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Students who are interested in working in the field of radiography in Texas, have their choice of several good schools which teach students to become qualified x ray technicians. The Texas Medical Center in Houston, is affiliated with 45 healthcare facilities that are involved in research. The TMC is one of Houston's largest medical employers. Another of the top medical facilities for clinical research is the South Texas Medical Center in San Antonio. One of the top cancer hospitals in the country is the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Qualified radiology technicians are always in demand in large medical facilities in Texas.
Students living in Texas who want to enroll in a radiography program to work as an x ray technician, have their choice of 37 accredited schools around the state. Students may choose an x ray technician certificate course, or earn an associates, bachelors, or master's degree as an x ray technician. For students living in the Dallas area, El Centro College and Brookhaven College both have x ray programs. El Centro and Brookhaven are both part of the Dallas County Community College District. When students successfully complete the x ray program, they are eligible to take the exam of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
One of the top schools to get radiography technician training in Texas is Remington College in Fort Worth. The college offers associates and bachelor's degrees. At Remington College, you can be trained as an x ray technician in as little as 12 months. The college has 4 lecture rooms and 2 computer labs, with separate clinical labs for students studying to be EKG technicians or x ray technicians. The program for x ray technicians is the Medical Assisting with X-Ray (Limited Scope) and EKG. The program was created to train technicians in both of these areas in the health care profession. Hands-on lab and clinical experiences are part of the program.
Students in the x ray technician program at Remington College learn x rays techniques that include positioning the body to get the best results from the x rays. Students also learn the proper way to evaluate images, the safest protection techniques, and radiation biology. In Texas, the salaries of x ray technicians are approximately 7 percent lower than they are in many other parts of the country. Starting salaries of x ray technicians in Texas are usually between $39,000 and $42,000 per year. However in some of the larger metropolitan areas, x ray technicians may earn an average of $44,000 per year.