The Joliet Junior College radiologic technology program is accepting applications Nov. 1 through Nov. 30 for the summer 2020 semester.
Radiologic technologists image the human body utilizing x-rays to assess patient health. The two-year associate degree path educates students on radiographic procedures, radiographic positioning, radiographic physics, and patient care. The program has special admissions criteria and limited enrollment.
“Radiographers have been in high demand and will be for the foreseeable future,” said Bob Verkler, radiologic technology professor and program coordinator. “Radiographers or radiologic technologists are employed in a variety of medical locations. The majority being in large, medium and small hospitals and medical centers. Many radiography graduates gain employment working in smaller outpatient clinic settings.”
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), overall employment of radiologic technologists is projected to grow nine percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. As the population grows older, there will be an increase in medical conditions that require imaging as a tool for making diagnoses. In 2018, the median income for a radiographer was $59,520 per year.
Throughout the two-year program, JJC students will receive instruction in classrooms and labs, where they’ll utilize radiography equipment, and perform tests on anthropomorphic human phantoms. Students are placed at clinical sites throughout the area their last five semesters.
To earn their certification, students will take the American Register of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) National registry examination. Upon graduation, they are eligible to receive their state license with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.
To learn more or complete the application process, select the radiologic technology program tab on the JJC admissions page. This is found under the health and occupational science students menu.