Monday, July 1, 2013

34 Illinois X Ray Tech Schools

The year 2013 is half-way over. Remember that New Year's Resolution you made? Something about this year being different? Don't worry if that seems like a distant memory: you're not the only one. However, come this Independence Day, take a stand for your own career independence and find a new life as a radiology technologist!

If you live in Illinois, especially around Chicago, there are *numerous* programs that are looking for bright candidates like yourself. Out of state? No worries - Illinois is an amazing place to live, with vast job opportunities, great schools, and lots of outdoor activities. From boating on Lake Michigan to checking out the sights and sounds of Second City Chicago, there is something for everyone here.

Can't afford school? You're asking the wrong question. You should be asking, can you not afford to start technologist school this year? While financial limitations are a reality, many programs do offer some form of financial aid. As the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports, the average technologist makes over $54,000 per year! And in many cases, technologists in Illinois make quite a bit more. Furthermore, the field as a whole is growing faster than other industries.

After the passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, there will be an expansion of coverage for millions of Americans. These newly covered citizens will raise the demand for healthcare services, which will necessarily lead to a demand for more imaging. More imaging means more jobs for technologists! Why wait for the future when you can prepare for it today?

Without further adieu, here is the list of schools - find yours today!

34 Illinois X-Ray Technologist Schools

Elgin Community College1700 SPARTAN DRELGINIL60123Debra L Letizio(847) 214-7691
Richland Community CollegeONE COLLEGE PARKDECATURIL62521Matthew S Cardinal(217) 875-7211
Southern Ill Univ Carbondale1365 DOUGLAS DR SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY MC6615CARBONDALEIL62901Michael L Grey(618) 453-7203
Danville Area Comm College2000 E MAIN STDANVILLEIL61832Alberto Bello Jr(217) 443-8552
Joliet Junior College1215 HOUBOLT RDJOLIETIL60431Robert D Verkler Jr(815) 280-2244
Northwestern Memorial Hospital541 N FAIRBANKS CT STE 950CHICAGOIL60611Thomas G Sandridge(312) 926-8046
Rend Lake College468 N KEN GRAY PKWYINAIL62846Kimberly L Robert(618) 437-5321
Blessing HospitalPO BOX 7005QUINCYIL62305Amanda J Feeney(217) 223-8400
Carl Sandburg College2400 TOM L WILSON BLVDGALESBURGIL61401Lauri White(309) 341-5461
College Of Du Page425 FAWELL BLVDGLEN ELLYNIL60137Gina M Carrier(630) 942-2434
College Of Lake County19351 W WASHINGTON STGRAYSLAKEIL60030Lynn M Wiechert(847) 543-2880
Heartland Community College1500 W RAAB RDNORMALIL61761Teri Saxton(309) 268-8754
Illinois Central College201 SW ADAMS STPEORIAIL61635April A Tatham(309) 999-4645
Kankakee Community College100 COLLEGE DRKANKAKEEIL60901Darla Sue Jepson(815) 802-8832
Kaskaskia College27210 COLLEGE RDCENTRALIAIL62801Mimi L Polczynski(618) 545-3363
Kishwaukee College21193 MALTA RDMALTAIL60150Carol J Guschl(815) 825-2086
Lincoln Land Community College5250 SHEPHERD RD PO BOX 19256SPRINGFIELDIL62703William J Callaway(217) 786-2408
Malcolm X College1900 W VAN BUREN STCHICAGOIL60612Michael L White(312) 850-7373
Mc Donough District Hospital525 E GRANT STMACOMBIL61455Vincent E Staub(309) 833-4101
Moraine Valley Comm College9000 W COLLEGE PKWYPALOS HILLSIL60465Michael A Gatto(708) 974-5316
Northwestern College7725 S HARLEM AVEBRIDGEVIEWIL60455Sean E Benjamin(708) 237-5000
Olney Central College305 N WEST STOLNEYIL62450Carol R Kocher(618) 395-7777
Osf St Francis Medical Center530 NE GLEN OAK AVEPEORIAIL61637Suzanne M Yezek(309) 655-2782
Parkland College2400 W BRADLEY AVECHAMPAIGNIL61821Kimberly A Mills(217) 351-2436
Rockford Memorial Hospital2400 N ROCKTON AVEROCKFORDIL61103Patricia L Griesman(815) 971-5480
S Suburban College Of Cook Cty15800 STATE STSOUTH HOLLANDIL60473Shari J Mc Govern(708) 596-2000
Sauk Valley Community College173 ILLINOIS ROUTE #2DIXONIL61021Dianna H Brevitt(815) 835-6362
Southwestern Illinois College2500 CARLYLE AVEBELLEVILLEIL62221Rhonda K Kern(618) 222-5303
St Francis Hosp/Presence Hlth355 RIDGE AVENUEEVANSTONIL60202Mary Ellen Newton(847) 316-5810
Swedish - American Hospital1250 E STATE STROCKFORDIL61104Steven L Vogt(815) 489-4966
Trinity College Of Nursing& Hs2122 25TH AVEROCK ISLANDIL61201Diana S Werderman(309) 779-7776
Triton College2000 N 5TH AVE OFFICE G302-IRIVER GROVEIL60171Pamela L Harmon(708) 456-0300
Wilbur Wright College4300 N NARRAGANSETT AVECHICAGOIL60634Dennis M King(773) 481-8880
Harper College1200 W ALGONQUIN RDPALATINEIL60067Leslye S Hess(847) 925-6575

