges. However the online section of the training can be accessed in the privacy of your Alaska residence. Students who continue working while obtaining their degree typically find that the online style of education is far more convenient with their active schedules. Plus online schools are generally cheaper than conventional options. Along with lower tuition, expenditures for commuting and study materials can be reduced also. But just make certain that the online college you enroll in is accredited (more on the advantages of accreditation later). So if you are dedicated enough to learn with this less structured style of training, then an online school may be the ideal choice for you.

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