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How to Advance Your Career in Radiologic Technology

Newsroom | From the Faculty Dec. 19, 2023
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Radiologic technology is vital to the healthcare industry. Imaging techniques are a necessary piece to the diagnosis puzzle and the highest quality treatment for our communities. If you’re interested in advancing in this field or becoming a manager, increasing your education could be key.  

Learn more about how the online bachelor’s degree in medical imaging from LSUA can contribute to your career growth!

What is Radiologic Technology? 

Radiologic technology plays a critical role in diagnosing and treating illnesses. It involves using sophisticated imaging equipment to capture detailed images of internal body structures, aiding healthcare professionals in diagnosing medical conditions accurately. These imaging procedures are non-invasive, meaning they provide valuable insights without surgical intervention, and they minimize patient discomfort. 

Radiologic technologists (RTs) are trained professionals who perform these imaging procedures. They focus on producing high-quality images while prioritizing patient safety and comfort throughout the process. 

Radiologic technology includes various imaging methods that each serve a unique purpose in medical diagnostics. These methods include X-ray, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and ultrasound. Some of these modalities require additional education, however, many can be achieved through on-the-job training. 

The field is continually evolving with advancements in imaging technology, diagnostic techniques, and patient care. Some current trends include:  

  • Digital Radiography: Transitioning from traditional film-based X-rays to digital imaging has offered higher image quality, faster processing, and easier storage and sharing of images.
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI): The integration of AI in radiology has shown promise in image interpretation, aiding in quicker and more accurate diagnoses by analyzing vast amounts of imaging data. 

Career Paths in Radiologic Technology 

Radiologic technology offers diverse career paths beyond performing imaging tests. While many begin as radiologic techs, career growth often involves moving into leadership or specialized roles like radiology manager, chief technologist, or imaging department supervisor. Such roles demand additional skills and qualifications, which can be fulfilled through higher education. Professionals in these positions may oversee imaging procedures, manage resources, and drive innovation within radiology departments. 

Benefits of Earning a Degree in Radiologic Technology 

Dynamic shifts in healthcare have led employers to value the comprehensive knowledge and critical thinking skills gained through bachelor’s degree and associate degree programs. A bachelor's degree can also open doors to various career opportunities and a greater earning potential for RTs. According to PayScale, the average salary for a radiologic tech with a bachelor’s degree is $70,000, compared to around $60,000 for an associate degree. This salary difference underscores the financial benefits of continuing your education. However, a benefit of earning an associate degree is the ability to enter the workforce earlier and begin earning a salary while completing an online bachelor’s degree.  One such program exists at Louisiana State University at Alexandria.  Many students that complete the associate’s program are employed full time while pursuing their bachelor’s degree in medical imaging.  

Beyond the potential for more money, pursuing a bachelor's degree can provide an expansive understanding of radiologic technology. You can earn advanced knowledge in anatomy, imaging technology, and patient care. After graduating, you’ll be equipped with critical thinking abilities and evidence-based practices, leading to more accurate diagnoses and improved patient outcomes. Additionally, a bachelor’s degree sets the stage for continuous learning and career advancement in radiology. 

The online BS in Health Professions with a Concentration in Medical Imaging 

If you’re interested in advancing your career in radiology, you’re on the right track! LSUA offers an online Bachelor of Science in Health Professions with a concentration in Medical Imaging. The degree is designed for credentialed and registered radiologic technologists nationwide who seek to advance their careers. Many with an Associate’s Degree in Radiologic Technology pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Radiologic Technology, but our Medical Imaging curriculum combines radiology and healthcare administration.  This comprehensive approach positions individuals to advance their career through a number of pathways.  

This affordable program digs deeper into imaging techniques, healthcare management, and leadership skills, providing a well-rounded education crucial for helping you pursue managerial roles. 

Why choose the online bachelor’s degree in Health Professions - Medical Imaging from LSUA? 

  • Comprehensive Curriculum: The program covers imaging trends, advanced patient care and assessment principles, leadership theories, and more. These courses build your knowledge beyond routine procedures.
  • Flexibility and Accessibility: Designed for working professionals, the online format enables RTs to pursue education while balancing work commitments. The flexibility allows students to take classes on their own time and at their own pace.
  • Career Growth Opportunities: Equipped with a bachelor's degree, technologists can transition into roles like Radiology Department Manager, Chief Technologist, Administrator, and more. 

Take the Next Step in Your Radiologic Technology Career 

Ready to start your educational journey? Learn more about the LSUA online Bachelor of Science in Health Professions with a concentration in Medical Imaging now. If you have any questions, our Enrollment Coaches can help. Connect with them today! 

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