Source: ARRT

Source: BLS

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

How To Find A Radiology School Online

As the internet has become everyone's primary research tool, it is important to know how to use it to guide your search for *your radiology school*. Before the internet, searching for a radiography school to became an xray tech was tough: you had to contact the appropriate societies, gather information by calling or reading trade journals, and talk to people. In short, it was tedious. Thank god for the internet! With the click of a mouse, you can find information on hundreds of x ray technologist schools! Here are a few tips to you started:

  • Research schools online, not online schools: As advanced as the internet is, you still have to sit in a classroom and then get hands-on experience to learn proper radiography. There's no such thing as an online school to get properly certified. Sure, some programs may offer modules or extra resources online, but make sure whatever program you choose offers a good amount of practical training. Ultimately, that's what you're going to be doing, so better be good at it!
  • Accreditation matters: Make sure the school you select is fully accredited. If you're not careful and don't mind, an xray tech job may be hard to find! Accreditation helps guarantee you that you are getting a quality education that will pay for itself many times over after you graduate. It also helps reassure you that you will receive a certain level of instruction.
  • Find out what their job placement rate is: Where do the graduates go? What do they do after radiography school? Were they happy with their experience? This is key information to understanding whether a particular program might be right for you. Even if you like what hear from the current students or administrators, the real measure of a radiologic technologist school is how their graduates perform.
  • Money matters: Make sure you understand well in advance what kind of loans and student aid you will need to take in order to finance your education. There is a lot of information to be found on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) website: Additionally, the school's financial aid office should be able to help tailor a package to your specific needs. If you are not well prepared, after two years, you could end without a job AND with tons of loans to payoff. Make sure this does not happen to you.
  • Search smart: Now that you know what to look for, search smart. Don't depend on websites that aggregate information for your information. Go straight to the school's website and learn more. If you are having trouble getting started, go to the website for the American Society of Radiologic Technologists to find more info about the field and particular schools. 
Your journey to finding a successful, rewarding job in radiology and radiography starts with a solid educational foundation. Unleash the power of the Web in your search to find your ideal situation. Good luck!

Your xray tech school training will ensure that you're not this patient!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Top X Ray Technician Posts Of 2010

As you may have noted by the decrease in posts on this site, 2010 was a busy year. Too busy to keep up with this blog! However, you kept on visiting and we have kept growing in the background. You just don't know it yet ;-) As we look to 2011, we first want to look back to see where we came from in 2010, namely the top posts over the past year:

As we look ahead into 2011, we are going to work on providing more regional information about xray technician schools and careers around the country. We will also aim to provide more targeted information and partner with other sites that will assist in your search to be the best you you can be. Why not today? Why not now? Let's make 2011 the first year of the rest of your life - happy new year!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Top X Ray Technician Posts Of 2009

Thank you for sticking with us through 2009. We have all had our ups and downs this year, but by willing to take risks and start on new beginnings, everyone is better for it. I hope this blog has helped you fulfill your passions and aspirations and connect you to your future. Here are some of the top posts from this past year:

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Florida Radiology Tech Requirements And Benefits

Wondering if Florida is right for you and your career as a radiographic technologist? Consider the following information:
In 1978, the Legislature authorized the department to certify people who operate x-ray machines or who otherwise use radiation on people for medical reasons. Today there are over 24,000 active professionals certified in one of five main categories: Basic X-Ray Machine Operator, General Radiographer, Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Radiation Therapy Technologist, and Radiologist Assistant.

