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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Radiography?
Radiography is the art and science of using radiation to provide images of tissues, organs, bones and vessels that comprise the human body. Radiologists are physicians who have had special training in order to read or diagnose these images. Treatment of a patient depends on the accurate and precise production of radiographic examinations.

What does a Radiologic Technologist do?
The Radiologic Technologist is an essential member of the health care team. The body part of the patient must be accurately positioned, and only the amount of radiation necessary to produce a quality diagnostic image must be applied. The Radiologic Technologist understands radiation and knows how to produce quality diagnostic examinations safely.

More information about job responsibilities, career outlooks and national salary averages can be obtained from the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

What are the employment opportunities available to a radiologic technologist?

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Physician Offices
  • Outpatient Diagnostic Facilities
  • Public Health
  • and more...

What are the technical standards?
Must have sufficient strength, motor coordination and manual dexterity to:

  • Transport, move and lift at least 50 pounds, and transfer patients from a wheelchair or stretcher to an x-ray table or patient bed.
  • Move, adjust, and manipulate a variety of radiographic equipment.
  • Stand or walk six to eight hours per day.

Must have:

  • Sufficient critical thinking skills for sound clinical judgment.
  • Communication abilities in English sufficient for appropriate interaction with others in written and verbal form.
  • Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in patient care and accurate color discrimination.
  • Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and access, or document patient information.
  • The mental capability to calculate and select proper technical exposure factors.
  • The mental capability to review and evaluated recorded images.

Must be able to:

  • Handle stressful situations related to technical and procedural standards and patient care situations.
  • Provide physical and emotional support to the patients during the radiographic procedures, and be able to respond to situations requiring first aid and emergency care.

When do classes begin?
New classes begin every July.

Does the program offer night classes?
No. The program operates Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., for 24 continuous months.

Is financial aid available?
The school does not participate in Title IV programs. Financial Aid is available only through the Veterans Administration (VA)

How do I apply to the program?
Applications are accepted January through the first week in March for the class beginning each July.

Is there a waiting list?
No. Students are selected on a yearly basis.

Can I apply if I am enrolled in my last semester of my associates degree plan?
Yes, if you will complete your degree plan prior to the start date of the program.

How much will I make when I graduate?
Salaries vary depending on where and when you work. The hourly rate is approximately $16 to $18 per hour.

Does Huntsville Hospital offer job placement services?
No, we do not guarantee employment.

Will I have to travel to clinical education sites?
No, currently clinical education sites are within 0.5 miles of Huntsville Hospital.

Downloads & Links

PSB Health Occupations Exam

Student Handbook


Program Director
Cheryl Dutton Walton, MAEd, RT, (R)
(256) 265-8928

Clinical Instructor
Michelle Falcon, MBA, RT, (R)
(256) 265-9929

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