The Profession

YVCC StudentsThank you for your interest in Radiologic Sciences at Yakima Valley College. Upon successful completion of this eight quarter program, graduates are eligible to apply to take the national registry examination offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and seek employment in hospitals, clinics and physician offices. With additional training, and/or college coursework, graduates are eligible for careers in CT, MRI, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy, administration, and education.

A hospital employee may expect to be hired for a particular shift; days, evening, or nights. Perhaps they will rotate from one shift to another. Graduates working for a clinic or a particular doctor can expect to work days, Monday through Friday.

Basically, a radiologic technologist is like a photographer. They take pictures or images of any internal organ or structure within a person's body. They produce images by using ionizing radiation, film, computers, etc. An integral job responsibility is patient care. While producing images, human touch and patient safety is critical. Technologists will be faced with the entire spectrum of patient types; healthy people needing routine physical procedures, trauma victims, the critically or terminally ill, etc.