To become certified, each applicant must pass a test typically covering radiation protection, equipment operation and maintenance, image production and evaluation, procedures, and patient care. Each certificate is valid for 2 years during which the certificate holder must obtain 12 hours of continuing education. The department evaluates each continuing education course and furnishes a list of approved course providers to each technologist.

Department inspectors verify the certification of each technologist during the inspection of medical x-ray machines, nuclear medicine facilities and radiation therapy facilities.

You could be one of those 24000! Additionally, consider the benefits of working in Florida:
Never worry with mail again when you renew your Florida state license!

We're excited to announce a new service for ASRT members who are licensed in Florida.

At no extra charge, we are now tracking and transferring all CE credits you earn from ASRT Directed Readings and other ASRT-sponsored CE courses to the Florida Department of Health. This benefit is automatic for all of our members who are licensed in Florida. If you have not indicated that you have a Florida state license, you can do so by calling Customer Information at 800-444-2778.

In addition to this new service, you will continue to receive free access to a minimum of 12 CE credits a year through Directed Readings in the Journal, in addition to your other member benefits. And now with your CE credits automatically transferred to the Florida Department of Health, you can renew your Florida license online instead of having to renew it through the mail.

See what some of our members have to say about this new service:

"Thanks so much for this great service! We've waited a long time and can't wait to utilize it at renewal time!"
— Lisa Pagliarulo, R.T.(R), member for 11 years

"Thank you from all the techs that work for me at my Florida Hospital. Finally!"
— Patricia Robbins, R.T.(R)(M), member for 15 years

"This is a wonderful benefit from ASRT. Yes, I did just renew by mail, so I could forward my CE credits list. This will make it much easier. I will pass this info on to my colleagues and encourage them to join ASRT to ‘save the hassle'!"
— Sara Nodine, R.T.(R), member for 16 years

Clearly, Florida offers many opportunities for those interesting in pursuing a career in this field in this location. Still not sure? Contact a Florida x ray technician school today!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Florida Radiology Tech Schools

You may have considered radiography schools in Texas. You might have thought about x ray tech schools in California. You probably glanced at New York radiology schools as well. But have you considered Florida?

One of the nation's most populous states, Florida has numerous opportunities for training and careers as a radiographic technologist. In addition to the inherent advantages of living in Florida, you would be participating in a dynamic and growing field utilizing the latest in medical advances.

Here is a list of Florida Radiology Tech Schools:

MedVance Institute
Radiography Program
170 JFK Drive
Atlantis, FL 33462
West Boca Medical Center
Radiography Program
21644 State Road 7
Boca Raton, FL 33428

Bethesda Memorial Hospital, Inc.
Radiography Program
2815 S. Seacrest Blvd.
Boynton Beach, FL 33435

Manatee Community College
Radiography Program
5840 26th Street, West
P.O. Box 1849
Bradenton, FL 32406-1849

Brevard Community College
Radiography Program
1519 Clearlake Road
Cocoa, FL 32922

Halifax Medical Center
Radiography Program
P.O. Box 2830
Daytona Beach, FL 32120-2830

Indian River Community College
Radiography Program
3209 Virginia Avenue
Fort Pierce, FL 34981

Keiser College
Radiography Program
1500 N.W. 49th Street
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309-3700

Edison Community College
Radiography Program
8099 College Parkway, S.W.
P.O. Box 60210
Ft. Myers, FL 33906-6210

Santa Fe Community College
Radiography Program
3000 N.W. 83rd Street
Gainesville, FL 32606

SHANDS Jacksonville School of
Radiologic Technology
Radiography Program
655 West Eighth Street
Jacksonville, FL 32209

St. Vincent's Medical Center
Radiography Program
P.O. Box 2982
Jacksonville, FL 32204

Mayo Clinic Jacksonville
Radiography Program
4500 San Pablo Road
Jacksonville, FL 32224

Lakeland Regional Medical Center
Radiography Program
1324 Lakeland Hills Boulevard
P.O. Box 95448
Lakeland, FL 33804

