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Radiography Overview

Picture yourself in a new career! Start in CVTC’s Radiography program and earn your associate degree in two years. Radiography is one of the fastest growing areas of healthcare, and a career in radiologic technology offers a promising future, job stability, and a good salary.

Radiologic technologists work closely with radiologists, the physicians who interpret medical images to either diagnose or rule out disease/injury. For the images to be interpreted correctly by the radiologist, the imaging examinations must be performed properly and competently by an imaging expert, the radiographer.

As a radiologic technologist, you will:

  • Produce images that aid in the diagnosis of diseases.
  • Prepare patients for exams and position them for the radiograph.
  • Communicate information in order to ensure accurate results of the radiograph.
  • Demonstrate professional standards and behaviors while interacting with patients.

In the program, you will gain the following skills:

  • Effective communication skills
  • Ethical standards and values
  • Radiographer functionality
  • Selecting technical factors on a control panel
  • Producing digital images
  • Preparing patient for exams
  • Applying radiation safety measures

At CVTC you will be able to experience this career first hand through classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences.

Career Opportunities

CT Technologist

Imaging Specialist


MRI Technologist

Radiologic Technologist

X-Ray Technologist

Graduate Employers

Fairview Health Services

HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital

Hudson Hospital

Marshfield Clinic

Mayo Clinic Health System

River Falls Area Hospital

Just the Facts

68 Credit Associate Degree

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Two Years

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Eau Claire

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Bloodborne Pathogens
Students in this program should be aware of the risks associated with bloodborne pathogens. Learn more.


Bloodborne Pathogens

Students entering health programs at CVTC should understand the risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens, including Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV/AIDs, through saliva and blood with direct patient care as part of their education.

This exposure can be minimized or eliminated using a combination of engineering and work practice controls, personal protective clothing and equipment, training, medical surveillance, Hepatitis B vaccination, signs and labels, and other provisions.

All programs at CVTC comply with local, state, and federal infection control policies, including the use of standard precautions as stipulated by current CDC guidelines. Written policies and instructions on infection control protocol to minimize the risk of disease transmission is provided throughout the courses in the curriculum. Compliance of safety practices is evaluated throughout the students' clinical experiences to ensure a safe educational environment.

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Financial Aid Eligible



Non-Traditional Occupation

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 Estimated Total: $13,701

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Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you can take in the Radiography program.

Radiographic Procedures 1
Prepares radiography students to perform routine radiologic procedures on various parts of the body including the chest, abdomen, upper extremities, and lower extremities.

Radiographic Imaging 1
Introduces radiography students to the process and components of analog imaging. Students determine the factors that affect image quality including contrast, density, detail, and distortion.

Imaging Equipment Operation
Students analyze how x-rays are produced and determine the corrective actions necessary for common equipment malfunctions.

Radiography Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking where they are working, whether it is in their degree field, and several other questions related to employment. Below are the program outcomes and job data.

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100% of our recent Radiography graduates got a job in the industry.


Yearly Salary

Our recent Radiography graduates reported an average starting salary of $50,266.


Regional Jobs

There are 23 job openings in the CVTC district for the Radiography industry.


Credits to Other Institutions

Transfer your CVTC credits to another institution to continue your education. Explore transfer agreements.

Focus On Student Success

The instructors in my program were the best! I was not interested in school until I began this program. All of the faculty I'd had the pleasure of working with exceeded my expectations.

Radiography Graduate

Related Programs & Certificates

Whether you're looking to continue your learning to another program or to gain continuing education credit, CVTC offers a variety of learning opportunities for students.

Degrees & Diplomas

Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Associate Degree

Medical Assistant, Technical Diploma

Physical Therapist Assistant, Associate Degree

Continue Your Learning

CVTC can help you achieve your learning goals whether you are looking to advance your career or enrich your personal life.

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