Classroom academic material is supplemented by required homework assignments designed to familiarize the student with the equipment in their own office and to provide practice in patient positioning. Patient positioning is demonstrated for spine, extremities, and chest, and students are required to practice in their own offices what is demonstrated in the classroom. Therefore, students must have access to x-ray equipment, and they must do their homework assignments!
The development of seminars to provide training for chiropractic x-ray technicians was necessary to meet the terms of Washington state CQAC law. The 48-hour classes that were developed to provide this required training are the only available source of a condensed course in x-ray technology, short of a full 2-3 year college program.
specialties. All necessary material for chiropractic x-ray technicians is covered, however, including upright patient positioning.
Classroom academic material is supplemented by required homework assignments designed to familiarize the student with their equipment and to provide practice in patient positioning.
Students must have access to x-ray equipment, and they must do their homework assignments!
Washington state law does not currently specify any educational requirements for limited x-ray technicians who work in medical, osteopathic, naturopathic, and podiatric practices.
Hospitals, radiology labs, and some larger group practices require that their x-ray personnel be fully-trained radiologic technologists (minimum 2-3 year college training program) and ARRT (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists) certified. This is done as a job requirement (and often for accreditation purposes), but not because state law requires it.
X-ray technicians from all health care specialties need to complete training on the topic of HIV / AIDS before they can begin to take x-rays. This is a separate WA state requirement offered by independent agencies and is not a part of this course.
Chiropractic personnel need to be certain to attend all 48 hours and must pass an examination given at the end of the class.
Chiropractic personnel need to submit an application to the WA Chiropractic Quality Assurance Commission, after they have their certificate of 48 hours of instruction, their successful test score, and their separate HIV training.
Personnel from fields other than chiropractic need to register with the WA Department of Health.
Students must complete all course homework assignments! These focus on equipment orientation and practice in patient positioning, and are designed to supplement the classroom portion of the course.
The term “radiology technologist” (“radtech”) is reserved for individuals who complete a 2-3 year college training program in Radiologic Technology and are ARRT certified.
Experienced x-ray techs from all specialties, as well as doctors, are welcome to attend these 6-hour x-ray CE courses, but they are not designed for the beginning student.