Miami-Dade Community College
(Medical Center Campus)
Radiography Program
950 N.W. 20th Street
Miami, FL 33127-4693

Professional Training Centers
Radiography Program
13926 S.W. 47th Street
Miami, FL 33175

University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital Medical Center
Radiography Program
1611 N.W. 12th Avenue
Miami, FL 33136-1094

Marion County School of Radiologic Technology
Radiography Program
1014 S.W. 7th Road
Ocala, FL 34474

University of Central Florida
Radiography Program
4000 Central Florida Blvd.
HPA II, Room 210K
Orlando, FL 32816-2220

Valencia Community College
Radiography Program
P.O. Box 3028
Orlando, FL 32802-3028

Florida Hospital College of Health
Radiography Program
800 Lake Estelle Drive
Orlando, FL 32803

Palm Beach Community College
Radiography Program
3160 PGA Boulevard
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410-2893

Gulf Coast Community College
Radiography Program
5230 West U.S. Highway 98
Panama City, FL 32401-1041

Pensacola Junior College
(Warrington Campus)
Radiography Program
5555 West Highway 98
Pensacola, FL 32507-1097

Hillsborough Community College
(Dale Mabry Campus)
Radiography Program
P.O. Box 30030
Tampa, FL 33630-3030

Polk Community College
Radiography Program
999 Avenue H, N.E.
Winter Haven, FL 33881-4299

Source: RTStudents

As with any training, the key to success is finding a training program that is right for you. Factors to consider include class size, faculty-to-student ratio, clinical settings, education, tuition, and career placement/advancement opportunities. Take charge of your education, your career, and your life today! Find a school in Florida that works for you.

Monday, November 30, 2009

More New York X Ray Tech Schools

Looking for a challenge? Consider advanced training as a radiographic technologist! Although the training time is longer, the job options are more varied with more opportunity for advancement.

Here are several x ray technician schools in New York with advanced training options:

4-Year Radiography Program
Long Island University
CW Post Campus
James Joyce
Rad Tech Program LS 145
720 Northern Blvd.
Brookville, NY 11548
(516) 299-3075

SUNY Upstate Medical University
Rad Tech Program
David Clemente
Silverman Hall 0101
750 East Adams St
Syracuse, NY 13210
(315) 464-8448

Radiation - Therapy
Erie Community College
Patricia A Bennewitz
Rad Tech Program/Therapy
121 Ellicott St
Buffalo, NY 14203
(716) 851-1048

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Center
Wilson H Apollo
Rad Tech Program/Therapy
1275 York Ave
New York, NY 10021
(212) 639-6835

Nassau Community College
Catherine Smyth
Radiation Therapy Program
1 Education Drive
Garden City, NY 11530
(516) 572-7550

New York Methodist Hospital
Julie Villa
Rad Therapy Program
1401 Kings Highway
Brooklyn, NY 11229
(718) 645-3100 Ext 196

4-Year Therapy Program
Manhattan College
Joanne Habenicht
Rad Tech Program/Therapy
Manhattan College Parkway
Riverdale, NY 10471
(718) 862-7370

SUNY Upstate Medical University
Joan O'Brien
Rad Tech Program/Therapy
750 East Adams St
Syracuse, NY 13210
(315) 464-6937

4-Year Nuclear Program
Manhattan College
Lawrence Hough
Nuclear Medicine Program
Manhattan College Parkway
Riverdale, NY 10471
(718) 862-7370

Molloy College
Nuclear Medicine Program
Marc Fischer
1000 Hempstead Avenue
Rockville Centre, NY 11571
(516) 687-5000 Ext 6462

Stony Brook University
Nuclear Medicine Technology Program
William Stanley
Stony Brook, NY 11794-8200
(631) 638-0003 Ext 8003

Suny at Buffalo
NMT Program - UB
Elpida Crawford
3435 Main Street
105 Parker Hall
Buffalo, NY 14214
(716) 838-5889 Ext 115

Source: NY Dept of Health

If you want to succeed, you have to set high goals for yourself and work to achieve them. In the long run, the challenge is worth the effort as you will feel more empowered and lead a richer life with a more rewarding career. The only thing to fear is fear itself - do not let your fears get in the way of your educational aspirations. Find a x ray tech school that works for you and get to work! As they say, if you find a job you love, it will be the last day you ever work!