Thinking about a degree in radiologic technology?

Dec 17, 2020

There’s more to a career in radiology than just X-raying bones.

Radiologic technologists are highly skilled medical professionals who assist the radiologist in the diagnosis of diseases using ionizing radiation. They deal directly with patients in a very hands-on way.

The Newman University radiologic technology associate’s degree program is a versatile degree that can serve a lifelong career in radiology or work as a viable launchpad for furthering a career in a related health care profession such as sonography.

Though a majority of students become radiologic technologists, this degree can also serve students for a career in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computer tomography (CT).

As with almost any degree, students can become teachers or take on administrative positions in the field as well.

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Newman University’s newly renovated radiologic technology lab

Most radiologic technicians work in outpatient clinics, urgent care, doctor’s offices or hospitals.

The median annual wage for radiologic technologists in Kansas is between $54,750 and $58,680 (2019). As with any career, wages grow with experience. In Kansas, wages typically start near $37,278 for a new technician entering the field and can grow up to $77,668 annually.

Newman graduates are transforming society through the skills obtained in the radiologic technology program as well as by being service-oriented.

Throughout the 22-month program, students are required to complete a minimum of eight hours of community service as well as participate in the radiologic technology program service-learning project. The program hosts a campus blood drive every fall for the American Red Cross before their critical season of need.

The Newman program empowers graduates by giving them the skills necessary to be a highly valued employee by providing high quality, compassionate patient care.

Program Director Jeffery Vaughn in the newly renovated lab.

The Newman University radiologic technology lab was recently renovated with funds raised during the Facing Forward campaign. The old, non-functional film X-ray machines and technology have been replaced by an updated space with all digital equipment and top-notch technology.

The lab boasts all of the high-tech digital radiologic technology equipment necessary to best train students for careers as radiology technicians.

The Newman University radiologic technology program accepts applications starting in January for each upcoming fall semester.

Learn more about the program, professors and careers here.